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Intimate Palm Springs Fall Wedding

What weddings do I adore the most? The ones that really, truly represent the couple, and this California celebration is just that. Twine Events mixed modern elements with vintage and antique details – just like the Bride’s special sparkler – staying true to the authentic style of the couple themselves. Michael Moss captured every bit and these pics are the kind that leave you all warm and fuzzy inside.

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From The Bride… Max proposed in the spot that we met. It was just the two us and a moment I will cherish forever. In the midst of tears and laughter, he slipped on my left hand a beautiful ring that had both antique and modern elements – an impeccable unity of our styles. It was the same mixture that we wanted our wedding to embody. But most of all, we wanted our wedding to have a feeling of intimacy as we shared this very special and private moment in our lives with our family and closest friends.

After searching up and down California, we found the perfect venue in Casa de Monte Vista in Palm Springs. Casa de Monte Vista is located at the base of the mountain in a quieter estate area of Palm Springs. From the moment we walked through the grounds, we fell in love with the place. It was built in the 1930s in a Mediterranean/ Spanish style with a beautiful lawn backdropped by the mountains. It had a quintessential antique ambience in the midst of a very modern Palm Springs. Although two hours from our home in Venice, California, Palm Springs was a great option for us because we had many out of town guests flying in for the big day. We wanted a location that our guests may not necessarily go on their own, where they could get around easily, and which had plenty to do. Palm Springs was that and so much more.

In planning the wedding, we were very fortunate to come across Erica Espana’s Twine Events website. I fell in love with the simple elegance of her events. Thankfully, she’s located in our area and was available for our wedding day to act as “month of” wedding planner. Erica took our vision and made it more graceful than I could have ever imagined. Her team made our day worry-free and seamless.

A few months prior to the wedding, a close friend recommended his brother-in-law as a potential wedding photographer. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first, especially because the photographer was based in North Carolina and we were in California. However, the second Max and I went to Michael Moss’s website, we knew we’d found our photographer. We were able to get his last open day for the year. My friend had let me know that, in his opinion, some of Michael’s best shots were in wide open spaces. With that little tip, we made sure to include a trip to the base of the mountains in desert of Palm Springs as our first look location and for bridal party pictures. The timing of it made the day a bit more packed than it would have been without, but the result was well worth it. Michael took amazing photos and captured our day and our family and friends so very beautifully.

On November 1, 2014, [William] Max and I were married by a good friend of ours who knew us well and had been there the night that Max and I met. Our “Deputy Commissioner” introduced us in a light-hearted and affectionate way as he led us through the ceremony. We wrote and read our own vows. Max had all of our guests in tears as he recited his. We tried to release butterflies – they were uncooperative, which elicited many gaffes as the groomsmen tried to warm them up on the cooler day so that they’d fly away. We had spent the least amount of time planning the ceremony, and yet, it was by far the most unexpectedly amazing part of our day.

Afterward the ceremony, Max and I spent a few precious moments alone while our guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, listening to Max’s Rat-Pack inspired list of songs, snacking on appetizers and charcuterie, and enjoying champagne, cocktails and wine.

Our photographer wanted to catch the last light and quickly ushered us outside the venue for a few more pictures. When we were done, we realized that we had been locked out! Thankfully one of my uncles was by the door, heard our knocks, and let us in. We made it back just in time.

The wedding party was introduced at the very end of the cocktail reception. Doing it earlier than the reception worked out very well because Max and I were able to lead our guests to dinner and form a receiving line to say hello and thank each person for coming as they entered the backyard and found their seats under warm lights. We had decided on long tables and family style meals with wine on the table – all of which helped make it more like a fun and intimate family dinner. We listened to the DJ spin discs based on Max’s list of Doo-Wop and R&B infused beats.

Many of our guests were coming from out of town – from Asia to Europe and many places in between. We decided to do a “California” themed reception. We served California wines and prosecco. We hired E.A.T. Marketplace to cater the wedding, who served organic and farm to table food from the area. Our florals incorporated the amazing citrus from the Palm Springs area. We used a small California tangerine at each table setting as a name card. And our gift bags were California Love themed totes with California food specialities.

After lovely speeches by Max’s father, his best man, and my sister, my maid of honor, we danced as late as Palm Springs let us.

