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Modern Design Meets Boho Beauty for this Palm Springs Celebration

Geometrics gained momentum in 2016 but I’m predicting they go big in 2017. Modern and whimsical and oh so fun, they were on display at this boho beauty of a wedding in Palm Springs, from the DIY table runners to the floral and succulent displays. Betsi Ewing captured each and every one – get ready to get inspired in our Vault gallery right this way!

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From the Bride… Cyrus and I both work in creative fields – he’s a video director and I’m a makeup artist – so when it came to our wedding we wanted to create something that reflected both our aesthetic and lifestyle. We’re from the east coast and now live in Los Angeles, so this felt like an opportunity to get all of our loved ones together for a mini-vacation and show them why we made California our home. It’s not often you have all your friends and family together in one place, so our vision was a sunny, carefree weekend that really treated our guests.

We chose a private estate in Palm Springs, just two hours away from our LA life, and an exciting destination for our guests. As a destination wedding we expected a small turnout but ended up with 120 people – apparently everyone wants to visit Palm Springs!

When I started planning I wanted to let my creativity run wild, so I extended that same courtesy to my bridesmaids. I love the floral dresses from Reformation so I let them chose whatever style and floral they wanted, as long as the dress was black. I loved seeing the dresses they picked out and how each one matched their individual style and personality. For my dress I chose a 3-piece blush ballgown by BHLDN with a white lace blouse to cover up my tattoo during the ceremony. I honestly never thought I’d wear pink or a ballgown, but when I tried it on the feeling was undeniable. I loved wearing it so much!

Using a private estate allowed us to hand pick every element, especially decor. We brought in Morrocan-style lounge furniture to create seating and ambiance for the cocktail hour and reception, then we used farmhouse tables for dinner to give it a rustic, casual feel. We held the ceremony in the front yard as the sun was setting over the mountains. Oriental rugs formed the aisle.

I pulled from the color palette of the venue – the lush green lawn and towering palm trees, sparkling teal blue pool, yellow lemons on the trees, and pink bougainvillea – accented with black, white, and gold to add drama and some glam. I’m not much of a DIY-er, but with Cyrus’ help we hand painted geometric patterned table runners that set off the table decor. Individually potted small succulents served a dual purpose of place cards and party favors – an idea I gleaned from Pinterest.

One of my favorite details was the guest book where we offered pink polaroid cameras as a way for guests to capture vintage style selfies and glamour shots that they could instantly glue onto the pages and write personal notes. The result is a handmade scrapbook from the night and a mural of Polaroids at home that we can’t seem to take down!

Just like we imagined, the entire night was magical. Cyrus and I succeeded in bringing our closest family and friends to one of our favorite places and throwing the party of our dreams. We’re grateful to have had incredibly talented and creative vendors to collaborate with. We definitely couldn’t have done it without them!

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Photography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Event Planning: XOXO Weddings | Floral Design: Vaso Bello | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Dana Boyer | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Dash And A Handful Catering | Makeup: Morgan Walton for Charlotte Tilbury | Hair: Dana Boyer | DJ: Dart DJ | Men's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: La Chureya Estate | Glassware + Place Settings: Signature Party Rentals | Graphic Design: Simply Stated Stationery | Linens: Hostess Haven | Paper Goods: Simply Stated Stationery | Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Planks And Patina

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The Ridiculously Cool Wedding We’ve All Been Waiting For

I can’t even tell you how excited we are to share this decidedly “cool girl” wedding. It’s one of those celebrations that completely breaks the mold with rich, moody colors, unique design moments (they were married under a teepee!) and a modern boho vibe that’s a TOTAL breath of fresh air. Bravo, Amorology for designing the desert wedding of our dreams and Ashley Keleman for photographing these gems in The Vault.

 

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Summer
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Outdoor
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From AmorologyWhen Jen and Brian came to us, they had just cancelled their Dominican Republic destination wedding due to the Zika outbreak and had to move the celebration state-side. The couple wanted a place where they could surround themselves with the family and friends they would have been traveling with and luckily for us they turned to one of our favorite locations, Colony 29, where they could all gather together and stay nearby.

The desert oasis set the perfect backdrop for their modern boho palette of dusty nudes and dark moody jewel tones of raspberry, muted turquoise, emerald, and magenta. As a nod to how their relationship developed – the couple met as neighbors in an apartment complex sharing a wall – Jen and Brian were married under a teepee to symbolize their two homes now becoming one.

The dainty lion brought us wild and free blooms to adorn a ceremony and reception already surrounded by rose gardens, orchard trees, and flower vines. To lend a cocktail vibe, we brought in an eclectic mix of modern bohemian elements through folklore and added candlelight and ambiance to the atmosphere with black taper candles and brass candlesticks.

Guests dined at low tables with moroccan poufs or smaller clusters of tulip tables set with geode slabs and brass chargers. As we further got to know Jen and Brian, we learned that they while opposite in character they truly are each other’s better half – and as such we decided to pay homage to this by hanging fringed hemispheres on a marble backdrop to represent two halves of the same moon. Guests also gathered their seating assignments here from calligraphed crystal moon rocks. Throughout the night, guests sipped on the Girl Next Door and the Neighbor Boy (a reference to the nickname for Brian coined lovingly by Jen’s friends during their early courting days) and danced the night away.

Guests were treated to a family style meal by Miho Catering, and in lieu of a traditional cake the couple opted for tray-passed mini-churros and hand pies. The night was truly one of those perfect palm springs evenings, where guests gathered under the stars surrounded by painted hills to celebrate a love as bright as the desert moon.

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Photography: Ashley Keleman | Event Design: Amorology | Event Planning: Amorology | Floral Design: Kimberly Anderson, The Dainty Lion | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Catering: Miho Catering | Hair + Makeup: Sparkle Tafao | Calligraphy: Betlem Calligraphy | DJ: Dart DJ | Venue: colony 29 | Backdrop: Backup Backdrops | Beverage Services: RoomForty | Day of Paper Design: Peanut Press Creative | Lounge Area: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Witty Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Tabletop: Hostess Haven

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When Two Coworkers Marry They Plan One Colorful Palm Springs Wedding

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!

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Al Fresco

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.

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Photography: Erich McVey Photography | Cinematography: Black Shutter Media | Event Planning: Nicole Alexandra Designs | Floral Designer: My Little Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Michal Medina | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Rings: Rebecca Overmann | Catering: Le Vallauris | Makeup: Maja Makeup | Hair: Chelsea Nicole Makeup | DJ: DJ Chris Paul | Hotel: La Quinta Resort & Club | Venue: Empire Polo Club | Invitations + Stationery: Sloane Harmony Design | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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