This couple originally planned a Bali destination wedding, but then transformed their plans. Instead, their destination wedding turned into a California desert Airbnb ranch micro wedding fully prioritized intimate moments. The change couldn’t be more perfect. Mahalia and Nathan let fate play its course in the planning of their wedding—happy with any twists and turns their wedding planning took, as long as they were doing it together.
With the help of event planner Blush and Bloom Events, the couple brought to life their dream COVID-conscious wedding day—packed full of intentionality and fun. The beautiful neutral-toned floral arrangements, by Fleurish, complimented the naturally muted desert backdrop. Remember, large over-the-top wedding venues aren’t what make weddings memorable. Masaya Desert Ranch—and Airbnb nestled in the foothills of Joshua National park—proved to be the perfect ceremony and reception space for an intimate micro-wedding.
Photographer Tayler Ashley captured every moment that made Mahalia and Nathan’s micro-wedding one for the books. If you’re searching for inspiration for planning an unforgettable Airbnb wedding, keep scrolling. You’ve come to the right place.
Mahalia and Nathan
Joshua Tree, California
Prioritizing Love In This COVID-Conscious Wedding
The most important thing when it came to planning our COVID-conscious wedding was the intimacy of the overall day. We wanted to make sure that our guests—along with ourselves—truly felt nothing but love.
Memorable Hand-Written Vows
Our vows were without a doubt the most memorable aspect of the day. We’re pretty private people, so it was a life-changing moment for both of us to place our hearts in a vulnerable place for all our closest friends and family to hear. Also, our dog, Simba, was an essential part of our wedding as well. He wore his bow tie and got to celebrate on the dance floor with us.
Airbnb Ranch Wedding Venue
We found Masaya Desert Ranch on Airbnb, and once it popped up on our phones, we knew we had found our place. Masaya Desert Ranch has a beautiful outdoor space, and that pretty much sold us. It was beautiful, soothing, and romantic. Everything there, from the setting and the seating to that incredible backdrop of the house, is immaculate!
Embracing The Unexpected During The Planning Process
Take out all of the other people and wedding planning lists and ask yourself what it could be if it were just you and your partner. Go from there. Think of what you enjoy doing and what you want to share with your guests—you can’t go wrong. Having a micro-wedding was much easier to plan, and you can genuinely add your panache to it! If any changes need to be made, roll with it. You just never know where you might end up and how cool it will be. Instead of a destination wedding in Bali, I ended up in the middle of the desert in a gorgeous Airbnb and dreamy sceneries. I loved the sound of anything as long as I was going to do it with Nate.
Including Loved Ones Through Music
My good friend, James, is incredibly talented, and I asked him to create an instrumental piece of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” for our unity sand ceremony. It meant the world to Nate because he grew up listening to Pink Floyd. My friend is honestly remarkably talented, like goosebumps-up-your-arms good, and he contributed something beautiful to our unity ceremony!
Congratulations to Mahalia and Nathan, and big thanks to photographer Tayler Ashley for the dreamy inspo-worthy images that made us feel a part of their beautiful Airbnb ranch wedding.
Weddings in 2021 are getting smaller and intentionality is quickly becoming the top priority. If you’re feeling inspired to trade your over-the-top wedding venue for an intimate Airbnb, check out the top wedding Airbnb venues in every state.
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When it comes to your wedding day, it really is just that—your wedding day. And for Eric and Eric, they created an elegant and intimate St. Vrain wedding that was all their own, with help of wedding planner Brindle & Oak. Not only was their ceremony and reception space completely dreamy, with florals by Project Floral, but emotions run high in the images captured of their guests’ participating and blessing their wedding. They literally seated their friends and family in circular seating arrangement to be even more intimate and personal.
And let’s not forget the stunning wedding day style. Both Erics rocked matching floral ties, but one wore a dark blue suit and the other a light grey suit—and colorful suits are one of our favorite trends. To end the night, their reception included spirits, dancing, and a sparkler send-off—so Pinterest-worthy. Keep scrolling to see more of this St Vrain wedding expertly captured by Haley Hawn Photo.
