I’ve lived in the desert now for about 8 years (wow where did the time go?!) and its hard to believe it wasn’t only until recently that I had the pleasure of experiencing the history and beauty of Casa Cody. A block or so away from the Palm Springs Art Museum is this historical Palm Springs hotel with a stone wall that still exists hand placed by the native Cahuilla tribe. Every building on this property has a history making it a gorgeous backdrop for a California inspired Palm Springs Wedding.
Most brides and grooms will have the wonderful pleasure of spending their wedding day and wedding night at the historical adobe house, which I’ve been told had several famous visitors such as Anais Nin, Charlie Chaplin, and now Jason & Lauren will have the pleasure of being added to that list.
Lauren chose to get ready in the adobe house, which served as a beautiful place for photos and to just get into the wedding day glow.
Once Lauren was dressed and ready to go, she and Jason decided to do their first look under the shade of the multiple fruit trees on the property.
I “met” Jason first when I saw him as the hilarious lead of several Little Ceasar’s commercials that were directed by my brother in law. I recall telling my bro in law that those were hysterical and an absolute favorite. Time passed, and I then get a phone call from Jason saying he needed a photographer for his Palm Springs wedding at Casa Cody. Imagine my delight!
His bride Lauren was a feast for the eyes. Now tell me after seeing these you aren’t in love with Casa Cody as I am…!
A lot of the weddings use the adobe house, the fountain, or the fruit trees area as a backdrop for the ceremony – but really any angle (like really 360 degrees here) would serve well for a Palm Springs wedding inspiration. Lauren and Jason chose the hotel framed by bougainvilleas for their Casa Cody wedding.
After the ceremony was over and cocktail hour was in full swing, we spent about 20 minutes or so around the property for photos. Since its so pretty there, we didn’t see the need to leave to the desert – it was also the beginning of summer so you know what that meant it wasn’t hot AF yet – but it was hot.
We made use of the adobe house as a backdrop for many portraits – I do love myself a mountain sunset as opposed to the real sunset…if you are a local you will know what this all means! I love how the glow of the sun just wraps itself around everything.
When it comes time to shoot family photos, I prefer to keep it real and not force any wedding standards on anyone if they ain’t feeling it. I’ve always believed a successful photograph is one that makes you immediately feel, as opposed to telling you what to feel.
After the photos and cocktail hour, we moved onto the reception. Jason and Lauren chose to keep the decor light and natural, using the environment to serve as the real, and natural decoration. Casa Cody does a marvelous job of keeping the space natural and groomed at the same time. When I think of a Palm Springs Wedding that wants a quintessential California feeling, I think of Casa Cody. And what about the view of the mountains? Iconic.
As the afternoon gave way to the evening, the newlyweds strolled in with a speech and a first dance.
Lauren’s sister is a real deal “none of that LED fakery shit” neon light artist – which if you know, is actually super hard to make. She provided a little photo booth opportunity here with her artwork which we ended the night with. I photographed this Palm Springs wedding with a mix of digital and film, but for the sake of this blog post, only the film images are shown. If you like this wedding and would like to see more Palm Springs Weddings, check out Casey and Rishi’s wedding at the Parker here!
Florist: Prism Floral Design
Hair and Makeup: Elwynn & Cass
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Catering + Deserts: Soho Taco & The Fry Girl