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July 27, 2020 - 8 comments

How to have a National Park Wedding

Planning a National Park Wedding - What you need to know

The mountains are calling you and you decided to have a National Park Wedding! Congrats and GREAT choice. I love National Park Weddings not only because they are always in a picturesque location but also because you're donating back to the park itself. Today I'm sharing everything you need to know about hosting an event or wedding in a National Park in the US.

What events can you host in a National Park?

The types of events that can take place in US National Parks vary greatly on the Park itself. For example, we often host wedding ceremonies in Joshua Tree National Park and they allow us to have an arch, cake and even champagne! But that's not the case for every park. Some parks will allow you to host sporting events, family reunions and even a fair! Each type of event will require its own type of permit as well. You can find out more about the events that are allowed on the National Park Service website.

What decor am I allowed to bring to a National Park?

Since every Park has its own rules, it's important to read your permit application thoroughly. That being said, if you're having a National Park wedding, we know you're an adventurous eco-friendly couple already. We always encourage our couples to nix anything plastic, confetti (which usually is forbidden) or wasteful. We believe in leaving the Parks in even better shape than when we found them. You can count on us to pick up pieces of trash left by other visitors if we see it!

How much does it cost to have a National Park wedding?

I'm glad you asked! Like I mentioned earlier, every Park will have it's own requirements as well as fee structure. In order to give you some actual numbers, let's take a look at 3 of our favorite National Parks to host weddings at.

Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Photo by Meg Brook Photography 

This Park is near and dear to our hearts and we're lucky enough to plan weddings there every year. The great thing about this Park is that you're allowed to bring in a wedding arch, florals, a cake and champagne! Alcohol isn't permitted everywhere so we thought this was pretty special.

You are required to have an event permit as well as a photography permit for your wedding. Each permit is about $120. On top of the permit fees, you'll be required to pay an entry fee of $30 per car but this ticket is valid for 7 days. As Wedding Planners who do a lot of events in National Parks, we carry an Annual Park Pass so that we can come and go as we please in most National Parks. When possible, we'll gladly take guests in our cars to help save on costs but sometimes we have decor in the back seat so it's not always possible! If Joshua Tree sounds like you're type of wedding venue, we do offer an Elopement Package for this location!

Bonus: your furry friends are allowed at your ceremony as long as they stay on the marked paths!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Photos by Lauren Mihae. See the full blog post from this wedding here

Our next favorite wedding location is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Now, this one is amazing because there is no park entrance fee! That being said, you are required to get an event permit and the application fee is $50. They have over 40 wedding spots within the Park which is amazing! Not just that but the Great Smoky Mountains National Park also has a couple rustic cabins such as the Appalachian Club House that can be used as a reception space with rental fees as low as $250/day! We'll plan a wedding in the Smokies anytime!

Acadia National Park, ME

Acadia National Park intimate wedding with Katelyn Mallett

Photo by Katelyn Mallett

This little gem is not as popular but equally as beautiful as the last two National Parks. If you're wanting to get married on the East Coast, you MUST check out Acadia National Park in Maine. A permit is required for most events and has a $50 application fee as well. However, if you're simply having a ceremony with 10 guests or less (officiant included), no permit is required! Sadly you're not allowed any chairs, arches or decor for these smaller weddings. Out of the 12 main event locations, it seems that the maximum number of guests would be 50. Still, I would definitely consider this incredible location for any adventurous wedding! Did you know we have a team based in Maine? Check out our Maine Elopement Collective that can help you plan this gorgeous small wedding!

So what will it be? A celebration in the desert, vows in the mountains or saying your I Do's overlooking the ocean?

How to plan a National Park Wedding

June 22, 2020 - 18 comments

Joshua Tree National Park Boho Elopement

Today, you're in for a treat with this boho Joshua Tree desert elopement! Joshua Tree is one of my all-time favorite U.S Parks but maybe it's because my husband and I got married in the area. However, I also think the Dr.Seuss-like Yucca trees are just so unique. Lucky for us, our adventurous couples love this National Park just as much as we do and we get to go back often for elopements and ceremonies!

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Joshua Tree National Park Elopement

Joshua Tree Elopement at sunset. Bride with faux fur and dark red bouquet

Getting Ready

Amber and Brad rented this cute AirBnB in Joshua Tree just about a 20 minute drive to the Park. They got ready for their desert elopement in separate rooms while their families set up the reception table and a little cocktail area for later. Amber had her hair and makeup done by Jay-Lee of Superstition Makeup whom she met on Reddit which I thought was pretty cool!

