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james + zoe — intimate elopement among the rocks in joshua tree

These two incredible humans and I collaborated together to create the elopement day of their dreams in Joshua Tree. And, it was truly so dreamy! It felt so intimate, so special, and so perfect for them. This is why I love elopements! Aaaaaand, these two left me the kindest review ever!

"Run, don't walk, to book Marissa as your photographer!!! We booked her as our elopement photographer and got THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER, and (inadvertently), an elopement planner, officiant, and stylist all in one. Marissa went ABOVE AND BEYOND at every point, and I could not recommend her more highly.

Here are a few things we got when we booked Marissa that we were not expecting:

  1. Elopement Planner — Marissa helped find our dream elopement venue with her curated list of gorgeous airbnbs and saved us the fees / regulations associated with getting married in Joshua Tree (she will save you from your own mistakes). She also gave great vendor recommendations.

  2. Stylist — I accidentally booked hair and makeup way too early in the day, so she (SO KINDLY) offered to throw in a couple's session for us, and even made my pipe dream of doing a retro photoshoot come true with a week's notice by providing styling tips and even bringing sunglasses (again she will save you from your own mistakes).

  3. The comfort queen! — Her clients call her that and for good reason - we are not the most comfortable in front of the camera, but NEVER ONCE did my face feel frozen from smiling / never once did we feel awkward. She made the process SO FUN, effortless, comfortable, and like "us." She felt like a true guide throughout the process. It was also important to us (an interracial couple) for our photographer to be inclusive - we could tell from Marissa's page that inclusivity (photographing people with all skin tones, and photographing all love) was important to her, which helped put us at ease.

  4. Officiant — We had Marissa surprise us with officiating so we had no idea what to expect, and the ceremony was perfect! It felt exactly right.

  5. THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER — I will never get over these photos. They captured our day perfectly. We have gotten so many compliments (and someone reached out to ask about Marissa upon seeing our photos) - her work speaks for itself.

We will always be grateful to Marissa - thank you, thank you!"

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