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The Lautner Wedding, Desert Hot Springs | Melissa + Anthony

These two met back in high school in 2002.  Melissa was a sophomore and Anthony a junior at the time.  They became good friends that first year, started dating the following year and have been inseparable ever since!  Fast forward to today; nearly 15 years later, they are very clearly an incredible match for each other and are now officially a Mr & Mrs… ugh, it’s stories like this that just completely melt my heart.

The Proposal

From her:  “We took a tram up the San Jacinto Mountain in Palm Springs in the late afternoon on October 23.  After the ride up the mountain we walked down the back side only to hike back up the mountain to the area we had taken pictures before a few years back in the snow.  The area we had hiked up to over-looked the desert valley.  We took a few pictures then Anthony suggested we move back a little to get a better picture of the valley behind us.  I was first to walk forward while holding onto Anthony’s hand.  Then I hear “Melissa,” I turn around and Anthony is on one knee holding an engagement ring.  He proposed, I said yes and we had the moment all to ourselves!  It was romantic, personal and so quiet.  Just our moment to share and remember to ourselves!”

The Wedding

Their beautiful wedding took place at The Lautner in Desert Hot Springs and it was the perfect backdrop to their gorgeous day.  The entire day was very laid back, chock-full of love and shared with only their closest friends and family.  Despite a “little” wind (which we had some fun with in the photos!) the day rolled out beautifully and I couldn’t be happier for these two.

Congratulations again, Melissa and Anthony!  You two are so thoughtful, kind and just absolutely adorable together.  It was such an honor getting to capture your big day and I just know you’re going to have the most wonderful marriage!  Wishing you so much love and happiness!

Bride and groom wedding rings and jewelry at their The Lautner Wedding in Desert Hot Springs Man adjusting peach colored tie in mirror in hotel room Bride and groom engagement rings on succulent plant Bridal portrait sitting on black leather couch with wedding bouquet Groom and best man laughing while getting ready for wedding in hotel room Groom buttoning up suit jacket in The Lautner hotel room White and gold wedding invitation stationery with bride's diamond jewelry Bride and groom's wedding and diamond engagement rings on succulent flower, by Stefani Ciotti Brunette bride in off the shoulder wedding dress sitting on black leather couch Brunette bride sitting on couch holding succulent wedding bouquetGroom in blue suit sitting on black leather couch in hotel roomBride standing in white wedding dress surrounded by desert succulentsSolo portrait of bride and groom at The Lautner in Desert Hot SpringsMultiple diamond engagement ring inside wedding ring on succulentBride walking up to groom for their first look Groom seeing bride for the first look during their wedding dayBride seeing groom during their first look at wedding in Palm Springs Wedding couple smiling at camera against plain white wall Groom kissing bride sweetly on the handBride in white wedding dress and groom in blue suit on wedding day Groom hugging bride from behind and gazing lovingly at each other Wedding couple sitting on black leather couch in hotel room at The Lautner Bride and groom sitting on black leather couch smiling, photographed by Stefani Ciotti Wedding couple leaning against window in hotel room in Desert Hot Springs Bride and groom snuggling into each other on black leather couch at The Lautner Beautiful wedding couple smiling at The Lautner in Desert Hot Springs Groom kissing bride's hand on leather couch in hotel room Wedding couple cuddles on leather couch in Desert Hot Springs Sweethearts cuddle on leather couch in wedding attire, by Stefani Ciotti Bride sitting on leather couch in wedding dress looking over shoulder Wedding ceremony site at The Lautner in Desert Hot Springs, CA Parents walking bride down aisle and groom seeing bride for the first time Wedding couple standing at altar during ceremony at The Lautner Bride smiling at groom during outdoor wedding ceremony Bride and groom gazing emotionally into each other's eyes during ceremony Bride smiling emotionally at groom during wedding ceremony Bride giggling at groom during wedding ceremony at The Lautner, CA Bride and groom hugging during Desert Hot Springs wedding ceremony Couple shows off wedding rings during Palm Springs wedding ceremony Bride and groom first kiss during wedding ceremony, by Stefani Ciotti Bride with ring bearers and flower girls in CA Bride and groom smiling at camera in desert, CA Wedding couple hugging in desert during sunset in Palm Springs Bride and groom standing in desert at golden hour in Desert Hot Springs Sweethearts posing for wedding photos in Desert Hot Springs Bride and groom looking at each other in desert by bushes Sweet couple smiling at the camera next to green bush in desert Romantic couple nose to nose with sunflare Beautiful wedding couple holding succulent bouquet at The Lautner Bride leading groom through the desert at The Lautner, CA Groom leaning bride back during golden hour next to shrub in desert Man and woman enjoying time in desert holding hands Man and woman kiss next to big shrub at the Lautner in Desert Hot Springs Sweethearts smile coyly at each other in desert, California Newly married couple kiss while holding hands at golden hour Bride and groom pose romantically in desert at The Lautner in Palm Springs, photographed by Stefani Ciotti Wedding couple holding hands in vast desert, by Stefani Ciotti Couple dipping in the desert with mountains in background at golden hour Wedding couple holding hands and walking through The Lautner Bride and groom holding hands while looking at each other in Palm Springs Bride and groom linking arms walking through The Lautner, by Stefani Ciotti Wedding couple linking arms walking hotel grounds in Desert Hot Springs Wedding couple kissing while holding succulent wedding bouquet Bride and groom enter wedding reception during grand entrance Bride and groom cut small white wedding cake during outdoor reception Bride and groom looking at each other and smiling while cutting cake Couple cutting white wedding cake with knife Wedding couple standing next to commissioned painting of the desert in CA


Wedding Photography // Stefani Ciotti Photography
Venue // The Lautner, Desert Hot Springs
Coordinator //  Megan Schaeffer
Florist // Sharar’s Florist
Dress // David’s Bridal
Suit // Nordstrom
Catering // Huntington Catering
DJ // Beleaf Melanin (Glen Henry)
Cake // Scratch Baked Goods
Makeup + Hair // Read Brown Hair Salon
Second Photographer // Derrick Yazzie
Third Photographer/Assistant // Bee Ruiz

Stefani Ciotti

  1. Kelli

    March 31st, 2017 at 12:44 am

    This couple is stunning!!!!

  2. Kendra

    March 31st, 2017 at 7:01 am

    These are BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the location, the brides dress & grooms suit!! The photos of them are great and I’d want them plastered ALL over my house if I was them!!!

  3. Veronica

    March 31st, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Stefani, these photos are absolutely gorgeous! You captured them so perfectly! Love them all. Such a drop dead gorgeous and happy bride!

  4. K Mitchell

    March 31st, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I loved my wedding, but now I want to go back in time and plan this one instead. She is gorgeous, he looks great, everything is awesome. Also please please please find out vendor for her ring and the invitation!!

  5. Christine Chang

    April 14th, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Gorgeous! I especially love that ring shot on the succulent!

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