Joshua Tree Wedding Photographer

Joshua Tree Destination Wedding

Easily one of the most gorgeous outdoor locations in all of Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park has quickly become a popular setting for destination weddings. What makes Joshua Tree weddings so unique is that they truly reflect that trendy boho-style, romantic desert vibe that meets the needs of brides and grooms opting for a more natural, outdoor setting to get married. In fact, the tranquil setting of Joshua Tree combined with rowdy wedding reception festivities outside of the national park is why Joshua Tree wedding photographer Ryan Horban began offering services to the area.

Ryan Horban has photographed hundreds of bohemian style desert weddings, focusing on candid, authentic, un-posed moments that blend photojournalism and emotion. His Joshua Tree wedding photography also captures all the bold and colorful Navajo patterns, textiles, longhorn skulls, and other wedding decor that epitomizes southwestern flair commonly seen at Joshua Tree weddings. By incorporating the natural landscape, boho decor, and personal interactions of a bride and groom in his Joshua Tree wedding photography, Ryan Horban has developed a style that has made him one of the best Joshua Tree wedding photographers.

Want to inquire about Ryan Horban being the Joshua Tree wedding photographer for your desert wedding? Text him at 951-704-9503 or send him an email using the contact form. Also, please note that Ryan Horban does not refer to himself in 3rd person in real life because that would be super weird.

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Top 5 Joshua Tree Wedding Photographer FAQs

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1. What made you decide to become a Joshua Tree wedding photographer?

Honestly, the very first time I ever visited Joshua Tree was when I photographed an elopement in the national park about 5 years ago. I really did not have any expectations before arriving, but the moment I drove through the visitor’s center and entered the national park I could feel the magic of Joshua Tree. From the unique rock formations, plant diversity, and most importantly the kick ass, stylish brides and grooms who choose the desert as their wedding ceremony, it was an easy move to transition my business to become a Joshua Tree wedding photographer. I also enjoy peeing outdoors so that was a bonus of becoming a wedding photographer in Joshua Tree.

2. What is the best wedding venue in Joshua Tree National Park?

Most people who get married in Joshua Tree do so in the park and then after the ceremony transition to a Joshua Tree wedding venue for the reception. This is because wedding receptions are not allowed inside Joshua Tree National Park. Inside the national park the best place to get married is whatever spot a bride and groom feel is “their spot”. The spot they want to say their wedding vows while making a lifelong commitment to one another. The spot they want to say “I Do” and then spray champagne into the air in celebration.

3. Any tips about Joshua Tree wedding photography?

The most important thing to be mindful of is the weather because Joshua Tree can get so f**king hot in the summer. Throw in some fancy dress clothes and wedding planning stress and the end result is a red-faced couple who are both sweating their butts off. And this Joshua Tree wedding photographer can say with confidence that couples who are miserably hot do NOT want to get romantic with one another. Hell they do not even want to touch each other. And that makes any Joshua Tree wedding photographer struggle to document authentic, romantic photos. So don’t be a dickhead and get married in peak summer to save a few bucks. If you don’t want to consider your Joshua Tree wedding photographer ‘s ability to capture amazing moments, then at least consider the health and well-being of your wedding guests. The last thing you would want on your wedding day is for grandma to black out and collapse near a majestic Joshua Tree because you chose to get married in 108 degree weather.

4. How would you describe your approach to Joshua Tree wedding photography?

The best way to describe my approach to Joshua Tree wedding photography would be that feeling you get when someone asks you, “Do you wanna go do karate in the garage?”. In all seriousness, my approach as a Joshua Tree wedding photographer is to capture authentic, candid, and un-posed moments. The moments in-between that truly reflect the individuality of each couple.

5. I need an affordable Joshua Tree wedding photographer. Can you help with that?

I offer elopement packages as well as affordable wedding packages for small weddings to meet the needs anyone planning a wedding in Joshua Tree. Joshua Tree wedding packages start at $700 an hour with discounts for additional hours of coverage, but please know I can customize anything to your particular needs. If for some reason my prices are outside of your budget…well..all I can say is I’m going to take a pillowcase and fill it full of bars of soap and beat the shit out of you! Just kidding. But seriously even if I can’t be your Joshua Tree wedding photographer I have some really talented associate shooters who are more affordable that do a great job! Also if you need suggestions on local florists, day of coordinators or any of that good stuff I a here to help with that as well!

