Brook & Sandon Tie the Knot at Melvyn’s
When I think of classic Palm Springs, Melvyn’s is one of the few places that instantly springs to mind. This wedding was classic in itself, but also, on the old grounds of where Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz would party, play tennis, and sip (or guzzle) martinis. In style, shape, form, and palatte, this was a classic Palm Springs wedding through and through.
Before You Put That Ring On It
The girls and guys had their own bungalows at the Avalon in Palm Springs. What was super great about their rooms were the crisp white lines and decor – which made shooting film really fun – and just overall added a nice feeling to it. My to be married friends, if I can ever make a suggestion for your getting ready photos – keep your rooms clean! Your photos (and photographer) will thank you, I promise! Brooke had her hair and makeup done by our friends at J.Russell. Her hair style was meant to go from day to night, with the hair pins coming out to give her curls during the reception.
Gotta Get to Melvyn’s On Time
With no first look, we kept the boys and the ladies separate while we photographed their portraits in the sunny streets of downtown Palm Springs. It was still rather bright in the day, and with a parade in town, we avoided areas with crowds, people, and cars. You gotta look, but there is always one quiet palm tree lined street somewhere around here.
This street is one of my favorites because of its close proximity to the mountains, the venue, and its usually empty being so far back from the main road. And all those palm trees sure help too!
A Classic Palm Springs Wedding
Brooke + Sandon’s wedding had an elegant palette of white, gold, and black – hints of rose red. Super chic, elegant, and just slightly formal. The talented Vasobello made our wedding crew and just wait till you see this wedding arch…
So gorgeous! It was one of those things where no matter how much you shoot…it doesn’t come close to the intensity and beauty of seeing it in person. To see another Vasobello collaboration check out this luxurious styled shoot.
Old school but modern, nostalgic but contemporary…Melvyn’s is one of those places where you can just feel the past around you – the views from all the windows show the mountains, the city, the palm trees, and the familiar tennis club down below. We thought the gold chiavari chairs and the white roses and hydrangeas were such a clean and fresh combination.
To The Outdoor Chapel
Weddings at Melvyn’s most often happen at one of the two outdoor lawns just above the reception space. It’s quite a beautiful space with desert flora, cactus, and the tall mountains behind.
Sandon’s smile when he sees Brooke for the first time is so so sweet.
The couple had their good friend officiate their wedding. Its always a nice touch since friends and family will always know a couple the best.
It Started With a Kiss
A few quick of photos of the newlyweds, and we went on to party the night away. Autumn is pretty amazing here in the desert – everything was blooming!!
A big thank you to the wonderful team that made this magical day and night happen! The majority of images in this post was shot on Kodak film – if it looks like film, its because it is!