Hip DIY Desert Ace Hotel Palm Springs Wedding

November 12, 2018 | juliette

In our experience, Palm Springs brings out the creative side of couples, and Rachel and Michael’s wedding at Ace Hotel Palm Springs is yet another fun example! The crafty couple DIY-ed every element of their decor and then transported it in a U-Haul truck from Colorado to their venue in California. They created three separate lounge areas with Moroccan rugs, couches, and lanterns, set up a mini paper burning altar for their ceremony, and designed tablescapes that were full of texture and color. The goal was to create a look that was multidimensional and personal, and then use all of their decor in their own home after the big day! We can’t get enough of Rachel’s two wedding dresses — one new and one vintage — and we are in love with how photographer Jaicee Morgan captured every unique element and moment of this California wedding with such ease and attention to detail.

The Couple:

Rachel and Michael

The Wedding:

Ace Hotel Palm Springs, California

We really wanted our wedding to last more than a few hours. Michael has family from all over the US and many of our friends would be traveling to see us, so we knew we needed a venue that would keep everyone together and let us stay up late. We chose the Ace Hotel Palm Springs so that everyone could make a fun vacation out of our wedding weekend and they let us have our venue from the morning until 2 AM the next day.

The most memorable part of the day for us was our first look. I had secretly taken guitar and vocal lessons in the two months leading up to the wedding, despite hating my voice and never having played guitar before. We did our first look in the Moorten Botanical Gardens, tucked among the cacti. Michael walked up to see me sitting and playing “Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty for him. He couldn’t hold it together and cried a ton! I had been so nervous until that point so, after I was done with the song, I was finally able to relax and have fun.

When you get engaged, you’ll likely have an idea of how you’d like your wedding to be. Along the way, you will get feedback from nearly everyone you talk to about what they think your wedding should be like. Gracefully thank them for their opinion, but don’t make decisions based on what is convenient or comfortable for them. You will end up balancing 100 conflicting ideas and making stress that you don’t need. Those who can come will come. Those who can’t will be missed. Stay true to you and your own dreams, budget, and vision.

We did a few things to personalize our ceremony! First, I am a photographer and I wanted a photo we took during our engagement session to match one from our wedding. So, I stopped the ceremony, had my friend hand me the camera, and took a photo of Michael during our ceremony. I also wrote a poem about meeting Michael as a part of my vows. We also burned little scraps of paper with the things we are leaving behind out of our relationship on an altar. And our officiant burned Juniper as people arrived to set the tone. We also had our dogs with flower collars walk down the aisle with our best man and maid of honor. Lastly, nobody but our officiant stood up with us.

We DIY’d nearly everything! From our altar to little flags that had our ceremony program to the denim jackets to the table runners (thanks mom!) to our three separate lounge areas. We had a day-of wedding planner but no decor help. We drove from Colorado to California with a U-Haul full of couches, pool floaties, sheepskins, a neon sign that I had designed, and nearly everything we needed for our wedding. We wanted to repurpose it in our home after our wedding! Now our living room has a gorgeous cowhide rug that was in our hookah lounge, and we have Moroccan lanterns in our yard.

I wore two dresses: one was a Rue De Seine dress and the other was my mother’s dress, which was altered to become a more modernized two-piece. I also wore layered necklaces from Child of Wild and a custom ring stack from Anna Sheffield. I wanted to just be myself, a woman of many layers: classy, quirky, bohemian, minimalistic. The flower crown was created by the florist and I didn’t see it until the morning of the wedding.

I also surprised Michael by having nail decals of his face made. I thought it would be creepy/funny to have him looking down at his own face as he slipped the ring on my finger during their ceremony. All of my girlfriends and family sported Michael face decals on their nails for the day. Needless to say, it created a ton of laughter and scared Michael a bit!

Processional – “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac
Recessional – “Love” by Kendrick Lamar
First Dance – “Better Together” by Jack Johnson


The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jaicee Morgan
Event Planning – Jessica of Crowned Events
Venue – Ace Hotel Palm Springs
Floral Design – My Sun and Stars Co
DJ – William Reed
Videography – White in Revery
Hair and Makeup Artist – Chelsea Nicole Hair and Makeup
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine via Anna Bé
Vintage Reception Dress Redesign – Donna Beth Creations
Bridal Accessories – Child of Wild
Rings – Anna Sheffield
Tarot Reader – Audrey Alison Astrology + Tarot


Congratulations to Rachel and Michael, and a huge thanks to Jaicee Morgan for sharing this beautiful Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding with Junebug! Interested in doing some DIY project for your own wedding? Get inspired by 9 couples who nailed their DIY weddings!

