Desert wedding bouquet with a teal ribbon and roses and ranunculus
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Romantic wedding themes come in almost every size, shape and style — but there's something particularly breathtaking about the raw, unfinished edge a rugged natural setting adds to any wedding celebration. To shed more light on the beautiful opportunities created by the right juxtaposition of natural elements and refined style, we set out into the desert for the new issue of mywedding. The result? Thanks to an incredibly talented team of vendors coordinated by RO & Co. Events and the photography genius of Birds of a Feather, this desert wedding inspiration turned out nothing short of flawless. Here are the details in all their glory — and you can find even more ideas from the shoot, plus tips and ideas for how to create your own personalized wedding day, in the Summer 2017 issue of mywedding.

Desert wedding ideas near Joshua Tree California
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Isn't it amazing what a beautiful photo backdrop nature can provide? These large rock outcroppings on site provided enough shade for breathtaking photos while keeping the unique setting front of mind. 

Blue and white wedding invitations suite with hand lettering
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Delicate desert wedding boutonnieres with peach and cream flowers
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Beautiful desert wedding bouquet with roses and ranunculus
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Desert wedding with a pink chair and rose wedding bouquet
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Square cut halo engagement ring and green, vintage The Mrs. Box ring box
Photo: Birds of a Feather

The Ruin desert wedding venue and modern wedding dress
Photo: Birds of a Feather

The location, The Ruin Venue, provided the perfect framework for this inspiration shoot. The venue's rustic, desert vibe and incredibly private desert location made for a backdrop that was equal parts elegant and effortless. The previously abandoned structures and more recent additions (like string lighting and a non-traditional courtyard) had just the right amount of personality. 

Dramatic low statement back wedding dress with back necklace
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Eclectic hand-lettered cactus wedding escort cards
Photo: Birds of a Feather

These calligraphy, cactus escort cards are without a doubt one of our favorite details from the shoot. Once designer Robin Baab of RO & Co. Events and florist Lavenders Flowers sourced and selected the right cacti, la Happy Design added the elegant hand lettering to complete the picture. 

Cactus wedding ideas and calligraphy escort cards
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Outdoor desert wedding lounge seating area with string lighting
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Desert wedding ceremony backdrop with white fabric and cactus
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Elegant outdoor ceremony setting with white tulle and cactus
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Outdoor wedding reception table with white chairs and pink and peach flower arrangements
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Pink, gray and peach outdoor wedding reception decor
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Pink, white and teal outdoor wedding place setting with gold flatware
Photo: Birds of a Feather

This color palette — and especially the addition of these textural, blush plates — was inspired by the shoot's desert location. Muted pinks and peaches, soft greens, raw materials, the whole palette came together beautifully to complement the setting in an organic, natural way. 

Pink, mauve and orange rose and ranunculus wedding arrangement
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Elegant outdoor desert wedding reception table with pink plates and peach and pink rose flower arrangements
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Pink, white and teal outdoor wedding table decor with white and pink flower arrangement
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Green and gold wedding cake with roses and geometric details
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Recognize this cake? We fell so hard for this incredible, desert-inspired but still super modern dessert by Sweet and Saucy Shop we just had to put it on the cover of our new issue! It's officially too pretty to eat. 

Romantic wedding dress with elegant cape for a summer wedding
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Okay, so let's talk about this cape. Talk about a statement fashion detail for your wedding day! The airy accessory was exactly the right addition to the sleek, simple, modern look of the wedding dress — just like the one of a kind hair accessory below.

Delicate romantic bride hair accessory at a desert wedding
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Bride with a pink and peach wedding bouquet tied with a teal ribbon
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Desert wedding inspiration and bride with long cape and train
Photo: Birds of a Feather

Photography: Birds of a Feather | Creative direction & styling: RO & Co. Events | Location: The Ruin Venue | Florals: Lavenders Flowers | Stationery: la Happy Design | Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Hair & makeup: Fiore Beauty | Rentals: Circa Rentals | Bridal shop: Solstice Bride | Bridal gown & cake: Alexandra Grecco | Bridal accessories: Olivia the Wolf, Naturae Design, From Isla | Ring box: The Mrs. Box | Linens & ribbon: tono & co. | Table settings: Anthropologie