We would have never guessed that a hike we went on four years ago would provide the inspiration our newest photo shoot, but that’s exactly what happened. On a weekend in Desert Hot Springs, we happened across Cabots Pueblo Museum, a historic homestead built in 1941. A man after our own heart, Mr. Cabot built his pueblo in the Hopi Indian adobe fashion but also used repurposed items in his construction. (Yes, it’s exactly as cool as it sounds.) In addition to the pueblo, the grounds of the expansive property are stunning with natural desert elements, sun dried brick and breathtaking Saguaro cacti reaching up towards the desert sky. We popped our heads in the gift shop to ask “do you ever do weddings here?” and were thrilled to learn “sure, if somebody requests.” We knew at that moment we’d be back; we just didn’t know when. Flash forward to Spring of this year and our beloved photographer friend Jasmine Star wants to do something “different.” The Pueblo was calling us back, and there was no question that this was the perfect opportunity. The time had come for this special shoot come to life, and Jasmine was meant to capture it.
For the design, had been mentally filing away little pieces of inspiration over the years: Pink Himalayan salt, hand-dyed wool yarn and chunky turquoise. As we built the boards, the inspiration we had stored away came flooding forth… working with Jasmine and Archive, every detail fell perfectly into place… it was such a joy! Real couple Mai and Jesse joined us our bride and groom, and frankly, we couldn’t take our eyes off of them. We dressed the bride in a sophisticated yet alternative two-piece Katie May Collection gown, along with striking and turquoise jewelry from a local jewelry designer.
With Cabot’s eclectic and rustic canvas, our goal was to create a wedding design to feel earthy, yet still be soft, beautiful, timeless yet chic and youthful. With a desert color palette of white, sand, turquoise, pale green and rosy peach, we created a minimalist ceremony of wooden branches draped with delicate copper chains and pastel blooms.