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Abbie and Malik’s wedding was a family affair. From the location in Palm Springs (where the bride vacationed with her grandfather growing up) to the “diligently hung vintage lace hoops,” the couple incorporated their family and friends with heartfelt details. We’re also totally infatuated with the florals—both the incredible bougainvillea that sets the scene at The O’Donnell House, and the bold desert event florals by The Bloomin’ Gypsy. Most of all though, we’re loving the amazing smiles and joy captured by beautifully by Hailley Howard Photography and we know you will too!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Abbie and Malik chose Palm Springs as their ideal destination for their special day. Abbie spent many vacations visiting her grandfather who resided in Palm Desert, so the location was extra special to her. In the early part of their relationship, Abbie and Malik would take road trips and spend weekends out in Palm Springs. In addition, they wanted their wedding weekend to be a short and accessible getaway for family, friends and guests. All of the decor was either created/collected by Abbie or her friends and loved ones, which made their wedding day even more special and meaningful.


Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

Abbie was set on finding a non-fussy, non-traditional “bride” dress. She was looking for something lace but more of a vintage feel. The dress she found at “The Bustle” was one of three that she tried on. She loved the off-white color which had a coffee colored underlay.


What were some touches added to make it personal?

The decor was a collaborative effort of friends and family. Abbie had friends over to help make much of the decor in advance. Her mother and friends also worked hard on the decor from out of state. The day of, they diligently hung vintage lace hoops from the balcony. Abbie had a parent from work hand-sew a long lace table runner from doilies that she had collected at various thrift shops and antique stores. The wedding arch was built by a former student’s father. So, there was quite a village contributing. One other element that was very personal to us were the various photos of loved ones that were framed in the entryway. It gave the wedding a very sentimental approach, especially for guests as they entered.


What was the most memorable part of the day?

The morning of the wedding, a giant rainbow appeared from a RARE morning rain (when does it ever rain in Palm Springs?!?). We knew that it was my grandfather looking down on us. (He had passed several months before the wedding, and we had hoped that by having it close to him in Palm Springs, he would be able to attend.) It was my dad that saw the rainbow, captured the photo and sent it to me in the morning, so it was very special. Also, of course, walking down the aisle and seeing all of our friends and family gathered in one place was incredible. That’s definitely a more typical memorable part of the day, but I’m sure it’s special and unique for every bride and groom. One other very special moment (that I’m so glad we chose), was to leave the wedding for a bit during our cocktail hour with our amazing photographer. She had a plate of food and champagne ready to go in the limo and we drove down to capture a view scenic desert shots. It was a great few minutes with us alone and being able to celebrate and let everything seep in. Not to mention, we were able to capture some incredible photos against the desert mountain backdrop.


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Malik proposed to Abbie in a sunrise hot air balloon trip in Cappadocia, Turkey. The proposal came as a complete shock and surprise and was done in the most incredible setting. We were enjoying the sunrise view over the unique terrain of Cappadocia. It was out of this world and one of a kind!

Photographer:  Hailley Howard Photography // Coordination: Lisa Sipe with The O’Donnell House // Floral: The Bloomin’ Gypsy, Veronica Lowe // Venue:  The O’Donnell House Palm Springs // Dress: Private Label “The Bustle” Del Mar // Hair: Cassie McNulty at the Ace Hotel // Makeup: Claire Alyse Makeup, Claire Stones // Decor: Bride’s own // Catering: Westwood Catering // Food/Bev: Coordinated by O’Donnell House // DJ: DJ Mark with Creative Audio Productions // Photo Booth: Classic Photobooths 






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You can imagine our excitement when Grey Collective Photographer Sarina, of Sarina Love Photography, sent over her very own wedding! We love seeing how our industry friends choose to celebrate their own nuptials. In the case of Sarina and her groom Carlo, it was a graphic art gallery wedding filled with joyful florals by Fascinare Events, bold colors and lots of smiles. Sarina entrusted talented Natalie Williams with the job of photographing the wedding and, of course, the images are fantastic. This is a fun one!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We really wanted the wedding to be fun and not overly traditional. We decided to have our ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel because it was so beautiful there. We had an unplugged wedding which allowed our guests to be present during our vows.


