Desert Oasis Elopement in Palm Springs: Jaimie + Ryan

Desert Oasis Elopement

Jaimie + Ryan are a stylish couple from Toronto, Canada who decided to run off to the desert and elope in Palm Springs! The day before they were going to get married there was a huge storm (rare for So Cal, let us tell ya!) but the day they tied the knot it was sunny + perfect – totally meant to be! They exchanged their vows in the Coachella valley and then ran all around the desert taking photos and enjoying being newlyweds. Exactly what an elopement is all about!

Sarah + Drew of Piece of Cake Elopements helped put their amazing day together, from marrying them to helping with the florals + details! And the lovely Samantha Arroyo captured it all to perfection. Go team!

ASOS wedding dress

ace hotel first look

Desert Oasis Elopement

ASOS wedding dress

Desert Oasis Elopement

Desert Oasis Elopement

Desert Oasis Elopement

Desert Oasis Elopement

So why’d they decide to elope? Jaimie tells us, We decided on eloping for a couple of reasons, really. First, we wanted to do something inexpensive. The idea of spending tens of thousands of dollars on a wedding made us break out in hives. But, second, we still wanted to do something special and memorable and romantic.

Desert Oasis Elopement

Desert Oasis Elopement

A breezy ASOS dress was perfect for the laid-back occasion.

Ace Hotel Portraits

Ace Hotel Portraits

Ace Hotel Portraits

Desert Oasis Elopement

flower wall

surprise

Ryan: After the ceremony, back at our hotel, I surprised Jaimie with an acoustic duo to play our song so we could have our first dance. The entire patio area of our suite was decorated, our dessert bar was set up, the fire was roaring… and the duo playing our song made an already perfect day even more perfect. Plus it made Jaimie cry, which is great ammunition for future poking fun.

dancing

hanging airplants

drinks

protea centerpiece

bar cart for dessert

bar cart for dessert

flower wall

Get a planner. Dear god, get a planner. It’s shocking how much time, effort, and work still goes into planning an “easy” elopement. I put “easy” in quotes because it’s far from easy. Especially if you’re planning a destination elopement. Having someone there on the ground for you is invaluable. In the Palm Springs area, we highly recommend our planners, Sarah and Drew at Piece of Cake Elopements!

Get a good photographer. And make sure they take lots and lots of pictures. Especially if you’re doing a no family, no friends, just-the-two-of-us elopement. For us, we found it easier for our friends and family to forgive us for not inviting them because we had a ton of great photos to distract them with.

photography: Samantha Arroyo // planning + design: Piece of Cake Elopements // venue: Ace Hotel Palm Springs, California // wedding dress: ASOS // florals: My Little Flower Shop, Palm Springs // music: Jo Nagle and Michael Sherry of the band ‘Time and the Dragon’

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Colorful New Zealand Camp Wedding: Amber-Rose + Shane

New Zealand wedding

We have the prettiest wedding to share today, captured by Lydia Rachel at a sweet summer camp in New Zealand. Amber-Rose + Shane have been together since they were just kiddos (so cute!) and their day was a compilation of their history, growing up together, and a fun look at where they’re surely heading together in life! We love all the details Amber-Rose shared about the day, so we’re gonna let her take it from here, Our wedding really signified the coming together not only of us as husband and wife but of our families as well. We come from different cultures that both believe it takes an entire village to raise a child. Because we’ve been together since we were 15 we feel like we have our families to thank for supporting us, encouraging us and helping us stay together for all these years. That’s why it was very important to honour both our cultures and traditions with the Ros ceremony and the Maori welcoming and Haka.

We truly grew up together and back when we first started dating things were different – life was simpler, you could fall head first into love without worrying about the consequences and most importantly you could play and have fun together. We wanted to share this part of us with all our guests and what better way than with a camp wedding where we could sleep over, play games and be together in nature. So this was really the inspiration for the weekend.

