World-famous DJ Tiësto and his model fiancé, Annika Backes, tied the knot right in the middle of Utah desert. I'll allow that to sink for a moment.
The lovebirds met for the first time at a New York restaurant in 2015. Mutual friends played a role in the matchmaking magic that brought the two together.
Two months later, the pair was hanging out together, and the even attended the Coachella festival together.
The weekend was a lot of fun for both of them, and Annika remembers them running around and having the time of their lives. They could hardly get enough of each other, even after the event was over and they got back to New York and had to part.
Things only got better with time, and three years later, Tijs popped the question.
He waited for the perfect time. It was during the Thanksgiving season, and the two went on vacation to the One and Only in the Maldives. The weather did not favor them, and they had to endure days of a heavy downpour.
But on the ninth day, also the last day of their stay, the perfect sunset Tijs wanted came. He stopped at nothing to make the day extra special for his one and only.
For starters, he rented out the entire restaurant, which is what probably gave away his intentions because Annika noticed something was unusual as they walked into the restaurant.
But that was all part of the plan. Their path was paved with rose petals, leading to a single table specially set up for them. To complete the scene, there was a band, and the couple was treated to their favorite bottle of wine and champagne.
Annika remembers the romance of the evening vividly, and the rest of the night was just as memorable and special.
The couple travels apart quite a lot. They knew they would need time to plan a special wedding, which is why the engagement went on for over two years.
Their first idea was to have the wedding in Vegas since they both love the place. But later, they were both in favor of a venue a little more remote.
The desert outside of Vegas seemed like a good option, but that proved to be too complicated.
Then it hit them: Amangiri.
The resort, smack in the middle of Utah desert had all the makings of the remote venue they imagined. According to Annika, the resort is silent, and the scenery makes you feel you are in another world.
It was perfect!
With its James Bond vibe, the couple could ask for nothing better. The venue had romance, nature, glamour, and intimacy.
With that decision confirmed, the couple rented out the entire resort for a weekend so that together with their 80 guests, they would celebrate their special day together in a truly unique way.
The desert is special for the globe-trotting DJ. In his words, this is a place he can take a break from his "crazy DJ life." He loves being in scenery that has hardly been touched by people. "It's pretty much the most romantic place on earth," he added. "… the stars at night and the sunsets and sunrises are so special and unique."
Annika says they were shooting for balance and harmony, which they achieved using contemporary materials and wild organic flowers. They even enlisted the help of Colin Cowie to make the scenes appear more spectacular.
As for the dress, Annika chose Oscar de la Renta and Berta. At first, she could not decide, but later, she chose both. She loved the sparkle in Berta for the ceremony, while she dressed in the delicate Oscar for the after-party.
Her DJ husband has no problem with suits, which is surprising considering his profession. He went for a James Bond look since he and Annika are long-time fans. He picked Tom Ford, both for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding. In his words, James Bond is "a timeless modern masterpiece."
During the ceremony, the bridal party was on an elevated concrete isle placed above mirrored arches reflecting the desert on one side and the venue's concrete structure on another.
"I felt overwhelmed with emotions… we have been in love for so long and thinking about this day forever, and then it was finally here," said Tijs. "… to see the love of your life walking down the aisle, it is the best feeling in the world," he confesses.
The venue's main pool acted as a reception. They had it covered for the role. The small side pools, however, were decorated with candles… thousands of them were used to create a truly special scene.
Wedding guests sat on two long black lacquer tables, which were covered in anthracite chiffon, while the flowers used featured vivid shades of burgundies, driftwood, purples.
There was a nightclub vibe to the reception following the dinner. The entryways were made using the mirrored arches used during the ceremony. And so, a mirrored tunnel led to an ice luge shaped like the couple's initials. Therefore, everyone could have a shot before getting started with the party.
On the decks was DJ Coleman, and he made the session truly special by playing a song DJ Tijs had composed and produced. It was specially made for his wife, Annika, and he had called it 'A Million Years.'
It was a great song too, and everyone seemed to love dancing to it.
As for their choice of DJ, the couple chose someone who would be amenable to their suggestions. Someone flexible. They knew DJ Coleman would have no problem playing any song the couple liked, including ballads and famous Kanye West tracks.
After a night of dancing, and enjoying magnificent fireworks, the young couple spent the night under the beautiful stars. "There were petals and candles everywhere… like something out of a movie," remembers Tijs.
"… couldn't have gone any better," he recalls.
We can't argue. Good for them!