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Palm Springs dreamy bohemian wedding // Ian & JoAnna


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“Ian & JoAnna’s wedding was so special to Sun & Sparrow. JoAnna is a friend of ours and when it came time to tie the knot, JoAnna contacted us to help bring her vision to life. JoAnna had dreams of a boho, dreamy wedding. When it came time to pick a venue, Ian & JoAnna really wanted the feeling of a destination wedding that was still close enough to home for friends and family to come. Psalm Springs was the prefect destination. Ian & JoAnna fell in love with the industrial flair, with floral accents of a Palm Springs fairytale. Along with an amazing vendor team, Ian & JoAnna’s vision came to life.”

 

(quote pulled from our feature on Southern California Bride)



PALM SPRINGS DREAMY BOHIEMIAN WEDDING // IAN & JOANNA

FEATURED ON: Southern California Bride Blog | Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography | Ceremony Venue: Arrive Hotels | Event Planning: Frankly | Floral: Oak And Amble | Invitations: Minted | Wedding Cake: over the rainbow desserts | Rentals: planks and patina | Linens: Borrowed Blu | Hair: Kohnur Beauty | Makeup: Kohnur Beauty | Invitations: Minted | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Catering: Draughtsman Palm Spring | Desserts: cartel coffee lab | Ceremony Musicians: Jesse MacLeod Music | DJ: DENT MAY OF DART | Officiant: Terri Ties the Knot | Bridal Salon: Love and Lace Bridal Boutique | Printing: Fla de Dahs | Wedding Dress: Tara Lauren | Groom’s Attire: GROOMS GROTTO | Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Headpiece: Oak And Amble | Wedding Ring: Brilliant Earth | Bridal Salon: Love and Lace Bridal and Tailor | Jewelry: HONEYCAT Jewelry | Submitted via: Matchology

Ryan & Christina // Chic Palm Springs wedding

©Sun & Sparrow Photography // Chic Palm Springs Wedding

FROM THE BRIDE // Our wedding turned out to be a really fun party! Ryan and I were really excited to hear how much fun everyone had and it was so great to watch everyone hang out throughout the wedding weekend. All of these different people from different places, coming together to celebrate our union. It was pretty amazing.
I was inspired by a lot of weddings I had seen online on sites like Green Wedding Shoes and Style Me Pretty and I followed a lot of Australian designers/photographers/stylists on Instagram. I found I was really drawn to the aesthetic of Australian weddings. They often have a very natural, organic, and bohemian look to them. I really wanted a “bohemian glam” vibe and I wanted it to feel like a wedding without being “weddingy”.
One of the most memorable moments for me was dancing with my father to “In My Life”. We’re both big Beatles fans and he started singing the lyrics before choking up and he was holding me so tight. It was such an emotional moment with my father.
Ryan: I’ll never forget my reaction when seeing Christina for the first time in her wedding dress.  Time stopped and all I could see was Christina.  I’ve never been in a “moment” more that at that time.  It was an amazing feeling and even just thinking about it, makes me emotional.  She was beautiful and it’s something I’ll cherish forever.
Photography was important to us because we didn’t want our photos to look too posed or corny and we both have an aversion to anything that seems phony or cliche. When we decided on our venue, The Historic Cree Estate,  I was looking at real weddings that had taken place there and I noticed that I kept being drawn to the photos by Sun and Sparrow. The photography was natural and romantic, it felt fresh and dynamic without being overly trendy. It feels classic and relaxed. Tiffani was so awesome at making up feel like rock stars even though we are both super awkward in front of the camera.
My advice to brides planning right now would be to pick three things that are most important to you and your fiance for your wedding and make those a priority. Stick to that vision of what is most important and everything else will fall into place.
The best part about being married is not having to plan a wedding! Seriously though, planning a wedding with a groom that was as invested as Ryan was made for a really great bonding experience. We were both in this together, just like we’re in this journey through life together.
Ryan: Some people say being married is no different from before.  It’s certainly different for me.  I can’t put my finger on it and really explain it though.  I feel different in the best way possible.  Our bond is stronger.  Not because the State of California recognizes it, but because of the entire experience from planning, to getting married, to now.  I can’t tell you a single best part of being married because I’m enjoying the whole experience.
VENDORS :
Venue: The Historic Cree Estate  //  Flowers: My Little Flower Shop   //  Catering: Paella Project  //  Dessert: Over the Rainbow   //  Rentals: Signature Party Rentals   //  Photographer: Sun and Sparrow   //  Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Alexandra Designs   //  Invitations: Paper Please Studio 
Bride’s dress: Sarah Seven   //  Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka   //  Belt: Millieicaro   //  Headband and veil: Twigs and Honey   //  Bride’s rings: Kirk Kara   //  Groom’s ring: Steve Padis of San Francisco   //  Groom’s suit: J Crew   //  Groom’s shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue Collection  //  Groom’s tie and pocket square: Pocket Square Clothing   //  Bridesmaid’s dresses: J Crew  //  Groomsmen’s suits: J Crew

