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May 14, 2020 - 6 comments

Modern & Minimalist Wedding at Rimrock Ranch

A bride and groom in Joshua Tree, California for their wedding day at Rimrock Ranch.

I get all the vibes when I know I have a wedding at Rimrock Ranch coming up! It's such a simple yet beautiful location especially for a wedding. As some of you may know, I (Jess) grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles and had never been to Joshua Tree until I started doing weddings with 'Cause We Can Events. Shocking, I know! It really blows my mind that Joshua Tree was sitting in my backyard this entire time. Now we get to visit quite frequently, thanks to all the rad couples that want to wed or elope in the desert.

An artsy photo of a bride and groom in Joshua Tree for their modern, easy going wedding

a minimalistic wedding ceremony at Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown, California.

An intimate wedding ceremony in Joshua Tree

A modern and minimal wedding ceremony at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree, California

Wedding Management Package

I mentioned in my last blog post (Big Sur Wedding) that it takes a certain kind of person to say they are going to plan their own wedding. We offer three main packages: full planning, partial planning & wedding management (also known as Month-of Coordination). We know what it takes for a client to be the ideal "wedding management" contender. The Wedding Management package is for the bride and/or groom who wants to tackle their own planning and design. However, they know they need to hire a professional to bring it all together 6 weeks before the wedding. Etosha, the bride of this blog post, needed just that!

A bride and groom hike through Joshua Tree for their wedding photos.

Bringing the Vision Together

Okay, now back to the real story... the wedding details! We met Etosha & Justin for the first time during their walk-through at Rimrock Ranch. While we were discussing the lay of the land, we decided to shake things up a bit! Since we've been working at Rimrock Ranch, we tend to stick to the same layout but this time we decided as a team we'd try something new.  (UPDATE! Due to noise ordinance of the area there are now approved layouts for the space that are equally as awesome). We made the dance floor the center of attention with the tables on the perimeter and utilized the bistro lighting that Rimrock Ranch already has in place. This allowed the focus of the reception to remain in one place so there was no need to get creative and shift people from dinner to dance party in a hurry.

The Old Fashioned Mobile Bar serves up cocktails at a fun wedding reception at Rimrock Ranch desert venue.

Best Vendors to hit Joshua Tree

Yes, that's a bold statement but I will say Etosha had some amazing vendors lined up for her wedding at Rimrock Ranch. It was an eclectic mix of vendors she has met throughout her life and played a special part somewhere at one time. If I had to give only one piece of wedding planning advice I may say, get to know your vendors and connect with them on a level outside of just "someone you're paying." It  will make the process so enjoyable for you and them! The vendors you choose will add to the experience before, during and after your wedding day.

A wedding cake display for a relaxed desert chic wedding.

An eclectic and whimsical wedding table at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree, California.

Tea Ceremony + Cocktail Hour

After the ceremony, guests were invited to cocktail hour that included drinks from an old fashioned trailer and amazing appetizers from Room Forty. Meanwhile, FDK Florals and our team battled the desert winds to get the tables looking just right. During cocktail hour, Etosha & Justin took part in a traditional tea ceremony in the heart of the venue aka under the observation deck at Rimrock Ranch. Their guests could gather around the observation deck to watch the ceremony take place. It was so special to witness!

A modern Chinese wedding tea ceremony in the desert.

Fernando of FDK florals, a New York City florist, crafts a whimsical arrangement for a desert wedding in California.

Fernando, FDK Florals, creates his magic for a desert wedding in Joshua Tree.

Dinner + Party Time

I would like to start this section off by saying, a desert wedding would not be complete without a generator debacle of some kind... I will spare you the details but do know that IT ALWAYS COMES UP so be prepared. Now back to the dinner talk, if you have never worked with Room Forty, you're in for a real treat when you do! You can't really beat the presentation their catering team delivers during a dinner service. The serving staff walked in plated meals from large planks! It was quite the experience and the guests loved it! From there we moved onto dancing and the rest of the night is history.

DJ Heart of Gold played tunes that everyone could enjoy while Old Fashioned Mobile Bar continued to serve cocktails.  As always, we are so lucky to work with couples like Etosha and Justin who bring their fun personality and traditions our way!

Rimrock Ranch a desert venue in Pioneertown, California

Room Forty catering serves up a delicious wedding dinner at Rimrock Ranch.

Room Forty serves up creative appetizers for a wedding in the desert.

A desert wedding with bistro light decor.

Needless to say, this wedding at Rimrock Ranch had to be one of the most creative ones we've ever had. When couples are open to having fun with food, drinks and decor it makes wedding planning so much more exciting for our team!

Venue: Rimrock Ranch
Photography: Olivia & Dan
Florals: FDK Florals
Catering: Room Forty
Bar: Old Fashioned Mobile Bar
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
DJ: Heart of Gold

November 29, 2018 - No Comments!

Modern Navy and Grey Wedding at The Colony House

He was from LA, and she was from the Bay. Two different lifestyles over 400 miles apart, but the one thing that bonded them through the distance was their love for basketball. It played a huge part in their relationship as they both grew up playing and watching the game, and then playing with/watching each other as they got older! This past summer, we helped celebrate their love with their old teammates, friends, and family at The Colony House in Anaheim and it was nothing short of an amazing night.

Getting ready for an intimate First Look

Janet and Chris got ready at the Marriott in Fullerton and then headed over to The Colony House to take some photos. The Colony House has a really cool upstairs loft area which is where the couple had their First Look. Grab the tissues because it was such a tear-jerking moment!

