16 Jul

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding: Jessica + Aaron, Part 3

categories Details + Decor, Real Weddings

By now you’re all wishing you could have either been invited to this wedding, been disguised as a beach ball lounging in the pool, or squeezed through the pool gates, yes? Us too. After two already magical-filled days, we’ve now reached day 3. This is where some of the unexpected J + A wanted to include comes into play: a high school marching band, a Saturday morning shave & haircut from Rudy’s Barbershop for all the dudes, a Jaguar baraat groom entrance. In case you haven’t already, don’t forget to take a peek at Part 1 & Part 2!

reem acra wedding dress

Go ahead, start pinning Jessica’s gorgeous Reem Acra dress, now!

reem acra wedding dress

simple paper details

Aaron was great about finding little ways to keep Jessica focused during their three-day event, like leaving a vintage valentine typewriter in her room with this sweet little note.

quirky wedding guest gifts and totes

Major cute custom guest totes made by Bash, Please.

simple boutonnieres

white and ivory bouquet

fun printed wedding details

ace hotel wedding

simple bridal party bouquets

We always love when bouquets have hints of blue thistle, so seeing an entire bouquet of it is amazing.

reem acra gown

vintage groom's car

live wedding marching band

We kicked off the wedding with a homage to the Indian Baraat, which is a procession for the groom. We were inspired by a friend’s wedding in Goa, India. We danced for two hours under the hot Goan sun while delivering the groom to the altar. It was the most fun I’ve ever had. Instead of the traditional horse, we chose a vintage jaguar. Instead of a traditional Indian band, we hired the local Palm Springs High School Band (AMAZING!). This was a very special moment for Aaron (that lasted about an hour). As the bride, I soaked up so much of the focus and attention, so it was nice for Aaron to have some time where our friends and family honored him and only him. This was his time and, as you can tell, he worked it and had a blast. 

live wedding marching band

ace hotel wedding ceremony

Then it came to the ceremony. We kept it super simple. We decided to keep the vows loose and unrehearsed and wanted everything to be a surprise so that we would stay in the moment and hopefully remember all of those little details. Aaron and I wrote our own vows, but in addition to the vows, we shared “promises” to each other. We did not rehearse or share the promises with each other before the ceremony, so they were new, fresh, and incredibly touching. The little blue rug we were married on was something we brought from the home we share in San Francisco.

Our bridesmaids and groomsmen sat on the rocks surrounding the circle we were standing in.We had benches for our family and some of the guests, but most of our guests sat on the ground or stood around us. Surprisingly, it made the ceremony feel more intimate.

ace hotel wedding ceremony

palm springs wedding

How these love cats met: We were introduced via Facebook by our mutual friend, Dave Morin, in 2007. After a few messages back and forth, we decided to take the plunge and meet for dinner. We met at Blue Plate in San Francisco for a little blind-ish date. I’ll never forget my first glimpse of him — he was sitting at the bar with his little old man cardigan on with a confident yet timid smile. I immediately thought he was my kind of guy. It didn’t take us long to realize that we had a lot in common. We both love design, technology, and adventures. We probably should have met years and years ago at WWDC or Macworld, but I’m pleased our first encounter was at a blind date. It’s more dramatic that way.

Ace Hotel wedding

Really, we know it’s tough work to photograph a wedding, nonetheless a three-day celebration, but Max Wanger, we kinda envy you for this one. We’d gladly trade places with you to experience the magic that we see in your beautiful photos!

ace hotel wedding

ace hotel wedding

funny boxing bride and groom

My dad and I decided to skip the sappy and sentimental Father-Daughter dance that we had been practicing and instead cut-a-rug with the Rebirth Brass Band. That was one of the best decisions I made all weekend. The guests made a circle around us and the energy was unbeatable. At one point Flashdance played “All My Friends” by LCD Soundsystem – which is one of my all-time favorite tracks. I danced my face off with… wait for it — ALL OF MY FRIENDS! It was the perfect song to bookend our weekend.

ace hotel wedding

Around 8pm, we opened the gates to a swell of food carts. Our guests ate at the leisure and mingled. It was a great way to make sure our guests had a chance for a great meal, without breaking the flow of the evening.

wedding food trucks

We figured everyone would be exhausted after a few solid days of socializing and partying. We expected most of our guests to peel off right after the band stopped playing. Instead, we found a dance floor full of people with energy to burn, so Flashdance jumped on the decks and we danced clear through the night and straight into the morning. 

Ace Hotel Wedding

Ace Hotel Wedding

And that’s it Cakelets! When it comes to our favorite weddings, this one is definitely at the top of the list. The memories these two and their whole lot of guests get to walk away with and cherish forever are magical. HUGE thank you to Jessica + Aaron for giving our blog major eye candy today.

How does one let such an event end? Jessica + Aaron, we congratulate you a million times over and wish you the best!

