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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.


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

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Colorful Palm Springs Wedding

From this moment on, when I think of Palm Springs, I’ll think of this vibrant beauty. It’s literally bursting at the seams with pretty. From the insane florals from Arrangements Party & Floral Designs to the stunning setting of The Parker Palm Springs (one of the most stylish venues ever), everything sitting in this gallery (captured beautifully by Jen Lauren Grant from Birds Of A Feather Photography) is pin-worthy to say the very least, and you can see it all here.


From the Bride…Parker and I wanted to choose a venue that would give all of our family and friends an excuse to get away for a memorable weekend. Our vision was to have a space that would invite a fun, relaxed yet stylish and elegant vibe to our celebration and somewhere that reflected our personalities at the same time. The two of us had been together just shy of ten years before we got married so to say it was a much-anticipated celebration by everyone closest to us would be an understatement.

After a surprise engagement on a trip to Thailand we immediately knew The Parker Palm Springs was the perfect destination for our vision. Both growing up in Southern California, it was place we frequented together for sun-soaked weekend getaways and we couldn’t wait to share it. Quickly, it became apparent the our venue, designer of our bridesmaids dresses and my fiancé had one theme in common – they carried the same name, Parker, so we went with it.

I couldn’t have dreamt of a better wedding day. Even with guest delays due to road closures in preparation for a desert visit from the US President, a major magazine cover shoot spread throughout our venue grounds and some rather higher than expected rising desert temperatures, I still wasn’t fazed. Just as most brides do, I had put so much time and creative energy into the day that I had become somewhat worried how it’d all come together and yet it did surprisingly with ease. Thanks to our parents, friends and our kick-ass group of partners that are not only talented but are downright cool cats that completely helped to paint our day.

Our wedding day flew by and there’s a reason that everyone warns you of it – because it does. In a blink of an eye it went from of the most anticipated days to a profound life-changing memory.

Some wise words for couples counting down their days: Make a conscious effort to really observe the special moments. It’s easy to get sucked into the force of the day so remember to savor it, together. Also, capture your wedding on film. Period. No matter how big or small your budget is, make it happen. Compromise in another area of your wedding if you have to. You will thank yourself for the rest of your life. Lucky for us, my amazing and uber-talented brother, who’s in the film industry gave us our most cherished gift. He had an industry friend capture the footage so he could enjoy the day with us then he created it. We watch it on the regular and my heart skips a beat every time.

As anticipated, our guests did not disappoint. We danced the night away to great music, sipped cocktails and topped off the party with a freshly baked sugar high from donuts made by our favorite local bakery (coincidentally, our wedding date happened to fall on National Donut Day). A late night pool party followed into the wee hours and I’d be lying if I said that the father-of-the-bride did not drive a bicycle into the pool.

I’m not sure if it was the lure of the warm desert night, the dinner party under the stars, a dose of the old-Hollywood charm or if there was simply something in the water but I have to say love was certainly the air and it turned out to be one heck of a party.  I feel like we floated through the day; surrounded by our most favorite people and so much love…and I’d do it all over again if I could.

Photography: Jen Lauren Grant From Birds Of A Feather Photography | Videographer: Colton Schropp | Event Planning: Liz Beck | Floral Design: Arrangements Party & Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Ladyfingers Letterpress | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Parker | DJ: Red Shoe | Grooms Attire: Vera Wang | Bride + Bridesmaid's Earrings: Double Happiness Jewelry | Bride's Bracelet: Chanel | Catering + Cake: The Parker Palm Springs | Donuts: Donut Bar | Location: The Parker Palm Springs | Musicians: Otherwise Strings | Save-the-Dates: Serendipity Beyond Design

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Palm Springs Wedding at Casa Cody

This wedding had me at hello.  Well, actually, it had me at Palm Springs, food trucks and late-night grilled cheese sandwiches, but you get the point… this is one awesome wedding.  From the cool as can be signage to the crazy gorgeous rustic details to the garden-like setting, it’s one seriously stunning moment after anther mixed in with a whole lot of happy.  See it all captured by Max & Friends Photography right here.

And a little something extra special from Son Of Sharkpig

From the Brides… Casa Cody has always had special place in our hearts (we had a weekend getaway there early in our relationship), so when we were thinking about a venue for our wedding, it seemed like the perfect option. The grounds of Casa Cody are incredibly lush and beautiful – full of bougainvillea, citrus trees and succulents. It’s nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains and is a block away from the main drag, so offers a private, yet convenient location. The property has 31 rooms, and over the course of our weekend celebrations, every room was occupied by our friends and family. It offered a great opportunity for everyone to mingle and get to know each other, so by the time the reception rolled around on Saturday night, it felt like we were all one big family.

We wanted our wedding to be warm, inviting, fun, and most importantly, we wanted every detail to reflect our relationship. Liz and I met through work (we both work in music supervision for film & tv), so needless to say, music is very important to us. In fact, our relationship began after Liz made me a mixtape. We then exchanged several more, and continue to do so to this day (as evidenced by the wedding day mixtape in the photos).

We wanted music to play an important role in our wedding day, so lyrics from some of our favorite songs were peppered throughout the entire event. Our save the date was a laser cut of the lyrics from Lamb’s “Gorecki” (“All I’ve known, all I’ve done, all I’ve felt was leading to this. I’ve found the one I’ve waited for.”) Our invites included a kraft paper poster (which acted as an envelope) with the lyrics from “Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space” by Spiritualized (“I will love you ’til I die, and float in space just you and I”), and the back of the invite itself included the lyrics from “Into My Arms” by Nick Cave (“And I believe in love, and I know you do too. And I believe in some kind of path that we can walk down, me and you”). We also asked our guests to enclose their favorite song lyric with their RSVP (a keepsake for us). The theme continued through into the wedding, as each table at the reception was designated by a song found on our mixtapes.

