This next litte fete brings together three things that I obsess over on a daily basis…papel picado perfection, the genius that is Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Company and flowers that will make your wedding heart sing. And the result? A completely adorable and yet decidedly chic celebration that reflects the bride and groom flawlessly. Add to that a series of gorgeous photographs by JAC Photography and you have a recipe for SMP gorgeousness. Click here to see even more.











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From Jaime of JAC PhotographyCecile and James are from England and planned their destination Palm Springs wedding with inspiration from websites and magazines. She chose soft oranges with pinks and soft greens, all touching on the delicate palette of the desert. For the ceremony, they had soft coral and green paper umbrellas to shield their guests from the warm desert sun. Anna Bond from Rifle Paper Company did all of the paper details, so soft and pretty for the color palette Cecile chose! They had a very intimate wedding at the O’Donnell House, which overlooks the desert. As the night approached, there were small flickering lights that lit the dance floor.

From the bride… James and I married at a 1920s Spanish-style house, O’Donnell House, that has been lovingly restored and is located in the mountains overlooking Palm Springs.  The views are absolutely beautiful.  We brought in both Spanish and Filipino-influenced traditions, as well as vintage wood signs made by Camilla Svensson Burns and hand-cut paper papel picado, as well as whimsical type-faced calligraphy and custom invitations from Rifle Paper Company.  

We live in London, England and wanted to have an outdoor reception and ceremony (not a possibility here in England, as outdoor ceremonies are not permitted).  As I had lived in southern California for a long time, California was our natural first choice for a destination wedding.  We did all of our planning from overseas and were fortunate to find and work with fantastic vendors, including our photographers, Chris and Jamie at JAC Photography, our event coordinator Laurie Lund at the Events Department, and our wonderful makeup artist Renee Lee.

Photography: JAC Photography / Wedding Coordinator: The Events Department / Stationary: Rifle Paper Co. / Venue: The O’Donnell House / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Makeup: Renee Lee / Wooden Signs: Camilla Svensson Burns / Flowers: Jensen’s Florist / Cake: Exquisite Desserts

Monique Lhuillier is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.