Blog / Author Archives: Melissa Lakey

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.

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The Crawford’s Desert Romance on The Knot!

One of our favorite weddings we shot last year was recently featured on The Knot! Check out the Knot’s post, An Edgy, Landscape-Inspired Wedding at Havasu Springs Resort in Parker, Arizona to see the feature. It was also included in their post, 50 Wow-Worthy Weddings Across All 50 States, as their pick for Arizona.

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How to Have a Great Modern Wedding Ceremony

Guest Post by Celene de Miranda, Desert Wedding Officiant, Joshua Tree. Celene is an ordained, non-denominational wedding minister who lives here in Joshua Tree. We love her approach to wedding ceremonies — and weddings in general — and invited her to share some of her thoughts here on the blog.

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6 Tips for Getting a Great Wedding Film 

No matter the location, lighting or weather, part of our job is meeting any challenges on your wedding day and coming up with creative solutions! However, if you follow these tips it will help make your wedding film be the best it can be and avoid any problems. These tips will also make your photographer happy and your day go smoother.

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Plan the Perfect Mountain Wedding in Idyllwild, CA

We have a soft spot for weddings in Idyllwild, California — I grew up there, and Jim lived there for his first 7 years in the US. It is such a beautiful, friendly mountain town and a great place to get married. We’ve put together a collection of local vendors and venues in or near Idyllwild to help you get started planning your mountain wedding day.

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Sarah & Jayrom’s Love Story and Palm Springs Wedding

When we filmed Sarah and Jayrom’s romantic wedding in Palm Springs last November, we were touched by the sweet, steady love they had for each other. We knew they’d have great advice for other couples, so we invited them to write about their story and wedding for the blog. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your own wedding or just like a good love story, you’re going to love this interview. We didn’t know what a treat we were in for! It’s not often you get to hear the groom's perspective, and Jayrom is a great writer and a true romantic.