Having their mind set on a winter wedding outdoors, Ellen and Conor decided to have their Old Hollywood styled destination wedding in Palm Springs, California, where it’s always sunny. The Riviera Palm Springs allowed them to have a gorgeous simply white outdoor ceremony and to take the reception indoors away from the cold January night breeze. Whimsical gold chargers, black table cloths, and gold vases that sparkled from the candle light dressed the tables. The decor truly resembled glamour and elegance. Capturing perfect memories of the day, the talented EPLove stole the couple away from the crowd to photograph breathtaking moments in the surrounding natural setting.
Ellen and Conor
Riviera Palm Springs, Palm Springs, California
Colors of burgundy, peach and cream with pops of gold… a neutral pallet! A night of Candlelight and Romance! Flowers and succulents as art… Creative and stylized with desert inspiration! We wanted to keep things elegant and simple but still tie in the fun vintage feel that Palm Springs gave us.. I absolutely loved our ghost chairs for the ceremony and reception and feel like they really transformed the spaces into something so modern and elegant.
The most memorable moment would have to be our first look. My bridesmaids and I drove out with our photographers before our ceremony about a mile north of the hotel to the desert at the side of the highway where Conor and his groomsmen were already waiting. Conor had his back to us when we were pulling up and our amazing photographers Roger and Nate captured me walking up to him and when he turned around and we saw each other for the first time was such an incredible moment. We then did such a fun shoot with our bridal party in the desert with a more editorial feel and I’m so glad we chose to do photos before the ceremony because once we said our I do’s we were really able to enjoy our time as newlyweds with our guests during the cocktail hour.
The Couple Recommends:
My advice to future destination wedding brides and grooms would be to book your vendors as soon as possible and definitely organize having a day of coordinator so you and your significant other and family can relax. Although it is a destination wedding try to make the day your own by putting in those extra touches your guests will appreciate that will incorporate you and your groom’s personal style and personalities.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – EPLove
Event Planning – Artisan Event Floral Décor
Venue – Riviera Palm Springs
Floral Design – Artisan Event Floral Décor
Catering – Riviera Palm Springs
Cake – Over the Rainbow Desserts
DJ – James Gonzalez
Live Music – Martin Ross
Invitations – Casa Papel, Marry Grams (signage)
Makeup Artist – Cheriene Galley
Hair Styling – Kira Pinski
Wedding Dress – Lovely Bride (Katie May Design)
Bridal Accessories – Lovely Bride (Erica Koesler designed veil), Stuart Weitzman (shoes)
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Holt Renfrew, BCBG
Groom’s Apparel – Hugo Boss
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Jos. A. Bank
Rings – Tiffany & Co.
Rentals – Depiction Photo Booth
A huge thank you to EPLove for sharing Ellen and Conor’s romanic black and white wedding at the Riviera Palm Springs! Want to see more Old Hollywood styled wedding inspiration? Check out this positively glamorous wedding in St. Louis!