cholla cactus garden engagement

Bridget is one of the first photographer friends I've made since going full time. So when I found out she would be around Joshua Tree during the exact same weekend as us, we made sure to set something up -- even if it required a 3:30 am wake up call. To also mention: I think meeting up in vast National Parks in the states is going to be a reoccurring thing (which I'm totally okay with); last summer on a family vacation while hiking the Narrows, I ran into Bridget & Mark ... in the middle of a canyon in Zion. When I first met Bridget, we were exploring Olympic National Park at a photography workshop last June!

Kristine & I arrived at the Cholla Cactus Garden a little earlier than anticipated & took a 20 minute nap (sleeping arrangements the night prior were a little sketch, but that story is for another day). Around 5:45 am Bridget & Mark came roarin' down on a sweet Harley Davidson -- shooting with a motorcycle has been on my bucket list for quite some time, so to say that I was stoked would be an understatement.

We ventured around the garden through the blue hour, got pricked by one too many cholla cacti, made laps on the motorcycle on the desert roads, & then ended our morning at brunch in a sweet little cafe outside the park. 

Loved this day and love these people! Can't wait to see where this next chapter of life takes them, & I'm sure we will meet again soon!