A Desert Wedding Photoshoot Collaboration with Sage & Swan
In August 2016, I was contacted on Instagram by photography duo Sage & Swan asking if I'd be interested in collaborating with them on a desert-inspired photoshoot that was going to take place at the Mojave Sands Motel in Joshua Tree. I was immediately intrigued and contacted them back. They had a very fast approaching deadline and with the many things happening this summer, I was concerned if I'd be able to help out afterall. I asked them what exactly they were looking for to help out their photoshoot. They were doing a table setup and needed a table runner of sorts. I hadn't created one yet, but it seemed like a pretty straightforward project.
But time wasn't on my side. Or at least at first. I had been super busy with my days filled up. With only two days or so until the deadline and an evening appointment in between, I was sort of giving up on the fun idea. Then, my appointment was rescheduled for a later date. I had an entire evening free!
I worked for hours on a new piece using yarn I had gotten from a desert thrift store. I had been saving cut tree branches from our yard for upcoming macramé projects chose a Palo Verde branch that was just the right size. I cut and filed off the sharp thorns that come with a Palo Verde tree. Also, I had been wanting to incorporate a cholla cacti skeleton into one of my pieces for a while and what better time than a desert-themed wedding shoot?
I stayed up working into the early hours of the morning but I didn't care. My new macramé table runner was complete! I coordinated a pick up with Carly and Tifani of Sage & Swan and also included one of my wall hangings so they could have variety if they needed.
As this project was coming together, I realized my friend Lindsay Hollinger was also involved. She designed a wedding invitation for the shoot. Sage & Swan had contacted a few local (yay!) artists for their shoot. I found out after the shoot that local favorite Cactus Mart designed the bouquets and centerpieces used in the shoot.
The results of the photoshoot were amazing! The colors are so vibrant and I love the textures and all the elements. The models were beautiful and the whole shoot had a feeling of uniqueness that I hadn't seen in typical desert wedding photoshoots before. Check out the photos below!