I was thrilled when Rachel reached out about her Palm Springs destination wedding! At the time, Rachel was working on the accounting team at a jewelry startup here in San Francisco that I collaborate with regularly for their campaign photos. She & Steve aren’t the traditional type and really wanted their wedding day to feel more like a vacation for their guests – how cool is that? Palm Springs was an easy choice for them as they began the search as it’s a special place that they’d traveled to for vacation and they wanted their friends & family to experience a little bit of that desert magic!
The day of was so laid back, casual and fun and the weather was seriously perfect! Believe me, it can get HOT in Palm Springs, but if you wait till late October it’s so gorgeous out! One of my favorite laugh-out-loud moments was when Rachel entered the ceremony from the top of the staircase to Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode and when she got to the top of the aisle said “sorry, Mom!”. I just loved how R & S captured their personalities and relaxed style throughout the whole day – everything was perfect! There was also a pretty dang epic dance party underneath the stars that night. Enjoy these photos!
the happy couple
Photos | Cheers Babe Photo
Second Shooter | Jessica Castro
Venue | The O’Donnell House, Palm Springs, CA
Coordination | The Events Department
Floral | David Rohr Studio
HMUA | Mobile Bridal
Dress | BHLDN
Suit | Indochino
Rings | Anna Sheffield
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I met Chelsea as a bridesmaid at another wedding – an organized and totally attentive bridesmaid at that, who was also partially responsible for the design & beauty of the day. I can only imagine what she & James are cooking up for their special day here in San Francisco next May.
We started their engagement session on the secret rooftop of their apartment in the Marina & then headed to Fort Point for some photos near the Golden Gate bridge. We finished off with some pizza and beer at their favorite local spot, Final Final – a family owned sports bar. I’m still heart eyes over this session at some of the places that are most special to Chelsea & James. This shoot is classically San Francisco and so authentic to who these two are and their journey as a couple here in SF. Can’t wait to celebrate them & see where their adventures take them next!
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Oh my goodness, Sara & Brent’s Sebastopol wedding was confirmation for me that you can’t beat Fall in wine country. The gorgeous fall colored trees on the front drive and throughout the vineyards were just breathtaking! More importantly, S + B’s wedding was full of family and love you could feel all day. Brent’s vows to Sara were some of the best I’ve ever heard – such a tender spirit in that guy! I loved that they carried on an old family tradition of exchanging roses at the ceremony in place of a unity ritual. Personal touches really made the day feel extra special.
The road to the altar was not paved in gold for these two. About 2 months after they booked me for their September wedding, they received a letter from their venue that they were being shut down by the city for noise & traffic complaints. We are talking 6 months before their wine country wedding (venues out here book up 12-18 months in advance typically) they had to find a new place to be married! Can you say panic!? I got the news & immediately sent them a bottle of bubbly because real talk: these major setbacks can happen when you’re planning a wedding, but you have to remember that you’re engaged, which is awesome, & that alone is worth celebrating!
But anyway, Sara & Brent handled the situation like total champs & found a new venue in just a couple of weeks. They ended up getting married in October (PTL I was available on the plan B date! phew!) and the day could not have been smoother. Be sure to check out their lovely engagement session HERE too! I just adore these two & wish them the happiest life & marriage!
Photos // Jess of Cheers Babe Photo
Second Shooter // Zoe Larkin for Cheers Babe Photo
Venue // Vine Hill House, Sebastopol, California
Floral // Natalie Alice Floral Design
Hair & Makeup // Devotion Studios
Rentals // Encore Events Rentals
Video // Newlywed Cinema
DJ //AMS Entertainment
Live Music // Justin Diaz
Dress // Pronovias
Bridesmaid Dresses // I Heart Azazie
Suit // Suit Supply