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Glamorous Wedding at The Colony Palms

If ever there were a wedding that could rock a whole lot of glamour with a hint of edge, it would surely be of former Guns N’ Roses and current Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum and his stunning Bride, Ace Harper. Can we just take a look at her top knot? Paired with her sleek Monique Lhuillier dress, it’s perfection. It’s one of our favorite Michael Segal weddings to date. See the full party in the gallery!

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From Michael Segal Photography… Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, tied the knot with his gorgeous fiance, singer and dancer Ace Harper. The couple exchanged vows at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, California in front of 200 guests, which included Jane Lynch, Juliette Lewis, John Varvatos, Gina Gershon and Duff McKagan among others. John Varvatos designed Sorum’s tux and suits for the groomsmen, and Monique Lhuillier designed the dresses for Harper and her bridesmaids. Ace was adorned in diamonds from Alan Friedman designs Beverly Hills.

Wedding planned by Joey from Artisan Events who also did the flowers. The three day affair began with cocktails and Hors d’oeuvre by the pool with a French Brazilian Jazz trio, playing everything from Bossa Nova to Miles Davis, and a video of the bride and groom doing their own rendition of the Sonny and Cher’s classic, “I Got You Babe”.

The following day, the wedding began as the guests watched the wedding party procession enter to classical renditions of The Beach Boy’s “God Only Knows”, and The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony”. The bride walked down the aisle to The Beatles classic, “All You Need Is Love”. Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple brought everyone to tears with his own rendition of “You Are So Beautiful”. As the bride and groom kissed, hummingbirds flew around the grounds in harmony.

The bridal party then headed to the famous desert windmills for photos with photographer, Michael Segal. The reception kicked off with an unforgettable first dance from Matt and Ace, to Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” with Billy Idol’s guitarist, Steve Stevens looking on. The dance was choreographed by famed choreographer, Jennifer Hamilton. Chef Jeff Armstrong created the six-course sit down dinner, which included faro risotto, halibut, goat cheese truffle ravioli, and a massive dessert table with 300 cupcakes and other custom delights. As guests dined, Aqualillies synchronized swimmers performed in the pool.

The best man and matron of honor toasted the newlyweds with Belaire Rose Champagne. The party then headed to the Purple Palm for a set by DJ Morty. The bride and groom gave a heartfelt thank you to their guests, and a special poem was read to Ace written by Matt. An all-star jam began with Rockstars Present, as Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan, Steven Stevens, Glenn Hughes and Matt (on drums) took the stage. The bride looking ever so stunning in her wedding dress, took over the vocals on the Led Zeppelin classic, “Rock n’ Roll” and the Stones “Jumping Jack Flash”. Juliette Lewis also stepped up to sing “Proud Mary,” and Gina Gershon sang one as well.

The three day celebration concluded with a poolside buffet the next morning.

Photography: Michael Segal Photography | Event Planning: Joey - Artisan Events Floral Decor | Floral Design: Artisan Events Floral Decor | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Ernesto Casillas | Hair: Allessandro Voce | DJ: Morty Coyle | Groom's Attire: John Varvatos | Groomsmen's Attire: John Varvatos | Officiant: Richard Cadieux | Hotel: Colony Palms Hotel | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake/Dessert: Over The Rainbow | Dinner Entertainment: Aqualillies | Flip Flops: Havaianas | Rentals: Signature Rentals

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Mid Century Modern Wedding at the Parker

You all might need to sit down for this one. It’s midcentury modern meets Palm Springs garden glam photographed by Michael Radford. And don’t even get me started on two of the most dapper Grooms we’ve come across. Their celebration is one of love and beautiful design at the hands of Celebrations Of Joy + Maggie Jensen Event Floral Design. If you are all for an affair dripping in chandeliers, succulents and gold, then you’ll want to have a look right here.

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From Celebrations Of JoyPhillip and Billy are a bi-national couple, Phillip is a Brit and Billy is American, and they asked us to help them create an intimate celebration for their California wedding with a twist: Gene Autry Cowboy meets Mid-Century Modern! They chose to have their ceremony and reception at the historic Gene Autry House on the grounds of the Parker Palm Springs, and wanted the style and theme of the wedding to reflect the location and be an intimate beautiful celebration for 30 of their closest family and friends. We played with all the details: from their web site, to the menu cards, to the guest book poster of Gene Autry the guests signed as they arrived, yet also kept the décor elegant and reflective of the mid-century modern style of the venue. As they exchanged vows, the Grooms stood before a curtain of ribbons that flowed in the breeze. With the team of Maggie Jensen Floral Design and Classic Party Rentals we created one long table for the reception framed by chandeliers. The table top reflected the California desert with sage linens, a mid-century modern motif runner from Wildflower Linens, lots of succulents and of course Billy Balls, in reflective gold vessels.

Photography: Michael Radford Photography | Floral Design: Maggie Jensen Event Floral Design | DJ: Zephyr Brown | Ceremony Music: Pete Goslow | Hotel: Parker Palm Springs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Wedding Planning: Celebrations Of Joy

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Doie Lounge Robes + A Giveaway!

When it comes to looking glam from start to finish on your big day, look no further than Doie Lounge. These gorgeous + eco-friendly robes add a special touch to getting ready on wedding morning, but also make beautiful (and practical!) gifts for your ladies!

Made locally in Los Angeles of natural + sustainable fabrics, the Doie Lounge robes not only look amazing in “getting ready” photos, but they’re also a gift your ladies will wear again and again! Available in sizes x-small to x-large (and xxs in the Lilian robe!), these pretties look beautiful on both short and tall frames — and they stay put with both inner and outer silk ties! Available in a wide variety of colors and combinations (there’s now a blush colored robe called Betty!), there are even discounts for buying in bulk (here).

How gorgeous?! And if you’re not seeing the exact color combo you’re looking for, be sure to email sara{at}doielounge.com who can help you come up with the perfect robe! Also, be sure to ask if there are any robes available that aren’t pictured on the site as there are sometimes styles hiding behind the scenes. And be sure to check out these real Doie Lounge bridal parties (here.). OH — there’s more!

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The Prize: A lucky reader will win a Willa robe from Doie Lounge in XS/S! If the winner needs another size, she can choose a different style robe. 

To Enter: Visit the Doie site and pick out your favorite style! Then head back over here and comment below with which one you like best.

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced in the WIUP on Friday, August 1, 2014

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Valorie Darling Photography | Hair: Trace Hennigsen | Makeup: Artistry by Danika  |   Lydia Daniller |  Calloway Gable Photography  |  Maggie Thalheimer of Gerber and Scarpelli | Jeff Tisman Photograph

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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 | Makeup: Shamina Plott (shaminajen@hotmail.com) | Hair: Holly Farley | DJ: James Gonzales | Celebrant: Richard Cadieux | Venue: Frederick Loewe Estate | Day Of Coordination: The WE Studio | Earrings: Paspaley | Equipment: Signature Party Rental | Groom's Suit & Shoes: Dior

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