Top 5 Reasons to Plan Palm Springs Destination Wedding

For years, Palm Springs has been the go-to getaway spot for many Southern Californians. More recently, it's become popular with couples planning destination weddings, for a variety of reasons. I've photographed several Palm Springs destination weddings and it's truly one of my favorite places on earth.

Here are my top 5 reasons to plan a destination wedding in Palm Springs:

Unbelievable Weather

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It's no surprise that Palm Springs has amazing weather. From September to May, it has maybe the best weather in California--warm, sunny and full of color--perfect for a destination wedding. Plus, the city is built for heat, so even in the peak of the summer, when temperatures can reach 120°F, the shade and misting of your poolside cabana can be a welcome reprieve.

Accessible From Anywhere

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If you live in Southern California, Palm Springs is at most a two-hour drive from anywhere. If you're from out of town, Palm Springs airport serves most major hubs in the U.S. And it's only a two-hour drive from LAX, which is accessible from anywhere in the world. Your destination wedding guests will thank you for making travel easy on them.

Mid-Century Chic

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The mid-century architecture style really found its legs in Palm Springs, due to it's proximity to Los Angeles. The style has made a renaissance in recent years and there's still no shortage of homes and hotels decorated in mid-century style. Why not carry over this style into your destination wedding decor?

Boutique Hotels

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There are a few major hotel chains in Palm Springs, but the charm of the area lies in its boutique hotels, each offering their own special twist on the Palm Springs experience. Many of these hotels will rent out their entire property for a destination wedding, creating the ultimate wedding weekend experience!

Killer Party Atmosphere

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There's just something about Palm Springs that makes you want to relax by the pool and sip a cocktail. It's the perfect place for your wedding guests to experience the ultimate relaxing weekend.

 

 

Stanford University Engagement Session

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Recently I flew to Palo Alto for the day to photograph Susan and Steven's Stanford University engagement session.  The star of the show was their wonderful Golden Doodle, Chewy, who wore a flower-adorned collar for some of the pictures!  Susan and Steven weren't too shabby either ;-)

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St Malo Beach Wedding

I've been blessed to photograph some amazing weddings in California.  But near the top of my favorites list has to be this St Malo Beach wedding in Oceanside.

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Although Brittany hails from SoCal, she and Dave live and work in New York.  One of the first things they did was plan the wedding around her family home in St. Malo Beach.  The private, gate-guarded community is one of the best beach wedding venues in San Diego.

The Mother of All Reception Transformations

Since St. Malo is a residential neighborhood, the only place to have a decent-sized wedding reception is an old, beat-up tennis court.  It requires bringing in everything:  linens, tables, chairs, food...EVERYTHING.  But when you have a stylist and coordinator like Platinum Weddings by Kerrie, the largest and most complex transformations are a breeze.

A Dream Team of Wedding Vendors

Brittany and Dave's St Malo Beach wedding featured a dream team of vendors.  First and foremost, Kerrie Petrie from Platinum Weddings by Kerrie.  Her styling acumen and management skills were just what were required to pull off this amazing event.  Brittany's gown was designed by the one and only Suzanne Neville.  Floral design was done by one of my favorites, Isari Flower Studio.  Catering and bar service was done by Waters Catering.  Entertainment was done by the amazing DeBois Entertainment.  Wedding cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

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Rancho Santa Fe Romantic Garden Wedding

One of San Diego's Best Wedding Venues

Tucked away in the hills northeast of San Diego lies one of the area's best wedding venues:  The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.  The property sits like an oracle, raised on a hill at the very western end of the Village of Rancho Santa Fe.  Its grounds, lush with vibrant lawns and colorful plants, make it the perfect place for a garden wedding and reception.

A Great Venue for a Romantic Garden Wedding

There are a handful of areas on the property to hold a wedding.  Los Angeles residents Shelley and Barry opted to hold their wedding ceremony on the lower lawn, which, for the guests, has wonderful views looking back toward the property.  Their reception was held on the Azalea Lawn, tucked away from the rest of the property and hotel guests, underneath soft market lights and surrounded by foliage.

Amazing Wedding Vendors

Their wedding was coordinated and styled by one of my favorites, Molly of Tres Chic Affairs.  Her eye for styling and her ability to manage even the most difficult projects makes her one of Southern California's most sought-after wedding planners.  Cake and desserts were provided by Hey There Cupcake! and the iconic VG Donuts.  Floral design was done by the one and only Bespoke Floral and Event Design.  Finally, hair and makeup was provided by SoCal Hair and Makeup.

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