It’s no secret that I am completely obsessed with Made U Look‘s photography. I know I’m not supposed to have favourites and all, but if I was forced… well, they’d be way up there. They just kill it every time. Which is why, when Vicki and Lee sent me the photos of their elopement at a church in the Californian desert, shot by Made U Look, I didn’t hesitate for one second when I replied saying “Yes, yes, yes I want to feature you!”
Quite apart from the stunning photographs, this is the kind of wedding that I truly adore. I’ve written before how much I love low key, simple and intimate weddings and this one completely encompasses that – no stress, no stuff, just the two of them, their son and their witnesses. The ceremony was followed by a jam session on guitars with beer and cake by the roadside – I mean, what could be more perfect than that?
When you’re looking through a set of wedding photos on a blog, do you ever wish they’d never end? They’re so beautiful/ crazy/ awesome/ cool (or all of the above) that you want to see more, more more?! Well that’s exactly how I felt the whole way through viewing Jordan and Charley’s incredibly stunning desert wedding. Held at Sacred Sands bed and breakfast, this celebration was intimate, carefree and beautiful and they had the photographs to match.
“We knew that we wanted to have a destination wedding from the start”, began the bride, “and after visiting Joshua Tree, we thought it would be the perfect place to create a retreat-like getaway for our family and friends. We chose the region as a backdrop for our wedding based on its unique and bizarre beauty, and it set the theme for the rest of the décor. We wanted to keep the natural beauty of the landscape as the focal point of our wedding, to which we added a mix of succulents and some DIY touches like hand painted windows as our seating chart and signage; Edward Gorey tarot card place-markers; an awesome mix of succulents in eclectic containers; a photo tribute table decorated with family photos, vintage cameras, and our instax photo guestbook.”
Engagement and couple shoots aren’t usually my bag… I mean I like them and think all couples should do them, but I’m never sure if they really make very interesting blog posts. However today I think I’ve been proven wrong. I mean how damn beautiful are these?
Shot in the Spanish desert by French wedding photographer Thierry Joubert, Anne-Sophie and Frederic wanted a shoot to remember their relationship as it is right now. “The arid place lead us into a wild theme, inspired by cinematic classics and Enio Morricone’s soundtracks”, wrote Thierry. “All through the session I kept thinking that this was just like a lovely western script: a wild beauty meeting the lonely cowboy. The couple chose their outfits to fit with the setting and when it all came together it was like magic happening before my eyes.”
Are you ready for something really different and pretty flipping spectacular today? Well, my dear, you are in the right place because Gregg and Lisa’s desert wedding is guaranteed to blow your socks off. They were married outdoors, on public land, and set up a little ‘camp’ where they they celebrated with their friends and family. The entire wedding cost them less than $5000.
“Our wedding was a desert party wedding with Burning Man and Asian influences”, Lisa explained, “We served sake at the bar and let off lanterns. Gregg also really wanted us to get married on a platform, I didn’t understand how tall he wanted it until he stood on our landing in our townhouse…about 8 feet off the ground! I knew it was going to be epic. He wanted to put our love on a pedestal! So we obtained permits with the BLM in the Dixie National Forest in Utah, a chainsaw, and drove 3 different times to cut (already down) cedar wood to build it. Gregg and our unofficial best man Edwin built the alter on site with no screws or nails, just parachute chord.”
Rob and Diana chose the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs to host their wedding back in March. Their day was simple and elegant but with an added dash of sparkle! “Our wedding had a desert chic theme!” wrote the bride. “The otherworldly modern feel of the natural desert offset by a palette of mixed metallics. We did a lot of DIY. I had a serious staff of dedicated friends – we crafted every weekend for four months! I even flew my future mother-in-law out from New York to help – she had great handwriting for all the personalized gift bags from her days teaching kindergarten. Don’t be afraid if you don’t know exactly what its going to look like when you are done, if you can dream it do it!”
“We made everything very personal – from integrating graphic design from my mom to having our friends help design the altar and flowers and do the DJing. Let’s just say any wedding that requires a roll of chicken wire, eight cans of spray paint, a mosh pit, and my father-in-law dropping it to Wu Tang Clan is not the norm. It was what we know of the music scene we grew up in: community, loyalty, and never taking ourselves too seriously.”
What could be more romantic than running off with your fiancé and your BFFs and getting married in the middle of the desert? Well, that’s exactly what Ceri & PC did and I’m thrilled to have been allowed to share a sneaky peek of this super private and intimate wedding with you today. The ceremony took place in the Mojave desert just outside Joshua Tree, California, and afterwards they had a small ‘reception’ at Villa dei Fiori, a house they’d rented for the trip.
“PC and I secretly eloped and got married in the the middle of the Mojave desert on October 26th last year”, wrote Ceri who lives in Oxford with her now-husband. “We planned it in six weeks, he officially proposed two days before, and we only had six guests, two of whom we flew out with us to Los Angeles (my sister and PC’s best woman). We’d originally planned (and I mean that in the vaguest sense) to get married in a field near our house in Oxford this August. Instead when we moved in together last June, I immediately left to go on tour in Asia (I’m an actor/puppeteer) and when I got home PC went away to Norway for six weeks (he runs international festivals. We’re, um… pretty good at long distance relationships!) The day he got back in August he mentioned casually in the kitchen that our friend Brooke was moving to LA with her husband Mags and that she had an ministers licence from the internet…”