“Retro-Glam in Hyper Color”: Hicksville Wedding Shoot featured on Modele Weddings

We are so excited to share this super fun Retro-Glam shoot with Kristin Banta Events and Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography recently featured in Modele Weddings!  We just adore the one-of-a-kind Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, CA and can’t imagine a more perfect setting! It may just be the next destination for an Archive Team retreat…


Narrative from Kristin Banta Events:

“Staged in Hicksville, a “TRAILER PALACE” hidden deep in the desert scrub near Joshua Tree, miles from the paved road…it was here that we created the set for what was designed to be an all American scene, staged in a “POST APOCALYPTIC” desert setting (think Mercury, Nevada bomb test site), styled as retro-glam in hyper-color.”



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“Heavy-handed, blown out hues – you can almost taste the saccharine cherry pie and intentionally cliched props setting the stage for our protagonist to celebrate her dream moment.”

We love the use of vintage tins as floral containers!

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“As the scratchy old radio played Loretta Lynn on repeat, the set echoed an over-saturated, cloying, over-the-top 1957 scene. The bride is celebrating her perfect day, her perfect husband, her perfect fantasy life”.

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“Slowly she winds towards emancipation. The fantasy starts to unravel. The idealism fractures, and by the end of our story she casts off the foisted role…”


“She tears off her chains to the obligations of the past, turns to face the future and realizes it’s too late.”


“ ‘Life is not perfect. We are unapologetically imperfect women in imperfect times still in pursuit of our perfect unions.’ ”

We would like to thank the following talented vendors for their collaboration in Retro-Glam in Hyper Color:

Art Direction, Set Design, and Narrative: Kristin Banta Events

Conceptual Photography: Laura Grier with Beautiful Day Photography

Florals – Carly Cylinder with Flour LA

Makeup – Tara Dowburd-Luftman of Make-Up Therapy

Hair – Stephanie Ovalle of Make-Up Therapy

Linens – La Tavola

Cake – The Butterend Bakery

Pies – Porch Pies

Dress – Dolly Couture

Dress Alterations – Leah Bauer

Apron – Two Design Divas

Mannequin – Bob Gail Special Events

Model – Pauline Van Valin