Bright, Unique, And Mid Century Modern Elopement *

Bright, Unique, And Mid Century Modern Elopement *

Bright, Unique, And Mid Century Modern Elopement

A vintage mid-length dress, a DIY vibrant bouquet, and an Airbnb wedding venue—these were the unique ingredients used to bring Annelise and Joel’s mid-century modern elopement to life. This Palm Springs loving couple wanted a simple wedding day that was achievable but still show-stopping. A nuptial that was infused with their personalities, without breaking the bank

From the bride’s DIY bouquet—which she created the day before her wedding—to the fully vintage attire, no detail Junebug member Carmen Lopez Photography captured was short of amazing. Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly wedding ideas or creative ways to incorporate loved ones in your elopement, this Southern California celebration is the perfect place to draw inspiration from

Carmen Lopez’s Thoughts On This Mid Century Modern Elopement

Annelise and Joel put so much work into the details behind their big day. Though it was super important to keep this intimate day about their love for each other, they wanted to incorporate their loved ones. Her best friend made their cake, his best friend officiated the ceremony, and hand-made them all dinner after the celebration. It was truly a team effort! 

The Couple:

Annelise & Joel

The Wedding:

Palm Springs, California


Don’t Stress Over Small Details 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by options or Pinterest ideas. It’s completely understandable to want a beautiful perfect day but once it comes at the expense of your sanity it’s time to just pick one and push forward. Most of the time your initial instinct is the right one anyway. At the end of the day none of those factors are going to be important in your everyday marriage. 

Saving Money With A DIY Bridal Bouquet 

We wanted our wedding planning process to be achievable and budget-friendly. Not wanting to spend too much on flowers, Annelise and a friend hit the Los Angeles Flower Mart the Wednesday before the wedding. We had a few inspiration photos but mostly decided to wing it, following how-to-assemble-a-bouquet guides on the internet. Annelise did the assembling the night before the ceremony surrounded by a group of loved ones. It was fun, laid-back, and meaningful. Something that would not be possible with the chaos of a larger wedding celebration.


Advice For Narrowing Down Vendors 

It obviously varies greatly depending on the scale of your wedding, but larger weddings can really overwhelm you with the amount of choices. When it comes to wedding vendors, our biggest piece of advice is to sit down with your significant other and take turns sharing your top vendors. This will save you from having to look at 100 different options. 

A Short, Sweet, And Personalized Ceremony 

The actual ceremony, though short, was very much tailored to us. Rather than traditional vows, we both spoke about our relationship, our future, and what we loved and cherished about our relationship. Our friends spokeabout our individual friendships and how they have seen our relationship with each other grow. Our small terrier Bindle was our special guest who delighted everyone with her floral corsage



Involving Loved Ones In Your Elopement

We involved our guests as much as possible. Our witness—Annelise’s best friend Kat—made the wedding cake and brought a Day of the Dead cake topper. We all like a little touch of spookiness and we love the slightly off quality these little totems have. Our witness’ mom also made us some last-minute tablescape textiles. Even though we didn’t DIY those ourselves it was a really sweet contribution to our celebration.

Working With Photographer Carmen Lopez Photography

After reviewing probably sixty wedding photographer’s websites, we finally came across Carmen Lopez Photography. We were limited because our date was last minute and we’re so lucky to have found her. When she showed up ready to party in a coverall jumpsuit we knew we had made the right choice. While taking photos the desert wind picked up and Carmen was such a pro at moving us around, shifting, and relocating to get amazing pictures. We’re both pretty awkward in front of a camera and are so happy with how Carmen’s photos turned out.


The Wedding Team:

Photography – Carmen Lopez Photography
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Airbnb in Palm Springs
Rings – Cartier + Anna Sheffield


Congratulations to Annelise and Joel on their mid-century modern Palm Springs elopement. And big thanks to Junebug member  Carmen Lopez Photography for capturing photos proving a large budget isn’t necessary to host a meaningful, show-stopping nuptial. To see more of Carmen’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!


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Incredible Fairytale Colony 29 Palm Springs Wedding *

Incredible Fairytale Colony 29 Palm Springs Wedding *

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The minute you step foot in Palm Springs, it feels like you’ve been transported back to the 50s. Vanessa and Lawrence leaned into those retro vibes for their Colony 29 wedding. With the help of planner Details Darling, the couple transformed the desert oasis into a vintage fairytale. The dreamy hotel was decked out in large floral arrangements and dried palms from Joy of Bloom Florals, mid-century signage, neon lights, and the lovebirds’ signature quote, “I f*cking love you.”

If that wasn’t enough, the couple chose to drive around in a vintage 1962 Thunderbird convertible, have their first dance to “I’ve Got A Crush On You” by Frank Sinatra, and had signature cocktails named after their favorite travel destinations. Talk about leaving no detail untouched. 

