Samantha and Jason didn’t want a big fuss and they certainly didn’t want their wedding to overtake their lives. So instead of taking the traditional route, they decided to rent an AirBnB in Yucca Valley and have a low key yet perfectly ‘them’ wedding in the desert. Both lovers of this environment, they’ve spent many vacations exploring places such as Joshua Tree, Mojave, Red Rock and Death Valley. Surrounded by their nearest and dearest they said their “I do’s” under a homemade arch, with the ceremony officiated by the bride’s sister.
“We are outdoor wanderers and love to explore and camp in nature,” Samantha began. “Most of our birthdays and anniversaries are spent celebrating out in the desert, camping, exploring and enjoying delicious steak and wine under the night sky. So many memories were formed in this magical place and we always dreamed that we would celebrate our commitment ceremony out in the desert.”
Palm Springs, a desert city in southern California, is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels and gorgeous mid century modern architecture. For Bernadette and Andrew it also provided the perfect backdrop for their poolside ceremony meets intimate dinner party wedding.
“The great part about having your wedding in the wonderland that is Palm Springs is that the theme basically sets itself!”, began the bride. “We love the mid-century desert oasis aesthetic of the city and tried to leverage as much of that as we could. But really, because our wedding was intentionally kept very small (30 total people, including us), overall the theme was ‘intimate dinner party’. Since our wedding was Halloween weekend (we first kissed on Halloween, and Andrew proposed on Halloween!), our ‘rehearsal dinner’ was actually a giant Halloween costume party – I wore a giant inflatable banana costume and Andrew wore a wedding dress from Amazon – that he later jumped in the pool while wearing!”
I don’t know about you, but for me one of the greatest things about stalking people on the internet is when they get married and I can all fall in love with them a little bit more! I’ve been virtually following Kaylah, aka The Dainty Squid, online for years (we share an obvious mutual affinity with colourful hair!) so when I saw her June wedding to long-term partner Jeff I was thrilled. I poured over their beautiful images for what felt like hours, soaking up every last beautiful drop. So, when their photographer Madeline Barr submitted them for us to publish I obviously had to say yes, and did so in about 5 seconds flat.
They were married in an actual ghost town, Two Guns, in Arizona with just a few select family members and friends as witnesses. “Our wedding was inspired by our love of travel”, Kaylah told us. “Jeff and I have been taking trips to the desert since the year we met. It’s become a huge piece of our relationship and we both kind of credit that first trip together for making us work. We learned so much about each other and really fell in love then. Our road trips bring us so much joy and are such a huge highlight to us that we could not think of anything more ~us~ than to get married in the desert.”