21 Jul

DIY Palm Springs wedding: Kristina & Brock

categories Kristina + Brock's wedding, Real Weddings

We had a minor computer meltdown yesterday that kept us from getting this post up in a timely fashion, but a little delay of gratification never hurt anybody, right?

We’ve been waiting for. ever. to post Kristina’s wedding (our own Kristina, in case that’s not assumed) and now that the little spread is out in Brides So. Cal, we’ve deemed it safe to post our own version. And a word of warning, it’s super hard to edit down a wedding that we’re so close to, especially when we have all 1200 photos at our disposal. So maybe sit back, pour yourself a cool drink, and enjoy.


Palm Springs is an awesome place to get married in the fall. It’s warm, it’s sunny and you can guarantee that your friends and family are going to have a relaxing and super fun weekend laying by the pool, sipping cocktails and generally enjoying the celebratory mood of the desert. Kristina and Brock chose the Colony Palms because of it’s intimate feel, small number of guest rooms (so they could take over the whole space), excellent food and generally groovy vibe. Plus it was brand new when they signed their contract which made it sort of a hidden little gem amid all the popular spots in the valley.



Kristina designed their invites herself using Jenna Hein‘s calligraphy as the script throughout the suite. She had them letterpressed by Aardvark Letterpress in downtown LA and gocco’d the little monogram button herself to finish them off.



How cool are the windmills??


For table numbers, Kristina collected vintage Palm Springs postcards which she backed with black cardstock, a pattern left over from her envelope liners and of course the actual table number. (Number stands are from Surfas in Culver City).

She also had the excellent fortune to find a florist who was nice enough to let her bring half of the arrangements for the tables. She made the succulent centerpieces herself, using tips from Hoot & Heart (they are so nice!), and arranged them in vintage California pottery she’d collected from ebay, etsy, flea markets, and thrift stores. Place cards were arranged in vintage pin flower frogs found the same places as the pottery.

She spent the summer growing a jungle of heirloom pumpkins in her backyard and used them as decoration around the ceremony and reception space.

And because it’s impossible to stop with the projects once they start, she gocco’d 250 coasters that were used at each place setting around around the bar area.


Their ceremony was held in a little garden within the Colony Palms. Brock’s older brother Sky served as their officiant and wove personal stories, pieces of literature and generally heartfelt eloquence together into a truly amazing ceremony.


The reception and party were held outside around the pool. And they finished off the night with poker in the original speakeasy (the hotel was built by a mobster in the 30’s) under the restaurant kitchen.


Good times.

You can see Kristina’s invites, table numbers, coasters, escort cards, ceremony arrangements, succulent centerpieces, rehearsal dinner favors, and other details we’re forgetting right now under the “our wedding” tag on her personal blog, Lovely Morning.

And for more photos of the wedding, go to Michele’s blog here and here (as if you need to see more). Plus Kristina posted Michele’s photos from the rehearsal dinner, rehearsal, and their welcome cocktail party on her blog as well.

Photography: Michèle M. Waite / Venue: The Colony Palms Hotel, Palm Springs / Flowers: Hoot & Heart / Calligraphy: Jenna Hein / Dress: Alix & Kelly / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Music: James King / Coordination: Allison Trowbridge – allison.trowbridge {at} gmail {dot} com

Related Posts with Thumbnails


  1. Wow, I love her dress and whole look. Very different and well done!

  2. I absolutely love this! And her blue ring! Where did she get her blue ring??

  3. You are so lovely – your dress is just perfect on you!

  4. that dress is perfect! love it!

  5. Ridiculously sexy and personal… just amazingly well-done.

  6. I saw all her wedding projects on A Lovely Morning, and it’s fun to see the re cap here. She had soo many beautiful touches, makes me realize how fun (and probably tedious) all those amazing details were!!! Thanks for sharing : )

  7. What a beautiful wedding!

  8. Absolutely beautiful! So glad to get to see more pictures.

  9. Love it Kristina! You looked beautiful as well as all your details. Congrats on getting it published also!

  10. So elegant, love the dress- simply beautiful.

  11. I, too, spied her wedding on A Lovely Morning and was (still am) in awe of it. I mean, it’s perfection, really. Truly flawless. Among all of the amazing design elements (coasters, love love), DIY additions (homegrown pumpkins?!), and impeccable style choices (Alix & Kelly, *swoon*), my most favorite photograph (and the one I’ll put in my inspiration folder) is the one of the bride and groom sharing a great big, side-splitting laugh. I mean, THAT is what all of this is about. Congrats, Kristina! You pulled off an incredible wedding and had fun doing it! BRAVO!

  12. Well FINALLY, Ms Kristina. Lovely, of course.

  13. I just love her dress and hair. Perfect.

  14. Finally! I wondered what the hold up was – duh, Kristina’s wedding WOULD be published. It was gorgeous, but most of all very personal. This recap makes that even more clear. Love love love! Congrats, Kristina!

  15. Absolutely perfect in every way. : )

  16. I love the bride’s black shoes…and the black and white invitations are awesome :-)

  17. her dress is SO stunning! LOVE the natural waist. xo

  18. So beautiful! I absolutely love the invitation suite!

  19. LOVE the windmills!! and the whole wedding is just gorgeous. I will have to go check out A Lovely Morning..

  20. Love all the special touches in this wedding. Gorgeous couple too.

  21. amazing. what an absoluetly gorgeous wedding. So simple but so much detail, can’t even explain what a perfect balance. congrats!

