Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park
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Photographers Michael Gomez and Emily Birkeland designed this heartwarming elopement inspiration to show couples that Covid-19 can’t stop them from having a special day.

Using real-life married couple Aram and Juan, the team set up a casual picnic in California’s Joshua Tree National Park that celebrated both LGBTQ+ Pride and Mexican culture and also included the couple’s favorite foods.

“As a gay man myself,” says Gomez, “it has become increasingly important to me that I represent my community in my professional photography.”

As the sun dyed the park golden, Aram and Juan toasted with custom margaritas and feasted on wood-fired pepperoni and jalapeño pizza.

“My hope is that this styled shoot can show people they can still have romantic elopements and weddings in a world where large gatherings are on hold,” Gomez says. “All you need is love, pizza, margaritas, and some golden light!”

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park| Michael Gomez Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

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Photography and Design: Michael Gomez

Second Shooter and Design: Emily Birkeland of Dahlia and Finch Photography

Florals: Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main IG:@WinstonandMain

Ceramic Snakes and shot glasses: Made by Aram Guzman of Clay Queeries

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