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The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

Let’s talk about wedding planning for a moment, shall we?  Or, more specifically, let’s talk about wedding planning with The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, the fabulous catering and event planning company that is about to take your wedding to the next level.  Think yummy food meets top-notch service meets that Southern California vibe you know and love.  THE perfect wedding?  You know it.

With The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, putting together your dream day has never been easier… or more amazing.  That’s because The Kitchen for Exploring Foods is 100% committed to delivering you the day you’ve always envisioned, from start to finish.  I’m talking everything from customized menus to impeccable service a one-of-a-kind look that will leave all of your guests talking.  Not to mention that you’ll be working with a team of experts that is as dedicated as they are talented, which means a no-stress planning process for you – from that initial meeting to the handwritten thank you note.

Whether you envision a wedding that is classically simple or a day that is seriously complex (it’s your big day, after all), The Kitchen for Exploring Foods’ team of top chefs, designers and food stylists will happily make each and every one of your dreams come true… and all with that extra dash of quality they are known for.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Start your journey towards a magical wedding day by contacting The Kitchen for Exploring Foods today.  You’ll be working with some of the friendliest and most amazing people in the biz… AND an Event Manager who will work with you step by step throughout the entire process.  We love that.

Photographer: Braedon Flynn | Event Planner: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants | Florals: Mark's Garden | Catering: The Kitchen For Exploring Foods | Decor: Revelry Event Designers

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Romantic Poolside Engagement

Summertime is meant for poolside lounging and this next romantic e-sesh? Well it’s filled with plenty of just that. Sharing kisses alongside crafted cocktails, this engagement from Kristina Adams is seasonal perfection. So, grab your sunhat and dip into the full gallery here!

From Kristina Adams… The first time I visited Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs a few years ago, I knew it was something special. Since then, I’ve made sure to stay as often as I can and will take any excuse to visit, even if just for the afternoon. So as you can imagine, I was pretty excited when Adnan and Lara were willing and excited make the 2 hours drive to Palm Springs for their engagement shoot.

Step foot at Korakia and you’re transported to a part Moroccan, part Mediterranean paradise that feels like it must be farther than 2 hours from Los Angeles. Adnan, Lara, and Michael from Akros Media explored the venue with me, and I think you can tell from the photos and video, that we had a pretty great time! As you can see, Korakia doesn’t take a bad picture, and neither do Adnan and Lara. Enjoy!

Photography: Kristina Adams | Venue: Korakia Pensione | Video: Akros Media

Elegant Palm Springs Affair at Le Parker Meridien

There’s something about a good dose of hot pink that gets my heart beating a little faster and makes my eyes open a little wider. Especially when that vibrant hue is woven into an elegant day like this one captured so timelessly by Lane Dittoe and Artisan Production. With Modern Bouquet behind the blooming creations, Esoteric Events at the planning helm and La Tavola dressing up the tables, each and every moment in this gallery is pin-worthy perfection.

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From the Bride…The wedding was a perfect combination of our style and personalities. We wanted it to be modern, laidback and most importantly a fun time for our friends and family. Jesse and I have vacationed at the Parker many times before and we love EVERYTHING about this hotel. From the décor, the lush greenery and the hammock to the fire pit and the muddled lemon by the pool, there was no doubt in our minds that we wanted to get married here.

Kristin from Esoteric Event made my wedding dream come true. She understood my style and taste from the start and made the design and planning process really fun and enjoyable. I could be indecisive at times but Kristin was always there to guide me and put my mind to ease. We decided to go with bright pink and blush to compliment the greenery at the Parker. It was the perfect design for a spring wedding in Palm Springs.

We asked our friend Jonathan Kohn to officiate the ceremony because he has seen us grow our relationship since the beginning. It was probably the best decision we made for the wedding. His speech was witty and endearing and filled the audience with laughter and tears. It definitely set the tone for the rest of the night. The dinner setting was magical. All the guests sat under the string lights in the warm desert night with the most beautiful table scape and watched the sun go down. We were surrounded by our favorite people to celebrate our marriage and we could not stop smiling. It was perfect. Everyone danced the night away to great music and I would be lying if I said I did not pass out on the couch in the bridal suite wearing my wedding dress while cuddling my puppy at 2am.

We couldn’t have done it without the amazing group of vendors we had. I would recommend every single one of them to my friends. Our guests still talk about how beautiful our wedding was and how much fun they had. It was everything we have dreamt of and more. It was perfect.

Photography: Lane Dittoe | Cinematography: Artisan Production | Event Planning: Esoteric Events | Floral Design: Modern Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Stationery: Paper Source | Wedding Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Hair And Makeup: Kelly Zhang | DJ: Red Shoe | Venue: Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs | Linens: La Tavola | Photo Booth: Night Owl | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Intimate + Chic Joshua Tree National Park Wedding

Why am I crushing on this wedding oh so much? To start off, these two said their “I do’s” on October 10th… the same day both of their parents married in 1981. And those very special vows were said among the gorgeous Joshua Tree National Park, after primping and prepping at the retro chic Parker Palm Springs. And finally, one fab jumpsuit not to go unnoticed. Betsi Ewing captured it all – right this way!

