Kate and Tom

Palm Springs, California



Photography | Briars Atlas | @briarsatlas

Venue | Private Residence

Gown Designer | Pnina Tornai | @pninatornai

Men’s Attire | Oscar Hunt | @oscarhunttailors

Buttons on Suit | Benson and Clegg @bensonandclegg

Shoes | Jimmy Choo | @jimmychoo

Shoes | Dries Van Noten | @driesvannoten

Jewelry | Christie Nicolaides | @christienicolaides

Caterer | F10 Creative

Fragrance | Le Labo Fragrances | @lelabofragrances

From the Photographer

Kate and Tom are emerging photographers, with already iconic bodies of work produced in Palm Springs. I was there to document their incredible wedding at their friends homes.

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…

We are both photographers and artists, living in Melbourne, Australia and traveling the world for our art projects. We are very different but have managed to build a life together and to continue to grow together throughout our 20’s and early 30’s. We are coming up to our 10 year anniversary.


How/where/when did you meet?

We met in 2010 in Melbourne, at a publicity party in a warehouse where everyone was given paint suits and cans of paint to throw around! Everyone became a weird mix of pink and blue! Tom was photographing the event and we caught each others eye.


What’s special about your relationship? What do you love most about each other?

We get to travel together, currently for about 4 months each year. We also inspire each other creatively and are each others best supporter and critic.


Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…

Tom proposed in 2015 at the Lautner Hotel in Palm Springs, he had a ring and popped the question in the swimming pool which was supposed to be cold, but as it was 45 degrees outside, it was more like a hot tub!


What went to plan and what didn’t?

Tom was going to propose a month later, but couldn’t wait and worried about hiding the ring while traveling!

Tell us about your special day…was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favorite details…

We got married in Palm Springs which is a bit of a second home to us as we both have photographic series there and have visited over a dozen times. Over the years we made many friends over there. We invited immediate family and around 20 friends to fly over. We had the ceremony at one friend’s house, and reception at another, and an after party at a third house. We had been telling our friends and family about Palm Springs over 5 years and 13 trips and finally got to share it with everyone! It was special for them to see our other life and for our worlds to collide.


Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?

The groom’s suit was tailored by Oscar Hunt and the initial buttons seemed a bit bland for Palm Springs, so he spruced it up with some buttons from Benson and Clegg, The royal button maker. The dress was purchased in New York a couple of weeks after the engagement with the help of her friend who is a stylist.


What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?

Our flower girl spontaneously grabbed the bride’s hand and ‘gave her away’. Dancing under the lemon tree. Wandering around the reception feeling like we were on a film set. Being driven to the wedding in a 1957 Thunderbird that had appeared in one of the groom’s best known photographs.


Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?

Haha, too early to give advice, we haven’t even had our one year anniversary! The groom’s parents just had their 50 year anniversary and that seems like something to strive for!


What does being married or being in a union mean to you? And what is married life like so far?

Being married means a loving commitment to ourselves, each other and the world we create. We got a second puppy soon after getting married, which was exciting and he’s growing fast! And we’ve traveled a lot, but nothing has really changed, other than a stronger commitment.