An Intimate, Boho Wedding in the California Desert

Christine and Josh

bride groom portrait
Laura Gordon Photography

Christine Sandrock thought her boyfriend, Josh Littleton, was behaving a little strangely. The pair had spent the day together outside of Las Vegas, photographing the desert landscape, and Josh seemed uncharacteristically quiet. Everything made sense at sunset, though, when he proposed in a dry lake bed across the California state line. "I was just rehearsing what to say in my head," Josh explains. The pair snapped engagement photos, their faces beaming, as the sun's last rays faded from the desert sky.

Just eight months earlier, Christine, who owns a camera-accessory company in her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, had been ready to give up on online dating. "But on the last day of my subscription, Josh wrote me—and he seemed fantastic," she says. Their first date was at a local bar, and "we talked until the place closed," Christine says. "The conversation was natural and easy," adds Josh, who works for the government. "Like we had known each other for a long time."

Their shared love of the desert and a desire for an intimate celebration led them to book Rock Reach House, a modernist private home near Joshua Tree National Park, sight unseen. From there, they gave planner Rachael Lunghi of Lace & Likes free rein over the celebration. "I adore her work, and I didn't want to see anything before the wedding," Christine says.

Exactly a year and one day after their engagement, on April 4, 2015, Christine and Josh were wed in a nondenominational ceremony, surrounded by 29 of their closest family and friends. The bride walked down the aisle as a harpist played "Halo," by Ane Brun, escorted by her father and then 4-year-old son, Lennon. "When Josh recited his vows to my boy, there was not a single dry eye," she remembers. Afterward, guests dined outdoors on beer-braised short ribs and garlic shrimp as another spectacular desert sunset cast a golden glow over the party. When night fell, the group headed back to the house for toasts and dancing, their path illuminated by the moon and a sky full of stars.

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The Stationery Suite

wedding stationery
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The couple's stationery (by Wildfield Paper Co.) included vintage stamps and illustrations inspired by the blooms at the wedding.

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Put a Ring In It

Christine's engagement ring
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The bride's engagement ring was displayed in a handmade velvet box from The Mrs. Box.

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Bridesmaids in Neutrals

Desert Weding California
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Christine's bridesmaids—her longtime friends and her business partner—wore dresses by Lulus and carried bouquets of astilbe made by Siren Floral Co. The bride donned a Rue de Seine dress from The Dress Theory.

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Wild Signage

Christine & Josh's wedding - leather sign
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Wildfield Paper Co. created a custom sign on animal hide, welcoming guests to the wedding.

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The Ceremony

Christine & Josh's wedding ceremony
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Josh's best friend became ordained to be their officiant. "It made it so incredibly special and intimate," Christine says.

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A Very Special Ring Bearer

Ring bearer with arrow
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Christine's son served as ring bearer, carrying three arrows—one each for himself, Christine, and Josh.

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Calligraphed Vows

Pastel and Pyrite Table Setting
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Josh's vows were hand-painted on a slice of agate.

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So Happy Together

Christine & Josh close-up
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Christine and Josh posed for photos after the ceremony. The bride wore a headpiece handmade in Copenhagen by Jannie Baltzer.

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The Reception

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Guests feasted outdoors at three long wooden tables before moving indoors, where a DJ played dance music.

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The Place Settings

wedding place setting
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Menus, burned into pieces of deer hide, were also displayed at each place setting. Slices of agate, painted with guests' names, served as place cards.

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Delicious Desserts in the Desert

Cake dessert
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The dessert bar featured the couple's favorite sweets in miniature form, including crème brûlée, banana-pudding shooters, and cheesecake bites.

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Christine & Josh's family
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Location, Rock Reach House

Event planning and design, Rachael Lunghi of Lace & Likes

Catering, Carousel Catering Inc.

Flowers, Siren Floral Co.

Photography, Laura Gordon Photography

Stationery and calligraphy, Wildfield Paper Co.

Desserts, Over the Rainbow Desserts

Music, Lynne Lockwood; Joshua Bonas

Rentals, the Hostess Haven; Pow Wow Design Studio; Witty Rentals

Bride's gown, Rue de Seine from the Dress Theory

Bride's accessories, Jannie Baltzer hair accessories; Gianni Bini shoes

Hair and makeup, The Transformation

Bridesmaids' dresses, Lulus

Groom's suit, Perry Ellis

Menswear, Banana Republic

Groom's shoes, River Island

Neckwear, Hey Sir

Ring bearer's attire, Alfie EST 2011 shirt; Ralph Lauren suit; Zara shoes

Arrows (for rings), Mineral and Matter

Macramé ceremony backdrop, Urban Outfitters

Ribbons, Froufrou Chic

Ring box, The Mrs. Box

Wedding rings, Sundari Gems; The Sly Fox

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