Tiësto and Annika Backes

Tiësto and Annika Backes officially tie the knot in romantic ceremony

One of the sweetest EDM couples, Tiësto and model Annika Backes have been stealing everybody’s hearts since they met back in 2015 in a New York City restaurant. After three years of a whirlwind romance, Tiësto took the leap and proposed to Annika in the Maldives which meant that they were engaged for over two years, which can be a longer time than usual, but they did this to give them enough time to plan their perfect wedding in between their crazy travel schedule. Originally being drawn to the dazzling Las Vegas for their wedding destination, they eventually settled on a more remote location: Amangiri, Utah.

“The contrast of the architecture with the desert is a perfect balance. It looks like you are in a James Bond movie, and that’s some of the aesthetic we were going for. We wanted it to be glamorous, romantic, and sexy, while still being natural and intimate, so we rented out the entire resort for the weekend for our 80 guests.” – Annika Backes on the venue, via Vogue

A beautifully scenic, romantic and peaceful venue located in the middle of the Utah desert, Tiësto said that it’s a place where he can unwind from “Crazy DJ life”, which is a great opportunity on his wedding day. Working with respected and well known event planner Colin Cowie (who’s previous clients include the likes of Ryan Seacrest and Alyssa Milano), every detail was perfectly crafted to compliment the stunning venue and to create different moods and atmospheres for the guests and newlyweds. Choosing designers Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta & Berta to make the tuxedo and dress, this ceremony was nothing short of lavish (as expected!).

We wanted to find a DJ that could accommodate any taste. He [DJ Coleman] created a vibe that worked for all of our guests. We didn’t want a band because as a DJ you’re a lot more flexible and can adjust to any situation. That’s why I love doing it in the first place! I also like lots of genres of music that I’m not able to play in my own sets, so that was another reason to hire this particular DJ.” – Tiësto on the music choice, via Vogue

The team at We Rave You wishes Tiësto and Annika Backes all the best for the future! Connect with us on messenger and get updates about new music and festivals here.


A 23 year old dance music enthusiast from Manchester, UK. Lover of all genres, especially dubstep and house. Find me at gigs and festivals across the world.

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