Playful Mid-Century Palm Springs Wedding: Rachel + Michael

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Mid-Century modern lovers, you’re going to be so inspired by today’s playful Palm Springs wedding, captured by Lauren Scotti Photography + hosted at Casa Verona, a super rad vacation rental sourced through Room ServiceRachel + Michael have always loved mid-century design – it’s reflected in their clothing + style as well as the decor of their home, so it only seemed natural to incorporate their passion into their wedding by infusing the day with lots of clean-lined periodic design elements + fun patterns and colors, reflective of the mid-century era. And being sure to let the desert location shine through, they were able to craft a day that was a true reflection of all of their favorite things. Here’s more from the newlyweds:

Overall we wanted the wedding to have a low key cocktail party vibe….this was basically the most important party we would ever throw! We wanted good food (a Korean taco truck), good drinks (made by our talented friend who happens to be a bartender) and a great time (what is better than a pool party???). We paid for the wedding ourselves so most of the day was DIY. Anything we could possibly make, we did – including the napkins!

Congratulations, Rachel + Michael – thanks for sharing your day with us!

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Loving the bridesmaid’s punchy Asos dresses!

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palm springs wedding

palm springs wedding

Processional: Colorblind – Counting Crows

Recessional: Anything Can Happen – Ellie Golding

First Dance: Le Temps de L'amour – Francoise Hardy

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We had a feeling someone might try to throw us in the pool after the last dance, so we prepared by putting our bathing suits on under our clothes. So when the dance ended we started underdressing on the dance floor and then jumped into the pool together! It was so much fun and once the pool party started we could really settle down and enjoy all of our hard work.

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Rachel made all of the centerpieces herself, using a textural mix of cactus, banksia, eucalyptus, dahlia + more!

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Take your time. There are so many decisions and if you take time to figure out what you really want it will be so worth it. Pinterest can be overwhelming, so take it in moderation. Focus on what is important and share the process with each other. That way on the big day you can be proud of something you both created together. And never pay full retail price! With a little extra time you can always find a sale or make something yourself :)

photography: Lauren Scotti Photography // venue: Casa Verona Palm Springs, California - rental from Room Service // event design + planning: bride – Modern Amity // day of coordinator: Tessa Stephenson // floral design: bride - Modern Amity // wedding dress: Watters  // shoes: Vivienne Westwood  // bridesmaid dresses: Asos // makeup: Beth Diamond // hair: Lauren Mesa // groom suit: Burberry  // paper goods: Minted // catering: Calbi Truck // drinks: Nick Settle // cake: Hot Cakes Bakes // music: Joel Barrientos

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Vintage Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

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Today’s styled shoot is a fun combination of two of my favorite styles – boho, with lots of gorgeous vintage touches! Conceptualized, planned + photographed by the talented Vicki Grafton (with the styling help of Megan at Petitely Blog), you’re sure to be inspired by all of the lovely, free-spirited details incorporated throughout. I’m super in love with the mis-matched ceremony seating brought in by Bella Villa, hand-lettered signage by Meant to Be Calligraphy and gorgeous floral design by Petals and Hedges. And so many of these pretty design ideas could easily inspire the styling of your backyard soiree,  fun barn wedding, or anywhere you plan to host your vintage-inspired boho celebration…

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mismatched ceremony chairs

mismatched ceremony chairs

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For you Virginia brides looking for a rustic, outdoor venue, this shoot took place at LaMontagne, a historic farm located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains…

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bohemian inspiration

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Totally in love with the idea of a fresh flower belt! And it looks amazing adorning this pretty Sarah Seven frock.

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And seriously, Petals and Hedges knocked it out of the park with their incredible floral design. From the bouquet, to the floral crown, to the accent arrangements + lush table garland, I’m swooning over each + every gorgeous bloom!