  22. Everything was gorgeous…my favorite are the shoes!! :) Beautiful, beautiful couple.

  23. Unbelievably beautiful and I love how it seemed so personal, warm and unique.

    Also in love with the bride’s dress! She wore it beautifully. Nice to see a gown with no embellishment; just clean, lovely lines and fabric.

    Doesn’t hurt the couple is drop dead gorgeous, too!

  24. I stayed at the The Colony Palms last summer and it was one of the most amazing places I have ever been. WONDERFUL. Would never be able to afford it on our budget, but it would be a great place for a honeymoon.

  25. Looks to me like this couple did exactly what fit their personalities. Simple and elegant!

  26. Aww! that’s adorable! Their wedding must have been great (can tell by the pictures) and I love her dress!

  27. I like this web site because so much useful stuff on here : D.

  28. Thanks for sharing superb informations. Your web-site is so cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this website. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched everywhere and just couldn’t come across. What a perfect site.

  29. I really like forgathering utile information , this post has got me even more info! .

  30. Witam, też mi się to podoba, pozdrawiam więc wszystkich, reasumując.

  31. I very delighted to find this site on bing, just what I was looking for : D as well saved to bookmarks .

  32. hello people!! Georgous site!

  33. I believe other website proprietors should take this website as an model, very clean and good user friendly style and design .

  34. Hmm it appears like your website ate my very first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring weblog blogger but I’m nonetheless new to everything. Do you’ve any points for novice blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

  35. My brother recommended I may like this website. He used to be totally right. This publish actually made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how so much time I had spent for this info! Thank you!

  36. Thanks for any other magnificent post. The place else could anybody get that kind of info in such an ideal manner of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the search for such info.

  37. Chaga mushroom dinner might have been taught plenty of globally by indicates of Euro contributor Alexandr Solzhenitsyn michael’s narrative ‘Cancer Ward’ exactly where the large person could alleviated linked with types of cancer among aid from this specific coffee. Chaga Mushroom

  38. Yay google is my king assisted me to discover this outstanding web site! .

  39. Witam, też mi się to podoba, pozdrawiam więc wszystkich, reasumując.
    Jeżeli chcielibyście się skontaktować to zapraszam na drzwi wewnętrzne

  40. gives users discounts at USA Lyoness

  41. I’m often to blogging and i actually recognize your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your site and preserve checking for brand new information.

  42. Spot on with this write-up, I actually assume this website needs rather more consideration. I’ll most likely be once more to learn way more, thanks for that info.

  43. I was reading through some of your articles on this site and I believe this website is very instructive! Continue putting up.

  44. Pretty section of content. I simply stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to claim that I acquire actually loved account your weblog posts. Any way I will be subscribing on your feeds or even I achievement you get right of entry to constantly quickly.

  45. Good blog! I truly love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  46. I am only writing to make you understand what a magnificent experience our child encountered checking your blog. She learned a wide variety of things, including how it is like to possess an ideal coaching mood to make many others without difficulty comprehend several impossible topics. You truly surpassed my expectations. Thanks for churning out the important, safe, explanatory and even cool guidance on your topic to Evelyn.

  47. My brother suggested I may like this blog. He was totally right. This publish actually made my day. You cann’t consider just how a lot time I had spent for this info! Thank you!

  48. Good day! I just want to give a huge thumbs up for the nice information you’ve got right here on this post. I shall be coming again to your weblog for extra soon.

  49. This web page is really a walk-by way of for all of the information you wished about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse here, and you’ll positively discover it.

  50. I am really inspired with your writing skills as well as with the structure to your blog. Is that this a paid theme or did you customize it your self? Anyway stay up the excellent high quality writing, it’s rare to look a nice weblog like this one these days.

  51. It’s in reality a great and useful piece of information. I am glad that you just shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  52. I went over this site and I conceive you have a lot of good information, saved to favorites (:.

  53. ipod touch fm trans mitter review Victor Wilemon http://hound1647.publr.com/post/1282946 Victor Wilemon

  54. I am not really wonderful with English but I line up this real leisurely to interpret.

  55. I in addition to my pals have been viewing the best strategies from your website and then all of the sudden I had a horrible feeling I never thanked the blog owner for those techniques. The ladies appeared to be for that reason warmed to read all of them and have now unquestionably been tapping into those things. We appreciate you genuinely very helpful and also for making a decision on some perfect information most people are really desirous to know about. My honest apologies for not saying thanks to sooner.

  56. Numerous thanks! I merely additional your blog post to the blogroll. Meow!

  57. Magnificent website. Lots of helpful info here. I am sending it to a few buddies ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks on your sweat!

  58. If you are newbie in checking domain availability then you are really a Domainbie

  59. Attractive part of content material. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to claim that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you get entry to constantly rapidly.

  60. Hi my loved one! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and come with almost all significant infos. I would like to peer more posts like this .

  61. whoah this blog is magnificent i really like reading your articles. Stay up the great work! You understand, lots of individuals are looking round for this information, you can aid them greatly.

  62. 2.} {} {PBS} {stations|Stations|Stations of the Cross} {also|besides|too|also|likewise|as well} {participate|participate|take part|enter|participate} {in|inch|in|indium|In|atomic number 49|Indiana|Hoosier State|IN|in(p)|in(a)|in|in|inwards|inward} {the} {external|external|external|external|extraneous|outside|external|international|outside(a)|external} {iTunes} {U} {site.