Bailey and Maggie’s Cap Rock Ceremony With Matching Heart Sunglasses & an Epic Convertible

Bailey and Maggie’s Cap Rock Ceremony With Matching Heart Sunglasses & an Epic Convertible

Bailey and Maggie decided to rock the cool desert vibe during their elopement with matching sunglasses in Joshua Tree. They even drove out to their ceremony in a convertible and danced under the sunset. Get all the details from their adventure and their ceremony at Cap Rock.

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About This Elopement Ceremony at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree

“Bailey and Maggie traveled all the way from Illinois for their magical Joshua Tree elopement. These two brides fully embodied the effortless desert cool vibe all day long – from getting ready in a historic little home just outside the park, to hopping in an amazing convertible to drive out to their ceremony location, to their iconic heart shades… Every part of the day was intentional and joyful. We danced under the sunset skies, recreated a Thelma & Louise snapshot, and got a little bit artsy with the car headlights long after the sun went down.” [Allie, the photographer]

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Permits For Your Cap Rock Ceremony

Permits are needed for wedding ceremonies and there are multiple locations to choose from depending on your guest count, if any. After the ceremony, you can take portraits elsewhere within the park – following all existing park guidelines. This ceremony was at Cap Rock.

There are no dried florals permitted in the park, so live or faux florals are recommended. Maggie & Bailey opted for live florals, which I picked up in Palm Springs for them that morning on my way to their AirBnb.

You can have a free-standing arch (it cannot be placed into the ground) if you’d like. At this elopement we did not bring any ceremony decor – they opted to use the natural beauty of the park as their backdrop.” [Allie, the photographer]

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Top Tip For Your Joshua Tree Adventure

“There are many beautiful AirBnbs/VRBOs nearby in the town of Joshua Tree! I always recommend getting ready and having your first look there, then heading into the park together. Maggie and Bailey did exactly this, so they could drive into the park together in this amazing rented classic convertible!” [Allie, the photographer]

Memorable Moments From This Elopement

From the photographer:

“Their request to recreate an iconic Thelma & Louise portrait. It was so fun to create (and I think we nailed it!) They brought matching heart sunglasses – practical AND adorable. 

I also loved the moment when Maggie wiped away Bailey’s teardrops during their vow exchange. Raw emotions get my heart every time!” [Allie, the photographer]

Final Words Of Advice From The Photographer

“During the week of this elopement, there were rumors of a potential government shutdown which would have meant closure of JTNP. I worked to send alternate location ideas to the couple and kept them updated as the news progressed. Thankfully the shutdown was avoided, so they were able to keep their original plan! But we had backup plans A, B, and C ready to go just in case.

This is why it’s important to work with an experienced elopement photographer who can source alternative ideas to make sure your elopement is still possible (and beautiful, and memorable!) no matter what happens. Be ready to go with the flow, and remember that the most important part is getting married and celebrating your love!” [Allie, the photographer]


Photography | Allie Dearie Photography

Location | Joshua Tree National Park 

Florist | My Little Flower Shop 

Hair & Makeup | DIY

Wedding Attire | Love Shack Fancy , Farm Rio & Madewell 

Rings | Bands by Dallas Maynard, Bailey’s engagement ring by Artemer, Maggie’s engagement ring restored by Lestor Lampert

Car Rental |Turo 

Lodging | AirBnb 

Photos From This Elopement

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