The moment we laid eyes on Nicole and Ian’s wedding images, we were instantly smitten by this gorgeous couple and their unique wedding style. Held at a private Palm Springs home nestled into the base of the San Jacinto mountains, this wedding evokes the colors and textures of the desert landscape while incorporating bohemian and southwestern design elements as well as more modern touches. When you combine the talent of design darlings Enjoy Events Co. with gorgeous florals by Shotgun Floral Studio, plus unique vintage decor and tableware by YEAH! rentals and Casa de Perrin and awesome invitations and paper goods designed by the groom, Ian, you have a recipe for one spectacular wedding that was captured in all its glory by the immensely talented Abi of Abi Q Photography.
From Enjoy Events Co.:
Working with Nicole and Ian on their wedding was a dream, and getting to work in Palm Springs was the cherry on top! The desert landscape is such a fun environment to work in because of the colors and textures you are surrounded by. The mid-century modern vibe that is so prominent out there was wonderful inspiration for the look and feel of this wedding. And how great are those paper goods designed by the groom himself!? We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter couple and it was an honor to be a part of their special day.
From Nicole and Ian, who live in northern California: We chose Palm Springs for our wedding because we love the desert landscape and the mountains, the palm trees and pools, and the easy relaxed atmosphere there. The great thing about Palm Springs is that it feels like a far away destination but it is actually so close and easy to get to for our family and friends. And for us, it’s close enough to return every year for our anniversary.
The couple’s favorite wedding moments and memories, described by the bride, Nicole: There was a moment when I was getting dressed and ready for the ceremony where my friends were peeking out the curtains to see how the set-up was going and what it looked like. They asked if I wanted to see and I remember calmly saying no. I didn’t have to see it. I knew it would be beyond beautiful and perfect in every way I cared about because I had the most amazing wedding planning team and group of vendors. I felt overwhelmingly supported and grateful at that moment for being able to trust that everything was coming together so that I could focus on my approaching vows, my family, and friends. There were also several minutes immediately after the ceremony where my husband and I were surrounded by the smiling faces of our family and friends all congratulating us. This is the moment that made my heart swell and my head spin. It was like a tidal wave of love and good vibes enveloping us. And then the bartender handed me a champagne cocktail and said, “Enjoy.” Yes, I thought, just enjoy it and take all of it in.
Nicole and Ian’s advice for couples planning a Palm Springs wedding: Part of the charm of Palm Springs is the leisurely atmosphere. Arrive early if possible, one or two days before your wedding, to soak in the warmth and let it calm you. Look at the mountains, breathe, and have a cocktail by the pool. Palm Springs has some great restaurants at some of the hotels and some delicious new spots popping up downtown (Birba for pizza and wine is amazing), but finding caterers in Palm Springs that support farm-to-table and simple but delicious modern food was challenging. If you are working with a wedding planner like Enjoy Events Co., they will help you find the best vendors, and if you are doing it on your own, do tastings.
Wedding Photographer: Abi Q Photography // Event Design & Styling: Enjoy Events Co. // Wedding Venue: Private Residence in Palm Springs // Wedding Flowers: Shotgun Floral Studio // Lounge and Chairs: YEAH! Rentals // Vintage China, Glasses, and Flatware: Casa de Perrin // Linens: La Tavola // Bar Service: Pharmacie LA // Hair & Makeup: Ulu Natural Beauty // Wedding Caterer: Fork in the Road Catering // Paper Goods: Groom // Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller, style 3174 // Wedding Veil: Nina ‘Alexande’ // Bride’s Shoes: Madewell, Sidewalk Skimmer // Bride’s Necklace: Ciner antique cascading crystal necklace // Groom’s Suit and Shirt: J. Crew
Nicole & Ian’s Wedding Songs:
Ceremony Processional: ‘Hallelujah’ by Rufus Wainwright
Ceremony Recessional: ‘Into the Mystic’ by Van Morrison
First Dance: Nicole & Ian did not have an official “first dance” but they added a number of special songs to their wedding playlist, including: ‘You’ll Accomp’y Me’ by Bob Seger; ‘Poison & Wine’ by The Civil Wars; ‘All I Want is You’ by Tristan Prettyman; ‘Desire’ by Ryan Adams; ‘First Day of My Life’ by Bright Eyes; ‘Just Say Yes’ by Ben Lee and ‘Walkin’ for Your Love’ by Widespread Panic