First look at Joshua Tree Airbnb

First look at Joshua Tree Airbnb Sweet Rock Ranch

The Ceremony

Part of our job as Wedding Planners is to scout a great location for the ceremony. When the ceremony is in a National Park, we need to go there a little earlier and set up. With the help of the officiant, Matt, we found the perfect little intimate spot shielded from the desert wind. We know a thing or to about prepping for an elopement. Check out our favorite elopement must-have products on Amazon!

Joshua Tree National Park Elopement Spot

bride and father walk down aisle at Joshua Tree elopement

Sunset ceremony with triangle arch and boho rug at Joshua Tree National Park

The details

Even though this wedding only had 10 people, the details were really cute and represented the couple well. For example, their vow book was a vintage Marvel comic book, something both the bride and groom really enjoy. After the ceremony, we popped champagne and guests got to celebrate with the newlyweds before they zoomed away for photos.

Comic book vow book for Joshua Tree elopement

Comic book vow book for Joshua Tree elopement and triangle arch

Comic book vow book for Joshua Tree elopement and triangle arch

Champagne toast at Joshua Tree Elopement

champagne toast at Joshua Tree elopement

Bride and groom during sunset at Joshua Tree elopement

The Reception

While the bride and groom ran away into the sunset for gorgeous desert photos, the guests headed back to the AirBnB for cocktails & appetizers. When the bride and groom joined them, everyone sat down for an intimate dinner prepared by a local Chef. This is the point where we sneak away and let the newlyweds and their families enjoy this time together. We're happy to report that Amber and Brad are living happily every after!

Bride and groom dance in Joshua Tree National Park

Wedding elopement in Joshua Tree

Intimate bar set up

Intimate dinner at Joshua Tree Airbnb

Wedding Planner Joshua Tree National Park

Want to see another one of our favorite small weddings? Check out this Laguna Beach Elopement!

Planning Cause We Can Events // Photographer Lauren Mihae // Triangle Arch Blue Fish Event Rentals // Officiant Matt Rothert // Florals Flower Duet // Hair&Makeup Superstition Makeup Co // Catering Chef Merilee 

February 1, 2021 - No Comments!

Easy DIY Valentine’s Date Ideas for Future Brides

Valentine's day as a future bride or engaged couple adds extra romance to the holiday. Get creative and plan a DIY date to surprise your significant other. From an at-home movie night to an adventurous glamping getaway, there are so many easy date options to put together. Add in personalized gifts into your planned date for your future bride or spouse. We are sharing our easy DIY Valentine's Day date ideas to inspire your holiday celebration!

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Coffee & Tea Breakfast

Create a coffee shop at home with a sweet breakfast date! For those that prefer to keep things laid back on the holidays, serve a romantic and healthy breakfast accompanied with your partner's favorite hot tea or coffee. Order your coffee shop date ingredients straight to your door with Thrive Market! Arrange the ingredients in a gift basket and surprise your future spouse. For those that are hot-tea enthusiasts like us, gift them a new mug with a tea infuser that they can continue to use even after Valentine's day.

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Movie Night

Since many of us are still staying at home this year, why not celebrate Valentine's day with a DIY movie night? Splurge on a projector to watch a bring the theater feeling to your own home. Gift your partner a cozy blanket to sit and watch a romantic movie with. This is such a fun date night option that anyone will enjoy!

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Amazon Portable Movie Projector $99.99
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Jungalow Champagne Lightweight Throw Blanket $69

Pamper Day

For those that love the spa and bath and body products, gift them with a Valentine's pamper day! This is a great way to relax from the stress of wedding planning. Create an at-home spa with a luxuries candle and a new bath item. Our favorite scented candle and body scrub is available on Amazon! Order a bouquet of fresh flowers to place in the bathroom to make your loved one feel extra special.

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Glamping Weekend

As adventurous wedding planners, we find ourselves glamping at national parks often. Check out one of our past weddings at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains for a behind the scenes look at a glamping location! This is a romantic and simple getaway for those that love to be surrounded by nature and need a moment to unplug. Surprise your partner with a bag that includes all of our glamping must-haves before your trip!

Under Canvas Smoky Mountains glamping tents
Photographer Lauren Mihae // Planning + Design 'Cause We Can Events // Venue Under Canvas Smoky Mountains 
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Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Lifestyle

January 18, 2021 - No Comments!

