Real Palm Springs Weddings

Four couples talk about their Palm Springs nuptials.

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Norden-Separovich wedding at the William Cody House.
Chris Miller

Private midcentury estate, the William Cody House in Southridge
Oct. 6, 2010
Tina Norden and Steven Separovich
Photography: Chris Miller

From the bride: "We are both architects/interior designers in London, and midcentury modernism is our passion. Palm Springs has found a special place in our hearts and was the perfect place for our wedding, especially given the amazing weather. We certainly could not plan on an outdoor event in London in October! Steven is Australian and I am German, and Palm Springs is also almost exactly in the middle between our families. Having been together for 13 years, we wanted a small, intimate affair to celebrate us and our bond with just our close family and best friends as witnesses. Our mums had not met due to the vast distance, so we also wanted this to be about them finally meeting. We were looking for a stunning yet intimate venue, and the Cody House offered beautiful architecture with stupendous views. A private house also allowed us to make the event completely ours, down to late-night cocktails at the sunken bar. Love at First Bite looked after the catering, all done via e-mail and phone from London! Our wonderful celebrant, Sallie Albertina, guided us gently through the paperwork and official elements. We chose the brilliant Chris Miller as our photographer, as his style is very ‘unwedding.’ He has a real architectural eye and reportage style, which we loved. The setting and the event were absolutely perfect, just as we had hoped. We will cherish the memories and pictures forever."

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Chris & Jacqueline Georggin wedding at the Parker Palm Springs.

Photo: Michael Segal


Parker Palm Springs
Nov. 6, 2010
Chris & Jacqueline Georggin
Photography: Michael Segal
Wedding Planner: CathyO’Connell, Celebrations of Joy

From the couple: "One of the best things about living in L.A. is getting out of L.A. For us, there is no better place to get away to than Palm Springs. You can literally feel the stress slip away when driving toward the famous windmills in time to catch the sunset. We love being transported to a classic place and a simpler time where the only rush is drinking your cocktail before the ice melts. This fabulous city is home to our favorite hotel, "The Parker." The hotel embodies hip, sophisticated cool with all the luxury you could want without any of the stuffiness. We wanted our guests to look forward to a weekend where they could have as much fun before and after our wedding as they did during our event. The Parker offers all the beauty of Palm Springs with the fun and style of one of the coolest hotels in the world."

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Adams – Fieldsted wedding at the Oscar Mayer private estate.

Photo: Ameilia Lyon Photography


Private family estate
May 1, 2010
Lindsey Anne Adams and Brandon Lloyd Fieldsted
Photography: Ameilia Lyon Photography
Wedding Planner and cake top: Social Frog Designs;
Cake: Jensen’s;
Centerpieces: Palm Springs Florist;
Pool floats: Floral Design

From the bride: "With several huge golfers in the family, what better place to celebrate a marriage than a warm desert, shaded by mountains and surrounded by the greenest and most beautiful golf courses in the world? We held our reception at the Oscar Mayer House in the Deepwell area of Palm Springs. Custom built for Oscar Mayer back in 1950, my parents now own the home but rent it out as a vacation home year-round. My grandmother, who is a fiber artist, custom made my dress from a 1960’s dress pattern. To create two outdoor lounge areas in the garden, we pulled out the furniture from inside and hired Event Illuminations to shed light on the areas. Probably one of the best investments we made was hiring Cheryl from Social Frog Designs. She pieced together our ideas and desires and made them happen with very little effort on our part. The last thing you want to do is worry about if the caterers are ready to serve the food, or if the cake is ready to be cut or if the microphone works for the toasts. Cheryl took care of everything and put us all at ease. As part of our theme, we incorporated elements from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. We played classic jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. I chose taupes, creams, pearls, and whites for the scheme for an elegant feeling without the stuffiness of a big hotel ballroom. The outdoors, the lounge area, and the poolside venue added a romantic feel. With about 130 of our favorite people, it was the perfect way to celebrate the union of two people made for each other."

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Cannon – Kornbluth wedding at the Cree Estate.

Photo: Tammy Horton


Cree Estate
March 28, 2009
Nicole Cannon & Ian Kornbluth
Photography: Tammy Horton

From the photographer: "The Cree Estate in Cathedral City consists of a main house and two guest houses with two pools and two Jacuzzis. Guests were able to come for the whole weekend and never have to leave. The ceremony was held on the lawn by the tennis court, and the reception was in the front of the property nestled among the palm trees. It was amazing! After the ceremony, we strolled around the property to grab a few fun shots of just the two of them."

From the couple: "We wanted a place where people could relax and enjoy themselves for the entire weekend. The Cree Estate was the perfect place to have all of our events and for the family to stay. The different gardens and pools were great settings to get people together and for the wedding itself. Having our friends and family together to enjoy the Palm Springs climate and delicious food from Le Vallauris restaurant really made for the perfect wedding."


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