A Rustic Wedding in Death Valley National Park, United States

Sara (29 and a graduate student) and Brannon (29 and a children’s nonprofit director) started talking through Craigslist and immediately liked each ot

Sara (29 and a graduate student) and Brannon (29 and a children’s nonprofit director) started talking through Craigslist and immediately liked each other upon their first meeting, much to their surprise! The year after they met, they moved together to a rural neighborhood in Sonoma County. Sara was preparing to go to Africa to conduct fieldwork for her Ph.D. program, so the couple got engaged right before she left and married a few weeks upon her return! The couple got married in Death Valley National Park for several reasons: It was where they took their first road trip together, and it is located between their two families in Berkeley, California and Tucson, Arizona. “The canyon where we got married felt intimate and lovely, just the right size to fit our guests,” says the bride. The couple’s wedding style was inspired by salvage yard materials such as rusty metals and unvarnished woods and incorporated a color palette of yellows, sages, creams, tans and grays. “We didn’t want any aspect of our decor to compete with the subtle, barren beauty of the desert,” says the bride.

Brannon proposed with an art deco 1920s diamond and sapphire ring.
Sara saw a Jenny Packham gown with a deep v-neck and a sheer lace back the week before she got engaged and liked it better than any other dress she’d seen. The soft fabrics and flowing train of her dress suited the barren setting.
“I requested that gardenias be incorporated into my bouquet because they smell so good,” says the bride. Her bouquet included succulents and elements that looked like dried berries and wild grasses to match the desert setting.
Jenny Packham Sheer Lace Back Wedding Dress
The bridesmaids (and Brannon’s female Best Man) wore pale yellow chiffon skirts sewn by the bride paired with white or cream-colored tops.
The couple’s wedding style was inspired by salvage yard materials such as rusty metals and unvarnished woods.
Death Valley National Park Wedding Venue
Natural Mossy Ring Pillow in Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park Wedding Ceremony
Ring Bearer with Moss Pillow in Death Valley National Park
The florist built the couple’s wedding altar out of ladders decorated with flowers in rusty cans and browned glass bottles.
Guests’ seating arrangements were displayed on embroidery hoops, on which the bride sewed each guest’s name onto a swatch of corresponding fabric.
Custom Desert Mountain Menu Display
The couple collected glass bottles and jars for the flower arrangements and browned them by rubbing flax seed oil on the glass and baking them in the oven.
Simple Rustic Dining Tables for Desert Wedding
Bride and Groom in Death Valley National Park