Unique 2021 Wedding Trends

Happy new year! The shift that the wedding industry has experienced this past year has resulted in a few new trends that are here to stay for a while. Many couples are choosing smaller weddings with alternative twists. While we love to celebrate big, we can't help but get excited over these unique intimate events. If you are a wedding professional or a couple planning your wedding, these are the 2021 wedding trends to look out for!

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Backyard Weddings

With the uncertainty that comes along with planning a wedding currently, we are seeing more and more couples stay local. A backyard wedding at your own home or even a local Airbnb can alleviate a ton of stress. You can celebrate with your closest family and friends without missing out on many traditional aspects of a wedding. There is so much room to get creative with decor and you can still wear the wedding outfit of your dreams! Check out our tips for planning the ultimate backyard wedding.

Photo by DOSKOFOTO // Planning by 'Cause We Can Events // Florals by Leta Verbena

One Tier Wedding Cakes

A smaller guest list means less cake! If you are eloping or choosing an intimate wedding, you can still feature a cake within your design! Work with your local bakery to create a unique one tier cake that is almost too pretty to eat. Even if you are hosting a larger event in 2021 and want a small cake just for you and your future spouse to capture photos will, this option is for you.

Adventurous Elopements

This trend might be our favorite! In the new year, many couples are choosing an adventurous elopement. We recommend considering a national park for this trend! There are so many places to explore. You can select a desert elopement at a place like Joshua Tree National park, escape to the beach, or even bring your ceremony to the woods in the Smoky Mountains. Be sure to bring along our elopement must-haves for your special day!

Photos by Tess Laureen // Florals by Hearts and HoneyDo Events

Alternative Wedding Outfits

This year is all about breaking away from tradition. Wear what you want on your wedding day! Whether that means choosing matching outfits or including fun accessories like a faux fur jacket, there are endless options. If you are still including a veil within your wedding day look, be sure to check out our favorite wedding veils!

Photo by Cody and Allison 

Love this blog? Read How to Plan a National Park Wedding next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

December 21, 2020 - No Comments!

Intimate Desert Elopement at Joshua Tree

Today we are heading back to Joshua Tree National Park for another intimate desert elopement! Have we mentioned how much we love working at Joshua Tree? The national park offers the perfect location for our adventurous couple's to celebrate. This family-focused day was filled with so many heartfelt moments. We can't wait to plan more elopements or micro-weddings here with our clients!

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Bride and Groom posing in the desert

The Ceremony

The couple fell in love with this shaded spot for their ceremony that offered a focus on the natural desert scenery. We set up their simple wooden arbor and decorated it with stunning boho florals. For their desert elopement, the couple wanted to focus on a warm color palette and minimalistic decor. As a final addition, we added a vintage style rug as a place for the couple and their son to stand.

Bride and groom with their son in front of wedding arch

The Details

Inspired by the surrounding desert, warm orange and neutral tones created each floral piece for this elopement. Fresh pampas grass added extra texture to decorate the natural wooden arch. This couple wanted to focus on personalizing their special day. They made sure to include their son within their ceremony having him stand by their side. For their vows, they brought along a leather notebook that included past letters they had sent to each other. The couple places their vows into the notebook and read them during their ceremony. We think this is such a sweet way to be able to look back at pieces of your wedding or elopement later! After saying 'I do' we brought out glasses of champagne and sparkling cider for the family to celebrate.


One of our favorite aspects of elopements is the chance for extra photography time. The newlyweds and their son explored the national park while capturing memories of their special day. Check out our elopement must-haves to keep with you while adventuring!

Photos by Tess Laureen // Florals by Hearts and HoneyDo Events // Arch by Bluefish Event Rentals // Officiant Matt Rothert // Planning 'Cause We Can Events

Love this desert elopement? Check out this Joshua Tree National Park Boho Elopement!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

July 20, 2020 - 138 comments

Wedding Planning During COVID – A Simple Guide to COVID Weddings

It's tricky to navigate through a pandemic, let alone plan a COVID wedding so we are bringing you a simple guide to see if your wedding is really going to happen in 2020. Seriously, this is an incredibly tough year. Our mindset was originally, let's take the week by week and see what happens. Now here we are in July 2020 and I think we can safely say, it's going to take some time to get back to "normal." Are you still wondering if you should have your wedding? Keep reading for some thoughts and information that may be helpful.