Thankfully they hired Kaylee Chelsea Photography to beautifully capture every special moment–from an adorable first look to an epic drive off into the sunset. So keep scrolling to see these blast to the past “I do’s.”

The Couple:

Vanessa and Lawrence

The Wedding:

Colony 29, Palm Springs, California

The Groom Helped Pick Out The Wedding Dress

I knew I wanted to feel like a princess but also wanted to have a playful feel that would be elegant but fun. What that looked like, I had no idea. I tried on over 40 dresses with my maid of honor but none seemed to be “the one.” Because we were together for over seven years, we both wanted to be involved in each other’s fashion and beauty looks. I invited Lawrence to Kinsley James Couture Bridal to help with dresses. When I came out in my first dress, Lawrence said, “you look like a princess,” and I knew it was “the one.”

Why A Fall Colony 29 Wedding 

On October 10, 2020, we said “I f*cking love you” for a lifetime in a desert oasis amongst our closest family and friends. 10/10/20 was an extremely special date since 2020 marked our ten-year anniversary. And Palm Springs was an easy destination choice since we visited it yearly for my birthday. Once the breathtaking Colony 29 doors opened into a secluded, magical, and fairytale-like environment filled with roses, bougainvilleas, cacti, butterflies, hummingbirds, roadrunners, and the most stunning historic artist colony scene, Lawrence looked at me and said, “I think this is it.”

Incorporating Small Personal Details Throughout The Day

Since we met on the dating site, we decided to use matches for guests to find their seats. Surrounding the matches was a beautiful expression of our love story in white and gold metallic script. “I met my match” sat across from “and I f*cking love you” since Lawrence proposed to me using a jewelry dish reading those same words in gold script.


The Wedding Team:

Photography – Kaylee Chelsea Photography
Event Planning – Details Darling
Venue – Colony 29
Floral Design – Joy of Bloom Florals
Catering & Cake – Miho Catering
DJ – Dart DJ
Live Music – Gemini Strings
Videography – Iron & Fern
Invitation Design – Wildhouse Ink
Makeup Artist – That Goddess Glow
Hair Styling – Brooklyn Cardenas
Wedding Dress – Angel Rivera Couture
Groom’s Apparel – JB Clothiers
Rentals – Witty Rentals


Congratulations again to Vanessa and Lawrence on their fairytale Colony 29 wedding! We’re so thankful that Kaylee Chelsea Photography was there to capture their special day. If you’re looking to tie the knot in a U.S. destination wedding like Vanessa and Lawrence, kick off your planning by considering one of these cool cities


Burgundy and Gold Ace Hotel and Swim Club Wedding *

Burgundy and Gold Ace Hotel and Swim Club Wedding *

A guitar used as a guest book, bohemian decor, and the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs are just a few of the details that made this wedding truly special. Every unique touch of this burgundy and gold wedding paid homage to the couple’s favorite things and what brought them together.

This couple kept their guests in mind while planning every detail to ensure the day was perfect for them and their guests. Thanks to the help of Details, Darling, Ashley and Jake thought of it all. Some of our favorite details from their wedding include tacos, s’mores, dogs, and even a marijuana bar! See what we mean? They wanted their guests to have a good time.  We’ll let Kaylee Chelsea Photography’s photos do the rest of the storytelling!

The Couple

Ashley and Jake

The Wedding

Palm Springs, California

Desert Fall at the Ace Hotel

We knew we wanted the wedding in Palm Springs because we love the city’s vibe and the backdrop of the desert and San Jacinto mountains. The desert in fall is so beautiful and the weather is perfect. We chose the Ace Hotel and Swim Club because it fit the vintage and laid back style we were going for perfectly! We decided on it the day we saw it. They are also dog friendly and of course our two dogs, who are basically our children, needed to be a part of our wedding. I also love the marquee they have which they let you personalize for your day. I’m a Harry Potter nerd so our marquee said “After all this time? Always” with our initials and wedding date.

Music Brings People Together

Music is a very important part of our lives. Jake plays guitar and piano and my favorite pastime is going to shows and concerts. I didn’t finalize our wedding music until the week before because there were so many songs to choose from that were special. The procession for the family and bridesmaids was “In My Life” by The Beatles, one of our favorite bands. The song that my dad and I walked down the aisle to was a song I have had picked out for this moment for my entire adult life — “Over the Hills and Far Away” by Led Zeppelin. The recessional song we chose was from Bright Eyes, called “First Day of My Life”. I always thought our first dance would be Queen’s “My Best Friend”, but we saved that for the grand entrance. Instead, we went with a cover of a song called “I Love How You Love Me” played by Rusty Clanton for our first dance.

