Jessie and Brian

Palm Springs, California

 

 

Photography | The Big Affair | @thebigaffair

Ceremony Venue | Amin Casa | @amincasapalmsprings

Event Planner | Michelle Garibay Events | @michellegaribayevents

Floral Designer | Vaso Bello Celebrations | @vasobello

Gown Designer | Inbal Dror @inbaldrorofficial

Gown Salon | Panache Beverly Hills | @panachebeverlyhills

Bakery | Laura Marie’s | @lauramariescakes

Linens | BBJ Linens | @bbjlinen

Invitation Designer | Let’s Party Rentals | @letspartyinvitations

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

We’ve always loved the aesthetic of 1960’s mod and mid-century design so we wanted to tie that style into our wedding by having a romantic outdoor black-tie event in Palm Springs. The first venue we walked into happened to be Gloria Swanson’s old home now revamped as a beautiful boutique hotel named Amin Casa. Rumor has it she used to host parties there where the likes of Frank Sinatra and others would attend. Our color palette was white and grey with a hint of black which matched the decor of the venue perfectly. To kick off the evening right we passed out champagne as the guests arrived.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

We wanted a very elegant and romantic wedding, but mostly something unique that we had never seen at another wedding before. So we started with the black tie idea to give our wedding a mature, classic vibe and built around that.We used clear “ghost” chairs for the ceremony as they give an elegant feel and matched well with the black tie attire and white flowers. When it came time for the reception, the chairs were moved over to the tables surrounding the pool which was decorated with white floating LED lit balls. The tables were set with silver linen table cloths and white linen napkins. Our chargers were clear with silver beads to tie the ghost chairs and linens together. Amin Casa placed outdoor LED lights all around the venue to light up the evening and create an intimate feel.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Our floral decisions started at the invites. We wanted our wedding invitations to tie into the elegance of a black tie event so with the help of Barbara Feld and Let’s Party Events, we created black envelopes that had blue and white floral lining and matching invite cards. I then later matched the bridesmaids robes to the blue and white floral pattern on those invites. As for the venue, we covered it in white orchids, white roses, white peonies and white hydrangeas. Our floral arch was an “O” shape arch to represent our newly shared last name. Finally, we wanted our cake to be as elegant and classy as the whole event so we chose a black fondant, four tiered cake with white sugar flowers cascading down and splashes of gold foil on each tier. There were also hints of blue sugar flowers which tied right into our wedding invites!

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We wanted to create more than just a one day experience and more of a weekend getaway/vacation for our guests so we feel the entire experience was more personal for everyone. We kicked off Friday night with an open rehearsal dinner at one of our local favorite eateries/bars Mr. Lyon. Anyone that was in town could come and celebrate early with an open bar and food served from their food truck. Saturday was of course the main event and everything went perfectly as planned. There was an after party at The Window bar just down the street to keep things going after dinner.Then Sunday, maybe our favorite day, was a pool party at Amin Casa, open to all guests before they skipped town. We had a local chef set up a taco bar and drinks on hand to send everyone off. Over half of the guests showed up and it was just a really nice intimate way to spend a few extra hours with everyone that came to celebrate with us!

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

We both just wanted to look our best and have some flare. I (Brian) had a pretty good idea of what I wanted in a tuxedo so when I found the Bonobos blue dot tuxedo I was sold. It was classy and clean looking, but had a little bit of pizzazz with the blue dot pattern. It just felt like something Sinatra would wear back in the day, maybe even to a Gloria Swanson party! Then just to keep it slightly modern, I found a great pair of black suede Ferragamo tux shoes that I wore with no socks. I (Jessie) always wanted to wear something unique and not traditional for my wedding. I loved the idea of wearing a colored dress instead of white. I found the most incredible Inbal Dror wedding gown in a Blush color. The second I tried it on I knew it was the perfect gown. The dress was embellished with white flowers and hints of diamond rhinestones. I wore a pair of sparkly silver Jimmy Choo heels to accent the embellishments on the dress. Since I’m a jewelry designer, I designed an 18K yellow pink tourmaline necklace and paired it with two vintage Cartier stacking rings and a Bulgari hard bracelet.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met on Bumble funny enough! We both had friends tell us about bumble and how the “quality” people were on this new dating app. So we jumped on and both swiped right. It took about two weeks because of our schedule to actually meet up, but once we did we both knew we’d get married one day.Two and a half years later we planned a trip to Hanalei Bay, Kauai. She was pretty sure I would propose on the trip, but when after a couple special events and a helicopter ride there still wasn’t a proposal, Jessie figured oh well, not on this trip. But I had planned on taking her to a special place, a waterfall that’s an 11 mile round trip hike. And its not an easy 11 miles, but it is one of the most beautiful places. So we got to the waterfall, went for a swim, ate a little lunch snack and figured its time to head back, but before we got going I very nervously pulled out the ring and showed it to her, then asked if she’d marry me!

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

For me it was seeing Jessie in her wedding dress. For months I had heard from everyone how insane she looked in it. When I finally saw her my knees buckled a little bit. She was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen! The most anticipated moment for me was the ceremony, walking down the aisle seeing Brian and all our friends and family. It felt very dream-like and romantic.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

It’s probably gonna sound pretty cliche, but honestly just try to have fun with it. There will be bumps in the planning road but just roll over them with no stress and figure out how to move forward. In the end, it’s going to be the most special day no matter what.