A 1970s Inspired Wedding in the Desert with a Killer Fringe Dress

70s inspired Desert Wedding

Desert dreamin’ in Seventies style! Attention all you boho lovers out there, because this one’s about as good as they come. Kai + Greg styled their wedding day at The Lautner Compound around retro vibes and a monochrome color palette of amber tones and rusty hues. K, who owns the design and styling company, Gold Dust Collective, teamed up with event planners Fawn Events to create a stunning outdoor wedding day complete with a fringe wedding dress, neon signs, mid-century modern furniture and lots of DIY elements.

K shares:

With a love of mid-century design, 70’s colorways and retro music, we’ve always felt a bit like old souls. We wanted our wedding to hold an aesthetic reflective of those appreciations and our “vibe” to feel fun rather than formal. Retro but not too focused in one era of influence. The result was eclectic with warm desert tones, a bit of Stevie Nicks mystique and a whole lotta love. Our favorite lyrics were dispersed throughout the design from our neon sign, to my bridal robe and our fun matchbox favors. Every element came together in a way that felt like us and I still dream about this day in warm ambers.

Ashley M. Clayton (photographer AND bridesmaid!) was there to capture it all. Let’s take a look!

All in the Details

modern wedding invitation

You can tell by all of the details that K knows how to style an event! There are two gorgeous details we want to point out from this shot. The first is K’s stunning yellow ring from Marrow Fine. The second is this invitation suite that she designed all by herself! It perfectly blends old and new with a groovy 70’s inspired font and modern geometric shapes.

velvet getting ready robes

These ladies are a total mood! Studio M Salon had them looking glam with fierce hair and makeup looks. K’s bridal robe comes from Custom LoLife Shop while the bridesmaids robes come from Ella Winston. If you’re looking to source some beautiful getting ready attire, be sure to check out our round up of the best robes for you and your bridesmaids!

boho bride

The First Look

first look

Such an adorable moment!!

70s inspired Desert Wedding

antique rose bouquet

Let’s hear it for these blooms!!! K’s Matron of Honor is a florist and owns The Bloom Bar Company. She designed all of the bouquets, personal flowers and K’s bridal hat accent for the day. Are you loving these monochrome desert florals? We are! With roses, anthurium, protea and pampas, you can’t go wrong!

Lovely Ladies

rust colored bridesmaid dresses

K’s girls got on board with the monochrome color palette and rocked dresses in shades of brown and rust. These beauties come from House of Harlow and Baltic Born and you can shop some similar styles below:

rust colored bridesmaid dresses

These flowers are EVERYTHING!!!

The Gents

tan groomsmen

The dudes were looking dapper in their neutral suits! G sported Ralph Lauren attire and a rad bolo tie.

70s inspired Desert Wedding

Mid- Century Modern Design

70s inspired Desert Wedding

We know K loves mid-century design, so everything here from the setting and the seating to that awesome backdrop wall are definitely on par!

70s inspired Desert Wedding

cactus with flowers

These floral covered cacti are soooo cool!

70s inspired Desert Wedding

K + G were surrounded by their friends and family as they promised forever, but they shared that the day really couldn’t have come together without help from all of these people! K shares how their wedding day team was filled with some of their closest loved ones:

My matron of Honor, an incredible floral designer created our stunning personals and crown for my hat. My bridesmaid Ashley was our amazing photographer alongside a second shooter. Our videographer, a close friend whom had filmed some of Greg’s greatest tricks back in the day. This wedding truly took a village and it was an unbelievable testament to what great friends and family we have.

70s inspired Desert Wedding

70s inspired Desert Wedding

70s inspired Desert Wedding

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Sweet Thing by Van Morrison

Recessional: What is Life by George Harrison

First Dance: Heroes by David Bowie

retro seating lounge

Rad Reception Decor

shelf seating chart

Absolutely loving this escort card display! Joy of Bloom designed all of the ceremony and reception florals for the day. They brought in countless houseplants and tropical botanicals to really amp up the retro vibes.

drink station

K had a hand in all of the decorative details. We love how she played up the seventies monochrome vibes with gold geometric furniture pieces and amber glassware. She and her mom sourced all of the glasses and vases from estate sales!

Heading for the Head Table

70s inspired Desert Wedding

Look. At. This. Setup!! This is the desert meets tropical, retro meets boho vibe K was describing. Pow Wow Design Studio provided all of the furniture rentals for the day while Signature Party Rentals brought in the lighting and tabletop decor.

70s inspired Desert Wedding

These linens from La Tavola ooze elegance!!

70s inspired Desert Wedding

Doesn’t this look sooo inviting! Favorite details here include velvet seating, colored taper candles, amber glassware and the overall monochrome palette!

70s inspired Desert Wedding

neon wedding sign

Can you believe K designed this neon sign by herself?? She shares that she and G incorporated their favorite lyrics throughout their decor, including this nod to Stevie Nicks!

anthurium centerpiece

Newlywed Portraits

70s inspired Desert Wedding

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

My sister-in-law Nancy officiated us in her true poetic fashion and made our ceremony all the more emotional. I will never forget how it felt to express our gratitude to one another and to feel that kind of love in front of our closest friends and family. We sat cuddled up in a love seat during dinner and under the glow of neon we both said we couldn't believe this was our wedding day. Dinner allowed us pause and to hang on to each other while sharing sweet sentiments. We leaned back, took it all in and it truly felt surreal

70s inspired Desert Wedding

70s inspired Desert Wedding

That hat!! Want to make your own? DIY Your Own Flower Hat for a Boho Wedding Look!

flower hat bride

We know you’ve been eyeing K’s dress this whole time and we don’t blame you! We’re in awe of the unique lace pattern and fringe details on this Bibi Luxe gown. K styled it with Sam Edelman shoes and a Lack of Color hat.

coffee bar

Who doesn’t love a wedding coffee bar?!

white bridal jumpsuit

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Do you, boo. Nothing is off limits anymore and making it feel like you and yours is all you need to worry about. We mixed 50's with 70's, bohemian with glam, tropical with the desert and it was a total dream. Work with people you vibe with, make it fun and try not to take it too seriously (lol, easier said than done!). And lastly, the trifecta: Good food, Open bar, Killer music - does. not. disappoint

neon wedding signage

Swooning!! Kai + Greg, congratulations from the GWS team! You nailed this monochrome seventies meets boho desert wedding and we loved every minute of it!

photography: Ashley M. Clayton // venue name: The Lautner Compound, Desert Hot Springs, California, USA // event design: Gold Dust Collective // planning: Fawn Events // florals: Joy of Bloom // wedding dress: Bibi Luxe // hairpiece: Pueblo Stone // bride's shoes: Sam Edelman // bride's ring: Marrow Fine // bridesmaid dresses: House of Harlow and Baltic Born // getting ready robes: Custom LoLife Shop (brides) // hair stylist: Studio M Salon // makeup artist: Quinn from Studio M Salon // groom attire: Ralph Lauren // videography: Brendan Bill // paper goods: Gold Dust Collective // handmade details: Gold Dust Collective // catering: Wheat & Fire // cake: Milk Bar // desserts: Milk Bar (truffles) // tabletop rentals: Signature Party Rentals // furniture rentals: Pow Wow Design Studio // linen rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen // specialty rentals: Pow Wow Design Studio // music: Super Moon DJ's // officiant: Nancy Nomellini // lighting: Signature Party Rentals // hat: Lack of Color // bouquet, boutonnieres, flower crown + hat flowers: The Bloom Bar Company // bridesmaids robes: Ella Winston // vegan cookies: One House Bakery