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Friday, January 16, 2015

Nuptials: Palm Springs Perfection

Words by Natalie Long
Photos courtesy of Kathleen Geiberger Artistic Photography

Laura and Max knew they wanted an outdoor wedding that was casual and fun. So, Palm Springs, California was the perfect spot. The couple wanted to share the charm they had experienced in the wonderful city from their previous visits to Max’s parents’ winter home. “Having a destination wedding also helped us limit our guest list and gave us an opportunity to have a mini vacation with loved ones,” says Laura.

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Spencer’s Restaurant was the perfect venue for the destination wedding they had imagined (and at a great price). “The venue was very multi-purpose which made the night flow effortlessly,” says Laura. The venue also offered magnificent views for the ceremony. “Since they share facilities with the Palm Springs Tennis Club, we were able to have a cocktail reception by the pool and a gorgeous garden ceremony on the lawn right beside the mountain,” says the bride.

Their friends and family welcomed the idea of a destination wedding. To the couple’s surprise, more than expected were able to travel to celebrate their big day, which touched the hearts of Laura and Max. But, not everyone could attend. “We were very accepting of this and made a point of having an engagement party at each of our homes so that people who couldn’t come to the wedding could celebrate with us there,” says Laura. 

Emails are a destination wedding’s best friend! That was the main line of communication between the couple and their vendors. “It can get nerve-wracking not knowing for sure if all the little details will work out,” says Laura.

A wedding just isn’t a wedding without personal touches. Laura loves signage and pretty fonts so she made sure to add cute decorations to their special day. “Our ceremony programs were printed on white paper bags so that we could put our rose petals inside them for guests to throw once the ceremony was over,” says Laura.

This couple was able to show off their memory of Palm Springs’ fun charm as well as create a new memory: their stunning destination wedding!

Laura has three helpful tips:

1. Stick to your vision. Know that you’ll hear a lot of opinions, but you can’t make everyone happy.

2.  It’s all about you and your partner celebrating your love, so try your hardest not to get too wrapped up in the details.

3. Go on a honeymoon right after. It will be good to relax and reflect as newlyweds!

Vendors: Photographer: Kathleen Geiberger Artistic Photography, Day of Coordinator: Leslie Lombino Ridge with Spencer's Restaurant, Ceremony/Reception Site: Spencer’s Restaurant, Gown Designer: (two dresses) Allure Bridals and Ivy and Astor, Florist: Mary Cass with Jensen's Florist, Groom’s Clothing Designer: J.Lindeberg, DJ: Prime Time Productions

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