Jessica and Ben’s Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding was a weekend-long celebration! After flying from New York City, Jessica and Ben embraced the cool California vibes with a pool party and desert adventures. We are obsessed with Jessica’s bridesmaids rocking “babe” denim jackets custom made by Wild Rose Shop – they are perfect addition to their mismatched dresses! And speaking of rad accessories, Ben’s velvet Del Toro loafers are the icing on the cake. With a wedding party dressed to kill, they danced (and swam!) the night away with the help of DJ Dart Collective keeping the music flowing and the party going. Both Cody and Allison Photography and Wild Light Films perfectly documented Jessica and Ben’s wedding!
Jessica and Ben
Ace Hotel, Palm Springs, California
We wanted our friends and family to have a weekend full of fun memories and didn’t want to limit the wedding to just one day, so we had three days of festivities (a traditional Jewish Friday night dinner under the stars, a brunch/ pool party the day before the wedding, and of course the wedding itself).
Remember to enjoy every moment of the day and the planning process. It’s easy to get caught up with the little details when planning a wedding, but what really matters is that you’re marrying the person you love and you’re surrounded by your favorite people in the world who came out to celebrate with you. That being said, I definitely recommend hiring a month or day of coordinator. Our coordinator was a life saver on the day of the wedding and made sure everything was running smooth and on time, which took the stress off of us. Also highly recommend going all out on photography and videography. When all is said and done, beautiful photos and videos that capture the day is something you will treasure forever.
We always wanted a destination wedding so finding a great location was one of the most important parts of planning the wedding. I am a wedding photographer so I definitely wanted the location to be super cool and beautiful. We actually vacationed nearby in Joshua tree the year before we got engaged and fell in love with California. We thought the desert would be the perfect place, especially because Palm Springs is surrounded by mountains and gorgeous scenery. Also, coming from NYC, where the weather can be so unpredictable, we wanted to make sure the chosen location had a slim chance of rain, but funny enough it did rain that evening in the desert (although most people were having too much fun to even notice).
Walking down the aisle seeing my husband cry and all of our closest family and friends in this beautiful place felt surreal. Our close friend married us and brought up some hilarious stories of how we met, which made our ceremony so much more special to us.
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Our florist/designer decorated the venue more beautiful than I could have imagined. Because this was a destination wedding, we were only able to discuss ideas over the phone, and she was able to decorate everything exactly how I envisioned the wedding would look.
We didn’t want our wedding to scream traditional so we opted out of a wedding cake and instead had a wedding donut stand. Also helps that I am obsessed with donuts!!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Cody and Allison Photography
Event Planning – Details Darling
Venue and Catering- Ace Hotel Palm Springs
Floral Design – Shindig Chic
Officiant – Bash Naran
DJ – Dart Collective
Videography – Wild Light Films
Invitations – Forever Photography
Hair and Makeup Artist – Nancy Z Beauty
Wedding Dress – Sarah Seven
Bridal Accessories – Child of Wild, Luv AJ
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Wild Rose Shop
Groom’s Apparel – Paul Smith, Del Toro Shoes
Rings – Jacob & Co
Calligraphy – Freed Hands
Robes – Boohoo, Stone Cold Fox
Congratulations to Jessica and Ben, and thank you to Junebug members Cody and Allison Photography and Wild Light Films for sharing this Palm Springs wedding with us! If you loved the day-after session these two sweethearts had with Cody and Allison, then you have to check out this emotional Flagstaff wedding!