When it comes to ceremonies, it’s pretty tough to beat a view of mountain ranges as your backdrop. Sarah and Chuck met in LA at a Mad Men themed party, found out they both lived in Arizona, and then after a year of dating they moved to Washington DC together. The couple returned to their home state to exchange vows, with the help of talented vendors Pinkerton Photography, Celebrations by Amy Bacon, and Table Tops, etc. by their side!

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

From the bride, Sarah: I finally got to play out one of the dreams of my life – I got to marry the most loving, caring, and supportive man – my best friend. We met 4 years ago while in LA at a friend’s Mad Men themed party. We both lived in Arizona at the time, me in Tucson, Chuck in Phoenix, and after returning from that trip we started dating immediately. A year later we found ourselves in Washington DC, and him working at National Geographic, while I pursued my marketing career.

modern wedding invitations - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

spring romantic bouquet - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

When we got engaged, we quickly decided that we wanted to be married in Arizona, where our relationship began, and where much of my family still lives. We have been living in Washington, DC for 3 years now, and love our city, but I will always be an Arizona girl at heart. So when we started looking for venues, I knew that we needed to have a venue that would showcase the gorgeous desert landscape that was my home for so many years. We also didn’t want our guests traveling from one location for the ceremony, to another for the reception. When we walked into the space at El Chorro, I actually got butterflies! We instantly knew that this was the venue for us!

unplugged ceremony sign - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

ring bearer - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

ceremony setup - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

wedding ceremony - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

ceremony recessional - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

As far as décor goes, my favorite colors are pink and gold and I thought that those colors would look beautiful mixed with the already lovely colors of spring-time in the desert. The venue and the scenery really speak for themselves, and we didn’t want to distract from the natural beauty of the location. Our focus was to emphasize the floral, and add a whimsical touch to the place cards in the form of these fun, gold miniature animals which added to the unique and playful nature of our reception. I know what you’re thinking … and I did try to be conscious of my groom, and in the midst of the pinks and golds, I made sure that there were elements that really spoke to him as well. For instance, he is a huge whiskey and bourbon fanatic, so our signature cocktail was an Old Fashioned – paying homage to his Kentucky roots.

gold animal figurines - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

seating chart - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

romantic industrial reception - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

wedding reception - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

gold laser cut table numbers - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

wedding portrait - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

We opted for a non-traditional reception as half of our guests were not from Arizona, and those who were, we don’t see often since we live across the country, the focus of our reception was to spend as much time with everyone that we could, and to have a great party! So we left out things like the bouquet toss in order to achieve that. Our band was phenomenal and had our guests dancing all night! Along with our friends and family, we were able to enjoy the day, and truly celebrate our love and life together. Our entire event was so amazing, so wonderful, and like most brides, I wish I could put our day on replay! We have many vendors to thank for pulling off such a spectacular event, as it would not have come together so beautifully and been executed so flawlessly without all of their hard work. Our wedding planner, Amy Bacon, was so helpful, and she suggested most of our incredible vendors, thought of necessary details that hadn’t even crossed my mind, and kept me on schedule. Our incredible photographer Kelsie was amazing. I had seen a wedding that she shot at the same location and was hooked – I knew that her vision would be the best representation and provide the feeling of our special day.

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

unique centerpieces - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

gold and white wedding cake - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

wedding dress detail - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Pinkerton Photography

Wedding Planner

Celebrations by Amy Bacon

Florist

Table Tops, etc.

Wedding Dress

Kenneth Winston

Jewelry + Wedding Rings

Blue Nile

Bridesmaid Dresses

Dessy

Groom + Groomsmen Attire

Alton Lane

Wedding Cake

Piece of Cake Desserts

Wedding Stationery

Minted

Place Cards + Chalkboard Sign

Sugar and Chic Shop

5 comments
  • Ashley

    I absolutely love the lace dress! The train is so perfect not too long not too short. So beautiful.

    ~ash
    charcoalandash.blogspot.com

  • Earcandy

    The colours of those dresses are absolutely gorgeous! I love the light pink, and they did a great job of having it match the cake and other wedding accessories. Plus the background mountain – that shot is magnificent.

  • Caribbean Wedding Events

    Love the glam, flair and style of this wedding….so much pretty!

  • Holli Chris

    Hair and makeup by Holli Chris at Kensington Makeup :-)

  • Lara H

    Such a beautiful wedding! Do you mind telling me where you got the gold table number sticks from?
    Thank you :)