Photography: Michael Moss, Michael Moss Photography | Wedding Planner: Erica Espana, Twine Events | Florist: My Little Flower Shop | Catering: E.A.T. Marketplace | Hair & Makeup: Team Hair And Makeup | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Groom's Attire: J. Lindeberg | Wedding Venue: Casa De Monte Vista | Bartenders: Happy Mobile Bartenders | Bridal Boutique: Brides Against Breast Cancer (2nd Hand) | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Maid of Honor's Dress: Jim Hjelm Occasions | Party Rentals: Signature Rentals

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Whimsical Desert Wedding in Palm Springs

From the start, this duo knew exactly what they wanted their wedding to look like. The vision? A whimsical boho-infused retro dance party at the Ace Hotel. And with Bash, Please at the helm, it was just that. Bursting with Arrangements Floral & Party Design blooms and candy colored accents a la CasaDePerrinTEAM Hair & Makeup ensured all eyes were on the Bride while Mi Belle captured the celebration here!

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From the Bride… From the beginning, Kevin and I wanted a non-traditional, super rad dance party. We wanted an eclectic, whimsical, boho-meets-retro vibe (if that even exists) and Bash, Please gave us exactly that! Every single detail down to the fork and knives oozed our personalities and to me, those are the things I will remember forever. From the florals, to the koozies, to the tablescape, it was more than I could have ever dreamed of.

Photography: Mi Belle Photography | Event Planning: Bash, Please | Floral Design: Arrangements Floral & Party Design | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettingbone | Wedding Venue: Ace Hotel | Donuts: Sidecar Doughnuts | Glassware & Dish Rental: CasaDePerrin | Hair & Make Up Artist: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Ice Cream: Beachy Cream | Rentals: Yeah! Rentals

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Modern Kimono Robes + A Giveaway!

You may or may not have heard, but here at SMP, we are slightly obsessed with all things fashion.  Okay, okay… we live for it.  So when it comes to chic wedding day attire, you know Modern Kimono ranks high atop our must-have lists.  I’m talking luxurious robes in 100% premium, designer cotton that are perfect for you and your maids.  Getting ready in style has never looked better, or more sophisticated.

Made to order in San Francisco, Modern Kimono is putting a sweet spin on getting ready attire with stylish robes that you and your besties are sure to rock long after your big day.  That’s because Modern Kimono robes are created to be equal parts functional and pretty.  Imagine sleek, modern designs complete with patch pockets or inseam side pockets (YES), 3/4 length sleeves (worry-free for putting on makeup or washing your hands), rounded necklines and fits that are made to order.  That means your 6′ tall bridesmaid will be just as comfortable as your 5’4″ bestie.  And they also include a darling craft paper hang tag (with grosgrain ribbon!) with each of your bridesmaids’ names written on it.  We love that.

Visit Modern Kimono today to order your maids the best gift they’ll ever receive.  And don’t forget to check out the mid-calf lengths for mothers and mother-in-laws, plus the sweet robes for your flower girls!

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What: Modern Kimono is giving away a robe of your choice to one lucky reader! (Value $60)

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us why you can’t wait to rock a Modern Kimono robe on your big day!

Who: A winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on April 17, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Autumn Harrison + Carly Fuller

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Brideside + A Giveaway!

I love being a bridesmaid, but I have to admit… bridesmaid dress shopping?  Not so much.  Because as much as I adore hanging with my besties, trekking around to one bridal store after another isn’t really my idea of fun.  Enter Brideside, the chic online boutique that will change the way you operate with amazing gowns, a personal stylist, a seriously simple ordering process AND a chance to win $500 towards those dresses of your dreams.  Stunning gowns + an amazing giveaway?!? Yes, please.

Gorgeous gowns, sans drama – that’s how Brideside operates with a plethora of beautiful designs to choose from, all with the help of your very own personal stylist.  And the best part?  You can do it all from the comfort of your own home, and even try on the gowns before buying.  Bridesmaid dress shopping has never been so fabulous.  Here’s how it works:

Meet Your Stylist - Browsing gorgeous bridesmaid frocks online just got amazing with the help of one of Brideside’s FREE personal stylists.  Think of them as your very own wedding-style expert who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process, from helping you create a “closet” of unique + oh-so-chic styles to keeping track of all of the specifics.  And Brideside introduced Jenny Yoo gowns this month, which means even more amazing styles to choose from.

