A Colorful Spring Wedding in the Desert Is Just What This Fashionable Couple Needed

Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding

This stunning wedding was just full of surprises! Bride Eileen and Groom Mark were as disappointed as any other COVID couple when they decided to postpone their wedding. When it finally felt safe to say “I Do” in front of friends and family, no detail was left overlooked! Their Cinco de Mayo wedding was heavily influenced by their Filipino culture. Tropical fruits, florals, and fashion made this wedding feel straight out of a jungle – even in the desert!

Pursue Love Design Co. helped the couple make their wedding dreams a reality. With a venue as versatile as The Lautner Compound, it was easy to transform the venue into the couple’s very own paradise. Photographer Lex and the Lotus used her magic to bring every picture to life in full, vibrant color. Let’s get into it!

Flower Power

bridesmaids in robes

Behind many blushing brides, you’ll likely find a group of loving, supportive women. Eileen kicked off her wedding day with some of her favorite women, all of whom were wearing the cutest matching robes!

dried flower headpiece

I always knew that I wanted a clean and modern silhouette. I went to three bridal shops and probably tried on over two dozen dresses. But I ended up buying the third dress I tried at Sarah Seven. Because of its simplicity, I accessorized it with a cape and a headpiece custom-made by my florist. I wanted to have an all-white look to contrast with the colorful floral dresses worn by my bridesmaids.

flower print bridesmaid dresses

Florals were the name of the game! Each bridesmaid was decked out from head to toe in stunning floral patterns. If you’re feeling on the fence about mismatched bridesmaid dresses, this is your sign to go for it!

boutonniere flat lay

The flower power doesn’t stop there! Each bridesmaid (and the woman of honor, herself!) was adorned with the sweetest bouquets designed by Still Carnations

plaid groomsmen suits

Looking great, fellas! For each bridesmaid’s bouquet, the groomsmen had coordinated boutonnieres. 

Love at First Sight

first look

Mark and Eileen shared the absolute sweetest first look. The smiles on their faces are everything! Not only were they seeing each other for the first time as bride and groom, but as style icons, too!

Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding
Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding

The ceremony decor was sleek and simple. The green lawn was neatly lined with ghost chairs, and parasols were provided to protect guests from the desert sun.

Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding
Our Musical Choices

Processional: Ikaw at Ako by Johnoy Danao

Recessional: How Long Will I Love You by Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney & Ben Coleman

First Dance: How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gees

Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding
Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding

Congratulations to the newlyweds! 

Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding

Party in the Desert

Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding
Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

We’ve planned our wedding meticulously from the dream venue to the perfect cake, flowers, but nothing can prepare you for the rush of emotions that happen during the ceremony. Reading our vows to one another felt intimate. Being surrounded by our family and friends who have known us throughout our ten-year relationship, was the perfect backdrop for us to promise our future to each other. It’s truly a moment we won’t forget.

white wedding cape bride

Eileen’s beautiful gown flowed effortlessly in the desert wind. She’s such a true beauty!

white flower bouquet
Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding
Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding
Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Communicate your vision to each other. It’s important that both the bride and groom’s personalities shine through in the event. Pick vendors that align with your vision and aesthetics and place your trust in them. If you can afford it, do an open bar and when the day comes, just enjoy it. The pictures look better when the bride and groom look like they’re having the best time of their lives.

Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding

Let there be color! Despite being in the desert, this wedding was certainly not lacking in color and life. Eileen and Mark initially planned to have a monochromatic wedding with a neutral color palette. After COVID derailed their original plans, color felt like the only way to go.

cutie seating cards
Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding

Incorporating the couple’s Filipino heritage was an integral part of the wedding. Fruits like tangerines, dragonfruit, and bananas alluded to the tropical nature of the Philippines. 

Marble Table Numbers
Orange Flower Centerpiece

The Filipino elements didn’t stop with fruit! Flowers were equally important in representing the couple’s culture.

orange wedding menu
trio of wedding cakes

Why have one cake when you can have three?! These beautiful cakes by Lila Cakeshop were ruffled to perfection.

neon wedding signage
Cinco de Mayo Palm Desert Wedding
celestial star wedding decor

Guests danced the night away underneath the stars while a live band played. A true dream evening!

neon wedding signage

Congratulations to Eileen and Mark on your dream wedding! Be sure to check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at what went into their special day.

photography: Lex and the Lotus Photography // venue name: The Lautner Compound, Desert Hot Springs, California, USA // event design: Pursue Love Design Co. // planning: Pursue Love Design Co. // florals: Still Carnations // wedding dress: Sarah Seven // hairpiece: Still Carnations // hair stylist: Bijoux Beauty // makeup artist: Bijoux Beauty // groom attire: Indochino // videography: Sun Beat Films // catering: Paella Valenciana // cake: Lila Cakeshop // specialty rentals: Create-A-Party Rentals // music: Dart Collective // lighting: SD Social Lights // coffee: Moonwood Coffee