This morning we showed you Part 1 of Dana + Evan’s creative, desert wedding day and we’re so excited to show you Part 2! These two were super hands-on with the details (Evan built the ceremony backdrop, stage, lobby bar, photo wall, AND personalized wooden gift boxes for the wedding party – phew!), but they knew where to ask for help. They called on close friends and connections to lend their talents in coordinating, hair + makeup, design, bartending, officiating, and set up + breakdown.
Dana shares, All were so giving and contributed to making the event so personal.
Let’s jump into Part 2 with stunning photos by E.P. Love!
Her smile! And how good are those glasses??
Dana’s Divine Atelier Top and Skirt look SO PRETTY on her!
How about that bouquet by Layered Vintage?
Okay, Wes Anderson fans: are you ready for this?
We originally intended for a Royal Tenenbaum photo booth only but then Crosby + Jon Design came along and wowed us with their ideas to make each station a Wes Anderson movie vibe. It was very subtle, which we loved. The main areas were the Royal Tenenbaum photo booth/lounge and the Grand Budapest Bar station, where guests came up to get a drink and were also given a key to find a seat. The welcome area was Moonrise Kingdom, the ceremony had a Fantastic Mr. Fox vibe, and desserts were Darjeeling Limited.
The chairs and table tops from Archive Rentals are so perfectly punchy + whimsical!
Look at that fun color!
Instead of going into our first dance, my bridesmaid, matron of honor, and me all came out to surprise Evan and sang "Marry Song" while my mom played guitar. He cried and loved it so much. Then, when the song was almost over, we had our first dance while the girls finished the song and I sang into his ear as we danced.
Lean on your friends and connections (this helped us so much)! Give yourself so much longer to plan than you think, especially if you’re bringing everything yourself. Don’t wait to do the seating chart! Try to delegate more. Know what everything costs. Being a photographer, I thought I was aware of everything in the wedding industry but there were some big budget surprises. I really believe you can afford everything you want by making certain sacrifices or saving up for a year! While most couples spend the most on dinner, we decided to spend the most on our photographer and cinematographer because that is what is most important to us. And we had a delicious taco cart because who doesn’t love tacos?!
And don’t forget to check out their fun wedding video from David Matthew Fiser!
We couldn’t think of a more fun way to celebrate! Big congrats to Dana + Evan!
photography: Roger and Lyndzee of EP Love // venue name: Rimrock Ranch, Pioneertown, California, USA // event design: Crosby + Jon // planning: SEJ Events // florals: Layered Vintage // wedding dress: Divine Atelier Top and Skirt // wedding dress boutique: Love and Lace Bridal Salon // hairpiece: Enchanted Atelier // bride's shoes: Betsy Johnson for Bhldn // bride's ring: Rambling Rose Estate Jewelry // bridesmaid dresses: Red and mint dresses from ASOS, Green and teal dresses from Modcloth and Yellow Dress from Unique Vintage // getting ready robes: Amazon // hair stylist: Melody Rachunok // makeup artist: Melody Rachunok // groom attire: Beckett & Robb // groom's shoes: Allen Edmonds from Nordstrom // groom's ring: About Jewelry // videography: David Matthew Fiser // paper goods: Invitation Design: Victory Photo - They were printed to thick wood by Evan's work Riot Color Imaging // calligraphy: Program Design by A51 Studios // handmade details: Workshop & Whiskey // catering: Taco Cart // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // desserts: Parchment Cookies // tabletop rentals: Archive Rentals // furniture rentals: Archive Rentals // specialty rentals: Penske Truck // music: Sam Abraham // officiant: Jeremy Rachunok, friend