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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Make Your Wedding Personal with Minister Marie

The wedding is the moment you declare your marriage and the experience everyone is gathering to witness. Spare your loved ones another boring wedding and instead choose an officiant you vibe with, someone that will make you feel supported and celebrated, and will guide you through that experience in the spirit you live your life together.

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A Dream Destination Wedding Planned in Three Months

Whether you want inspiration for a desert boho vibe, need some great ideas for how to include your kids on your wedding day, or just want to read about all that went right (and wrong) with an awesome destination wedding at Lake Havasu, you’ll want to read the blog that Christa of Salvaged Soul just posted.

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How to Keep Your Wedding Video Safe

Backups are one of those things almost everyone knows they need to do, and yet so few of us get around to backing up our digital files properly. However, it doesn’t need to take long and it can mean the difference between losing precious memories or preserving them for the future.

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Planning a Wedding in Joshua Tree National Park

With breathtaking and often otherworldly scenery, Joshua Tree National Park is a gorgeous place to have a wedding. Here's the basic information and steps you’ll need to take to get married in the park, as well as some concerns and restrictions that come with having a wedding in this remote and relatively undeveloped National Park.

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Trish Jones — Joshua Tree Wedding Coordinator

This week we met another high desert local who works on weddings, Trish Jones. She is an event planner and designer at The Walk Down The Aisle along with her business partner Stacey Jones. We felt an immediate connection to Trish’s big smile and calm presence. She has encyclopedic knowledge of the ins-and-outs of Joshua Tree and Palm Springs venues and vendors, making her a great resource for couples planning weddings in the area.

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The Making of a Wedding Film

So you’ve been watching the films in our portfolio, falling in love with them and wondering how all the magic happens? At least that’s what we’d like to think … so here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into making your wedding film.

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Our Backyard Joshua Tree Wedding

We’ll be sharing stories from other couples soon, but we thought we’d start off our blog with the story of our own wedding including Melissa's surprise proposal, house hunting while wedding planning and a windy wedding day.