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Best Joshua Tree Wedding Venues

The Desert Lily

Desert Lily Bed & Breakfast is bohemian Joshua Tree wedding venue ideal for the couple wanting a location that features a rustic and romantic wedding ceremony + reception. Offering spectacular panoramic views of Joshua Tree National Park, Desert Lily is perfect for a bride or groom waning a simple Joshua Tree wedding.

Thunderbird Lodge Retreat

One of the few Joshua Tree wedding venues that can accommodate both indoor weddings or outdoor events, Thunderbird Lodge is located right on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree wedding photographers documenting events at Thunderbird Lodge often comment on the breathtaking high desert views offered courtesy of the cheap Joshua Tree wedding venue.

The Station

One of the most unique and iconic Joshua Tree roadside attractions, this converted gas station is now available to be rented for Joshua Tree weddings for a guest count of up to 150 people. With such a cool retro vibe and decor built into the wedding venue, any Joshua Tree wedding photographer can absolutely crush it at The Station.

Sacred Sands

Located outside the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, this quaint little inn is the perfect Joshua Tree wedding venue for the bride and groom wanting a simple location with desert valley views.

Mojave Sands

Described as “an eco-chic moroccan desert refuge, celebrating modern-minimalism.” this Joshua Tree wedding venue is located within miles from the park entrance. The space is ideal for a Joshua Tree wedding photographer to capture the boho vibe of the desert city.

Hicksville Trailer Palace

A location that can definitely result in some kick ass Joshua Tree wedding photography, this “trailer-park” style motel is ideal for quirky, intimate weddings. The Joshua Tree wedding venue offers theme-inspired trailers, mini golf, fire pits and more for wedding guests to enjoy.

Folly

This modern Joshua Tree wedding venue focuses more on the minimalist approach to create a super unique desert vibe. An off-grid private estate designed by architect Malek Alqadi, Folly is the perfect small Joshua Tree wedding venue. Especially, given the event space is limited to 25 guests or less. What really makes Folly unique is that it beautifully blends indoor-outdoor living in utilizing an innovative minimalistic design. The event space really provides a great setting for a Joshua Tree wedding photographer to get creative.

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Weather in Joshua Tree National Park

Before planning a destination wedding or finding a Joshua Tree wedding photographer the first thing a bride or groom should do is review what the weather in Joshua Tree will be on their wedding date. The reason is because early in the year Joshua Tree can get very cold after you factor in wind, and during the Summer the temperatures can get brutally hot. Nobody wants to be a wedding guest when the temperatures hit triple digits, and most brides and grooms do not want to cozy up and get romantic with each other when they are sweating to death. Therefore, do your Joshua Tree wedding photographer, your guest and most importantly yourself a favor by being mindful of the heat when planning a destination wedding in Joshua Tree.

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Can you get married in Joshua Tree?

Joshua Tree is the perfect location for any bride and groom wanting to elope or have a small, intimate desert wedding, and getting married in the National Park is very easy. Ideally, couples should work with a Joshua Tree wedding planner (even a day of coordinator) to find the best wedding spots in Joshua Tree National Park to have the ceremony. The national park has an entry fee of $30 per car to enter the grounds, and visitors planning to get married in Joshua Tree would need to acquire a marriage license in San Bernardino county. However, anyone planning a destination wedding in Joshua Tree National Park should be advised that receptions are not allowed. Therefore, a second location outside of Joshua Tree National Park would be needed for those wanting to keep the party going all night long!

Couples planning to get married or elope in Joshua Tree do not need to be a California (or US) residents, but the bride and groom will be required to get a marriage license from a California County Clerk’s office. Couples can get a Joshua Tree marriage license from any County Clerk in the state of California, and the marriage license will be valid for 90 days from the day it was issued to the couple.

As of 2017, couple can now get marriage licenses in Joshua Tree, California. People wanting to get their marriage license in Joshua Tree should know that recorder service hours are limited. Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-11:30a.m. and 1:00-2:00p.m. Couples will need to call ahead of time to make an appointment for Joshua Tree marriage licenses and certificates as walk-ins are not allowed.

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Want to see more Joshua Tree engagement sessions, elopements and weddings? Then check out the recent shoots in Joshua Tree below:

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