• Intimate Mojave Desert Wedding: Stormie & Chris

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    Today’s wedding shows you that you don’t need a lot of time or a lot of stuff to have a beautiful wedding day.  Stormie and Chris planned their wedding in one month, while visiting Chris’s hometown of Palmdale, California.  The groom was about to attend Columbia University and they wanted to live in couple’s housing.  They were going to have a courthouse wedding, and then decided they wanted their closest family and friends present and to be surrounded by the beauty of the Mojave Desert.  Best decision ever.  I’m warning you, you’re going to want to have a desert wedding after you see this one!

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    Favorite moment of the day? When I asked my husband his favorite moment he said, “When I kissed you.” My favorite moment was when I first walked up to him at the wedding arbor. He was so handsome!

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    Advice for couples planning now? Be calm, go with the flow, and always keep perspective. There’s always a plan until you have to execute. Keep sight of the prize: your wedding moment and married life together. I had some plans and ideas of what I wanted for my wedding, like a make-up artist, a particular processional song, and even afterwards I wished I did my hair differently. But when it was time to actually do it, we didn’t have the time to get everything. We worked with what we had and it turned out great. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    mojave desert wedding | one summer day photography mojave desert wedding | one summer day photography mojave desert wedding | one summer day photography mojave desert wedding | one summer day photographyWe did not have bridal or groom parties simply because only immediate family and friends attended. Essentially everyone invited was THE wedding party. But I did suggest that the men wear dark suits like the groom and women wear dusty colors of blue, green, pink, or even ivory/off-white. Elements unexpectedly came together to add to the desert ranch look, such as my mantilla veil, Chris’ morning suit, his brother’s cowboy hat, and the wedding arbor, which looked like the gateway to a ranch. The laid back and homemade, yet elegant style of our wedding made it us.

    Isn’t this wedding full of the most gorgeous light that you’ve ever seen?  The desert surroundings, the small, intimate guest list, that stunning bride…I loved my big wedding, but if I did it all over again a small wedding is looking pretty good right about now!  Be sure to check out the gallery for even more beautiful images from One Summer Day.

    {Vendors} Photography: One Summer Day / Wedding Cake: Nadia Cakes in Palmdale, CA / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Veil: Kuki’s Bridal in Quartz Hill, CA / Groom’s Morning Suit: Tuxedo Station in Lancaster, CA (I think they’re out of business now) / Bridal Bouquet: Simply Flowers in Lancaster, CA / Engagement ring: custom-made by Jennifer Yi / Other jewelry and wedding bands: heirloom / Reception dinner: Fresco II in Palmdale, CA / Officiant: Alan Rubin / Wedding arbor: DIY, old porch swing and supplies from Home Depot / Reception decorations and table settings: DIY put together with supplies from Michael’s and Jo-Ann Fabrics

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    1. Posted Jul 31 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      Love everything about this wedding! Everything is gorgeous and we especially love how this couple stated that everyone at the wedding was the wedding party!

    2. smash k
      Posted Mar 11 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

      Love this idea. Just gorgeous! Where was the ceremony held?

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