The bride and groom at this desert-inspired wedding are both from the desert themselves - the groom grew up in La Quinta, and the bride grew up in Yucca Valley. They met at a friend's wedding in 2014 and have been together ever since. After a year to dating, the couple moved to Austin, Texas, and were engaged in April of 2020. Even though they had built a life in Austin, they chose Palm Springs for the aesthetics and logistics. Keep scrolling to see all of the stunning photos from their day in Palm Springs at Colony 29, featuring photos by Meaghan Brianne Photo, flowers by Shindig Chic, and reception vibes by Dart Collective. Make sure to also check out the full gallery of these photos at the bottom of this page!
The bride had always envisioned a ceremony that would honor the natural beauty of the area - the mountains, the colors, and the stars. The couple fell in love in the desert and are incredibly lucky to still call it home, so she wanted to ensure that the essence of the desert was celebrated just as much as they were. Colony 29 was perfect for that! Leading up to the ceremony, the bride felt mostly calm and present in the moment. She was surrounded by love and support from family, her bridesmaids, and her coworker friends who did their hair and makeup. Everyone was relaxed and excited, which made the day feel so easy.
The bride saw her wedding dress by Capricorn by Willowby online years before she got engaged. She just knew it was "the one!" She tracked it down at Blue Bridal Boutique, and despite trying on about a dozen other dresses to get the full experience, she knew that she had to wear that original dress. The groom designed a custom black suit from Indochino lined with Van Gogh's "Starry Night" to fit their theme, and he paired it with a light olive green tie.
The bride is a hairstylist, so she had the incredible perk of being able to fly out four of her coworkers from Urban Betty in Texas to do her hair and makeup, and then attend as guests! Having her friends helping her get ready made everything even more fun and special.
The bride wanted her bridesmaids to wear long, fall-toned dresses of their choice with black shoes. It was important to her that they be comfortable and happy in whatever they wore, and that they didn't break the bank doing so. Since the bridesmaids weren't matching, she didn't want the groomsmen to either. The couple encouraged their wedding party to wear suits they already owned, and if they needed a new one, they were to choose anything grey or blue. The black shoes for the girls and ties for the guys helped pull it all together.
The bride and groom share a love of emo music, so the processional was an instrumental version of "Blue and Yellow" by The Used, the bridal march was to Lydia's, "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and the couple walked out to "Sunlight," also by Lydia. They included other nods to The Used on their invitations ("Drink and Dance the Night Away"), as well as on their menus ("Savor Every Moment").
The couple had open seating for the their reception, with a table only reserved for the bridal party. We wanted all of our guests to be able to mix and mingle, and the bride ended up with some amazing stories from her friends who ended up sitting next to her grandma! They repurposed the ceremony flowers by bringing them over to the sweetheart table and making them a part of the reception. The flowers were stunning - Angelena of Shindig Chic brought her Fall, celestial desert dream to life. The decor was actually the guests' favors - succulents at each seat allowed the couple to give a piece of the place back to their guests.
For the food, the bride knew she wanted an incredible charcuterie spread. They did other passed apps and had dinner stations with small plates so people could mingle and go back for more. The black garlic ravioli, oysters, and lobster thermidor were some of the most memorable elements! They also included a garden station with fresh seasonal veggies, as well as chicken and steak - they wanted to make sure there was something for everyone! Not only was Miho Catering's food amazing, but the service was absolutely exquisite. The guests loved bartenders Josh and Reid! The couple loved their signature cocktails: a pineapple mule and a spicy cucumber margarita. They also included a special blueberry bourbon drink names after their dog, Aurora. Erica of Desert Villa Bakery made the most decadent cake that included three tiers of different flavors: dulce de leche, champagne with fresh strawberries and vanilla Russian buttercream, and cookies and cream.
"Trust your vendors and book them early! They will bring your vision to life and elevate it as much as you give them the ok to do. While it can be overwhelming, the professionals come in with advice and experience that makes it all so much more fun. Prioritizing your budget from the start will also help every step of the way. Don't be afraid to change plans, either! Everything always works out for the best. Lead with love, ask for help when you need it, and trust the process. You will have the most amazing day!"