An Intimate Palm Springs Inspired Wedding

Inspired by the bright, poppy colors and endless summer days of Palm Springs, we dreamt up a color palette as beautiful as a sunset on the West coast. And yes you may recognize this couple from their stunningly romantic wedding & engagement session here and here even though they are gorgeous, they are a real life couple that I had the privilege of being a part of several events leading up to their May wedding. Luckily, Love & Light Photographs was on board as well to capture all of the sweet moments.

Nicole, Mike and I were in the planning process of their “black tie almost 300 people” wedding when they decided to also have a small intimate & traditional church ceremony with just their immediate family. When they asked me to be a part of this as well, of course I said yes!

We started brainstorming how to make this day stand apart from their soft, ethereal wedding the following weekend. A bright and colorful palette filled with coral charm peonies, flamingos and a white-on-white snakeskin linen fit the bill. We had fun to say the least! Mary Kate Moon set the stage with this bright watercolor beauty of an invitation suite. The cactus stamps we found were just so perfect- I love when that happens!

Their wedding dinner was held at Angelica’s in Sea Bright. Originally the plan was to host the dinner outside, but the weather didn’t cooperate but in my opinion was sweet to be nestled inside by the glow of candlelight.

One of my favorite little details were these wooden laser cut place cards from Ever Laser. I always recommend that for a head table at a wedding or a small dinner party to assign seating to take the guess work out of where to sit and encourage great conversation.

We also had some fun with a few details like the custom napkins and fun flamingo cake topper. The cake topper on a cake from The Vintage Cake was created by Ann Wood. You can shop the cake topper here.

Jessa of Love & Light always does an amazing job of scouting the best location for portraits. She spotted this bright teal door with striped awning and we knew we had to shoot the newlyweds here. These two are so in love and I felt so lucky to get to know them & witness their true partnership during this wedding planning journey.

For anyone wondering what it was like to have two ceremonies. I can guarantee you that it made it even that more special. From the bride Nicole, “Having two ceremonies is something we couldn’t be happier about.  They were both incredibly different and special in their own way.  The church was so intimate and romantic.  It was a day for us to spend such a sacred moment with our closest family members.  The large ceremony was just breathtaking and it truly felt like a wedding.  I wouldn’t change a thing!”  Not to mention, it goes by so fast so why not do it twice!

Vendor Credits: Photography Love & Light Photographs //Design and Florals Gilded Lily Events //Paper Goods MaryKate Moon // Cake The Vintage Cake //Place Cards Ever Laser Venue// Anjelica’s // Cake Topper Ann Wood // Bride’s Dress Anthropologie // Groom’s Suit Tommy Hilfiger // Vintage Stamps Gubba Gumma



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Introducing our GLE Team: Meet Caitlin

I am finally getting around to introducing you to the other ladies that make Gilded Lily Events tick! Being the boss is easy when you work with such sweet, hardworking and dedicated women. I will be rolling out the introductions over the next few weeks to bring you these friendly faces that you may have seen or will see on your wedding day that will work their hardest to make sure your day goes off without a hitch and you feel like you have made a new friend.

The story of Caitlin is that she emailed me in August of 2013 looking to work in the wedding industry. I just happened to have a wedding coming up where I could use an extra set of hands and I asked her to join us as a “trial run”. Of course, I fell in love with her work ethic and her quick wit.  She joined our team for that wedding season and quickly learned the ropes.  Caitlin has become not just a part of our GLE family but my actual family loves her too.

You will often find her on wedding days wrangling bridal parties, lining up escort cards in ABC order and packing up candles at the end of the night. All of her favorite tasks I can assure you (wink wink).

Here is a little more about Caitlin in a quick Q & A:

Me: What is your guilty pleasure?

C: Blasting 90’s pop music when I’m alone in the car and singing at the top of my lungs and I don’t feel guilty about it!

Me: What makes you laugh the most?

C: When a child belly laughs. I can’t help but crack up too!

Me: What is one thing you’ll never give up on?

C: Trying to make the people around me as happy and stress-free as possible!

Me: What do you love most about working in weddings?

C: Seeing how happy and in love the couple is on the day of their wedding.  I never thought that I would work in weddings, mostly because I was afraid of dealing with the demands and pressure that come along with coordinating one of the most important days of a couple’s lives, but I have enjoyed all of it and seeing it come together is incredible! I could without all the blisters though!

Me: Do you have a favorite moment with GLE?

C: It’s hard to pick one moment, but if I had to it would probably be when we had my favorite musician (from when I was in high school) as one of the groomsmen in a wedding- 17 year old me is still dying!

I mean …who can’t relate to baby belly laughs?  I can’t think of a sweeter sound right about now and 90’s music are my jams too! And that favorite musician she is speaking about… it was Ryan Cabrera! haha

Thank you Caitlin for emailing us all those years ago now! We couldn’t imagine the team without you!

Photo : Christina Lilly Photography

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