Eric and Eric
The St Vrain, Longmont, CO
Why A St. Vrain Wedding?
The St Vrain provided us with the perfect location to have a ceremony and reception in a single location. They have an amazing space that is versatile and fit a lot of our needs. Since they have an amazing set of preferred vendors, we were able to work stress-free throughout much of the process. They did an amazing job!
Truly Surrounded By Their Loved Ones
The most memorable part of the day was definitely the ceremony itself. We decided to have a ceremony in-the-round to make it feel more intimate and personal. We involved friends and family throughout the ceremony as they all play a big part in our life. It felt incredibly meaningful to be physically and figuratively surrounded by the people we love most. Our friends who performed the ceremony provided a beautiful and meaningful service that reflected on our relationship. Tears all around!
Wedding Advice For Nearlyweds
Don’t lose sight of the big picture. It’s easy to get consumed with the small details and stressed about things you think are really important. Just continue to remind each other that the purpose of the day is to celebrate your relationship and commitment to one another. Make sure you make decisions that reflect that bigger picture and it will translate into an amazing guest experience. Also, give yourself some grace and slack. It’s a lot to plan and put together!
Close And Personal Ceremony
We set up the wedding ceremony in-the-round so that the two of us stood surrounded by our friends and family. We had family and friends perform the ceremony and provided time for each member of our wedding party to stand up and provide a word of encouragement or blessing before we tied the knot.
Congratulations to Eric and Eric on their gorgeous St. Vrain wedding. Big thanks to Haley Hawn Photo for capturing and sharing this special day with us. If you loved the grooms’ style, check out these unique groom style ideas and our dreamy colorful suit roundup. Don’t blame us if you’re inclined to snag a colorful suit of your own—actually, you can blame us!
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Getting married during a pandemic is less than ideal, but Joelle and Tyler made the most of it by hosting their DIY Saskatchewan woods micro wedding at Wicks Retreat. Although the venue started as lodging for Tyler’s family, they transformed it into an entirely new space. They completed the decor with wild flower arrangements from Tisdale Florist, romantic cafe lighting, and DIY touches–including the ceremony arch, signage, and centerpieces.
And to keep up with the DIY theme, Joelle’s mother–who’s a chef–and her two closest friends prepared all of the food for the special day. From charcuterie boards to a roasted pig and homemade cookies, their menu was the epitome of comfort food.
We’re so glad that Junebug member Sarah Meagan Photography was there to capture every personalized touch of the day. So whether you’re looking for DIY inspiration, or you can’t get enough forest nuptials, these woodland “I do’s” are sure to inspire!
Joelle and Tyler
Wicks Retreat, Saskatchewan, Canada
Why A Saskatchewan Woods Micro Wedding At Wicks Retreat
Looking back on the day, we can honestly say that Wicks Retreat was the perfect venue for us. We tied the knot in the middle of a forest, in front of a beautiful cabin, surrounded by people who love and support us. Our original plan was for 200+ guests in more of a traditional hall. When restrictions were put in place due to COVID-19, the space no longer made sense, and we had to start thinking of other options. We originally had Wicks Retreat booked for Tyler’s family to stay during the wedding, but it quickly became the obvious choice to host the whole event.
Adding Personal Touches To The Day
Our ceremony was full of personal touches. Joelle’s sister led a team of people that consisted of family and friends to decorate the entire space. There was a memorial table in honor of Joelle’s dad that held a candle to acknowledge his presence. Her cousin entertained guests on the piano as they waited, and her aunt Wanda performed the ceremony. We committed our lives to each other in front of a beautiful arch that was made by Tyler’s dad and decorated by a close friend. We also took a moment before the ceremony began to be fully present and to look out at everyone who was there to support us. Joelle’s wedding ring was also extremely personal as it was the ring that her dad had given to her mom as they exchanged their vows.