Food and Fun For Everyone

Honestly, we just wanted everyone to have fun. I’ve always loved being a wedding guest and Jake usually does not, so we really wanted this to be a celebration where every guest could enjoy themselves and not get bored. We had an open bar, dancing, a photo booth, s’mores, late night snacks and a “marry-juana bar” so we had a little something for everyone. Our one requirement for the wedding was tacos! We love tacos and could not imagine having anything else at our wedding. Rather than a traditional cake cutting we roasted marshmallows for s’mores and for dessert, we had mini pies and donuts.  We had a signature cocktail called the Desert Facial which is a vodka cocktail with cucumber, pineapple and mint—one of the most refreshing drinks ever!

Unique Touches + DIY

My cousin Carly helped me DIY a couple things for our wedding. The first was a black denim jacket I could wear at the reception. We designed it to match the decor with burgundy and rose gold succulents surrounding our last name in white script. We also used a white acoustic guitar as our guestbook so we made a rose gold label with our initials and wedding date to personalize it a little more. Finally, we made personalized welcome bags for guests staying at the Ace which said “Palm Springs is Always a Good Idea”. We also gave out potted succulents, chocolate cookies from Milk Bar Los Angeles for guests to take home and even favor bags for our guests’ dogs!

Wedding Advice For Brides?

Get a wedding planner and go with the flow on your wedding day. Things might not go as you imagined, but it is your day and it will be beautiful and special and memorable no matter what happens.  I really don’t know what I would’ve done without Mackenzie from Details, Darling! For me, I didn’t want to burden my friends and family with planning details. I wanted everyone to have fun and enjoy all of the parties leading up to the wedding and the wedding itself. There are so many vendors out there that it’s overwhelming trying to choose who will be right for you. Mackenzie really helped in narrowing the choices down—she did an amazing job at bringing our design to life. She helped make it unique to us and we were thrilled when we finally saw everything come to fruition. Our wedding was perfect.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Kaylee Chelsea Photography
Event Planning – Details, Darlin
Ceremony Venue – Ace Hotel and Swim Club
Reception Venue – Ace Hotel and Swim Club
Catering – Kings Highway
DJ – Ian – Dart DJ
Invitation Design – Minted
Invitation Design – Minted
Makeup Artist – Cheek to Cheek Artistry
Hair Styling – Cheek to Cheek Artistry
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – BHLDN
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rings – Robbins Brothers
Day of Signage – Double Dipped Calligraphy
Photo Booth Bus – Traveling Photo Bus
Napkins/Linens – ModMix Studio
Furniture Rental – Arrangements Floral and Party Design

Congratulations again to Ashley and Jake on their fun-filled wedding! Special thanks to Mackenzie from Details, Darling for sharing this gorgeous Palm Springs Ace Hotel wedding with us. If you loved the music this couple chose for the whole ceremony, get started on building your own with this wedding reception playlist. Your wedding DJ will be glad they’ve got inspiration to work with.


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Bright and Whimsical Desert Wedding in California  *

Bright and Whimsical Desert Wedding in California  *

It may be dark and cold out, but don’t fret the weather. We’ve got some seriously stunning colorful wedding inspiration that will make this long winter feel a little less cold. Jorja and Jordan’s bright and whimsical desert wedding in California has us dreaming of a Palm Springs getaway, and we can’t get enough. 

With the help of Junebug member COJ Events, the couple transformed the La Quinta Country Club into a dreamy venue with over the top red and pink floral arrangements from Arrangements Floral & Party Design, a canopy of twinkle lights, and brushed gold accents.

Get ready to escape the current frosty temperatures and be transported to a sunny oasis. These photos captured by The Lovers of Love will take you to the California desert. 

The Couple:

Jorja and Jacob

The Wedding:

La Quinta Country Club, Palm Springs, California

Including The Family Dog

Our plan for our dog–Jasper–was for him to be hanging with the groomsmen while the bridesmaids got ready in a separate part of the estate. Jasper had a different plan, however, and kept escaping to the bridesmaid suite. We still have no idea how he kept getting into the suite, but it was clear he wanted to be with the girls to help his mom get ready to marry his dad. Jasper was Jacob’s dog since before we started dating, and it felt like he wanted to play his part to make things official.

Whimsical And Colorful Vibes At The Desert Wedding In California

We developed our vision for our wedding over time by researching weddings in the Palm Springs area. When we had our floral and decor demo at our venue, our vision came to life. Cathy and Angela from COJ Events, along with Luna from Arrangements Floral & Design, really listened to us, answered all our questions, and helped us make decisions we still feel awesome about. The vibe for our wedding was brightly colored desert flowers, whimsical, romantic, and fun.

