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Modern Wedding Shoot: Embracing Palm Springs Vibes


July 4, 2023
Words by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of Cheers Babe Photo

When two creative minds join forces, magic happens. That’s precisely what transpired when Inessa Nichols, a talented floral designer, and Jess from Cheers Babe Photo, a visionary photographer, collaborated to bring a stunning-styled wedding shoot to life. Inspired by the unique decor of a fabulous new venue in Palm Springs, their joint endeavor showcases a chic and modern wedding with a touch of volcanic inspiration. Let’s dive into the details of this mesmerizing styled shoot.

The Genesis

Inessa Nichols initially fell in love with the venue while working on floral arrangements for The Penney Restaurant. Eager to create a wedding experience at this extraordinary location, she took to Instagram, sharing her aspirations. Responding to her call, Jess of Cheers Babe Photo reached out, and after an invigorating coffee meeting, the dynamic duo set out to assemble the perfect team of vendors.

Theme and Influences

The shoot draws inspiration from the venue’s whimsical decor and two captivating films: “Fire of Love” and “Joe Versus the Volcano.” With a desire to highlight the fun and funky details of the venue, while incorporating a volcanic theme, the team sought to inspire stylish and modern couples with ideas for an unforgettable wedding in the desert.

Ceremony Look

The ceremony setting aimed to capture the expansive driving range, accentuated by a vibrant floral backdrop installation. Inspired by volcanic fissure eruptions in “Fire of Love,” Inessa and her team meticulously crafted a remarkable installation using painted dried vines and amaranthus, mirroring the essence of a fissure eruption. The clean and modern aesthetic was further enhanced by sleek benches provided by the venue.

Reception Looks

The reception exuded a playful and funky tropical vibe, seamlessly blending with the venue’s ambiance. Inessa and her team’s pièce de résistance was a striking tree made of fringe and crystal strands, becoming an attention-grabbing centerpiece in the ballroom. The tabletop design featured a curated collection of mixed glassware, napkins, flatware, and dinnerware, courtesy of Jenny from Wild Heart Events. The centerpiece embraced the volcanic inspiration, boasting bronze amaranthus intertwined with smoke bush, piercing king protea, and lady slipper orchids. Delightful candles added sparkle and whimsy to the overall table design.

Seamless Collaboration

The team of vendors worked harmoniously, resulting in an exquisite end product. The venue staff and event coordinator played a pivotal role, offering unwavering support and accommodation throughout the planning process and the shoot itself. The collaborative spirit fostered an atmosphere of creativity and ensured the shoot’s success.

The Photographer’s Perspective

When asked about her favorite part of the shoot, Jess of Cheers Babe Photo couldn’t contain her excitement, exclaiming, “I honestly love it all!” Witnessing the couple interact with the meticulously styled spaces was a particularly cherished moment for her. Seeing their joy and connection brought to life within the carefully crafted atmosphere was a testament to the hard work and dedication poured into the shoot.

The styled wedding shoot in Palm Springs, orchestrated by Inessa Nichols and captured by Jess of Cheers Babe Photo, modeled the essence of a modern and stylish celebration. From the volcanic-inspired ceremony backdrop to the funky tropical reception design, every element showcased the team’s creativity and attention to detail. With a collaborative effort and an eye for unique aesthetics, this styled shoot serves as a source of inspiration for couples seeking a fun and chic wedding experience. Palm Springs has once again proven its ability to inspire and captivate, creating unforgettable moments in the desert oasis.

Vendors: Concept, Design & Florals: Inessa Nichols Design; Photography: Cheers Babe Photo; Coordination & Planning: Wild Heart Events; Venue: Desert Island Country Club; Hair & Makeup: Diva Borrelli; Dresses and Accessories: La Soie Bridal; Tux & Accessories: Friar Tux; Tabletop Rentals & Napkins: Catalog Atelier; Linens: Signature Party Rentals; Model Agency: Hello Gorgeous Models

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