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calligraphy seating chart

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mismatched dinner chairs

blue napkins

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Thank you so much to the following creatives for inspiring us with their talents today!

photography, planning + design concept: Vicki Grafton Photography // paper styling, concept + design assistant: Megan Soh at Petitely Blog // florals + vintage truck: Petals and Hedges // furniture, vintage decor, glassware: Bella Villa // vintage dishes: Something Vintage Rentals // oil lanterns, hanging lanterns, flatware + candle sticks: Vintage Affairs // hair: Hair by Giselle // hair pieces: Emmy Ray Designs // makeup: Jan Scott // calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy // dresses: Sarah Seven via Soliloquy Bridal Couture // groom’s attire + shoes: Zara and H&M // bridal shoes: Apology Accepted via Seychelles Footwear and Klub Nico Sandles // cake: Cake Panache // venue: LaMontagne

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Rustic-Meets-Modern Mountain Wedding: Alli + Nick

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Alli + Nick’s woodsy mountain wedding is total proof that you don’t need to have a big budget to have an absolutely gorgeous day! This inventive couple DIY’d so many fun elements, which kept costs down + gave their day a personal spin. Inspired by vintage posters, they designed all of their own paper goods, and because their last name is Cherry, their escort cards + favors were jars of homemade cherry jam. And just wait until you see the super fun boutonnieres they hand-crafted for the fellas – definitely a fave! :) Here’s more from Alli about the day:

Nick and I are very different, but we are good compliments of each other. We made the wedding about both of us by juxtaposing the rustic elements of the outdoor venue with the simple + modern decor we made. We’ve always wanted a (semi) destination wedding. When we found the Quiet Creek Inn in Idyllwild, California, we completely fell in love with it. It felt far away, although it’s only about an hour from Palm Springs in the San Jacinto Mountains.

Big thanks to Carly Bish for the stunning photography + congrats to Alli + Nick!

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How gorgeous is Alli?! Her dress is by Free People + with a few alterations, she was able to customize it into the perfect wedding dress!

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The guys’ boutonnieres were made from ‘decapitated’ Pez dispensers glued to striped ribbon – pretty rad right?!

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comic boutonnieres

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ceremony program

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There were so many memorable moments! Our wedding party (and some friends) stayed at our hotel venue the night before the wedding. I remember waking up in the morning and hearing my friends + family setting up the tables and decor. They all worked so hard to help us make our day wonderful! Having their love and support made me feel so calm and loved that morning.

From our actual day, I remember walking down the aisle with my grandpa and feeling like time stood still, crying during my sister's toast, dancing with my new husband, pulling dried lavender out of my hair from our recessional, and dancing the night away to music like the Star Wars "Cantina Song" and The Muppets theme song!

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camp ceremony

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Loving these sweet + happy portraits of the newlyweds in the woods!

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bride and groom

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To decorate the reception tables, Alli + Nick used succulents perched atop large wooden centerpieces, which were salvaged from a fallen tree in Alli’s sister’s backyard. Nick + his dad sanded them down and lacquered them. Alli + Nick now plan on up-cylcing them into side tables for their home!

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Invest in a good photographer! Let's be real -- at the end of the day, flowers die, the cake gets eaten, but your grandkids will look at your wedding photos! Nick + I were on a pretty tight budget -- we didn't think we needed to spend a lot of money to get the intimate outdoor wedding we wanted, but the one thing we really invested in was our photographer, Carly. We were so excited to have her take our photos. She lives in Seattle, but photographs weddings in California often, so the cost was the same if we had hired someone locally. Her images are so beautiful, and I love the way she captures candid moments. I love memory keeping, but I'm not a fan of super posed photos. Carly, along with her fun hubby George, did an amazing job at capturing moments; I really appreciated that about them. They were just AMAZING!

photography + photobooth: Carly Bish Photography // venue: Quiet Creek Inn Idyllwild, California // bride’s dress: Free People (altered) // accessories: Vintage lace belt (belonged to Nick’s aunt), Vintage gold bangle (belonged to Alli’s grandma), veil made by Alli // groom’s attire: Jacket from H&M, pants from PacSun, shoes and tie belonged to Nick’s Uncle // bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie // flowers: purchased from Trader Joe’s, all put together by Alli // paper goods: designed by Alli with help by Nick, inspired by vintage posters // food: The Taco Lady // live band: Manouche Troubadour  // wedding cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop // cake truffles: Nadia’s Truffles // favor jars + lids: Fillmore Container // calligraphy: Beanstalk Loft

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