By Sun and Sparrow
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Rustic Desert Wedding Engagement Story
Kyle and I got engaged on an incredibly special Saturday. We spent the morning in our final session of an eight-week-long ‘seriously dating and engaged’ class. We had talked about getting married but not when exactly we would be getting engaged. We spent the afternoon in San Clemente on the beach and walking around downtown. We love San Clemente and Dana Point and it was a warm and beautiful October day.
All day I kept telling Kyle how perfect the day was, not knowing how much better it was going to get! We had dinner at a favorite Mexican food place near my apartment and planned to go back to my place, watch a movie, and cuddle- our idea of an ideal Saturday night. When we arrived at my apartment, it was filled with hundreds of roses. It was so beautiful, all lit up with all kinds of candles. I was completely shocked; I couldn’t even go into the apartment at first. I couldn’t understand what was happening until Kyle got down on one knee and asked me to marry him- with a gorgeous diamond ring!
We spent the rest of the night calling our friends and family and excitedly coming up with ideas for our wedding day. It was such a surprise to me and the day was so special because we just enjoy being around each other so much- we were able to spend the morning working on our relationship, and the afternoon enjoying each other’s company in one of our favorite places, and the evening eating delicious food and planning our lives together. An absolutely perfect day and perfect proposal!
Molly’s Favorite DIY Projects
I planned and designed the whole wedding myself. Often times during the process I thought I was totally crazy to do so. I felt a little overwhelmed with the projects, but I had so much help and support! My mom came out from Colorado for a week to help us with planning and details and my wonderful in-laws, Bob and Robyn, took on the huge task of making all of the chalkboard signs that we used for the ceremony and reception.
We also had Kyle’s family and my younger sister help us out with the favors, and live succulents in terra cotta pots. Not to mention all of the help from family and friends the weekend of the wedding!
One of my favorite DIY projects that we did for the wedding was the fabric ‘bunting’ we used as a backdrop for the dessert table. After choosing Palm Springs as our wedding destination, we knew that wanted the wedding to have a desert theme and really focused on the fact that we were in Palm Springs.
Palm Springs has such a wonderfully retro yet modern feel to it and I wanted to use a coral to bring that out contrasting with the desert around us and highlighting how fun Palm Springs is! Coral seemed like the perfect color to me. We also knew we wanted to use yellow because of the Craspedia we used for flowers and a little turquoise- my favorite color and oh-so-deserty. The bunting brought all our colors together in one place and I loved making it! It was something I felt totally in control of during the planning process!
We knew we wanted to incorporate a lot of terra cotta- so we did the favors as well as made the dessert stand out of terra cotta pots and plant stands. That was something we felt was unique and added a lot to the feel of the wedding.
The best DIY project, in my opinion, was the one that lasted! Our guest book was made by my very talented sister, Jade. She made the pages of the book by dipping the sides in watercolor to make them coral and bound the book with turquoise ribbon. We had guests write on chalkboards and have a Polaroid taken of them to paste into the book. It’s something really special that we love having and was a fun way for guests to interact during the cocktail hour.
// Venue: The Cree Estate // Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography // Catering: Anna’s Taqueria, Corona, CA // Rentals: Signature Rentals, Indio, CA // Flowers: David Rohr Floral Studio, Cathedral City // Cakes and Cupcakes: Susie Cakes in Newport Beach, CA // Macarons: ‘Lette Macarons in Beverly Hills, CA // The Dress: Enzoani
© Sun & Sparrow Photography // DIY Rustic Desert Wedding // Historic Cree Estate Wedding