Ethan + Alexandra’s Joshua Tree Elopement

The Story: Alexandra and Ethan met on a night out with friends and instantly connected over their shared love for working out and hiking. These two also share a love of travel with Ethan proposing 175 feet in the air on The Seattle Great Wheel overlooking the waterfront over Puget Sound. For these adventurers, an intimate elopement in Joshua Tree was the perfect way to tie the knot. 

The Location: A quirky abode in Joshua Tree National Park – a mid century modern Airbnb surrounded by desert. The property’s metallic mountain-shaped sculpture was reminiscent of all the hikes that the couple had been on together and served as a perfect altar for the ceremony. The property had a game room and hot tub which Alex and Ethan enjoyed with their guests.

The Vibes: Desert boho with cool mid century feels. This low key wedding was all about sharing special moments with lifelong friends. Their biggest splurge was on the property for the moment and their photographer for the memories.

The Details: Inspired by a natural desert color palette of cream, blush and rust, Pinyon Pine Floral Design incorporated a mix of desert grasses, foliage and other dried elements in the wedding florals with a base of eucalyptus greens. Luna, the couple’s beloved rescue dog who watched Alex and Ethan tie the knot, had a matching floral collar. Alex’s Made with Love Bridal’s “Harlie” dress sported a sleek fit with a flared style and embellished with delicate lace. This was accessorised with a long veil for the ceremony which Alex swapped with a Gigi Pip hat adorned with a flower crown to match her bouquet. Ethan kept his suit simple and sleek, opting for a classic black and burnt orange tie.

Tips & Highlights:

  • Elope your way and splurge where it counts! At the end of the day, all you are left with is the marriage and the memories, so make sure your big day is exactly what you want. Eloping means you can spend more on details like your dress, flowers and photographer. 
  • Alex and Ethan wanted to incorporate some of their cultural heritage into their elopement. The Greek wedding tradition of exchanging Stefana (crowns) whereby crowns are attached by a continuous ribbon, signifying the unification of the new couple, was performed by a family member.
  • An elopement is an intimate affair. If you are considering having a smaller wedding, think about what additional roles your guest can play. Ethan’s best childhood friend officiated their ceremony and Alex’s best friend did her makeup and served as their witness.




Photography: Stephanie Lynn Co. // Videography: Sam Bennett Media // Stationery: Minted // Bridal Salon: Ivory Bridal Boutique // Floral: Pinyon Pine Floral Design // Jewellery: The Vault Fine Jewelry // Desserts: Pastel Bravo // Makeup: Hillery Gunner // Hair: Melissa Hoyle | Other Services: Kayla Buchman // Signage: Scribble and Script // Accessories: Gigi Pip // Wedding Dress:  Made with Love Bridal // Other Services: Published + Pretty // Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank // Submitted via: Matchology