Ritual Union Inspiration Shoot

Last year Jamie Allio reached out to us with a vision for different kind of wedding. See, we both share a love for couples who want to do weddings on their own terms. And whether that means having 500 of your friends and family wowed by a dreamy, classically wedding wedding or it means running away with your love and celebrating your romance unconventionally, we want to be a part of it.

So, in that spirit, here's Jamie's dream of a new sort of wedding day. A day where you and your love get ready together then slip away to the desert for an intimate and exciting elopement. A day that ends in a party with your closest friends all dressed to the nines. Let's take a break from the "should" of a wedding day and get lost in a fun, romantic fantasy.

GETTING READY

Nontraditional Wedding Inspiration
Nontraditional Wedding Inspiration - Getting Ready Photos
Nontraditional Wedding Inspiration - Flowers in the Shower
Nontraditional Wedding Inspiration - Flower Installation
Nontraditional Wedding Inspiration - Floral Shower
Nontraditional Wedding Inspiration - Floral Shower
Nontraditional Wedding Inspiration - Couple in a floral shower

THE RITUAL

Nontraditional Desert Elopement Ceremony
Nontraditional Desert Elopement Ceremony - Fire in the desert
Nontraditional Desert Elopement Ceremony
Nontraditional Desert Elopement Ceremony

THE PARTY

Nontraditional Wedding Reception Inspiration
Nontraditional Wedding Reception Inspiration
Nontraditional Wedding Reception Inspiration
Nontraditional Wedding Reception Inspiration

credits

photography, concept, and art direction: Jamie Allio // hair: Danielle Enciso // makeup: Makiaj Beauty // Bride's Wardrobe: K.S. Garner // Groom's Wardrobe/Stylist: The Fierce Few // Black Bodysuit: Solstice Intimates // Floral Tapestry: Mary Mac // Crown: Heidi Abrahamson Jewelry // Velvet Couch: Tremaine Ranch // Studio: Blok Studio // Home: Zach Silvernail 

Megan & Tommy's Fiesta Inspired Wedding

This week we're throwing it wayyyy back to a colorful, fiesta inspired wedding at the gorgeous El Chorro.

Megan and Tommy are clients that have turned into friends and I love that we got to be part of their big day.

Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding

Let's start at the beginning(ish) with Tommy's proposal in New York followed by a perfectly planned surprise trip to Kleinfled's where Megan took her first crack at saying "yes" to her dress. They chose a spring wedding date and began planning the perfect party to celebrate the start of their married life.

To honor Tommy's Mexican heritage, the couple chose to integrate elements inspired by a fiesta. I love that all of the color on their wedding date was incorporated in the flowers creating the perfect balance of modern and playful with the more classic elements of their day.  

Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Desert Portraits

The ceremony space was decorated with a custom-made arch and biiiig colorful crepe streamers in bright, bold colors. We love the mountains peeking over the backdrop. Each chair lining the aisle featured a gorgeous, architectural air plant and foliage with little pops of color from the flowers.

Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Crepe Paper Arch
Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Air Plant Chair Hanger
Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Wedding Aisle Decor

Megan's bouquet is one of my all-time favorites. She wasn't afraid of color and wanted her bouquet to make a statement. We combined classic blooms like hydrangea but kept them in theme with the rest of the decor by using them in bright, fun colors. 

Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Peony Bouquet
Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Colorful Bouquets
Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Bridesmaids
Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Groomsmen

After a dreamy ceremony under the desert sun, the party moved in to the reception. Each table featured a trio of centerpieces including a potted, colorful cacti, a bud vase, and one large arrangement bursting with the most perfect spring blooms.

Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Reception
Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Trio of colorful centerpieces
Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Reception Table Inspiration

The fireplace behind the sweetheart table featured a gorgeous hand lettered sign along with a garland that was full of peonies. That's the best kind of garland, in my opinion. Megan and Tommy's chairs featured wreaths along with a "mr." and "mrs." to designate their seats.

Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Fireplace garland
Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Mr. and Mrs. Chair Markers

And one of our favorite details of the day? This fun cake topped with a little his and hers cactus and one, perfect peony.

Fiesta Inspired El Chorro Wedding - Cactus topped cake

credits

photography: Rachel Solomon // venue: El Chorro // hair: Tory Howell // gown: Kleinfeld Bridal // planning: Imoni Events // Cake: Ruze Cakehouse