Every aspect of our wedding had us written all over it, we even had a potato bar for dinner since we both love potatoes! The inspiration for our wedding was to make it feel like a styled shoot/party. I wanted it to be pretty but minimalistic since the desert has enough beauty. We wanted it to be completely centered around being outside and although it was windy it worked out perfectly! The party aspect came pretty easily since all of our friends and family are a good time, it helped that we had glow sticks, good music, a bonfire and plenty of alcohol.
I’ve always wanted an outdoor elopement with just about 5 guest, while Kevin wanted one big party with everyone he has ever come in contact with. What we ended up with was an absolute dream, we had an intimate wedding of 25 people out in the desert on leap day. We planned our wedding very spontaneously, we chose our leap day date while glancing at a calendar and realizing 2020 is leap year, wouldn’t it be cool to have a leap day wedding?! We chose our venue by logging into Airbnb and looking at the coolest listing within a driving distance available on our date
I worked at a bridal store for 2.5 years as a stylist and always knew I would struggle to find “the one”! Once I got engaged me and my dad took an LA trip and went to a bunch of bridal stores. It was super fun and I found so many I liked, but nothing I felt was “the one”. Then, about a week later, I got a FB marketplace alert that a bridal store in Laguna was having a huge moving sale. I went alone one afternoon and came home with my dress!! There was only one dressing room and one mirror. I never ended up really being able to see my dress on in the mirror, I just took a photo of it on, twirled around in it a bit and then ended up leaving with it in my hand that day!
OUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE WEDDING
Kevin’s vows were pretty amazing and words I will cherish forever. He is usually pretty quiet in front of a lot of people (another reason for a smaller wedding) and I sprung the idea on him just a few weeks before our wedding that I wanted us to both write a few sentences to go along with the traditional vows. The day before our wedding he still hadn’t written them and I knew he was going to put it off until the last minute. They ended up being better than I ever imagined. He not only made me cry but everyone in the crowd and even managed to throw in a “The Office” TV show reference.
OUR ADVICE TO THOSE PLANNING NOW
Knowing that you don’t have to do all the things people expect for a wedding if they don’t speak to you. For instance, we knew that save the dates and printed invitations are typical but we didn’t see the point for our wedding and it ended up saving us a ton of money on something we didn’t really care about. Just because somethings traditional doesn’t mean you have to do it.
photography: Lea Bremicker // venue name: Mojave Desert Eco-Pods, Ridgecrest, California, United States // event design: Bride // planning: Bride // florals: Tejana Rashelle Florals // wedding dress: Daughters of Simone // bride’s shoes: Dolce Vita // bridesmaid dresses: Lulus // groom attire: Macy’s// groom’s shoes: Nordstrom // catering: Ephen Tacos // furniture rentals: New Age Events Rentals // Earring: Clay Collective Co.