COVID Weddings - Can we still have weddings in 2020

Photos: Evangeline Lane

Corona Virus Regulations - State by State

Simply put, the rules vary state by state for what is allowed. Here in Maine, we cannot have gatherings over 50 for the foreseeable future. It's also quite tricky to navigate what each state has set in place. For instance, I google "wedding rules in California covid" and am getting a bunch of hits but no quick answer. How can you navigate this? If you don't have a planner, reach out to your venue and other vendors. They should be keeping up with the ever evolving mandates. Be sure to also check your local government's website for up to date and accurate information. It's important to stay informed!

Custom Meshika Hats for a wedding in Nashville, TN | Destination wedding for adventurous couple | Cause We Can Events

Bride and groom in matching boho hats. Bride in pantsuit holding wild bouquet with deep reds and king protea | Nashville elopement at Arrington Vineyards by Cause We Can Events

Hipster Nashville Elopement at Arrington Vineyards | Cause We Can Events

Photos: Cody and Allison Photography

What's Your Level of Comfort?

If you're on the fence if you should move forward with your COVID wedding, you're going to want to think it through. I suggest having a conversation amongst your significant other and some family/friends. Survey how they are feeling about going out? Traveling? Attending a larger gathering? Some questions to think through:

  1. How many guests need to get on a plane?
  2. Where you plan on getting married, have they had an increase in cases? Or have they been hit pretty hard with cases?
  3. Have some/most of my friends and family lost jobs due to this? (i.e. spending money attending a wedding may not be priority)
  4. Are any of my 'must have' guests unable to attend due to being more susceptible?
  5. Lastly, how do you really feel?

Small beach elopement in Laguna Beach California with lanterns and boho rug

Skyping in the bride and groom's family on a phone during a surprise elopement on the beach in Laguna Beach California

Photos: Lauren Mihae

Getting Married in the Time of Covid

If you were to ask my honest opinion, I don't think it makes sense to spend top dollar for an experience that just won't be the same. HOWEVER, there are ways to still have a COVID wedding and really enjoy it! If you're okay with the idea of having an intimate celebration then 2020 could still be your year of marriage. Want to still have your big celebration? Then I suggest you wait and reschedule.

Photo: Katelyn Mallett

So, can we have weddings in 2020?

Yes, weddings will still happen in 2020 but be prepared for them to look and feel different. We love a good intimate wedding and can't wait to see what comes out of this year! It's a weird and incredibly disheartening time, our team is here to answer questions and be a part of the conversation. We're thinking our industry will come up with some creative ways to turn a not so fun time into something positive. If you're looking for more ways to still have your wedding celebration, check out Maine Elopement Collective and our Wedding services page. We're here to help get you through a pandemic wedding season.

Need more helpful wedding tips? Read our blog on "Is it ok to leave a tip jar at the bar" next.

June 29, 2020 - 7 comments

Maine Elopements and Weddings Made Easy

Adventurous wedding locations in Maine

Adventurous elopements and intimate weddings will now be easier than ever to have in Maine and New England. You may already know but our team expanded last year as Jess took off to start a new adventure in Maine! We've been working on getting the 'Cause We Can Events brand out to the newly engaged couples on the east coast. If you ever moved your business or expanded to a new location, you may already know that it takes time to build relationships with new vendors, venues and couples alike.

A romantic intimate wedding in midcoast Maine

Maine Elopement Collective

You know we have done elopements for years on the west coast with great success. Remember the one with Darlene and David in Beverly Hills? Similarly, we this one in Laguna Beach, CA.! We are excited to announce that we are expanding these efforts to the East Coast with Maine Elopement Collective. All in all, it's an adventurous experience for those who want an elopement or intimate wedding.

an edgy courthouse wedding in Portland, maine

Maine Wedding Vendors Coming Together

We have connected with Maine wedding photographer Katelyn Mallett Photography. In addition, we are working with Of the Fields Floral Design. Together we will create special package we are calling the Maine Elopement Collective. When you meet the right team of vendors, it makes for such an easy and fun experience for all. Maine Elopement Collective will also be teaming up with various officiants to fit all types of ceremonies.

Adventurous wedding in Bar Harbor, Maine

An adventurous midcoast maine wedding

Adventurous Weddings in New England

Maine Elopement Collective will focus on the "choose your own adventure" motto. Our hope is to host elopements in Acadia to intimate dinners at locations such as Huttopia in Sanford to Terramor Glamping in Bar Harbor and beyond. Our efforts will not only be limited to elopements but to intimate weddings and of course, larger weddings that have a focus on creating an experience over the tradition.

