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25 Reasons to Plan a Desert Wedding

Since the annual Show-Your-Love-Day aka Valentines is coming up . . .
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25 Reasons . . . to set your say your wedding vows in the desert . . . 

My wedding was not in the desert, but I can see why it would be a perfect place for a truly meaningful affair.
Something about that vastness. That rustic beauty that surrounds you and yours.
Is it symbolic? Poetic, maybe?
Those beautiful song lyrics come to mind . . .
“I could make you happy, make your dreams come true. Nothing that I wouldn’t do. Go to the ends of the Earth for you, To make you feel my love . . . “
Adele how your voice haunts me . . .

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So full of magnitude and extremes that marks an unforgettable moment in your lives.
No longer facing the world at large alone.
Like most wedding portraits, couples pose in an embrace or somehow side by side, united.
Add a desert backdrop with all its drama and immensity, with all its intimidating rough and prickliness that sharply contrasts the tenderness of a promise of forever and you have a recipe for artistry and a reminder of a promise . . . of a forever love made in the desert.

My own wedding took place in a city park chosen for its convenience that we never had been before and never have returned since. Memories of the day are from candid shots from the few people that attended. Very much “let’s do this already” rather than “ooh-la-las”.
Our conversation went much like this:
Magnum: Do you want it done?
Me: I guess.
Magnum: Well, let’s get it done then.
Me: How?
Magnum: I’ll figure it out if you want and it will be done and we don’t need to worry about it anymore.
What can I say? I married a sweet-talker.

He called a few friends and told them that we were somehow getting married in a couple of weeks. Luckily most of his friends were married with empathetic wives who put their heads together and lined up a casual ceremony at a park. What did I have to do? Just make my wedding dress, that I completed in 3.5 hours the night before and to show up of course.

We woke up to a cloudy, cold, blustery morning. My hands holding my grocery store bouquet was shaking and I felt altogether silly in my short sleeved dress when everyone was bundled up in jackets and scarves. After the embarrassing affair of vows and all that, we were somehow “married” – then the most amazing and memorable thing about the day happened. You’ll think I was exaggerating, but the clouds literally parted and we were blessed by Mother Nature with warm sunbeams. My romantic moment for the day.

Afterwards we raided a greasy hamburger dive and stared down a group of frat boys for their roomy booth. All I remember of the “reception” was that everyone had hamburgers and one person had a hot dog – and I wanted both, but I mistakenly made my dress too tight. Not meant to be.

So, I never went through the gamut of conventional wedding planning and expectations. But I am a romantic at heart and I birthed a little one who is also a big fan of all the loveliness that comes with the “big day”. My Cottontail gets a big kick out of perusing images with me as I research for my blog posts. This one made her especially gleeful. “People should get married out here!” — oh yes, she’s a “desert slicker” through and through.

So, let’s begin . . .
What’s a wedding “day” without a heart-melting love song?
Its also a song that my boy Wile E. likes to request to put him in dream-land.
I hope it sets you in the mood.

“Make You Feel My Love”
is a song written by Bob Dylan.

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When the rain is blowing in your face,
And the whole world is on your case,
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love.

When the evening shadows and the stars appear,
And there is no one there to dry your tears,
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love.

I know you haven’t made your mind up yet,
But I will never do you wrong.
I’ve known it from the moment that we met,
No doubt in my mind where you belong.

I’d go hungry; I’d go black and blue,
I’d go crawling down the avenue.
No, there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love.

The storms are raging on the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret.
The winds of change are blowing wild and free,
You ain’t seen nothing like me yet.

I could make you happy, make your dreams come true.
Nothing that I wouldn’t do.
Go to the ends of the Earth for you,
To make you feel my love
To make you feel my love.

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Please do not hesitate to click on these images for more views from these talented perspectives.
Just a what-the-heck-lol sidenote. If you search for “desert weddings” on Instagram #desertweddings unearths a slew of lovelies to admire. I challenge you to do the same on Flickr if you are in the mood for derisive laughter. So much tackiness – it’s really beyond!

Is this a dream?
Some reason – and as always, I’m probably wrong – but on close inspection this first vision almost looks like a miniature mock up. Maybe it seems all too good to be true? . . .

