Dana & Nelson’s Pipes Canyon Joshua Tree Wedding

Above image: A purple hue lingers over Dana & Nelson as the sun sets over Pipes Canyon in Joshua Tree, California.

I’m happy to share on the blog another of my favorite weddings that I had the opportunity to shoot in October of 2014 at Pipes Canyon Lodge. Looking at Dana & Nelson now really drives home the message that true-resilient-love is a big part of “Winning at Life 101”. At the risk of sounding bold here, livin’ ain’t quite the same without it.


I’d say that Dana and Nelson will agree with me that Joshua Tree is a very special place and our deep fascination never tires. Personally, the trail of fond memories seem endless in my mind, spanning many years in time, each rich in manner. For me it’s natural that taking another look back at these photos inspires a kind of wanderlust that wants me to drop everything and runaway to the desert now. Not forever mind you, but a few days always sounds so, so nice. But whims sometimes most be fought I suppose and I can at least soothe myself by saying that I will have the chance to go back and photograph another Joshua Tree wedding this May.

So, I will hang tight for now.

Get a feel for their day and watch the slideshow I designed especially for Dana & Nelson! There are so many wonderful photos from their day of celebration, it seems the most fitting way to share it with you all.


“We could not have asked for a more incredible experience. Capturing such a special event in a beautiful but harsh environment is not easy, and Gina was perfect. She is about as professional as they come in every aspect- very well organized and clear. Her timelines and shot lists were created well in advanced and really helped us to plan the flow of our entire day. Gina has a great personality that helped to make both my wife and I feel at ease the entire time she was shooting. She did a wonderful job of making all of our wedding guests comfortable being themselves, which resulted in so many fun pictures. We were so excited when we got our pictures, as they are absolutely stunning. We were blown away. Gina did such an amazing job of capturing all of the magic of the best day of our lives and making us both feel great about ourselves. We loved the little USB book that our pictures came in. The rates are completely agreeable and not intimidating. We are so happy Gina photographed our wedding! Thank you, Gina! ” – Nelson & Dana


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