Unique vintage inspired elopement in Portland, Maine

A couple dancing on the sea cliff after their intimate wedding in Acadia National Park

A dog friendly wedding in Maine

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Updates

February 6, 2020 - 4 comments

How to have an Eco Friendly & Low waste Wedding

It’s no surprise that weddings can produce a lot of waste & leave a large carbon footprint. Did you know that on average, a wedding produces more than 400lbs of waste? One of our goals is to always try to reduce the negative impact that weddings make on the planet. These are some of the ways you can be more helpful to make sure your wedding is not only gorgeous but better for the environment! 

Ceremony at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. Winter ceremony in the desert with snow.


When choosing your venue, opt for a National Park! Often times the fees associated with obtaining a permit goes back into the park and helps with conservation, education, and improving the grounds. 

If outdoors isn’t you thing- head over to ! This site will tell you all of the buildings in your area that make it a priority to be green! Some of our all time favorite weddings have taken place in Joshua Tree, San Bernardino National Forest, The 1909, and Calamigos Ranch.  

Winter ceremony at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree national park - a venue focused on sustainability


Invites can be a huge waste producer of waste. More often than not, your invites & save the dates end up in the garbage.  A simple solution is to go electronic! Even if you’d like to still send paper invites, you can prompt your guests to RSVP on your wedding website instead. Paper Culture actually plants a tree for every order & uses 100% recycled paper. 

Simple white and green flowers with black candlesticks for eco friendly wedding


Flowers are actually one of the biggest waste producers in the wedding industry. First- try and find a local flower farm that is implementing sustainable practices. You can also opt for potted succulents as centerpieces for your guests to take home or donate all of the flowers to a local nursing home so they can be enjoyed for longer! We have some amazing florists in the area that promote sustainability, like Rosewater Florals & Wisteria Lane.



If you’ve ever seen how much food gets thrown out after a wedding.. Let’s just say it’s A LOT. So find yourself a caterer that is eco friendly, like Eco Caters specializes in making sure your event is eco friendly by sourcing local & organic food from farms that are sustainable. You can also find caters that will donate your leftovers to homeless shelters.  

Black candlesticks, black plates and green napkins on wood table. Greenery hanging from frames for trendy dinner party. Eco friendly wedding idea


There is no reason to buy all of your wedding decor (unless you plan on using it all in your house after!) There are so many wonderful rental companies that will be able to fit your style & budget! Everything from table numbers, chairs, bar glasses, to candle holders! Some of our favorite rental companies to work with are La Pinata Party & Signature Party Rentals.


There you have it! Some simple ways to reduce that footprint! If it seems overwhelming- hire a planner & make sure you communicate that you want to be as eco friendly as possible! 

October 7, 2019 - 1 comment.

Black and Gold Tattooed Wedding in Zion

You know what I love most about our couples? They aren't afraid of making their wedding their own. Love traditions, then incorporate them all if you'd like. Don't love any of them? Throw them out the window and do whatever the heck you want because it's YOUR wedding day. Speaking of badass couples, today we're sharing Kait and Jake's epic 3-day glamping wedding at Under Canvas Zion. Not only was it our favorite time of adventurous wedding but they did things their way. Ready to see what we mean? Read below!

Bride tattooed and in black wedding dress under copper arch at Zion under canvas. Groom in all black suit.

Getting Ready

We knew going into this weekend that rain might hit us. We didn't realize how hard it would hit us! Don't you worry though, it didn't ruin anything for this adventurous couple or their guests. The day started with some getting ready action with their closest friends in the cool glamping tents at Under Canvas Zion.

Bride and her bridesmaids and bridesman getting ready in a glamping tent with their dog Boom. Bridal party is wearing floral blue robes.

Bride in black wedding dress and her tribe out in the desert. Zion Under Canvas Wedding.

Who had more fun? Guys or girls? I mean the girls had a super cute dog but the guys had a bottle of whiskey. Tough call!

Groom and groomsmen sharing a bottle of whiskey before the wedding. Groom wearing an all black suit and shirt.

Groom getting a custom lapel pin on his suit. Groom in all black suit and shirt.

