You know those people that just radiate cool vibes without even trying? That’s Allison and Josh. Their desert wedding was simple but absolutely breathtaking. And as we scrolled through their wedding gallery, we just couldn’t get over how adorable they are together.
This shoot was sparked by a desire to show that the traditional format of a "wedding" is something that can be turned on its head and still feel beautiful and elegant. Behind the Green door is a private, insider's secret in Palm Springs and is a dreamy oasis in the desert that sets the stage for the PERFECT wedding weekend.
Can you imagine a full wedding weekend at Ininn with every room occupied by a loved one? Stay a few nights, spend your days with everyone by the pool, and spend your nights celebrating the start to a new chapter in your life. I love the idea of a two night adventure in this little private escape. As a stylist, I find a lot of inspiration in the spaces in which I work. Having the opportunity to shoot at Ininn for this really created the entire jumping point for the rest of the story and style behind the look.
Rather that creating an all-out "reception" we set a dreamy table for our bride and groom while creating lounge areas for the rest of the guests. I imagine a casual menu meant to be grazed on instead of the standard plated fare. This space is so perfect for creating community and I wanted every part of the day to exude that family feel. Almost like a summer camp where people arrive as friends and leave with a lifelong bond.
We had such a blast creating this shoot. Our team road tripped to Palm Springs from Phoenix and spent the day marveling at all of the thoughtful design details incorporated throughout the venue. I honestly think the best part of the shoot was the incredible time we had creating it. It's so fun getting to watch your idea come to life and it's something I never get tired of.
You can see more from this shoot over on White Magazine's blog today and we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Styling: Malori Maeva // Photography: Shepard Visuals // Furniture & Tabletop Rentals: Tremaine Events // Venue: The Green Door // Models: Savannah Jayde & Carman Kubanda // Gowns: Lovely Bride: gold floral gown: Dear Heart Bride / Reception Gown - Sarah Seven // Suit: ASOS // Rings: Bario Neal // Announcements: Loud Snaps Creative
Chelsea and Mike's wedding took place in Sedona at the sky ranch lodge with one of the best views I've ever seen. These sweet lovebirds met when Mike hired Chelsea to work in his first bar/restaurant and after working together for a month, they were certain they were soul mates. Fast forward six years to a dreamy beach proposal on vacation in Santa Monica (you can see the photos of it over on Chelsea's blog!) that left them both floating on cloud nine as they began wedding planning.
Chelsea and Mike's ceremony had the most incredible view of the red rocks in the background. All the rest of her decor was kept neutral so the focus could be on the beauty in the nature around them.
We loved the fun details Chelsea and Mike peppered into their wedding day. At the entrance to the ceremony, guests were able to stop into The Foto Booth Bus and snap some photos with a whole collection of cute props. I also love that sweet lil' VW as a fun detail for portraits.
After the ceremony, guests headed in to find their seats in the beautifully lit reception space. A dreamcatcher held name cards to guide guests to their tables and brought in the perfect boho touch.
If you're torn between adding color or focusing on a neutral palette - stress no more. Recently we've seen many of our couples choose a classic color palette for their ceremony than add in more color at their reception. You get a great balance of timeless designs and more of-the-moment floral without sacrificing on either. You can do the same with a flower crown. I love that Chelsea kept her look more pared down for her ceremony and portraits then added a big flower crown to party the night away at her reception.
Pro tip: You CAN have it all. Who knew?
This week we're throwing it wayyyy back to a colorful, fiesta inspired wedding at the gorgeous El Chorro.
Megan and Tommy are clients that have turned into friends and I love that we got to be part of their big day.
Let's start at the beginning(ish) with Tommy's proposal in New York followed by a perfectly planned surprise trip to Kleinfled's where Megan took her first crack at saying "yes" to her dress. They chose a spring wedding date and began planning the perfect party to celebrate the start of their married life.
To honor Tommy's Mexican heritage, the couple chose to integrate elements inspired by a fiesta. I love that all of the color on their wedding date was incorporated in the flowers creating the perfect balance of modern and playful with the more classic elements of their day.
The ceremony space was decorated with a custom-made arch and biiiig colorful crepe streamers in bright, bold colors. We love the mountains peeking over the backdrop. Each chair lining the aisle featured a gorgeous, architectural air plant and foliage with little pops of color from the flowers.
Megan's bouquet is one of my all-time favorites. She wasn't afraid of color and wanted her bouquet to make a statement. We combined classic blooms like hydrangea but kept them in theme with the rest of the decor by using them in bright, fun colors.
After a dreamy ceremony under the desert sun, the party moved in to the reception. Each table featured a trio of centerpieces including a potted, colorful cacti, a bud vase, and one large arrangement bursting with the most perfect spring blooms.
The fireplace behind the sweetheart table featured a gorgeous hand lettered sign along with a garland that was full of peonies. That's the best kind of garland, in my opinion. Megan and Tommy's chairs featured wreaths along with a "mr." and "mrs." to designate their seats.
And one of our favorite details of the day? This fun cake topped with a little his and hers cactus and one, perfect peony.
Last fall we had the pleasure of joining forces with Kayla of Some Like it Classic to bring a beautiful styled shoot to the attendees of the Amy & Jordan Workshop. Kayla's vision was a minimalist interpretation of Anthropologie's style in a color palette inspired by a real wedding we had earlier in the year! We loved the layered purple color palette against the minimalist, modern details. You ready to jump in?
Our couple was dressed to the nines in a suit from Magro Clothing and a gown from Bhldn. Our bouquet featured the best late summer blooms we could find from dahlia and smokebush to a statement orchid and some sculptural twigs for some personality.
After a dreamy portrait session in the Arizona desert, we moved the gorgeous upstairs space at The Clayton on the Park - one of our favorite venues! Kayla created the table setting with a stunning velvet linen from La Tavola and continued layering in details with each element atop the table. The tableware was all from Anthropologie and we pulled from the color and texture to create the perfect floral accents to compliment them.
We're going to get real with you for a minute. The difference between DIY and hiring a professional is abundantly clear in the design of your wedding. Your big day is going to include hundreds of tiny details and when you hire a pro to help you, you can rest assured that each and every one of them will lend itself to the bigger picture and create a wedding day that far exceeds your expectations. If you are looking for help with the styling of your wedding day, let us step in and show you how we do things. It takes a ton of stress off your plate and will leave you with your dream wedding.
Take a peek at how everything seamlessly flows together in this reception set-up. The linen really creates the base and the floral arrangements pull in all of the colors that you find in the other design elements (think if your flowers like the cherry on top of your wedding sundae). The cake from Ruze has a metallic detail that is mirrored in the vases and frames found throughout the space and almost all of the tableware and serving dishes are various types of clear or lightly colored glass.
EVERY SINGLE SPACE IN THIS DESIGN BRINGS IN THE SAME ELEMENTS! It keeps the aesthetic consistent so even though Kayla utilized many different textures and a pretty broad color palette, it looks like each piece was meant to go together and nothing looks busy or crowded.
To see more from this shoot, you can visit 100 Layer Cake.
Design: Some Like It Classic // Photography: Amy & Jordan // Lounge furniture: Prim RentalsFloral: Noir Floral // Venue: Clayton on the Park // Desserts: Ruze Cakehouse // Stationary: Simply Jessica Marie // Bar rentals: Classic Party // Dress: Bhldn // Men's clothing: Magro // Dishes/glassware: Anthroplogie // Copper chairs/bar cart: Petal Pusher // Linens: La Tavola