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Playful Elegance in Palm Springs

From the adorable ‘Tuesday night’ proposal story to their playful, yet elegant Palm Springs soiree, this gorgeous Bride (who also happens to be a writer for Grey’s Anatomy!) and her handsome Groom have turned me to mush with their utter cuteness. With the dedicated guidance and genius vision of Artisan, there’s not a moment captured by onelove photography that won’t make you smile. And the film from Zomei? It’s a must-watch.

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From the beautiful Bride…Mike planned a truly epic proposal. One morning, I was on the phone with my childhood best friend and when the topic of getting engaged came up, I casually said: “I don’t want him to propose on a holiday or my birthday or our anniversary. I just want to be surprised on a random Tuesday night.” By the end of that day I came down with a small cold, and begged Mike to cancel the “fancy dinner” I’d forgotten he planned. I didn’t want to put on a dress, I wanted to go to bed. Luckily, he convinced me to put on the dress. One blindfolded car-ride and a mysterious, secretive elevator ride later, I found myself in the lobby of the Soho House. Knowing we weren’t members, it became clear to be something was up. Mike led me into a screening room where – surprise! – he revealed dozens of my friends and coworkers — he’d gathered everyone together for a surprise screening of the first episode of Grey’s Anatomy (also the first episode of television) I’d ever written, two days before it was even set to air. I was thrilled and overcome with the warm and fuzzies. We all watched together with popcorn and snacks and people laughed at the jokes and cried at the sad parts and I was overwhelmed with gratitude as the episode ended. Then Mike took the stage. And before I knew it, he was inviting me up on stage with him. And the night I thought could not get any more surprising or sweepingly romantic turned into the night Mike proposed; it was a random Tuesday night. And it was perfect.

Our wedding planning was truly a romantic and fun experience, and Artisan was a giant part of that. From our first meeting with Joey to the last second of the wedding, working with Artisan was easy, comfortable and inspiring. He allowed us to add whatever measure of personalization we wanted while bringing his own specific visions to the overall feel of the event; everything felt fresh and tailored to us. On the day, everything ran seamlessly (or at least it appeared to from our perspective) and looked even more beautiful than I anticipated. But what was most impressive to me was the role Joey filled at the rehearsal and on the day that I hadn’t even anticipated I’d need. He was calm, warm, excited and visibly invested in our wedding. We had a huge bridal party (12 on each side) and he organized the whole ceremony with the expertise and creativity of a seasoned Broadway producer. Our friends are at the age where we’re all in weddings a few times a year, and multiple bridesmaids and groomsmen went out of their way to mention how professional and creatively spectacular Joey was. Mike and I enjoyed what we still consider to be our perfect wedding.

Photography: onelove photography | Videographer: Zomei Video Productions | Coordinator: ARTISAN Event · Floral · Décor, Inc | Wedding Gown: Monique L'huillier | Wedding Bands: Simon G Jewelry | Hair And Makeup: Jose Neira | Officiant: Joan Rater | Brides Shoes : Monique L'huillier | Brides Undergarments: Agent Provocateur Love Garter | Bridesmaids Dress: Jenny Yoo Annabelle Dress In Soft Plum | Cake Topper: Jolie En Rose Vintage | Ceremony Fans: Paper Lantern Store | Ceremony Programs: Wedding Paper Divas | Cupcake Heart Toppers: Dotties Weddings | Cupcake Star Toppers: Jolie En Rose Vintage | Dinner Menus: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Design And Decor: ARTISAN Event · Floral · Décor, Inc | Grooms Cufflinks: Cuff Art | Groomsmen Tux: Vera Wang Via Men's Warehouse | Lemon/Lime Place Cards: Etsy Shop: Unify Handmade | Veil: Monique Lhuillier | Venue : The Parker Palm Springs - Autry Lawn

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Modern Viceroy Palm Springs Wedding

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.

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From Artisan Event Floral DécorColors 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 | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | 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

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Moroccan Inspired Wedding Invitation

In my opinion, invitation designers have a tough job, but a fun one at that. They give your guests a first glimpse into your Big Day… the feel, the style, the pretty to come. And I’m constantly in awe of the beautiful paper goods that come through the SMP door. Take this gorgeously green invite from Anticipate Invitations. Pulling from the Moroccan architecture at this couple’s Palm Springs venue, they created a stunning and playful suite. Read on for more inspiration behind the design and see it all here.

From Anticipate InvitationsLisa and Sean were having a Palm Springs wedding, but their venue (Korakia Pensione) wasn’t the mid-century style you might associate with Palm Springs. Instead, they wanted to incorporate the Moroccan architecture and natural desert surroundings their guests would experience instead.

The outer green shape was inspired by one of the large wooden doors found on site, and the intricate blind letterpressed pattern was pulled from the wood carvings surround some of the doorways. Succulents and tiny flowers and stars accent the invitation and info card. The info card was printed with white ink on kraft paper to give an eclectic feel to the suite and also to reflect the natural surrounds of the venue.

The most involved part of the design was getting the detailed blind pattern to be visible and defined at the small size. It was run on a cylindrical letterpress to ensure maximum pressure and detail. After trial and error and some adjusting, the end-result was exquisite.

Their day-of stationery included kraft menu cards with three-dimensional pop-up place cards, monogrammed beverage tumblers for lounging by the poolside, cocktail and photo booth signage printed in white ink on kraft paper, and screenprinted weekend tote bags for guests.

Photography: Micah & Megan Photographers | Event Planning: Christina Lee | Floral Design: Flowers, Tablescapes And Design | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Catering: New Leaf Catering Palm Springs | Make-Up: Sue Ann Jewers | Band: Third Coast Jazz Band | Hotel: Korakia Pensione | Invitation Photography: Anticipate Invitations | Invitations & Stationery: Anticipate Invitations | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booths Palm Springs | Rentals: Planks And Patina | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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