Joshua Tree wedding: Rachel + Travis

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Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

A 72’ rusted out Ford Bronco sits in the parking lot, random Eames chairs around the property keep modern planters filled with cacti company… it’s the kind of welcoming Rachel + Travis had upon falling in love with The Mojave Sands Motel as their wedding venue. Everything just lined up perfectly with their aesthetic. And when it came to the planning, they really couldn’t have picked a better team than Hello Gem! Events. They pride themselves in being a one stop wedding shop, and they totally are. They weren’t only R + T’s Event Coordinator, they were also their Florist, Invitation Designer and Makeup & Hair team! Check out their handy work:

Joshua Tree wedding invite

How rad is this invitation suite and those cactus stamps?

Joshua Tree wedding invite

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

It all started in the desert with these two. It’s been the background of very important times for them. They started dating on their first trip out to Palm Springs, they got engaged out there, and naturally it had to be the place of their wedding.

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Loved Rachel’s bridal bouquet. It had various types of Joshua Tree foliage, juliet garden roses, thistle, silver Brunia, veronica, protea, peach hypericum berry, ornithogalum, silver dollar eucalyptus, scabiosa pods, and hanging amaranthus.

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Their music: Travis Spoon’s, “Chicago at night”, Rachael walked down the aisle to the Beatles, “Here comes the sun”, they exited the ceremony to“Graceland” by Paul Simon, and their first dance was to John Lennon’s “One Day At A Time”.

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

The biggest hurdle was finding balance in the eight months that we had to plan. The stress of taking traditional expectations and altering them to fit our vision, and the multitasking overload that insued.

Rachael, along with friends and HelloGem! created the macramé designs, including hundreds of ceramic beads created by Rachael with the help of her ceramics students. The rope and bead designs were spread throughout the space, and handmade rope luminaries were hung from trees leading to the dining area where the macramé hung overhead along with globe lights, and led the guests from dining to dancing.

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Wood escort cards

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | 100 Layer Cake

Now see everything in motion in their sweet moving picture by Graham Lovelis.

Photography: Martin Vielma / Videographer: Graham Lovelis / Venue: The Mojave Sands / Photobooth: Hello Gem! Events / Event Coordinator, Florist, Invitation Designer: Hello Gem! Events / Hair & Makeup: Christy Thiessen of Hello Gem! Events / Rentals: Bobby Furst (local artist) / Bride’s dress: Nicole Miller / Shoes: Franco Sarto / Floral crown: Rachael’s close friend, Amelia Pacheco created on the day of using found foliage from the venue and surrounding desert / Brass necklace: Nikki Montoya / Cuff & stack rings: Madewell / Pearl earrings: belonged to bride’s grandmother / Groom’s suit: bride designed the suit through online company Indochino / Shoes: Thorocraft “Xander” / Wedding band: local antique shop

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@100LayerCake on Mar 12, 2013

Joshua Tree makes for a stunning wedding backdrop, doesn't it?

@JPORGANIC on Mar 12, 2013

Joshua Tree wedding: Rachel Travis #undefined via @100layercake

Olivia on Mar 12, 2013

Wow, what a fantastic blog! I also have a blog for fun and thrifty wedding decorations! Next stop...decoupage pegs competition Giveaway! check out my blog! Olivia x

@100LayerCake on Mar 12, 2013

Rad invitations, venue, decor & couple in this Joshua Tree wedding by Martin Vielma:

Irish Wedding Video on Mar 12, 2013

These are beautiful photos but i really love the wedding video! Ronan

@TimDuncanEvents on Mar 12, 2013

Check out this unique #realwedding! What do you think?

Annie on Mar 12, 2013

I love the rustic/hipster/indie feel!

@esarahcampbell on Mar 13, 2013

Love the details! So pretty! “@100LayerCake: couple in this Joshua Tree wedding by Martin Vielma:”

Kristina Juarbe {Thirty Three and a Third} on Mar 13, 2013

Wow!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

cocoa beach weddings on Mar 13, 2013

The scenery of this wedding is like a dream. The details are as cute as they can be and the photographer's incredible talent captured everything wonderfully.

Robt Albanez on Jun 4, 2013

Oh no! I are not able to make it and I am so sad! I really want to go although the girls are throwing me a heading away party that night at Angie's. And i need so much clothes for my new job. So bummed. Anyway, have got a blast and i would go together with the dress its fab! XOXO on Jun 15, 2013

I really love your blog.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you develop this site yourself? Please reply back as I'm hoping to create my own website and want to learn where you got this from or just what the theme is named. Thank you!

Joni on Jun 24, 2013

Love the venue! Would anyone be able to answer how many guests the venue could accommodate for ceremony and reception? Love everything about this wedding. Thanks! -j

photography on Jul 1, 2013

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Hello Gem on Jul 19, 2013

Hey Joni, We just noticed your message! The venue holds about 80 comfortably, but you could probably get 100 guests.

Aundrea V. Harrell on Aug 17, 2013

My dad lived in Joshua Tree when I was growing up and I always had mixed feelings about the place. It had a certain allure but then it also had a desolate feel at times. I could never figure out if I thought it was beautiful or not, but you managed to bring forward all that is beautiful and to play on the sometime lonely feel of the desert in order to accentuate the beautiful things. Great Job...The desert is beautiful!

Rae on Oct 5, 2015

Do you mind sharing the cost of the wedding. This would be perfect for my south african themed elopement. With a 20 guest count.

Ashley on Mar 8, 2016

Does anyone know the location of those rock formations?

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