We also opted to have our reception at an art gallery because it was an open canvas that allowed us to be more creative. We had beautiful flowers hanging from the ceiling as well as fun colorful flowers that made the room feel whimsical.


We eliminated having a guestbook, cake cutting, and a Photo Booth. We didn’t even have any favors. Instead, we focused on creating a wedding that had awesome food and a fun and relaxed vibe that allowed everyone to mingle. We had fun celebrity heads as props so our guests could take fun selfies and use our hashtag. Our seating chart was quite unique as well! We took photos of each of our guests and printed them on a Polaroid. Upon entering, they were surprised to see their photo. They literally had to look at every photo to find their face in order to find what table they were at. It was not only a fun and interactive activity for our guests but it was also an art piece so-to-speak.  Our guests mingled and ate a ton and loved every minute of it all! They all told us that our wedding was not a typical wedding and it was so much fun and memorable!


Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I have photographed a ton of wedding dresses over the years and I always hear brides complaining how heavy their dress is. I really focused on being comfortable so I can enjoy the day more with my family and friends. I opted to find a dress that was light, uber feminine, and very flowy. I began my search online and I fell in love with Watters. All their dresses looked so feminine, modern, and pretty. I loved all their dresses! The dress I selected was perfect for me. It was so light because it was mainly made of tulle. Most importantly, I felt pretty in it and that’s all I could ask for!


What were some touches added to make it personal?

The groom works in the food industry and is a major foodie. The bride is a wedding photographer. With these two things in mind, we really focused on adding elements that represented both of us.

We had our wedding in an art gallery and once you entered, you were greeted with hanging floating walls filled with a Polaroid photo of each guest. Underneath it, was their table numbers! Adding this element represented the bride’s love for photography and art. As for food, we had a ton of food! The groom created the menu himself! We had food stations throughout with a variety of items. We also had a boba bar since we both love boba milk tea. A lot of our guests were not from California, so we wanted them to have a taste of California. So for a late night snack, we had the original food truck come out – Kogi BBQ Truck! We also  opted not to have a cake and instead we had Confetti Ice which is Italian ice with custard on top. This allowed our guests to try something unique and create their own flavors! Our guests told us it was the most food they ever ate at a wedding!


What was the most memorable part of the day?

Walking down that aisle and seeing my future husband tear up made my heart melt. To hear his vows and to have all our family and friends witness it, was truly overwhelming. I was so deeply moved and I will never forget our ceremony.


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met online through OkCupid.com! We realized we had a lot of things in common and we both loved to travel! We got engaged 2 years later. I came home from work and the whole house was dimly lit with candles and filled with rose petals. I heard soft music being played. He left me a note to go upstairs and I found a heart-shaped box filled with a romantic love letter. I wanted to cry right then and there but the note said to come back downstairs. So when I went back down, he magically appeared and went down on his knee and proposed. I could tell he was nervous and happy. I was so happy and the ring he picked out was perfect!

Photography: Natalie Williams  and Kaysha Weiner // Florist and Coordinator: Fascinare Events // Videography: X-Posure Films // Bride’s Dress: Watters “Jacinda Gown” purchased at The White Dress // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Headpiece: Lottie Da Designs // Table Numbers: BetterOffWed // Hair & Makeup: Susie Chhuor Hair & Makeup Team // Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo // Late Night Caterer: Kogi BBQ Truck // Desserts: Confetti Ice // Groom and Groomsmen Ties: Tiebar // Cufflinks: Cufflinks // Wedding band: Neil Lane // Groom’s and Groomsmen attire: The Mens Wearhouse // Grooms shoes: Kenneth Cole  // Ceremony Venue: Wayfarers Chapel // Reception Venue: DAX Gallery


Vivian and Chris’ engagement shoot is like cotton candy in the desert. Sposto Photography‘s signature fine-art style captures the lighthearted mood of the couple as well as the gorgeous scenery. We’re also loving the wardrobe—Vivian’s pink frocks were on point. Note to all brides: petal pink photographs beautifully in the desert. We know you’re going to love these shots!

