16 Sep

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Brittany + Eugene had three things in mind when they set out to plan their engagement shoot: the iconic Stahl House (particularly architect Pierre Koenig’s work) the desert, and Palm Springs. The trick was channeling a bit of each element. So they visited a private residence in Joshua Tree that they could actually stay at and relax a bit before the wedding, just the two of them. A pretty good idea, if you ask us! As for the e-sesh, the talented Brandon Kidd met them to snap these mid-century, Stahl inspired engagement photos in Joshua Tree:

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Eugene says, We love being out amongst nature, while being able to appreciate other pleasures such as fancy dinners and nights out together. Our outfits with the suit and the dress played into that a bit, and there was something truly magical about being able to capture it as the sun was going down.

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

The days before the actual shoot we were able to really take in the peace and quiet of the space, and be one with each other. The property was solar-powered, and water was limited. Being able to cook for each other and experience a true off-the-grid experience is something we can treasure forever. Nothing beats the stresses of the preparation than a well-deserved R&R, with some bangin’ photos to boot!

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

How about this view?!

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Love the black outfits against this desert backdrop.

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

Stahl House engagement shoot | Photo by Brandon Kidd | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78591

So romantic. Congrats you guys!

Photographer: Brandon Kidd / Location: Private Residence in Joshua Tree / Brittany’s Look: Topshop / Eugene’s Look: Topman

 
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15 Sep

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

If you were as enamored with this morning’s Horizon Hotel rehearsal dinner in Palm Springs as we (still) are, then you’ll be reeeally excited about their big day. As you can imagine, Christine & Jordan’s Ace Hotel wedding was even more gorgeous, filled with the most romantic yet understated colors, chic details, and lots of amaze décor crafted by the bride herself.

Thanks to Edyta Szyszlo Photography, who C + J found here on 100lc (yay!) and fell in love with right away.

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Dying over these dresses! Christine’s is a jeweled, cap sleeve Reem Acra gown with pleated twists and a flowing silk skirt, while the bridesmaids’ dresses are Adrianna Papell – a perfect little collection, yes?

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

That’s one good-looking wedding party!

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Kind of amazed by all the stunning floral arrangements so far. Kudos to Honey & Poppies on these beauties!

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Too cute!

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

They went for a modern, boho-chic we vibe, and the Ace Hotel provided the right aesthetic before they even began decorating. Christine says they also chose the venue for the fun environment + great food.

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

The bride is a huge DIYer, already armed with all the crafting tools she needed, so she got right to work on an impressive list of projects: table signage, votives, garlands, table runners + this assignment board (which now lives in their home!), ceremony curtain, invites and other paper products, gift bags, candles, and cufflinks.

If you aren’t a crafty person, don’t use your wedding to learn! It can be really stressful. Take it from someone that is a crafty person, I was even outsourcing towards the end to get projects (that I was originally really excited about) off my plate. At a certain point you just have to sit back and let the wedding happen and enjoy it. If you get wrapped up in all the tasks, you can miss a lot of it. I made myself stop crafting/planning two weeks out, and had to trust that I did a good enough job up until that point. Everything was lovely, and even things I stressed about… spelling the word “rehearsal” wrong in the gift bag itinerary, were just silly and didn’t matter!

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78534

Cheers to the happy couple!

Photographer: Edyta Szyszlo Photography / Venue, Rentals, & Catering: Ace Hotel Palm Springs / Planner: Bride, Christine Dodds / Flowers: Honey & Poppies / Hair & Makeup: 10.11 Makeup / Invitations: Bride, Christine Dodds / Photobooth: Tomfoolery SF / DJ: Austin Hendrix / Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra from Kleinfeld / Shoes: Nicole Miller and Badgley Mischka / Veil: Naugi Tiaras / Necklace: Heirloom / Earrings: Kate Spade / Groom’s Tux, Tie, & Shirt: J. Crew / Shoes: Cole Haan / Cufflinks: Made by Bride / Socks: Richer Poorer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell

 
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15 Sep

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

This rehearsal dinner is so sweet; all you’d need is a white dress to pass it off as the wedding itself (which just proves that the their wedding was even more impressive – more on that later!). The bride, SF event designer Christine Dodds, coordinated a relaxed, but super chic rehearsal dinner at The Horizon Hotel in Palm Springs that everyone could enjoy. The wedding party + family actually rented bungalows there for the entire week of the wedding… sounds so fun!

Thanks to Edyta Szyszlo Photography for the photos here.

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

A sparkly pair of Badgley Mischkas to glam things up a bit.

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Christine made the votives and garland as simple ways to complement the venue.

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Designed by William Cody in 1952, the hotel has been fully restored to its original iconic splendor, which the couple built off of for their decor. Christine says, We went with the theme and had a mid century modern, Hollywood chic vibe all week. But we also wanted to keep it casual, so we had Umami’s food truck come in, and did drinks and burgers by the pool for our rehearsal.

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

By opting for a food truck over a seated rehearsal, they were able to let everyone join in the celebration.

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Doesn’t she look fabulous?

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Looks like an amazing time!

Be sure to check back today for their Palm Springs wedding, too!

Photographer: Edyta Szyszlo Photography / Venue: Horizon Hotel Palm Springs / Event Coordinator: Bride, Christine Dodds / Food Truck: Umami Burger  / Votives, Garland, Beverage Table: Bride / Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller / Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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