Destination weddings

Three Reasons to Get Married at the Colony Palms Hotel

Palm Springs has long been a favorite wedding destination. Gorgeous weather, plenty of venues and old Hollywood charm put it high on the lists of couples who want an immersive wedding experience for their guests.

But not all venues are created equal. Some are large resorts with little personality and a lost-amongst-the-weeds feel, while others lack the true mid-century modern vibe that makes Palm Springs famous.

We’ve photographed plenty of Palm Springs weddings, but our favorite venue by far is the Colony Palms Hotel. Read on for why it’s our favorite Palm Springs wedding venue!

Gorgeous Surroundings

Since 1936, the Colony Palms Hotel has been known as one of Palm Springs’ most iconic and luxurious downtown hotels. The property is surrounded by lush vegetation, Spanish-inspired architecture and, of course, amazing views of the surrounding mountains.

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The hotel features 57 guest rooms, suites and casitas, brilliantly colored with original mosaic tiles and fabrics, rich woods, and black-and-white vintage photos. Most guest rooms open to a lush central courtyard and lively pool. Each room offers luxurious linens and modern amenities to enhance your stay.

When it comes to dining, the Purple Palm has it all. The Purple Palm's approachable menu of California fare and their cleverly crafted cocktail list serve as reminders of the Colony Palms' colorful and rambunctious past.

Central Location

Located one block off the city’s main design district, the Colony Palms Hotel just steps from shopping, dining and wandering.

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Palm Springs is a relatively short drive from every major metropolitan area in Southern California. What’s more, the hotel is a 10-minute drive from Palm Springs airport—perfect if you’re expecting guests flying in from out of town.

Intimate Venue

With 57 guest rooms, suites and casitas, the Colony Palms Hotel is the perfect size for most weddings!

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The hotel also offers a full buyout option! So if you’re planning a wedding weekend extravaganza, the Colonly Palms Hotel is the perfect option!

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.

 

 

Natalie + Anthony : English Countryside Wedding

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Late last year, I flew out to England to photograph Natalie and Anthony's English countryside wedding.  It was a gorgeous affair, from the reception in a centuries-old church to a carnival-themed reception on the grounds of the church.

Claire + Brian : Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Destination Wedding Photography

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If you head north out of the Sun Valley area on interstate 75, past Galena Summit, you'll wander into the Old West as it was written in books:  breathtaking landscapes, crystal-clear air, and rugged mountains.  Nestled on the western slopes of the Salmon-Challis National Forest lies Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, a 900-acre retreat built in 1930 and now finds itself on the National Register of Historic Places.  Needless to say, I was beyond excited when Claire called me and asked me to shoot her Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch destination wedding photos.

Jenn + Scott : Cape May Destination Wedding Photography

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So happy to be finally featuring on the blog Jenn and Scott's Cape May destination wedding!  What started as an email conversation, blossomed into a fortuitous meeting in New York City, followed by an fantastic engagement session in Montauk, comes one of the most wonderful weddings I've ever had the pleasure of photographing! Jenn and Scott's amazing event took place at Congress Hall, a historic hotel located in the heart of historic Cape May, New Jersey.

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