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Belen + Hector | DIY Wedding | Indio, CA

Belen and Hector’s DIY Wedding

Surrounded by close family and friends, Belen and Hector said their vows in a traditional Catholic Ceremony at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Indio, California. Having photographed numerous weddings there in the past, we were excited to be there again; especially with them! And super excited to see all of their DIY wedding touches at their Ranch reception.

Our morning began photographing Belen at her parents home, followed by a first look out in the desert with her Groom and their beloved puppies; Luke and Leia – yes, as in Star Wars! You might remember our engagement session with Hector and Belen, our Star Wars loving couple. If you missed it, you can see our post here, and their feature on How He Asked, by The Knot, here.

Belen and Hector were rock stars during their first look. The weather here in May can at times bring unexpected gusts of wind out of nowhere. Their wedding day was no exception, yet, crazy winds (and I mean hang on to your veil kind of winds) were no match for these two. They laughed, smiled and carried on with their jokes as usual. Just another reason why we loved working with them. It was just a Super Fun Day of celebration!

As you’ll see below their wedding ceremony was beautiful. Friends, family, detailed stained glass windows and those smiles of theirs just kept coming! It was quite adorable. One of the priests even commented on it, saying that he had never seen a couple smile together so much, which meant one thing; clearly they were in love and absolutely perfect for eachother.

DIY Details

Belen and Hector love all things DIY, which is exactly why they chose to have a DIY wedding!

Original cow bells given to Belen by her beautiful Grandma (who had too recently passed away) could be seen on a table along side generational wedding photos on display. Their DIY wedding cake table made from Grandma’s old pedal sewing machine base was also unique. As avid book lovers, they glued book pages to the top of their cake table creating a very special piece to display.

Next, the chalkboard backdrop, wedding invitations, mason jars, centerpieces, books, seed of love packets, and the to-go stamped bags for all the donuts. Although, I have a feeling that all 300 donuts were enjoyed before the night even ended, lol; were just some of their awesome DIY wedding details.

Belen and Hector  spent much of their day greeting, hugging, laughing, joking and dancing the night away with their family and friends. One of our favorite moments was their SUPER LARGE row of sparklers! 90+ Sparklers were handed out, and that was quite some tunnel to orchestrate, but it went off perfectly. With the help of close friends, everyone did a great job holding up their sparklers as they cheered on the new Mr. and Mrs. Munoz!

There is always so much more that goes on during a wedding day, but the most important thing for me to mention is simply this…

Belen and Hector, your wedding day was absolutely beautiful, the love you two have for one another was SO evident. Your easy- going nature made the day a joyful one. We loved being a part of your day, we loved getting to know your friends and family and most of all we just totally loved photographing the two of you (both at your engagement session and your wedding!). Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for trusting us to create your heirloom memories that one day, you’ll be able to pass down to the next generation of little book readers and Star Wars lovers, lol! Brock and I wish you many, many years of love and happiness to come!

Now, enjoy the photos friends!



Wedding Photography: Erica Mendenhall Photography | Ceremony: Our Lady Of Perpetual Help | Reception: Rancho La Mora |

Wedding Dress: Deborah’s Bridal  , Maggie Sottero | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal |

Band: Ismael | Cake Artist: Vina Gastelum & The Jelly Donut | Florist: The Succulent Source

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Chase + Grae’s Wedding | Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Chase + Grae | Rooftop Wedding, Rancho Mirage Ca

There is only one place in the Coachella Valley – so far, where you can enjoy a rooftop wedding with views of majestic mountains and awesome palm trees. That magical place is located in the heart of Rancho Mirage at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa. Chase and Grae’s wedding dreams combined what I’m calling, a boho-etsy style wedding.

Almost all of their creative details were designed by unique and talented vendors throughout Etsy! Amazing! From the Bride’s head piece to her wedding bouquet – which at first I thought was real until I felt the petals myself lol. I don’t know about you, but if I ever “handmade” a floral bouquet, it sure wouldn’t look that fabulous. The Grooms custom ring was true to his outdoor adventuring lifestyle. You might remember we had a fun engagement session with Chase & Grae off of a wilderness trail up in Idyllwild earlier this year. Take a peek here if you missed it.

As their wedding day went on, their ceremony brought tears of joy to their guests as they exchanged vows, rings and took part in a sand ceremony. Their rooftop wedding was the perfect backdrop as the sun started to set. It was truly an honor to be a part of such a beautiful day. Capturing the love, joy and shenanigans with family and guests is always one of my favorites. It’s during such moments that we are privileged to record family history. One that will be remembered for years to come.
Congratulations Chase and Grae!

Vendor Team:

Photographer: Erica Mendenhall Photography

Venue: Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Ceremony/Reception Florist: Rancho Mirage Florist

Bridal Bouquet: Rosy Lily Florals

Cake: Omni Hotels, Rancho Mirage

Dj: Classic Event DJ – Nick

Wedding Dress & Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal, Bride – Oleg Cassini

Bride’s Hair piece: Maijas Wedding Bliss

Bride’s Shoes: Kilig Design

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse, Palm Desert

Custom Signs/Reception: Custom Print Studio

Guest Signing Book: Please and Thanks Cards

Champagne Bubble & Match Boxes: myweddingfavors.com

flower girl baskets: Steven and Rae

ring bearer basket: Ineses Wedding Gallery

Mr. and Mrs. Baker sign: My Sophies Sparkles1

Cake decorations (flowers and pearls): Pirate Dessert
Cake decorations (edible butterflies): Sugar Butterflies
Bride’s Tip, use stick on bras! You can find them here: Jet.com
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