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Parker Palm Springs

A weekend at the Parker Palm Springs is the perfect way to check out of normal life and check into a life of glamour, sunshine and relaxation!  It’s been a longtime favorite of mine for it’s beautiful design (by none other than Jonathan Adler himself), stunning grounds and amazing spa.  Last weekend my husband, our two dogs and I spent a weekend there enjoying every last minute of it and, as photographers are wont to do, snapping photos all the while.   So happy to be sharing a bit from our stay below!

We stayed in one of the Parker’s amazing villas and once inside it was easy to forget that anything else in the world ever existed. Our villa had an impeccably decorated living room, bedroom, and patio. And with the two pups in tow it was especially nice to have all the space to spread out and settle in. It truly felt like our own little home for the weekend- a glamorous, cozy, and extra-fun home, of course. I’m officially obsessed with the white brick walls, colorful textiles and that hanging chair!

There are three places we preferred to practice our deep relaxation techniques at the Parker: poolside with cocktails, napping in hammocks tied between palm trees and of course, at the stately “PSYCH” spa.  Does it sound like I’m describing heaven?  I kind of am.  Specifically a heaven that also has a lemonade stand that will bring you drinks and snacks while you work on your tan and relaxation.  Yes, indeed!  To see more of this amazing property (including the bananas-amazing lobby) head on over to my blog, A House in the Hills.

Photography: Sarah Yates

Sarah Yates

Contributing Editor, Fashion + Travel

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Smoke Tree Ranch Palm Springs Wedding from Fondly Forever Photography

I swear, Palm Springs is the capital of style. Where people flock to display their chic-ness. And the couples that tie the knot there? Well they are the kings and queens of the trends. This dashing duo is just such a couple, and their wedding at the Smoke Tree Ranch is stylish and then some. Thankfully every gorgeous moment planned to perfection by The Events Department was all beautifully captured by Fondly Forever Photography, and it’s all waiting for you right here.

And don’t miss the equally fabulous film from Forrey Films …

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From the Bride… Our wedding planning started with the wish to get married under a big tree and have the whole wedding outdoors. We also really wanted the wedding to be a weekend getaway – far enough away that our guests had to stay the night, but not too far for it to be an inconvenience. We quickly decided that Palm Springs was our ideal location and then found and fell in love with the amazing Smoke Tree Ranch – our wedding venue.

The venue really set the tone for our wedding. Smoke Tree Ranch is one part Hollywood/Retro Glam, one part Rustic and our wedding was inspired by blending these two distinct styles. We were also really inspired by the marigold yellow accents in the Smoke Tree Ranch pool area and chose to have marigold as a key accent color.

The retro Hollywood Glamour was represented in my bridal dress and styling and in the navy bridesmaid dresses and Travis’ suit that both had a Mad Men-esque feel. We also incorporated a fun marigold and white chevron into the linens which my stepmother had specially made.

The rustic was represented in the grounds of the ranch and in the floras which incorporated billy balls and succulents. My cousin made the heart-shaped twig arch that served as a rustic background for our ceremony based on a rough sketch I provided him.

Aesthetics aside, our main goal for the wedding was FUN! We wanted our guests to relax, unwind and get wild! Many of our choices regarding the wedding ceremony and reception time line were based on ensuring that we kept the party going!

Michael Coppersmith officiated our wedding ceremony and absolutely blew us away. He has a great sense of humor and lightheartedness that really captured who Travis and I are as a couple. Our ceremony site was so beautiful and serene – I have such peaceful and calming memories of the ceremony itself.

The reception was focused on keeping the party going non-stop. We knocked out many of the traditional reception items including first dances, cake cutting, and speeches during the dinner so that there was no interruption once the party got started. The party officially got started when my sister and Maid of Honor ended her speech by introducing the USC marching band. Travis and I both graduated from USC and met in our very last weeks of college. We are big fans as are many of our family members and friends. The band played about 5 songs and then our DJ James Gonzales took over. One of my favorite memories was looking out at the dance floor once the DJ started playing and seeing just a mob of people. Everyone was out of their seats and on the dance floor.

One of my favorite memories was after the ceremony. Travis and I walked down the aisle and were whisked away on the back of a golf cart by The Events Department with our guests looking on. They took us back to our room to allow guests to head over to the cocktail hour by the pool before we started taking family pictures. It felt like such a special, dramatic exit and once we got back to the room we had a quiet moment to take it all in and realize that we were officially husband and wife. It was a quick quiet moment, truly to ourselves, on a day so full of great memories. We loved how the wedding turned out and Fondly Forever’s pictures so perfectly captured it!

From the Groom… Favorite memory: Standing under the tree at the ceremony with Amy, there was a peaceful breeze and I felt totally present in the moment. I also enjoyed the USC band and seeing how much fun our family and friends were having.

Photography: Fondly Forever Photography | Cinematography: Forrey Films | Dress: Ramona Keveza | Floral Design: Briana Maxson Floral | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Smoke Tree Ranch | DJ: James Gonzalez | Tux: Hugo Boss | Coordination: The Events Department | Desserts: Exquisite Desserts | Earrings + Bracelet: Nadri | Groomsmen Suits: A Better Deal Tuxedo | Hair + Makeup: J'Russell Salon | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Veil: Bel Aire Bridal | Wedding Location: Smoke Tree Ranch

Palm Springs Wedding from Erin Audry Photography

Palm Springs is on the tippy top of my U.S of A must travel list, and when I see weddings like this one from Erin Audry Photography I’m reminded why I have such a love affair with a place I’ve never even been. It has a style that seems to effortlessly be everywhere – so hosting your wedding there? Well that is just genius. Case in point, this Palm Springs pretty fest that has DIY style and then some – so be sure to check out every last lovely moment right here in the full gallery of images.

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From the Bride… We were married in Palm Springs, California on February 23, 2013. The house was a vacation home rented through Room Service furniture store, The White House.  We loved the modern Palm Springs vibe. Our wedding was a success because of our amazing family and friends.  So much love was poured into this day! Our goal was to make this day “us” and to have everyone we loved involved in the process.

This was definitely a DIY event on a budget. I made many trips to the thrift stores to buy enough glass vases for each table. Every vase was uniquely decorated with lace and twine. We used wood, nails and yarn to create our guestbook.  Guests snapped a picture, wrote a message and clipped their picture to the board.  Our wedding theme was Lucky in Love.  We had a large decal printed for decoration and made a floating sign for the pool. We also had Krispy Kreme doughnuts for dessert and a photo booth with balloons. Flowers, set up and planning was all done by us and our family and friends.  The hanging birds decoration was made for us by our friend and bridesmaid, Sabrina Fox.  Each favor was half spray painted with the colors of the wedding.

Wedding Photography: Erin Audry Photography | Wedding Venue: The White House via Room Service | Floral Design: Bride + Bridesmaids,  flowers via Mayesh Wholesale Florist | | Event Planning: Leslie Brown, Rialto Cafe, Fullerton | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Forever 21 | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Modcloth | Love Bird Decoration: GypsyTent Sisters | Hair: Audra Bonanni of Isaak’s Salon, Fullerton | Makeup: Christan Schiefelbein, Joy Skin Care | DJ: Vic Keschrumrus of District AV | Catering: Border Grill (Los Angeles food truck) | Dessert: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts