One of the highlights of my recent trip to Palm Springs was visiting The Saguaro, the famous rainbow hotel. In fact our friends Allie and Christina booked in here just so we could stop by and take photos!
When we pulled up outside for the first time I actually audibly squealed. I couldn’t quite believe that its rainbow striped façade was real. You’ve gotta love a hotel that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Located on Palm Canyon Drive the surrounding area was also really great, with a well stocked supermarket just across the road. It’s also only a short 10 minute drive from the airport and the iconic Marilyn statue (Palm Springs is teeny tiny). Everywhere you look the majestic San Jacinto Mountains punctuate the horizon.
I mean, goodness, talk about my idea of heaven…
David and Kelly’s wedding was held at The Riviera Palm Springs Resort. The day have a classic 1950s retro vibe with monochrome details and elegant and timeless glamour throughout.
“The inspiration for our wedding was classic, retro glamour”, explained Kelly. “I love everything that embodies the 1950s: the cars, the clothing, the glamour. Women were so put together in such a classy way. I’m a sucker for the old glamour and how people dressed to a ‘T’ back in those days. People dressed up when they went out. They took pride in their appearances. Short shorts and flip-flops did not cut it when going out on the town. I’m just very classic and ‘old school’ when it comes to these types of details. I feel that I represent this ideal everyday (even though I do own a pair of flip flops and do wear them every once in a while!)”
“There was so much attention to detail back then, especially in the craftsmanship of the automobiles. I wanted to incorporate all of these beautiful details in our wedding. It’s what we love and it is what we appreciate. The most important for us was for our wedding to represent who we are as individuals and as a couple. I did not want to walk down the aisle looking like someone I am not. I did not want to be unrecognizable or look different from who I really am. Of course, the glamour was heightened, but I feel like our wedding was very representative of us. It wasn’t forced. We weren’t trying to be someone else on that day. I think you have to stay true to yourself, even when you are feeling pressure from others…. that to me is Rock n Roll.”
Rob and Diana chose the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs to host their wedding back in March. Their day was simple and elegant but with an added dash of sparkle! “Our wedding had a desert chic theme!” wrote the bride. “The otherworldly modern feel of the natural desert offset by a palette of mixed metallics. We did a lot of DIY. I had a serious staff of dedicated friends – we crafted every weekend for four months! I even flew my future mother-in-law out from New York to help – she had great handwriting for all the personalized gift bags from her days teaching kindergarten. Don’t be afraid if you don’t know exactly what its going to look like when you are done, if you can dream it do it!”
“We made everything very personal – from integrating graphic design from my mom to having our friends help design the altar and flowers and do the DJing. Let’s just say any wedding that requires a roll of chicken wire, eight cans of spray paint, a mosh pit, and my father-in-law dropping it to Wu Tang Clan is not the norm. It was what we know of the music scene we grew up in: community, loyalty, and never taking ourselves too seriously.”
Using influences from around the world, Carla & Daniel wanted their Palm Springs wedding to be eclectic but relaxed.
“We really wanted our wedding to have a relaxed and fun atmosphere that reflected how we connect a couple”, explained the bride. “I work in the wedding industry myself and so people assumed that as soon as we were engaged I’d have every detail planned, but it was actually the exact opposite! All I knew was that I wanted something different for our wedding and I knew just the people for the job. My sister and I launched our own wedding business, Wedding Collectibles, a few years ago. Our event design & planners Sugar & Fluff were some of the first contacts and friends that we made when we first started.”
The venue was Alcazar Hotel in Palm Springs. With a passion for Bollywood, Carla asked her stylists if this would work as a theme and they seamlessly incorporated it in with the Spanish and Moroccan vibe of the space. “We decided to do a weekend getaway for close family and friends in Palm Springs,” Carla continued. “Guest flew in from all over the world and it was a great weekend for everyone to bond and enjoy the weekend wedding festivities.”
I think I say this every time I feature a Palm Springs wedding but oh boy is this place on my holiday wish list… I’m also now pretty set on staying at The Viceroy after seeing this wedding. In fact I couldn’t think of a more perfect venue for a modern wedding with black, grey and yellow accents.
“We wanted an intimate destination wedding for around 50 of our friends and family in Palm Springs and the Viceroy had the perfect feel”, began Melaina, the bride. “Not to mention that our colors yellow, grey and black were in the decor already. An outdoor wedding was important to us and we didn’t want something stuffy or too traditional. The reading we chose for our ceremony was, The Owl and the Pussycat, and as our recessional music we walked out to ‘Oh Yeah’ by Yello which is from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Ahh Palm Springs you are on my travel wish list for sure, and seeing weddings like Tasha & Curtis’ makes me yearn for your palm trees even more.
The wedding was held at the achingly cool Ace Hotel in June. “I’d describe our wedding theme as 1970s Rock n Roll”, explained the bride. “Curtis is much more traditional than I am (shockingly – he has long hair and tattoos covering most of his body!) so we wanted to find a way to use the traditional ceremony but make it feel really personal and our own. We had our parents walk in at the front of the wedding party, then all of our ‘Allies’, as we called them, came in separately (no boy/girl pairs – they each stand alone in awesomeness) and then we came in together. The wedding party walked in to a string quartet version of Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ and we walked in together to Citizen Cope’s ‘Somehow’. We had a good friend as our officiant and instead of having my dad ‘give me away’, we had a question/response where my parents accepted Curtis into their family and his parents accepted me into theirs. It was really beautiful. We also had a call and response where our guests ‘gave us away’ to each other!”
For the reception decor the couple went all out with coming up with something creative. ” I loved the table settings – horseshoes, vintage books, milkglass vases with billy balls, mason jars with candles and these amazing rope number signs that one of my Maid of Honor’s made (I had two!) Plus i’m obsessed with the placecards. We made them by picking out old casettes specifically per guest and I used a vintage label maker to put their names on them.”