I haven’t posted a wedding in a while, so I was happy to hear from photographer Tyler Branch about a wedding he shot in Joshua Tree. A dear friend of ours is planning a desert wedding so I’ve had visions of dusty romantic vistas on my mind for a while now. This gorgeous ceremony and reception mark the big day of Sonja and Jonathan, who tied the not at a private home and then celebrated at the 29 Palms Inn in Joshua Tree. Sonja is the founder of Unique LA so she knows a thing or two about great style. She planned the entire wedding and came up with a slew of fantastic DIY projects for the decor (she even went to get the flowers herself the day of). With the help of friends like Danni from Oh Hello Friend, she was able to create a really stunning event. I was so smitten with the faded, gold-tinged feel to the entire day that I couldn’t resist sharing it here. Thank you to Sonja, Danni and Tyler for sharing all the details.
All photographs by Tyler Branch
Sonja made custom goody bags, envelopes and key tags for each guest. The bags were stuffed with treats and things to read and the envelopes were filled with crystals and a custom key tag with the phrase “We Are All In This Together”.
Sonja and Jonathan’s good friend Ben Goldhirsh, founder of GOOD, officiated the wedding. As a wedding gift, artist Keith Scharwath (whose home was on D*S last year) crated a hand-painted sign for the ceremony that says “We Are All In This Together”. The sign now hangs above the couple’s front door.
Custom fans and bags for guests
For her bridal shower, Sonja asked guests to bring a tea cup and saucer. She used the teacups to hold the flowers on the dinner tables and the saucers were combined with brass candlesticks to create serving dishes.
(Learn how to make your own here)
More photos and wedding details after the jump…
Sonja made a wide range of hand-painted signs using neon pink paint and wood veneer. Typewriters were provided to leave love letters for the happy couple.
For the seating cards Sonja used simple kraft tags. She made a stamp with the table numbers on it, so she simply circled the table # for each card according to guest name. She then made a button for each guest by typing their name (with an old fashion typewriter) onto a piece of paper. She tore out pages from W Magazine fashion spreads that had colors and/or backgrounds that she liked and then pinned the buttons onto the cards for a finished seating card.
Guests traveled from far away as Canada and the East Coast for this desert wedding, so Sonja and Jonathan made sure their desert vacation was full of sparkle. The evening was full of gold details and ended with gold sparklers to light up the night sky.