Death isn’t the first word that comes to mind for a wedding destination, but this Death Valley elopement photographer will convince you otherwise! Because Death Valley National Park is the largest in the lower 48, it’s expansive scenic driving opportunities will have your jaw on the ground. It’s desolate, intimate, and perfect for a couple seeking a unique destination for their outdoor elopement. With minimal lodging options (and even less cell reception), it requires you to plan ahead. In the winter temperatures are warm, but not sweltering like in the summer months. Special use (wedding) permit information can be found here.

I planned + designed this Death Valley elopement inspiration to showcase the park’s beauty and the possibilities for eloping here. Luke + Kait ran around the desert with me, stylishly too! The suit is true vintage corduroy and even dreamier in person. Kait donned a delicate tulle dress with contrasting Doc Martens. They were perfect for all the sand/dirt that comes with this national park. We adventured at sunrise and sunset for the most flattering light, and there is still so much left to explore! We barely scratched the surface of this park. If you’d like to elope at or near Death Valley National Park, contact me here about it.

These images + my planning insight are featured on Wandering Weddings’ blog here.

Dress: Raw + Golden Rentals
Floral Design: Iris & Barry Blooms
Jacket: @c.louise_creative


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Emily Hary is an adventure elopement photographer based in Michigan. She serves Alaska, Oregon, our beautiful national parks, and beyond.