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Chris Miller / Imagine Imagery

LOOK 1: Designer Style Meets Rustic Natural Beauty

Photographer: Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery, 760-989-0931, www.imagineweddingsevents.com
Bridal Gown: Oliver Tolentino
Jewelry: Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers, El Paseo, Palm Desert
Hair: Joy Fields, J. Russell! The Salon, 760-989-3774, joyfieldsbiz@gmail.com
Makeup: Chip Tuvman, J. Russell! The Salon, 760-861-8065, chiptuvman@mac.com
Floral Designer: Gregory Goodman, My Little Flower Shop, 760-778-7111, www.mylittleflowershop.wordpress.com
Fashion Stylist: Susan Stein
Location Coordinator: Laurie Lund, The Events Department, 760-200-1365, www.eventsdepartment.com
Model: Carrie Jackson
Location: Smoke Tree Ranch, 760-327-1221, www.smoketreeranch.com

The talented crew from our cover shoot headed to Smoke Tree Ranch, a guest ranch founded in 1936. Its removed locale and tranquil setting combine with tennis, swimming, and horseback riding set around a cluster of comfortable cottages. “The desert offers a unique experience for a bride,” says Palm Springs Life Fashion Editor Susan Stein, who coordinated the ensemble. “Each location blends a bit of fantasy with incredible natural beauty. It’s a place where brides instantly feel their most beautiful, on a day that starts a new chapter in their lives.” A ballgown-inspired designer dress by Oliver Tolentino then called in top local pros Chip Tuvman for the makeup design and Joy Fields for a few knockout hairstyles. (Everyone knows bridal hair and makeup are just as important as the dress!) “We’re seeing a very Victorian feel here lately,” Fields says. “Brides are interested in lots of lace and dresses with softer lines worn without a veil,” which allows for dramatic hair. She’s even taken requests for classic braided styles like the one shown here that add Victorian flair. “Some are calling it ‘rustic chic.’“ Fields says vintage themes resonate in Palm Springs, where historic venues offer a close-knit environment for small weddings and second marriages. “Makeup is still very soft but with a smoky eye, which introduces a modern touch and accentuates the bride’s eyes in photos, especially coupled with eyelash extensions.” It seems batting those lashes never goes out of fashion.


LOOK 2: Romantic Old Hollywood Meets the Royal Romance

Photographer: Katie McGihon, Max and Poppy, 760-989-0931, www.maxandpoppy.com
Bridal Gown: Signature Bridal & Tuxedo, 760-341-7771, www.signaturebridalandtuxedo.com
Hair: Joy Fields, J. Russell! The Salon, 760-989-3774, joyfieldsbiz@gmail.com
Make up: Judy Twine, The A List Makeup Studio, 760-776-6800, www.alistmakeupstudio.com
Floral Designer: The David Rohr Floral Studio, 760-321-6359, www.davidrohrstudio.com
Fashion Stylist: Leticia Adams, Signature Bridal and Tuxedo, 760-341-7771, www.signaturebridalandtuxedo.com
Model: Heather Limoli,
Location: Villa Royale Inn, 760-327-2314, www.villaroyale.com

Villa Royale Inn set the stage for this vintage-inspired look coordinated by Leticia Adams of Signature Bridal and Tuxedo. The secluded boutique hideaway dates to the private 1940s residence of an Olympic figure skater. Bubbling fountains in hushed courtyards lie only minutes from downtown Palm Springs, though many would never know it’s there. Adams wanted to capture the trend of romantic, vintage weddings that look to Old Hollywood glamour for modern inspiration. “The chic elegance of this vintage-inspired lace gown exemplifies the feel many brides are searching for,” she says. “The lace sleeves, made popular again by Kate Middleton, add a touch of class while the deep V-neck and empire waist lend a modern twist and subtle sexiness to the classic silhouette.” Adams says Palm Springs enchants brides “who want an Old Hollywood vibe or royal style on a small scale, mixed with the romance and serenity of the desert scenery.” To complement the birdcage veil, hair stylist Joy Fields of J. Russell! The Salon created loose waves to frame the face, while Judy Twine of The A List Makeup Studio chose a passionately red lipstick, a beauty trademark from a timeless era. As a finishing touch, The David Rohr Floral Studio in Cathedral City delivered a European-style, hand-tied red rose bouquet. The simplicity of the exposed stems flatters the traditional flowers that are particularly well suited to warm desert weddings. Behind the lens, Katie McGihon of Max and Poppy noted that couples have been seeking a “complex and exciting mix of photography, from traditional and photojournalistic to a recent surge in requests for photos with more of an editorial, fashion-inspired feel.”



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