2 Oct

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Maybe it’s the fact that the desert is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from us here in LA, but the Joshua Tree landscape just gets us every time. Same goes for Angela + Hillary. Their love of the desert + historic Pioneertown inspired a rustic-chic wedding with gemstones, cowboy boots, cacti, and eclectic pops of color.

Photographer Amelia Lyon captured everything and turned out to be the perfect fit for A + H, making them feel super-comfortable and at ease the entire time. Thanks to Amelia for sharing these!

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

The wedding was close to Pappy and Harriet’s, which both of them love for good music, BBQ, and whiskey. As for the venue, Rimrock Ranch offered a fabulous rustic-modern style, and could host the wedding party all weekend. Hillary says,There were quirky touches everywhere, like keys hanging from the tree, a cowboy plunge pool, vintage trucks, and a view for miles and miles.

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Two amaze updos right here!

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

They loaded up a U-Haul 3 days before the weekend and headed for the desert. Hillary explains:

We planned and sourced all our favorite alcohols and made fresh squeezed juices and simple syrups and even cubed our own ice when we got there for our signature cocktails (Angela is nutty for those perfectly square cubes). We chose special gemstones and had our wedding party attach them to escort cards. We brought pre-cut paper and string for guests to leave us well wishes in our homebrew growler. We created welcome bags for our guests and spent the first day in the desert delivering them to our guests’ vacation homes and hotel rooms. Our wonderful coordinators, Hello Gem, sourced table runners and napkins, came up with a brilliant table design, designed our invitations, signage, hand-painted our menu, and created a huge banner with our wedding logo, not to mention coordinated with all of our vendors to ease our stress and helped the day go smoothly.  

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

This landscape…Whoa.

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

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Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Desert arrangements complete with flowers, succulents, and cacti…

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

And an impossibly sweet video, c/o Grimace Films:

Some notes on planning…Two brides ending up being a good thing, since neither of us were bridezillas! Our advice to current engaged couples would be to take breaks from all the planning along the way. Take an entire week off at a time and remember to enjoy each other the whole way through, and remind yourselves why you chose to marry each other.

Congrats A + H!

For more of their wedding style, check out Angela’s Pinterest board.

Photographer: Amelia Lyon / Videographer: Graham Lovelis of Grimace Films / Venue: Rimrock Ranch, Pioneertown, CA / Event Coordinator & Florist: Hello Gem Events / Hair & Makeup: Nicole DeAnne / Invitation Designer: Hello Gem Events / Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Catering: Katherine King Catering / Rentals: Signature Rentals & Yeah! Rentals / Band: Lucky Devils Band / Shuttle Service: Cardiff Transportation / Angela’s Dress: Nightcap from Hawthorn at Padaro Beach, Carpinteria, CA / Boots: Frye / Hillary’s Jacket & Blouse: Theory / Pants: Zara / Shoes: Madewell / Gemstone Necklace: Hawthorn / Engagement Ring: Single Stone / Angela’s Engagement Ring & Both Wedding Rings: Sethi Couture

 
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1 Oct

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Remember this adorable couple from the upstate NY e-sesh on 100lc this morning? They incorporated the same gorgeous fall scenery and adventurous sprit in their wedding (also captured by the talented Forged in the North), which is literally overflowing with spectacular details. Their story is pretty special too:

Sutee and I love a good adventure. During the seven years we’ve been together, some of our best times have been on trips that have taken us within inches of Grizzly bears, hiking alongside mountain goats, sleeping in tree houses, and camping on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Naturally, their rustic, outdoorsy wedding was inspired by all those moments…

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Erica wore an ivory tulle fit and flare Tara Keely gown with a strapless sweetheart bodice and lace appliqué as well as a tiered skirt and chapel train.

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

They snagged venue The Inn at West Settlement, where they held the ceremony on the front lawn surrounded by fall foliage on the wooded hills and mountains.

We wanted the wedding to provide our guests with the same sense of refuge, warmth and serenity that we have only experienced when we are away from the bustle of city life. We’ve found that when you’re away from all the noise, the stress, and the daily grind, all you have left is each other. And that is when we are the happiest. Beautifully stated!!

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

The dress. The lighting… Sigh.

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

The empty barn called for DIYs from floor to ceiling. They tied leaf cut-outs on mason jars, had a custom stamp made by Paper Sushi, and Erica created, printed and frame all the menus, while Sutee made the wooden welcome signs. Instead of table numbers, they used names of places they traveled, and used a kayak as a beer cooler, among other thoughtful details.

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

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Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

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Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

A few words on Forged in the NorthWhen we saw the work of Ryan and Heidi, we knew that their aesthetic matched perfectly with ours. Their pictures show a level of creativity that is unmatched by others that we have seen. Beyond their talent, they are the nicest people you will ever meet. They were so excited to hear our ideas and eager to make them come alive. Not once did we feel like we needed to work under a specific template. We felt like we were working with friends. Find their vendor profile here!

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Upstate New York wedding | Photo by  Ryan and Heidi Studio | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79446

Cheers, Erica and Sutee!

Photographer & Videographer: Forged in the North (Previously Ryan & Heidi Studio) / Venue: The Inn at West Settlement / Coordinator: Linda Laestadius of Grounded / Florist: Wildflowers / Hair: Diana Streany / Makeup: Helen Andersson of Face Stolkholm / Cake & Catering: Linda Laestadius of Grounded / Calligraphy on Wooden Signs: Paper Tangent / Rentals: Events Unlimited / Custom Stamp: Paper Sushi / DJ: Scratch Weddings / Photo Booth: Sweet Booths / Dress designer: Tara Keely from Wedding Atelier NY / Veil: Wedding Atelier NY / Reception Dress: BHLDN / Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse / Shoes: Cole Haan / Reception Shoes: Converse / Cufflinks: Cabin + Cub Design / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Groomsmen Suits: Vera Wang

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