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When Bows & Arrows Flowers touches something, we know it’s going to be amazing. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when they create a veritable garden out of the desert. And when it’s all photographed by Kayla Barker, it gets even better. Muted sand and stone tones set the base palette, amped up with berry shades and a dreamy blue gown. Textured tabletop details fit the scene perfectly and pull it all together.

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Read on for more from the photographer, Kayla Barker:
“Two things go together beautifully – florals and film photography. Myself, Kayla Barker, a film photographer and floral designers Alicia and Adam Rico of Bows & Arrows teamed up to bring together aspiring film photographers and floral designers to learn and work together at our workshop Joshua Tree: A Union of Floral & Film.

We picked the unique and stunning backdrop of Joshua Tree, California as our location and inspiration for the workshop and our two shoots: Elegant Espanola and Mexicali. The photography and floral attendees came together during these shoots to learn about creating together as a team. Invitations and calligraphy by Script Merchant and engraved details by Paper Birch Designs set the scene and mood of the two shoots. Gorgeous tabletop details were provided by Casa de Perrin on beautiful Found Vintage Rentals furniture that were the perfect contrast in the desert landscape. Dresses by Tatyana Merenyuk and veils by Girl with a Serious Dream were accented with beautiful floral headpieces and stunning bouquets by the attendees with Frou Frou Chic ribbon. Stunning make-up and hair by Amy Clarke for The Halcyon Agency and rings by Trumpet & Horn enhanced our models’ beauty.

Two days of creating and photographing beauty in the California desert landscape lead to new friendships, an abundance of beauty, new inspiration and the union of floral and film.”

Workshop Hosts: Kayla Barker and Bows & Arrows | Floral Design: Bow & Arrows (and attendees)  | Photography: Kayla Barker | Venue: Joshua Tree, California | Dresses: Tatyana Merenyuk  | Calligraphy: Script Merchant | Engraving and Laser-Cut Details: Paper Birch Designs | Ribbons: FrouFrou Chic | Make-Up: Amy Clarke for The Halcyon Agency | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Tabletop: Casa de Perrin | Veils: Girl With a Serious Dream | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Custom Leather Journals: Jenni Bick | Letterpress: The Press Co | Linen Pouches: Salt Shop Handmades | Album & Boxes: Cypress Albums | Workshop Attendees: Tam Ashworth: Isari Flower Studio | Sarah Watts: Sarah’s Wedding Garden | Michelle Lywood: Michelle Lywood Floral | Kim Hauck: HammerSky Events & Inn | Abbie Turner: Flower to the People | Vivian Lin


It’s safe to assume that no couple wants to have a negative wedding planning experience. But that being said many couples don’t purposefully seek out wedding professionals who can help make their wedding planning experience seamless, easy, or exciting. We understand the vast number of boxes to check, T’s to cross and I’s to dot during the wedding planning process, and that’s why we feel confident in recommending that you consider enlisting help from the people whose business is making magic: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.

When visiting a Disney park or watching a Disney film, we expect the highest quality, incredible attention to detail, and little touches of magic throughout our experience. Weddings at Disney are no different — you trust the making of your memories to Disney, so why wouldn’t you involve them in your wedding?

The quality and care of a Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings are unparalleled. Couples and their guests enjoy an unforgettable experience, receive world class care and uncompromising service, all thanks to the wealth of amazing in-house services that Disney offers. It all starts with your dedicated expert wedding planner, whose role is to oversee each of the important details that will ensure your wedding day is stress-free and enjoyable.

Breathtaking details are all customizable (imagine a dazzling fireworks display created just for the enjoyment of your guests!), at any one of the amazing destinations they offer (Florida, California, Hawaii, and exciting ports from across the Pacific to the Bahamas). Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings also offers interactive online planning tools that make it incredibly easy to visualize your ideas and share them with your bridal party and your Disney’s Fairy Tale wedding planner.

Their one-stop-shop planning includes full-service arranging of your ceremony and reception, securing accommodations and entertaining your guests. You know that they truly are the best at what they do, so why would a Disney wedding be any different?


Did you know that here in North America, more engagements take place between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, than the rest of the year combined? That means that many of you readers are newly engaged and have just started the process of figuring out what you what your wedding to look and feel like, at the same time as trying to find the perfect wedding vendors for your day.

One of the first things that you’ll likely do is look for a great photographer, and then have your engagement photos taken! This session, photographed by Once Wed Premium Vendor Christina Lilly Photography, is the perfect way to show you how you can tell a bit of your story within your engagement photos while staying true to your style. Alaina and Arie wanted to make sure that their engagement photos were taken in locations that represented both their engagement and the exciting journey they were just starting down.

Read on for more from the couple, Arie and Alaina, about how they chose their engagement photo locations:
“When trying to decide where to go to for our engagement sessions, we felt that there were two driving forces – our engagement itself and the physical representation of our beginning.

Marfa was an easy choice because it is both iconic and personal. We took a road trip out to Marfa one weekend in July and it was that weekend that Arie planned to propose. While the proposal didn’t actually happen in Marfa as planned (long story), that trip was still noted in our minds as the fun and adventurous lead up to our biggest adventure yet – marriage.

Our second and most swoon-worthy location was chosen because we wanted a place that was new for us both, given we come from different states and cultural backgrounds. We wanted a place that was a blank canvas to create and yet have it be breathtaking on its own; a place where we wouldn’t need anything but each other to create beautiful memories and images for us to keep forever – the White Sands Desert was exactly that. Between these two places, we felt that we could truly capture our story – love, adventure, the newness of joining different worlds, and the need only for each other to make a beautiful life.”

Photography: Christina Lilly Photography

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