Palm Springs is one of those places that you fall in love with as soon as you step off the plane. The weather, the mid-century modern architecture and, of course, the laid back attitude of the whole city. When British photographer Annabeth paid it a visit last autumn, she loved it so much she decided to put together this shoot.
“Having always wanted to road trip in America, I finally saved up, booked a flight and rented a car to travel around the West Coast”, she began. “I organised a total of nine boho-inspired shoots and asked locals to model for me. I also contacted local businesses to be involved.”
Janelle and Chad’s Palm Springs wedding was held at the mid-century style Parker hotel. The location really set the tone and decor for the day, but their theme was really about them, their relationship and their mutual love of gaming.
“We met at a work meeting!” the bride explained. “We are both life-long gamers and work in the game industry. We had a strictly professional friendship, but since our company is full of young, friendly like-minded individuals, we were in the same friend circle. We would see each other from time to time at parties or concerts, it was always pretty friendly. I thought he was great at singing A Whole New World at karaoke, but since he was younger than me (by seven years, which I discovered by LinkedIn-stalking) I wasn’t even thinking of anything more. It wasn’t until nine months after we met that we were both in Paris for a work trip that sparks flew.”
They wanted their wedding to feel chic and sophisticated, but not at all stuffy. They went with the flow and gave their vendors a lot of freedom to just do what they do best. “We didn’t have wedding colours, we let our florist decide. We wanted it to feel like a fancy garden party, so when we found the hedge with the wooden door at the Parker, we knew we needed to have the ceremony there. It’s not one of the main areas people have ceremonies, but it was perfect for us.”
Sadie and Cameron wanted their wedding to be a low-key, funky, retro, boozy, dive bar-y 70s inspired Las Vegas elopement! They took inspiration from Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding, 70s Vegas and anything that fell under the category of maximum fun, minimum stress. They eloped in Vegas, then drove to Palm Springs a renting an Airbnb for the weekend.
“All of our friends stayed with us in the Real World Suite at The Palms for the three nights we stayed in Vegas which was SO fun and let us really enjoy each others company,” began Sadie. “It felt like a really exciting three night sleep over with all of our best friends.”