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.

 

 

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 ;-)

To view my favorites for this shoot, please visit my website!

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.

Valerie + Dalton : Palm Springs Wedding

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I shot Valerie and Dalton's Palm Springs wedding this past Saturday at the beautiful Horizon Hotel.  Palm Springs is the perfect location for any destination wedding, particularly those who love mid-century architecture and design. A big shout-out to Bre from Joyful Weddings and Events who did a marvelous job with the styling and coordination!

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

John Schnack, Schnack Studios, Palm Springs, San Diego, destination wedding photographer, horizon hotel, vintage, chic, retro, film

 

Check out the lovely note Valerie and Dalton sent me!

Courtney + Chris : Lake Almanor Destination Wedding

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There are not enough superlatives to describe Courtney and Chris's Lake Almanor destination wedding.  From the family-owned 150-year-old barn at which the ceremony and reception took place to the most intricate of details (antlers!), it was an honor for me to document the wedding of such a truly special couple. We were pleased to work with power team of vendors:  Katy Higgins and her crew from Cosmopolitan Events flew up from Newport Beach to help transform a long-forgotten barn into a rustic oasis; Andrew and Paul from Paul Fenner Floral Designs did an amazing job with the floral and interior design, creating a look that was truly magical; DJ Mark Moreno provided nonstop tunes that kept the party rocking well into the wee hours of the morning; Brandon from Sound Image Entertainment did the lighting, creating an incredible ambiance so I could leave my remote strobes in the bag; Studio Light Room for the creative work on all the stationery; and the world-renowned filmmaker, Pete Santa Maria, got some great footage and will create an amazing story of the wedding (and thanks for the ride to the airport, bro).

Finally, thanks to my partner-in-crime, Lindsey Byrnes, for her incredible work.  Truly amazing as always.

Check out the lovely note Courtney and Chris left for me!