Wedding Advice From The Bride

I highly recommend splitting up the wedding planning tasks. Speak up if something is important to you, but don’t avoid help if it’s not exactly the way you’d do it. You gotta let some aspects ride. You’re planning the best day of your life with your forever partner—the wedding should be a reflection of both of you.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – The Lovers of Love
Event Planning – COJ Events
Venue & Catering – La Quinta Country Club
Getting Ready Estate – Bougainville Estate
Floral Design – Arrangements Floral & Party Design
Cake – Exquisite Desserts
Live Music – Dart Collective
Videography – Isabel Cinamatique
Invitation Design – Minted
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Chelsea Nicole Make-Up & Hair
Rentals – Signature Party Rentals
Photobooth – Coachella Party

Congratulations again to Jorja and Jordan on their whimsical desert wedding in California! We’re so glad that The Lovers of Love captured their special day and that Junebug member COJ Events was there to help them through the planning process. To see more of their work, check out their profile in our directory of wedding planners from around the world.


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Earthy Autumnal Wedding at Casa Cody in Palm Springs *

Earthy Autumnal Wedding at Casa Cody in Palm Springs *

Our midcentury desert dreams have come true! Alisa and Phil celebrated their love with an earthy autumnal wedding at Casa Cody. Bellaru Events absolutely stunned us with every detail of the day–from vintage equipale furniture to the personalized neon sign to the natural warm colored florals from The Little Branch.

Alisa also stepped in to do a little personalization herself. With the help of her parents and their planner, she created a one-of-a-kind seating chart on vintage vases that she found at thrift stores. She filled them with painted palm leaves and pampas grass to add an extra rustic touch.

The couple also named one of their signature cocktails–created by The Whaling Club–after their furry friend, and their cake topper was a small ceramic portrait of themselves. This just goes to show that even the smallest details can make a wedding unique to who you are as a couple!

Keep scrolling to see the stunning photos captured by Isaiah and Taylor Photography—be prepared to be inspired.

The Couple:

Alisa and Phil

The Wedding:

Casa Cody, Palm Springs, CA

Why Casa Cody

Casa Cody was love at first sight! It was the first venue we visited on a whim, and it was right when the sun was setting. The sky was a perfect violet, and that pretty much sealed the deal for us. The property is so lush, and the grounds are full of beautiful bougainvillea and orange and grapefruit trees, which was a big sell for me! The Adobe House, the main house on the property–where the bride and groom can stay–feels so full of rich history with beautiful antique decor. Fun fact, Casa Cody is the oldest operating hotel in Palm Springs. I love places with meaning and culture, and you definitely get a sense of that when you walk onto the property.

Earthy Autumnal Wedding Day Vibes

We both knew we wanted a desert Palm Springs wedding, so the location really helped form our vibe. The inspiration for the wedding came from my love of all things earthy and rust-colored. I was also influenced by a recent trip to Big Sur, where the coastline was filled with pampas grass. Phillip was the key vision for how our wedding was lit up, so everything you see from the structure of the lights over the tables to the chandelier over the rustic wood dance floor was all my husband!

DIYing The Reception

My biggest task was the escort table. I was inspired by a photo of a ceramic vase with the table number and names hand-drawn on. I wrote every single name on each of the glass and ceramic vases. My mom helped spray paint gold palm leaves from my dad’s backyard and stain the wood crate boxes we found at Home Goods. My wedding planner even went to a discount store to look for the beautiful glass vases and jugs. It was a lot of work, but I was very pleased with how it turned out.

Reminiscing On The Wedding Night

After a wild night with our friends and family at the after-party, Phil and I walked back to Casa Cody, where we were staying as well. The dance floor from our wedding was still lit with the string lights and chandelier. No one was around, considering it was close to 3 A.M. We laid down in the middle of the wood dance floor, staring up at the chandelier and the night sky, and talked about what a fun day we had and shared our favorite moments. It was a wonderful first moment of being alone together as newlyweds! We passed out shortly and were woken up by the sprinklers. It was perfect.

The Wedding Team:

Photography & Videography – Isaiah + Taylor Photography
Event Planning – Bellaru Events
Venue – Casa Cody
Floral Design – The Little Branch
Catering – K’Syrah Catering and Events
Cake – Over the Rainbow Desserts
Bar – The Whaling Club
Live Music – Cattus Quartet
Invitation Design – Minted
Makeup Artist – Makeup the Bride
Hair Styling – Elizabeth Lague
Wedding Dress – Rue de Seine
Groom’s Apparel – J. Crew
Rings – Jessica Seaton
Rentals – More Rentals, Planks + Patina
Photobooth – Booth and Bus Co

Congratulations again to Alisa and Phil on their earthy autumnal wedding at Casa Cody! We’re so glad that Isaiah and Taylor Photography were there to capture the magic of their day. Planning your own southwestern affair? Check out our favorite color palettes for desert-inspired weddings!


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