Val + Garth

palm springs wedding 7

It must be a lemony-yellow week here on Once Wed. Jen from Lollipop Events and Designs sent over this retro inspired Palm Springs wedding, and it definitely brightened up my inbox! Here’s a little more about this fun wedding from Jen…



Inspired by the venue’s mid-century modern design, we mixed together a variety of geometric prints and vibrant colors. While incorporating artistic elements enthused by Andy Warhol, we illuminated the unique characteristics of the bride and groom, Garth & Val. Style was the mantra for this event; from the brides Hello Kitty engagement ring, Betsey Johnson dress and vintage metallic pumps, to the grooms pink tuxedo t-shirt, white jeans and white leather shoes.



Stacked white cylinder blocks topped with potted succulents, connected by a thick black ribbon, created a pathway for the bride to meet her groom. Channeling the contemporary Palm Springs vibe, guests sat in clear-ice chivari chairs, while clear and white beach balls bobbing in the aqua pool glistened in the sun. A soft, romantic white-layered curtain hung as the backdrop for the ceremony site as the couple exchanged vows.


Our conjured concept of the design for the tablescapes created a modern yet sophisticated ambiance for the guests. Lanterns hung from the trees above and candles glittered while the tables were covered with custom kelly green table runners and mod geometric pop pink bow tie napkins, which were tied with striped black and white ribbons. A mix of white modern goblets and vintage glass vases filled with white rocks had vivid colored flowers emerging out of the succulents, fusing together and retro.



We tied together the couples personal design style, artistic inspiration, personalities and sophistication throughout every aspect of the wedding. Adding to the fun non-traditional vibe, we created a lemonade stand with pink and yellow Mr. & Mrs. Lemonade signature cocktails. We translated the grooms debonair choice of attire into our design, creating custom designed bow ties around the signature cocktail glasses. Who said kegs were not fashionable? Keg corsets are the new must-have for any wedding or event with a high fashion feel. Using the same fabric as the lemonade stand, we created a custom keg corset; with a matching sign Cheers for Beers hanging from the yellow and white chevron fabric!



From dinner to dessert, every aspect styled with funk and glamour. Retro catering tags inspired by 50’s-eqsue commercials provided comical relief for the guests. Hung behind the candy table were pictures of the couple edited into an Andy Warhol inspired reflection. Mirrors and geometric shapes were mixed with white and clear glass dessert stands, creating sleek yet super sweet nostalgic eye candy. Black and white trays were provided for the guests to pick away at their favorite sweets. The focal point of the goodies was the custom comic we created of the bride and grooms engagement, made as a surprise! The sweet moments didn’t stop at the dessert table. Since the couple’s two dogs are part of their family, we wanted to make a special attribute to the furry friends. We surprised guests by designing a dog table which incorporated a mid century patterned greyhound wrapping with personalized dog cakes on top, creating the ultimate sweet frosting that every event deserves!





Photographer:  Justin Lee

All potted succulents & ceremony flowers by: Lollipop Events & Designs

Florist / Main Floral Arrangements: Cherry Blossom Floral Designs

Lighting: The Show Factory

All Custom Graphics & Stationary designed by: Lollipop Events & Designs


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