A Homemade Meal Prepared By The Bride’s Mom
Joelle’s mom is a chef, so–along with two of her closest friends, Heather and Hope–she prepared and served a menu that ensured no guest left hungry. We started with charcuterie boards full of a variety of cheese, meat, homemade pickles and jellies, veggies from the farmers market, and fresh fruit. For our main course, we were incredibly honored to have a family friend–Herman–volunteer to spend the day roasting a pig which was paired with homemade buns, a variety of salads, and baked beans. Lastly, guests enjoyed a table full of snacks that included homemade cookies, caramel popcorn, nuts and bolts, fruit tarts, and cream puffs, as well as our wedding cake made by a local bakery.
Congratulations again to Joelle and Tyler on their Saskatchewan woods micro wedding at Wicks Retreat. We’re so glad that Junebug member Sarah Meagan Photography was there to capture the day. To see more of Sarah’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!
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2020 was a challenging year, to say the least. But if there’s one thing that came from it, it’s the fact that couples didn’t let it stop them from vowing to spend forever together. When Hadley and Andrea’s 150-person wedding was canceled–rather than let it get them down–they opted for a Catskill mountains elopement at the Scandinavian Upstate Barn. And although their special day looked a little different than they envisioned, the two said “I do” in front of their loved ones.
From Andrea’s emerald Bindle & Keep suit to Hadley’s Calvin Klein high-low copper dress that she paired with rainbow glitter boots, the wedding fashion was not only unique, but it also matched the moody color palette perfectly. And that wasn’t the only creative aspect of the day. Andrea wore a pin with a photo of her late father, and the two opted for a broken glass unity ceremony–just to name a few.
We’re so thankful that Junebug member Par La Mer Photography was there to not only capture the beauty of the day but also played a part in planning the whole thing. What can’t our members do?
Hadley and Andrea
Scandinavian Upstate Barn, Germantown, New York
Wedding Advice From The Couple
If planning a wedding during a pandemic taught us anything, it was to be flexible. We originally planned a large wedding for 150 people, but once it was clear that we couldn’t safely have the ceremony we dreamed of, we had to reassess and figure out what was important to us. Instead of postponing the wedding, we decided to elope, which meant planning a whole new ceremony that looked a lot different from what we initially envisioned. Rarely does anything in life go perfectly according to plan, so be flexible! It’s okay to make changes that might not align completely with your original vision as long as you stay true to who you are as a couple.
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Remembering Late Loved Ones
My father passed away from cancer not long ago, and I was struggling with the fact that he couldn’t be there to see us get married. Hadley–very thoughtfully–bought me a pin with his picture that we pinned to the boutonniere of my suit. He was with me for the entire ceremony, and it was honestly the best gift she could have given me.
Personalizing The Ceremony With Vows And A Unity Ceremony
We chose to do a unity ceremony using broken colored glass. During our ceremony, we blended the glass together to symbolize our union of marriage and two becoming one. We decided to ship the glass out and have an ornament made to commemorate our special day. We also chose to write our own vows. Writing our vows made our ceremony personal to the two of us by allowing us to have a special moment to speak directly to one another and truly celebrate one another.
A Catskill Mountains Elopement Full Of Moody Vibes
We have always been a non-traditional couple, and you can definitely see that in the alternative style of our wedding. We chose a moody color palette, textured florals, and a backdrop that brought our whole vibe together. We both wore darker colors that stood out against the crisp white of the barn and the muted colors of the winter mountains. We wanted our wedding to be bold and dramatic but have some boho elements throughout. We opted for big boho braids and earth tones for our wardrobe while also incorporating more dramatic fun pieces like Hadley’s pair of amazing rainbow glitter boots and leather jacket. We were married outside at sunset, and we decided to incorporate some of the vintage pieces around the barn into our ceremony to help bring the whole vibe together.
Congratulations again to Hadley and Andrea on their intimate Catskill mountains elopement. We’re so thankful that Junebug Par La Mer Photography was there to help plan and photograph the special day. To see more of Tonya’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!
