The O’Donnell House will forever be emblazoned in my brain as the venue with the absolute best ceremony view. It’s tucked in a hillside overlooking the desert and blanketed in the brightest fuchsia bougainvillea; a total dream spot and right up this couple’s alley when it came to the style and backdrop they wanted for their big day. The result, as seen through the lens of Laura Goldenberger’s camera, is good scenery, beautiful, hand-crafted details and a night that this couple describes as both monumental and totally perfect. Now that’s a wedding for the win. Have a look here for even more.
From the Bride… When my husband and I started planning our wedding it was only natural to choose a beautiful desert back drop. In our dream life we would live in a Mediterranean/Spanish inspired hacienda with amazing outdoor spaces and lush greens set against the rough terrain. I searched high and low for a venue that fit our vibe, and finally stumbled across the O’Donnell House, a historic Spanish estate set on the side of a mountain near downtown Palm Springs overlooking the entire Coachella Valley. We couldn’t beat the winding drive up the side of the mountain to the wrought iron gates, the hand painted tiles, the large outdoor patio, the hand built rock walls, lush gardens, and, of course, the city views to host our perfect evening. I took on much of the design of the wedding myself, and if I hadn’t had Style Me Pretty to use for inspiration I would have been lost! I based the decor color palette around shades of blue, and incorporating lots of natural textures including reclaimed wood, geodes, etc. I wanted to carry the Spanish/Mediterranean/Moroccan feel throughout the wedding, but without being too thematic. We picked the perfect time of year when the estate’s gardens were in bloom, just looking at photos of our ceremony space you’d never guess it was in the desert. The wedding could not have been more perfect. My Husband and I believe you have many great moments in your life, but only a few that are so monumental and perfect that you will never be able to stop talking about them. Our wedding just happened to be one of these moments.
Photography: Laura Goldenberger | Floral Design: Carrie Piccolini | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Event Planning: The Events Department | Event Design: Stacy Paige | Hair and Makeup: J. Russell | Ceremony Dress: Oleg Cassini | Ceremony Shoes: Brian Atwood | Desserts: Exquisite Desserts | Reception Dress: Adrianna Papell | Reception Shoes: Steve Madden | Wedding Venue: The O'Donnell House
If you’re anywhere near as wedding obsessed as myself, I’m sure you’ve been tracking the amazing Love Tour boutique bridal bash + curated event as it’s trekked through the lovely state of California (nine stops, to be exact!). Co-founded in 2010 by Zoom Theory and LVL Weddings & Events, The Love Tour has been inspiring couples and introducing them to some of the most incredible vendors out there! So get excited, my dears, for the fall 2013 tour on October 23, 2013 at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado — this is an event not to be missed!
Guests will get to explore the gorgeous botanical and zoological gardens at the intimate Rancho Las Lomas while sipping a glass of OneHope Wine and snacking on hors d’oeuvres from 24 Carrots! Also featuring Sweet Lucie’s ice cream, florals from Inviting Occasion, gorgeous furniture + event rentals from Found Vintage Rentals, an always-in-style photobooth from Mobile Photo Booth, Blush Bridal Couture and Ampersand Ink Designs to name a few, The Love Tour will help you make a major dent in your wedding to-do list!
Tickets are only $20 (including valet parking) — such a deal! And get ready for this: two lucky readers will win a pair of tickets to The Love Tour and one lucky reader will win a grand prize of a pair of tickets and a free engagement session with Zoom Theory! To enter, comment on this post with which vendors you still need to book for your big day. Three winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, October 18, 2013. Even if you’re not the lucky winner, The Love Tour is offering SMPers $5 off their ticket price. Head over here to purchase your discounted tickets and enjoy this fabulous event, my dears! xo
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Just when I thought I was getting on board with this whole fall thing, this incredible photoshoot had to go and make its way into my inbox. The soft palette set against the harsh landscape is totally and completely up my alley. And ever since setting my sights on it, I find myself wondering if there’s enough time to throw just one more warm-weather party. Captured by Katie McGihon and designed by Arrangements Floral and Party Design , there’s a whole lot of pretty that can be found in the gallery.
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From Katie… We just can’t let go of summer here in Palm Springs… which is only fair… since the high today is supposed to reach 109. Enjoy one last summer inspiration shoot from Katie McGihon and Arrangements Floral and part Design!
Inspired by the last of Palm Springs’ sweet summer light, event designer Luna created a concept full of surprises. From edgy neon colors to soft pastel hues, this bohemian yet romantic inspiration shoot came together just in time for the tail end of warm sunsets painted on desert mountains. Our real life couple fell head over heels for their table design, which featured neon/yarn wrapped numbers, geode, gold frames, dream catchers and casual seating. The mountains of Palm Springs were the perfect backdrop for this unique concept!
Photography: Katie McGihon | Event Design: Arrangements Floral and Party Design | wardrobe: The Fine Art of Design
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