Invite Your Besties to Your Brideside Closet - Now that you and your stylist are filling your Closet with some of the prettiest frocks imaginable, invite your bridal party to view your choices for those much-needed second opinions. And when you add or share a favorite, your stylist can see all of the happenings, so she is totally in the loop.

Try It On at Home! - Want to try on the dress before committing?  Once you have narrowed down all of the wedding loveliness to three must-have styles, Brideside will send them to you or your bridesmaids in a Brideside Box!  That means an at-home fitting party with your own shoes, jewelry and a little (or a lot!) of champagne.  Soooo fun.

Order “The One” - Now that you’ve chosen the perfect gown, you can work directly with your stylist to be sure everyone is fitted properly and that the dress of your dreams is ordered for each and every one of your ‘maids.  Oh, and it’s shipped directly to you.  It’s seriously awesome, and seriously stress-free. Seriously.

I know, I know… you can’t wait to get started with Brideside.  Visit their website now or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here.  You can thank us later.

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What: Brideside is giving away a $500 credit to one bridal party! 

How: Simply sign up here by April 15, 2015 to be entered to win!

Who: The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Good luck, lovelies! xo

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Backyard Palm Springs Destination Wedding

If you ask me, this couple had the right idea. With guests traveling from all over Canada and England they opted for a destination “I do” in sunny Palm Springs. Playing up their desert setting they stuck to a light, neutral palette with blooms by Arrangements Floral, and made certain there was good tunes and dancing all through the night. See the day through all Candice Benjamin’s captures right this way.

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From The Bride…We knew we wanted our wedding to be a fun celebration focused on our love, with all our friends and family! Our friends and family were excited about the idea of heading to La Quinta for a mini-destination- we had friends coming from all over Canada, and a group of family traveling from England. We decided on La Quinta because its a really special place for us, and the date was too perfect to pass up! We have gone to the Coachella Music Festival for many years, and we got engaged while in California for the festival last year. The day before the Coachella festival this year happened to fall on the day of our 10 year anniversary, April 17, and we loved the idea of getting married on that day surrounded by family and friends, where we got engaged, and then continuing the celebration at the festival for the weekend with many of the guests!

When looking for a venue in La Quinta, there was only one that we had our heart set on – Jeff’s parents house, in the PGA West community. From the beginning, I could picture walking down the aisle that wouldlead through the entrance archway, across the courtyard and down towards the pool edge where the ceremony would take place. We got our wish when we found a caterer, New Leaf Catering, and a florist, Luna of Arrangements Floral and Party Design, who confirmed we could make our wedding happen there, and who were willing to take on the challenge of planning a wedding at private residence with a couple who lived in Canada!

We were not set on any particular color scheme, and instead wanted to make sure that our decor fit the beautiful desert setting. That lead us towards flowers in creams, blush, peach and succulent greens, with additional accents in the decor of gold and turquoise. The bridesmaids picked mismatched blush colored dresses to blend with the desert feel, and groomsmen matched Jeff in light grey suits. It was important for us to incorporate elements of our home on the west coast of Canada into the wedding. We made candle holders from driftwood collected from beaches at home for each table, and gifted each guest with a jar of spicy red pepper jelly from Hornby Island, where my family has a cabin. Luna’s team did a wonderful job on the day bringing all the elements together, to make a day filled with love feel magical.

Music was also a really important aspect of our wedding, as we are such music lovers – with input from friends, we made playlists for cocktail hour, dinner, and 6 hours of dancing. Parents and the bridal party walked down the aisle to ‘Falling’ by the Lumineers, and I was walked down the aisle by my Dad to an acoustic version of ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay – a longtime favorite song of Jeff and mine. One of our best friends from home officiated the wedding ceremony, which took place by the pool with a view of the mountains, and included personal vows and a reading by my Mum, Claire. After the ceremony, cocktail hour in the courtyard lead into dinner, again in the backyard space, which had been transformed during cocktail hour. Guests sipped on our favorite wines and a signature lavender French 75 cocktail, New Leaf Catering provided a fantastic meal with a variety of food stations. For our dessert, my Dad made my all time favorite, his famous cheesecake, as our wedding cake for all our guests, in the form of a cake for the head table and a cheesecake cupcake for each guest.

