Is there anything better? Last Saturday we dined in our good friend Karyn’s new backyard. She just moved a half-mile north of us and it’s so exciting having her in the neighborhood. We had an authentic Texas BBQ and I was too busy eating chips and queso, potatoes, corn on the cob and chicken skewers to take any photos. I had a bite of Tim’s rib eye and it was maybe the tastiest meat I’ve ever had.
We don’t have any outdoor space (except for a sad balcony that faces another building), which is starting to drive me crazy since we live in weather paradise most days of the year. Definitely excited to move — I’ve been in this condo for 11 years! — in the next year and make the most of outdoor entertaining.
A very Happy Birthday to Karyn who is one of the most talented, thoughtful and caring friends I have.
With a desert backdrop and a black and white palette, we knew that the flowers at our wedding would have to pop. The second I met Maggie Jensen, I was hooked. She totally understood our vision, was in constant communication and was so fun to be around. We kept referring to the flowers as “insane” and that’s what happened times 10. They were more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.
My bouquet was all peonies and roses and Tim selected the orange rose boutonnieres. Our sweetheart table had 10 different small vases and looking out on the lawn was an incredible sight with so many shades of orange, pink and green. A million thanks to Maggie who went above and beyond.
Photos by Candice Benjamin
The first decision we made, before we even had our venue, was that we wanted to ask our good friend Andy to officiate our ceremony. He just gets us and has the right stuff. In addition to becoming an officiant for the day, Andy interviewed us separately and spoke to our families. The result was an incredibly personal ceremony that was partially a surprise even to us!
Tim and I love singing “I Got You Babe” at karaoke bars so I thought the phrase was perfect to engrave on his wedding band. It’s followed by “…all the way,” since that’s the Sinatra song we picked for our first dance.
If you read this blog then you know I am a huge Jonathan Adler fan. I don’t enjoy most containers that florists have to offer, but our incredible designer had these Adler-like vessels that I just fell in love with. The florals were the one area where Tim said I could do whatever I wanted (except “no purple”) so we went for insane color against the white lacquer.
On the dessert table we placed photos of our parents are their respective weddings. In the sixties and seventies when they were married, weddings were nothing like they are today, but there’s something so beautiful and simple about these photos and I loved seeing them there that night.
Tim had the genius idea to use a record as our guestbook. Since we had an Old Hollywood theme and Palm Springs is so associated with Sinatra we went with “Ring a Ding Ding,” which we scored off eBay for a few bucks.
Instead of table numbers we went for vintage travel postcards that cost a buck a piece. We put them in modern double-sided frames from IKEA and picked cities that we had been to together.
Whether you’re having a wedding or a simple birthday get together, I think it’s always great to inject your own style and personal details wherever possible. Go for the signature drink or the inside joke. We’ve all been to what I call the “beige” wedding. If you have any other ideas for personalizing weddings and events I’d love to hear them!
Photos by Candice Benjamin
I was convinced that I would be a ball of nerves getting ready for the wedding, but it was one of the calmest days ever. I slept through the night thankfully, woke up with my sister Chelsea and spent an hour alone since I knew I would be with people for the rest of the day and evening. I wrote some notes on my iPad, about what I was feeling and what was going on, and then I watched Hillbilly Handfishin’ and My Cat From Hell. So random, yes.
It was so fun getting our hair and makeup done and by the time I got in the dress I was ready. I kept waiting for the nerves, but they didn’t come (I was nervous before my bridal shower FYI.) I was just excited to see Tim and all of our friends and family. The weather was perfect, our vendors were flawless and the Viceroy Palm Springs is top-notch. Every time I would smell an orange blossom or pass a lemon tree I would smile.
Photos by Candice Benjamin
I have been coveting a pair of Karen Walker sunglasses for months now, but with the wedding I was trying to be very good, which meant no bright pink frames for me. Then yesterday, a fashion fairy godmother gave me these two pairs as a (beyond generous) gift and I can officially say that I am obsessed. I wore the cream-colored shades while sitting on the couch today watching SWV on Wendy Williams.
I am a bit of a sunglass fiend, growing up in southern California and all, but these two pairs are going to be tough to beat!
It’s pouring rain right now and I’m taking a little break from work to peruse some pretty things for spring and summer. How cute is this Janice Set ($66) from Anthropologie? I’m crazy for the polka dots, bows and retro design.
Have a lovely weekend!
I love this photo of my beautiful sister Chelsea and her boyfriend Brian (hey, nice pocket square!) from our wedding. My Uncle David, who traveled all the way from Liverpool, took the stylish shot. She wore a watermelon-coral silk chiffon gown from Monique Lhuillier, Michael Kors gold cuff and Kate Spade floral enamel earrings. Team side bun!