Lanie and Chris's Wedding Blog

UPDATED – all the info you need for the wedding…AND MORE!
March 21, 2010, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Travel, Wedding logistics, Wedding Planning

Hi everybody!  We hope you enjoyed our little video.

Here’s some logistical information you’re going to need if you’re attending the wedding:

Wedding weekend at a glance:

Friday 9/17 -Rimrock Ranch – Rehearsal Cook Out/Movie Night 7:00pm – open to everyone!

Saturday 9/18 – Rimrock Ranch- WEDDING 4:00pm followed by the RECEPTION

Sunday 9/19 – Rimrock Ranch – Farewell Brunch – open to everyone!

There’s a list of area attractions toward the bottom of the page.


The ceremony and reception will be on Saturday September 18th.  We are having a fun and casual rehearsal dinner on Friday 9/17/2010 open to all wedding invitees as well as a picnic brunch on Sunday 9/19/2010, so make a weekend out of it!  After the reception the night owls will head down the road to Pappy and Harriet’s for live music, debauchery, dancing and mixing with the locals.

The Venue

The ceremony and reception will be at Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown, CA. The Ranch is dog friendly and so are some of the local hotels.

This is the high desert.  What does that mean for you?  Check the weather.  There can be significant shifts in temperature from day to night.  Also, the high desert is home to all sorts of amazing critters.  Including rattlesnakes.  While they are not common in areas with a lot of people, if you’re bringing your dog I recommend talking to your vet about getting a rattlesnake vaccine just to be safe.

Cell phone reception is spotty at the ranch.  Ironically, AT&T seems to work….


All wedding activities are completely outdoors.  Ladies, I’m avoiding spike heels and think you should too.  Cowboy boots are strongly encouraged.  Anything from Anthropologie will fit right in.

Guys – dress up, but not too much.

*Everybody should be prepared for hot and cold weather!*


Pioneertown is just under an hour drive from Palm Springs and 2 1/2 hours from Los Angeles.

If you prefer to fly into Los Angeles, there will be a caravan of people driving out to the desert on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  I’d be happy to arrange carpools for people flying into Palm Springs as well.

Please email Lanie if you are interested in carpooling.  If you are driving yourself, email me if you are willing and able to drive other guests from LA or Palm Springs.  You’d be a hero.  Seriously.


Don’t call me about it.  I need everything in writing at this point for my own sanity.

IMPORTANT:  While driving around certain parts of the desert you might be tempted to pull over to take a picture of the awesome landscape.  That white sand in the shoulder of the road might look like the perfect place to pull off.  Don’t.  It isn’t.  You’ll get stuck and you’ll have to wait for some local with a towing get-up to come save you.


We have blocked out rooms at the Yucca Valley Inn and Suites for Friday and Saturday nights.

  • I got a group rate of $79/night for rooms booked by July 15th – after that, just ask for the special rate…hopefully they’ll honor it.
  • Big pool
  • Newly remodeled
  • wi-fi
  • 2 dog friendly rooms though I don’t think you can leave your dog while you’re out and about, just FYI.

Here is a link to another local hotel with crazy-ass theme rooms if you’re into that.

  • $55-$199/night
  • pool
  • spa
  • movie library
  • some suites have kitchens

There’s a Best Western nearby too

Gift Registry

Velocity Art and Design

Crate and Barrel – because at least one thing about this wedding will be traditional.

Things to Do

Pioneertown Mane StreetPioneertown was originally an old Hollywood Western movie set.  The fake buildings are all still there, and there’s a troupe that does Wild West reenactments from 2:30-3:30pm on Saturdays.  It’s right on the way to the wedding………I’m just sayin’……

Joshua Tree National Park Here’s a video about it.

Desert Hot Springs

Pioneer Bowl

The Integration

Pappy and Harriet’s – world famous live music venue – we’ll head here after the reception if we haven’t had enough partying.


Crossroads Cafe

Joshua Tree Beatnik Cafe

Here’s a very comprehensive list of places to see, eat, shop.


23 Comments so far
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Love your Save the Date. It’s awesome!

Yah! xxx

Comment by Christina

That was the most creative “save the date” I’ve ever seen! Absolutely adorable and fun!

Comment by Lori

THAT WAS THE CUTEST LITTLE FILM I EVER SAW. I read your warning on spikes, but Lanie, I saw the MOST WONDERFUL IN THE WHOLE WORLD pair of Steve Madden sequined black platform spikes (and on sale!) so I had to get them. I’m training Ty to pull me out of the ground !!! love, e

Comment by ELAYNE

Can’t wait! Your wedding is going to be awesome! Yay!

Comment by Melinka Thompson-Godoy


Comment by Erin

Woohoo! Can’t wait to see you:)

Comment by Laurel Collins & John Barone

The most awesome kind of ridiculous ever! I love it.

Comment by vickie

I LOVED your save the date. amazingness. just like all that you do!!!

i’ll be donning my cowboy boots for sure. super congrats to you both, and lots of love from your silver lake familia!

Comment by Rebecca Hutton

Hi Lanie and Chris! Congrats.

Comment by Paul Henning

Yaaayyy! We’re stoked.

Comment by Trevi & Quinn

That was by far the greatest Save The Date in history! I can’t imagine what’s next! I am honored that you thought of me! Congrats and HAVE A BLAST PLANNING!!!

Comment by Deborah Perkel

Great save the date card. Hope it works out for us to be there.

Comment by Lorie Easterling

Cute video, very creative! Great minds think alike! Videos are much more fun than a lil postcard! Hope planning is going great!


Comment by Chelsea

Yay! looks fun!!!!

Comment by Alexis Stein

Congratulations you two! What a fun-loving and creative video.

Comment by A.J. D'Agostino

Hi Guys, looks and sounds great.

Comment by Frank & Helen Gay

Sorry for the delay Lanie, I was away and Tina has a different email.

Best Regards to all

Comment by Franco & Tina

Recent change in e-mail address. Hope all is going well for you guys! Thanks!

Comment by Deborah Perkel

thank you so much for inviting me it looks like SUCH a wonderful time! I’m so happy for you, Lanie and very excited to help celebrate your special day! great seeing you last night… xo

Comment by Becky Jungmann

Hey girl. I am getting our rooms available now. i will need some help leaving the LA area to get to your wedding and then sunday for someone to drive us to the airport LAX if possible. We should be flying in on the 15th or 16th and staying with jeremy for a few days and then we would like to meet up with who ever is driving up to the wedding. Call me and we can discuss in detail. Love ya. I will be a married woman when i see you!

Comment by Kimberly Brown

Hey there! My addy is 836 hyperion ave la, ca 90029

Comment by rebecca hutton

“Vendome Base Camp 1”

Comment by Laine

congrats kids!

Comment by Corey Sanford

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