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January 10, 2018 - 17 comments

5 ways to have a more eco-friendly wedding

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not always eco-friendly. As much as I try to be, I don't always bring my reusable cup everywhere (although I'm obsessed with it). I also did say yes to the cashier at Trader Joe's when he ask if I wanted to buy a bag. I'm not proud of it and I am working on being better this year!

But when it comes to the outdoor, adventurous weddings I plan, going green is a big focus. So let's jump right in, shall we?

moody tablescape for eco-friendly wedding with ferns and wooden plates

5 ways to make your wedding eco-friendly

Rent real glassware.

Yes, you'll have to pay a little extra. However, not only are you eliminating plastic cups entirely from your wedding but you're upping the classiness of your wedding too. I love the contrast of having a laid back outdoor wedding but throwing elements like nice glassware and beautiful plates at the dinner tables to add a touch of elegance.

Choose locally grown flowers.

Of course, succulents are ideal for outdoor weddings, especially desert weddings, but I also absolutely love a table full of colorful flowers. Ask your florist if there's a way to incorporate more native flowers in your bouquet and centerpieces. Not only are you reducing your carbon footprint, but locally grown flowers are also fresher and look more vibrant on your big day!

Skip the wedding favors.

I always tell my clients that if you're looking to save money, skip the wedding favors. Unless it's something meaningful, a lot of favors get left behind at the end of the night. If you absolutely must have favors, how about opting for a plantable one. This is perfect for local weddings (remember, your out-of-town guests might have to fly home with whatever you give them) and it's something that can be planted and become a part of your guests yards or homes.

Don't print programs.

I see wedding programs less and less these days. Instead, I'm noticing that my clients are getting creative with signage. Whether it's a weekend schedule on a chalkboard sign or a ceremony program on a mirror, there are so many ways to avoid the paper printouts!

Choose vendors who are eco-conscious.

Listen, it's impossible to have a 100% eco-friendly wedding but when you have wedding vendors who are on board with the idea of reducing the overall carbon footprint it makes planning your wedding this way a lot easier!

BONUS: Some venues like Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree will even give you a discount on the venue rental fee if you commit to their "Green Wedding" program! So going green can even save you money on your wedding day and who can say no to that!

Hope these tips were helpful. Make sure to follow us on Instagram where we share a lot of other wedding planning tips for adventurous and eco-conscious couples!

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

April 18, 2017 - 6 comments

Top 4 Venues for Adventurous Weddings

If you've browsed through our website, you may have noticed that Adventurous Weddings are kind of our jam. I didn't set out to specialize in this type of wedding but holy smokes do I love it! A whole weekend of music, food and nature? Sign me up! So, if you're just starting your search for an Adventurous Style Wedding venue, I have a few places in mind that you might like to check out.

1.Moab Under Canvas, Utah

best desert wedding venue moab under canvas utah

A gateway to two stunning National Parks, Moab Under Canvas offers the perfect mix of wilderness and comfort. Your guests can venture to Canyonlands National Park for the euphoric, top-of-the-world sensation and can come back to their cushy teepee for the ultimate glamping experience.

Pros:

  • You can have a multiple-day wedding/event
  • Bring in your own vendors
  • Accommodates 120+ guests on-site
  • Tons of daytime activities near by
  • Breathtaking views and natural beauty
  • No curfew
  • Cleaning staff on-site for tents/teepees

Challenges:

  • Very limited power and lighting (requires generator rental)
  • Limited cell service (I use radios for this venue)
  • Must bring in all rentals (tables, chairs, lighting, bar, etc.)
  • Set Up is logistically hard - PLEASE hire a Wedding Planner!
  • It's a little far from airports and about a 13 hour drive from Los Angeles

bride and groom with succulent wall desert wedding at moab under canvas desert

(Photos by Laura Goldenberger Photography) See this full wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes

2. RimRock Ranch, Joshua Tree, CA

RimRock Ranch is where I got married in September 2017! The reason I chose this venue is because we can have it for 3 days, it's next to Joshua Tree National Park, our pups can attend and it has a few airports nearby. The sunrises and sunsets are incredible and I barely need any decor items because of the natural beauty and cool eclectic decor in this space.

joshua tree wedding venue desert rimrock ranch

Pros:

  • Can have multiple-day events
  • Rad owners - Gwen and Eric
  • Accommodations for 22 people
  • Tons of AirBnBs nearby
  • BYOV (bring your own vendors)
  • Dog-friendly
  • Near Pappy & Harriet's music venue

Challenges:

  • Caterer must be self-sufficient (food trucks are ideal)
  • Can get very hot - rent some parasols!
  • Requires a little more planning logistically
  • Rentals required

Boho wedding at Rimrock Ranch for two brides. Wicker chargers, blush goblet on long wood tables

(Photos by Amelia Lavoie)

3. Kiva Koffeehouse, Utah

Nestled in beautiful Escalante, Utah you'll find this friendly neighborhood Coffee Shop called Kiva Koffeehouse. Known for their homemade soups, fresh bread and hot coffee , they also offer their space for small, intimate weddings.

Intimate wedding set up inside the Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante Utah.

Pros:

  • Very flexible and easy to work with - family-run
  • Access to their tables and chairs (cafe style)
  • On-site catering provided
  • Can bring in your own teepee for decor

Challenges:

  • Only two cottages available on-site
  • Rental can only start after 6pm (when the cafe closes)

No pets allowed

Bride and groom sitting outside the Kiva Koffeehouse on cute chairs they brought in as part of the wedding decor

(Photos by The Hendrys)

4. Black Rock Desert, Nevada

This location is way out there and not for the faint of heart. It will require a lot of imagination, money and patience but it will be SO worth it. We had the honor of planning a wedding on The Playa where the famous Burning Man festival happens every year and it was the wildest wedding ride we've ever been on!

Burning Man wedding on the Playa in Black Rock Desert

Pros:

  • Blank canvas
  • No curfew
  • Epic scenery
  • Extremely unique
  • BYO vendors

Challenges:

  • Requires permitting
  • Need to bring everything in (power, water, restrooms, lighting...)
  • Vendors come from further away which means a higher delivery fee
  • Weather can be unpredictable

Bride in Rue de Seine gown with bouquet with feathers walking down the aisle in front of teepee. Burning man wedding on the playa

(Photos by Melissa Gayle Photography)

There you have it friends, our top 4 favorite adventurous wedding venues! We hope these inspire you to get adventurous and find a unique spot surrounded by nature for your wedding. Need help planning? HOLLER at us!