A Celestial-Inspired Wedding in Palm Springs, California
Long distance couldn't keep Ivey and Trevor apart after their relationship began in 2014. They first met in the summer of that year, when an old friend asked Ivey if she could work an event in Seattle, Washington, with Trevor. After hitting it off, Trevor asked if she would want to join him for another event the following weekend—creating an additional chance to get to know her. This inevitably led to more, and before they knew it, they started going the distance, traveling between her home in Seattle and his in Los Angeles for two whole years.
The pair moved in together—they chose Los Angeles as home base—when Ivey started graduate school in the area, and another two years later, they took the next step. "Trevor told me we were going to the opera that evening, so we got all dressed up. He said we had to take a quick stop at the house we just purchased first to take a last-minute measurement for our architect," the bride recalls. As they took in their scenic views from their backyard, Trevor wrapped his arm around Ivey and talk about how excited he was about their new home and future—then dropped down on one knee. "He had a photographer friend hiding to shoot the moment. I was 100 percent caught off guard and had no suspicion he was proposing then! After saying yes, we opened a vintage bottle of Champagne he had waiting at the house," she adds. They capped off the proposal on a yacht that took them up the coast as they dined on a catered meal from their favorite restaurant.
It was only smooth sailing from there as they planned their wedding in Palm Springs, California. They even had the help of a college friend, Kristin Alexander of Esoteric Events, to map out the details for the big day—one of which was selecting their venue, Parker Palm Springs. After falling in love with the space's private garden vibe, they knew it was the one almost immediately. Plus, it could accommodate their family traveling in from around the United States. "Knowing we were having a winter wedding and wanted to be outdoors, we thought Palm Springs would be a good choice for weather," Ivey shares. "We also loved that it was in a desert, since we both were born and grew up in Arizona." When the big day finally arrived on February 8, 2020, they exchanged vows surrounded by over 200 loved ones—and began their journey towards newlywed bliss.
Crisp and Clean
Bourne Paper Co created the couple's wedding invitation suite, which was accented with gold foil stamping and a gold-deckled edging on the top and bottom of the cardstock.
Even though it was the first wedding dress she tried on when she went shopping in New York City, Ivey immediately fell in love with her Rita Vinieris gown. Not only did the ensemble, which featured snowflake-like beading, feel perfect for her winter event, but other members of her family wore the same designer for their own nuptials. It felt meant to be.
Lush and romantic, the bride's bouquet from Honey & Poppies included white blooms, anemones, and greenery (including a tiny thread of ivy vine).
The Perfect Shoes
Ivey opted for a pair of white embellished pumps for her walk down the aisle.
Sticking with a classic and clean look for their winter wedding, Trevor donned a velvet tuxedo by The Black Tux.
Life of the Party
So Close to I Do
The couple shared an exuberant first look ahead of their ceremony. Ivey and Trevor urge other duos to remember what's important during the lead-up to the big day: each other. "Really spend time throughout the planning process to look at your partner and ask for a hug, a lot," Ivey offers. "Everyone is coming together for your love, so feel it. Nothing is too serious—trust it will be how you need it to be."
Grand gestural florals overflowed from Old-World urns, which lined the pathway to the altar.
A Family Affair
The bride walked down the aisle with her father to an instrumental version of "Everything I Wanted" by Billie Eilish, played by a string quartet.
With This Ring
Using their silver-and-gold velvet vow books, the pair read their personal declarations of love to each other.
Two Become One
JP Reynolds oversaw the service and worked with their planner, Kristin Alexander of Esoteric Events, to time their ceremony just so, since Ivey had selected both the date and the time of their nuptials with after consulting an astrology chart. "I told JP that in an ideal universe, we would say 'I do' at 4:55pm. I told him not to time it and that there was no pressure—whatever happens, happens," shares the bride. "Kristin was behind the scenes screen-shotting the world clock to know when we did say 'I do'—and it was exactly at 4:55pm. JP did not have a watch on him, it just worked out that way! Incredible."
Cozy lounge vignettes were accented with vibrant flowers, which matched the silver, gold, and green color palette. They created a welcoming scene as guests entered the cocktail hour space.
One of the duo's signature drinks included a blackberry ginger vodka soda with a rosemary garnish.
Personalized Tarot Readings
Personal tarot card readings, courtesy of Patti Negri, were a major hit during the cocktail hour and reception—and nodded to the bride's passion for astrology.
Right This Way
An oversized seating chart with gilded text directed attendees to their tables.
In the reception tent, tables were covered in neutral cream-colored linens, creating an organic atmosphere during dinner. Simple greenery chandeliers introduced some visual intrigue overhead.
Black taper candles and overflowing compote centerpieces, filled with white blooms, anemones, and greenery, topped each table.
Settings from the Stars
Quartz crystals weighed down place cards; clear, silver-rimmed dishes were topped with circular menus covered in constellations, which nodded to the astrological theme of the evening.
Taking the Mic
As for the couple's reception highlights? They were, hands down, the speeches given by a few of their favorite guys: the men of honor (the bride's brothers) and the best men (the groom's best friends).
Their vanilla and chocolate cake, baked by the catering team at the Parker Palm Springs, was adorned with a simple floral sash to mirror the bride's bouquet.
On the Dance Floor
After they were introduced as husband and wife, the couple shared their first married spin. "We couldn't do our full choreographed dance after seeing how difficult it was to move in my dress," Ivey says. "We decided just to let it all go and just sway together and connect in that moment, instead of focusing on the moves."
Photography, Braedon Flynn
Venue, Parker Palm Springs
Planner, Kristin Alexander of Esoteric Events
Videography, Robert Michael Films & Photography
Florist, Megan Gray of Honey & Poppies
Invitations and Paper Products, Bourne Paper Co
Officiant, JP Reynolds
Bride's Gown, Rita Vinieris
Veil, Toni Federici
Hair and Makeup, 1011
Bridesmaids' Dresses, Jenny Yoo
Groom and Groomsmen's Attire, The Black Tux
Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands, Jean Dousset
Music, The Lucky Devils
Catering and Cake, Parker Palm Springs
Rentals, Signature Party Rentals; Casa De Perrin; Edge; Found; Modest Peach
Lighting, Amber Event Production
Tarot Card Reader, Patti Negri
Dress Alterations, Lara Sims of Folklore Dress Studio