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Romantic and Adventurous Engagement Session

It took me about two seconds to become completely infatuated with this engagement sesh from Closer to Love Photography. I mean, look those palm trees! There’s a reason the Indian Canyons near Palm Springs are known for it’s power, mystery, and beauty. And seeing as love is in many ways and earthly taste of the sublime, the whole thing is pretty perfect.  So make sure to catch all the majesty in the full gallery here.


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From Closer To Love PhotographyToday we are submitting an engagement session of a couple who are young and SO IN LOVE! I had such a blast spending the entire day with Sarah and Josh in Palm Springs, carpooling to the uniquely beautiful Indian Canyon. We spent hours in the car laughing and getting to know each other. Sarah and Josh are individually quiet and shy, but their radiating love for each other is undeniable. After our incredible session, we hopped in the car and finished off the night indulging in delicious In-N-Out burgers and fries! It was a little reward for all the hard work! ;) We love these two and cannot wait to capture their “I do’s” this coming summer! 

Photography: Closer To Love Photography | National Park: Indian Canyon

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Elegant Palm Springs Wedding

Fact: this couple is awesome.  And when an awesome couple decides to throw a fabulous shindig in Palm Springs, you better believe it’s a stunning day overflowing with pretty (seriously).  It’s drop-dead gorgeous details meets lush florals from Arrangements Floral & Party Designs meets moment after moment of pure bliss captured expertly by Laura Goldenberger.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Blake and I fell in love with Palm Springs after our first holiday together there. We’d only been dating three months at the time, but said then and there that we would one day come back to get married. Fast forward four years later and it was the best day of our lives!

Palm Springs is such a magical place – the breathtaking mountain backdrop, beautiful Palm trees, surrounding desert valley, and of course the most amazing post-modern architecture.

With Blake’s family in New Zealand and mine in Australia, it wasn’t the most practical destination, however we somehow convinced them all otherwise and thus the planning begun!

We found the Frederick Loewe Estate online and followed up with a visit where we decided it was so perfect we even decided to stay there for five nights with our bridal party and enjoy it as much as we could.

Our wedding day was even better than I could have imagined. We had a small wedding with guests traveling from far and wide. Both ceremony and reception were held at the estate – all outside under the beautiful desert sky.

For our ceremony the two central palm trees were symbolic of the two of us as we stood below them saying our vows.

The beautiful surrounding valley and lush gardens acted as our photographic backdrop. We didn’t even leave the estate the whole day. Only the groomsmen prepped themselves at the Ace Hotel beforehand.

Everything about the venue and our ceremony/wedding was exactly as we’d hoped. It was intimate and sentimental, but then turned into a great party with all our closest friends and family.

I know it sounds cliché but it was by far the best day of our lives and if we could, we’d do it all over again in a heartbeat! Now we are just lucky that we have these gorgeous photos to tell our story and look back on for years to come thanks to Laura and her incredible photography skills. She really captured every moment and made our memories last forever.

Photography: Laura Goldenberger | Floral Design: Arrangements Floral & Party Designs | Dress: Steven Khalil | Cake: Exquisite Desserts | Shoes: Alexander McQueen | Rings: Custom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Sass & Bride | Catering: Katherine King Catering | Hair: Holly Farley | DJ: James Gonzales | Celebrant: Richard Cadieux | Day Of Coordination: The WE Studio | Earrings: Paspaley | Equipment: Signature Party Rental | Groom's Suit & Shoes: Dior | Makeup: Shamina Plott (shaminajen@hotmail.com) | Venue: Frederick Loewe Estate

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Vibrant Orange and Red Wedding at The Parker Palm Springs

Palm Springs is home to some of the prettiest weddings you will ever lay your eyes upon.  But when you combine the fabulous stylings of Jennifer J Designs with a crazy cool Parker Palm Springs setting and a retro meets modern vibe, it’s a little more than pretty… it’s all sorts of awesome.  Think vibrant orange + red hues meets a seriously stylish bride and groom.  See it all captured by Megan Welker right here.

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From Jennifer J Designs… This was one of my favorite weddings to date. This weekend wedding provided a setting and ambiance that this party going couple yearned for. They are young, fresh, and beyound cool. Their jet setting lifestyle led them to wanting to provide their family and friends with a fun weekend full of visual surprises and upscale indulgences. What better venue than the Parker with the architectural interests and winding pathways leading to quirky courtyards and hidden hammocks. This property has hosted Hollywood’s finest through the years and provided fun elements such as random lemonade stands serving spiked cocktails and a friendly staff always hiding around the corner waiting for vacation requests.

Maggie and John wanted to keep with the venues style and have the wedding decor trendy with a retro flair and keep with the falls color pallete of sunset tones and earthy elements. Maggie is not you average bride, I would have to say she exhales a coolness and calmness that any wedding planner would die to have. So I was thrilled to have her be the first bride to carry our first Bull Horn Bouquet. I teamed up with the fabulous Tessa Robison to create a living bouqet that would set my bride apart from the rest. We used gorgeous sunset tones of fresia and orchids with a fabulous array of airplants that we set into a real bull horn!

The ceremony site was on the croquet lawn where we created an ombre effect in sunset tones with rose petals and used hanging orbs filled with matching blooms to create a centerpiece that reflected the style of the wedding (modern retro). The table decor was set on top of sunset toned chevron and eyecat runners with modern white vases plugged with single blooms in matching tones. To reflect the couples’ traveling lifestyle, I was inspired by vintage Pan Am advertisements and recreated each table to be a country they have traveled around the world. Megan Welker was able to catch these details with a modern eye and whimsical points of view.

“The Tear Jerker”- One of the best parts of this wedding did not lie in the decor, venue, or even dress, but the bride was very persistant to make a live video chat with the groom’s two best friends that were out of the country and overseas not able to make the wedding. She wanted it to be a surprise to the groom which took much planning and permission to make happen. The groom was completely surprised by the live musical performance and very comedic speech his boys gave via Skype. The groom was thrilled to tears and the whole entire room felt the emotions that this video evoked.

After dinner, the room transformed into a night club enviroment with one of the best DJ’s in Southern California and dancing crowd thrilled to be loving and laughing together. The weekend ended with a brunch hosted by the bride and groom the following morning at one of the historical villas on Site.

Photography: Megan Welker Photography | Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | DJ: Gabe Vega | Groom's Suit: Paul Smith | Bridal Horn Bouquet Design: Jennifer J Designs + Tess-made | Dress : Jorge Manuel | Event Planning And Design + Floral Design: Jennifer J Designs | Groom's Belt: Prada | Print Work & Escort Cards: PaperJems | Print Work and Guestbook: Jen Johnson | Venue: The Parker Palm Springs