Death Valley

Death Valley is ammmmazing in the winter. There are numerous colorful landscapes to enjoy from the Artist's Palette to Badwater Salt Flats, Sand Dunes, Zabrinski Point and numerous slot canyons, too.

I go to Death Valley every winter, twice. I am super familiar with the landscape and willing to offer a discount on photography and elopement planning services in order to shoot an epic elopement here.

I would love to help you plan all of these details from getting ready to the ceremony and and celebration you choose there after. 

Death Valley

Why get married at Death Valley?
The variety of landscapes here are amazing! You can apply for a permit for anywhere or get married in Breakfast Canyon which is closed to visitors. You'll still want to take wedding photos EVERYWHERE. And that's okay, I'm so down for the cause.

Some of my favorite locations are:

MEsquite Sand Dunes


Badwater Basin/ Lake Manly

Zabriskie Point

How to get a permit for a wedding at Death Valley?
Almost all national parks require a special use permit for weddings. If you have more than 10 people for your Death Valley wedding the permit will be for Breakfast Canyon. You can still take photos in your wedding attire all over the park, without any further permitting.  Requests for different elopement locations in Death Valley are reviewed by a case-by-case basis but the less people you have, the better your chances are of approval. Check out the application. 

Rules for Death Valley weddings:
The mission of the National Park Service at large, is to preserve and protect the visitor experience. This means, that you can ask another visitor to move out of the way or bring loud music. You can't set up chairs, unless it's necessary for an elderly guest. You are not allowed to set up arches and all florals are handheld. 

How to get started planning your wedding at Death Valley:
1. Fill out the permit application.
2. Email it to to
3. The park will look at your application and provide info on payment submission. Once it is paid, it will be sent to your for your signature. Sign it and send it back for formal approval.

How much will a Death Valley Wedding Cost:
There are a couple different ways that you can do this. The permit might be $300, if you have guests. However, if your elopement is very low impact and includes less than 10 people, you might not be required to pay for a permit at all. Entry to the park is $30. Then of course, travel, lodging and meals. Let's get into that...

What is the easiest way to get to Death Valley? 
Most all national parks require a little bit of transportation to and from and, in order to really see everything, a car to get around while there. Death Valley feels huge. I've been a frequent visitor for the last 10+ years, I'm not even really sure but I've spent A LOT of time driving around Death Valley and the surrounding area and a car would be good. There are still a lot of things that I haven't seen. I would probably avoid the 4x4 myself as there are plenty of places accessible. 

4x4 at Death Valley 
There are a few places only accessible by 4x4 but I would personally rather avoid those during a wedding as its a huge gamble and risk. The 4x4 isn't as necessary as really good tires, two spares and the ability and time to change them. The road is full of sharp rocks, its not the clearance that the park service highly recommends. Unless you are a regular 4x4 driver and this is a part of who you guys are as a couple, I think renting a regular car to get around is fine, most all other roads are good. If they ever reopen Titus Canyon, than more clearance would be nice and maybe awd depending on what condition they restore the road to. 

Airports to Death Valley
For getting to Death Valley, Las Vegas is pretty easy to fly into. IIt has the reputation for having everything so i bet you could rent or get anything you wanted in terms of last minute wedding supplies. From LAS it's 2 hours. These other cities might be useful too. : Los Angeles - 4 hours and San Diego - 5 hours

Before you go too far, you'll need to get the marriage license
Death Valley is a little out of the way so look ahead to plan getting the marriage licence in California. You can get it from any county in Cali  but call first to double check. Otherwise, you'll need to plan to get it in Independence CA. I can help you with all of this. Alternatively, the paperwork can just be paperwork and you are welcome to share some vows or hold a soul bonding ceremony without worrying about more. Some do it this way and then become legally married at a courthouse later or elsewhere.

Where to stay
I am pretty much a dirtbag and will always camp out when I am in the Death Valley area but if you are getting married, I would totally splurge for the Inn at Death Valley. I absolutely love it there. I almost always stop and go in upstairs to the bar area at least once a trip just to enjoy the ambiance of the hotel. Otherwise I like what some call the pads, I call it the slabs. It's some great free camping not too far from Zabriskie Point. I have a whole list of every option for lodging that is hard to organize here but can provide you this info, if we end up working together.

What's with the weather at Death Valley?
In general, all of my visits have been between November and early April. Anytime in there is perfect weather, to me. It can get a bit cold at night sometimes but I love it. That might be some of the quiestest time at the park, excluding holidays like Christmas - New Years and MLK Day. Maybe a little influx on President's Day weekend. 

