Beyond the breathtaking layer of fog gracing the mountainside, this soiree snapped up by Jillian Michelle Photography is bursting at the seams with pure pretty. Pretty in the form of a stunning Stella York dress, elegantly playful invites from Amanda Day Rose Paperie, and peach garden roses from Pink Petunia. But when it comes to the real beauty? The heart behind this day? You bet there’s a whole lotta that too.
From the beautiful Bride…Philip and I met on July 1, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church while living in Winston Salem. I sat down next to him in the pew one Sunday and he introduced himself. He asked me out for coffee, but our first date actually up being a Dash baseball game. Philip and I dated for close to a year and a half before getting engaged in December 2013.
Our wedding really came down to trying to make the things we loved tie together to express that to our guests. We also both share a love for small mountain communities and had a desire to support small businesses as well as the local economy as much as we could in the process of planning the wedding. Those were driving factors. As far as the color schemes, there were a lot of colors that we talked about, but peach is my favorite summer fruit and I also happen to love the color. Peach was a warm color that blended well with natural tones such as burlap and ivory, which fit what I envisioned. We incorporated coffee beans and vanilla candles on the table because Philip and I enjoy coffee (of most any sort!) and he asked me to coffee when we first met. We served Southern cuisine because that reflects our roots – our guests enjoyed fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits and sweet tea.
Photography: Jillian Michelle Photography | Floral Design: Pink Petunia | Wedding Dress: Stella York | Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Band: Look Homeward | Groomsmen's Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen's Attire: Joseph A. Banks | Favors : Exclusively Weddings | Invitations & Stationery: Amanda Day Rose Paperie | Makeup And Hair: Tasha Townsend With Chetola Resort | Wedding Venue: Chetola Resort
Darlings, I’d say we’re due for a good dose of modern. Modern with a little spunk and whimsy tossed in for good measure, like this Viceroy Palm Springs fete from Heather Kincaid. Kissed by the California sun, it’s a day chock-full of charm, from the happy blooms by Artisan Event Floral Decor to the hip stationery from Mae Mae Paperie. Devour every inch of pretty right here in the gallery.
From Artisan Event Floral Décor…Colors of hot pink, yellow and accents of silver! Stylized and artistic! Candlelight and Romance! Flowers and succulents as art.
From the beautiful Bride… Nate and I had visited a number of locations in LA and Palm Springs and didn’t have that feeling that they were “the” location until we went to the Viceroy Palm Springs. Everything felt right from the moment I started emailing with Olivia Prescott (Director of Events) to our site visit and follow ups. They were so welcoming, courteous, nice and treated our bulldog, Chief, like a king when on our initial site visit. We knew we wanted to incorporate him into the wedding and the Viceroy was the only location that treated him like he was part of our family and that it wouldn’t be a burden to have him at the property or in the wedding. There wasn’t any extra pressure to rent out the entire hotel (like several other locations) and we could really customize it to be the wedding we were envisioning. We both loved the coziness and serene feeling we had walking through the property and the Palm Springs backdrop was to-die for! We decided on our drive home that it was the place where we had to get married and worked on convincing our close family to a destination wedding. Couldn’t have imagined getting married anywhere else.
We hadn’t started looking into planners until we officially booked The Viceroy Palm Springs and my best friend has used Joey and Artisan for her wedding at the Parker Palm Springs and the Viceroy said if the Artisan team was available on our wedding date, that they were the team to use for everything. I met Joey when I was a bridesmaid for my best friend’s wedding and had that feeling again after speaking with him about how I envisioned our wedding day and knew he and the team were reliable, professional and the team that could bring all of our ideas to life. They were flexible, welcoming of new ideas and problem solvers for everything that came along leading up to and on the wedding day. All of our guests were so amazed by the beautiful wedding we had created and heard over and over again from them that it was the most beautiful and classy wedding they had ever been to.
Photography: Heather Kincaid | Floral And Event Design: Artisan Event Floral Decor | Cake: Over The Rainbow | Hair: Jose Neira | DJ: Music Media Entertainment | Officiant: Mike Coppersmith | Belt Around Dress : Custom Made By Brides Mom | Bride Shoes : Jimmy Choo | Brides Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Brides Ring : Maven | Cake Topper Set : Knottingwood | Cocktail Napkins: Bride Designed | Coordinator : Artisan Event Floral Decor | Flower Girl Dresses: I Love Gorgeous | Groom's Ring : Mozafarian | Grooms Suit : Kenneth Cole Reaction | Groomsmen Shoes: Nike | Groomsmen Suits: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar | Here Comes The Bride Sign: Bride DIY | Hotel: Viceroy Palm Springs | Invitations And Paper Goods: Mae Mae Paperie | Makeup: Keturah Chisholm | Mr. & Mrs. Glasses: Furbish Studio
The powerful love that these two have for each other, made my heart swell and my eyes well with tears mere seconds into their powerful elopement film from PF Films. Happy tears, because Amber and John’s strength is awe-inspiring to say the least. With Amber facing a diagnosis of breast cancer, they chose to dive into the struggle head first, together, and this is their story.
From PF Films…We sometimes get requests for weddings that simply melt our hearts. About 2 weeks prior to this event we received a touching letter from Amber looking to film her last minute elopement to John. Amber was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. There wasn’t a big bridal party, fancy venue with bright lights, or a huge Dance Party. There was Amber, her fiancé John, and us. Of course not to mention the incredible scenery of Punta Cana.
This story is the single most powerful film we have worked on.
Cinematography: PF Films | Hotel: AlSol Village