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ALEXIS + JUSTIN • PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Sparrows Lodge Wedding

Sep 22, 2015

Words can’t even begin to describe this past weekend; I think the best way I could hope to describe it was a Bohemian dream wedding, a magical culmination of visions. It was nothing short of everything Alexis and Justin ever dreamed it could be, and Randy + I are so blessed to have been invited to partake in their Sparrows Lodge wedding in Palm Springs.

Both Alexis and Justin work in law enforcement through the state parks, and met each other at the academy back in 2009. Justin’s mom, Anne, and his best man, Patrick, spoke of how excited he was just to take Alexis out on a date. During her toast, Alexis’ best friend (and matron of honor), Mikayla, spoke of how she knew that Justin would be something special to Alexis from that very first date. That was about 4 years ago, and ever since then the two of them have been at each other’s side for all the love and adventure that life has to give. They love to travel and go camping, and these were two very important factors of their wedding decor and design. We loved Alexis’s unique black diamond (by Alexis Russell Jewelry), as well as Justin’s custom redwood-and-silver wedding band (by Jewelry by Johan) – especially the engraving inside of two hands holding a heart, flanked with infinity knots. Justin’s tie was even tied into an infinity knot!

We headed over to nearby Moorten’s Botanical Gardens to do some private portraits – which was so picturesque. We loved all the cacti and various desert greenery there. When we returned back to Sparrows Lodge, Joey and the rest of the team from Artisan Events just blew us away with the Bohemian design of the reception space at Sparrows Lodge, complete with bistro lighting, gold votives, pink napkins and eucalyptus centerpieces and garland. And – believe it or not, this was actually the first time we ever got to shoot a naked cake, fabulously created by Exquisite Desserts (everyone raved about how delicious it was, too!).  Alexis and her girlfriends worked tirelessly to create the love bird garland, the votives, the signs and Alexis’s Poppy (her dad) even handcrafted their cake stand. This was truly a work of heart!

We are so excited to see what their next adventure is going to be! Here are a few favorites from their wedding – enjoy! xoxo

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vendor love

venue // Sparrows Lodge, Palm Springs

coordination + floral // Artisan Events

dj // Music Media Entertainment

officiant // Jackie Beck

cake // Exquisite Desserts

catering // Carousel Catering

rentals // Signature Party Rentals

rehearsal dinner catering // The Taco Bar

hair // Julie Herzog

makeup // Julie Koeth

invitations // The Paper Pinwheel

bridal gown // The White Flower, San Diego

groom’s suit // Indochino

bridal ring // Alexis Russell Jewelry

groom’s ring // Jewelry by Johan

additional portrait location // Moorten’s Botanical Garden

 

Randy + Ashley Durham are Palm Springs based wedding photographers, available for weddings in Southern California and nationwide.

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  1. Shauna

    September 22nd, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I love everything about this wedding. Absolutely stunning. <3

  2. Sara O'Hara

    September 22nd, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    GORGEOUS!! I love their details!!

  3. Jill Marie

    September 22nd, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    LOVE her dress and head piece, and all that wood in the details shots…and everything else! Beautiful Ashley!!

  4. Sue Pettigrew

    September 22nd, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I am blown away. Thank you for engraving such memories of lovelyness for my daughter and son-in-law.

  5. John McHenry

    September 22nd, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Absolutely stunning photography. These pictures of Justin and Alexis, as well as family and friends, will bring back memories of this wonderful event forever.

  6. Deidre LaSpisa Mooney

    September 22nd, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    These are stunning and need to be in a magazine somewhere! Wow!! Gorgeous details!!

  7. Candi Leonard

    September 22nd, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I love love love the details! Such a beautiful wedding!

  8. Erin Pettigrew

    September 23rd, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Fantastic wedding, beautifully captured!

  9. Brooke Kavanaugh

    September 24th, 2015 at 12:49 am

    I thought I was dreaming. The wedding was so perfect. These bueutiful pictures prove it was real.
    You both look so happy. A day to remember.

  10. Meghan Floquet Doak

    October 5th, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    This wedding!!! Everything about it is spectacular!!!!!

  11. Emily Reiter

    October 5th, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    This is basically my dream venue. And were some of those portraits at Moorten’s? Love it there too! These photos are fantastic — amazing work!!

  12. Justin Critz

    October 5th, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    These images are amazing! I absolutely love the way you styled the rings and invitations too!

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