I would like to start by saying that I love Weird. I love the unique and creative nature of all things associated with being strange and against the norm. That’s why when I saw Desert View Tower on Roadside America’s website, I knew I had to go there.

The first time I went to the Desert View Tower was on a date in December, 2017. This place is a sprawling desert sanctuary, punctuated with folk art and Americana. Walking through the oddities in the Tower and climbing through the painted anthropomorphic rock features really inspired me.

image of desert view tower

While researching the Tower, I realized that this little spot hosts events and concerts; so I immediately knew I had to do a styled shoot here. I wanted to capture the mid-century, desert, lounge vibe of Old Las Vegas and mix in strange elements to really compliment the uniqueness of the Tower. I collaborated with some amazing vendors on this shoot. I told them that I wanted to put together a Neo-Bohemian Americana Wedding.

Our photographer Courtney, of Courtney McManaway Photography, really captured the juxtaposition of neutral desert and bold design. She really has an eye for detail!

Our Florist, Callie Salmon of Wyld Blooms, was equally as successful in her use of flowers. She wanted to bring out the warm tones of a desert sunset and mix in dried plant elements to mirror the same contrast throughout the shoot. The macramé pieces on the bouquet as well as the dining table were supplied by an incredible artist in San Diego named Amy Lessard of Knots & Ivory.

The Marquee Heart Arch, Extra Large Cinema Box, Up-lighting, and Neon Cacti were provided by SociaLights of San Diego. We were also really lucky to have the Wander Wagen with us on our shoot! Their vintage automobile photo-bus definitely adds to this shoot’s roadside-attraction!

Witty Rentals provided the white MCM chairs. The tablescape and various lounge pieces were provided by To Be Designed Rentals, and the entryway vignette was provided by CC Vintage Rentals.

The Bride wore a cocktail dress from Lulu’s, while the Groom wore a mismatched suit from Friar Tux. Hair and Makeup was done by the incredible team at Beauty by Aubree and Co. She really captured the retro style I wanted for the models.

This shoot was weird and wonderful and out-of-this-world!

Enjoy my inspiration and vision!


Thank you to our creative team;
Producer – Mosaic Bride | @mosaicbride
Coordinator and Designer – Ivory & Lace Creative | @ivoryandlacecreative
Venue – Desert View Tower | @desertviewtower
Photographer – Courtney McManaway Photography | @cmcmanawayphoto
Florals – Wyld Blooms Floral Co. | @wyld_blooms
Lighting – San Diego Socialights | @sdsocialights
Photobooth VW Bus – Wander Wagon | @thewanderwagen
Tablescape and Specialty Rentals – TBD San Diego | @tbdsandiego
Entryway and Specialty Rentals – CC Vintage Rentals | @ccvintagerentals
Specialty Rentals – Witty Rentals | @witty_rentals
Hair and Makeup – Beauty by Aubree & Co. | @beautybyaubreeandco
Macrame – Knots & Ivory | @knotsandivory
Groom’s Suit – Friar Tux Shops | @friartux
Bride’s Dress – Lulus | @lulus


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