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…”
Sometimes it’s really nice to forget all the stresses, strains and ‘stuff’ surrounding a wedding, a focus on the really important things. The love. The relationship. The reason you’re doing all this at all…
Casey & Haylie did just that. The couple live in LA and were only in Arizona, where they had their engagement session scheduled, for a short while so they wanted to keep things as simple as possible. What could be more beautiful, honest and unfussy that a shoot in the desert? No props, no stylists, just the two of them and their love.
“I don’t like your typical styled shoot,” wrote wedding photographer Brooke Davis. “I just have to come clean here. I decided that if I do one it has to be different.”
And different is what Brooke does best. Not just ‘Ohh let’s throw a few random things together from a decided ‘theme’ and see what works… like, hum… how about a goth wedding shoot? we haven’t seen anyone do that for a while… Or what’s the latest movie blockbuster, can that become a wedding shoot? That will be sooo popular on wedding blogs’.
No Brooke Davis is real. She’s genuine, authentic and unapologetically herself. She’s an artist. I haven’t even met her (yet!) and already I’m obsessed.
“I can promise you all a few things”, she continues. “One, it will be straight from a melody (I’m obsessed with music). Two, it will be slightly out of the box. And three, it will be honest to what inspires me.”
Ahh Palm Springs you are on my travel wish list for sure, and seeing weddings like Tasha & Curtis’ makes me yearn for your palm trees even more.
The wedding was held at the achingly cool Ace Hotel in June. “I’d describe our wedding theme as 1970s Rock n Roll”, explained the bride. “Curtis is much more traditional than I am (shockingly – he has long hair and tattoos covering most of his body!) so we wanted to find a way to use the traditional ceremony but make it feel really personal and our own. We had our parents walk in at the front of the wedding party, then all of our ‘Allies’, as we called them, came in separately (no boy/girl pairs – they each stand alone in awesomeness) and then we came in together. The wedding party walked in to a string quartet version of Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ and we walked in together to Citizen Cope’s ‘Somehow’. We had a good friend as our officiant and instead of having my dad ‘give me away’, we had a question/response where my parents accepted Curtis into their family and his parents accepted me into theirs. It was really beautiful. We also had a call and response where our guests ‘gave us away’ to each other!”
For the reception decor the couple went all out with coming up with something creative. “ I loved the table settings – horseshoes, vintage books, milkglass vases with billy balls, mason jars with candles and these amazing rope number signs that one of my Maid of Honor’s made (I had two!) Plus i’m obsessed with the placecards. We made them by picking out old casettes specifically per guest and I used a vintage label maker to put their names on them.”
As a girl who’s more than slightly obsessed with weddings and photography, there’s pretty much nothing more thrilling to me than discovering new (to me) wedding photographer that is INCREDIBLE. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does I feel like I’ve won the wedding-blogging-lottery. And don’t even get me started on what happens when I discover a videographer with as much talent as this. Actual tears people, there were actual tears.
I saw these images and the video on Saturday afternoon. A photographer friend of mine emailed me the link and said, and I quote, “This is possibly the best wedding film and set of images I’ve ever seen… I thought you might like to see! Holy shit it’s all so beautiful.” And you know what dude, I couldn’t agree more.
Just stop what you’re doing for 4 minutes, enlarge the video to full screen view, and completely immerse yourself in this…
I quickly shared the link with a couple of photographer friends of mine and we spent the next hour messaging back and forth about our obsession with the entire thing. Who were these amazingly awesome people? Where did Whit & Colby get off being so damn bad ass, sexy and cool? Who was this photographer? Who was this videographer? How could we subtly insert ourselves into their lives?! Could I pull off an undercut?
I just knew that I had to share it on Rock n Roll Bride so I emailed the photographer, Brooke Davis, to ask if I could. I then crossed all my fingers and toes and hoped and prayed it wasn’t already promised to another wedding blog. Within an hour she emailed me back to say she’d be thrilled for me to feature it and that she thought it was perfect for my blog. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK.
This week I instagrammed (is that a word now?) that I was missing the desert… and jeez, Lindsay & Mike’s engagement session isn’t helping me much.
“He is a musician, she creates leather goods and together they travel around with different music festivals like Coachella and Warped”, photographer Kayleen told me. “They were just married over the weekend and have departed on the Warped Tour. This is their engagement session shot at the Little Sahara in the middle of Utah and the old ghost town of Eureka.”
Yep, that’s it. I’m heading back to Vegas as soon as I can! See you there?