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We met about 10 years ago while working retail part-time during college. We both weren’t interested at first, but then a couple years later, after getting to know each other more, something sparked! Six years later, Chris had planned a day of errands for the both of us to do. I love surprises, or more like the idea of surprises. I always tell Chris that he’ll never be able to surprise me, mainly because I always ruin them by being overly curious. I’ve always joked with him that I’ll know when the day comes. Little did I know, that ordinary Saturday would be one of the best days of my life. We came back to a yard beautifully lit and decorated with fairy lights (my favorite!). As soon as we turned the corner of the yard, there was a table with flowers and candles. Right then and there, my eyes were filled with tears of excitement. Shocked from the surprise, he held my hands and said something I honestly can’t remember as I was overwhelmed with emotion, but I am very sure they were sweet and thoughtful. The next thing I know, he’s down on one knee, presenting me the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. We fell in love and now we cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together.

Photography: Sposto Photography


Violet and Romel’s San Francisco wedding is nothing short of spectacular. It’s a wedding fit for royals—complete with a cathedral ceremony and a grand reception at San Francisco City Hall. The bride definitely rivaled any princess in her dramatic Inbal Dror gown (that train!) and Blooming Bouquet dressed reception venue with more florals that we could have dreamt up. We’re also loving the way the couple beautifully wove their Assyrian and American traditions. Lucky for us, the always amazing Blueberry Photography was on hand to capture all of the breathtaking moments of this one-of-a-kind wedding. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our families were born and raised in the Middle East and, as Assyrians, we come from an ancient culture, rich with a multitude of beautiful traditions. However, Romel and I were raised in America. What made our wedding unique was our ability to maintain many of those traditions, while carrying some of the more American traditions that we grew up with into our wedding as well. One example is the long-standing Assyrian tradition of having the bride escorted out of her parents’ home to the church by the groom and his family. This signifies that the bride is leaving her family to join another. Although an important tradition in all Assyrian weddings, we grew up with the American superstition that it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. Since I didn’t want my groom to see me before the ceremony, we compromised by having his family come to my parents’ home, but having him meet me at the altar.


Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I always knew I wanted a gown by Israeli designer Inbal Dror. I would spend hours gazing at her couture gowns online and, when Romel popped the question, I finally had a reason to! I had decided on the dress, but had to find a bridal shop that carried it. Unfortunately, none of the shops that carried Inbal gowns had a sample of the particular one I had selected. The Panache Bridal Shop in Beverly Hills informed me that their shop in Santa Barbara had an upcoming Inbal Dror trunk show so I called to inquire as to whether the dress I wanted would be there. The sales associate told me that they would have many Inbal samples that day, but not the one I was calling about. Three weeks later (and the day before the trunk show), I received a call from Panache Bridal Santa Barbara, notifying me that the dress had surprisingly arrived with the other Inbal samples! I was so excited and shocked that they had even remembered me that I knew it was fate. The next day, I took the first of four trips to Santa Barbara. Eight months later, I finally brought my dress home (Inbal’s need to be ordered months in advance because the dresses are made to fit). Some would argue that one would have to be mad to take that many road trips for a dress, but those trips are some of my best memories. My mom, grandmother, and I would take the trip down to Santa Barbara for my dress appointment, after which we would grab lunch, have some wine, and shop. That quality time really kept me grounded during the otherwise stressful process of planning a large wedding.


What were some touches added to make it personal?

I have a Tiffany’s necklace with a cross and a few other religious charms I’ve collected over the years (e.g., a cross charm from Rome, a charm of St. Mary from my favorite local church, etc.). I wear this necklace almost every single day. It’s been with me for years through everything from the first day I met Romel, to the day he proposed; from law school to the bar exam. I absolutely couldn’t walk down the aisle without it, so my mom dropped it in a tiny mesh bag and pinned it to the left side of my dress, right next to my heart.


What was the most memorable part of the day?