Our friend and designer, Annessa Braymer, worked with us from the start to craft everything from the save the dates to the table numbers. She had this incredible way of taking our ideas, interpreting them, and making them a reality (that was even better than we could have imagined). One element of the invites that really showcases this is the Casa Cody Map. When Liz and I had gone to Casa Cody to confirm the wedding date with the manager, we were sitting at a table and a hummingbird flew right next to us. In my family, we have a firm belief that hummingbirds are a way for our loved ones who have passed to remind us they are still with us. I snapped a photo and later sent it to Annessa. She took a novice iPhone photo and turned it into something not only beautiful, but incredibly personal and special.

We wanted the atmosphere at both the ceremony and the reception to feel natural, warm and to really showcase the incredibly beautiful grounds (rather than try to compete with them). Enter Gregory Goodman from My Little Flower Shop. When I met Gregory we clicked instantly. He is such an incredibly lovely man and I could just tell he GOT me. I do a bit of floral design myself, so this was an extremely important element to me. My vision was soft, warm tones with subtle pops of color. I wanted to feature more wild, organic arrangements to compliment the rustic environment. I didn’t want anything too polished – my goal was for it to look like someone had walked through a garden and pulled together these incredible bouquets of wild flowers, berries, and succulents. Instead of grand, large centerpieces we opted for a variety of smaller arrangements at each table, using mason jars and milk bottles that we’d collected as vases.

We knew we didn’t want tables with tablecloths (they just wouldn’t fit the rustic vibe of Casa Cody), so when Gregory introduced us to Planks and Patina I just fell in love. John at P&P provided the rustic tables and chairs (that he builds from reclaimed wood) which fit our vision perfectly.

To stay in line with our more relaxed vibe, we chose to have a food truck instead of the traditional sit down dinner or buffet. HeirloomLA brought their amazing truck, Black Betty, and provided the delicious food for our guests. The menu included: a farmers market salad, cabbage slaw, fish & chips, beef sliders, signature Heirloom LA lasagna cupcakes, wedding cake, raspberry trifle and chocolate chip cookies with sea salt. Then after the reception we moved to another area of the grounds for the after party where they provided late night snacks: a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches and fries.

Christian & Reinna Cruz from Max & Friends photographed our special day, and Steve Pappin (also known as Son of Sharkpig) was our videographer, and we couldn’t be happier with all of their work. They so perfectly captured the atmosphere of our wedding. They floated through the day with us and we barely noticed they were there (which I think is so important) – it allowed us to be natural, and I think that really shows in the photos and videos. They have a genuinely candid feel, and that is what I love most about them.

My biggest piece of advice: Remember that your wedding day is a CELEBRATION not an EVENT. Although planning your big day is fun and exciting, it can also be totally overwhelming at times – especially if you lose sight of the purpose of the day. Every time we started to get overwhelmed or crabby or too wrapped up in everyone’s wedding expectations, we took a step back and reminded ourselves what the day is really about – celebrating our love and commitment to each other surrounded by the people we love most. Of course you want the day to go smoothly (i.e. as perfect as possible!), for your guests to enjoy themselves, and for the details to reflect who you are as a couple, but a hiccup here or there is to be expected and at the end of the day you’ll be married to the love of your life, and that’s REALLY what it’s all about!

Another tid-bit of advice: I’d absolutely encourage you to at the very least have a day-of wedding coordinator! We had wedding planners who came on early in the planning process (Morgan Talbot Ickovics & Emily Janecek Young – previously of Glitterati LA), but we all quickly learned that I was not very comfortable delegating tasks. So while we researched and chose our vendors and handled the creative projects, it was so nice to have them to bounce questions/ideas off of! They also managed all of the contracts, made sure we were covered, and dealt with all the not so fun stuff (negotiations, awkward calls with vendors, minute details, etc).

But even if you don’t have planners in the lead-up to your big day, I absolutely encourage you to get a day-of coordinator! Our planners were literally GOD SENDS on the big day. They made sure all of the vendors arrived on time, set up in the correct locations, gave them their payments/tips. They wrangled our wedding parties and family members and made sure they were in the right place at the right time. They gently moved the reception along and made sure everyone had exactly what they needed (they even made Liz & I each a plate of food which was waiting for us at our sweetheart table!), and when a glass broke on the dance floor they were standing there, broom in hand, within milliseconds!

You’re big day is about celebrating, and having someone there whose sole job is to make sure everything goes smoothly just gives you that extra bit of comfort. Having Morgan & Emily there allowed us to fully enjoy and take in the beautiful moments of the day, without stressing that something wasn’t going to get done (or get done properly). And I truly think that kind of comfort and confidence is priceless!

Photography: Christian & Reinna Cruz of Max & Friends Photography | Videographer: Son Of Sharkpig | Flowers: My Little Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Heirloom LA | Wedding Favors: Stone Candles | Bridal Party Suits: Indochino | Ceremony & Reception: Casa Cody | Designer: Annessa Braymer | Hair & Makeup (For Brides): Maranda Widlund | Hair & Makeup (for Bridesmaids): Salon 119 | Rentals: Planks & Patina | Wedding Dress & Alterations: Panache Bridal Pasadena | Wedding Suit Designer: Lindsay Woods