Maria and Jeff

Palm Springs, California


Photography | Chrissy Gilmartin Photography@chrissygilmartinphotography

Venue | Ace Hotel and Swim Club @acehotelpalmsprings

Dress Store | Kara Wedding | @kara_wedding


Palm Springs and these two cuties hold my heart I tell you… From roaming around the ACE hotel dancing on tables and jumping on couches, to trekking out to the middle of the desert in Windmill Farmland, to finishing off the day with an amazing dinner and drinks at the trendy TRIO restaurant in downtown… only one word to describe it… RAD! Their smiles and laughter throughout the day were seriously infectious! Love them and cannot WAIT to do it all again in December at their wedding!

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

Through a friend when we were 14 years old.


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. (example: pushing each other to new limits, love to travel, huge comic book fans, foodies, etc.) What makes your relationship unique?

What makes are relationship special is the fact that we make each other special when we are around each other. We’re best friends in love. Whatever it is we never give up on each other.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship? (these may often be the same moment, but aren’t always)

Jeff – When he went on the trip to Amsterdam with his brother, all he can think of is how much better it would’ve been if he was with me. And he hates taking me home after date night. Maria – I had a lot of rough times in my life, when my dad passed away, when I got hit by a drunk driver and my car was crashed and when I failed board exam, he never left my side.


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

It happened at (on our 6th year anniversary and his birthday) Santa Monica Pier and we went on the ferris wheel, he told me to look down at the end of the pier and I saw all of our close friends holding the sign “Will you Marry me” with flowers. It was the last place where I took my dad before he passed away.


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

I absolutely love my ring it is so ME!