It's a coffee shop by day known for it's spectacular views and delicious coffee and by night it turns in to one of the coolest desert wedding venues I have ever been to. It's plopped in the middle of nowhere in Escalante, Utah but once you're there, you'll never want to leave. Have you ever considered having a coffee shop wedding? If not, you might want to reconsider!
The Set Up & Decor
First of all let me mention that the couple, Megan and Michael, drove all the way from Florida to Utah with a trailer full of everything you will see in these photos. Megan was starting her own wedding rental company called Gathered Co. and the big debut was their very own wedding! It took a couple days to unload and set up but once we were set, it made for the most unique wedding ever.
The Wedding Ceremony
With less than 40 people, this officially became an intimate coffee shop wedding. The ceremony was held on the back part of the coffee house overlooking the desert and the red rocks. The couple had a special blessing and song by Nino Reyes, a Native American who is a member of the Northern Ute and Laguna Pueblo Indian Nations.
Both bride and groom were saged (a purification ritual) as they walked down the aisle to heal any old wounds and to spiritually start with a clean slate. This is something I personally do from time to time in my home and on myself. You can easily get dried sage on Amazon. I like using this brand.
Coffee Shop Wedding Party
You know what's particularly amazing about intimate weddings? It's that there's no pressure to "entertain" your guests. Everyone sat at their 4-person tables for dinner, enjoyed the toasts and music and then gathered outside for dances.
The couple danced together under the stars and then opened up the dance floor for all guests to join in. It was such a perfect evening with no light pollution anywhere in sight, making the stars stand out bright.
It's these moments that I, as a wedding planner, enjoy the most. I get to step away and watch people dance, laugh and feast and, without sounding cheesy, it warms my heart. There's a reason us wedding planners do what we do and this is it.
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Want more desert wedding inspiration? Read about this Burning Man Wedding we did on a dried lake bed!!!
Photography The Hendrys // Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Rentals Gathered Co. // Venue Kiva Koffeehouse // Hair and Makeup Theresa Patton // Photo booth Bus // Live Music Robyn Cage // Lighting Lumen Lighting
Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding