A Modern & Elegant Parker Palm Springs Wedding

bride and groom looking at each other on their wedding day

A Parker Palm Springs wedding is the what wedding dreams are made out of. Lush grounds, amazing design by Jonathan Adler, a real mid century modern gem, and endless corners to photograph in…actually is a candy store for any wedding or portrait photographer.

Rishi and Casey, like many other pandemic affected couples, were on their 3rd (? I’ve lost count really) wedding try, and finally, the Parker made it happen for them. With only family members present, they were able to celebrate with everyone present…scaled down tho to a Parker Palm Springs wedding standard.

Getting Ready Never Looked so Stylish

Although scaled down, the wedding day started off with mimosas, coffee, and bathrobes. Everyone was relaxed in this beautiful space, and with family only present, there was a calmness in the air that was so nice to be around. I suppose by the third attempt to get married, those wedding jitters wan a bit!!

The Gene Autry suite at the hotel is a feast for the eyes, and provided so much space that Casey and Rishi were able to get ready separately without much issue. Check out the foil elephant! Every bit of decor in that space provides such amazing stylish purpose.

First Look to First Kiss

The Walk Down the Tiny Aisle

The Parker put together a marvelous little space that is typically reserved for cocktail hours for large weddings. There are no bad views there, and the intimate size was really perfect. Look at the beautiful flowers by Vasobello!

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What a pretty spot – and seriously, to me, when you are in California, there is no such thing as too many palm trees! With weddings at the Parker Palm Springs, they are usually held on a massive lawn or on the croquet lawn…so this was a nice departure from the previous weddings I have shot. (Take a look at this one for example)

A Wedding Photographer’s Dream

I went to art school originally for illustration and graphic design…took a dark room course for shits n’ giggles and to fulfill an obligation, and fell so hard in love…I switched degrees/careers/my major all within a time frame of a semester. My parents were pissed, people laughed and said my fine art degree is a very expensive piece of paper and really photographers were like the drummers in a band – underpaid, under appreciated, and with a job pool too small for all the photographers there are. Aside from my initial naysayers, one of the things I truly valued from my college experience, is really learning to SEE and LOOK. And while I can see beauty in every venue, the Parker Palm Springs is one overloaded to the max with potential places to photograph. It is one of the few places out here in the desert that is so iconic, so primed for the camera lens, the eyes….its truly a visual feast. While we aren’t able to photograph every favorite spot that I love, we certainly tried to shoot in our favorite spots. This wedding was shot in a mix of digital and film formats. The black and white film makes the film foliage feel and look a bit dramatic!

All That Twinkles and Glitters

I am a sucker for shiny sparkly things. Really. So imagine how my little heart danced when I walked into Casey and Rishi’s reception space.

reception dinner table under canopy of lights

The linen napkins, the candles, the soft desert colors all made for really an understated elegant vibe.

Cocktail Wedding Party

So, unlike traditional weddings where there is a bouquet toss, a money dance, speeches and other scheduled festivities…this one was quiet and a really a family sized cocktail party. Full of love nonetheless, as everyone dined and drank under the sparkling lights.

With weddings resuming this season and restriction are fewer and fewer, I’m definitely looking forward to returning to the Parker for some more weddings. Or maybe just to have a cocktail…which I recommend to everyone!

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