Real Wedding: Ashley + Aaron’s Bohemian Palm Spring’s Wedding

I’m so excited to share today’s wedding sent over from Heidi with Our Labor of Love. I love Palm Springs and these photos really showcase why it is such a gorgeous place for a wedding. Ashley + Aaron got ready at my most favorite hotel – the Ace Hotel – and then were married at a friends home. A vintage dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, and a monkey – yep, this wedding is perfect!

The dress is from the 1930’s and was purchased here in LA at the Santa Monica Civic Center Vintage Expo. It was the first dress I tried on and I paid $600 for it!! Elegant Mode on Fairfax handled the repairs (it was super delicate) and alterations and she did a FABULOUS job!!!! Unfortunately there is no tag and I do not have the name of the vendor I purchased it from. My ring was purchased from my dear friend Metier in SF who sells gorgeous Estate jewelry and is English from the 1800’s. Also, I read your blog religiously before the wedding and found my AMAZING photographer Heidi via the site. Yay! :)

I love that they took portraits in the lobby with the super cool rope installation!

My favorite part of the wedding day was how we planned to shoot portraits before the wedding ceremony. We were really able to take advantage of the Ace Hotel as a location. We stopped at an abandoned parking lot on the way to the ceremony to shoot more photos in a natural landscape. I love it when I have architecture to work with and landscape to work with. It gives a really great balance to the images as a whole. I agree! These portraits you captured are stunning! Amazing light in the desert.

The monkey was a surprise for the groom and a wedding gift from the bride for him as well. He is a huge animal lover and Ashley thought it would be a cute to surprise him with this funny little animal. I know one person who is going to be super jealous when they see this part! My husband joked that he wanted a monkey at our wedding – I didn’t think it was possible, but they just proved me wrong! I love your idea Ashley – and that little guy is so cute!

Jen, their wedding planner was kind enough to include some thoughts on the day: This was a really hip and eclectic couple who knew exactly what they wanted. From every ornate crystal to every Lucite piece, we hand picked everything. The style was bohemian/modern. We actually went through a company, Furniture Exchange, that stages homes for sale in Palm Springs to find some really interesting and eye catching pieces. The clear globe lights were hung in the trees and really made a beautiful setting when it became dark. A dream catcher was hung off of the branches where they were wed. This wedding was probably the most personal that I have ever done. It really said a lot about the couple.

To keep the party on it’s toes they also had a psychic reader in a room lit by candle light. It was very unique and fun for all!

Photographer: Heidi with Our Labor of Love, based in Atlanta, but available to travel worldwide.
Wedding planner: Jen Peterson events
Florist: Big Red Sun, Kim Newman
Music: Mandolin Magic Trio (for the 3 piece band)
DJ: David Orlando
Cake: Jensen’s Finest Foods (Just got a very simple cake through a market)
Furniture Rentals: Furniture Exchange in Palm Springs and Classic Party Rentals
Caterer: Beth

Thanks so much Heidi for sharing your photos with us – they are simply AMAZING. I really can’t stop looking at them. Thanks Jen for providing the details for us and congrats to Ashley + Aaron! You guys looked beautiful and your wedding was the perfect mix of fun and you.

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  1. Beautiful wedding and photos — I love the light. They feel almost dreamlike to me, absolutely stunning.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous Heidi. Full circle gorgeousness!

  3. Fantastic wedding! I love her dress, as well. I love to see weddings that I KNOW I would have had a blast at!

  4. I love their something blue sign! This wedding is full of personality. They look so in love.

  5. love this!! I'm pining to visit the Ace Hotel-Palm Springs

  6. Love these images! Great work Heidi! Love the Ace Hotel and I'll be staying there in NY so I'm excited to check that one out as well. Great wedding feature!

  7. Love the pics at the Ace! I must make a trip there – looks so fun. Love her dress also!

  8. So many alluringly gorgeous shots! How does one come up with so many amazing ideas? Very cool!!!

  9. I'm in love with her dress. I'm having the hardest time deciding on my wedding dress, and I haven't found a lace dress as lovely as hers. "book ends"

  10. Huh, looks like my comment didn't workJust wondering why the old filmstocky look seems to be so popular… especially what with fancy 'lectric detectors.

  11. The shoes, the sky, the photobooth, perfection!

  12. Ooh…these photos are so gorgeous. The photographer has a really creative eye. Love love all the portraits!

  13. My lord, this is the hippest wedding I've ever seen. So great!

  14. Where is the dress from?!

  15. Heidi always does such an incredible job! Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous couple…and the "something blue" shot is a-mazing!

  16. We love her vintage-inspired jewelry. We'll be doing a post soon about how to turn heirloom trinkets into beauties you'll treasure forever. Job well done!

  17. Beautiful down to the very last detail!

  18. Absolutely breath-taking! Love every bit of it!!

  19. WOW so beautiful! I love the dress so much-Classic! Thanks for sharing

  20. Great photos! Look a really happy couple!

  21. The venue is amazing! It's wonderful. It's the best nature view with the trees. Fantastic.

  22. Such a fantastic photos!!!

  23. Her dress is simply beautiful! the whole atmosphere of their wedding is so welcoming. What a great thing to accomplish!

  24. I would love to know who designed her dress. It is so elegant. Beautiful photos, especially love the monkey!!

  25. Does anyone know where she got her ring? I love it!

  26. Thanks for sharing such great photography! It's a great inspiration! All the best from Germany :)

  27. These are great images! I love the whole collection. My Favorite photos are the Polaroids and the one with the reflection and the elephants. Stunning, love the vintage effect of the whole wedding. Great shoot!

  28. I may be a little over-emotional right now, but I just cried a little over that dress. WHERE can I find that? It is totally the dress of my dreams.

  29. To those who wanted more info on the dress and/or ring, Ashley was sweet enough to send over a few more details. I added them to the beginning of the post :) Thanks Ashley!!

  30. I went to High School with Ashley and have not seen her for some time. This was such a pleasant surprise! I always looked up to her and her absolute beauty. It is nice to things have not changed. What a stunning affair in every detail. Thank you for posting this!

  31. This is exactly the wedding I am looking to have in Palm Springs! LOVE all of it!

  32. great use of the vintage look!!! well done!

  33. very very romance and having the long lasting feeling from your wedding photos!

  34. The photos are absolutely amazing and I really like the vintage effect of the images, plus the lovers are absolutely gorgeous! Cheers to the couple!Phoebe

  35. WOw, so beautiful couple .But I love your wedding rings a lot. So wonderful !Beer koozies

  36. Her dress looks very pretty and actually comfortable!

  37. love the concept of this wedding! every detail is beautiful!


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