Event production: Bash, Please / Photography: Max Wanger / Officiant: good friend, Chris Cox / Florals: Bash, Please / Cake + desserts:Sweet Lucie’sBeachy CreamFry GirlAce Hotel Palm Springs / Rentals: Casa de PerrinYeah! RentalsClassic Party Rentals / Lighting:Classic Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Music (ceremony): Evan Lowenstein singing Buddy Holly’s “Everyday” (pool party) Leftover Cuties (reception) Rebirth Brass Band (after party) Michael Antonia aka The Human Jukebox (barat) Palm Springs High School Marching Band / Photobooth: Smilebooth / Makeup: Stacy McClure / Makeup & hair: Fiore Beauty / Grooming: Rudy’s Barbershop / Videography: Brian Morrow at Shark Pig / Transportation: vintage Jaguar by Klassy Kars / Invitation design: Gary & Robert Williams / Venue: Ace Hotel Palm Springs / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s dress: Reem Acra / Wedding bands: Cathy Waterman / Veil: Toni Federici / Jewelry: Fred Segal / Food vendors: Ricky’s Fish TacosHeirloom LALet’s Be FrankHandsome Coffee

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  1. Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding: Jessica + Aaron, Part 3 http://t.co/r58YdHA6 via @100LayerCake #wedding

  2. Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding: Jessica + Aaron, Part 3: By now you’re all wishing you could have either been in… http://t.co/pfpIDv60

  3. Talk about an entrance! The groom rode up in a Jaguar, surrounded by guests & the Palm Springs HS marching band! http://t.co/YClIGpCK

  4. FLASHBASH wedding at it’s very best! http://t.co/XcslfY6w @bashplease @dhridge @maxwanger @yeahrentals thanks @100LayerCake

  5. By now you’re all wishing you could have either been invited to this wedding, been disguised as a beach ball lou… http://t.co/dTT28LEF

  6. The best.RT @100LayerCake: Talk about an entrance! The groom rode up in a Jaguar, surrounded by guests & marching band! http://t.co/S1230lLN

  7. Epic! RT @theflashdance: FLASHBASH wedding at it’s very best! http://t.co/d3N3ysA0 @bashplease @dhridge @maxwanger @yeahrentals

  8. Wow! Stunning wedding and love the photography. Also, love the beautiful wedding gown.

  9. Absolutely love everything about this wedding by @theflashdance @bashplease @maxwanger @yeahrentals on @100LayerCake: http://t.co/vSMHjq3l

  10. what!? They hired a MARCHING BAND to start the ceremony! And #NOLA’s Rebirth made an appearance as well! @100LayerCake http://t.co/7n2O0gFz

  11. Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding: Jessica + Aaron, Part 3 http://t.co/8oAWK47n

  12. Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding: Jessica + Aaron, Part 3 http://t.co/xWY7h84C #bridal #wedding

  13. this one was about as good as it gets. can’t imagine how it could have been better in any way (unless my clone did all of that work and i was a guest)

  14. Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding: Jessica + Aaron, Part 3 http://t.co/vFrYvXyi

  15. Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding: Jessica + Aaron, Part 3 http://t.co/mHP8px7D

  16. This is exactly how everyone’s wedding weekend should be – if everyone had all the money in the world to do what they wanted. It’s not stuffy and it’s all fun. Why aren’t more weddings FUN?! I’m glad mine was, and I’m super glad to see others are too.

  17. Is that Leo Decaprio driving the car? Great shoot

  18. ohhh totally fun!

  19. Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding: Jessica + Aaron, Part 3 http://t.co/QTUX7gDy

  20. Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding: Jessica + Aaron, Part 3 – By now you’re all wishing you could have either been invit… http://t.co/kaXibYKt

  21. WOW, just WOW! This tops the list of the best weddings I have ever read about. If I had a huge budget this is what would be happening at my wedding. Love love love it!

  22. Absolutely perfect!!!

    Small detail, but where did you find the little sunglass holder muslin bags printed with sunglasses and the future’s so bright? We have neon wayfarers to give out to all of our guests, and I would love to put them in those!

    Thanks so much!


  23. Love the details and amazing photos by max!!

  24. easily the best wedding you’ve ever posted. thank you for sharing!

  25. Thanks everyone! It was truly amazing.

    Lauren, we designed the sunglass pouch and had them screen printed. Email us if you want a quote!


  26. I’ve decided that when I get married, there will be food trucks. http://t.co/nsevfbUS #sigh #dreamwedding

  27. “@WeddingRepublic: I’ve decided that when I get married, there will be food trucks. http://t.co/qDVoZRsR #sigh #dreamwedding” nice!!! Me 2!!

  28. w/funky food trucks RT @WeddingRepublic: ive decided that when I get married, thr will B food trucks. http://t.co/YoXcD2zd #dreamwedding

  29. What a fun couple! You can just see how great a time everyone is having!

  30. 3 amazing days in palm springs. @bashplease @theflashdance @dhridge @yeahrentals. @100layercake: http://t.co/HJ2ZjcgF & http://t.co/hU97Zmfe

  31. amazing max! RT @maxwanger: 3 amazing days in palm springs. @bashplease @theflashdance @dhridge @yeahrentals http://t.co/hPyiVfOo

  32. YES! RT @maxwanger: 3 amazing days in palm springs. @bashplease @theflashdance @dhridge @yeahrentals http://t.co/XcslfY6w

  33. i’d like to be back at this wedding right NOW. @bashplease @theflashdance @dhridge @100LayerCake http://t.co/Px5KFTvL & http://t.co/MQdeTOph

  34. STUNNING!!! And such a dream team to throw a wedding!

  35. They have got essentially the most just lately introduced fashion within bridesmaid dresses, and these styles of styles are going to be equivalent to people that are designed because of the prime models with attire.

  36. WOW. Pretty awesome.

  37. Rebirth Brass Band!! Seriously! Wow!

  38. Loved the marching band shots and the ones with the boxing gloves showed humour! great job guys :-)

  39. Some amazing photos and ideas on here. I was just browsing for a few things for my own wedding and got some great bits and bobs here to share with my other half!! Defo bookmarking this page 😉

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