Nicole and John were married in a traditional church ceremony at Sacred Heart followed by a reception at The Parker Palm Springs hotel in Palm Springs, Calif. on September 13. “It reminded me of my mother with it’s high style yet approachable and comfortable with great outdoor and interior intimate spaces,” Nicole said. The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown, accessorized with a cathedral length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of coral dahlias. Following the nuptials, guests enjoyed signature “Mr.” and “Mrs.” cocktails and were asked to follow their “animal instinct” to their seats with handmade paper turtles, rabbits, snakes, etc. Tables were decorated with geometric patterned runners, pinwheel centerpieces, and “for richer and poorer” lottery tickets at each place setting. The newlyweds’ best piece of advice? “Use Excel and Pinterest to help organize your event, but be open to letting go of perfection and try to have most everything done one month prior,” she said. Besides the irony of it being Friday the 13th, everything went off without a hitch! “There was an overwhelming amount of fun spent with family and friends escaping and eating together for the weekend,” Nicole said.
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We always loved frequenting this café, and when we were searching for a venue, the funky atmosphere of Balzac’s came straight to mind. We love its eclectic art and its Victorian Industrial charm.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Absolutely loved the flower arrangements and bouquets with their vintage garden vibe. The donought cake – loved having “coffee and doughnuts” since we were in a café. Combining our two passions of photography and videography into one multimedia presentation that traced our history and life together along with including in it all of our guests at the wedding.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Try to enjoy the planning as much as you can. You don’t realize how special that part is until it’s over. On the day of, forget everything and bask in the moment. It’s hard to take it all in, so consider investing in a videographer so you can relive the day when it’s all over.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Seeing each other for the first time before the ceremony and having the nerves instantly melt away.