When Carly contacted me and asked me to take photos of her and her fiance, Patrick’s elopement, I was so excited! I met Carly several years ago when we both joined a women’s support and empowerment group. We spent about 2 years talking on the phone, but had never met. Carly and Patrick had been living in Burlington Vermont and decided to give up their sedentary lifestyles, give in to wanderlust and pack everything into a van for a few years- travel the country see where the wind blew them. You can follow their adventure on Instagram @thevanpirechronicles They made it all the way to California and have a special place in their hearts for the western desert. We finally had the chance to meet face to face and give each other big hugs on the day we did their elopement shoot in Joshua Tree National Monument. Joshua Tree is a breathtakingly beautiful and unique landscape to shoot in. The light and landscape are beyond gorgeous. Carly and Patrick were amazing and we had the most wonderful day, getting to know each other better, exploring the park and taking beautiful photos of this stunning couple. An unforgettable day with forever new friends.