Laid Back Ace Hotel Palm Springs Wedding: Alana + Tyler

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Alana + Tyler are easygoing music-lovers from New York City who wanted their wedding day to be fun + carefree and represent who they are + the things they love most. It didn’t take them long to decide to throw a super rad destination wedding at one of their favorite getaway spots: The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs! Here’s more from Alana about how they really made their day their own:

We see a lot of live music together + are big fans of the hip decor at the Ace, so these two things became the inspiration for our big day. It was important for us to have everyone hanging out together, and the pool at the Ace was the perfect answer for this. We started the day with a morning bike ride followed by ample pool time with our guests before we had to get ready. 

We didn’t have a formal wedding party. Our nieces + nephew were our “groupies” who walked down the aisle with signs that said “Here Comes Bean”. Bean is Tyler’s nickname for me and that sign was a surprise to him (he thought it would say “the bride”). The kids wore t-shirts just like the t-shirts worn by Ace staffers. Putting the kids in t-shirts not only ensured they would be comfortable but it also drove home our casual vibe since we urged guests to leave their jackets and ties at home.

I know this wedding is going to inspire you guys BIG time! I’m super in love with so many of the playful design elements, like the perfectly stocked guest welcome bags + the amazing record DJ backdrop built by Beau & Arrow Events. And huge thanks to Honey Honey Photography for sharing these gorgeous images with us today!

anemone bouquet

welcome wedding bag

welcome wedding bag

heart shaped bridesmaids

tuxedo

bow tie

funky kid signs

ceremony program

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white balloons

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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polaroid seating chart


We set the tone with a vinyl record invitation. It was untraditional and unique. Then each of our guest tables represented one of our favorite bands with original poster designs by Yes, Dear Studio. Escort cards were different black and white polaroid photos of those bands and that’s how guests found their tables. The Band of Horses poster used an Aztec print that really resonated with the decor of the Ace so we used this print throughout all the paper elements. Instead of a guest book, we had guests sign a “band poster” personalized for our wedding which was inspired from an LCD Soundsystem poster.

polaroid seating chart

record backdrop

wedding games

wood dinner menu

table setting

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ace hotel wedding

ace hotel wedding

table numbers

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How perfect is the floral design by Root 75?!

blue vases

bottle vases

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ace hotel dessert bar

wedding pies

Processional: Where Is My Mind (piano cover) – The Pixies

Recessional: Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley

First Dance: Hysteric (acoustic version) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Congratulations, Alana + Tyler! We wish you all  the best!

photography: Honey Honey Photography // venue: Ace Hotel Palm Springs, California // event designer: Beau & Arrow Events // floral designer: Root 75 // dj: The Flashdance // equipment rentals: YEAH! Rentals // tuxedo + men’s attire: Dolce & Gabbana // dress store: J. Crew // linens + coverings: La Tavola Linen // equipment rentals: MOSS Vintage Rentals // paper goods: Sam Griffin // videography: Son of Sharkpig // invitation designer: Yes, Dear Studio // makeup artist: Amy Clarke Makeup Artistry // hair stylist: Lady Dianna Hair

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryThe Flashdance and YEAH! rentals are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Indie Portland Elopement: Kari + Brian

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Since we shared info about the Runway Pop-Up Wedding with you lovelies this morning, we thought it would be fun to highlight a rad Portland elopement, photographed by Kate Harrison, this afternoon! Kari + Brian love their city for its unassuming style, relaxed atmosphere and creative artisans, so when it came time to plan their small, intimate wedding they knew they wanted to celebrate their love locally and utilize as many Portland vendors as possible. It’s evident these two really thought through each element of their day + made it a point to include things that were meaningful to them + represent who they are together. Here’s more from Kari about some of their local vendors:

My one of a kind dress, made from men’s sweatshirt material, was made by local designer (and now friend), Alexa Stark; my bouquet and Brian’s boutonniere were designed by local ecoflorist (friend of a friend), Emerald Petals; and most meaningful of all, Brian himself, artist and craftsman of many mediums, made our rings out of Damascus steel, with the help of his father, Mastersmith Bruce Bump. We chose a courthouse ceremony for simplicity, affordability, and because it worked well with our urban-themed celebration. We wanted to enjoy one of the local hotels that we rarely, as locals, have an excuse to stay in. We selected the Ace Hotel for its quintessential Portland upcycled vintage style and because they have record players in the rooms, our favorite way to listen to music…

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portland wedding

portland wedding

handmade wedding dress

portland wedding

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portland wedding


Since the Ace was less than a mile from the courthouse, it allowed us to use pedicabs (bike-drawn carriages) as transportation to the ceremony for our entire wedding party!

