Palm Springs, a desert city in southern California, is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels and gorgeous mid century modern architecture. For Bernadette and Andrew it also provided the perfect backdrop for their poolside ceremony meets intimate dinner party wedding.
“The great part about having your wedding in the wonderland that is Palm Springs is that the theme basically sets itself!”, began the bride. “We love the mid-century desert oasis aesthetic of the city and tried to leverage as much of that as we could. But really, because our wedding was intentionally kept very small (30 total people, including us), overall the theme was ‘intimate dinner party’. Since our wedding was Halloween weekend (we first kissed on Halloween, and Andrew proposed on Halloween!), our ‘rehearsal dinner’ was actually a giant Halloween costume party – I wore a giant inflatable banana costume and Andrew wore a wedding dress from Amazon – that he later jumped in the pool while wearing!”
Love. Family. Keeping things Simple. These were the three key things Vanessa and Clotilde wanted to focus on for their July wedding. They said their vows in front of only their nearest and dearest at the quirky venue, Downstairs at the Department Store in Brixton. Afterwards they hosted a joy-filled reception at Upstairs at t the Department Store, a brand new restaurant and bar. They didn’t want to spend a lot either, with their budget maxed out at £5000.
They skipped many of the usual wedding formalities such as bridesmaids and groomsmen, stationery, entertainment and extra decor. “We wanted an intimate, simple, elegant and edgy ceremony borrowing just enough from a traditional wedding”, explained the bride. “We didn’t do any invitations or anything like that. Basically, we decided to skip all the ‘ceremonious’ stuff to focus on having a simple wedding and great reception.”
If you weren’t expecting to see a wedding today where the bride looks like a straight-up SUPERMODEL then, dear reader, you were very wrong. There is something so magically simple yet bad-freakin’-ass about this wedding. Chloe and CJ didn’t go overboard on the extras or the details, the little touches were minimal but the perfect amount of edgy and personalised. I mean they created custom enamel pins for their wedding favours for goodness sake. ALL the wedding goals coming at ya…
They were married in October at Growing Hope Market Place. a farmer’s market in Ypsilanti, Michigan, while a restaurant across the street was transformed into the perfect spot for the reception. “I have always been a fan of Rock n Roll Bride and good old fashioned staying true to ourselves”, began Chloe. “All the kick ass couples you feature inspired us! Seeing other couples pave the way gave us the push we needed to really make our wedding feel like it was for US and not the guests.”