Best man helping groom put his suit on before the wedding

Groom's boutonniere with deep red berries, yellow and pops of blue

Groom in all black with groomsmen in all black and groomswoman in red. Zion Under Canvas desert wedding.

Foggy First Look

The First Look happened a short 5 minute drive away from the Under Canvas where the fog was starting to roll in and the couple could share this moment with their closest friends and fur baby.

Bride and groom in all black in desert at Zion Under Canvas. First look with the desert behind them before their epic glamping wedding,

Tattooed Bride and groom in all black in desert at Zion Under Canvas. First look with the desert behind them before their epic glamping wedding,

Tattooed Bride and groom in all black in desert at Zion Under Canvas. First look with the desert behind them before their epic glamping wedding,

Bride and groom in all black kiss near Zion National Park before their epid 3 day glamping wedding

Moody Details

Oh you want to see the details of this glamping wedding? Ok I guess we'll show you. From the invitations (which they couple designed themselves) to the moody bouquet and stunning tablescapes, this was the coolest moody desert wedding yet!

Black and gold wedding invitations with stars, moons and cacti

Black teardrop engagement ring and black men's wedding band

Groom's black wedding band with engravment that says "100 years"

The bouquet was wild and free with deep tones of red, greens and yellows. Not only did it have perfect fall colors but it was rich with texture. From airplants to king protea, this bouquet was one our all-time favorites!

Fall moody bouquet with black diamond engagement ring

Moody fall bouquet with pampass grass, airplans and king protea at glamping wedding. Zion Under Canvas fall wedding

Reception Details

If you've ever been to one of the Under Canvas properties, you'll know that their teepees won't really fit more than 80-90 guests for a reception dinner. Knowing this and knowing that the rain was coming that weekend the couple rented a large tent that housed everyone inside for the reception. Each place setting had a gold charger, black napkin, menu card, gold utensils and a name card written on a piece of dark blue agate.

Wedding reception table with gold charger, black napkin, amber bud vases and dark flowers. Driftwood pieces on long wooden tables, pampass grass, king protea and cacti.

Wedding reception table with gold charger, black napkin, amber bud vases and dark flowers. Driftwood pieces on long wooden tables, pampass grass, king protea and cacti.

Wedding reception table with gold charger, black napkin, amber bud vases and dark flowers. Driftwood pieces on long wooden tables, pampass grass, king protea and cacti.

Wedding reception table with gold charger, black napkin, amber bud vases and dark flowers. Driftwood pieces on long wooden tables, pampass grass, king protea and cacti.

Wedding reception table with gold charger, black napkin, amber bud vases and dark flowers. Driftwood pieces on long wooden tables, pampass grass, king protea and cacti.

The Ceremony

It rained. No, it POURED. Before and after the ceremony but miraculously for those 15 minutes during the ceremony it stopped and allowed Kait and Jake to get married without getting completely soaked!

Groom walking through puddles on rugs as he walks down the aisle

Groom in all black kisses his dog as he walks down the aisle to greet him

Bride in all black walks down rainy aisle at Under Canvas Zion

Bride and groom in all black in front of copper ceremony arch with greenery. Ceremony and reception at Zion Under Canvas for a glamping wedding

Bride and groom in all black in front of copper ceremony arch with greenery. Ceremony and reception at Zion Under Canvas for a glamping wedding

Bride tattooed in black dress with pockets during ceremony at Under Canvas Zion.

Bride and groom in all black laughing after ceremony

Cake + Party

After dinner, guests moved into the main Under Canvas TeePee where we served cake, cranked the music and let night turn to day as guests danced away. Oh and the coolest part about this party? The couple hired a tattoo artist (yes folks, a REAL tattoo artist) to come and work on whoever signed up. The bride and groom designed the tattoos and guests got to choose which one they wanted. The sign up sheet was full in minutes!

4 tiered simple white wedding cake with orange flowers and greenery

Tattooed bride in black wedding dress smashes cake into groom's face

black and white photos of guests dancing at wedding at Under Canvas ZIon

Bride and groom in all black with tattoos dance at their wedding

Wedding tattoos designed by the bride and groomTattoo artist at Wedding at Under Canvas Zion

Tattoo artist at Wedding at Under Canvas Zion

dog at wedding sleeping in photobooth bus

Was that the best or WHAT?

