Desert Oasis Elopement in Palm Springs: Jaimie + Ryan

Desert Oasis Elopement

Jaimie + Ryan are a stylish couple from Toronto, Canada who decided to run off to the desert and elope in Palm Springs! The day before they were going to get married there was a huge storm (rare for So Cal, let us tell ya!) but the day they tied the knot it was sunny + perfect – totally meant to be! They exchanged their vows in the Coachella valley and then ran all around the desert taking photos and enjoying being newlyweds. Exactly what an elopement is all about!

Sarah + Drew of Piece of Cake Elopements helped put their amazing day together, from marrying them to helping with the florals + details! And the lovely Samantha Arroyo captured it all to perfection. Go team!

ASOS wedding dress

ace hotel first look

Desert Oasis Elopement

ASOS wedding dress

Desert Oasis Elopement

Desert Oasis Elopement

Desert Oasis Elopement

Desert Oasis Elopement

So why’d they decide to elope? Jaimie tells us, We decided on eloping for a couple of reasons, really. First, we wanted to do something inexpensive. The idea of spending tens of thousands of dollars on a wedding made us break out in hives. But, second, we still wanted to do something special and memorable and romantic.

Desert Oasis Elopement

Desert Oasis Elopement

A breezy ASOS dress was perfect for the laid-back occasion.

Ace Hotel Portraits

Ace Hotel Portraits

Ace Hotel Portraits

Desert Oasis Elopement

flower wall

surprise

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Ryan: After the ceremony, back at our hotel, I surprised Jaimie with an acoustic duo to play our song so we could have our first dance. The entire patio area of our suite was decorated, our dessert bar was set up, the fire was roaring… and the duo playing our song made an already perfect day even more perfect. Plus it made Jaimie cry, which is great ammunition for future poking fun.

dancing

hanging airplants

drinks

protea centerpiece

bar cart for dessert

bar cart for dessert

flower wall

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Get a planner. Dear god, get a planner. It’s shocking how much time, effort, and work still goes into planning an “easy” elopement. I put “easy” in quotes because it’s far from easy. Especially if you’re planning a destination elopement. Having someone there on the ground for you is invaluable. In the Palm Springs area, we highly recommend our planners, Sarah and Drew at Piece of Cake Elopements!

Get a good photographer. And make sure they take lots and lots of pictures. Especially if you’re doing a no family, no friends, just-the-two-of-us elopement. For us, we found it easier for our friends and family to forgive us for not inviting them because we had a ton of great photos to distract them with.

photography: Samantha Arroyo // planning + design: Piece of Cake Elopements // venue: Ace Hotel Palm Springs, California // wedding dress: ASOS // florals: My Little Flower Shop, Palm Springs // music: Jo Nagle and Michael Sherry of the band ‘Time and the Dragon’

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