This Black and White Avalon Hotel Wedding is Like a Mini Vacation

June 13, 2017 | gabby

From Avalon Hotel‘s old Hollywood glam vibes to the cocktail hour’s synchronized swimmer performance, this Palm Spring wedding channels all sorts of magic! Crystal and Gage wanted their wedding to feel worlds away from the daily grind, so they treated their 70 guests to an extraordinary evening under the California stars. The couple’s ceremony set the tone with a unity sky lantern lighting and a dramatic recessional led by a marching band, then was followed by synchronized swimmers and a jaw-dropping first dance (it was a tango!) at the reception. Crystal and Gage decorated their venue with old Hollywood-inspired décor featuring fresh lemons, tons of foliage, and a classic black and white palette. We can’t get enough of the vibrant and lively photos that Let’s Frolic Together captured of Crystal and Gage’s surreal day!

The Couple:

Crystal and Gage

The Wedding:

Avalon Hotel, Palm Springs, California

We wanted our wedding to be fun and memorable, not only for us but for each of our guests. We didn’t want a cookie cutter wedding.

My wedding day look was inspired by Silver screen starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. I loved that my dress was one of a kind and I just adored the over the top, ultra feminine bow on the back. After looking through hundreds of bridesmaid gowns, I decided to custom design my bridesmaids dresses.

First and foremost we wanted an outdoor wedding without the threat of rain. Secondly, we wanted a location that people couldn’t resist. We wanted our wedding to not only be fun for us, but we wanted it to be fun and memorable for each of our guests. Like a mini vacation! A break from everyday reality. We picked the Avalon Palm Springs because we love the Hollywood regency design style that accentuates the mid century architecture that makes Palm Springs so special.

We wanted a theme that went well with the vibe of Palm Springs. After much deliberation we chose a classic old hollywood black and white, “California fresh” theme. Think Mad Men meets Rat Pack. Black, white and foliage were our colors. When I design I have a tendency to have a feminine aesthetic so I wanted a color palette that wasn’t too girly that my husband would love.

We personalized our ceremony by lighting and sending off a Chinese sky lantern which is a traditional way of symbolizing two souls uniting.

At our reception we chose black and white stripe runners with gold accents. Lots of white votive candles so the entire setting glowed. We chose 5 different types of Roses, Hydrangeas, tulips, ranunculus, peonies, Anemone and fresh lemons. All different shades of white accented with crisp lemon leaf. We wanted our colors to be classy and classic.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Let’s Frolic Together
Venue & Catering – Avalon Hotel
Event Planning & Floral Design – Mrs. Brown’s Floral and Event Specialist
Cake – Exquisite Desserts
Officiant – Don Toschach
Live Music – Paul McDonald Big Band
Makeup & Hair Artist – The Bridal Beauty Pros
Wedding Dress – Custom Design by Zac Posen
Groom’s Apparel – Burberry
Marching Band – Shadow Hills High School
Synchronized Swimmers – The Unsyncables of La Mirada


Congratulations to Crystal and Gage, and a special thanks to Let’s Frolic Together for sharing their day with us. Can’t get enough of this regal Palm Springs venue? Then you’ve got to see this whimsical black and white Palm Springs wedding also at the Avalon Hotel!

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  1. love her hair and makeup.

  2. Love the ‘first look’ with the puppy dog… And WOW, the after party dress is spectacular!!

  3. Total old Hollywood vibe – love this!

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