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The Living Desert Wedding Photos | Palm Desert Photographer | Sarah + John

It’s so sad that Sarah and John’s The Living Desert wedding photos have taken literal, actual years to get up on the blog, because this wedding is actually one of my favourites of all time. Not only is The Living Desert pretty much the coolest venue on the planet (zoo + animal encounters for your guests + beautiful desert botanic garden + Palm Springs), but Sarah and John, their wedding party, and their guests were 100% fantastic.

Whilst a lot of brides draw inspiration from Pinterest, walking into Sarah’s wedding felt like she was going to inspire the internet, instead of the other way around. From the most gorgeous invitation suite to the ribbon sendoff, every detail was beautiful, thoughtful, and coordinated. Lauren of In-Focus Events and her team of incredible event coordinators helped Sarah step it up a notch, and Prerna at Above the Stem created a gorgeous succulent bouquet, plus the coolest favours I’ve ever seen (and two years later, I still have one on my window sill).

But, hey, forget the wedding. A wedding is just a wedding, after all. Sarah and John have a delightful, sarcastic, irreverent love that is completely unique and so totally them. Their wedding vows literally made me tear up; their observance of John’s mom, who had recently passed, was so honouring; they treated their wedding party, family, and friends like gold. None of this really came as a surprise after their enchanting Disneyland engagement photos, but it was so affirming for me to see a couple who cared about their wedding but cared more about each other and their loved ones… Okay… On to the photos (why you’re really here)…

The Living Desert Wedding Photos

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Sarah’s wedding-day details are what dreams are made of. Seriously. I still dream about them, with all their rich colours and lovely perfection.

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(Um, hello adorable bridesmaids! Aren’t they lovely?!)

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And the groom and his troop were just as delightful, looking so dapper in their vests. (Holla at Valerie, looking awesome right along with them!) (Maybe more awesome… #justsaying)

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Sarah’s grandpa officiated their ceremony, which was seriously the best ever and made the whole thing so special and personal!

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Okay guys, funny story time. By the time we wrapped up all the post-ceremony photos of family and wedding party, the sun was perfect… but we only had a few minutes to take advantage of the golden hour/magic hour light. The super helpful golf-cart-driving zoo employee was tasked with taking us around to all the best spots… which, unfortunately, were not the “best spots” Sarah, John, and I had had in mind. He was super excited about the jaguar exhibit, the giraffe pen, and, well, a lot of other zoo animals, whilst we’d all been super excited about the botanic garden part of The Living Desert wedding photos. Ultimately, we didn’t have enough time to get what we wanted so we ended up returning for Sarah & John’s day after session (which wasn’t actually the day after, but about a month later).

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Sarah and John, I love you two more than words can express. Thank you for putting The Living Desert on my radar, but more importantly for almost three beautiful years of friendship since we first met. I heart you both!!

The Living Desert Wedding Vendors

Venue: The Living Desert Zoo & Botanic Garden
Florals: Above the Stem Floral Studio
Event Coordination & Design: Lauren at In-Focus Events
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Catering: The Living Desert Zoo & Botanic Garden
Palm Desert Wedding Photographer: Megan Kuethen

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