Paige and Cam share their first dance as a married couple.
In October of 2020, I traveled to California to photograph Paige and Cam’s elopement after the pandemic caused them to delay their original big family wedding plans. They picked me up from LAX with the maid of honor Maddie and videographer AJ in tow. As we were in Los Angeles, we immediately stopped at In-n-Out (huzzah!) and a wholesale flower market to buy a couple of buckets of stunning fresh flowers for the wedding.
The wedding itself took place at dawn, with the sun slowly rising to illuminate the Joshua Trees and majestic, rocky terrain. Though this wedding was an elopement in the desert, it was remarkably traditional, with Cam’s brother officiating the ceremony and the couple performing a foot-washing ceremony. I feel honored to have been there to capture this beautiful, joyful occasion and to have been taken in by such a loving group of people.
Twentynine Palms, CA Wedding and elopement image of early morning elopement preps for the bride and bridesmaid
The bride's mom checks in while Paige and her bridesmaid Lindsay get ready for the sunrise wedding ceremony.
Paige and Cam share a moment before leaving for their ceremony.
A Joshua Tree National Park Desert Wedding Ceremony Image of Elopement couple family members arriving at remote location
Cam's parents, grandmother, and brothers arrive at the ceremony location in Joshua Tree National Park.
Paige and Cam remove their shoes for a traditional foot-washing ceremony. Cam's brother, an ordained minister, officiated the ceremony.
The couple chose to have a sunrise wedding ceremony, so they could see the brightening sunlight from beginning to end.
The group reconvened at their rented cabins for a relaxed dinner and party. Cam chuckles as Paige's dad makes a speech.
Joshua Tree Mojave Desert California Destination Wedding Pic of bride and friends toasting with shots
Paige and her friends toast with shots of tequila at the afterparty.
CA Wedding Photo from a Joshua Tree outdoor venue Illuminated by the red light from a convertible car
Illuminated by the light from a rented convertible's tail lights and a cell phone, guests inspect the contents of Paige and Cam's destroyed piñata.