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Pack your bags and grab your wedding day crew—it’s bachelorette party time. This day, or weekend, is all about celebrating you—the bride. Maybe you’re looking to escape to warmer weather, sitting pool-side, and sipping on a margarita. Maybe you’re looking to beat the heat and cozy up by a fire in the mountains. Whatever your desired bachelorette party vibes are, there is an Airbnb rental waiting for you.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate you than in a stylish getaway surrounded by your best friends. Whether you’re looking to stay close to home or take this celebration on the road—we have compiled a list of top Airbnbs in the U.S. fit for every bride and her wedding day crew.
Location: Austin, Texas
Why we love it: This large Texas home with a fun modern design, fire pit, and rooftop lounge has everything you could ever want for a bachelorette party. The Instagram options are endless and if you’re looking for a good laugh, go read the Airbnb description—you won’t regret it.
Location: Austin, Texas
Why we love it: Smaller groups looking for a relaxing desert getaway without sacrificing the stunning and instagrammable design—this is your winner. The Boho Bungalow is a fully remodeled space designed by The Bachelorette’s JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers. It offers a welcoming atmosphere with a bohemian flair.
Location: Breckenridge, Colorado
Why we love it: If you’re looking to trade the traditional pool and beach celebrations for a mountain retreat—this one is for you. We don’t think it gets much cozier than an A-frame cabin nestled in the towering trees. Plus, this 1970’s Airbnb is complete with a hot tub. We’re sold on this unique bachelorette activity haven.
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Why we love it: The Sullivan is complete with private porches, a large shared pool deck, and a sleek fully white modern design. This remodeled historic property will bring the southern charm—giving you the boutique hotel-styled retreat feeling but all to yourselves.
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Why we love it: Prime location with easy access to downtown Chicago, luxury design, and a whole lot of bedrooms. This Airbnb is perfect for large bachelorette party groups trying to decide between a secluded getaway and the ability to easily explore the city. This Airbnb is the best of both worlds.
Location: Joshua Tree, California
Why we love it: This Airbnb was featured in films, music videos, fashion shoots—no desert oasis is more glamorous than this private eight-acre residence in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. It’s the perfect spot for crews looking to hang by the pool or explore local national parks.
Location: Key West, Florida
Why we love it: This Florida Keys Airbnb in the Historic Seaport area of Old Town will fully transport you into a heavenly tropical oasis. A private pool surrounded by towering greenery, a jacuzzi, and a classy beachy design that will make everyone wish they never had to check out.
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Why we love it: From the stunning river view to the prime location—this popular Airbnb is perfect for smaller groups looking to escape the city. It’s complete with a fire pit perfect for colder weather and a rooftop deck—perfect for happy hour, cocktails, or watching the stars.
Location: Agoura Hills, California
Why we love it: Bachelor and Bachelorette lovers, this one is for you. If you had the chance to stay in The Bachelor and Bachelorette mansion, would you take it? If the answer is “yes” we’re here to make your wish come true. This famous seven-bedroom Malibu mansion, nestled on a secluded property in the Santa Monica Mountains, is available for you and your wedding day crew.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Why we love it: The Bohemian VIBE is full of bright colors and fun decor details that are sure to complete your instagrammable getaway surrounded by your best friends. If you ever leave— which after seeing these pictures you won’t want to, trust us—you’re just a short five-minute Uber ride to downtown.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Why we love it: If you’re dreaming of a “Nash Bash” complete with pink, pink, and more pink, this one is perfect for you. From the boho-chic style to the neon sign—no detail is short of amazing. This Airbnb, just a short drive from Broadway Street, was styled to be an Instagram backdrop for you and your friends.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Why we love it: With just a short distance from the main New Orleans attractions, the location is a top-selling factor. Not to mention the stunning design features that make this Airbnb perfect for both the party-loving and picture-loving wedding crews.
