Colorful Retro-Inspired Palm Springs Wedding: Nicole + Jon

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Nicole + Jon didn’t just want your typical wedding – they wanted a low-key weekend getaway for their friends + family. Once that idea was set, they based all of their planning decisions off of the notion of simply having a good time. Everything from their poster-sized invite (designed by Jon!) to the giant balloons, colorful tassels, and the hand-planted centerpieces, were all a fun reflection of the things they love. And the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs was the perfect spot for everyone to relax + enjoy, not only just the wedding celebration, but a memorable weekend together! Wedding weekends for the win, right? Such a great idea if your situation allows!

Thanks so much to Angela Marklew of Fstop Inertia for the lovely photos + big congrats to Nicole + Jon!

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As a graphic design fan, I’m pretty obsessed with all the design details Jon designed for the day – especially their poster invite which he created in 3 colors (gold, blue + red). So rad, right?! Wait until you see the reception space…

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Processional: Pachelbel's Canon in D

Recessional: All you Need is Love – The Beatles

First Dance: Your Love is Forever – Band of Horses (George Harrison Cover)

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The most memorable moment took me by surprise – our officiant added a short and beautiful Apache blessing into our ceremony and it really tied the whole thing together. After focusing so much on the reception and planning, I'd almost forgotten that the ceremony is the whole point and is the most special part of the evening. She thought that the blessing would fit with our low key and intimate vibe, and she was spot on.

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The reception space had just the right amount of retro flair + worked in details to represent the couple’s shared loved of music. Oh, and did you see those super fun YES tote bags? Big YES to those!

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There are a few things that I feel we did right – hire a coordinator. Hire a good one that you get good vibes from. I interviewed like 8 planners until I found the one I clicked best with. It's worth every penny and then some to wake up on your wedding day and not have one single logistical thing to take care of! All I had to do was pop the champagne. Next, pick a few things that are important to you to splurge on and save on everything else. It's one day. It's an important day, yes, but it's one day. Honestly, there's nothing I wish I'd spent more or less on. Lastly, know that it will go by faster than you can imagine and it's such a shame because you'll want to relive it over and over again. But I guess that's the sign of a fun wedding!

photographer: Angela Marklew of Fstop Inertia // venue + catering: Ace Hotel Palm Springs Palm Springs, California // coordinator: Twine Events // personal flowers: Twig & Twine // centerpieces: Friends and Family // stationery: the Groom // printers: Save the Dates by Laughing Owl Press; invitation posters by Fleaheart // ceremony musicians: Andromeda Strings // dj: Jonathan, DJ Sense of Dash Entertainment // cake: Over The Rainbow Cupcakes // officiant: Sallie Albertina // gown: Elizabeth Fillmore, from Gabriella New York // bridesmaid dresses: BL Couture // bridesmaids hair: Jose Neira Brides Parker // bride’s hair: Maryellen Kay, from Jose Eber Salon // groom’s tux: Hugo Boss // brides shoes: Zara

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryDash Entertainment is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Hair Tutorial: Loose Halo Braid

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Today’s hair tutorial is a super dreamy halo braid from Amanda Gros and shot by Austin Gros. We love the loose braid effect + swooped around to create a crown of hair is super fun idea for your wedding day!

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1. Part hair down the center back to make two sections.

2. Starting on whichever side you would like, grab a one inch vertical section of hair and divide it into three sections with your fingers – this will be the start of your braid.

3. Start braiding your hair in a Dutch Braid to create the illusion that you draped a braid over your hair. Only braid the first section – do not bring pieces of hair from the second section.

Tip: if you want hair strands out of the braid for a more natural look, this is the time when you would simply just leave them out of the braiding process.

4. When you have completed braiding the first section of hair continue onto the second section of hair until you run into the start of the first section braid. If you have any extra hair left simply braid the rest until you get to the end of the strand.

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5. Secure the end of the extra braid with a clear elastic and drape right above the braid and pin to secure. Once everything is secured, tug at the crown of your hair and at the braid to achieve a more natural loose updo.

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Super gorgeous right? And we love that it was paired with a dreamy Crista Hooven gown! Thanks to Austin Gros for the photos, and Amanda Gros for the tutorial + makeup!

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Bridal Fashion Inspiration from Spain

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Have you ever found yourself wondering about popular bridal fashion from other countries? Um, we know we have! So as soon as this absolutely gorgeous styled shoot came in from Nieves Álvarez and Cecilia Álvarez-Hevia, who are located in Spain, we were immediately smitten + excited to share it with you guys! Filled with the most beautiful boho-inpsired gowns from OTADUY, paired with super pretty accessories from Tocados Le Touquet, we’re sure all of you fearless + stylish brides-to-be will take a thing or two from this fun editorial + make it your own!

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Be sure to check back shortly because we are sharing a gorgeous hair tutorial for a loose halo braid, kind of like this one!

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spain bridal fashion

spain bridal fashion

spain bridal fashion

spain bridal fashion

spain bridal fashion

spain bridal fashion

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So what kind of brides are Nieves + Cecilia’s dream clients? According to Cecilia, Women who may have the irreverence of Penny Lane, the elegance of Jacky Kenndy or the glamour of Audrey Hepburn, but above all, the uniqueness of herself. We definitely agree! A bride with her own style, not willing to be influenced by anyone else is unmatched in our book!

Big thanks to the talented creatives below for sharing this gorgeous bridal inspiration with us today!

photography: Nieves Álvarez and Cecilia Álvarez-Hevia // styling: Cecilia Álvarez-Hevia Arias from Días de Vino y Rosas // hair: Barbara from Barbareando // makeup: Reyes Tabarés // production: Juan Coto Torrecillas // hair accessories: Tocados Le Touquet // dresses: OTADUY // complements: La Merced 3, King’s Road, Queens Handmade // location: Ewan Surf House

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