Winning your elopement sounds like a dream come true, right?? Well that dream was a reality for lucky in love couple, Kassie + Chris. They were the couple chosen for a dream elopement in Palm Springs at The Saguaro. K + C describe their style as country western with rock and roll flair, and their personal vision matched perfectly with the design plan of shoot/elopement planners, Creating Good Times. What started out as an inspiration shoot for couples needing to pivot their plans from big wedding to small, turned into a fun and funky real elopement complete with disco balls, western wear, and a vintage Volkswagen. Erin with Creating Good Times shares:
Our goal was to bring to life an elopement with all the bells + whistle of a large scale wedding, with a much more intimate environment and we wanted to do that in a retro setting. Both Amanda and I really resonate with the 70’s vibes and we felt like this would be the perfect opportunity to show couples what their dream elopement could look like, without ever knowing this is something they’ve always wanted!! After a handful of discussions, a lightbulb went off for the both of us and we thought; why not actually have couple, that is in love with our vision, get eloped at the shoot?! Amanda and I hosted a live raffle on Instagram, where we selected the lucky couple, from over 500+ entries!!
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Rock and Roll Bridal Style
K knew she wanted her bridal look to be a little bit edgy, a little bit boho and a little bit rock and roll. She nailed it with the BHLDN “Odalis” gown and gold metallic bridal crown!
The Groovy Guys
We’ve heard C loves a good bolo tie, and his country western groom attire from Rockmount Ranch Wear brought his look together. We. LOVE. it.
Elopement in Palm Springs
The design for the elopement actually perfectly matched the original wedding inspiration K + C planned for their big day. It was fate:
We originally planned our wedding in a saloon! The inspiration was Western-themed with a little bit of Rock + Roll. After months of debating & discussing we decided to cancel due to the pandemic. We couldn’t possibly take credit for the inspiration of this elopement! Our wonderful team of vendors created this inspiring & dreamy wedding for us! We just showed up and dressed in our wedding best while adding our own bits of “us” into it!
#1 - Many couples choose not to see each other until either the first look or the ceremony. We chose otherwise. We woke up together, put on some Johnny Cash & shared our morning coffee just the two of us before the day began. We wanted the day to go as slow as possible and Kassie has always envisioned this special moment together being an avid coffee drinker. It may be small, but it truly was one of our fondest memories of the day.
#2 - The first look. We had no intentions of doing a first look. It was something we both thought was a bit cheesy and we feared it would take away from the traditional excitement of the bride being seen for the first time walking down the aisle. Truly, it felt like all of time stood still for a moment. Both of us recall it feeling a lot like the first time we laid eyes on each other, over 15 years ago. Our hearts raced & our stomachs sank. It was everything.
#3 - The ceremony. We had our best friend, Eric Worrell, officiate the wedding. Eric has never officiated a wedding and is not someone who typically loves public speaking. We asked him to lead the ceremony just a week before. We won’t lie, we were a bit nervous but knew at the end of the day it was the thought that counts and it was so special to have him guide us into this next chapter of our lives. Eric did the best job we could have ever imagined or asked for. Chris and I hadn’t cried much until Eric spoke. It was truly a moment neither of us will forget. Eric ended the ceremony sending us off with a shot out of a flask and said, “You may now kiss the bride. Cheers f*ckers!” It was perfect.
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Processional: Cowboy Take Me Away - The Dixie Chicks
First Dance: All Your’n - Tyler Childers
1970’s Wedding Reception Ideas
Can you have a 1970’s themed elopement in Palm Springs without a vintage Volkswagen?? California Booth Bus says no! You’ve also got to have fun and vibrant blooms like these Mrs Brown’s Florals and Events designs. It also helps to have Unlimited Event Rentals retro furniture and the look is complete!
Just loving K’s unique Princess Bride Diamonds ring and C’s scorpion signet.
Elopement in Palm Springs
There are no rules for your wedding. Instead of creating a wedding that looks like the perfect wedding, create a wedding that looks like YOUR perfect wedding. Part of the wedding planning stress is onset by trying to plan the day based on what you've been told you are supposed to do or include. Don't plan it if it isn’t 100% “you.” Make it all about you two and the planning will come naturally and stress-free. Sure, there’s beauty in tradition but there’s far more beauty in making your own tradition.
This shag-rug Over the Rainbow Desserts cake is just perfection!
Just the most magical elopement in Palm Springs! Congratulations Kassie + Chris! We hope only more adventures are in store for you guys. All the best from the GWS Team. We’ll let you share one final piece of advice:
Life doesn’t always go as planned. Weddings don’t always go as planned. Trust that part of a plan, is a change in plans, and cherish that! Make the best of every situation and it will be even better than you thought!
photography: Amanda Canton Photography // venue name: The Saugaro Palm Springs, Palm Springs, California, USA // event design: Creating Good Times // planning: Creating Good Times // florals: Mrs. Brown’s Florals and Events // wedding dress: BHLDN 'Odalis' // bride's ring: Princess Bride Diamonds // hair stylist: Molly Belvind // makeup artist: Karissa Lorinne Makeup Artist // groom attire: Rockmount Ranch Wear Mfg Co // videography: Amanda Canton // catering: The Saguaro Palm El Jefe // cake: Over the Rainbow Desserts // tabletop rentals: Creating Good Times // furniture rentals: Unlimited Event Rentals // linen rentals: Creating Good Times // specialty rentals: Creating Good Times // officiant: Eric Worrell // photo booth: California Bus Booth // bride's hair coloring: Lyndsey Fields Hair Salon