Most of my clients book me for weddings between 6-18 months in advance. I've had Joanna's wedding booked for about 7years :)  Well, at least, I had the IDEA of Joanna's wedding someday for that long.
Joanna and I met while I was photographing the children and headshots of a celebrity she worked for.  We agreed then that SOMEDAY I would be shooting her wedding.  Well, this year, "someday" finally happened and I got to photograph such a wonderful celebration of love for Joanna and Adam in Palm Springs!
I had known that this wedding was going be amazing--you only have to meet Joanna and Adam once to know that they have an eye for style and detail.  Plus, they brought on board the awesome ladies of Beau & Arrow Events, which was just an unbeatable combination.
The second I walked up to the house, I found this little row of adorable succulents.  I absolutely adore succulents, especially tiny little ones in their own pots:

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Joanna's dress, by Nicole Miller, made out of the perfect lightweight fabric for a desert wedding:

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Okay, just stop and admire these INSANE Alexander Mcqueen flats for a second. A more perfect shoe there never was:

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Little details hanging around the house, just waiting for guests to ooh and ahh. Also a hand embroidered monogrammed hankie:

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Adam's style:

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Joanna wore the most beautiful, intricate robe for her preparation:

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Joanna and all the girls had braided hairstyles, which I couldn't get enough of!

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I mean seriously, look at this!

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Joanna and Adam both got ready at the house, so it was great to be able to just go right back and forth between their rooms!

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The pocket square folding:

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Pretty little bridesmaids gifts:

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And of course, gifts for one another! A fab swimsuit for Adam, and a beautiful bracelet for Joanna:

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Check out this super unique engagement ring: I've never seen one like it, and I LOVE LOVE it!  Also, a shoutout to the party nail.

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Some dapper dudes having a drink:

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Time to put on the dress!

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The dress was just so light! I would want all of my clothes made out of it if I lived in Palm Springs:

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Some bouquets just waiting to be picked up:

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Look! A striped ribbon!

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Joanna putting on her finishing details:

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And getting a little help with her touch ups:

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Joanna loves babies, and they love her! Which probably a good thing :)

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The veil and jeweled attachment were family heirlooms. The back of Joanna's dress was a showstopper:

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A perfect little embroidery as a something blue:

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The bridesmaid bouquets were just so darling with their polka dot ribbons!

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Joanna had such a beautiful group of friends! Plus, I think girls are just happier in dresses they get to choose :)

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Pretty ladies:

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Don't mind me, just detail obsessing over here:

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Joanna took a few minutes in the spotlight:

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Hi beautiful bride!

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That air plant and yellow flower make this bouquet!!

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Lots of greenery = hard to find in Palm Springs:

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When I found out the wedding was going to be in June in Palm Springs, I started sweating. But then when I found out the wedding would be in the wilderness at the top of the Aerial Tramway, I got the shivers!  It's such a different landscape up there than anywhere else in the area, it looks like it could be a Colorado mountain top.

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Heading up:

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In order to get to the top, you have to take a 15 minute gondola ride:

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Braid-y ladies:

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And presto! Once you de-board, you're in another land:

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We hiked our way down to the ceremony site, where everyone was enjoying the view:

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At weddings, I'm always looking for things that are visually interesting. These two snippets fit the bill!

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With Joanna's love of kids, it was no surprise that there were many in the wedding party! Four little ring bears:

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And four little flag girls:

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Adam ready to see his bride:

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And here she comes!

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I love this moment:

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Ceremony time:

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Seriously, this location? To DIE for!

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And now for the ceremonial "Exchange of Baggage". Haha!  As therapists, Joanna and Adam know that people bring baggage into every new relationship.  They decided to exchange theirs :)

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Adam's baggage seemed to be quite heavy, while Joanna's was very cute:

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Don't worry, they also exchanged rings:

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And loving looks:

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And a kiss:

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After the wedding we made time for some casual portraits. These guys looked amazing!  Adam gave them each the tie and had them choose their own suit.  They looked spectacular!  

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I love this photo, something about the mood of it just makes me smile:

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The whole cute bridal party:

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And then, it was time for my favorite time of the day. Newlywed portraits in amazing light time:

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I always work hard, but it felt like hardly working:

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It was one of those times that everything just worked:

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The key to great portraits is light. Period.  

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Not a bad view:

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I did shoot some nature on the way back:

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On our way back to the house, we had to make a stop in the desert to shoot some photos:

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It was one of the most perfect portrait sessions of my life:

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The sun, the wind whipping Joanna's veil and dress around:

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It was sublime:

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I could have shot in that one spot all day:

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A desert photo with skulls and everything:

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The light in Palm Springs makes for such great, creamy portraits. I don't know why, but it's just the right amount of harsh/soft:

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It was like nothing could go wrong at this session. I had literally hundreds of photos I could have posted here from this session:

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But all good things must come to an end:

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On to the party!

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The house where the wedding took place was a total modern masterpiece:

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I couldn't wait to see the decor, and it was so rad! Striped table cloths, bright flowers, succulents, and palm trees:

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Delicate vases with individual air plants, gold candle holders, and teal napkins:

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Crystal goblets of flowers:

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Two adorable little details:

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Mariachis! They created such a fun atmosphere for cocktails:

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Balloons placed around the lawn gave it a surreal, dreamlike appearance:

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As the sun went down, the atmosphere became even more awesome:

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They thought of everything! From a posted menu to their own hashtag:

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I had a blast shooting this invitation suite:

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Even though none of the pieces was an exact match for what they did with the wedding, it was the perfect indicator of what the guests would be seeing:

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Air plants:

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What a great cake! The couple with their two puppies.  Also, a fun drink stirrer:

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I love this sign!

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The new Mr. and Mrs!

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Here we go:

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First dance:

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Perfect timing with the light:

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The back of that dress was just to die for!

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Love:

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Lol--she was entertained! Meanwhile, the guests were entertained by dinner:

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Hi puppy!

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One tricky thing with weddings is picking the perfect space for your guests. They nailed it:

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Another puppy!

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And then there was dancing:

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Toasting:

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And tossing:

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The DJ created a great party atmosphere:

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And party they did:

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They partied till they just fell asleep on the dance floor:

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Of course, I had to snag a ring shot before I left:

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They had a snow cone maker! What could be better on a hot day??

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Congratulations Joanna and Adam. You're the best!!
This wedding was brought to you by:
Beau & Arrow Events- Event Design & CoordinationPalm Springs Aerial Tramway- Ceremony Location
Stan Sackley Estate- Reception Location
Border Grill -CateringIsari Flower Studio and Event Design- FloristColor Me Carla-Invitation/Graphic Designer
La Tavola Linens- Specialty Linens
Lauren Sill- Hair Artist
Jose Luis Garmenzzi- Classical Guitarist for Ceremony
Classic Party Rentals- Event Rentals
Los Salazar Trio- Mariachi Band
Hula Girls- Shaved Ice