What should I do on my wedding Day?
There are so so many amazing things that you could do. You could even split something up into a sunset and a sunrise the following day. I usually like to try to have a bit of a storyline and maybe one part would be:

1.  change into wedding attire in one location before seeing each other for the first time - First look Photos/ Getting ready
2. Gift exchange and or photos with florals
3. Ceremony
4. Celebration - fizzy drinks and cake or cake pops or your favorite beer. Maybe a first dance, but no amplified sounds should be allowed.

Each of those items could be in any of the locations I listed above. You can drive between those locations pretty easily which is cool for getting variety and enjoying the varied views that Death Valley offers. 

What other locations  and photos should I consider?
Man, there are so mannnny amazing places in and around death valley that we could include in photos or do fun things in. We could....
- Camp out under epic spires or run ro ride bikes through them, it looks like another planet
- soak in some super hot hotsprings surrounded by tall grasses and purple mountains
 - share date shakes from a little historic date farm 
- wander through the ramparts of the Rhyolite ghost town 
- look at some sculptures in the desert
- hike to a waterfall in the middle of the hottest place on earth
- stand of the edge of a massive crater
- go sandboarding in the Mesquite Sand Dunes
-  look for opal in Shoshone.
- go bike packing through echo canyon 
- summit a butte
- canyoneering in the funeral mountains

..... and a million and one more things

details of your elopement day in Death Valley

Your elopement shouldn't give you an ulcer.  Instead, you will feel free and alive and in the present moment on your day because I will take care of ironing out all of the little details. 

Be it hiking, biking, jeep tours, sunrises or sunset, or an intimate exchange of vows and a celebration under the stars, I'm here to help you plan it.

We might need permits, florals, cake (there should always be cake), or camping reservations, but you shouldn't skimp out on the details, every little detail will come together to make you feel alive and free and wildly in love.

Because you'll be opting out of inviting the entire family, these photos are even more important. It's the way that you will still be able to tell these people what they mean to you, as it will be your only way to include them.

I will be sure to capture every organic moment as it unfolds and tell your friends and family the story about the day you were married.


Death Valley Elopement


What's Included?


- 2 locations for the elopement photos and hike if desired. Elopement must take place in one of the permitted (if permits are required for you elopement location). 
-PERSONAL AND INTIMATE ELOPEMENT UNIQUE TO YOU (This can include: dinner reservations, a bottle of champagne, flowers, native american flute player, native american blessing ceremony, additional tour reservations and help with accommodations.)

What's Included?

Best for adventure couples who want to experience a national Park during their elopement but only have half a day and might have up to 15 people in attendance

Standard Package starting at $1000
 1 hour- 2.5 hour coverage


adventure Package starting at $1500
all day coverage
several Locations

Best for adventure couples who want to explore and experience on their elopement day- can be couple only or up to 25 persons in attendance

- LOCATION PLANNING,  3-5 locations for the proposal and portrait session and hike if desired, can be broken into two days for the very best light, sunrise and sunset. This can include camping and campfire photos, cake smashing and celebration. Elopement must take place in one of the permitted (if permits are required for you elopement location). 
-PERSONAL AND INTIMATE ELOPEMENT UNIQUE TO YOU (This can include: dinner reservations, a bottle of champagne, flowers, native american flute player, native american blessing ceremony, additional tour reservations and help with accommodations.)



Terri came all the way to Denver to do our wedding, and she did an incredible job! Couldn't have been more comfortable with her taking the photos (bc sometimes posing for pictures is hella awkward, but it wasn't bad at all with her!) She was very professional and got what was needed while also being mindful of our time and need to party! The candid shots she got are some of my favorites! I couldn't have imagined better results! Thanks Terri!


FABULOUS photographer! Terri took adventure wedding photos of my husband and me at sunset at the Grand Canyon. She knew exactly where to go for the perfect lighting and amazing colors. Super efficient and adventurous, moving us around to different beautiful spots for variety, but always checking in to make sure we felt comfortable. She sent us a sneak peak so quickly and had all of our photos ready in just a few days! We'll cherish these photos forever!


Terri is absolutely wonderful to work with. She took the trouble to meet with us before our wedding and discuss the pictures we wanted, and on the day she was full of energy and created fantastic shots for us. She really went above and beyond, doing a lot more than we expected of her in terms of the time she took and all of the different ideas she had for great photos, and we appreciate the amazing results very much. Highly recommend Terri's photography!


I helped put on a Grand Canyon wedding for my friends and we hired Terri for the pics. She was amazing. Of course she got all the regular shots you would expect from a wedding but she also was able to capture much more. She got the grandparents, parents, kids, groomsmen, and bridesmaids in action. Catching people living in the moment is a gift. And Terri has it. Thanks Terri for capturing those magical moments that made the day super special. Memories forever and the pics to remind us. 

We'll be in touch soon!

Thank you!

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”

― Henry David Thoreau