For those of you that think offices romances are a tad bit taboo, then I invite you to witness this incredible celebration. Because the love? Totally undeniable, and the celebration? Crazy chic. With the incomparable Erich McVey Photography behind the lens snapping up every detail (like this Found Vintage Rentals), we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!
From the Bride…Matt and I met 7 years ago at work. We still work together! I am from the Palm Springs area and the older I get the more I love the desert. I knew I wanted to get married in my hometown. I am originally from Bosnia, and have a ton of Bosnian family/friends in the desert. This was a great way to include everyone. I also had some family fly all the way from Bosnia to be there so it felt that much more special to us to share this day with all of our loved ones in such a beautiful place with great weather. We live in San Francisco and Matt is from the Bay Area, so it was close enough for his family/friends as well. We fell in love with the Polo Grounds and didn’t see any other venues after that.
Our wedding felt special because Matt’s birthday was the very next day and it was also Easter weekend. Spring was in the air and this is by far my favorite time of the year. The weather is perfect and the sunsets and backdrops of the desert are really majestic. I wanted to make sure that it felt like Spring (My name also means Spring) so I felt like I needed to pay tribute to the season! I wanted to make sure that this was reflected in our décor. I wanted the colors to be bright and blush pinks mixed with white and very lush greens. I love this look. The floral arrangements were everything I wanted. I also wanted to add pops of color and little orange kumquats on everyone’s place setting were perfect for this. I wanted it to be romantic but not overly feminine. Ceremony and reception were both bright and outdoors. We also included some of our own décor with hung lanterns. Adding little touches like signature cocktails and a seating area for guests just made it more personal and a reflection of our style. Both Matt and I love to eat well, and we really feel like the caterer knocked it out of the park!
We used some handmade crochet table cloths that my grandma made (Both of my grandmas passed away and we wanted it to feel like they were a part of this special day.) My aunt also brought back a ton of Rakija (a local Bosnian fruit brandy) and we used that as guest favors for everyone. The music was a blend of Bosnian traditional and pop music along with the American dance music everyone loves. Our DJ did an incredible job blending all of that! It’s not easy with such a diverse group, but we feel like the dance floor was packed the whole night. Music was really important to us. Matt is Jewish so we also had a breaking of the glass ceremony and a chuppah. What I love most about us is that we come from very different backgrounds, cultures and upbringings and I think it’s very special that we all respect one another and come together especially this day in age, when everyone seems to feel so separated from other religions and beliefs.
We just wanted the guests to have a blast and relax. Our ceremony was non-traditional and we wrote our own vows. This was the best part of the day. I still read them sometime and can’t help but feel so grateful. The whole day just felt perfect, it was filled with emotion and tears of joy. The moon came out for our last dance, I really felt like it was a real life dream.
From Artisan Events Floral Decor… I had a blast helping these guys put this day together! When I meet them I could see it was a perfect fit!
The Avalon was the perfect setting for their wedding day. The ceremony was accented with candles and citrus and desert inspiration. They each had a mixed bridal party so I created just small bouquet of white garden roses with Camilla leaves for the ladies and tea roses and mini succulents for the guys. Simple and elegant!
They wanted the reception to be magic in Palm Springs under the stars! White paper lanterns accented the string lights and tons of candlelight.
From the Groom… Nadia and Grant met by shear and utter chance! Grant was scheduled to go to New York the day before Valentines Day when his Virgin America flight was cancelled due to the Polar Vortex in 2014. A last minute call came in for Grant to host a Valentines Day dinner in the Hollywood Hills. Nadia, who was the best friend with the owner of the house, was spending her first Valentines Day single for over eight years. While at the Valentines party, Nadia just so happened to bump right into Grant. As the night went on, Grant was struck by her shear beauty and literally felt like it was love at first sight. After a short conversation and a few cocktails, Grant asked where Nadia was from and what she did in the city (Nadia plays Chloe on “Days of Our Lives” which never aired in Ireland, where Grant is from, so he had no idea who she was). Once Grant realized Nadia was Swedish he spoke to her in the language, as he spent six months in architecture school in the south of Sweden, and this only made the immediate connection stronger! Long story short, Grant asked Nadia to unlock her phone as he “wanted to show her something” and then added his number to her phone and texted himself Nadia’s number. One week later they went on a date, three months later they moved in together. Grant took Nadia to an Irish Childrens charity event where the main prize for the raffle was a trip to Ireland. Grant purchased two raffle tickets and miraculously won! In August, Grant took Nadia home to meet his family. They traveled to the north coast where all of the “Game of Thrones” scenes are shot and sat on the edge of the Giants Causeway, a nature reserve in Northern Ireland. In one fell swoop he whipped out a ring and confessed his undying love to Nadia and his desire to be with her forever and have lots of babies! Grant and Nadia tied the knot in Palm Springs at the beautiful Colony 29 compound. The ceremony was under a beautiful arch surrounded by friends and family in the garden and the reception was close by under a beautiful tent!
The greatest part of the day for the couple was seeing everyone at the dinner from Sweden, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, the US, and even Africa. The environment at Colony 29 is that of a dream – Wolfgang Puck cooked an incredible meal for all. But most important was the look on their faces when they knew they both found each other and vowed their love in front of friends and family.