DIY Palm Springs wedding: Kristina & Brock

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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

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Dana Cordova on Jul 21, 2009

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

April on Jul 21, 2009

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

Thoughtful Day on Jul 21, 2009

You are so lovely - your dress is just perfect on you!

dani @ weddings fresh on Jul 21, 2009

that dress is perfect! love it!

Maggie ~ The Freckled Citizen on Jul 21, 2009

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

Katie on Jul 21, 2009

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 : )

Jessica on Jul 21, 2009

What a beautiful wedding!

Rachel (Heart of Light) on Jul 21, 2009

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

Jen@GreenWeddingShoes on Jul 21, 2009

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

Andri Benson on Jul 21, 2009

So elegant, love the dress- simply beautiful.

nicole b. on Jul 21, 2009

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!

Meg, A Practical Wedding on Jul 21, 2009

Well FINALLY, Ms Kristina. Lovely, of course.

Johanna on Jul 21, 2009

I just love her dress and hair. Perfect.

Allison on Jul 21, 2009

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!

Secret Leaves on Jul 21, 2009

Absolutely perfect in every way. : )

nina on Jul 22, 2009

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

joanna goddard on Jul 22, 2009

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

kasey at thriftylittleblog on Jul 22, 2009

So beautiful! I absolutely love the invitation suite!

Rachel on Jul 24, 2009

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

kate Holt on Jul 24, 2009

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

Sprouted Kitchen on Jul 24, 2009

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

Jennifer (makeupforyourday) on Jul 24, 2009

Everything was favorite are the shoes!! :) Beautiful, beautiful couple.

april on Jul 29, 2009

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!

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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.

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