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Destination Desert Love

May 5, 2011

Saying “I do” might be a traditional rite of passage, but Tara and Travis’s wedding was anything but. Held amid the vast nothingness of sandscapes at Burning Man, my fellow photographer Tara Arrowood said an emphatic “I do” to her cowboy, Travis Pynn. And I was there to capture it all – their joining of hands under the 40-feet-tall Bliss Dance, a 7,000-pound translucent steel sculpture of a meshed-skin female dancer; the colorful guests clad in a mix of bohemian, hippy and cowboy chic outfits. Jonathan and Linnae Asiel’s inventive artistry created an edgy yet consummate reception crafted with blossoming succulents of dark and pale colors, old-world snuff bottles, ragged ropes with an air of European sensuality meshed with cowboy punk.

As a Burning Man veteran and a photographer, I had a great time documenting the desert celebration. Every shot was bursting with eclectic details and a depth of emotions enhanced by the vintage/retro theme. Burning Man is all about living life the way you want to and affirming your identity through art, expression and authenticity, and I couldn’t think of a better way for two dynamic spirits such as Tara and Travis to begin their lifelong journey together than on the playa with the citizens of Black Rock City as their witnesses. Tara and Travis, thank you for inviting me to be a crucial part of your love. I am honored to share my images of their extraordinary celebration here and in the pages of Today’s Bride.


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Great photos Catherine! I actually came across this post while watching TWiT Photo episode 19 with Jasmine Star. I used to work with Tara for a brief time at Orange Photography a few years ago. What a coincidence!! A Burning Man wedding is definitely Tara’s style.

Seriously one of the most unique weddings I have seen. As a designer, I have seen the good side of 10+ years. Captured perfectly. Personal style captured wonderfully. The brides’s dress is so desert chic. omg.

[…] could feel the smouldering heat on your eyes and skin, yet the team of us at fellow photog Tara Arrowood’s wedding at Burning Man was high on excitement from being a part of the unconventional Bohemian nuptials. […]

Big geeky LOL for the cupcakes! Love the photos, they’re amazing, and all these details, just stunning. That is what you call a cool couple!:)

Lol. Thanks – the cupcakes photograph is one of my favorites from the wedding. Tara and Travis are definitely beyond cool.

Kathleen Kirkpatrick

How perfect! Love all the vintage Western details, humor, elegance and I want those cupcakes! The best bridesmaids/groomsmen ever. We need them at the Villa! Congratulations to Tara and Travis! Cheers, Kathleen

Kathleen, I can’t wait to photograph a wedding at your prestigious venue! We’ll have to set it up 🙂

How has no one commented on those cupcakes yet?! No one will ever be able to complain about their outrageous bridesmaids dresses ever again. :)I waved my roommate over to have a look and we both had a good laugh. I love how absolutely eclectic this wedding was and the couple looks like they’re so in love. It’s beautiful!

This wedding is so creatively beautiful Catherine…

Thanks Cay, means a lot coming from you 🙂

Love, love, love it! Great job, Cat!

Thanks, Ann. As always, I’m a huge fan of your photography, too!

Love the tones you processed these images in. Lovely details you captured as well. Great job!

Kris, this is one of my favorite weddings! Glad you love it.

Awesome images!! I want to see more! Great work!

I’m working on more images!

wow, cool wedding! great job on it. hope to visit burning man on our tour in the rV.

Sorry for the late reply, Jim. Missed you!

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