Destination weddings

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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Jenn + Scott : Hamptons Engagement Photos

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On Friday I arrived in New York City, excited to spend the day on Long Island shooting Jenn and Scott's Hamptons engagement photos!  We headed out to Long Island in the morning and, while Jenn got her hair done, Scott and I spent some time scouting locations.  Montauk plays a big role in their history, so we made sure we hit The Surf Lodge (where they met) and The Crow's Nest (where they had their first date).  The cherry blossoms were also in full bloom, so we couldn't say no to using them as an element in some images.  After shooting on the beach near the Montauk Lighthouse, we headed west to Amagansett and wrapped the shoot on the sand. Can't wait to shoot their wedding in September at Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ!

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