Joshua Tree Desert Wedding: Jenn + Jason

desert wedding

Jenn + Jason are both biologists with their PhDs. Jenn studies plant reproduction and Jason studies poison dart frogs! Their love of nature brought them to choose a very unique wedding venue – Rimrock Ranch in Yucca Valley, California which is located in the Mojave desert (home of the Joshua Tree). They invited a small group of friends from all over the world to experience the beauty of the Mojave desert with them on their wedding day. Their wedding decor included a seating chart categorized by indigenous animals, illustrations of animals as table numbers, and dried florals. The invitation even included a field guide to the area – how perfect! :) Thanks so much to Tim and Jess Photography for the photos and congrats to Jenn + Jason!

desert inspired invitations

ranch wedding

desert wedding

dried flower bouquet

Our inspiration for the day was our love of nature, and we wanted to be able to share that with our closest friends and family. It was important that we keep the whole celebration intimate, so that we could maximize quality moments with the most important people in our lives, and with each other.

denim heels

unique cuff links

bride and groom

bride and groom

dried flower boutonniere

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

It is so hard to choose! My favorite moment would have to be the time right before the ceremony – all the guests were sitting and it was just me and Jason and our bridal parties in the 'Hatch House' (Hatch House is the main house on Rimrock Ranch). Everyone was so calm and happy and we just felt surrounded with the strongest love and support!

jar flower aisle arrangement


desert wedding

desert wedding

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Bridal Party: Say Yes (String tribute to Elliot Smith) – Vitamin String Quartet; Bride's processional: Chasing cars (Originally by Snow Portal) – Vitamin String Quartet

Recessional: River flows in You – Yiruma

First Dance: The Promise – Tracy Chapman

desert wedding

desert wedding

bride and groom

animal place cards

repltile table numbers

arrow wedding sign

beer in tubs

thumbprint guest book

cupcake bar

desert wedding

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Remember what the day is all about, and embrace how the pieces fall into place. If you give your friends and family a chance, they will help everything come together.

photography: Tim and Jess Photography // venue name: Rimrock Ranch // florals: dried florals purchased from Etsy // wedding dress: David's Bridal // bride's sash: Hand-made by bride's friend, Natalie Holihan // cupcakes: Angelina Corbo