The sun gently slips away while radiating it’s golden light across this romantic dessert bridal shoot, beautifully captured by Ashley Rae Photography. Even while in the deserts of Arizona, Rachael Ellen Events incorporated dramatic and textured florals, and a gorgeous wedding gown by Claire Pettibone with a cape covered in floral appliqués. This desert bridal shoot is blooming, and we are soaking in each lovely detail.
From Rachael Ellen Events: For this shoot I wanted to put a spin on the classic concept of a desert rose – something that is unique, rare, tough, enduring, and incredibly beautiful. I love the way this concept mirrors the sentiments in a love-filled marriage – the parallels are beautiful! The shoot took place in Arizona, where I often see many designs that are more focused on a desert boho look or very literal interpretations of the landscape. I wanted to create something that felt a little more subtle, romantic, and modern so when paired with the setting it felt fresh and unexpected – like a desert rose.
From Rachael Ellen Events: The bride wore a gorgeous Claire Pettibone gown with a stunning floral embroidered cape. I love the romantic feel of a bridal cape and the way it takes a gown to the next couture level. Our groom wore a classic navy tux with a modern fit. The striking nature of his text next to the ethereal, romantic nature of her gown created such a beautiful spin on a classic bridal look. We kept her hair up, as would be fitting for the desert heat and finished her look with glowing bridal makeup.
From Rachael Ellen Events: Our table was also inspired but the blending shades of the desert and the ethereal nature of flowers. Rather than creating structured centerpieces, we opted for a loose, spilled bloom look in an ombre pattern. These blooms were attached to textured gauze fabric that cascaded down the table design. Our other table details were more modern and raw with brushed gold, monochrome plates and candles, and minimal paper details. The look was all about the way that various refined textures can play off each other to create a new desert story.
From Rachael Ellen Events: For the bridal florals, we wanted to create something that tied into the romantic design while also pulling the look back to a warmer climate. Pairing romantic spray roses and garden roses with tropical anthurium and sword fern created another cross combination of styles that so perfectly fit this setting. The invitation suite also pulled elements from the gown and florals using a floral cut out as the main inspiration.
We love this soft and romantic Malibu Wedding Inspiration filled with gorgeous views and elegant details.
Photo: Ashley Rae Photography
Design, Planning & Florals: Rachael Ellen Events
Dress: Claire Pettibone
Tux: The Black Tux
HMUA: Natalie Makeup by Natalie
Rentals: Bright Event Rentals
Rings: Olive Ave,
Paper Goods (Day 2): Foil & Ink
Venue: The Royal Palms
Styling Surface: Locust Collection
Vow Book: Elmo Paper
Ring Boxes Round: Colibri
Ring Boxes Square: Mrs.Box
Candles: Yumi Candles
Ribbon (Chiffon): Paperie & Silk
Shoes: Claire Pettibone by Bella Belle
Videographer: Love Story Films
Models: FORD RBA – Ricky Carillo, Rachel Connor