Intimate Joshua Tree Wedding: Monica + Rob

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

Just when we thought we couldn’t love a Joshua Tree wedding more, Monica + Rob’s s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g 29 Palms Inn celebration hit our inbox and we were so smitten. Their intimate celebration was filled with plenty of meaningful touches and they each lent their own creative talents to the day, as well. Rob designed all of the printed materials himself and Monica designed + crafted her own succulent bouquet and the table arrangements. From Monica’s perfect Free People wedding dress to the desert-inspired color palette, to the sweet, sweet vibe of the day, we’re loving it all, and are so glad that Mike Cassimatis was there to capture everything so perfectly!

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

When asked about the inspiration for their day, M + R say, This question is easy! Nature. It’s a huge part of what brought us together, and most of our free time and weekends are dedicated to it. The entire wedding revolved around nature, from the animal-themed invitations to the beautiful desert setting of our wedding weekend.

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

colorful desert invitation

This killer invite suite Rob designed (printed by Elysia Mann + Paper Chase Press) really must have set the perfect tone for the wedding weekend!

free people dress

Free People Wedding Dress

We just can’t get enough of Monica’s gorge Free People dress!

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DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

free people dress

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

free people dress

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

M + R’s two dress-wearing pups are so amazingly cute and must have been a really fun part of their celebration! If you missed our post yesterday, all about incorporating your dog into your wedding, you can read that here!

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

Monica: The most memorable moment was watching Rob choke back sobs as he cried his way through the amazing vows he wrote. Rob is so wonderfully sentimental and cried for about six months leading up to the wedding and straight through the ceremony. I bet he's crying now. Haha. It was very emotional though, everyone was crying! We wrote "vows" to one another, but neither of us really "vowed" anything as much as we talked about how hard our lives were before we became friends and later lovers, what we've learned from each other during the past few years together, and what we love about each other and envision for our future. It's still weird and yet not weird at all to me that we both did it that way. I guess we each decided to say what we needed the other one to hear, and it was much more meaningful to us than googling "wedding vows" (which I totally did before deciding to write what I felt in my heart). There's some advice! Write that down!

Rob: It's very hard to pin down one specific moment. The entire event was a blur of pastel colors, smiles, tears, and cacti. However, I think the moment I remember the most was mid way through reading my vows trying my damndest to hold back tears. I was a mess, crying my way through it and trying to finish each sentence as our friends sat silently waiting for me to finish. About half way through, I finally looked up to the crowd and said "Wow! I really am Emo!" Thankfully the eruption of laughter powered me through the rest of my vows and I didn't have to cry nearly as hard until Monica started reading hers.

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

dogs at wedding

succulent bouquet

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

succulent mason jar centerpieces

succulent mason jar centerpieces

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

Processional: Rolling Thunder – The Adobe Collective

Recessional: I've Just Seen a Face (Beatles Cover) – The Adobe Collective

First Dance: In Spite of Ourselves – John Prine and Iris DeMent

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

I bet everyone says this, but keep it simple. Don't get too caught up in details. It's too easy to stress over little stuff, even if you're a cool laid-back girl who normally would not worry about something as silly as the candles matching the invitations. Remember that when everything is said and done, it's the moments you will remember, not the things you bought or rented. Like how your very pregnant Maid of Honor and future husband had an impromptu push up contest a couple hours before the wedding (I have no idea why that happened), your brother's hilarious speech which he wasn't prepared to give and was more like watching stand-up comedy, or your weird improvisational dancing because you didn't realize exactly how long your first dance song is and you had to fill the time. I honestly don't recall what the silverware looked like and I couldn't care less.

photography: Mike Cassimatis // venue + catering: 29 Palms Inn Joshua Tree National Park, California // event design + planning: Bride & groom // florals: Bride // wedding dress + shoes: Free People // bridesmaid dresses: Free People // hair + makeup: Hair by friend Jami Dale, makeup by the bride // groom’s suit: J.Crew // paper goods: Designed by the groom, silk screen printing by Elysia Mann, insert cards printed by Paper Chase Press // cake: Auntie Em’s Kitchen // officiant: Charlie Ohmsted // music: The Adobe Collective

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Capitol Reef National Park Elopement: Jane + Kellen

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Guys, get ready to majorly fall for Jane + Kellen and their stunning, intimate wedding at Sunset Point in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park. From the beginning, these two knew they wanted a very small wedding (they only had eight guests!) which helped them stay focused on each other, both during the planning and on the big day. By arranging everything themselves, every aspect felt very personal + they were able to place focus on creating the most meaningful ceremony they could imagine – complete with handwritten vows, readings by each of their moms + a “warming of the rings”. Let’s hear a bit more from J + K below before we share the absolutely gorgeous images Phil Chester captured from the day:

We’ve always felt most connected in wild places, and both grew up with a fondness for the deserts of the American West. Early on in our relationship we went on a road trip through Southern Utah, and fell in love with Capitol Reef – the unsung hero of Utah’s national parks, in our opinion. Once we decided on a small wedding/”planned elopement” (which was pretty quick), we both knew Capitol Reef was the destination that’d be the most meaningful. We also both work in sustainability – Jane at Nike, Kellen at a non-profit – but swear that getting married on Earth Day was coincidence!

