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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.
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.
Planning your wedding without a wedding coordinator? A little upfront planning will help make your wedding day smoother and make sure that your videographer and photographer can get straight to work capturing your day and won’t need to ask too many questions
Not only is the Joshua Tree Inn a beautiful spot to get married, it is one of the more affordable wedding venues in the High Desert. Built in 1950, this hacienda-style inn has long been known for the warmth, charm, and comfortable lodging it provides for guests visiting California's extraordinary Mojave Desert.
No matter who you hire to shoot your wedding film we want you to have a great experience and get the best film you can. Here are some of our tips of what to look for and what questions to ask when you are looking for a wedding filmmaker.
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.
If you’re looking for a magical, mystical and otherworldly wedding venue, you'll love Dream Catcher Ranch. Tucked away in the high desert near Joshua Tree, this secluded venue boasts epic views, starry nights, and guest houses that feel like they are straight out of a fantasy world.
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.
Out on Amboy Road, not too far past the sign that says “No Services for 90 Miles,” you’ll find Tower Homestead Ranch. If your dream wedding includes wide open spaces, mountain views and old west vibes in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, this family-owned guest ranch in Twentynine Palms just might be the perfect venue for you.
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.
Veronica of The Blooming Gypsy creates gorgeous floral designs for weddings in Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, and all over Southern California. If her beautiful designs aren’t enough to convince you that she’s a wedding necessity, just wait till you meet her — her warm smile and easy going presence make her a bride’s best friend.
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.