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Sacred Sands Wedding, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, LGBTQ+ Wedding

A beautiful, intimate wedding at the secluded Sacred Sands, an iconic landmark one mile from the West Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. This day included gorgeous sunsets and views of the milky way overhead as a small group of the Brides’ nearest and dearest toasted, dined, danced and celebrated Katie and Alice in the warmest way.

Katie – Saldana Vintage

Alice – BHLDN

Shoes:
Katie – Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe Super High
Alice – Dolce Vita Tegan Peep Toe Mule
Jewelry –
Alice – Bracelet and necklace from Madewell
Katie – Earrings from Anthropologie, bracelet from Madewell, ring is vintage

Getting Ready Hotel: Spin and Margie’s Desert Hideaway

Florals: Karen Donovan tkdonovan@verizon.net

Planning / Design: Designs by Danette bsyeventer@yahoo.com

Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

Invitations: Brides’ Design with assistance from Elizabeth Martinez lizbess@aol.com

Rings: Ravens Refuge 

Hair: Hair By Jill – info@victoriansalonandspa.com

Makeup: Olivia Peterson (Family)

Catering / Bar Service: Best Beverage Catering Co.

Cake: Exquisite Desserts 

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The Japanese Friendship Garden is tucked away in Historic Balboa Park and is one of San Diego’s most beautiful and affordable wedding venues.  In the lower garden, surrounded by a koi pond, the Inamori Pavilion designed by Kotaro Nakamura has been designed in authentic Japanese style called Sukiya and serves as a multi-purpose room for lectures, exhibitions and weddings. Nakamura ensured this building would be authentic by using Alaskan Yellow Cedar for the post and beams that support the structure.  My favorite spot for romantic photos is the Earth Bridge! Perfect for intimate photos of the couple that show off the beauty of the lower garden or gather your wedding party for some fun and unique groupings. If you prefer an outdoor ceremony, I highly recommend the Courtyard adjacent to the pavilion or the Ceremonial Door and Charles C. Dail Memorial Gate – a slightly more formal setting, yet still surrounded by the beauty of nature. It’s perfect for ceremonies and makes for a great backdrop for photos. The Ceremonial Gate is a magnificent location surrounded by trees with a view of the towering Corinthian columns of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

Kirk and Alise were a dream to work with! Their details were so personalized, and their friends and family really cut it up on the dance floor thanks to Mick at Elite British DJ!

Expert planning and coordination by Julie Scrivener, The Best Wedding For You.

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When NYC meets the OC, they know how to bring the party! Evan & Galit treated their guests to a gorgeous ceremony, amazing, fresh gourmet food (still swooning over that table setting), an ice cream sundae bar, late night cookies and the most epic dance party I’ve ever photographed.

Here’s the vendor details:

Venue: Rancho Las Lomas located in Silverado, CA – a gorgeous Orange County Wedding Venue
Florals: Isari Floral Studio
Coordination and Design: White Lace Events + Design
Hair: Vanity Belle Beauty Boutique / Make Up: Miguel Andrisani
Catering: 24 Carrots  / Cake: Grace and Honey Cakes (formerly Rooney Girl Bake Shop)
Band + DJ: Wayne Foster Entertainment

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I send my couples a pre-wedding questionnaire and one of the boxes asks them to sum up the vibe of their wedding in few words. When Jenna returned hers, filled in “Chill As Fuck”, I knew it was going to be good.
The adorably charming venue, The Fitz Place, (located in lovely San Martin, CA) florals DIYed from Trader Joes, dessert from Whole Foods, crazy stylish couple and equally cool and stylish friends and family, great music, and tons of real moments made this my favorite wedding of 2017.

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These two went on a weekend trip to Palm Springs as friends, and left as lovers.  We revisited the place where this romantic tale unfolded, starting at the colorful Saguaro Hotel and ending up at the iconic Palm Springs Windmills (Wind Farm? Turbines? What do you call them??) Anyway, the wind in Sarah’s hair is my favorite.

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