New Zealand wedding

colorful suspender groomsmen

ribbon flower teepee

Just loving their whimsical ribbon teepee backdrop!

ribbon flower teepee

pink maxi bridesmaids

New Zealand Wedding

Walking down the aisle - what an emotional trip!!! I didn't see anyone else only Shane and we were both in tears. Reading our vows - Because when you've been together for so many years you sometimes forget to tell your loved one just how much they mean to you and how much they've changed your life for the better. My step-dad's speech - He's really not one for public speaking or displays of affection but hearing him talk about all the wonderful times we've had over the years had me in tears. Shane singing to me!!! Who would have thought - I've never heard Shane sing in my life and it was the last thing I expected! He had practiced with my brother who was playing guitar and it was so incredibly special to me. Dancing outside in the rain - because rain :) Looking back now we feel like everything we had planned could have gone wrong and it wouldn't have mattered because we're just so ecstatic that we get to spend our lives together surrounded by the best family and friends a couple of silly kids could ask for.

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

ribbon flower teepee

pink convertible bridesmaid dresses

loose pink bouquet

Such a gorgeous bouquet by Floral Stylist! We can feel its cool New Zealand vibes.

teepee wedding

bridal party

Hera Bridal Dress

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

jeweled head piece

YAY marquee

escort display

naked chocolate cake with peonies

ribbon light tent

Check out the film below by White Wedding Video for more:

During the wedding planning process Shane and I tried our hardest to stay away from sites like Pinterest and other wedding blogs because we felt like it's very easy to subconsciously copy what you see and end up with someone else's idea of a great wedding. Of course we did use blogs and Pinterest for some ideas like makeup, hair etc but we really wanted the weekend to be 'Us'.

photography: Lydia Rachel // venue: Piha Mill Camp Piha in Auckland, New Zealand // florals: Floral Stylist // videography: White Wedding Video // bride’s dress: Hera Bridal // bridesmaid dresses: Etsy // groom + groomsmen suits: Barkers // hair: Hanna Rickman // makeup: Emma B Makeup // celebrant: Rochelle Fleming // cake: Florabunda & Cake // stationery: My Wedding Invite

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Korakia Pensione for your Wedding

Korakia Pensione

If you caught last week’s features (here + here) sharing the launch of our GWSxgorjana collection, you might’ve been eyeing the stunning, bougainvillea-filled shoot backdrop seen in almost all those snaps. Today, we’re happy to share a little bit more about the magical, magical place that hosted us for the shoot, Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs!

Korakia is perfect for a weekend getaway, a honeymoon in Palm Springs, or even a wedding! See for yourself in these photos from one of our absolute fave weddings from the resort here + here

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

There’s a serene relaxing vibe that can be felt in every corner of the property + the beauty that surrounds you when you’re there is truly something else…

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

If you’re a bougainvillea lover like we are, Korakia Pensione is such a dream! Imagine the wedding portraits to be had…

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

photos above by Katie Pritchard for GWS

Jen attended a fun party at Korakia a few months ago (seen in the photos below by our friends at The Wedding Artists Collective) and we loved how Enjoy Events Co. staged a dreamy al fresco dinner in one of the venue’s picture perfect courtyards. A fun peek at how you can use the beautiful space for your wedding or event!

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Dreamy, right?

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs

You can learn all about booking a relaxing stay or memorable event at Korakia Pensione on their website.

photography: Josh Goleman and Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective // videography: Love + Brain Films of The Wedding Artists Collective // venue: Korakia Pensione Palm Springs, California // event design, planning + paper goods: Enjoy Events Co. // florals: Shotgun Floral Studio // catering: Whoa Nelly Catering // wine pairing: Domaine LA // cocktails: Please & Thank You Bar // tabletop rentals: Hostess Haven // table + chair rentals: Planks & Patina // lounge rentals: PowWow Vintage Rentals // dj: Dart DJs

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