Handsome groom in dark suit and plaid blue tie getting ready for First Look.

Beautiful modern bride with white floral bouquet posing before wedding at The Colony House in Anaheim.

Bride walking toward groom for First Look at The Colony House.

Bride surprising groom for First Look for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and groom's First Look for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and groom's First Look for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and groom's First Look for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Picture-perfect moments

Some things I absolutely love about this venue are the glass walls and windows, plentiful lighting, and beautiful exterior that made for perfect backdrops. Our photographer was able to capture so many great shots of the couple, bridal party, and family.

Bride and groom taking pre-wedding photos surrounded by nature and orange flowers at The Colony House.

Bride and groom taking pre-wedding photos beside brick wall at The Colony House.

Bride and groom taking pre-wedding photos surrounded by hanging lights at The Colony House.

Bride and groom running away together in photo at The Colony House.

Bride and groom taking pre-wedding photos surrounded by hanging lights at The Colony House.

Groom and groomsmen in navy and grey attire for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and bridesmaids in dark navy dresses with white florals laughing before modern wedding at The Colony House

Bridal party for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House in Anaheim

Bride and groom with family at The Colony House.

Details

Meanwhile, our team was working on a few finishing touches for the ceremony and reception. Check out some of the beautiful details of this elegant and modern wedding.

Escort cards hung by clothespins for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House.

Rustic wooden welcome table for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Welcome table decor with Minnie bride ears for modern wedding at The Colony House in Anaheim.

Decor for the bride and groom on rustic wooden table for modern wedding at The Colony House

Photo of bride and groom printed on rock surrounded by bride and groom dolls.

Rustic wooden box to put cards and gifts in for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House.

1,000 Japanese gold cranes for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Reserved seating for wedding ceremony at The Colony House.

Greenery and hanging lights on outdoor patio of The Colony House for modern navy and grey wedding.

Cornhole with SF Giants bean bags for wedding games.

Cornhole with LA Dodgers bean bags for wedding games.

Escort cards replaced with polaroid photos of guests, hung by mini clothespins and string.

Photo of bride and groom surrounded by white florals for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House. Wedding favors for modern navy and grey wedding.

Ceremony

We used the upstairs loft area as the staging area for the bridal party. The loft has a large, clear glass window overseeing the entire downstairs space which gave us the perfect view of the entire ceremony.

Indoor ceremony set-up with grey metal chairs and hanging lights for modern wedding at The Colony House

Modern wedding ceremony lit by hanging lights and natural sunlight at The Colony House.

Bride and groom on stage at The Colony House for modern navy and grey wedding before saying vows.

Bride and groom saying vows with rustic wooden wall background at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and groom kiss after saying vows at modern wedding.

Bride and groom walking down the aisle under twinkling lights for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House.

Modern bride holding white floral bouquet and walking down the aisle with groom after saying vows.Right after the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour upstairs and on the patio while we flipped the ceremony space into the reception area. 24 Carrots did an amazing job at preparing all of the tables ahead of time so that the break-down and set-up of the ceremony space was super quick and easy!Friends drinking during wedding cocktail hour at The Colony House.

Cocktail hour in the sunlight on the outdoor patio of The Colony House.

Indoor reception set-up under twinkling lights for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House.

Grand entrance + first dance

After cocktail hour we welcomed guests to their seats for dinner as Janet and Chris made their grand entrance. Everything about this wedding brought tears to my eyes, but especially watching their first dance.

Bride and groom's grand entrance under twinkling lights at The Colony House.

Bride and groom's grand entrance for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Romantic black and white photo of bride and groom singing to each other during first dance.

Bride and groom's romantic first dance under twinkling lights at The Colony House in Anaheim.

Reception

Following toasts to the bride and groom, dinner was catered by 24 Carrots. This crowd did not need to wait for dinner to end for the party to begin! Guests were singing and dancing to each other from across tables and I could not stop laughing. They were having so much fun, and we were having so much fun watching them.

Friends toasting to bride and groom.

Happy friends hugging and celebrating at The Colony House wedding.

Desserts + Cake

Desserts included donut holes from Café Dulce and an ice cream sammich bar from Chunk-n-Chip set up on the patio. Talk about delish! But first, can we talk about how gorgeous this cake from Torrance Bakery was?

Bride and groom cut beautiful white 3-tier wedding cake with navy and silver details.

Bride and groom taking a bite of their wedding cake while friends applaud and celebrate.

Dessert bar set-up including sprinkled donut holes and cake slices for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House.

Ice cream sandwich bar set-up for wedding desserts with rustic wooden decor and navy details.

Party time!

Once the plates were cleared and drinks were flowing, the party continued on the dance floor. I don’t know about you, but I could tell that this was a celebration that everyone would remember forever. Cheers to Janet and Chris!

Bride and friends celebrating and dancing during reception at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Friends celebrating and posing for camera during reception at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Friends celebrating and dancing during reception at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Modern bride and groomsmen celebrating and dancing during reception at The Colony House wedding

Groom and friends celebrating and dancing during reception at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Friends celebrating during reception at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and groom celebrating and dancing together during reception for modern wedding at The Colony House.

 

Photographer JustinElement Productions // Planner Cause We Can Events // DJ Eric Vispares // Catering 24 Carrots // Cake Torrance Bakery // Desserts Café Dulce + Chunk-n-Chip // Hair & Makeup Kelly Zhang Studio // Florals California Petals