Vintage-Meets-Urban Palm Springs Wedding: Laura + Ken

Ace Hotel wedding

Oh, The Ace. We love it so. And we think it’s so fun how every couple who ties the knot there puts their own personal spin on the setting + makes the place their own. We’ve never seen two of the same, and we’re definitely crushing on Laura + Ken’s vintage-meets-urban celebration! These two had a unique vision for their day: a bit modern, a bit vintage, and a bit bohemian, with a dash of Victorian influences. And they wanted their laid-back personalities and love of music to really shine through. Well, leave it to Beau & Arrow Events to make that happen + then some! Ellen + Kate are the queens of collabs, and once they joined forces with L + K, amazingness ensued!

More about it all from Laura, Having lived in Los Angeles for a number of years, the traffic, grind, and pace of life can take a toll which is why we like to escape a short drive away to the desert on the weekends from time to time. There’s just something about the desert landscape that we both connect to. Because we so often relish our getaways, we decided to make one of our favorite places to run away to, the place where we would get hitched. We loved the quirky, bohemian decor of the Ace and especially loved that all of the events of the wedding (ceremony, drinks, dinner, dancing) could be contained in one area – easy for us and easy for our guests. As for the event itself, we wanted it to reflect our personalities and our passions – low-key and non-fussy, with beautiful music and food that our guests would rave about the next day. 

Big thanks to Hugh Forte for these gorgeous images from the day  + congratulations to Laura + Ken!

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Have you ever seen a better desert-inspired bouquet?! Go, Tend Living, go! So pretty.

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bridesmaids

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Laura: The first look - just remembering the joyous, excited expression on his face as I made my way to him through the desert always makes me tear up. And definitely the moment we took for ourselves after the ceremony. We were able to chow down on a plate of the appetizers and sip on glasses of something bubbly and just allow the moment and magnitude of what we've done sink in and savor it. I'll also never forget piling into the photobooth immediately after and taking our first few photos as husband and wife.

Ken: Easily the most memorable part of the day was the vows. We decided to write our own vows, and I had spent so much time thinking about what I wanted to say to LD and how to express those feelings, that I really hadn't thought much about what it would be like to hear her say something to me. We didn't show each other the vows beforehand, so when she started speaking I went through these waves of emotion which basically went from "These are the most amazing words anyone has ever said about me," to "Keep it together man, you've got to go next and if you're weeping uncontrollably, it's going to be a long ride for everyone," to "Oh my god, I have to go next - I thought I'd written some pretty awesome vows, but how the hell am I going to follow this???" I think something that most people don't realize about LD is that she's an incredible writer - it's a pretty powerful thing to have someone like her articulate their feelings about you even if you thought you already knew.

first look

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Ace Hotel wedding

Ace Hotel wedding


Laura’s look is so up our alley! And, yep, Ken looked pretty great, too! :)

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Ace Hotel ceremony

Ace Hotel ceremony

Ace Hotel ceremony


A succulent + foliage garland = ceremony decor of the very best kind!

airplant garland

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Ace Hotel ceremony

Processional: Emer's Dream – Colm Mac Con Iomaire (Live Version)

Recessional: Sleepy Time – Fialta

First Dance: Hysteric – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Acoustic Version)

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green napkins

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Throughout the reception space, a fun mix of emerald green + rich gold tones juxtaposed succulents, airplants and other local desert naturals.

anemone bud vases

anemone bud vases

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Such a cute shot!

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Laura: So much of what you've probably already heard is true. It's so easy to get swept up in the events and seeing all the people who've traveled from near and far to be with you but it's equally as important to take those moments together to step aside and revel in it. Hire someone to help you and trust their guidance. Roll with the punches. Even though I was wearing flat shoes, I tripped and almost ate it on our walk back down the aisle after the ceremony. It was hilarious, ridiculous, but so very me. Also, my husband, as he has had to time and time again, caught me.

Ken: I heard a couple pieces of advice that I would pass along. First, try to stay together as much as you can throughout the evening - it's really easy to fall into divide-and-conquer social mode since it's hard to see everyone as much as you'd like, but it's good to be able to have the same memories to look back on with your wife/husband so you can share the same moments later. Second, is to make sure to find time to step back with your new spouse and just take it all in. There's a lot of buildup and time spent planning leading into the day, and it's good to take a beat and really see it - it's probably the only time in your life you'll have that many people you love and care about all in one place.

photography: Hugh Forte // venue + catering: Ace Hotel Palm Springs, California // event design + planning: Beau & Arrow Events // floral design: Tend Living // makeup: Amy Clarke // hair: Diana Lucia // paper goods: GoGoSnap // churro bar + cake: Ace Hotel // music: friend // vintage rentals: Found Rentals // linens: La Tavola Linen

