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Olivia & Brandon's Sunrise Desert Engagement Session // Joshua Tree, CA

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Location: Joshua Tree National Park // Bouquet: The Blooming Gypsy // Bouquet ribbon: Party Crush Studio // Dresses: Anthropologie and Show Me Your Mumu // Engagement ring: Trumpet & Horn //

Brandon and I got engaged this past Christmas! After exchanging our gifts we got for each other, he said he “still has one more gift” for me, immediately I started freaking out inside, he took the ring box out of his pocket and proposed- I was in shock! Even after being together for over 8 years at the time, he completely surprised me with the proposal!

We chose Joshua Tree for our engagement session location because it’s such a unique and beautiful place, I fell in love with it when I first went there last year! I love the desert (and would probably get married there if it was closer!), but since our wedding venue will be closer to the coast, it was the perfect opportunity to get some pretty desert photos for our engagement session! We decided to bring our friends along for the trip out to Joshua Tree and make it into a fun little weekend getaway and had Danielle meet us out there to do a sunrise shoot (since of course it was raining on the evening we wanted to originally shoot on!). It was still fun to get up super early and head out to watch the sunrise in the desert!

While choosing our outfits, I wanted to pick colors and prints that would go well with our personal styles, but also the style of our wedding design. We are planning to have lots of peachy, pink, and orange flowers and printed blue linens for our wedding, so I used those elements as inspiration while picking out my dresses and Brandon’s outfits. I wore an orange floral wrap dress from Anthropologie and an off the shoulder floral dress from Show Me Your Mumu. Brandon wore dark denim jeans and two blue button up shirts from JCrew. I love the pops of color against the more muted desert landscape! Lastly, since my friends know I love flowers so much, they surprised me with a floral crown and bouquet made by The Bloomin’ Gypsy for our engagement photos!! It was the sweetest gift and really made the photos that much more special!

I love that we chose such a cool place for our engagement session, and I know we will always have a special connection to Joshua Tree because of that! We cannot wait for our wedding next Spring, and these beautiful photos Danielle took of us make us even more excited to see what she captures on our wedding day!!

Joshua Tree Wedding: Curtis & Maria's Sacred Sands Wedding //

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We LOVE Joshua Tree and Palm Springs, so it was so nice to be down there for a wedding a few weeks ago. It was even more special because Adam has known Curtis for a long time. Adam played in a hard core band with his brother Derek, and we went to Cal Poly with Curtis so we saw him a few times during those years. Shooting weddings for people we know is the best! :) Be sure to check out Adam's video above which starts with their pre shoot, and I'll be posting my photos from that soon!

Venue: Sacred Sands // Video: Adam of Danielle Poff Photography // Florist: Vave Studio // Desert: Over The Rainbow Desserts // DJ: Cedric // Catering: Lulu Catering // Wedding dress: Jenny Packham // Film scans by Photovision //