The ceremony in general, and when we exchanged our vows in particular. Since we were married in a Catholic church, we were able to create our own mass by selecting Bible verses and psalms that we could relate to, or that meant something to us. Even though we opted for the traditional vows, at the moment we exchanged them, we both knew we were bound together through a holy sacrament. It felt amazing to know that our love for each other was so strong, that we were willing to stand before God and declare it. The exchange of vows was also memorable as it ended on the funny note of my husband’s fingers being so swollen from the mild heat that I couldn’t fit his wedding band onto his finger!


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in a small bar in Los Gatos through a mutual friend. We were instantly drawn to each other. We were together for seven years when Romel proposed aboard a ship in the San Francisco Bay. It was my birthday, as well as Independence Day weekend. We decided on a dinner cruise in San Francisco to celebrate. After dinner, we walked out to the deck to watch the fireworks. As soon as the fireworks begun, I turned to kiss him and saw him down on one knee with an open box in his hand. We like to joke that my husband gave up his independence on Independence Day!

Photography: Blueberry Photography // Flowers & Decor: Blooming Bouquet // Videography: Extreme Vision Films // Music: Linda George // Hair: The Secret Brush // Makeup: Makeup By Sharona // Bride’s Dress: Inbal Dror // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Hugo Boss // Catering & Rentals: Premier Catering & Events  // Lighting: Everything Audio Visual // Wedding Favors: Godiva // Wedding Cake: The Cakery  // Limo Service: El Paseo Limousine // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph // Photo Session Venue: Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park // Reception Venue: San Francisco City Hall // Bride & Groom Suites: Hotel Valencia Santana Row

photography @blueberry__photography // hair @thesecretbrush // makeup @makeupbysharona // music @thelindageorge // bride and groom suites @hotelvalenciarw

We love the way creative director and stylist Cynthia Martyn Events describes the inspiration of today’s featured shoot: “low, luminous light, a rustic ambiance, moody hues of blue and grey, and gorgeous organic details.” The result is a beautiful editorial with an intriguing etherial vibe. The inspiration was Scandinavian Winter—which they nailed— but we definitely think the relaxed elegance of the florals by Sweet Woodruff  and stationery by Post & Plume would translate beautifully to an outdoor, organic spring celebration too. Of course, we’re obsessed with Grey Collective member Corina V. Photography fine art style. She captured the essence of the shoot perfectly with her film photography.

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From Cynthia Martyn – Creative Director/Stylist:

Nordic Beauty is a concept that we put together to explore the beauty of the Scandinavian Winter – low, luminous light, a rustic ambiance, moody hues of blue and grey, and gorgeous organic details all brought together in a wedding setting. We wanted to showcase a less contemporary Scandinavian style and focus on the beautiful earthiness of places like Iceland.  The wood table and chairs, the tangled beauty of the loosely arranged florals, and details like the delicate blue ceramic charger plates all add a serene beauty to the setting.  A gathering where you take comfort in the harvest and bounty of the land, even during the coldest days of Winter.  Celebrating a great love, surrounded by your closest friends and family.


From Collective Member Corina Van Sluytman – Photographer:

I wanted the imagery to be hauntingly mysterious to convey something ethereal, moody & intriguing for this shoot. Brides can easily incorporate some of the Old World charm and organic elements into their own wedding by adding some blue & grey shades,  beautiful tapered grey candles in vintage brass holders and loose bouquets.


Photographer: Corina V. Photography  // Creative Production/Styling: Cynthia Martyn Events // Floral Design: Sweet Woodruff // Calligraphy/Stationery: Post & Plume // Venue: Estates of Sunnybrook // Harvest Table: Events Party Rental // Tabletop Rentals: Plate Occasions  // Chairs: Detailz Couture // Cake & Desserts: Truffle Cake & Pastry // Make Up & Hair: Olivia Ha  // Model: Nola Elite // Blue Topaz Ring: Anemone Unique, Etsy // Veil: Sash & Bustle // Headband – Untamed Petals, Amanda Judge NY // Blue Beaded Strapless Gown: Claire La Faye, Sash & Bustle // Grey “Alexandria” Gown: Truvelle, Sash & Bustle // Blue Tulle Skirt & White Lace Top: Alexandra Grecco, Sash & Bustle