An Edgy, Landscape-Inspired Wedding at Havasu Springs Resort in Parker, Arizona

Christa Paarni (26 and the owner of furniture retailer Salvaged Soul) and Jesse Crawford (32 and a low voltage foreman) met through common friends—with some help from MySpace. Their modern romance was reflected beautifully in their desert wedding at Havasu Springs Resort in Parker, Arizona. “It overlooked the water on a cliff of desert rocks with cactus and good Arizona vibes,” says Christa, who landed on a color scheme of hip, earthy cactus greens, copper and blue. The bride’s grandmother officiated the service between Christa and Jesse, who exchanged vows in front of 140 guests under an eight-foot triangle that Christa built with macrame plant holders filled with cactus and geometric wooden accents. At the reception, guests picked up their favors—custom geometric marble or wooden name pieces crafted by Christa’s company—and sat at long tables topped with hammered copper and gold bowls filled with different cactus breeds and vintage gold flatware and velvet napkins. As for advice, Christa focuses on the partnership. “It's you and your man’s day,” she says. “So do not build it around anyone other than that.” —Carolyn Meers