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

On getting married in a National Park, Jane tells us, The National Park system is one of America’s greatest treasures. If you’re going to get married in a park, be sure to consult with the park rangers well in advance. They’ll help you get the proper permits, ensure your ceremony doesn’t damage the landscape, and likely give you tips on the best spots (i.e. great views, fewer tourists).

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Jane wore the prettiest dress by Bo & Luca, paired with a stunning headpiece by Untamed Petals + metallic bronze Nikes!

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Kellen: Writing our own vows made it incredibly emotional. As we read them to each other, I just felt so...present. When Jane finished reading hers, I almost jumped the gun and kissed her! I settled for wrapping her in a big bear hug. The whole day was joyous, but that memory is the most vivid.

Jane: On your wedding day, you can't help but get a little anxious. But when we reached the ceremony location, overlooking a fantastic gorge, I felt all at once saturated with calmness and openness. As Kellen read his vows to me, all I could hear and see was him, speaking words directly to my heart. I felt the luckiest, most cherished, and most centered in my life.

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Phil convinced Jane + Kellen to get up early and put their wedding clothes back on for a “sunrise shoot” the morning after the big day. Clearly the photos ended up being so worth it!

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Have a plan, but be prepared to abandon it at a moment's notice. The most memorable experiences are the spontaneous ones.

For every planning decision, ask yourself - are we doing this for us? If not, don't do it. It'll just leave a bitter taste in your mouth on the big day.

The best honeymoons come before the wedding. Try to finalize your plans far enough in advance that you can take a few preceding days to just be alone together. We drove from Portland down to Southern Utah, and those three days on the road made us feel so connected when we arrived at Capitol Reef.

photography: Phil Chester // location: Sunset Point in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah // event planning: bride + groom // florals: picked from Whole Foods in Salt Lake City // wedding dress: Bo & Luca // leather jacket: Iro // hairpieces: Untamed Petals // shoes: Nike Dunk Sky Hi, in metallic bronze // hair + makeup: Jane and her bridesmaid Krista did all of Jane’s makeup // groom’s suit: Hugo Boss “Huge Genius” in Dark Blue //  groom’s shoes: Cole Haan // groom’s watch: Bulova // catering: Cafe Diablo // cake: Liz, the baker at Cafe Diablo, who also bakes on the side // officiant: Alissa, the groom’s sister

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How to Include your Pup in Your Wedding

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

To all the pet parents + dog lovers out there, Happy National Dog Day! We absolutely love it when couples choose to include their pup into their wedding day! After all, they are not only an important member of the family, but they really have a knack for making photo ops that much sweeter! To celebrate this super fun day, we are sharing some of our best tips + ideas for incorporating your dog into your wedding day – with lots of super cute photos! :)

Let’s kick things off with Tip #1: A cute tie or bow tie for your pup will help your furry pal celebrate in style! Shop some of our faves below:

{top photo by Marion Heurteboust from this wedding and photo below by Henry + Mac from this wedding}

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

Dog with flowers on collar for Wedding

Tip #2 seems like a no-brainer, but if you want to incorporate your pup in your day, make sure your venue allows dogs! Some venues will allow furry friends to make an appearance for the ceremony only, some let them stay all day, and others have a strict policy against the idea, so if it’s important to you to have your pup there, be sure to check before you sign any contracts!

Tip #3 is another fun style idea: Deck out their collar with pretty blooms! :) You can have your florist lend a hand or you can create a floral collar with faux blooms from Afloral or Blooms by the Box.

{top L photo by Jackie Wonders from this wedding and photo on R by Connie Dai Photography from this wedding; photo below by Taylor Lord}

Dog with flowers on collar for Wedding

Dog in leaf wreath for wedding

Tip #4: One great place to include your pet is during the ceremony! Have your pup stand in for the flower girl or ring bearer – plus you can dress them in a sweet floral or leaf wreath! It just doesn’t get cuter! If you’d like to make your own floral wreath for your pup, check our step-by-step DIY here! You can also purchase one ready to go to make things easier. Here is a link to one of our faves!

{top L photo by Joielala Photographie from this wedding and photo on R by Analisa Joy Photography from this wedding; photo below by Max + Friends}

Dog in leaf wreath for wedding

Dog in Bow Tie

Tip #5: Even if you’re keeping it super simple and eloping somewhere, we bet your pup would still like to come along for the ride! These couples (above and below) both eloped – just the two of them and their pup – and each celebration seemed like the perfect, little family affair!

Lighthouse elopement

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

Tip #6: Be sure to grab a family portrait or two…because the snaps above and below are just the cutest, right?!! :)

{top photo by Laura Murray and photo below by Jen Rodriguez Photography from this wedding}

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

{photo above by Carmen Santorelli and below by This Modern Romance}

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

So, tell us: are you including your pup into your day? If so we’d love to hear more! Leave a comment below letting us know what type of dog you have and how he or she will be involved in your wedding!

We hope all the dog owners out there have plans to spoil their pup (even just a little bit) this National Dog Day!

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