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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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Dark, Edgy & Intimate Valley of Fire Wedding

Marissa and Darren didn’t want any of the ‘fluff’ that comes with a traditional wedding day; they just wanted to get married and focus on the two of them. The theme for their September day came naturally from their dark and edgy personal style, with help from Cactus and Lace to take their ideas and apply them to the Valley of Fire location the couple chose for their big day. 

They had just 10 guests in attendance and skipped out on having a traditional wedding shower, reception, and bridal parties. Therefore they were able to keep to their $5,000 budget for their day, excluding flights and guest accommodation. Marissa cites hiring wedding planners as the best decision she made for their day. “During the months leading up to the wedding, people would always ask us “how’s wedding planning?!” and my answer was always that I literally have done nothing! We bought our outfits and booked fights & hotels. Everything else was taken care of by Cactus and Lace. I had absolutely zero stress throughout the whole thing!”

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Effortless, Chic & Romantic Las Vegas Desert Wedding

Together with 20 of their closest family and friends, Claudia and Maxime finally tied the knot in May of this year in an intimate elopement in the middle of the Las Vegas desert. “We met while I was studying in France,” Claudia told us, “so the best thing about getting married was finally getting to be together after spending so long in a long distance relationship!”

The bride’s sister is a florist, so they had a jumpstart on planning the proceedings. “I’ve always envisioned a desert elopement-style wedding after seeing some of the amazing ones by sister works on for her business Flora Pop.” Of course she provided Claudia’s bouquet for the occasion, and sister also officiated proceedings too.

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Mountain Elopement with a Sunrise Hike, a Sunset Picnic & A Skateboarding Groom!

An elopement, just like a wedding, can be anything you want it to be. You may think that if you’re eloping it’s go to be all about doing things quickly and without fuss, but that doesn’t have to be the case… As today’s wedding proves!

Niky and Vlad, who were married in July in Montana, had a full day of celebrating – from before sunrise to after sunset. The kicked off by waking up before dawn and hiking up their favourite trail (in full wedding garb!) for their sunrise ceremony. Afterwards, they did photos, stopped off at a skate part for Vlad to show off his moves, had burgers for lunch and then went back up the mountain for a sunset picnic complete with cake and pizza!

“Our inspiration came from what we do on the weekends”, the bride explained. “We love hiking on a favourite trail, Vlad finding a skatepark wherever we go, good food and and low pressure. We just wanted to do what we wanted. It felt like a vacation all
day, it was so easy.”

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If Marie Antoinette Had a Picnic Wedding at the Beach

Emma and Will rented a house for their June wedding and the bride’s father married them on the beach. Their friends sang to them during ceremony, Emma’s niece was their flower girl and she choose sequin dresses for the bridal party because she wanted everybody to sparkle!

The bride has a deep fascination with French history and style but getting married in French chateau was not an option so they replicated the look in Maine. “The theme started as Marie Antoinette goes on a picnic, so pale pink, French blue and gold”, Emma wrote. “I collected French porcelain and planned out all the details. Over time we added in more details like cherry blossoms that symbolise hope for us, and we incorporated nautical touches with lobster cookies and oyster shell name cards.”

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