BARRY & JENNIFERS BEAUTIFUL CREE ESTATE DESERT WEDDING…
We were engaged in October of 2011 and, beyond a brief discussion regarding our desire for an outdoor “faux destination” wedding, we didn’t begin actively planning our Big Day until around six months out. Following the prolonged “inspiration period”, we eventually decided to have a spring wedding at Cree Estate in Cathedral City, outside of Palm Springs on March 30, 2013. We quickly started referring to our wedding by its catchy date, “03.30.13”.
During the planning process, we decided our priorities were to have a wedding that was relaxed, family-centric, and featured music that would make everyone dance! We were most excited about the prospect of having all our friends and family meet each other, so we incorporated a table seating game into our cocktail hour to encourage our guests to interact. A nod to Jennifer’s Chinese heritage was worked in with a red dress outfit change and a layer of taro-flavored wedding cake. We also wanted to incorporate the beauty of the spring season and desert setting into our wedding theme. We used a fiery, desert sunset color palette for the invitations, dresses and family-style table settings. We also threw in a gratuitous use of eggs (it was Easter weekend after all), which included a giant paper mache egg that served as a card box.
But it was the universe, with all its magic, that helped us to accomplish our themes better than we could. From the little bunnies and ducks running around the property, to the blooming cacti and lush grass, to the bright, round moon – it was already written that 03.30.13 was the perfect day to celebrate our new beginning as husband and wife. The wedding turned out to be so much more than we could have dreamed. The feeling of being surrounded by those you love, and feeling their love by their very presence, is indescribable. There were so many special moments that overwhelmed us with love and happiness. We are grateful to those who helped make the day possible.
• WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU & WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW? // All our friends who have gotten married advised us to invest in an experienced photographer to ensure we would have good photos to remember the day. We were most excited to see photos of moments we weren’t able to fully take in because we were busy running around. We chose Sun & Sparrow based on it price point, package offerings, and a great recommendation from Barry’s co-worker. We worked with Tiffani throughout the whole process and absolutely loved it.
• DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES TO BE? // Find vendors whose instincts and tastes you trust. Jennifer tried making a heart wreath for the ceremony altar, but it ended up looking like a disaster. We were fortunate to be working with Britton of Tend Living. She had the vision to rescue it, plop it among the cacti, and turn it into one of our favorite elements in the wedding – all on game day!
MY PINTEREST INSPIRATION // http://pinterest.com/zixin/wedding-2013/
VENDORS: // Wedding Venue: The Historic Cree Estate //Catering & Bartending: Mike Faulkner of Simply Elegant // Floral Design: Britton Neubacher of TendLiving // Paper Goods Design: Yvonne Hung in San Francisco, CA // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals in Palm Desert, CA // Wedding Cake: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts in Palm Springs, CA // DJ & Dance Floor Lighting: DJ Luis at Primetime Productions // Event Coordinator: April Seuss of The Bride & I in Palm Springs, CA // Shuttle Transportation: Lin Lines // Tuxedo Rentals: Ryders Tuxedo Shop in Los Angeles, CA // Hair & Makeup: Denise at Kelly Zhang in Pasadena, CA // Wedding Dress: San Patrick (Cobalto) & A Beautiful Day Wedding in Los Angeles, CA // Veil: A shop on Maple Ave. in Santee Alley in Los Angeles, CA (only $55!) // Rings: Keith at KFK Jewelers, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA (Groom’s) & Blue Nile (Bride’s)
©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Palm Springs, CA // The Cree Estate desert wedding photographers