Elopement inspiration with artisanal Mexican decor at Joshua Tree National Park
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!”
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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 and Main
Ceramic Snakes and shot glasses: Made by Aram Guzman of Clay Queeries
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