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When Tara of Sky and Reef Photography reached out with this gorgeous Joshua Tree styled shoot, I had to jump at the opportunity. I’ve always crushed hard on Joshua Tree, and would love to visit one day. It’s one of those super idyllic spots for an elopement that focuses on the love story and bringing two people together without a lot of hubbub and bells and whistles … pretty much what The Minimalist Wedding is all about.
I asked Tara to give me a little info on what drove her to create this shoot, her inspiration and motivation and the choice behind the location:
The style I was trying to capture was bright and carefree and focus on the couple’s emotion, body language and interactions.
Ever since I moved to Southern California 5 years ago, Joshua Tree has been on my bucket list. It is one of those places that is so easy not to go to if you live in Los Angeles. You can keep putting it off. My advice is don’t put it off any longer! GO! I can’t wait to bring my kids (when they get a little older, my son just learned how to walk) and camp.
The inspiration for the shoot was the DRESS.
I shoot wedding photography for the dress and the veil. I love to see what the bride chooses and I love to see the groom’s reaction when he sees his soon-to-be wife either during the first look or the moment he sees her walking down the aisle. I love to see a groom look at his bride and be brought to tears.
So the dress for this shoot was actually my wedding dress! I got married on the Big Island of Hawaii and I had an elegant beach theme. But I wanted to see the dress in the desert with a whole new color palette and style. Erica Medina was a total rockstar and styled the model’s hair and makeup in some pretty bad ass windy conditions
The dress was actually bought from Gilt.com. I really wanted to find a blush-colored gown and I scoured the Internet for weeks. I saw this gorgeous dress online and it was $8000! Holy Moly. I definitely could not convince my soon to be husband on that one. So I kept searching and searching online and it I stumbled on a flash sale on Gilt for 72 hours. I was freaking out, it was meant to be. I got the dress for $3000 (still over my budget) but my dress dream came true. I was very nervous buying a dress online without trying it on but I did and It was perfect.
Some brides talk about dress buying remorse and question their dress purchase but I was lucky enough not to feel that way. The only thing I was sad about is that I found my dress too easily. HAH. I only went to one actual dress store to try on dresses. I could try on bridal gowns for eternity.
Enough with the words, let’s get to the photos!
We’re loving the easy, beautiful style in the California desert! The focus on small but gorgeous details and the feel of intimacy totally has us swooning.