A Jewel-Toned Vintage Palm Springs Destination Wedding
Kelly and Mike
Kelly and Mike share a small apartment near the ocean in Santa Monica, California, so it’s no surprise that their wedding reflected the comfortable, intimate feel of the place they call home. The pair rented all 55 rooms at The Colony Palms Hotel to accommodate their friends and family, whose addresses span the length of the Golden State, making the Palm Springs location an accessible middle ground for their destination wedding. Plus, the two had their third date at the luxury hotel, and as the saying goes: By the third time, Kelly was charmed. After more than two years of dating, the couple wed on October 26, 2013, among 140 guests. With its Old Hollywood vibe and touches of Moroccan flare, the venue provided the ideal backdrop for Kelly and Mike to tap into their personalities and heritages while still maintaining a cohesive aesthetic.
Kelly wanted her stationery suite to look “gorgeous and glamorous,” so she chose heavy card stock edged in emerald green and dramatic black envelopes addressed with gold calligraphy to accompany the letterpressed invites.
Details for Days
“I was hoping to find a sheath dress,” Kelly said, and that’s exactly what she ended up wearing on the big day. The gown’s sleek, simple front was balanced by an elaborate back.
The Bridal Bouquet
Kelly clutched a bouquet by Brown Paper Design made up of peonies, ranunculus, anemones, jasmine vine, scabiosa, and lavender sprigs. In memory of her dad, the bride attached a piece of his shirt to the arrangement.
In addition to doing a first look in a secluded spot of desert not too far from the hotel, the couple also took portraits together and with their bridal party before the ceremony on the grounds of their wedding venue.
Dressed in Black
The bride asked her six 'maids to wear a LBD of their choosing with a 1930s or 1940s feel.
Mike’s party of six wore Hugo Boss suits and ties.
A white ranunculus boutonniere adorned Mike’s lapel, while the groomsmen sported red ones made from rancunculus, spray roses, and berries.
Pre-Dusk I Do's
After Kelly’s brother walked her down the aisle, Ozan, a mutual friend of the couple and an ordained minister, led the ceremony that included vows penned by the couple and a Turkish prayer.
The couple was all smiles as they walked up the aisle together as husband and wife.
Take a Seat
The bride selected simple black card stock and gold calligraphy for the tented escort cards. A vintage red, black, and gold suzani blanket from eBay played up the table.
Kelly opted to infuse her palette with color using largely burgundy and red flowers in pairings that felt romantic and slightly overgrown, so as not to compete with the hotel’s vibrant decor. Vintage cut glasses housed the arrangements.
The Poolside Party
The reception circled around the pool and the hotel’s Purple Palm restaurant. An old mahogany bar is the restaurant’s finest feature.
A Winning Combination
Kelly called the wedding mood “Hollywood glam meets Turkish exotic,” which may seem like a design challenge to some, but she looked to the venue’s decor and vintage fabrics to shape her gold-and-black palette with glints of deep red, purple, and emerald green. With Turkish roots, Kelly felt a connection with The Purple Palm restaurant because it’s awash in jewel tones and colorful Moroccan tiles. Mike, a poker hobbyist, also fell in sync with the venue because back in the 1930s, a notorious gangster turned the restaurant’s ground floor into a speakeasy and gambling joint.
Dinner Is Served
Gilded magnolia leaves draped over the calligraphed vintage mirror outlining the dinner menu. The main-course offerings included grilled filet mignon, pan-roasted salmon, seasonal vegetables with brown butter, and wild-mushroom risotto.
Arrangements of peonies, scabiosa, dahlias, spray roses, ranunculus, and assorted greenery accented the reception.
Everything in Its Place
Place settings rested atop gold silk dupioni tablecloths amid simple single-bud vases. Each napkin was wrapped in the same paper as the invitation’s envelope liner, and tying in the venue’s beautiful foliage, gold feathers marked each spot.
Chairs with Flair
The backs of the newlyweds’ chairs were decorated with gilded magnolia leaves.
The First Dance
The couple swayed to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” on top of the same vintage Turkish kilim rug that they used to anchor their ceremony site.
This two-tier confection, a chocolate-ganache-and-whipped-cream combination, shared center stage with two other Art Deco-inspired cakes: one carrot cake and the other Nutella hazelnut. The cake trio was the handiwork of Sweet and Saucy Shop.
The sweets table was grounded with bowls of vanilla-bean and chocolate-ganache macarons, all courtesy of Sweet and Saucy Shop. They also offered up chocolate-chip cookies sprinkled with sea salt from M Street Kitchen, the couple’s guilty pleasure of choice. A garland of magnolia leaves festooned the front of the tablecloth.
The blood-orange striped awnings added pizzazz to the poolside dinner, and the water reflected the lights strung overhead. The serene setting didn’t last for long: Guests ended the evening of dining and dancing by diving into the pool!
Photography: Mi Belle Photographers
Location and Catering: The Colony Palms Hotel
Event Planning: The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co.
Flowers: Brown Paper Design
Videography: A Twilight Dawn
Cake and dessert: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Cookies: M Street Kitchen
Music: Carolyn Martinez and Flashdance
Rentals and Lighting: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola
Hair and Makeup: Fiore Beauty