What’s the best part about being a traveling photographer and having a huge, far-spread family? You always have a family member nearby your shoot location! Joshua Tree has been on my bucket list for YEARS. So I decided to plan a stylized engagement and elopement photo shoot in Joshua Tree, California. Thankfully my sister Emily lives in San Diego so we got to have an awesome “sister weekend” and she drove up to help me style the shoot.
It was still snowy and frigid in Michigan so I was really looking forward to spending some time in desert. As luck would have it, I was on my way to the airport when I got a message from my Airbnb host. There had been a super rare snowfall in Joshua Tree and she was worried the road to our cabin might be impassable! I guess you can take the girl out of the Michigan snow but the snow’ll just follow her. (Is that a saying? It is now.)
Luckily, quite a bit of the snow had melted before Emily and I arrived so we were still able to stay in this adorable Airbnb. It was such a surreal experience to see the snow covered desert town. We were only in town for a few days but you best believe there was lots of coffee drinking, brunch eating, and thrift shopping goin’ on.
Our first stop on Saturday morning was brunch at the Frontier Café. They have super delicious breakfast sandwiches (with gluten-free bread), the cutest decor (which you know I’m a sucker for), and kombucha on tap. What more can two hipster sisters want?
Other places we ate:
We found some of the most adorable boutiques, vintage shops and thrift stores! At one of the shops, Emily found the cutest pair of vintage sunglasses and I found some cool vintage home decor pieces. (Shhh don’t tell Matt.)
Our favorite shops:
Because no trip is complete without a local coffee shop I have to mention Joshua Tree Coffee Co! I got the yummiest almond milk latte right before our scheduled shoot and it pepped me right up. We also stopped by the Cactus Mart which you can thank for all the adorable lil succulents featured below. It’s not a desert trip without taking hundreds of photos of cacti and succulents right?
All in all, it was a great weekend in Joshua Tree. I absolutely love our country’s national parks. Every time I visit one, it blows my mind that we have such beautiful places right in our backyard. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Joshua Tree, I highly recommend you do! I can’t wait to go back soon!