Being an East Coaster has its perks. Things like the most perfect Fall weather, cobble stone streets at every turn and wicked good chowda. But one thing Boston isn’t boasting is a pretty little desert getaway like Palm Springs and boy oh boy do I miss that gem. But even if you’re thousands of miles away like I currently am, a grip of crazy talented vendors are bringing it all to your living room. With imagery by Leila Brewster, beautiful, beautiful blooms by Arrangements Floral Design and a film by Elysium Productions that will wow those socks right off, it’s all sitting pretty in one perfect spot…the gallery. See it here!
From the Bride… Peder and I are a modern couple with traditional values. We wanted that to translate to our wedding day. Every element was a blend of the two of us. We live in Minnesota, but love spending time in California, so we chose Palm Springs as our destination. Our style was Old Hollywood with a modern/chic influence. We had a traditional Catholic ceremony with our message delivered by Peders uncle who is a Lutheran minister. Our outdoor reception was under the stars in Sonny and Chers home they shared in the 70s. It blended the feel of the dessert and mountains with the glamour of Old Hollywood.
Every detail was chosen to give our guests a unique experience from the menu to the cigar lounge, polaroid cameras to the pool. We chose his/hers cocktails to cool folks down and also provided Chinese fans for the ladies. Peder is a big golfer, so we teed up the escort cards. We are into lighting, so we had bistro lights, twinkle lights and hundreds of candles. The reception was magical under the stars and haze from the dessert heat.
We both like modern decor, which we combined with rustic/chic design that felt perfect for an outdoor wedding in the desert. We wanted classic colors, so the women wore charcoal grey and the guys wore black suits with suspenders. Our accent color was a pale yellow, which we used in our invites, printed materials and the ombre cake (one of my favorite elements!). For flowers, I wanted all white blossoms, succulents and herbs. I also love mercury glass, which we used heavily.
The ceremony was very emotional. Peder and I are so passionately in love, and had waited for that moment from our first date three years prior. Our grand entrance into the cocktail hour was when we switched gears into celebration mode! I loved our first dance and cutting the cake, probably because they are such iconic wedding moments. The speeches were outstanding. We danced until the wee hours of the morning and finished the night by cannon balling into the pool. My all-time favorite moment, though, was our first look.
Photographer: leila brewster | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Design: Rypen | Floral Design: Arrangements Floral & Party Designs | Cake: Exquisite Desserts | Jewelry: Penny Larsen | Rings: JB Hudson | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Caterer: Jennifer's Kitchen | Lighting: Signature Party Rentals | DJ: A Musical Affair | Groom's Attire: Heimie's Haberdashery | Wedding Venue: Villa Carmelita | Chalkboard Art: Carole Bersin | Dress Designer: Marchesa | Dress Shop: l'atelier couture bridal boutique | Robes: Singing Slowly | Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo | Veil or Hair Accessories: l'atelier couture bridal boutique