Vendor Team

Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photographer Guillermo Benetton // Florals By Bloomers // Catering Katering Koncepts // DJ Justin Hurtt // Venue Under Canvas // Tattoo Artist Adam Gibson // Hair+Makeup Tracy Sotirakus // Photo Bus Gus the Photo Bus// Band James Hunter + Forrest

August 28, 2018 - 69 comments

Glamping Wedding at Moab Under Canvas

You probably hear us talking about Under Canvas weddings all the time on Instagram BUT we've never really blogged about them. Well today is the day! We're giving you a glimpse inside what it's like to have a wedding at Under Canvas Moab. Ready to get blown away?

bride and groom kiss in the desert at under canvas moab

Let's start by saying that Becca and Sander spent a year and a half planning this wedding all while Becca was attending NYU for Interior Design. This venue is spectacular in itself but in order to produce a 4-day wedding for 160 guests, it takes an experience wedding planning team (oh hi!) and a lot of coffee!

leather couch inside under canvas moab glamping tent

After guests checked into their gorgeous accommodations, we opened up the dining area and had long wooden tables decorated with succulents in hand painted pots. The cute mini airstream trailer bar was open for business and a local folk/bluegrass band, Slim Pickin's band was playing on the stage.

Long wooden tables in the desert for boho wedding at Under Canvas Moab

Lounge outside giant teepee at Moab Under Canvas for wedding in the desert

Mirror welcome sign for wedding at Under Canvas Moab in the desert

Mini airstream bar for wedding in the desert

Every single night we experienced an incredible sunset. The soon-to-be newlyweds took full advantage and headed out for romantic and fun photos each night. Guests were kept busy with lot's of delicious food, drinks, music and games!


Bride and groom holding hands in the middle of the desert


Bride running away and laughing in the desert in Moab

Bride and groom laughing and cheers with bistro lights behind them in the desert

And after two full days of celebrating Becca and Sander in the desert came the actually wedding day. We decided to have this day on a Sunday since the following Monday was a holiday. Might as well take full advantage of having all your guests in one place for a long weekend!

Rue de Seine gown hanging from glamping tent at Moab Under Canvas

Wild boho bouquet and Rue de Seine gown in front of teepee

The guys seemed to have a really great time getting ready in their tents. They even had a barrel of whiskey!

Groomsmen laughing at Under canvas moab wedding

Bride and bridesmaids in all white in front of glamping tent. Desert wedding at Under Canvas Moab

Groom and groomsmen in front of tent at Under Canvas Moab. Desert wedding

The ceremony took place on giant flat rock formations (sorry I don't have a scientific name for these!) with the most spectacular view of the Moab desert. We were right next to Arches National Park, yet still far away enough from tourists to enjoy the ceremony with friends and family only.

Triangle arch with florals in the desert. Wedding at Moab Under Canvas

Ceremony with triangle arch at Under Canvas Moab in the middle of the desert

Father of the bride hugs the bride in front of triangle arch at desert wedding

Bride and groom stand in front of triangle arch for ceremony in the desert at Under Canvas Moab

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Olson! As they newlyweds rode away into the sunset on the Under Canvas golf cart, guests headed to the reception area for appetizers, music and booze!

Branded koozies for the bride and groom wedding weekend

Gorgeous wedding table set up with gold flatware, white plates and long runners

Succulent and cactus clusters on terracotta pots at desert wedding

Moody sweetheart table florals on wooden table

We may or may not have flown their wedding cake in from New York. Spoiler alert: we did.

Bride and groom feet in the desert

Bride and groom walk into the sunset after wedding at Under Canvas Moab

Let me tell you, this crowd loved to party! The wedding reception and dancing went way into the wee hours of the morning but wrapped up what was an incredible weekend!

Guests dancing at wedding in the desert

Guests dancing at wedding in the desert

Guests dancing at wedding in the desert

Bride and groom dance under the stars in the desert after weekend wedding at Under Canvas Moab


Photos by Lauren Mihae // Planning + Coordination by us // Florals 3 Leaf Floral // Venue Under Canvas Moab // Dress Rue de Seine // Beauty Marisa Rose Makeup and Hair // Rentals The Confetti Studio, Top Notch Rentals , Moab Event Services // Mirror Thrifted Sister Vintage // Invitations + Signage Fiber and Dye // DJ DJ Naka // Bands Slim Pickins , This Must Be The Band  // Sound + Stage Island Studios // Bar The Brassie Bar // Caterer Wagon Wrench Farms // Coffee Cart Sip Mobile Coffee // Cake Milk Bar Bakery