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Hot Pink Palm Springs Wedding With a Modern Flair

Victoria and Tom had no interest in a stuffy wedding and instead looked to words like bright, vibrant, and whimsical to guide their Palm Springs affair. Infused with pops of citrus and printed bridesmaid frocks, they bucked tradition in the best way and we’ve got an up close look at every moment. More from Christine Doneé Photography in the gallery and Artisan Production’s film below!

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From the Bride… The inspiration for our wedding was the location itself. I wanted to get married in a venue that I already felt was beautiful and representative of my style which I could enhance but not overcomplicate. I love pops of color and what better place to bring that to life in a wedding than Palm Springs! The La Quinta resort uses bright tones throughout the grounds to create a whimsical yet classic Spanish/Mediterranean vibe. We wanted the wedding day to be stress free which was why we opted to get married on a Friday night, allowing us all day Saturday to enjoy a pool party with our family and friends and celebrate again that evening with a low-key fiesta – we essentially flip-flopped the traditional rehearsal dinner and wedding set up since this was a destination for all of our guests.

As far as style goes, I wanted the colors to be bright and abundant while keeping a slightly romantic vibe which is why we opted for candles floating in citrus, gold painted pineapples and skinny vintage bottles with delicate vibrant flowers. For our table cards, we printed every guests’ name on stickers with our invitation florals and placed them on white matchbooks. The matching name tents at each seat were clipped with a mini clothes pin to a bright colored or metallic candle which the guest could light. I continued the bright floral theme into the bridesmaids’ dresses which tied in with the colors of the arrangements and of course the bouquets. Despite the trend in trailing wispy bouquets, I opted to keep the arrangements tight as they went with our slightly more sleek design.

With all of the beautiful bright colors, we decided to keep my gown and the groom/groomsmen’s suits extremely simple. We opted for a gorgeous blue suit and crisp white shirt for the groomsmen who went tieless, the groom wore a satin cream-colored tie that tied perfectly to my dress. Other small touches throughout the wedding included the use of succulents which tied in the desert theme, we incorporated them into the boutonnières, the naked cake, and the ceremony decor.”

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Photography: Christine Doneé Photography | Videography: Artisan Production | Event Planning: Chic Productions | Floral Design: Arrangements Floral & Party Designs | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake : Over The Rainbow | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Chi Chi London | Hair + Makeup: Wink Lash Studio | Band: New Sensations | Venue: La Quinta Resort & Club | Paper and Calligraphy: Boheme Prints

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Romantic “I do’s” on Top of the World

With a backdrop this beautiful, it’s really hard to go wrong. But add in a gorgeous Bride and florals so pretty we just can’t keep it to ourselves (thanks to the talented Peony & Plum) and the finished results are nothing short of stunning. Kurt Boomer captured it all and lucky for us, all the images are in our Vault gallery just waiting to be dove into!

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From the Kurt BoomerMalibu Rocky Oaks is one venue that I shoot at more than all others. It is one of those perfect venues. A gorgeous villa, gorgeous light and just enough space for an intimate celebration. Catalina and Brock came from the East Coast to share their vows in this amazing setting. Beautiful couple in a gorgeous location? Its always a good thing.

Peony and Plum brought her amazing talent with thoughtful floral design. The Elegant Ninja brought it all together for a memorable wedding day.

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Photography: Kurt Boomer | Videography: White Rose Production | Event Planning: The Elegant Ninja | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Cake: Butter End Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | Catering: RoomForty | Make up: Hikari Murakami | Band: Seaside Strings | Rentals: Archive Rentals

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Sunday Morning Waffle Making Engagement

Does life get any better than Sunday morning waffles with the one you love? Absolutely not. At least in my book. Photographed by Rebecca Yale, this at-home engagement captures that exact sentiment with everyday moments Aisha and Ben will treasure for a lifetime. Head to the full gallery this way, and if you’re newly engaged kick off the wedding planning adventure right here.

From Rebecca Yale… I often describe engagement photos as a little slice of life, capturing a little piece of who you are at this special time in your life- young and in love right before you say your vows. Years later these photos can become just as special as your wedding day portraits and become a little time capsule for future generations. Ben and Aisha absolutely embraced this idea and chose to have their engagement session be a typical Sunday morning, which for them means making waffles and enjoying them together in their beautiful sun-drenched backyard.

From the bride… On our very first date, we bonded over food. Aisha was worried Ben would judge her for ordering a veggie burger at a burger place and launched into a lengthy, nervous explanation. After a beat, Ben casually remarked that he had never had a burger in his life and was also ordering the veggie burger. We both let our a sigh of relief and have continued to weirdly and accidentally order the exact same thing as each other ever since. When it comes to food, we’re always in sync. We love cooking together.

We actually had our worst meal ever on the night Ben proposed. We were in a small city in England, and while the proposal was lovely, the meal afterward was … not. We started laughing as soon we took our first bites. It was actually great because it made the meal more memorable. We’ll definitely never forget that toasted beans ravioli. Yes, “toasted beans ravioli” is as upsetting as it sounds.

When we started planning our wedding, we liked the idea of using cooking as a metaphor for building a life together. We’re blending lives, families, and cultures — creating our own recipe for love and happiness. Our photographer Rebecca suggested our kitchen as a setting and it immediately made sense. Every Sunday, we make waffles (Aisha has always been a fan and Ben is a recent (and enthusiastic) convert), so we just did what we normally do — except way better dressed than usual and with a camera documenting our every move. You know: normal, casual Sunday! Despite the fact that it was an engagement session, Rebecca has a very natural, documentary style, so there were many moments when we were able to forget about the camera and just be ourselves. Those are our favorite shots. They show what makes us light up: each other & really good waffles!

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Planning: All You Need Is Love Events

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