Real Wedding: Shannon + Brian’s Old Hollywood Parker Palm Springs Wedding

Today it’s all about Palm Springs! I think there is something magical about Palm Springs – it’s the perfect destination wedding spot (especially for Cali brides) and it’s typically warm + no rain – although we saw from the earlier wedding today, that that isn’t always true. :) I absolutely love Braedon Flynn’s photography – there is something timeless about it and I think it is a perfect fit with Shannon + Brian’s wedding at the Parker Palm Springs. Shannon + Brian are pretty stylish also and their wedding has a perfect Old Hollywood vibe.

bride getting ready

wedding dress hanging in room

helping the bride get ready

Brian and I wanted to choose a venue that would reflect our personality as a couple. It was important that we picked a location that was intimate, elegant and chic while remaining simple and understated. We both love Palm Springs and the old Hollywood vibe that is associated with it. We were not sure exactly what our venue would look like until we stepped foot in the Parker; we loved the architecture, the lush gardens and grounds, the decor and the romantic, magical feeling it exuded.

glamourous bride


wedding bouquet white flowers

outdoor wedding

lace hanging circles

couple hugging after wedding

One of our favorite moments was our first look. We both had reservations with the first look, initially wanting to be more traditional and see each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle. However, the first look ended up easing our anxiety and allowed us to begin our day having fun with one another taking portraits. Honestly though, we both had smiles from ear to ear the entire day. There was not a moment we did not enjoy.

wedding bouquet

I love that there are so many great spots around the Parker for some gorgeous portraits…

parker palm springs wedding

wedding at the parker

red door at the parker

Love these two below – so Old Hollywood, right?! Gorgeous.

black and white portraits


The inspiration for our decor was to capture the romantic, old Hollywood feeling of Palm Springs in its hay-day. The grounds alone are stunning and so our intention was to complement the existing ambiance without detracting from it. My personal motto is less is more. We found the fabric for the runners at the garment district in LA and my mom made all of them. The silver candlesticks we found at vintage stores all over Orange County; we had the help of my family who participated in that scavenger hunt. The menus, name cards, seating charts…all print materials aside from the invitations were designed and printed by Brian and I.

From Shannon, “Brian has a huge heart. I love the way he loves me, others, and life. As my sister pointed out in her speech at the wedding, plain and simple, he makes me melt :)”

And isn’t that what it’s all about? Big congrats you two and best wishes!

Photographer – Braedon Flynn
Florist/Day of coordination – Bloomin Bride Designs
Bridal Hair/Makeup – Jackie Romig
Dress –  Elizabeth Fillmore at The White Dress
Bridal Jewelry – Jude Frances
Bridesmaid dresses and necklaces – J Crew
Videographer – Thomas Hughes
DJ – DJ Peter G