Gorgeous Palm Springs Destination Wedding by Joy Marie Photography – Cari and Jared

June 28, 2010 | christy

Today’s gorgeous Palm Springs destination Real Wedding was photographed by Joy Marie Photography, and is filled with emotional imagery, rich details and the dramatic vibrancy that Joy’s photos are so well known for. Read on to learn about Cari and Jared’s thoughtful wedding details, why they chose Joy Marie as their photographer, and how Joy herself approached photographing this beautiful event. (And when you’re done, don’t miss the darling 13th wedding anniversary photos of Joy and her husband David featured over on What Junebug Loves today!)

black and white wedding portrait, Palm Springs destination real wedding, photos by Joy Marie Photography

The Newlyweds – Cari and Jared

Junebug: What were your most important goals in planning your wedding?

Cari and Jared: We were most concerned about making this wedding personal. Every step we took, we asked each other, Does this tell our story?  Is this us? For example, we were hesitant to spend money on favors unless they reflected our personal story. When I saw mini potted succulents, I thought that was an amazing idea, something that could triple as favors, escort cards, and table decorations. I worked with Kristen Daniel Schrock of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants to design a sticker on which we printed my favorite quote about love, which also mentions mason jars. Then I asked my florist to pot the mini succulents in mason jars instead of the standard terra cotta. The result was a keepsake that reminds us forever of our wedding day while also giving our guests a glimpse into our personal love story.


Junebug: How would you describe your personal wedding style?

Cari and Jared: Fun, modern, rustic, and creative.


Junebug: Where did you hold your wedding and reception, and why?

Cari and Jared: We held our wedding at Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs. The resort is unique, sexy (they have fire pits, Moroccan lanterns and bougainvillea, and even sultry Moroccan-style day beds, EVERYWHERE), and so beautiful. Korakia is filled with all these nooks and crannies, perfect for one-of-a-kind photos or a place to steal away with your honey. In order to rent Korakia for an event, you must fill all the rooms of the resort for two nights, which gave us the run of the house. It allowed us to spend this special weekend with those we are closest to and love the most. Plus, look at it, its gorgeous, it hardly needs any decoration. And there is so much that the resort offered to our event aside from natural décor: two saltwater pools which we used for our after-party, a bocce ball court, fire pits for smores, rustic Mediterranean and Moroccan style furniture that we incorporated into our wedding in lieu of rentals.

Palm Springs destination real wedding decor details, photos by Joy Marie Photography


Palm Springs destination real wedding decor details, photos by Joy Marie Photography

Junebug: What were you looking for in a photographer?

Cari and Jared: I HATE having my picture taken. I do not believe I am at all photogenic. I needed a photographer who could make me feel comfortable while at the same time directing me so that I didnt ended up looking awkward.


Junebug: What specifically drew you to Joy Marie and her imagery, and what did you enjoy about working with her?

Cari and Jared: Joy Marie is so approachable, but at the same time energetic and fun. She has a talent for slightly altering her style to capture the individual personalities of the couple, and the end result is so sexy and artistic! After the first five minutes of shooting our engagement pictures with her, I realized I could let go and trust that she was seeing something beautiful that I could not. That artistic quality she has is what makes a client trust her and trust in the end product. Plus, her patience is extraordinary; it takes a lot of good humor to put up with our wedding party!

Palm Springs destination real wedding, groomsmen portrait, photos by Joy Marie Photography


Palm Springs destination real wedding, fun wedding party portrait, photos by Joy Marie Photography

The Photographer – Joy Marie Photography

Junebug: How did you approach this particular wedding and what did you most want to capture during shooting?

Joy Marie: Cari and Jared put a lot of thought into this venue and the dessert theme, so capturing all the details and the setting was important. But mostly, I wanted to capture the spirit and emotion of their day. This couple has already been together for years and been through a lot together…I knew it was going to be a very emotional and special day.

Palm Springs destination real wedding ceremony at Korakia Pensione, photos by Joy Marie Photography


Palm Springs destination real wedding ceremony at Korakia Pensione, photos by Joy Marie Photography

Junebug: Were there any special photographic requests from the couple that made this wedding especially exciting creatively or personally?

Joy Marie: A boudoir shoot. Cari sent Jared out with the boys golfing the day before their wedding. They were staying in a private bungalow at the Korakia in Palm Springs where they were getting married. We were able to use the entire bungalow and followed Cari around in what would be her morning routine…only she just happened to be totally made up!

(Check out this steamy boudoir shoot from our Photobug post last Wednesday!)

Palm Springs destination real wedding decor details at Korakia Pensione, photos by Joy Marie Photography

Junebug: What was the most fun part of this wedding for you to photograph?

Joy Marie: As with most destination weddings, this was super intimate. All of the guests at the Korakia Pensione were either family or close friends of Cari and Jared. Every decision was made around how to incorporate the guests. Even for their first sight, Cari and Jared requested that their family and friends be there as they saw each other for the first time for pictures.

Palm Springs destination real wedding reception at Korakia Pensione, photos by Joy Marie Photography


Palm Springs destination real wedding bridal portrait, photos by Joy Marie Photography

Thank you for sharing your wedding with us Cari and Jared!

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  1. I love how they used the succulents and the big wedding party photo is rad!

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  3. All of these pictures bring back such great memories – I never get tired of looking at them!

  4. Amazing wedding, amazing photos. Love you guys. xxoo

  5. This wedding was everything Cari and Jared set out for it to be…intimate, sexy, personal and so much fun! It was an honor and joy to be a part of it. Korakia was incredible and Joy was absolutely amazing to work with!

  6. The wedding looks amazing.  What a great location and use of color.

  7. Absolutely stunning photos! I love the colors and the couple’s style.

  8. Such beautiful pictures and they capture all of the love felt that day perfectly!

  9. Gorgeous venue, photos, and couple!!

  10. Lovelt, lively wedding. Sweet, sexy, romantic. The perfect blend for a happy life. L’Chayim!!

  11. Love this wedding!! The photography and location are simply fabulous!!

  12. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Congrats!

  13. beautiful wedding, beautiful photos, and an even more beautiful couple. so honored to have been there.

  14. Everyone who attended this wedding knows how much thought and caring went into it. Thank you for memorializing all your decisions and thoughts: your approach created the greatest wedding I ever attended (not counting my own).

  15. Love EVERYTHING about this wedding!

  16. Amazing pics Joy! And what a gorgeous couple!

  17. Our family had such a wonderful time at this beautiful location. This day was such a testament to the love shared by Cari and Jared. The pictures truly captured the happiness of this special time…Every detail was planned to perfection and it showed!!!

  18. Damn, we look good!!!

  19. What gorgeous pictures and they really bring out the love between these two! Love every one of the photos.

  20. I was genuinely touched by the simplicity and intimacy of a day filled with warmth and caring. Everything was perfect. We had the best time.

  21. Amazing day, amazing venue and an amazing couple!!

  22. The two of you make us proud, proud to know you and love that we were a part of the most beautiful day!!! LOVE you both! xo

  23. Looks like it was a perfect day!!

  24. Special time captured in a special way. Feel special being part of it!

  25. Such a fun and beautiful wedding for a fun and beautiful couple!

  26. Beautiful venue. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful day.

  27. Beautiful wedding!!

  28. Wow, thanks for the love! We had such an amazing time with all our loved ones. And what incredible vendors, not only Joy and Korakia, but also Melina Ruiz of Reign of Beauty! Thanks for everything!

  29. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  30. The beauty of this wedding was definitely captured by an amazing photographer !!!!

  31. Beautiful couple and beautiful wedding. So glad that I was able to be there!

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