Our Joshua Tree Elopement

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I have never been sure that I wanted to be married. But I have always known if I get married, I want to be sure. I married my best friend in a small elopement style wedding in Joshua Tree, California on March 16th, 2016 :).

We got engaged in December. We didn’t want to wait. We also didn’t want to spend a ton of money. To quote When Harry Met Sally, “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible!” So we eloped. Our budget was small and our planning was minimal. It was everything we wanted.

We rented a van, headed down to Zion National Park, hiked (strolled) the dog friendly Pa’rus Trail and spent the night in St. George. The next morning we drove onto Joshua Tree, California to our little rental home where were joined by a brother and a sister. Most of our time was spent laughing and relaxing…and maybe some hot tubbing and star gazing.

On our wedding day, we went to the world famous Integratron–and the sound bath was magical! We got married in front of our rental house with our brother officiating and our sister rounding up our pups :). I walked out to Israel Kamakawiwo’olef’s “What a Wonderful World”. For our family, we shared our brief and inaudible ceremony via live feed.  We didn’t plan what we were going to say to one another–we just said whatever came to mind (which is why I didn’t mind anyone not hearing it). We just loved how low key and NO pressure the day was. After our ceremony, we zipped off to Joshua Tree National Park with our AMAZING photographer, Jason of  J. Perryman Photography.

Once we returned, we had oven baked ribs, green beans, baked potatoes, salad…and I made my own little Paleo wedding cake (though we didn’t touch it because we completely forgot about it…haha). We danced to “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge…and my little sister and I danced to Dave Matthews, “Sister”. After we were done, we changed into some warm clothes and released some eco friendly wish lanterns into the sky :).

My talented mother did my bouquet and the fellows’ boutonnieres. Our dog was our ring bearer. I bought my dress on Etsy–it literally came days before I left to get married, so I didn’t get it fitted (a bummer, but it didn’t break my day). Remington got his suit from Macy’s. I did my own hair and make up. 🙂 And I had a blast. I wouldn’t change a thing!

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Our little slice of Paradise
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Dudley was excited, believe me 😉

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A quick toast and photo with the mother of the bride! 🙂 Love you mom!

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A handmade garter from my mom 🙂
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Being traditional is overrated. I loved seeing my best friend before changing.
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Braie and Remington
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My paleo cake :). I tried natural food coloring…was going for a pastel purple but this was the best it would give me!

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One for the road…or aisle 😉

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Fierce. Love these two!

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Love this pure happiness :).

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He liked it and he put a ring on it 😉

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One of my favorites.

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the whole wedding party & all of the guests.

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another favorite!

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My favorite thing about us is how much we laugh :).

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My simple picnic table decor and self made arrangements :).
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When A Man Loves A Woman….

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Perfect shot 🙂

“And still, after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”

Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.”
―Hafez

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