Happy Friday! The java hasn't quite kicked in yet, so until it does, take a re-look at this gorgeous wedding in Palm Springs by Beautiful Day Photography.
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story:
Adam and I were both dating other people and met one night at my friend's restaurant. We were hooked from that moment. We became each others' other half...honestly...it's an incredible feeling to know within minutes that this is the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. I feel like we are twin souls...that we have known each other long before we met.
What was the theme | design inspiration for your wedding?
We are both "old souls"...with that said we were inspired to have a vintage looking wedding...we decided on the 50's and 60's style of Palm Springs as our inspiration. We really wanted our wedding to have a cocktail party "feel" for our friends to enjoy. We didn't want it to feel like a wedding, but more of a celebration.
Adam and I both decided on The Riviera because of their Palm Springs history which was even noted in our retro Save the Dates and Invitations!
Tell us about the attire for both bride and groom:
Very classic. The men wore clean-lined simple tuxedos. I wore a long champagne colored gown by Anna's Bridal with my grandmother's brooch on the back. I then changed into a short bustled cocktail dress by Melissa Sweet for the reception. For both dresses I had 2 different vintage Stuart Weitzman shoes in honor of El Paseo Drive. I found one pair at a local vintage shop in Palm Springs!
Favorite design element of your big day:
I loved the hotel it really fit with our personalities...it was hard to mess up with anything when you had such a fabulous venue!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?
Not having any clue what the hotel would look like! I booked the venue site by drawings and fabric samples in an offsite location; not to mention we live in Portland and had limited times in our schedule to see how the hotel was coming along. However I knew within 20 minutes that I was taking the risk. I knew that if it was anything close to the drawings it would have to be the place, and it was!
What advice would you give to a couple planning their wedding?
Don't get overworked or overwhelmed about the little things. Remember why you'e getting married; it's because of the other person not the event!
Best advice someone told you at the wedding?
Honestly, I can't remember...it all went by so fast!
Any specific reasons behind certain choices you made for your day? Maybe flowers that were mom's favorite, or the first dance song was the first song you ever heard together...that kind of thing?
- My cake topper was my grandmother's. She had it on her cake and my mother had it on hers!
- Adam's family's priest from Oregon flew in to marry us, which was so wonderful and sentimental!
- Our band was like our wedding theme they played music from the 40's to the 70's and we loved every minute.
- Our first dance song was "Send Me" by Sam Cooke.
Tell me something about your photographer, Beautiful Day Photography, that you absolutely loved:
I loved Laura from the moment I met her. I looked through 5 pictures and knew she was the one to understand my vision. I was adamant that our pictures weren't too posed. I wanted a lot of action shots and just fun pictures that captured who we are and Laura did just that by having fun with us and really getting to know us on a personal level. My pictures prove it! Adam and I even invited her to Oregon to come visit!
Wedding Vendors and Services:
Photographer: Laura of Beautiful Day Photography
Coordinator: Laurie Davies of Five Star Weddings & Events Inc.
Florist: Keith Laverty
Linen and Chair covers: Fusion Linen
Hair and Makeup: Friend
Officiant: Father Jim
Lighting: Tony of Hotel Swank
Music: Doc Roc It
Lounge furniture: Lounge Appeal
We're proud to say Beautiful Day Photography is a mywedding.com member.