We’ve seen a lot of Palm Springs weddings here on GWS, from the bold + colorful to the boho + natural, but today’s wedding offers a softer take on the desert design. Heather at Amorology Weddings helped design Emilia + Chris’ wedding day as a beautiful combination of his childhood vacation memories and her Swedish heritage. She wrapped it all together with dusty pastel and golden accents, then topped it off with a crown—more on that later.
Emilia let us in on how they found inspiration for the day: We wanted our wedding to feel intimate and warm – sort of like a big party with all our close ones. As such, picking a venue that was close to our hearts was a given. We decided to get married in Chris’ family vacation home in the Palm Desert mountains. This was definitely a wild card because the house is in the middle of nowhere (literally the only way to get there is by dirt roads) and we knew there was going to be a lot of logistics. However, the house has so much meaning to us and many of our family members and friends. On top of that we got engaged there, so we knew we had to make it happen. Once we decided on this venue, we let the desert environment be the main inspiration for our big day.
Emilia + Chris turned to Amanda Gallant of Max and Friends to capture photos of the day. Let’s have a look!
How good do those pastel colors look against with the neutral desert tones?
Pick your venue first and let that guide everything else. Your venue will set the tone for your day so let it be the main inspiration.
Amorology created this take on a guest book as a meaningful nod to Chris’ mother: She was known for asking her children to name one good thing about the day at dinner. We carried this on in her honor in the form of a wooden board that served as a keepsake for Chris + Emilia.
Processional: Shot at the Night by The Killers
Recessional: D-D-Dance by The Royal Concept
First Dance: How Long Will I Love You by Askil Holm
This moment…this photo…perfection!
Aren’t they just beaming?
How stunning are those golden pops against the neutral tones? Loving this!
As a nod to the desert and surroundings, Amorology used sandstone and neutral colors with hints of blush in the decor. Guests sipped on coconuts during cocktail hour and enjoyed an earthy and inviting reception with tabletop rentals from Hostess Haven and furniture from Folklore.
Cacti name cards!
Furrow Floral Co. ran with the dusty pastels to create gorgeous desert bouquets and arrangements.
Our dance party! It truly was the best dance party ever where everyone was up and dancing. It was sweaty and so, so fun!
We wanted to honor our bride and groom’s deep-rooted family traditions: Chris’ family wore paper crowns at holiday dinners, while Emilia’s Swedish St. Lucia custom was to wear crowns of greenery during Christmas. We loved the idea giving guests their own crowns to wear throughout the reception. They were greeted with a “we’re golden” table with crowns that served as seating assignments – table numbers were written on the inside!
The sweet layer cakes were created by Over The Rainbow.
Kavin Lindgren captured the day on video…how cute are their flower girls? And so sweet how the cheers erupt when they kiss as bride and groom! You can’t help but feel happy watching this clip:
Just the sweetest day! Many congrats to the lovely bride and groom!
photography: Max and Friends // venue name: Private residence, Palm Springs, California, USA // event design: Amorology Weddings // planning: Amorology Weddings // florals: Furrow Floral Co. // makeup artist: Kacee Geoffroy // videography: Kavin Lindgren // paper goods: Peanut Press Creative // calligraphy: Betlem Calligraphy // catering: Room Forty // cake: Over The Rainbow // tabletop rentals: Hostess Haven // furniture rentals: Folklore // linen rentals: Hostess Haven // music: Dart Collective
This is my sweet nephew and his GORGEOUS bride!!! Thank you so much for featuring their wedding. Blending families from WORLDS away isn’t easy…but they did it! It was a magical wedding – and they managed to honor all aspects of their individual lives AND their shared experience. I’m so lucky to know them both!
Awesome wedding and check out the cute puppy !!