26 May

Dreamy Joshua Tree desert wedding: Stella+Ming

categories Real Weddings

We’re so honored to share Stella & Ming’s intimate, dream-like wedding today. There’s something truly special about a desert wedding – the stillness, sandy hues, endless sky. When we got to chatting with Stella about her dreamy wedding and found out that she described herself as the anti-bride at the beginning of her planning, we would have never believed it. It’s rare to find a bride that’s so low-stress and trusts that things will just fall into place, but it all did, perfectly.

Desert wedding

Desert wedding

Staying true to the stress-free feeling of the wedding, Stella chose to stay natural with hair & makeup. She did want to point out that she dabbed a bit of Tarte’s Blushing Bride Cheek Stain for a hint of color though (thanks for the tip!). There was no entourage here – just the help of owners Steve & Scott with event planner Holly (who made the wreath headpiece you’ll see Stella wearing after the ceremony). Stella paired her J.Crew dress with a veil made by her mother, earrings made by herself, and a half-circlet hairpiece of paper orange blossoms made by Jude Miller.

Desert wedding

Officiated by her mother, the ceremony began with Stella walking down the sandy aisle with her father to Figaro’s Wedding March.

Desert wedding

desert wedding

Stella describes why they chose Joshua Tree as their location: “There is just something magical about the desert – the sense of loneliness evoked by the strange rocks and trees and wildflowers growing out of a seemingly barren field feels very romantic to me”.

desert wedding

desert wedding

desert wedding

This wedding clearly felt like a dream and hope it reminds you that sometimes a desert landscape and your husband-to-be can be all the romance you need. Congrats Stella & Ming!

Photography: Emily Anderson / Venue: Sacred Sands Bed & Breakfast / Event Planner: Holly at Sacred Sands / Dress: J.Crew / Ceremony Hairpiece: Jude Miller / 1st pair of shoes: Nina Ricci / 2nd pair of shoes: Repetto / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Cesare Paciotti

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  1. love her shoes and those flowers in the wood boxes! so pretty. xoxo jillian :: enter to win my DIY bridal giveaway!

  2. LOVE this wedding so beautiful!

  3. So beautiful! Everything looks incredible!

  4. What a darling, refreshingly understated but entirely elegant and original wedding. Scott and Steve are two of the most wonderful, creative, helpful, and professional people I’ve ever met; I know them well and just wish I’d known about Joshua Tree (and Sacred Sands) before our wedding! Congrats to the beautiful bride and her adorable groom- many happy years of adventuring await you two.

  5. what a great place for a wedding!

  6. All the DIY elements added so many special personal touches to the beautiful day

  7. Her shoes are adorable!

  8. What a charming wedding!!! Absolutely stunning photography…this wedding makes me smile : )

  9. So simple and sweet… lovely wedding.

  10. What a unique setting for a wedding!

  11. I love the style of these photos!

  12. Very romantic, in that bare way only a desert can evoke. Lovely lovely! The landscape takes me back to the early 1980’s when I lived near Joshua Tree Nat’l Park (29 Palms). Thank you for sweet reminders of old memories.

  13. I love these photos!

  14. Stella is beautiful and Ming is lovely. Everything is beautiful. Love the place. Love the photos.

  15. So ethereal and wistful – a pretty, soft and inspired wedding indeed.

  16. This is the loveliest wedding I’ve ever seen on your site. Tiny, posh but simple and perfect.

  17. Great work, Emily!

  18. Joshua Tree is truly a magical place. What a great setting for an elegant, intimate affair.

  19. DYING for her centerpieces – pretty genius!!

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