This wedding was truly a reflection of the funky and unique style of Julie and Rick. They are unconventional – which you know we are big fans of! – and oh-so-stylish! Julie is a women’s wear pattern maker and Rick builds miniature and full sized sets for a toy company. They live in Los Angeles and surround themselves with other artistic creatives. They had been together for 6 years and when asked to describe their relationship Rick said “committed to world domination.” We love it!
Everything from this couples wedding: their outfits, the venue decor, and the bustling afterparty spoke to Julie and Rick’s wishes. Even their vows and first kiss perfectly symbolized their relationship with one another. When pronounced married, Julie jumped onto Rick and they spun around while their friends and family whooped and cheered! :) Their photographer (Steph Sousa Photography) even went as far to say: “This was truly the most unique and thoughtful wedding I have ever had the pleasure capturing and I feel compelled to share it with other unique couples looking for inspiration.”
Ok, we are ready! Let’s see what this fun couple conjured up!
A Disco-Filled Day
Julie + Rick self described their wedding as “Desert Disco Themed” and asked their guests to come dressed according to their theme. Because of the pandemic, their original wedding venue cancelled all their events which left them scrambling for a budget-friendly and unique wedding venue in Palm Springs which is no small feat. They finally stumbled upon A Place In The Sun Garden Hotel and invited their guests to all stay at the hotel with them for an epic wedding weekend. They decorated the hotel grounds with disco balls, silver tinsel, and twinkle lights. …So fun!!
Julie wore her hair in a retro style sleek bun (courtesy of hairstylist Robyn Tornabeni), decorated her nails with sparkles, and covered herself with glitter. Her dress was designed by BCALLA and featured one leg and one arm displayed in their glittery glory… Don’t you worry, all of her outfit details are soon to come!
Rick’s attire was originally by Wrangler which he then custom embroidered himself with designs meant to represent his relationship with Julie. He embroidered a trumpet for their time in New Orleans, mushrooms to remember a special trip they had taken together, and so many other meaningful symbols. So sweet!!
“Neither of us had ever really envisioned having a wedding before so we just made it what we wanted it to be – an epic party to celebrate our love with friends & family. Since most would be traveling in for it, renting out a cute, kitschy hotel in Palm Springs for the weekend and getting married poolside immediately came to mind. We both really love the colorful kitsch of Palm Springs and dancing, thus our Desert Disco wedding was born!“
When Two Become One
The sweetest ceremony surrounded by the couples closest friends and family was this couple’s ideal day!
Our first kiss for sure! I jumped into his arms and thankfully, didn’t fall!
These two are all smiles!! We are loving the recent blue wedding look trend. Looking for another take on this “something blue” wedding-look? We’ve got something for you!
The Bride and Groom
Okay so we NEED to talk about this jumpsuit. We asked bride Julie to tell us a bit about her wedding day look:
“I’m not one for tradition & I’m certainly not one for conformity. If this was, in all likelihood, going to be the biggest party we ever threw I wanted to look memorable with a capital M. I was also totally down to rent something because A. cost & B. I’d never wear it again. The designer, B Calla, was a friend of a friend (fun fact: one of his pieces was just featured in Everything Everywhere All at Once). So I set up an appointment at his showroom in LA, Lidow Archives, and found the bonkers piece of my dreams! I really wanted something big & fun and this jumpsuit just checked all the boxes, plus it was comfortable & I didn’t have to go on a bride diet!”
“Rick really wanted to wear white & envisioned a fully embroidered shirt & pants with imagery he designed to tell our love story. (I know, literal earth angel, this man). The quotes he got for the embroidery were insanely expensive, but luckily I got Covid 3 weeks before our wedding so he had a lot of time at home in quarantine to embroider all of it himself. Dude had never embroidered before but picked up a hoop and went to town!”
Tinsel…Balloons…and Disco balls?! The three key elements to getting ANY party started!
The After Party
Don’t compromise your vision (unless it’ll bankrupt you). Spend your money on your priorities - providing good food & drinks all weekend was more important to us than flowers.
“Hit up your local Facebook wedding groups!! Seriously, that was one of the best resources. That’s how we found our incredible photographer, Stephanie Sousa, who was so fun, sweet and patient with us! This is how we also found our wedding planner, Jessica Acosta, which we hired super last minute because all the tedious details were stressing us out like renting tables, set up, clean up, etc. She really bailed us out & brought an incredible staff with her – DO NOT wait until a month before your wedding to rent tables & chairs!!”
Congratulations to Julie and Rick! Your epic, Palm Springs wedding is one that we absolutely adore, and will certainly be remembered!
photography: Steph Sousa Photography // venue name: A Place In The Sun, Palm Springs, California, United States // planning: Awesome Events By Jessica // wedding dress: BCALLA // wedding dress boutique: Lidow Archive // hairpiece: Earrings- Deepa Gurnani // bride's shoes: Good American // hair stylist: Robyn Tornabeni // groom attire: Wrangler // catering: Super Shawarma Mediterranean Grill