The photographer behind this bridal shoot at Joshua Tree National Park in southern California had a unique vision in mind – stark desert landscape with a beautiful bride. The product was this gorgeous and ethereal shoot with one truly blushing Mrs. Oftentimes, when brides choose to take bridal portraits, they do so weeks before the wedding. But the photographer approached bride Bonna about doing one more fun session in her dress after she said “I do.” The chance to put on her wedding gown one more time was just too good for Bonna to pass up.
The sky was crystal clear. The sunlight was warm and plentiful. And the location teemed with rock formations and desert plant life.
Bonna was the epitome of a California girl with her blonde hair, sun-kissed complexion, and natural beauty. Her wedding gown was a beautiful blush pink ball gown with a structured bodice and voluminous skirt. Her only accessories were skinny dangle earrings, which complemented her short and stylish hair.
The contrast of this shoot was intriguing. Bonna’s graceful appearance softened the feel of the raw and rugged surroundings.
The blush tone of Bonna’s gown perfectly paired with the warm colors of the shoot. With the sunlight fading, the landscape became a canvas of gold, yellow, and light green and she was quickly made a radiant spot amid the boulders.
The park boasts many hiking trails and places for moments of reflection. The bride took a minute to admire the beauty of the desert.
Joshua trees can be seen everywhere. The park’s curling, sprouting namesake was a unique and symbolic reminder of the location.
As the sun started to dip below the mountains in the distance, Bonna grabbed a chambray shirt to cover her shoulders. It was an ingenious touch perfectly placed at the conclusion of this desert bridal shoot.
The diversity in this shoot serves as a reminder that it’s okay to think outside the typical bridal portrait style. Embark on new concepts. Embrace the different. And do it when the time is right. Whether it’s one month before your wedding, or ten years after, one never truly stops being a bride.
Photography: Alexandra Elise Photography