Love and Marij is excited to share this wedding recap photographed by JamieY, owner of JamieY Photography, featuring a styled cannabis elopement photoshoot with couple Raquel and Greg.  JamieY is passionate about doing justice to her clients’ spirits and believes in showcasing why they shine in every photo, as mentioned on her website. 

The shoot took place in Nipton, California; a former ghost town discovered sixty miles south of Vegas, on the edge of the Mojave desert. Known for its breathtaking mountains, sunsets, and dark skies, this cannabis-friendly resort is referred to as “Magical Nipton.” 

Nipton’s cool vibe is second to none with features such as tee-pees available for rent where guests are surrounded by an eighty-acre outdoor art gallery.  

Raquel, Greg and Jamie were eager to showcase its unique features and options that allow a perfect wedding or elopement venue in a desert town with a rustic feel.

Guests at Nipton are able to smoke cannabis freely in their public smoking areas. “If you want a weed wedding, this is your spot,” JamieY says. Couples may choose to have a small intimate elopement ceremony, like Raquel and Greg, or rent out the entire town for their big day.

Raquel and Greg chose a picnic-setup in front of a teepee incorporating cannabis for their ceremony location. 

They each ate an edible before the ceremony, followed by a joint unity lighting. The couple both lit their joints by the officiant and said their vows.  

There was also a bar cart adorned with cannabis leaves and nuggets alongside THC-infused brownies and macaroons. Celebration beverages included Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise Zinfandel and Ace Craft Cider. 

The couple and Jamie smoked in the teepee afterward, but there is also a hotel named “Hotel California,” and even a bar should anyone be interested. 

JamieY leaves LMJ with a beautiful final line about the beauty and catch-all atmosphere of this cannabis-friendly community, she states “Nipton is like a little jewel in the middle of the desert. Surrounded by art, amazing sunsets, Joshua trees, and you can even see the milky way at night.” While Nipton in and of itself is an amazing destination, we continue to hope for the addition of more cannabis-friendly towns and resorts like it to allow more options for wedding venues.


The full gallery containing the photos from JamieY’s styled shoot is here for your inspiration!


Vendor Credits:

Planner/Styling: Desert Elopements & Emily Reno Events

Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions

Hair/Makeup: Makeup In The 702

Florals: Alexander Wong Events

Location: Magical Nipton