Two of the best MCs we could ask for entertained us for the evening, and heartfelt and hilarious speeches were followed by our first dance, which was such a special moment for us – we danced to an Eric Clapton song as our friends and family surrounded the dance floor holding sparklers. Dancing, sing alongs, lounging on the outdoor furniture in the courtyard, and photos in the photo booth ran very late into the night, which concluded with a whole group of guys including Jeff jumping in the pool for a late night swim! A day after get together with all the guests at my parents the next day lead right into a weekend of fun and music at the Coachella Valley Music Festival. We could not have asked for a more perfect weekend!

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Florist: Arrangements Floral And Party Design | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Evernew, The Little Pink Dress | Catering: New Leaf Catering | Hair And Makeup: Bijou Beautiful | Ties: Club Monaco | Ceremony And Reception: Private Residence | Cordination: New Leaf Catering | Groom And Groomsmen Suits: Indochino | Head Table Rental: Planks And Patina | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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Mad Men Themed Palm Springs Wedding

When I think of Palm Springs, this wedding is exactly what I imagine… and exactly why I’m so eager to take a getaway there. Retro styles and bright colors transported guests back to the era of “Mad Men,” complete with classy cocktails and one glam pool party. Marissa Maharaj captured every inch of that festive spirit for all of us; it’s still the weekend so let’s pop a bottle and enjoy the party!

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From Marissa Maharaj… Linnea and Evan chose the gorgeous Frederick Loewe Estate for their wedding, a mid-century modern dream in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs. Their day felt like a glamorous pool party, complete with delicious cocktails and a killer view. Linnea wore two amazing dresses, and their guests channeled Mad Men mixed with springtime attire.

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From The Bride… Early on when Evan and I were dating, we realized that Palm Springs was where we wanted to get married one day. It was far enough away from Los Angeles to feel like a vacation to our friends, an easy place for family to fly to, and close enough for us to plan it. We really wanted to create an experience for our guests. When we first laid eyes on the Frederick Loewe Estate, we knew that we were going to get married there. For us, it was the perfect combination of mid-century modern and an incredible outdoor space to enjoy what Palm Springs has to offer.

So many of our friends are super-talented, and for us, we really wanted to incorporate them into our special day. In retrospect they are what made our weekend so unique and special to us. From invitations, hair and makeup to flowers, the bar, the DJ and Jason Mesches, who married us, our friends made up the team that helped make our day and weekend a success!

During the ceremony, Jason Mesches, our friend who married us, shared what each of us had said about the other. In that moment, time slowed down, the excitement and love of our friends and family only became background noise and we’re able to focus on each other and realized that our lives were forever changed. We didn’t know what the other person wrote and it was pretty emotional moment for us.

I would also have to say that Evan singing a cappella with all his friends was another incredible highlight! Evan had sung in a cappella groups growing up in Illinois and in college at USC. Friends from all over the country joined him to serenade the crowd with the songs: At Last and Stand By Me. There are no words to really explain how unforgettable that moment was!

As cliché as it sounds, your wedding is a blur! If you can swing it, we definitely suggest doing a brunch/breakfast the next day. We planned a breakfast taco party at the Ace Swim Club. We were able to spend more time with guests and family in a more relaxed environment and hear about their stories from the wedding night. Looking around the pool, seeing everyone we love relaxing in the sun was incredible and exactly the reason why we continue to love Palm Springs! We are so thrilled we got to share that with friends and family.

Photography: Marissa Maharaj | Videographer: Shark Pig | Event Planner: The Walk Down The Aisle | Floral Design: Doris Drive Design | Invitations: Alexander Barrett | Catering: Katherine King | Hair & Makeup: Carsen LaBella | DJ: Steve Page | Groom's Attire: Jimmy Au's | Cocktails: The Whaling Club | Long Wedding Dress: Watters Bella Dress | Private Estate: Frederick Loewe Estate | Rentals: Yeah Rentals | Short Wedding Dress: BHLDN

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