Location: Palm Springs, California
Why we love it: This pink paradise located 25 minutes outside of Palm Springs is the perfect oasis for those looking to grab a drink and relax by the pool. From the pink tiled hot tub to the flamingo wallpaper—it doesn’t get more worthy of a bachelorette crew than this.
Location: Santa Margarita, California
Why we love it: This Whisper Valley Ranch Airbnb takes the cabin life and makes it glamorous. A cabin surrounded by twinkle lights, games made for groups, and a fire pit. If that’s not enough, the modern and cozy design throughout all five bedrooms is sure to sell you.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Why we love it: You really can’t go wrong with Scottsdale’s bachelorette party vibes—and this house totally has them! If you scroll through the photos, you’ll see the owners have hosted weddings and large gatherings here before—which means they’ll have plenty of recommendations for you.
Soaking up the sun pool-side, cuddling up by the fire in a mountain retreat, or hitting the town for dancing and drinks—there are endless bachelorette party options. Every bride is different, your bachelorette party should be different too.
Now that you’ve picked the destination and secured a stunning Airbnb, check out these nontraditional and unconventional bachelorette party celebration ideas.
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Will we ever tire of backyard micro weddings? Probably not, especially with a quaint one like this. Bethany and Jeff opted for a more intimate wedding surrounded by their closest friends and family. With a naturally bright and green landscape, this couple created a backyard micro wedding that included a bold blue color palette, strung lights, and crisp white florals. We also loved seeing Jeff in a bright blue suit—we’re suckers for a colorful suit moment.
With the help from wedding planner Cape Cod Celebrations, their backyard was transformed into a gorgeous wedding venue. Complete with a minimalistic wedding altar and a reception in a pitched tent, this wedding was absolutely dreamy. If you’re planning a micro wedding of your own, get ready to pin images from Lynne Reznick, who captured this ceremony beautifully.
Bethany and Jeff
Yarmouth Port, MA USA
Planning A Backyard Micro Wedding
We wanted a big, fun party where our guests felt important and welcomed, but I also wanted to incorporate thoughtful details. I wanted to get married on the Cape because it’s been an important part of my life and an important place for my family. We also only wanted to include wedding traditions that felt meaningful to us. The elements we chose to include were homages to our relationship and the people who matter to us. I was raised Catholic and Jeff is Jewish, but we ended up deciding not to include aspects of either religion’s wedding ceremony. The plans for the big, fun wedding changed, but the emphasis on guest experience and having the event be a reflection of us did not.
Tear-jerking Handwritten Vows
The most memorable moment for me was our vows. Although we were always planning to write our own, we somehow ended up on opposite ends of the house writing them the day before the wedding. They were hard to write! But I’m so glad we stuck to our plan. Exchanging them in front of such an intimate group made them even more special. The ceremony was very emotional for Jeff, which is a side not often seen of him. I didn’t know if he was going to make it through his, but he did!
Changing Wedding Plans
I’m really proud of how we pivoted our original plans and put the safety of our guests first. It allowed our families to play a starring role in the day—likely a larger role than they may have played in the original plan. We got married at my Aunt Mairead and Uncle Bob’s house—two of the most important people in my life. My uncle Bob, who is also my godfather, officiated our ceremony.
Advice for Planning A Micro Wedding
For couples in a similar position—wondering how to pivot in these uncertain times—my advice would be to ensure all of the elements you care about are still present, even if it looks different. After 2020, it is important to not take anything for granted. So if certain things matter to you, my advice is to do them, even if you feel silly wearing a silk ball gown in a backyard with your immediate family. You won’t regret it. And no one will bat an eye if you wear that dress again at your larger celebration if you choose to have one later.
Congratulations to Bethany and Jeff on their Cape Cod backyard micro wedding. And a major shout out to Cape Cod Celebrations for sharing this day with us. Planning a micro wedding or a backyard wedding? Check out our ultimate guides for planning a micro wedding and planning a backyard wedding!
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