Sacred Sands, Quail Springs Road, Joshua Tree, CA, United States
Maybe it’s the isolation amidst the grandiosity of the mountains, or maybe it’s all those bizarre-o looking Joshua Trees, but there’s something about the desert that is – let’s all say it in unison here – pure magic. While Palm Springs is popular for its cool boutique hotels and trendy restaurants, the quiet stillness of nearby Joshua Tree is one epic setting for a destination wedding that’ll have you and your guests feeling like you’re the only people left on the planet.
Whoever’s idea it was to lug a bunch of telescopes, a badass DJ, a slew of vegan tacos, and a whole party crew out to the desert in Joshua Tree, we salute you. Oh, wait. It was the brilliant minds at Moxie Bright Events, of course. Lucky for us, photographer Andria Lo was willing to give us a little insider info on this incredible desert wedding affair. Magic is certainly one word you could use to describe this one.
Words + Photos: Andria Lo
What were some of the highlights of your experiences at the venue?
The hosts, Steve and Scott, are wonderful! You can tell they take pride in and really care about the B&B. The venue feels calm and intimate.
What made the venue a great backdrop and setting for photos?
High desert views all around, and outdoor dining under the stars.
Favorite existing design elements of the venue?
Tiled patios and architecture that blend with the natural surroundings. The landscaping and cactus garden are well-cared for and add great additional character.
So, what is there to do in Joshua Tree besides throw a super bohemian wedding? Should you find yourself lucky enough to end up out in these parts in the near future, you’ve absolutely got to check out La Copine Kitchen for breakfast, lunch or brunch. This daytime spot is only open four days a week, so plan ahead to check out this cool diner with incredible fare.
The other must-see is the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Pioneertown. Without giving too much away, this place is a super rad faux western town founded by the likes of Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. It looks exactly as it did back in the 1940s as a movie set, but has recently seen a bit of a resurrection thanks to some serious desert visionary cool kids from LA. Check it out!
Photographer: Andria Lo | Coordinator: Renee of Moxie Bright Events | Floral Design: The Blooming Gypsy | Catering: Plant Food For People | Drinks: Party Max Event Services | Makeup and Hair: Jessica + Ionie for Chelsea Nicole Makeup & Hair | Telescopes: SCDVA
MEET THE CORRESPONDENT
Hello! I’m Andria, a documentary and editorial photographer working in California and beyond. I love capturing life, with all its quirks and beauty. I’ve photographed over 150 weddings along the way, and because photography is much more than a job for me, I’m thankful to have clients that allow me to be their storyteller in a way that is personal and candid.My approach to weddings is to keep it artful and authentic. I deliver rich heartfelt photography without the fussiness. I want my couples to remember not only how their day looked, but how it felt. I LOVE working with adventurous souls and am available for destination weddings and celebrations worldwide. - Website