When the brides choose fashion-forward wedding outfits and DIY their own moody reception decor, you know you’re in for a treat! We’re talking lots of tulle, crystals, crescent moons and dried florals in the magic of Joshua Tree. And even more inspiring? It took Marlo + Kaila less than a month to plan this beautiful day! We love to see that it’s possible – esp during these strange times! If you’re looking for DIY elopement inspo or ideas for fun elopement dresses or bridal attire, then get ready. The couple’s photographer, Lorin Kelly Photo shares all about the inspiration:
This intimate same-sex elopement is ethereal and romantic with a touch of moodiness and very fashion forward. This elopement was pulled together in less than a month and Marlo (one of the brides) designed the tablescape and made her dream floral vision come to life! From the huge magical “tree of life” they got married under to the crystals at each place setting and very fashion forward bridal attire, two outfits actually!
Ready to see the magic? Let’s go!
Walking In Their Wedding Shoes
Petal Pink Flowers
M is so talented! She did DIY flower arrangements for the day, including this stunning bridal bouquet!
Fashion- Forward Wedding Outfits
Our hands-down favorite bridal suit EVER! This Twisted Tailor suit features the prettiest gold crescent moon pattern and we love.
Then we have this dreamy Kiki Riki tulle gown with a high-low skirt. M looks like she’s floating on air!
Ceremony in Joshua Tree
Lots of pampas grass and disco balls make for a groovy setup!
We love seeing couples get creative with elopements right now. If you’re planning your own, be sure to see the 10 things you need to plan an unforgettable elopement!
When we read our vows to each other + our post-ceremony photoshoot in Joshua Tree National Park!
Here come the newlyweds!
Fashion- Forward Wedding Outfits in the Desert
Loving these newlywed photos! One great thing about a small elopement is that you get extra time to have special moments like this!
We are so in love with M + K’s fashion- forward wedding outfits that we had to know more about how they chose them:
Because we decided to abandon our big wedding plans for a small spontaneous ceremony- we didn’t want to feel weighed down by anything overly formal or traditional. We chose to abandon all of our expectations about what the day should look like and just let our personal style shine through as effortlessly as possible. The result ended up feeling whimsical and edgy, with a playful wink at tradition. Everything we wore was ordered online and altered at home, Marlo opted for a fluffy high-low tulle dress and Kaila went with a black tailored suit with gold crescents. Our shoes were both gold and silver, and our floral arrangements were all done by Marlo at home using preserved flowers.
-Figure out what’s most important to the two of you and double down on that! After all, this day is about YOU.
-Throw the “rule” book out the window - who made those rules anyway?!
-Spend the extra money on photography and videography! These are the gifts that keep on giving. We look at wedding pictures and watch our wedding video weekly.
-Have fun! The day will go by fast - make sure you take the time to actually enjoy it :)
DIY Elopement Reception
Loving the retro vibes in the blush and black color palette…and a crystal accent is always a good choice!
Congratulations Marlo + Kaila! Your rad wedding outfits have us dreaming in fluffy tulle and celestial prints! So magical! The GWS Team is wishing you both many more adventures to come!
photography: Lorin Kelly Photography // wedding dress: Kiki Riki // bride's shoes: Gianni Bini // bride's ring: Mark Broumand // videography: StoryTime Motions // music: Stan Taylor // bride's suit: Twisted Tailor // bride's shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti