All Posts in desert wedding planner

July 8, 2019 - 2 comments

What it Takes to be a Boho Bride or Groom

I think at this point in the game, it's pretty obvious that our team produces a ton of boho desert weddings. We team up with Under Canvas a lot and we could not be more thankful for that partnership. When we are working in the desert, our team tends to talk a lot about how our clients are the ideal glamping couple. They tend to be very calm with whatever is thrown their way and always have a great time. If you're trying to decide if you'd enjoy your time out in the desert for your wedding weekend, here’s a quick list for what it may take to be the perfect glamping bride or groom:

Bride in Grace Loves Lace dress with cape and groom in light grey suit at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree

1. BE THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

You are going to have friends & family staying on the same property for the weekend, it’s impossible to please everyone but we've found ways to work around it. One being, the first night we suggest you keep it semi mellow so everyone is well rested for the big wedding day.  We aren't saying don't have fun but a welcome dinner with cocktails is the best bet! We recently did a wedding that had live acoustic music and that was a huge hit. On the actual wedding day you should consider setting a curfew for outdoor amplified music. Once it hits midnight, we suggest moving indoors (if possible) or turning the volume down a bit. We also found that a welcome kit equipped with earplugs can go a long way. It’s your day so you make the judgement call!

Bride and groom first dance at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree. Desert wedding with groom in light grey suit and bride in Grace loves Lace dress with wings

2. GO WITH THE FLOW

All wedding planners would love for their couples to go with the flow but it is a completely different ballgame when you are playing in the desert for the weekend. It’s important to remember that we are up against Mother Nature. The desert can bring wind, rain, heat & cold all within the same month! With the weather being wildly unpredictable, it is important you are able to trust Plan A and Plan B. You will want to keep a close eye on the weather 2 weeks prior to your big day. Pending what Siri is showing you on the forecast, you may have to move the ceremony indoors, order a last minute tent or, our personal favorite, push everything back a bit and see what happens. You never know, you could get lucky two of our desert couples end up with a double rainbow during your ceremony!

Bride and groom walking through the desert in Joshua Tree. Desert wedding at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree, CA. Destination wedding planner Cause We Can Events

3. BE FASHION FORWARD

We suggest you ditch the heels and go with some comfortable boots for your glamping wedding! You will feel more confident and definitely more comfortable. As we mentioned, the weather can be unpredictable so make sure you check the weather and pack a cute jacket to go along with your wedding attire just in case you need it.

Bride wearing Grace Loves Lace wedding gown with wings and brown boots for her desert wedding at Rimrock Ranch. Joshua Tree wedding designed and planned but destination wedding planner Cause We Can Events

As always, we highly suggest you don’t tackle your glamping wedding alone. It is important you find the right event planning team to help your desert dreams come true! Read more about that topic HERE

Photos by Laura Goldenberger // Hair + Makeup Emerald M Makeup // Flowers Best Day Ever Floral Design // Venue Rimrock Ranch 

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

 

July 16, 2018 - 10 comments

4 Tips for Destination Wedding Planning

Destination Weddings can get complicated quickly. We hope that these 4 tips will help you avoid problems during your wedding planning process. We work with a lot of couples who decide to throw some seriously awesome destination weddings. You can get some inspiration from this Big Sur Wedding or this Santa Margarita Ranch destination wedding.

Destination Wedding at Under Canvas Moab in Utah - Destination wedding planning team based out of los angeles

SHARE INFORMATION WITH GUESTS

Sometimes people will choose their destination wedding location because it means something to them and they want to share that special place with their friends and family, other times it just sounded like a good adventure. Wherever it may be, wedding websites come in the most handy when you are planning a destination wedding. You can easily share information with your guests such as where you may have set up a room block at a hotel or in most cases for us, what tents are available to reserve. Not only that but it's a great budget-friendly option. Instead of sending out loads of information with your wedding invitations, a simple card with the wedding website on there will do the trick.

We have more wedding website tips, HERE.

VISIT THE VENUE

This may seem obvious but sometimes photos online aren't quite the same as seeing the venue in person. While you're there, ask the venue manager all of the questions that come to mind! Is there power? Are there additional fees other than the site fee? What's the capacity? Where can vendors load in? Is there access to water and ice? Etc. The venue may also share their preferred vendor list with you which is great place to start to find some key vendors. That being said, having an experienced Wedding Planner on your team can help you find a few other options that might be your style and budget better too.

Rimrock Ranch entrance - eclectic wedding venue in the desert near Joshua Tree

GET ORGANIZED

Destination weddings require a little more planning as some resources may not be directly available. Sometimes it’s hard to find a Michael’s Craft Store when glamping in the desert so we recommend creating a list of items that you're bringing. Don’t forget to label the item so when your coordinator or planner shows up to set it up, they know exactly what it is and where it goes. We actually give all of our clients a Decor Form the month before the wedding so that they can tell us exactly what decor items are going to be part of each section of the wedding (welcome table, ceremony, cocktail, etc.). As Wedding Planners, it's our job to go through that list and make sure you have all the tools and material necessary for us to set these items up. We'll tell you if you need to add a few more things to your "purchase" list before the wedding!

BE FLEXIBLE

We think this might be important for all events, whether it is at your home or in a different country, it is best to keep an open mind. We all have a vision for what the special day looks like but you will need to know that it is totally possible your luggage with all the guests favors may get lost in transit. It happens! It’s a total bummer because you’ve spent months, if not over a year, planning your special day but it’s not the end of the world. At the end of the day, you are about to have a crazy good time with all of your friends and family in the coolest location so grab a cocktail and enjoy the ride!

Boho bride and groom at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree with vintage bus and joshua trees

Photos by Lauren Mihae and Laura Goldenberger

October 14, 2017 - 12 comments

Sneak Peeks: Our Rimrock Ranch Wedding Weekend!

A longer post will follow with all the juicy details of our Rimrock Ranch wedding weekend in the desert but for now I want to share some sneak peeks that I got this week from my amazing photographer and good friend, Chloe Moore.

rimrock ranch desert wedding couple in front of vintage bus

The Venue

I swear, Rimrock Ranch is one of those venues that doesn't require a lot of decor. It's just full of cool vintage cars and buses and eclectic decor all over the place. But the most beautiful part of this venue is that no matter what time of year you get married here, the sunsets will make all of your guests stop what they're doing and stare. That alone was worth every penny. Not to mention that the owners, Gwen and Eric are some of the nicest and coolest human beings ever!

bride getting ready at Rimrock Ranch with messy braided updo

bride with bold lip in high next lace dress with dark floral bouquet desert wedding

bride and groom at rimrock ranch in front of vintage bus

The Experience

Are there some things that I could have done differently? Sure. But the whole weekend experience of being surrounded by this group of people that will NEVER again all be together at once was surreal and I wouldn't trade it for anything. There were SO.MANY.TEARS!

ceremony at rimrock ranch in front of joshua tree

mismatched bridesmaids at rimrock ranch desert wedding

The Dancing

Half of my family is from Quebec, therefore speaks French so our DJ, Jack Farmer, played some awesome French songs and even our American family who didn't know the words started dancing. It was seriously so much fun! Oh and our dogs were wish us all weekend and were completely zonked on the ride home!

desert wedding in Joshua Tree with dog

groom kisses bride in desert

Our photographer featured our Rimrock Ranch Wedding on her Blog!

More photos coming soon! Can't wait! Thank you to all my amazing wedding vendors:

Photographer Chloe Moore Photography // Coordination The Events Boutique // Videography Wandering Study // Hair/Makeup Makeup By Emerald // DJ Jack Farmer // Flowers Flower Duet // Rentals Dish Wish and Signature Party Rentals // Venue Rimrock Ranch