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Sweet Anniversary Photos

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Your wedding day is just the beginning of your married life and we love when couples take time to capture their relationship through the years. If you do an anniversary session each year or every 5 years, it’s so fun to capture those memories of your life together like Ryan + Chelsey did. :) This sweet couple hired Zipporah Photography to capture their anniversary and we just love Chelsey’s Temperley London gown and the giant flower wreath created by SOUL flowers. Hopefully this will inspire some of you to capture each year (or at least a few special years!) on film…

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Ryan + Chelsey read letters that they wrote to each other during the session! So sweet. :) 

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Some words of wisdom from the couple :) Be kind to each other. The longer you’re with someone and the closer you get, the easier it is to let your guard down or lash out with the idea that “they’ll love me anyway”. But words are powerful and once you say something, you can’t take it back. So speak to each other with love, think about what you say before you say it. You’ll build better communication and a deeper trust with each other. You love your spouse probably more than anyone else, we don’t want to hurt them but often they take the brunt of it. Being aware of that will help long term and make your day to day life more positive and full of love.

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vintage dark blue plates

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Congrats you two cuties! Wishing you many more years of happiness!

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photography: Zipporah Photography // venue: Houston Station Nashville, Tennessee // florals: SOUL flowers // prop styling: 12th Table // dress: Temperley London from Dress Theory // hair + makeup: Powder room

 

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Organic, Industrial Nashville River Wedding: Paige + Jon Mark

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We’re not sure we could be more in love with Paige + Jon Mark’s stunning wedding, held at The Bridge Building in Nashville. Their vision for the day was for it to be modern, organic, natural and fun – as well as combine their personal styles and keep in line with who they are as a couple. Well, they achieved their goal in spades, with a day that was bursting with handmade details, lush local florals, picture-perfect attire (for the masses) and an incredible river view. Here’s a bit more from Paige about the initial design inspiration:

I saw a single image of a cactus while planning that became the inspiration from which I drew colors, textures, and overall design ideas from. Since I’m a designer and art director, I wanted to create a logo for us as well. That way everything would have a cohesive look. In general, with most decisions we made sure that it was something we genuinely loved or wanted for the day, rather than something that was expected of us. The result was a wedding that truly reflected us as a couple!

We love how sometimes the smallest, simplest thing can inspire something as big as a wedding! Thanks so much to Taylor Lord for the gorgeous photos + to Jessica Sloane for the pretty, pretty styling + design. And congrats, of course, to the lovely Paige + Jon Mark!

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Ok, those bouquets! Crafted by Melissa of Vintage Florals, they embody the organic, rustic side of the design to a T.

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flower crown bride nashville


The bridesmaids each chose the dress of their choice in varying muted shades. And – score! –Paige’s whole bridal look is available in the GWS shop! Scoop up her Laverne BHLDN Gown right here + her adorable lace Chantilly Booties here!

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There were a few! Saying our vows to each other in front of everyone we love was definitely a big one. We wrote them ourselves so it felt that much more special! Another would probably have to be the few moments that we stole away, just the two of us, during the reception to soak it all in. I highly recommend it!

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dinner menu

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Loving all the touches of gold displayed throughout the reception + one of our fave elements of the whole design was the hand-carved cake topper, created by Paige’s grandfather, depicting the couple + their beloved pup. So sweet!

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Processional: Beautiful – Phil Wickham (Sung live by family of the bride)

Recessional: Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townshend

First Dance: If I Needed You (version by Andrew Bird), sung live as a duet by family and friend of the bride

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Be sure to catch more in Paige + Jon Mark’s video by Anchor Heart Films!

Keep your guests in mind. You want them to enjoy the night just as much as you do! It's a rare treat to have everyone you love in one room. Also, delegate the tasks that don't need your personal touch to someone else. Delegation is KEY to making the process easier and less stressful.

photography: Taylor Lord // venue: The Bridge Building Nashville, Tennessee // event design: Jessica Sloane // event planner: Leah Kutil with The Bridge Building // florals + flower crowns: Melissa Broadwell of Vintage Florals // wedding dress: BHLDN ‘Laverne’ Gown // hairpieces: veil by Veiled Beauty // earrings + reception belt: BHLDN // shoes: BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: various vendors chosen by bridesmaids // hair + makeup: Elaina Karras of Lucy Pop Salon and Amanda Gros // groom suit: Indochino // videography: Anchor Heart Films // paper goods: (the bride) Paige Foley Design and Bella Figura // calligraphy: Jenna Rainey // catering: Infinity Restaurant Group // cake: Dessert Designs // music: Party of Five // welcome boxes/favors: Kaldi’s Coffee // chalkboard artist: (the bride) Paige Foley Design // linens + chairs: Liberty Party Rental

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