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Neutral and Natural Tulsa Wedding Inspired by the White Barn Venue at Spain Ranch

November 11, 2018 | juliette

If crisp white decor and loads of greenery speak to your style, Gabriella and Preston’s naturally elegant wedding at Spain Ranch is everything you need today! The oh-so-talented Nicole Allen Events helped bring this couple’s intimate vibe and natural energy to life with white floral centerpieces and installations designed by Anthousai, white linens, and subtle light wood accents that fit in seamlessly with the all-white interior of the barn venue. The overall look was crisp yet charming, rustic yet elegant, and spoke to the couple’s laid-back personal style. Lucky for us, Chelsea Reece and Susan Alyse Photography were on hand to capture every dreamy detail and every romantic — sometimes rain-soaked — moment of this special day!

The Couple:

Gabriella and Preston

The Wedding:

Spain Ranch, Jenks, Oklahoma

We looked at many venues but Spain Ranch really stood out to us. It was perfect for the intimate wedding we were wanting. We loved that it was a blank slate and that we were able to be creative with the space. The venue itself is beautiful inside and out!

We had a set idea in our minds of what we wanted the day to look like from the colors, food, set up, and the music. With the help of our planner, it all came together perfectly! We wanted a relaxing, special day that we could enjoy with our friends and family.

There were so many moments in the day that were memorable to us. But the most memorable was being able to celebrate with our friends and family during the reception. It was so fun to be able to relax and enjoy the night as newlyweds with our loved ones.

Enjoy every aspect of planning your wedding day! Sometimes you can get caught up in all the little details, but, in the end, it is so exciting to see how it all comes together. Having a wedding planner definitely helped us tremendously, as well.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Chelsea Reece and Susan Alyse Photography
Event Planning – Nicole Allen Events
Venue – Spain Ranch
Floral Design – Anthousai
Catering – Ludger’s Catering
Cake – Frosten’s Bakery
Officiant – Rev. Jay Howell
DJ – LionsRoad
Videography – Sarah Palik
Hair and Makeup Artist – Hannah Miller Artistry
Wedding Dress – Prescott Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Prim
Rings – Spexton
Rentals – Party Pro Rents
Draping – Daniel Weir Design
Farm Table Rentals – J&L Tables


Congratulations to Gabriella and Preston, and a special thanks to Nicole Allen Events for sharing this gorgeous Spain Ranch wedding with Junebug! Love this neutral color palette? These neutral bridesmaids dresses are subtle showstoppers and would fit perfectly with any neutral and natural color palette you choose!

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This Vibrant San Miguel de Allende Elopement Inspiration Highlights Your New Favorite Destination Spot

November 10, 2018 | juliette

If you think destination weddings in Mexico have to be constrained to the beach towns of Tulum or Cabo, think again! Lilly Red Creative and Paula Balderas have made us fall head-over-heels for San Miguel de Allende in this incredible elopement inspiration, which takes us through the vibrant streets of this UNESCO World Heritage site. The talented team fully embraced the culture and energy of this historic town with every detail, most notably with a Mojiganga parade that included mariachis, a donkey, and 8-foot-tall puppets created by Hermes Arroyo. The bride’s stunning Costarellos gown and eclectic gold accessories and various hairpieces and hats, along with the groom’s classic black and white suit, were the uber-stylish cherries atop this unbelievable destination elopement inspiration!

One of the most fun parts of planning a destination wedding is embracing the culture of the place you are going to get married. We created this editorial to show one of the most gorgeous towns in Mexico — that isn’t Cabo or Tulum — for destination weddings: San Miguel de Allende.

San Miguel de Allende is a colorful and vibrant colonial town full of history. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and is full of charm. But there is one thing that especially captured my attention: the traditional Mexican Mojiganga. It is a parade where the bride and groom walk through the streets with 8-foot tall puppets that represent them, dancing with the mariachi and donkey processional. Our groom wore a black suit and our bride stole the show by wearing a Costarellos wedding gown. She had a handmade hat that brought together the perfect mix of elegance and fashion.

The Talented Team:

Photography and Styling – Lilly Red Creative
Event Planning – Paula Balderas
Ceremony Venue – Terraza Trinitate
Reception Venue – Hotel Nena
Floral Design – Maria Limon
Hair and Makeup Artist – Maquillista Erika Almanza
Wedding Dress – Costarellos via The Dress Theory San Diego
Bridal Jewelry – Elisheva and Constance
Puppets – Hermes Arroyo


Our biggest thanks to Junebug member Lilly Red Creative for sharing this beautiful San Miguel de Allende elopement inspiration with us! Want to see more destination wedding magic in Mexico? This Hacienda Yaxcopoil wedding shows off the spirit of Mérida, Mexico!

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