All photos via the talented Andria Lindquist
It was really hard for me to decide on a theme for our wedding; it’s simply all been done before. You don’t realize how much work it is to pull off such an event, especially one that looks good, because the blogs and magazines all make it look so easy, so typical. Some brides, grooms, families, know exactly what they want. I would have been happy with five different weddings, all different styles, 15 different dresses, etc. But when it came down to it, I approached our wedding like I approached my dress: timeless. I wanted to conjure an overwhelming sense of romance, elegance, charm, but also the unexpected and interesting. Normally Palm Springs weddings are met with a retro kitsch, or a desert chic minimalism. I wanted to bring Old Hollywood back to the Movie Colony, so the boys were wearing tuxes in the desert.
Throughout the year, I picked up a lot of vintage trinkets like vanity mirrors, decanters, glass boxes and cloches. My mom collected a bunch of gorgeous lanterns and we created a metallic theme. We grew the vision and started introducing vintage mirrors. I wanted to incorporate the mirrors as signage and signature props – all ~30 of which now have a home in our condo. As my vision came to life there were a few more elements I knew our Old Hollywood wedding needed: a black & white checkered dance floor, colorful goblets, pampass grass. We were getting somewhere.
I needed to remind myself to stay consistent with my vision because too many times I found myself drawn to ombre placecards or anything geometric – incorporating them all would have been too busy. I also had to pare down colors because I loved the idea of all things jewel tones. I was able to identify and deep berry and soft blush contrast as my starting point, and everything else kinda fell into place around them. The rest just happened. Our wedding had every element of whimsical and interesting that I had always dreamed of. Palm Springs isn’t a hideous backdrop to paint, either. The Spanish bones of our venue, the cactus and palm fronds, the moody mountains, the bou gain villea. It wasn’t easy. But it was perfect. Our florists. OMG. Bloom Babes absolutely blew my socks off, from the beyond gorgeous pampass grass ceremony arch to the pool installations and unreal tablescapes. They were the ones who really brought our tables to life. I still can’t get over the centerpieces. We decided to do a combination of larger arrangements spilling over brass vessels and stretching across the tables, and then softer, dainty glasses with single buds paired with hundreds of taper candles to break it up. We somehow pulled off my vision of long tables with such a funky backyard layout, and so the rotating centerpiece styles really opened up the feel. We went with black on black chiavari chairs which added such a beautiful contrast to the greenery of the landscape and the boldness of the florals. Then we had clear glass dinner plates, rose gold silverware and a variety of pink, purple, grey and crystal goblets to top the tables. I loved all of our vendors and was so impressed with their inventories. Signature Party Rentals provided us with all the equipment (kitchen, lighting) and basics (glassware, serving-ware), but they also had a great selection of specialty items like our black chiavari chairs, rose gold flatware and fabulous dance floor. Adore Folklore was amazing when it came to so many options to match the vibe we wanted: the lounge, gold bookshelves behind the bars, farm tables, the yellow dessert tablecloth. I’m so thankful it all came together so wonderfully. The lounge. I could live in that lounge. There’s a gorgeous Pepper tree in the backyard of La Chureya that made for the perfect focal point for the lounge. We hung a bunch of mirrors of different shapes and sizes from the branches. The rest of the lounge was a combination of my personal stash and Adore Folklore’s. Rental companies offer the convenience of delivery and set up, but there were some things I knew I could buy cheaper, and just liked the hunt. I found our gorgeous velvet couch from a thrift store for $150, and now it’s the perfect addition to our guest bedroom. I bought one of the spun fiberglass chairs on Chairish and sprayed it copper. I now own the same brass drum coffee table because I loved it so much, and it’s perfect on my patio. The rest of the gorgeous throw pillows and rugs were from Adore; they have such an amazing collection. At the last minute I saw these table numbers and had to make them happen. I spent too much on these frames but figured I’d have plenty of pictures to put in them after the wedding. Then I collected and pressed all kinds of wild flowers and assembled the frames with a little army of helpers. My girlfriend Kaitlynn is the head designer at Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. and I was fortunate enough to have her craft my cakes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, she is SO incredibly talented and I love her. I basically gave her a color scheme and said I wanted berry tones with varying textures, and she started sketching. The two side cakes are actually fake! One being simple fondant and the other fondant wrapped with an ombre wafer paper. The middle cake was colored Italian buttercream with a large hobnail design, and she added sprinkles to the batter to give it a funfetti effect. In addition to the middle cake being cut and served, we had a ‘His & Her’ passed dessert: a key lime pie for the bride and assorted cheesecakes for the groom.
Venue >> La Chureya | Coordinating >> Beijos Events | Design >> Bride (Flower Crowns & Candy) // Beijos Events | Photography >> Andria Lindquist | Videographer >> Gold & Gumption | Photobooth >> Classic Photo Booths | Florals >> Bloom Babes | Rentals >> Signature Party Rentals // Adore Folklore | Catering >> F10 Creative | Bartending >> Shake Bartenders | Stationery >> Bride (Flower Crowns & Candy) // Brown Linen Design (Map) | DJ >> Gabe Messer | Dress >> The Dress Theory San Diego | Bridesmaid Dresses >> Reformation | Hair >> Katie L’Heureux | Makeup >> Blair Berndes // Bernadette Durkee | Neon Sign >> Neon Mfg | Guest Book >> Bo + Luca