Classic Palm Springs Vibes for a Casa Cody Wedding

bride walking to her venue in Palm Springs
Casa Cody, Kodak Portra 400

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.

black and white film image of Casa Cody in Palm Springs

Adobe House Dreams

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.

A set of Flowers sitting on a chair on wedding day

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.

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photo of pool at casa cody shot in film

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.

groom waiting for first look shot in film
bride and groom meet for their first look

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!

film photo of groom on his wedding day

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…!

Photo of bride on her wedding day in film
bride holding her bouquet on her wedding day
bride sitting on fountain

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.

bride walking down aisle with her father
bougainvilleas shot in film
bride and groom during ceremony
groom saying his vows

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.

bride and groom kissing on wedding day

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.

bride and groom in front of fountain
bride and groom in front of fountain
groom kissing bride's hand on wedding day
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bride and groom pose for photo with sunglasses on
groom holding bouquet in sunlight
groom standing in front of historical building for his portrait
bride and groom under bougainvillea

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.

groom laughing with his father in front of an adobe house
bride with portrait of her bridesmaids
bride with her mother
groom laughing with his dad and brother

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.

photo of reception decor on grass lawn in front of mountains
photo of reception decor on grass lawn
photo of reception decor on grass lawn in front of mountains
guests seated at their tables for reception on grassy lawn

As the afternoon gave way to the evening, the newlyweds strolled in with a speech and a first dance.

bride and groom walking into their reception
bride and groom dancing for the first dance
groom giving a toast with his bride next to him
guests raising a toast
bride and groom cutting cake
bride dancing
bride and groom under neon light arch

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!

Vendor Lovin:

Wedding Planner: Courtney Tibbets

Florist: Prism Floral Design

Hair and Makeup: Elwynn & Cass

Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

Catering + Deserts: Soho Taco & The Fry Girl

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