Desert Glamour

The valley shows its dramatic side when all dressed up in chandeliers, tenting, and an al fresco dance floor

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Over-the-top settings range from lakeside estates to custom-lit ballrooms.
Photo by Michael segal Photography


After spending the day lounging around the pool or putting around the golf course, wedding guests never mind the contrast of an evening wedding that’s chicly buttoned up in sophistication and style.

Even in this somewhat casual, carefree destination, a decidedly formal trend is emerging — one that leans toward tailored elegance and a new kind of desert glamour.

“Most Palm Springs–area weddings that I shoot are set outdoors,” though that doesn’t mean they are any less polished, says photographer Michael Segal. “With stunning décor and lighting in an open outdoor location, it’s more unique and fun to photograph — especially with the spectacular night skies.”

Over-the-top settings — from lakeside estates to custom-lit ballrooms — have become avant-garde for couples who love the juxtaposition of a lazy day on vacation and an exciting nighttime celebration.


photo by christine arnold photography

Colony 29 in Palm Springs.


photo by michael seagal photography

The Solomon Estate in Rancho Mirage.


photo by christine arnold photography

The Parker Palm Springs.



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