Ahh Palm Springs… one day I will be in you. But for now, I’ll have to make do with lusting over Kelly & Ken’s incredible wedding. Is everyone in Palm Springs as effortlessly cool as these two?
The wedding was held on the Bob Melk Estate, a privately owned home. “Ken and I met and bonded because of music”, Kelly told me. “We fell in love through creating music together, so it’s a huge part of our whole story. One of our favorite songs ‘Albatross’ by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. It has followed us through our courtship and became our processional song.”
The day had a laid back vibe, one which was perfect for the Palm Springs location. Kelly continued, “Our inspiration was to take what was natural about Palm Springs and the desert but to not overplay it. We wanted it to be very ‘us’ i.e. LOW MAINTENANCE. All the touches were pretty subtle and we utilized materials that were natural for that environment. Lots of succulents & stones, and tons of my favorite elements that I work with in my art work: metal and wood. Ken and I are pretty casual people, and love the outdoors but we’re both also very much into the style and music of the 60s and 70s, so we really wanted to combine our love of nature and our love of retro California style.”
Well who doesn’t love a carnival? Exactly… no one. Hence why I’m super excited to share Dustin & Tara’s epic adaption of a traditional carnival theme into a totally non-traditional wedding.
The couple were married at home. They transformed their own backyard into the perfect carnival setting. They had a kissing booth ‘altar’, a bouncy castle for the kids (and big kids), a bell ringer, a snow cone machine, a popcorn machine and a photo booth! There was a paddling pool filled with rubber ducks and big carnival-style posters for everyone to take home with them. Carnival-style round lights were strung all around the garden and big wooden picnic benches, bales of hay and over 200 balloons decorated the space. They served old fashioned sodas and grilled hot dogs with tons of beer and cocktails. Even most of the guests dressed up to fit in with the theme. “We had a lion, a lion tamer, a ring master, someone on stilts and a ton of top hats and mustaches”, Tara explained.
“Our wedding and the events leading up to and directly after it were all beyond ridiculous”, Tara continued. “To start with at the bachelor/bachelorette party, a friend got arrested. Then, the day of the wedding, the cops came again… then during the wedding after party (at like 3am) our friends thought the bounce house was a good place to make whoopie (well who wouldn’t?) and our neighbor caught them!”
“We got married in our backyard in good old Salt Lake City. We walked out to a Beats Antique song that is carnival sounding and a little bit creepy. The friend who was supposed to marry us had been waiting on his ordainment documents for a while, and with only a week to go, we were getting a little worried. We ended up asking my boss to do it last minute, because we knew she was ordained. She said she was happy to do it, and even dressed up as a ring master! Whip and all… She did a Celtic handfasting ceremony that she modified to fit in with the theme of the wedding. It was perfect.”
Lucy & Allan met in their teens (Lucy was 15 and Allan was 16) and although it took them 10 whole years to finally admit that they liked each other, they had no doubts when it came to getting married. “Al was so nervous on the wedding day that the venue opened the bar early and gave him a shot of vodka!” Lucy laughed. “I was the total opposite. I had no doubts, jitters or cold feet, I just wanted to be Mrs King.”
“Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. Nothing went wrong, everyone had a good time and everyone danced until the wee small hours. It was the best day of our lives. We decided early on that our day would be music orientated with a great band, music themed table names and a DJ who would play our kind of music and not the usual cheese you get at a lot of weddings”, Lucy told me. “We chose our band for one reason, they can play every Beatles song ever written and to absolute perfection. Plus we gave them a pretty huge list of other songs to learn which they did without complaining! They were so good we had guests approaching them for their own weddings and parties. In the evening our DJ had everyone up on the dancefloor and didn’t bat an eyelid at requests for Wolfmother and the Specials.”
The wedding was held at Nurstead Court, Meopham. To add to the musical theme, the couple named their tables after songs that reminded them of different points though out their relationship. “It was nice explaining the table names to the guests”, Lucy continued. “It was great to share the stories behind the songs with our family and friends.”
“Our wedding really was the most amazing day of our lives”, she said in closing. “It sounds so cliche but it was absolutely perfect. Nothing went wrong, everyone had an amazing time and we all danced into the wee small hours. We wouldn’t change a single thing.”