Rustic Desert Wedding // Kyle & Molly // Palm Springs wedding photographer

KYLE & MOLLY’S RUSTIC DESERT WEDDING IN PALM SPRINGS

ENGAGEMENT STORY  //  Kyle and I got engaged on an incredibly special Saturday. We spent the morning in our final session of an eight week long ‘seriously dating and engaged’ class. We had talked about getting married but not when exactly we would be getting engaged. We spent the afternoon in San Clemente on the beach and walking around downtown. We love San Clemente and Dana Point and it was a warm and beautiful October day. All day I kept telling Kyle how perfect the day was, not knowing how much better it was going to get! We had dinner at a favorite Mexican food place near my apartment and planned to go back to my place, watch a movie and cuddle- our idea of an ideal Saturday night  . When we arrived at my apartment, it was filled with hundreds of roses. It was so beautiful, all lit up with all kinds of candles. I was completely shocked; I couldn’t even go into the apartment at first. I couldn’t understand what was happening until Kyle got down on one knee and asked me to marry him- with a gorgeous diamond ring! We spent the rest of the night calling our friends and family and excitedly coming up with ideas for our wedding day. It was such a surprise to me and the day was so special because we just enjoy being around each other so much- we were able to spend the morning working on our relationship, the afternoon enjoying each other’s company in one of our favorite places, and the evening eating delicious food and planning our lives together. An absolute perfect day and perfect proposal!

 

MOLLY’S FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS  //  I planned and designed the whole wedding myself.Often times during the process I thought I was totally crazy to do so. I felt a little overwhelmed with the projects, but I had soooo much help and support! My mom came out from Colorado for a week to help us with planning and details and my wonderful in-laws, Bob and Robyn, took on the huge task of making all of the chalkboard signs that we used for the ceremony and reception. We also had Kyle’s family and my younger sister help us out with the favors, live succulents in terra cotta pots. Not to mention all of the help from family and friends the weekend of the wedding!

 

One of my favorite DIY projects that we did for the wedding was the fabric ‘bunting’ we used as a backdrop for the dessert table. After choosing Palm Springs as our wedding destination, we knew what wanted the wedding to have a desert theme and really focus on the fact that we were in Palm Springs. Palm Springs has such a wonderfully retro yet modern feel to it and I wanted to use a coral to bring that out- contrasting with the desert around us and highlighting how fun Palm Springs is! Coral seemed like the perfect color to me. We also knew we wanted to use yellow because of the Craspedia we used for flowers and a little turquoise- my favorite color and oh-so-deserty. The bunting brought all our colors together in one place and I loved making it! It was something I felt totally in control of during the planning process!
We knew we wanted to incorporate a lot of terra cotta- so we did the favors as well as made the dessert stands out of terra cotta pots and plant stands. That was something we felt was unique and added a lot to the feel of the wedding.  The best DIY project, in my opinion, was the one that lasted! Our guest book was made by my very talented sister, Jade. She made the pages of the book by dipping the sides in watercolor to make them coral and bound the book with turquoise ribbon. We had guests write on chalkboards and have a Polaroid taken of them to paste into the book. It’s something really special that we love having and was a fun way for guests to interact during the cocktail hour.

 


VENDORS  //  Venue: The Cree Estate  //  Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography  //  Catering: Ana’s Taqueria, Corona, CA  //  Rentals: Signature Rentals, Indio, CA  //  Flowers: David Rohr Floral Studio, Cathedral City  //  Cakes and Cupcakes:  Susie Cakes in Newport Beach, CA  //  Macarons: ‘Lette Macarons in Beverly Hills, CA  //  The Dress: Enzoani

 

©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography // DIY Rustic Desert Wedding //  Historic Cree Estate Wedding

 

4 comments
  • Casey FiglewiczJune 19, 2012 - 5:45 pm

    Love it. Epic job you guys! Best wedding yet!!ReplyCancel

  • alicynJuly 4, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    YES! This is the best capture of the Cree Estate I’ve seen yet! We are getting married there in Oct. and I haven’t seen many pictures that really capture the amazing energy and spirit of the venue.

    Lovely couple, gorgeous wedding! Love it!!!!ReplyCancel

    • photosisJuly 9, 2012 - 4:00 pm

      I wish that we could be there for you. Let us know if you need a photographer. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SarahAugust 4, 2012 - 7:38 am

    This is a beautiful wedding! I think I’m going to copy some of your awesome ideas for the desert theme 🙂ReplyCancel

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