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Colorful festival-inspired Palm Springs wedding at The Saguaro

January 22, 2024

How about an extra dose of color on this January day? Festival goers Mackenzie and Kyle met at a rave and share a love of music, so a rainbow color palette and playful, party atmosphere were a must. They’ve even chose their venue, The Saguaro Palm Springs, as a nod to their annual trip to Splash House at the same hotel. From there, a mid-century-kitsch meets modern-bold wedding theme emerged, and guide member Danya Izarraraz was there to capture every electric moment. Find all the photos, along with planning details from our couple, below:

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Wedding Fashion

Mackenzie was a bridal stylist within the time of planning so she understood how crazy the planning process would get. This also gave her a chance to try every type of dress on. She ended up going with a NWT Pronovias Atelier dress she found on StillWhite… She saved about 60% from the original price and surprisingly didn’t need any alterations!

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Oh, and these incredible bridal heels?! Under $100 at Macys. Yep, you read that right.

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Kyle wore The Black Tux with Calvin Klein shoes (also on sale!).

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The First Look

Mackenzie explains, We did a first look and HIGHLY recommend doing this get the nerves out of the way and give yourself time to enjoy your cocktail hour and squeeze in those group photos before the tears start flowing. We did not share private vows during the first look but we did send each other gifts while getting ready and it helped us feel connected while apart.

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A Rainbow Color Palette at The Saguaro

Our overall theme was Mid Century MODERN—a fresh take on the timeless design style all over Palm Springs. Color, fun, bold and chic—we asked our guests and wedding party to give us their best take on this in formal attire. Everyone understood the assignment. Kyle even had a white tuxedo jacket that looked like something straight out of the movie, “Don’t Worry Darling”!

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Talk about a pop of color! Love how bright and different each bridesmaid dress is! Shop the look:

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Wedding Vows

I loved our mix of “old school & new school” – the venue, theme, styling and even our cake was an homage to Palm Springs at its height in the 1950s and 60s but we used technological advances to our advantage! We used a website called Provenance to write our individual vows, help our dear friend whom officiant us formulate his portion—fall using AI! The tone & length was all consistent using prompts we answered and edited to give our own flare. Your vows stay hidden from each other but you get a glimpse into them to know you are both on the same page (lol literally) because the descriptions of your partners vows are given and how minutes they are at! Super helpful and everyoneeeee said how beautiful, heartfelt and emotional our vows were. I can’t believe our words (with a little help from ChatGPT) made so many people cry—including both of us. It was our joke the rest of the night that we ChatGPT’d our vows and our guests got a kick out of that.

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As far as decor, they let The Saguaro’s design and the colorful florals from The Nature of Things shine without a lot of extras.

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Mackenzie had broken her foot months prior, but they still managed to squeeze in last minute dance lessons before the wedding (while in a boot!). She was cleared to wear her heels three days before the wedding, and with music being such an important part of their story, they were thrilled to be able to dance the night away after all:

It felt like in that moment, all the challenges we were presented leading up to that day all were worth it. All the long nights, planning and stress washed away. Our loved ones were on their feet, cheering for us and showering us in love. We danced and partied till the early hours of the morning. Our first dance song was Past Lives by Borns which is slow and melodic and gradually builds to this joyous dance-y bop. Music and dancing brought us together so to dance for the first time after getting married felt incredible.

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And this party dress? Was actually a $5 jumpsuit from an LA pop up shop that she had tailored to a mini dress with a bow in the back and managed to keep its pockets intact too.

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Planning & Budget

They had almost two full years to plan the wedding, which ended up being helpful as they dealt with major life events such as long distance moves, job changes, and home renovations in that timeframe.

Their $60k budget covered everything: rooms for the wedding party, dance lessons, the rehearsal dinner at a cute Italian restaurant across from the venue called Giuseppe’s, apparel, jewelry, drinks, food, vendors and the venue. They stayed on top of the budget using spreadsheet templates they found online.

Thanks to our couple and the team below for sharing these details with us. Congratulations, you two!

Photography: Danya Izarraraz Wedding Photographer | Venue: The Saguaro Palm Springs | Makeup: Glam by Shari  | Video: Vital Light Films | Hair: Taryn Mcleod  | Bridal Party & Moms Hair: 1 Eleven Collective |  DJ: Metric System Entertainment | Florals: The Nature of Things | Voicemail Audio Guestbook: After the Tone | Cake: Over the Rainbow Desserts  | Dress: Still White | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Veil & Jewelry: Sarah Seven | Wedding Bands: Jeweler’s Touch | Groom’s Suit: The Black Tux