Guests Stayed in Safari Tents For Their 'Desert Chic' Wedding
September 29, 2016
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If you're the kind of couple who's looking to buck tradition and design a nontraditional day, take notes from this bride and groom. They brought their guests to the Utah desert, where they enjoyed incredible natural scenery and luxe safari tents as on-site accommodations. Of course, they called on the pros at Under Canvas and Celeste Greene: Sustainable Event Design to help bring their desert chic vision to life, and Brumley & Wells didn't miss a single beat.
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From The Bride (Amanda Beethe)...When envisioning our perfect wedding my fiancé (Anthony Neff) and I both wanted a natural setting – a backdrop that was grand yet understated…where the minimal wedding details could stand on their own. We felt strongly that any artificial decorations couldn’t hold a candle to the beauty in the living landscape. So we set out on a journey to find a “natural chapel” in the sky or at the edge of the earth. A place where our family and friends from all corners of the country could gather together. Growing up I would take family road trips through the southwest desert and the area holds a special magic for me - luckily my fiancé felt the same. We found a beautiful location at Moab Under Canvas; a serene plot of land overlooking Arches National Monument where our guests could stay on site in canvas safari tents and wake up to the same beautiful sunrise that we had fallen in love with. It was the perfect setting for a friend/family reunion and celebration of our love. As an aside, my (now) husband and I have known each other for 14 years and have been living together in NYC for 12 years – so this was not exactly a surprise or formal affair but more of a ceremonial “coming together” to rejoice the past and future.

The color palette was pulled directly from the landscape – soft rose, red and tan of the desert sand; sun-bleached whites and greens from the juniper trees and sage brush. The wedding party colors followed suit; the ladies in white and the men in white, tan, and grey. The style was minimal and understated with a focus on strong geometries and the simple movement of the white canvas blowing in the wind. Both of us being architects, we wanted to create a sense of space in the expansive desert but with a light hand that would respect the natural surroundings. We designed a procession through three gathering spaces: First the Tipi Marquis with lounge seating, bar and classic western films projected on the canvas with a nearby fire pit for s'mores and stargazing. A second path led to the ceremony site: a natural vista with stunning views leading out from our deluxe safari tent. And third, the reception area where we designed and built a temporary platform floating over the desert under a canopy of garden string lights. All connected with lantern-lit paths. Each area was connected by a lantern-lit path.

One of our favorite moments had to be the first dance ending with the full moon rising over the desert behind our guests (unplanned). It was heavenly. Music plays a major role in our lives and we spent a lot of time gathering “The Big Day” Playlist so we had an endless supply of music to dance late into the night.