Rosie & Joe’s millennial pink wedding at Korakia in Palm Springs was featured on 100 Layer Cake this week! Beyond being excited about the feature – I just have to say what a privilege it was to play the role of photographer in this wedding day because it was such a unique and special day for a truly amazing couple. Rosie & Joe are the coolest, most stylist & fun, modern couple I’ve photographed in a while – I loved every second of their wedding day! They opted for a day that 100% matched who they are as a couple. Everything just felt so genuine from the design all the way to their beautiful vows to one another.
Being at one of Palm Springs’ most incredible venues, Korakia, I already knew the day would feel bohemian and travel-inspired, but I love how they chose to bring in a ton of fun with millennial pink details throughout, mismatching bridesmaid dresses, a custom-designed gown made by the bride’s sister and a totally modern version of a chuppah. They even wove Jewish tradition throughout the day to honor Rosie’s family. Of course, all the blooms from Siren Floral Co. were absolutely breathtaking, and everyone’s hair and makeup was flawless all day thanks to Cheek to Cheek Artistry.
The couple opted for a traditional first look – an emotional one as Rosie walked down the aisle, which was precious. I had to hold back a lot of tears during the ceremony myself! From the moment Rosie circled Joe 7 times to their beautifully written vows – I think every guest felt the heart behind each moment. After they were married, these two threw an unmatchable dance party in the desert. I hope you enjoy all these photos!
Venue // Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs, CA
Photos // Jess + Christa for Cheers Babe Photo
Coordination // Sarah Peterson
Florals + Design // Siren Floral Co.
Hair & Makeup // Cheek to Cheek Artistry
Video // La Boheme Life
Catering // Whoa Nelly
Bar // The Whaling Club
DJ // Dart Collective
Cake // Over the Rainbow Desserts
Dress // Naomi Spindel (the bride’s sister!)
Groom’s Tux // The Black Tux
Groom’s Shoes // Wolf & Shepherd
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Hello my Santa Barbara bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this vast state to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dreamiest Santa Barbara wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there.
If you haven’t seen my LA Wedding Venue List, Bay Area Wedding Venue List, Orange County Venue List or Palm Springs Wedding Venue List, be sure to check those out if you’re thinking about other parts of California!
I am obsessed with this perfect greenhouse venue! It’s also right near the ocean!
Everything you could want – vines, a perfect oak tree, historic home to get ready in & a barn-style ballroom.
Quirky & fun hotel with unique decor details that will definitely spark joy!
Gorgeous Spanish architecture with a modern interior – the courtyard is amazing at night!
The columns are pink!! Need I say more?
The gardens are stunning! My favorite is their field of lavender!
Ocean-view ceremony & a barn reception
The ultimate glamping wedding spot!
There’s a view of the ocean, gorgeous Spanish tile steps and some of the most amazing light I’ve ever seen.
I seriously don’t know what to say other than this place is perfection!
Think classy jurassic park vibes haha!
This place is so luxurious!
Get a massage the day of your wedding while your boo plays a round of golf with his boys!
Wanna feel like you’re having a wedding in Tuscany without the jet lag? This is where you go!
Photo Credit in order from top to bottom:
Jodee Debes Photography, Cheers Babe Photo, Erin J Saldana Photography, Gaby J Photography, James & Jess, The Great Romance Photo, Jana Williams, Lisse Lundin, Jenny Quicksall, Belmond El Encanto, Wild Whim Design & Photography, Cheers Babe Photo for The Day.Collective, Michelle Beller and Jen Huang
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You’ve been asked to be a groomsman in your good friend’s wedding — you’re thrilled for your dude, but if you’re honest with yourself, you’re already feeling stressed about your role! How much is this gonna cost? Do I have to make a toast? Will I look good in the photos?
You’ve come to the right place! This post is packed with my very best groomsman tips that will not only make you a best groomsman, but they’ll keep you sane & having fun in the process!
Treat yo self
Get a fresh haircut, gentlemen! Trust me, you wanna look your best for these photos!
Remember your why
I know that being a groomsman can begin to feel time-consuming and really tighten your budget and that can feel frustrating. Whenever you begin to have negative feelings about the wedding or resenting the groom, speak this affirmation (I’m serious – it might feel cheesy, but it’ll help): “My dude needs me & this will show him how much I care about him”.
Keep the Room Clean
Often times I have to take time away from photographing the groom to move water bottles, tissues, luggage, and things of that nature out of the photo’s frame during getting ready photos. Designate a side room for everyone’s personal belongings and keep food and beverages off of tables in the main space.
Set a Vibe
You know the groom better than I do, so bring along a speaker & play the jams you think will get him into the best mood. Some grooms want a chill vibe while getting ready – maybe sports on the TV even & others want all Chance the Rapper and tequila shots, but there’s nothing worse than being photographed in an awkwardly quiet room!
Support our Dude
Advocate for the groom and his feelings on the wedding day, especially if a family member is stressing him out over an unimportant detail. If he’s feeling nervous, be a calming presence and remind him how special his bride is!
Help a Brotha Out
Throughout the day, keep an eye on the groom’s jacket & boutonniere, making sure there’s no dust spots and that the flowers haven’t flipped upside down.
You may be camera shy, but know that the more you relax in front of the camera, the better your photos will turn out. Carry yourself like you’re at your 5th GQ photo shoot & don’t forget to roll those shoulders back to have good posture. Make sure the top button on your jacket is buttoned for photos unless you’re sitting or have your arms around someone. When in doubt, hands in your pockets looks better than criss-crossing your hands in front of you. Also be sure to smile as you walk into the ceremony! Let yourself feel the emotions of the day too – ugly cry, belly laugh, whatever you need to do – don’t hold back!
Aim for a three-minute speech—that sounds short until you’re standing in front of 100 people. First, establish how you know the groom. Then add something funny (but not embarrassing) and something sentimental.