Red Rock Wedding Portrait Session

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The stunning desert landscape of the Southwest served as the perfect backdrop for Jessica + Stephen’s effortlessly beautiful wedding portraits, captured by Gideon Photography. Proving that sometimes simplicity is best, all this session needed was a delicately handmade wedding dress, a sweetly hued textural bouquet + an adorable couple, who is madly in love!  I’ll let Jessica share the sweet story of how they met:

Stephen + I have known each other for a long time. We grew up in the same town, went to the same high school, had all the same friends, even sat by each other in a few classes + wrote secret notes to one another. Stephen is my older brother’s age; he was the boy everyone had a crush on. Including me. But our love story didn’t start there. After he graduated, stephen moved away to college + served an LDS mission, so after three years of not seeing one another, our paths crossed again. I was going to a friend’s house + knew that Stephen was going to be there. I was so nervous I didn’t even say hi to him! He jokes that “I had him at no-hello.” After that night we spent four seasons becoming best friends, trying new things, finding adventure, studying our way through college, + falling deeply in love.

first look

first look

red rock groomal

red rock bride

red rock groomal

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red rock groomal

red rock groomal

red rock groomal

red rock groomal

red rock groomal

red rock bouquet

bridal hair piece

red rock groomal

red rock groomal

rings

red rock groomal

red rock groomal

red rock groomal


These two are all smiles in this sweet video by NP Films! I just love it.


Big congrats to the happy couple! We wish you the very best!

photography: Gideon Photography // floral designer: Bloomers // videography: NP Films // dress designer: Illume Gowns // location: Snow Canyon State Park St. Geroge, Utah

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Carmen Santorelli Photography

Carmen Santorelli Photography

If you are searching for a wedding photographer with a classic + beautiful filmic style, let me introduce you to the very talented Carmen Santorelli! Filled with artistic details + thoughtful candids, Carmen’s work is at once romantic, self-assured and feminine. Based in NYC, but recently relocated to Southern California, Carmen remains bi-coastal with offices in California and New York, and is also available for world-wide travel.

And for some of my favorite images from Carmen…

Carmen Santorelli Photography

Carmen Santorelli Photography

Carmen Santorelli Photography

Carmen Santorelli Photography


So gorgeous, right?! And as a special incentive just for GWS readers, Carmen Santorelli is waiving travel fees for weddings within the US booked before September 1st! Just mention that you found Carmen on GWS. :)

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Modern, Romantic Palm Springs Wedding: Jenny + Dina

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I’m pretty much head over heels with today’s gorgeous desert wedding, held at the iconic + beautiful Parker Palm Springs Hotel! The Parker is a wildly magical backdrop for a wedding; an oasis-like retreat landscaped by lush desert foliage + giant palm trees and filled with Jonathan Adler mid century modern decor – perfect for Jenny + Dina since they both have a deep appreciation for design + nature. From the intimate feel of their circular ceremony, to the colorful, modern tablescape details, not only is there a lot to be inspired by, but it’s evident there was so much meaning behind each decision this couple made. More about their story from Jenny:

From what I look like you’d think that I was planning my wedding since birth. I’m a girly girl who loves fashion, gushy love stories and lives in a state of hopeless romanticism. I truthfully never fantasized about getting married though – that is until I met someone I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. As a gay woman when my peers were moving into the marriage phase, I resolved that this was not an option for me – especially since it literally was (at the time) illegal. But the more I fell in love followed by the changing marriage laws in NY State, suddenly this not-so-important life experience became everything. Dina wasn’t so quick to the alter either. In our early years of dating she declared that marriage was off the table. But as the tides slowly shifted, she agreed to look inward and figure out exactly what her hold up was. We both did a lot of soul searching before deciding to move forward. We needed to have a deeper understanding of what this commitment meant and not just get married because it’s socially prescribed. So alas…we reached our conclusion and for us it held more meaning due to the journey we went on to get there.

Thank you so much to Sarah Yates of Birds of a Feather for the incredibly gorgeous images and congratulations to Jenny + Dina!

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pink bouquet

first look

first look

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brides


I really love their beautiful Chuppah, decorated with peonies + protea!

chuppah

parker palm springs wedding

The ceremony was my most favorite - I never walked down the aisle, I must have floated. Moving into Dina's arms felt like locking in a final puzzle piece and vowing my commitment to her were the most important words to ever leave my lips. There was not a cloud in the open blue sky, the mountains landscaped behind us, we were hand in hand surrounded by everything that truly mattered - it was pure beauty.

parker palm springs wedding

parker palm springs wedding

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ceremony kiss

parker palm springs wedding

parker palm springs wedding

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parker palm springs wedding

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modern palm springs wedding

parker palm springs wedding


And their wedding video by Brian Morrow of Shark Pig is definitely a must-watch!

Dina and I were able to create an experience that made sense for us. If I were to pass along any nuggets of wisdom to fellow brides it would be to stay true to yourself when preparing this next step. Relationships are not a one size fits all and nor should the wedding be. Celebrate and express your uniqueness and individuality so that this moment becomes a testament to who you both are and imprint on your soul forever.

venue: The Parker Palm Springs Palm Springs, California //  event design, planning + florals: Artisan Events // photography: Birds of a Feather, Sarah Yates // videography: Brian Morrow from Shark Pig // rabbi: Rabbi Brian Mayer // hair + make-up: Symmetry Beauty by Nyrie Aitken // invitations: Village Invites // reception music: The Flashdance with Smiles Davis //  ceremony music: The Peter Pupping Band // bride’s dress: Cymbeline // bride’s shoes: J.Crew // bride’s earrings: Miguel Ases // bride’s flower hair wreath: Artisan Events // dina’s shirt, pant + sash: custom made by jussara lee // dina’s shoes: Prada // dina’s eyewear: Moscot

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