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From the Bride… Being newbies to the LA area, we didn’t have any sentimental places in mind for our wedding day. All we knew was the date- 10/10. Both sets of our parents were married on 10/10 in 1981 and they are both still together. Ian’s parents were high school sweethearts, while mine met and were married six months later! The wedding date was the most obvious detail of the day. We wanted to find a location that would make us and our wedding guests (all nine of them!) feel special. After visiting the San Jacinto Mountains and the Palm Springs area our decision was made – to spend the wedding weekend at the gorgeous and colorful Le Parker Meridian in Palm Springs and have our intimate afternoon ceremony under the Joshua trees in the park. After driving through Joshua Tree that first time we were totally swept up by the scenery. It was so foreign to us being from Appalachia, it felt like being on the moon! There is something otherworldly about it, but it is also so open, and so unbelievably gorgeous. It suited our style perfectly. Ian and I were determined to focus on the marriage rather than the details of a big wedding, so we pared down and had a beautiful ceremony in a venue that was nearly free with little details and only nine guests. We didn’t want to stress about food tastings, venue size, linens, we just wanted to celebrate the joy we felt with those who have supported us through our happy and trying times, nothing else. In the end, the day was perfect and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Floral Design: Palm Springs Flower Mart | Ceremony Venue: Joshua Tree National Park | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bracelet: Lulu Frost | Hair: Jose Neira Salon At The Parker | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Accomodations: Le Meridien The Parker Palm Springs | Earrings: Kate Spade | Wedding Dress (Jumpsuit): J Crew

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Elegant Gold Palm Springs Wedding

“Organic with a splash of gold” was the design mentality behind this Palm Springs beauty. And with the help of Artisan Events Floral Decor, that vision came to life in a serious way. From the stunning outdoor ceremony to the luxe ballroom celebration, Brett Hickman and Two Spoons Productions made certain no moment went un-cauptured. More pretty right this way!

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From the Bride… Overall, we wanted our wedding to be organic and chic, with a splash of gold! A night of candlelight and romance, flowers as art with creativity and style throughout.

Brandon (Nickname Bubba) surprised me in the middle of Central Park while my parents and I were out visiting my younger brother in New York! The story goes something like this… On Saturday night of our vacation my family “had tickets to go to a broadway show.” Meanwhile, to the best of my knowledge, Bubba was back home working a baseball camp in San Diego. Because I had never been to Central Park before my parents suggested walking through the park before heading to our nearby dinner reservations. As we were walking through the park my parents pointed out the gazebo up on the hill that looked like it might provide some shelter from all the snow. We made our way up the winding pathway which eventually, to my SURPRISE, led to Bubba, surrounded by rose petals in the middle of a snowy Central Park. He got down on one knee under the Treehouse for Dreaming and I said YES!

For the wedding,  above all, our family. Of course I spent countless hours on Pinterest and wedding websites searching for every perfect detail but at the end of the day all we really wanted was to plan a day of celebration with our closest family and friends. Our colors were blush, champagne and gold. In my mind the theme was rustic glam with a touch of romance. Some of the handmade elements we included were our chalkboards, signs, corn hole, stained wine crates, and card box. Artisan was a huge help in tying all of my creative ideas together.

Our favorite part of the wedding was the kiss (of course!) and my first look with my dad and brother. Bubba’s family and friends have a long standing tradition of singing Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” at every wedding. It was such a special moment to be surrounded by our friends and family at OUR wedding singing the song with the people we love most. Not to mention it was followed by Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” which was the perfect end to an even better day!

My best advice for planning a wedding would be to start early and try not to get wrapped up too much in the details. Pinterest can get rather overwhelming to say the least. It’s important to remember that you are pinning things from several DIFFERENT weddings and incorporating each individual piece of “perfection” from Pinterest into ONE wedding is a daunting task. Don’t forget to focus on why you are planning a wedding in the first place – you get to marry the love of your life and have a lifetime of adventures ahead of you with them by your side! That, at the end of it all, is the very best part!

Photography: Brett Hickman Photographers | Videographer: Two Spoons Productions | Event Design: Artisan Events Floral Decor | Coordination: Artisan Events Floral Decor | Floral Design: Artisan Events Floral Decor | Ceremony Venue: Riviera Palm Springs | Reception Venue: Riviera Palm Springs | Calligraphy: Project Watermark | Officiant: Casey Caston | Bridal Gown: Olva By Blue By Enzoani | Engagement Ring And Wedding Bands: Marvel Jewelry | Linens: La Tavola

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