We're so excited to share that our film of Mia & Joey's beautiful Yosemite wedding won the Love Stories TV 2019 Wedding Film Award for Most Epic Venue in a Wedding Film!
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I am a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist living on a mesa near Joshua Tree National Park. My husband Jim and I are co-owners of both The Quail & The Dove—where we create unique and artistic wedding films—and Apple Canyon Designs, a creative studio specializing in web design, commercial photography, and video.
We received two nominations in this year’s Love Stories TV Wedding Film Awards! We’ve been nominated for Filmmaker of the Year, and our film Mia & Joey was nominated for “Most Epic Venue.”
When one of our favorite planners, Laura from Fawn Events, contacted us about filming a styled shoot she was putting together at the Ruin Venue, we knew it was going to be amazing.
We were excited to see that 100 Layer Cake featured this wedding! It's one of our favorite weddings, shot at one of our favorite venues — Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown. Jacques is a designer and Lisa is a stylist and they put together a stunning wedding day alongside their planner, Jaime from Wild Heart Events.
Junebug Weddings recently shared Hailey and Mark's chic, free-spirited wedding at the 29 Palms Inn! We had a lot of fun filming this colorful desert wedding. We loved working alongside their talented planner, Jaime from Wild Heart Events. Together with the couple, she created a beautiful, unique look for the wedding that fit perfectly with the colorful buildings at the Inn.
Rebecca and Josh's elegant, fun Palm Springs wedding at the Smoke Tree Ranch was recently featured on Junebug Weddings! It was our first time shooting at Smoke Tree Ranch and we loved the venue. From their first look in the cactus garden, to their wedding ceremony with the mountains as a backdrop, it was the ideal spot for a beautiful winter wedding in the desert.
Are you looking for some epic Joshua Tree elopement inspiration? Check out this styled shoot we participated in last year at Love Love at the Desert Lily, one of Joshua Tree’s newest wedding venues. The shoot was recently featured on the Wedding Chicks blog.
We’re excited to share the film from Jamie and Blake’s dreamy garden wedding, which was just featured on Green Wedding Shoes!
We’re excited to be one of the founding members of the Joshua Tree Events Collective! The collective was created in 2017 by a group of professional event vendors living in the Morongo Basin. Our shared goals are to create a stronger community of local vendors by pooling our talent and resources, and together reaching out to clients ready to host an exceptional Joshua Tree area wedding or event.
You can wear just about anything to a Joshua Tree wedding and still have a great day! However, planning a bit for the climate and terrain will make your day easier and more enjoyable.
The most recent addition to our gear is our new drone! To celebrate, all of our wedding film packages now include aerial footage at no additional cost, weather and location permitting.
Want to win a FREE epic desert elopement? We’ve partnered up with an amazing team of vendors to give away an Ultimate Desert Elopement for one lucky couple dreaming of running away to Joshua Tree! The winners will elope on November 12th, 2017 in Pioneertown, CA.