Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…
We’ve been dating since June of 2014 and got engaged in May of 2017. Our relationship has evolved mostly around our mutual love for the outdoors. Olivia grew up in Arizona and spent a lot of time outdoors growing up. Josh moved here from Northern California in 2009 and grew to love and know the desert. The superstition mountains are a place we both have spent a lot of time hiking, hunting and shed hunting (per Josh), and off-roading in. They’re the closest mountain range to our home and our ‘go-to’ area for getting outside. Outside of hiking, Olivia is a musician/songwriter and Josh is a landscape photographer. We’re often found watching the sunset together, Olivia playing guitar and singing while Josh captures the sunset. We also have dogs, Chief and Porter as well as Bella who recently passed away.
Most of our guests were from out of town… Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, Nevada, and even Canada where Josh went to college. We wanted our traveling guests to get a taste of why we live the life we do and experience what we love about Arizona. We wanted what cloth and flame specializes in, simple outdoor experiences. One of Olivia’s favorite details was the eucalyptus laid in the aisle way and across the tables. She took it from the trees of her parent’s front yard, her dad helped her trim and bundle it. Its her favorite memory of wedding planning.
Olivia wore a Lover’s Society dress purchased from Lovely Bride in Scottsdale, Az. Josh wore a suit he already owned with suspenders purchased from Amazon. Olivia made the boutineers from yard clippings and solidago wrapped in suede.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
The most memorable moment of the day to us was Olivia’s dad walking her down the aisle. He had been battling cancer for about 2 years at this point, and passed away from it this February. We were unsure that he would be healthy enough to even attend the wedding through most of our engagement, so it was an incredibly special moment to have had.
The lights kicked off a few times during the reception, but one of the times the entire wedding party started howling at the moon together. We all had the opportunity to see the stars from the middle of the desert…. while howling.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
Take the day after your wedding to hang out with your out of town guests and wedding party. We stayed in town an extra day before our honeymoon and dedicated it to family and friends. The stories we heard! It was awesome to be there the next day while everyone was still excited about the evening and wanting to share their experience. There were so many different interactions between our family/friends that we would have never known about if we hadn’t stuck around to hear it!
Photographer: Suzy Goodrick | Ceremony & Reception Location: Superstition Mountains | Celebrant: Tony Creech | Flora: The Petal Theory | Catering: Cloth & Flame | Cake: Sugar Lips | Lovely Bride, Lovers Society Odyssey Gown | Rings: Antler Rings (Groom) / Jared (Bride) | Shoes: Free People | Jewellery: Anthropologie | Hair: Clare Sbordoni Hainsworth & Co