There is something special about a Palm Springs wedding, a certain magic that results from a combination of the warm sunlight, postcard-perfect desert landscape and ever present sense of the city’s glamorous and artistic history. For their wedding, Jennifer and Tyler knew they wanted to share this Palm Springs magic with their family and friends, and chose a gorgeous private estate in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood as the setting. The couple then assembled a team of talented Southern California vendors to bring their vision to life, with photography dream team EP Love enlisted to capture every spectacular moment and detail. With so many special touches (including an awesome vintage yellow BMW and a Funfetti wedding cake!), and a group of fun-loving and stylish family and friends on hand to celebrate, Jennifer and Tyler’s wedding is the truly the epitome of Palm Springs chic!
From the bride: One weekend Ty and I escaped to Palm Springs for a quick getaway and just fell in love with the place! We love to entertain, so we really wanted our wedding to feel like a gathering in our own backyard (which is more like a small porch, ha). The houses in Palm Springs are gorgeous (everything from mid-century modern to Spanish style) and affordable! Plus our families are spread out all over and this felt the most like us.
Asked to describe their wedding in three words, Jennifer & Tyler said: “intimate, personal, magical.” After poring over the amazing images by EP Love, not only do I agree with this description, I actually feel like I was there to experience the celebration!
Jennifer and Tyler’s wedding was chock full of personal and DIY touches contributed by the couple and their family and friends, such as stationery and paper goods handmade by the couple, homemade “Miller Treats” by the mother of the bride for the sweets table, decor items collected by the couple, and bracelets (made from the same string used on their invitations) with little bells and ‘T+J” heart-shaped charms that were made by Tyler’s sister, Jessica, which she tied on the wrists of the guests as they entered. Leather luggage tags, a gift from the bride’s close friend and boss, were given to Jennifer and Tyler’s guests as favors and were paired with the escort cards. Made by Etsy seller Mesa Dreams, the tags were designed based upon a tag on the couple’s wedding invitations.
The couple’s favorite wedding moments and memories, described by the bride: When the band played the last song of the night, “Home” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, we danced under the lights and the entire wedding gathered around us – it was absolute magic. Ty is a drummer so at one point he got up with the band and played the bongos and we both got up at another point and joined the whistling! The video of this makes me melt. The other would be hearing from everyone how much the wedding felt like the two of us and that in all the little details it just felt extremely personal to them.
Jennifer & Tyler’s advice for couples planning their wedding: Get a wedding planner for the day of! This was huge; no way someone could pull this off without one and enjoy themselves! Also, ‘backyard’ weddings aren’t as easy as they look – when renting a house as opposed to having your wedding at a hotel, this means bringing EVERYTHING in yourself…from insurance, to lighting, to rentals, to caterers, to cleaning crew. But certainly worth it in the end!
A huge thank you to Jennifer & Tyler and EP Love for letting us share this special wedding!
Photographer: EP Love | Venue: El Cielo Estate | Wedding Coordinator: Celebrations of Joy | Videography: Family members | Officiant: Eileen Miraglia (couple’s best friend) | Floral Design: Arrangements | Stationery/Paper Good: DIY | Catering: Katherine King Catering | Cakes & Desserts: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts | Ceremony Music: Tom Moose, The Teahouse Company | Reception Band: The Devil’s Box | Hair: Sheila Raye Stone | Makeup: Stephanie Barnes | Rentals & Linens: Signature Party Rentals | Photo Booth: Lucky Photo Booth | Favors: Mesa Dreams | Getaway Car: 1969 BMW 1600 | Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhullier ‘Scarlet’ | Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Bride’s Jewelry: mother of the bride’s original marquis wedding diamond reset into a necklace | Custom Veil & Dress Alterations: Anne Fiser & Olivia Vaatete at A Stitch in Time | Matron of Honor & Officiant’s Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Macy’s Bar III 3-piece suit (with buttons changed by the bride); Kenneth Cole tie and Clarks Wallabee shoes
Jennifer & Tyler’s Wedding Songs:
Ceremony Processional: ‘All You Need is Love’ by The Beatles for the officiant with the ring bearer – their pup Gus, groom with his parents, matron of honor and best man; ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles for the bride, played on acoustic guitar
Ceremony Recessional: ‘That’s What’s Up!’ by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: ‘Waste’ by Phish
Other Special Songs: The couple entered the dance floor with the wedding party to a recording of ‘Home’ and the guests came out to join them on the dance floor before the first dance. Then as the last song of the evening, the band, The Devil’s Box, played their version of ‘Home.’