Magnificent Fairytale Colony 29 Wedding

The minute you step foot in Palm Springs, it feels like you’ve been transported back to the 50s. Vanessa and Lawrence leaned into those retro vibes for their Colony 29 wedding. With the help of planner Details Darling, the couple transformed the desert oasis into a vintage fairytale. The dreamy hotel was decked out in large floral arrangements and dried palms from Joy of Bloom Florals, mid-century signage, neon lights, and the lovebirds’ signature quote, “I f*cking love you.”

If that wasn’t enough, the couple chose to drive around in a vintage 1962 Thunderbird convertible, have their first dance to “I’ve Got A Crush On You” by Frank Sinatra, and had signature cocktails named after their favorite travel destinations. Talk about leaving no detail untouched. 

Thankfully they hired Kaylee Chelsea Photography to beautifully capture every special moment–from an adorable first look to an epic drive off into the sunset. So keep scrolling to see these blast to the past “I do’s.”

The Couple:

Vanessa and Lawrence

The Wedding:

Colony 29, Palm Springs, California

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The Groom Helped Pick Out The Wedding Dress

I knew I wanted to feel like a princess but also wanted to have a playful feel that would be elegant but fun. What that looked like, I had no idea. I tried on over 40 dresses with my maid of honor but none seemed to be “the one.” Because we were together for over seven years, we both wanted to be involved in each other’s fashion and beauty looks. I invited Lawrence to Kinsley James Couture Bridal to help with dresses. When I came out in my first dress, Lawrence said, “you look like a princess,” and I knew it was “the one.”

Why A Fall Colony 29 Wedding 

On October 10, 2020, we said “I f*cking love you” for a lifetime in a desert oasis amongst our closest family and friends. 10/10/20 was an extremely special date since 2020 marked our ten-year anniversary. And Palm Springs was an easy destination choice since we visited it yearly for my birthday. Once the breathtaking Colony 29 doors opened into a secluded, magical, and fairytale-like environment filled with roses, bougainvilleas, cacti, butterflies, hummingbirds, roadrunners, and the most stunning historic artist colony scene, Lawrence looked at me and said, “I think this is it.”

Incorporating Small Personal Details Throughout The Day

Since we met on the Match.com dating site, we decided to use matches for guests to find their seats. Surrounding the matches was a beautiful expression of our love story in white and gold metallic script. “I met my match” sat across from “and I f*cking love you” since Lawrence proposed to me using a jewelry dish reading those same words in gold script.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Kaylee Chelsea Photography
Event Planning – Details Darling
Venue – Colony 29
Floral Design – Joy of Bloom Florals
Catering & Cake – Miho Catering
DJ – Dart DJ
Live Music – Gemini Strings
Videography – Iron & Fern
Invitation Design – Wildhouse Ink
Makeup Artist – That Goddess Glow
Hair Styling – Brooklyn Cardenas
Wedding Dress – Angel Rivera Couture
Groom’s Apparel – JB Clothiers
Rentals – Witty Rentals


Congratulations again to Vanessa and Lawrence on their fairytale Colony 29 wedding! We’re so thankful that Kaylee Chelsea Photography was there to capture their special day. If you’re looking to tie the knot in a U.S. destination wedding like Vanessa and Lawrence, kick off your planning by considering one of these cool cities

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  1. omg I am OBSESSED with these vibes!

  2. I think I am falling in love <3 <3 <3

  3. So naturally gorgeous! I’m in love!

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