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portland wedding

portland wedding

portland wedding

portland wedding

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handmade wedding dress

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portland wedding

portland wedding

portland wedding

portland wedding

It was difficult to identify a most memorable moment, because the whole day was so lovely. But Brian and I agree that if we had to chose one, it would be once we were all settled at the table in Clyde Common, right up against a huge window, and the respite of rain that had miraculously sparred us throughout our urban trek to and from the courthouse, gave way to a down pour. Nothing like the beauty of a powerful spring rain in Portland when you are inside a charming space, surrounded by loved ones, and about to ingest spectacular food and drink!

portland wedding

portland wedding

portland wedding

Do what YOU want. The day is for you and about you. And you can totally have a special, beautiful day without spending a ridiculous amount of money. Being creative is a big part of the fun of it all!

photographer: Kate Harrison Photography // pre-ceremony location: Ace Hotel Portland, Oregon // wedding dress: Alexa Stark // floral designer: Emerald Petals // ceremony location: Multnomah County Courthouse // transportation: Portland Wedding Pedicabs

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DIY: Indigo Dyed Fabric

DIY Indigo Dyed Fabric

Did you guys love the indigo fabrics from the Runaway Pop Up Elopement event we shared this morning? I know I totally did (yep, indigo is one of my colors I’m a bit obsessed with currently!) So, we asked Tori of Sitting in a Tree who created these gorgeous fabrics along with Jamie from Rad + In Love for some tips on how we could create similar fabrics ourselves. Fabrics like this would be perfect for a backdrop (as they were used in the elopements) or maybe a tablecloth for a dessert table or backdrop for a photo booth – endless possibilities!

You can pick up this indigo dye online. Then arm yourself with rubber gloves, some buckets, and a nice clothesline (ideally) where you can spread out the project to dry. It’s pretty messy, depending how big your fabric is, so be prepared!

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There are tons of options on how to dye. If you are looking for a traditional shibori method (a lot of what you are seeing in stores at the moment), we suggest a quick little tutorial online for how to tie and bind your fabric using sticks, rocks and boards to create pattern. We did a little of both – the other option being more a tie dye route where you use rubber bands to randomly secure and twist the fabric.

The indigo takes several dips in the dye bath to reach that deep blue color – so you actually dip it several times in the process (whichever way you decide to tie off your fabric) and then let it come out for air and to breath and oxidize. It will be a light green color and then slowly turn as it reaches air. You then continue to dip it – anywhere from 5-12 times depending on your patience level and what you are trying to achieve. It’s not as quick as your standard tie dying process.

After you’ve finished dipping your fabrics, you hose them off and open them up to air dry and watch them transform into little pieces of art. We used everything from old/stained baby clothes, to cotton and muslin blankets that were white or cream in color, to polyester dresses. They all turned out different, with the cotton and muslin taking the dye best!

So, here’s a quick step by step run down:

1. Mix your dye
2. Tie off your fabric
3. Rinse with water to saturate your fabric
4. Dip in the indigo dye
5. Take out, let it oxide a bit
6. Repeat some dips in the indigo for variation and depth of color
7. Rinse off and untie
8. Enjoy your creations!

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So, I know I’m ready to dye a bunch of things indigo! Kind of loving the idea of dying some baby clothes! :) If anyone decides to try their hand at indigo dying, we’d love to see your results! Please share any of your DIY photos with us on Instagram and use the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY. Happy Crafting!

Thanks to Rad + In Love for the photos

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