Modern Handmade Palm Springs Wedding: Jen + Devin

indigo backdrop

Happy Monday, lovelies! Let’s get this week started with Jen + Devin’s gorgeous Palm Springs wedding, which was pretty much handmade perfection right down the littlest detail! These two wanted their day to feel like it truly reflected them as a couple. Fun, full of love, and a little bit silly, says Jen. And from where we’re standing, it looks like they achieved that and then some! We are loving the overall playful tone + all of those super rad, DIY details that help set their day apart from the pack.

A bit more from Jen, Making it about the two of us was pretty easy since we basically crafted it from the ground up. Either of us would throw out an idea and anything that stuck or made us grin got put into motion! (I think Devin’s one disappointment was that he couldn’t quite get me on board with his idea of having a bouncy house…).

Big thanks to the lovely Katie Pritchard for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Jen + Devin on a beautiful day!

cree estate wedding

modern invitation


heart shaped sunglasses

red lip bride


Majorly loving all of the unique elements + gorge textures in Jen’s bouquet by Dandelion & Grey!

colorful red and peony bouquet

mixed dress bridesmaids

ribbon wrapped peony bouquets

The ladies each chose their own dress in a neutral hue. If you’re stumped on what to suggest for your bridesmaids, check out what we’ve got in the GWS shop!



ninja turtle socks

ranunculus boutonniere


first look palm

Such a sweet first look!

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


wedding chalkboard

ceremony program fan

palm springs ceremony

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Prelude from Suite No.1 – Bach

Recessional: Cello Suite No. 3., Gigue – Bach

First Dance: Crazy Love – Ray Charles + Van Morrison

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony

That amazing hand-dyed indigo backdrop would be a dream to marry under, right?!

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony

cocktail hour

sunglasses favors

The perfect escort display for a sunny, Palm Springs day!

giant jenga

wedding party

cree estate bride and groom

cree estate bride and groom

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Jen: When we got to steal away by ourselves for a few minutes right after the ceremony. That was a brief moment where I felt like things slowed down enough that we could just quietly be together and appreciate the huge thing that we had just done! Oh, and the reception when things turned into a dance party and then a pool party. It was so wonderful to be able to look around and see so many of our friends and family who are normally scattered across the continent all in one place and having a great time.

Devin: The vows, because that's when everything else drifted away and it was just about us.

cree estate bride and groom

cree estate bride and groom

cree estate bride and groom



triangle table runners

coral peonies

triangle table runners

DIY brides, are you checking out these fun table runners + table numbers?!

wood block table numbers


wedding menu

better together chair decor

photo booth

photo booth

dessert table

fauna cake topper ruffle cake

custom marquee lights

reception entrance

first dance

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Planning a wedding can be an exciting and wonderful thing, but it's also this new and huge and totally-loaded-with-expectations thing that you're navigating with your fiancé/family/loved ones. So it can also feel stressful and overwhelming at times. That's okay and is totally normal! One of the most helpful things I read early on was to not expect people to change their fundamental personalities just because you're having a wedding (whether that be yourself, your partner, your crazy aunt, etc). That little nugget really helped me stay grounded when I hit a more stressful day so that I was all the more able to enjoy the other wonderful times!

(Also, if you want to read that nugget yourself, check out "A Practical Wedding" by Meg Keene. I'm not affiliated with her in any way, was just a great breath of fresh air to read in the midst of planning!)

photography: Katie Pritchard // venue name: Cree Estate, Palm Springs, California // event design: bride + groom // florals: bouquets + boutonnieres by Erin McDonald of Dandelion & Grey // wedding dress: White by Vera Wang // hairpiece: Teri Huang // bride's shoes: Benjamin Adams // bridesmaid dresses: Chose their own neutral colored dresses // hair stylist: All Tressed Up Salon // makeup artist: bride and bridesmaids did their own // groom attire: Egara // videography: Today's the Day Wedding // paper goods: Johanna Pokorny (bridesmaid) + bride // catering: Summit Events Catering // cake: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes // music: DJ Allen Ward // photo booth: Katie Pritchard // day of coordinator: Michelle Quint // cellist: Hitoshi Suzuki