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Desert Inspired Styled Session | Style Me Pretty Feature | A Rustic Chic Desert Elopement.

May 1, 2015

We are over the moon to share the images from our first every styled session last spring on the blog with you today!! In case you missed it, this shoot was recently featured on Style Me Pretty (you can see it here), + now we are thrilled to be able to share even more images with you on our own personal blog!!

As you can probably imagine, being in the wedding industry, I often find myself on wedding websites drooling over inspiration boards, or on other photographer’s Facebook pages + websites admiring images + gathering inspiration. I always find myself drawn to those photographers who live + shoot in the Southern regions of our beautiful country … you know, those beach weddings, or those Arizona desert weddings!?! I mean, c’mon, cacti + succulents are SO trendy right now + just downright beautiful!! (*Side note: someone must have known my dream for shooting in the desert because shortly after we planned this shoot, we booked a real wedding in Arizona! A dream come true! You can see it here).

Being from the Midwest, however, we continually find ourselves shooting in fields or meadows, at barns, country clubs, or an occasional urban venue. While all of these locations are absolutely beautiful (+ I know people from the south are just as envious of our fall colors in the Midwest), I constantly kept coming back to the question of wondering whether or not brides felt stuck in their region of the country, confined to only what has “been done” or is “popular” in their area.

But what if a Wisconsin bride wants a desert themed wedding?

With this shoot, I was determined to prove that any bride, anywhere, can have ANY wedding she desires!!! It just takes a little thinking outside of the box, along with vendors who are on board + understand your vision!

Our desert style elopement was done in southern Wisconsin. A table for two, complete with homemade desserts, a simple yet elegant wedding cake, Ouzo traditional greek liquor from a local distillery, and a bottle of bubbly. We opted for a bright color palette of pinks, oranges + corals, with accents of muted green + gold, which would stand out against the rock + sand tones of the location. Wooden crates, antlers, + a set of antique folding chairs + old sewing table from A La Crate Vintage Rentals completed the simple, yet romantic + earthy feel. The bride wore a flowy, handmade Monirose-Bespoke wedding gown paired with an edgy Stella & Dot necklace to blend the softness of the gown with the hard lines of the earth. Her extra long tulle veil was just perfect for those intimate shots of her + her groom!! Gorgeous flowers by Alluring Blooms pulled every last detail perfectly together.

I hope you enjoy this elopement styled session + future brides, remember that your dream wedding CAN most DEFINITELY be your dream wedding!!


  1. Kelsey Marie

    May 1st, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Maison!! These. Are. Gorgeous!! And sooo creative!! What a lovely combination of all of your favorite wedding vendors, too! I especially love the flowers and all of the creativity. So excited for them, and for you and Caleb! How fun <3

  2. Maison Engel

    May 1st, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you so much, Kelsey!! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I’m obviously biased, but I love this one, too!!!!

  3. Katie

    May 1st, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Love this.

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