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You can compare love to a seed that was planted when you entered this world and that has the ability to grow into a huge tree. The tree trunk is the love for yourself – once this trunk has grown your tree can start to grow stems and branches. Some stems will stop growing after a while or even die; some will carry leaves and blossoms. Some branches will start fragile but gain strengths and some may break. The core is to keep the trunk – to feed it so that it won’t die, to take care of it and enable it to grow all those stems and branches. Not even one of them was senseless even if it was broken in the end. Before it broke it was spreading new seeds, seeds of love. / Love this text by Miss Faith Photo by @joshnewton #desertwedding #morocco #wedding #love

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Note: I have made an effort to search these images for Google in an attempt to only feature valid talent. Please relay if I have overlooked and posted a stolen image. I believe in giving credit to where it is due.

Wrapping this up I'm thinking, "Definitely gonna do another one of these!"
Such a lovely feeling witnessing such happiness.
Hope you will come back for another round, so I'm going to seal the deal with this unforgettable video.
Take an adorable couple, a catchy tune, and a handsome mule and you've got the sweetest of Desert Love.

Palm Springs Wedding Film | 16mm Film | Korakia Pensione from Living Cinema on Vimeo.

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  1. February 14, 2016    

    The desert can look so beautiful! It’s like something from another world. These pictures showcase that more than ever.

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    • Vi
      February 15, 2016    

      “Another world” – I thought I was never a “desert-type” — like I would be a fish out of water, but love is contagious and my children are born and raised in this world – so my love has bloomed with them. So glad to share our world with you!

  2. February 8, 2016    

    I grew up in New England, surrounded by trees and rocks and rivers. We now live in AZ and I thought I would hate it, but I’ve learned that the desert has it’s own beauty and can be used for some stunning photos like the ones you shared here!

    • Vi
      February 9, 2016    

      My desert life here was a complete surprise too! I never in my wildest dreams – since I always considered myself a water sign and a tree lover – but there are trees here and their scarcity makes them even more precious when encountered. So glad to share the love!

  3. February 8, 2016    

    I really love the picture of the alter with the beautiful dream catcher. I would love to have that as a backdrop at the alter
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    • Vi
      February 8, 2016    

      So many great ideas out there – so glad to have shared one that resonated with you!

  4. February 8, 2016    

    I fell in love with desert when I first visited one Egypt and later, I visited one in Oman and UAE. I think I left a piece of my heart there. Those photos are amazing

    • Vi
      February 8, 2016    

      I think it takes a depth of character to embrace the loveliness in something as abstract as the desert. So glad to share the love. You have an amazing perspective to share!

  5. February 8, 2016    

    We also had a very simple wedding, planned in two months. It was good for us. 🙂 But these are some stunning wedding photos!! I smile just looking at them!
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    • Vi
      February 8, 2016    

      Everyone has their own perfect way – as long as it is a beautiful day I love observing the joy too! I think a take two is called for ~ at least!

  6. January 20, 2016    

    Thanks for sharing your wedding story. Loved it! All these wedding pictures are stunning!
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  7. January 19, 2016    

    Beach weddings are so overrated! Desert weddings are in! Seriously, those are amazing pictures. The desert certainly has a gorgeous side to it! I love the cake with the succulents too.

    • Vi
      January 20, 2016    

      Glad you enjoyed it Fabiola! You’re always good for desert love!

  8. January 19, 2016    

    These are such gorgeous inspiration photos!

    • Vi
      January 20, 2016    

      So glad you agree Kari!

  9. January 19, 2016    

    Wow !! We live in Central TX and have been wanting to head to West TX but never seem to make the time. After looking over your photos I making sure we make the time this year!

    • Vi
      January 20, 2016    

      Andrea – girl you gotta get over here to the “Mountains of Texas”! We’ve got our very own “Grand Canyons” – minus the crowds. It will be an experience like no other. We drove out here from DFW several years ago and it was a whirlwind adventure!

  10. January 19, 2016    

    WOW! What incredible wedding photo’s! I would choose the desert just to get those photographs!

    • Vi
      January 19, 2016    

      So glad you enjoyed them Cynthia! I had fun putting this together that’s for sure!

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