This Couple's Wedding in Palm Springs Incorporated Jewish Traditions and Thoughtful Speeches

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Jenny Quicksall

Casey and Ryan met in May 2015; they were hanging out with mutual friends at a sports bar in Los Angeles, and although he didn't call her for a few months after they exchanged digits, she decided to give him a shot anyway when he finally did. Four years later, the couple was driving down the Pacific Coast Highway when Ryan told Casey he needed to make a pitstop. He took her to the bluffs in the Palisades where they found a picnic set up with pillows, blankets, and Champagne. Ryan had coordinated with Casey's sisters and friends to pull off a thoughtful proposal. Afterwards, they celebrated at Ryan's family home with friends, family, more bubbly, and Casey's favorite Italian food.

The couple originally planned their wedding for May 2021, and ended up postponing it to September; they asked guests to be vaccinated or get tested ahead of their party. Although a few loved ones couldn't make it at the very last minute, the couple ultimately hosted 140 guests at their Palm Springs wedding. They chose Parker Palm Springs; it was only a few hours outside of Los Angeles, still felt like a destination. "I wanted the wedding to feel like a weekend getaway," Casey says. "An experience that our guests would remember and enjoy, not just because of our big day, but because it was one of the first times everyone would be getting together since the beginning of COVID."

Although dealing with the uncertainty of the pandemic caused some anxiety throughout the planning process, Casey leaned on her expertise as an interior designer and hired her friends Katie and Erica of Two Hearts Events to personalize every last detail. The pair also hired Christy and Chelsea from Hello Gem as their coordinators; they helped manage the timelines. "I couldn't have done it without the help of all these lovely ladies," Casey says. And though they didn't opt for a set theme, the bride and groom used the hotel's Hollywood-glam aesthetic as inspiration for the big-day design.

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Embossed Details

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The couple's letter-pressed invitations featured the couple's monogram, which was used throughout the big-day signage and paper for a touch of personalization. The suite also featured an embossed breeze block border as a nod to the statement wall at the entrance of the Parker Palm Springs.

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Satin Sweetheart

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Casey worked with bridal stylist Samantha at The Bold and Bridal to curate a cohesive bridal look. "She helped me determine which type of wedding dress would look good on my body and where to go based on how I wanted to feel on the most important day of my life," Casey says. When Samantha suggested Galia Lahav, she fell in love with the "Anna" gown. The silk satin dress featured a structured bodice and off-the-shoulder straps. "The material felt like butter, but the slit was way too high for me, so we decided to customize it and make it lower," Casey says—though she's glad she didn't lower the slit too much, because it ended up being a 110-degree day. Casey held a loose bouquet of mostly garden roses and dahlias in shades of ivory, blush, and pale yellow.

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Navy Tuxedo

groom in a custom dark blue tuxedo paired with a textured white shirt, black studs, and matching cufflinks
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Ryan donned a custom dark blue tuxedo paired with a textured white shirt, black studs, and matching cuff links. He wore a Tom Ford bow tie and Santoni shoes to complete his look.

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Champagne 'Maids

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Casey's bridesmaids wore champagne-hued dresses from Reformation, while her sisters, the maids of honor, stepped into satin numbers from Frame & Partners.

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Touch of Contrast

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The groomsmen rented classic black tuxedos from The Black Tux, allowing Ryan to stand out in blue.

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Moments with Dad

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Casey shared a first look with her father as soon as she was ready. "I presented him with a book that I made him filled with photos and family memories, which brought the tears," she says.

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Simply the Best

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"Ryan's reaction was my favorite," Casey says of the pair's first look. "He said, 'I think this is the best dress you have ever worn.' It was so pure and cute coming from him."

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Coral and Black

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The duo's ceremony took place on the lawn, surrounded by palm trees and lush greenery. The wedding's color palette—coral, matte black, white, and green—could be seen throughout the space's florals and décor. Black framed chairs flanked the aisle, and lush arrangements were placed on either side of the entrance.

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The Chuppah

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Their chuppah featured a fringed canopy made from embossed silk. Large floral installations anchored the base of the structure; blooms looked as if they were growing up the sides.

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The Bride's Entrance

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Casey was accompanied by both her mother and her father as she walked down the aisle to LANY's "ILYSB."

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The Vows

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The bride's uncle officiated the couple's ceremony and included some traditional Jewish elements; they broke a glass, sipped the wine, and shared a few prayers. The duo wrote their own vows; Casey made sure to poke fun at Ryan's passion for his real estate work in her promises, which got a big laugh from guests (many of whom work with him!). The couple chose Aloe Black's "All Love Everything" for the recessional.

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Spritz and Sit

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Ryan and Casey created an escort board affixed with Aperol spritz cocktails served in Champagne flutes; they were paired with escort carts on a sign that read "Spritz & Sit."

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On-Palette Guest

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A best-dressed guest enjoyed one of the sips during the cocktail hour.

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Live Music and Good Drinks

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During the interlude, guests enjoyed a live guitarist and two signature drinks. The "Parker Margarita" was a classic margarita with a lime wedge, and the "Main Squeeze" was a vodka drink with orange juice and a fruit slice. Passed appetizers included spicy tuna tacos, baby artichoke heart crostinis, and mini croissants with spicy pork.

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Into the Ballroom

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Casey and Ryan hosted their reception inside the hotel's ballroom, where coffered ceilings, uplighting, floor-to-ceiling windows, and crystal chandeliers created a grand ambience. A mix of round tables and long tables were set up around the white dance floor.

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Calm Settings

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Place settings included blush chargers, white plates, and pale pink napkins. Each table was dressed in textured linens in an oatmeal shade; cutlery featured white handles. "Everything from the table settings to the flowers and the music just felt like Ryan and I as a couple," Casey says.

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Punchy Centerpieces

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Each table held a few low centerpieces in differing styles. They incorporated bright dahlias, roses, and cascading veronica flowers.

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In 3D

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Table numbers were displayed on small wooden boards with 3D lettering.

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The Toasts

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After guests enjoyed a delicious dinner and danced to the live band for a while, the couple's closest loved ones shared speeches. "My favorite part of the wedding, in general, was listening to all of our friends and family's speeches and toasts," Casey says. "Having everyone that we love from all over the country together for the first time was so memorable, especially in the context of the pandemic."

The couple spent their honeymoon in Maui. To those currently planning their wedding, Casey suggests speaking up when you need to: "This is your only wedding, so be kind, but don't try to do everything yourself or not express yourself for fear of being a pain."

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Photography, Jenny Quicksall
Venue and Catering, Parker Palm Springs
Event Design, Two Hearts Event Design
Event Coordination, Hello Gem Events
Videography, Amari Productions
Flowers, Siren Floral Co
Invitations, Fla-de-Dahs
Paper Products, Wild House Ink
Bride's Gown and Veil, Galia Lahav
Bridal Stylist, The Bold and Bridal
Bride's Jewelry, XIV Karats
Bride's Shoes, Stuart Weitzman
Bride's Hair, Lauren Burke
Bride's Makeup, Hailey Hoff
Groom's Attire, Tom Ford; Santoni
Bridesmaids' Dresses, Reformation
Maids of Honor's Dresses, Fame and Partners
Groomsmen's Attire, The Black Tux
Music, Dart Collective
Rentals, Signature Party Rentals; Found Rentals; Bright Event Rentals; High Colorful Dance Floors; Classic Photo Booths

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