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Mid-Century meets Retro Palm Springs Wedding at the Sinatra House

Inspired by the lavish New Year’s Party Frank Sinatra commissioned the estate to be built for in 1947, Nikki and Joe’s February wedding was a stylish and intimate wedding full of romantic and personal touches. “The inspiration was how much I love the laid back but quirky nature of Palm Springs,” Nikki began. “It’s a sort of party town like Las Vegas is but the style is a presence – it’s vibrant and natural at the same time, it’s fun but relaxed, retro but modern. We had a family by the time our wedding came, and we just wanted to throw an epic party and spoil our closest friends with an epic vacation and a party in a sick house. Overall it was a really lush retro house party that happened to have a wedding occur in it!”

The celebration spanned a whole week, with around 50 guests travelling from all over the US to join them. “Many of our guests are musicians or are in touring bands and we have always had this sense of community, so the pandemic halted that since live music stopped happening. The destination wedding was one of the first times we all got to get together again and celebrate something. We are all very close knit and it was fun to come out of the pandemic, be in the same location, and celebrate with music, food, and a unique backdrop of the desert.”

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Mexican Beach Wedding with Science Fiction Influences

Married at an idyllic beach location on the Rivera Maya, Mexico, Angie and Alex used Alex’s love of the science-fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft to theme their February wedding day. “We hired an alternative Mexican jeweller to create customised sculptures for decorating the tables and printed briefs describing the creature,” Angie began. “For each guest, we commissioned a medallion with their names behind it, again with corresponding creature and that was the way the guests found their table.”

With planning by Lucy Gallagher Boutique Weddings and styling by Doranna de Bortoli, Angie wore a Cymbeline dress with Manolo Blahnik shoes and Swarovski jewellery loaned from her Maid of Honour. Alex designed his own outfit and had it made by Hockerty, with a pin from Etsy to complete his look. Angie designed the stationery herself, and Cherry Blossom provided florals.

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Colourful Palm Springs Wedding at The Saguaro

Mike and Amy made a trip to Palm Springs a few years before they got engaged, and fell in love with it the mid-century architecture, the colours and the heat. They were pretty certain that they wanted to get married there, so once they committed to that, they leaned on that style to guide them!

“Initially when we were going over their style/theme it seemed very classic to me,” the bride explained, “but as we tried to find thing it became clear that our style/colour palette was not what most people were going for.” Once they hired their wedding planner, things began to fall into place. “Trust the professionals,” Amy advises, “as they live and breathe for weddings, more likely than not they will have a simple answer, or ideas that will help you make a decision on something that has been slowing you down!”

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Casual, Budget, Destination Wedding in Hawaii

Brendan and Cheyanne come from Reno, Nevada which, by their own admission, is known for it’s super-speedy drive thru weddings and wild nightlife. “This didn’t really fit us,” explained Cheyanne. “We wanted something small and intimate, and we wanted to take our time and make it special in our own way. We love to travel together, and I’ve always been totally drawn to the ocean, so we decided on Hawaii.”

It was also important to the couple not to take on any debt for their wedding, and so spent just $5,000 on their day. “I think we brought a new meaning to ‘Ballin’ on a Budget’”, said the bride. “By focusing on each other, and our small number of guests, we created something super intimate. It wasn’t about materialism, or how much the dress cost, or how fancy the venue was. We did everything we wanted to do, no more no less.”

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Relaxed & Intimate Wedding Celebration on a Greek Island

Amanda and Will were inspired to get married on the Greek island of Naxos because they had gotten engaged there on a backpacking trip three years ago. “We fell in love with everything about Greece, the food, the people, the history, and the beauty of all the Greek islands,” they said.

They chose a secret location near to where they’d gotten engaged. For aesthetics, they were inspired by the surrounding nature, “We wanted authenticity, and the idea of seamlessly blending into the nature around us. I really like visuals of ancient Greek statues and places that have been abandoned where nature has regrown.”

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Pick ’n Mix Destination Wedding Inspired By Travel, Rainbows & Music

Raquel and Chris found inspiration absolutely everywhere for their September wedding, and as such, ended up with a pick ’n mix theme based on all the things they love! They didn’t worry if things went together or suited anything else – they just decided to have subtle details of the things they love or that meant something to them.

They both love to travel, so first on their agenda was to make a trip out of their big day – and where in the world could they do it where anything goes? Only Vegas, of course! They added a trip to LA and Joshua Tree with a couple of their pals before their wedding at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas, and they were so glad they did – it made the lead up to the big day even more magical. “Planning a wedding in a place we’d never been before and only having the picture in our minds to go on, it was incredible to see it come together on the day and exceed our expectations.” said Raquel.

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