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Palm Springs Wedding by Alison Events and Brown Paper Design, III
January 26, 2010
United States

So aside from the insanely cute collection of bridesmaids dresses, the best part about today's featured wedding is definitely the awesome reception space design. It's kind of swanky, kind of laid back, totally and completely chic. Designed by Kelsey at Alison Events along with the floral and styling genius of Danielle at Brown Paper Design, this affair is purely perfect. And a huge thanks to Max Wanger for capturing the wedding flawlessly. As usual.

Parker Palm Springs

Parker Palm Springs

parker palm springs

After the ceremony, guests moved to the fire pit lawn where they enjoyed a Lillet cocktail based on Lizzie and Matt's favorite recipe and an assortment of tray passed hors d'oeuvres which included Sliced new potatoes w/ sourcream & caviar, tuna tartare w/ watermelon & smoked seasalt, rock lobster tacos, and cheese fritters w/ tomato marmalade. Light gray cocktail linens and vintage glass vases in different jewel tones filled with several varieties of white flowers adorned the cocktail tables. The bar was draped in a black and white ticking stripe linen. The escort card display was inspired by Lizzie and Matt's love for fly fishing. Each dining table was named after a specific fly lure and the display as well as the table names were decorated with hand drawn illustrations of each lure by calligrapher and artist, Cynthia Warren.

The color palette for the whole evening was based off of two of Lizzie's favorite colors, bright coral pink and a rich turquoise blue. From there we added different accent colors to make each space have it's own look but still feel cohesive. The inspiration for the look and feel of some of the design elements came from Little Door, one of Lizzie and Matt's favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. Lizzie has an incredible eye and had an opinion and vision for every aspect of the event. She was a lot of fun to collaborate with and was really inspiring to work with.

For dinner, guests were invited into the Palm Court which is a grassy area filled with palm trees. Custom drape installations by BAM Specialty Fabric Draping created a formal entryway to the space and made the open lawn feel more intimate. We hung chandeliers from the palm trees and brought in a 12' long mirrored bar for a hint of glamour. The dining linens were a rich turquoise color and were accented by bright coral menu cards, mercury glass vessels, and tons of white hydrangea. Because she could not find the perfect coral pink paper to use for the menu cards, Cynthia Warren decided to paint the paper the exact pantone swatch we picked out. The result had a tactile handmade feel that went perfectly with the rest of the decor. Cynthia created individual cut outs on each menu card to form a window where she attached the calligraphed names of each guest in the place of seating cards. At each guests place setting was a bundle of sparklers tied off with gingham ribbon and a box of matches. The guests dined to the sounds of Ikebe Shakedown, a band flown in from New York.