Uniquely Artistic California Elopement at Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum

June 4, 2016 | Junebug Weddings


Every inch of this Joshua Tree elopement exudes desert hippie chic! Martha and Tony wanted their special day to reflect their bohemian style with out-of-the-ordinary artistic details, and the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum fit the bill! The couple values spontaneity and living in the moment, so they decided to pick out a lot of the details in the final days leading up to the wedding – the bride even chose her shawl on the day-of! Dada-inspired artwork made of reclaimed materials like old TVs and salvaged metals sets the stage for the couple’s passionate, eclectic elopement ceremony. We love how Martha and Tony chose to keep the ceremony simple and to celebrate with their friends and family at a Mexican restaurant afterward. Valerie Denise Photos captured every effortless, sweet moment along the way!

The Couple:

Martha and Tony

The Wedding:

Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum, Joshua Tree, California



I wanted to feel like a hippie bride and I wanted to give the vibe that we were in a desert. What I loved about my wedding dress was that I purchased it one week before the elopement at Forever 21. The day of the elopement, I went to go buy a lace cardigan from Forever 21 that fit the dress perfectly! I asked everyone to wear whatever they wanted!




My most memorable moment was hearing one of my good friends playing guitar, walking down the aisle, and seeing my fiancé about to become my husband waiting for me.



I love a photo we took during the ceremony looking at my husband because I have never seen that look on me before. I love the way I looked at him. And the way he was looking at me as well.


Aside from having our ceremony at a place where there’s never been a wedding before, we personalized our elopement by placing root-beer bottles and eucalyptus at what looked like a window, and we had one of our friends play guitar during the ceremony.







Our wedding colors were very neutral so they wouldn’t clash with the colors of the museum.


Not only did I get the privilege of having my best friend be my matron of honor, but she was my photographer. We used to talk about who we would marry at 15 and 16, and she got to be the one to document one of the most important days of mine and my husband’s lives. It was magical.


My husband is a tattoo artist who loves art in all shapes and sizes; especially art that is strange and out of the ordinary. Our photographer had heard about “Noah’s Art Museum” and recommended us to go!




My husband and I are very different people who enjoy freedom. We wanted to have a very boho/retro feel because we’re both old souls at heart.







The Wedding Team:

Photography – Valerie Denise Photos
Ceremony Venue –Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum
Floral Design – Baylie Hobbs
Officiant – Zachary Metz
Live Music – Joseph Esposito
Makeup Artist – Valerie Metz
Hair Styling – Jordan Taylor
Wedding Dress – Forever 21
Bridal Accessories – Wildflower Roots
Groom’s Apparel – Burlington Factory
Rings – Robbins BrothersKay Jewelers


Congratulations to Martha and Tony! A big thanks to Valerie Denise Photos for sharing this beautiful wedding with us. For more desert elopement inspo, check out this Adventurous Desert Elopement!


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