A Black + White Wedding in the Palm Springs Desert

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This wedding is a day all about perfect contrasts. Black and white. Lush greens and a desert setting. Modern and sleek yet classic and refined. It’s exactly the vibe Vanessa and Kelly envisioned for their Palm Springs destination affair and Ashley Kelemen captured every moment just right. Peek below for so much more!

From the bride… We first met at the University of Oregon — although we had several classes and many mutual friends, we like to say it all started one fateful night over dollar beers at our favorite campus bar. After close to a decade together, we got engaged in front of our favorite spot near our home — the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, complete with a surprise party with all our closest family and friends.

We’ve both traveled to Palm Springs extensively and love the weather, the vibe, and the design — we decided to pick a venue there so that our wedding would truly feel like a vacation for our friends and family (most traveling from New York, San Francisco and Portland). Colony 29 was the first venue we saw, and nothing else compared. We were floored by the incredible ceremony and reception venue, but most importantly we loved that we could host our entire wedding party in the amazing casitas on the property.

Choosing Rachael as our wedding planner was easy — we had never met before, but after seeing a few Palm Springs wedding she had done in the past, we knew she would immediately understand the look and feel we were going for. And wow, did she kill it. We knew we wanted it to be black-tie since we loved the contrast of the black and white with the desert background. And we wanted our florals to feel lush and green — not too many colors, not too structured.

The people around us are what makes us, us. We cherish our relationships and part of what we both love about each other is how much we value our friends and family. So it was important to us that the wedding felt intimate (just 115 guests), and we went about choosing our vendors (including the amazing Ashley Kelemen) and planning the day with that in mind. We had a really great friend officiate, two childhood friends do a reading, and made sure to incorporate a lot of time for dancing, cocktails, and conversation (our friends LOVE to dance).

Music and food were other very important things on our list. We worked closely with our DJ to come up with a list that would fit the mood and feel meaningful to us. All of the music played during the ceremony and for first dances were artists that we had seen live together. And Miho was absolutely the right catering choice. Their food is absolutely ridiculous! Our catering manager was incredible to work with and even came up to us right after the ceremony (literally right after) with a much-needed cocktail, without being asked. We can’t even count the people who told us it was the best wedding food and service they had ever had.

It’s hard to pick a single moment — the entire wedding was a beautiful, amazing whirlwind. It was perfect in every single way. Our first look was so special, and it’s impossible to forget how it felt standing up there and saying I do in front of the people we love most. Ending the night with Shout and Sweet Caroline (University of Oregon musts) was just the cherry on top. We couldn’t be more grateful for a day that we can cherish forever.

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Photography: Ashley Keleman | Floral Design: Siren Floral Co. | Hair + Makeup: Makeup By Nancy | DJ: Red Shoe LA | Venue: colony 29 | Catering + Bar: Miho Catering | Dessert: Swiss Donuts | Event Planning + Coordination: Lace and Likes | Paper Goods: Emily Brunner | Rentals : Planks And Patina

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The Ultimate Rustic Chic Homestead Wedding

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For Tara and Larry, their wedding wishes came down to a day full of love and family. They decided on a celebration in Montana as a nod to their long line of farming and ranching families, plus a shared love for the great outdoors. Greenwood Events designed unique florals for the occasion and Orange Photographie captured in true fine art fashion. More to see this way in the gallery.

From the Bride… Larry and I currently live in San Francisco, but we both wanted a rustic wedding with a barn that would be close for both of our large families to attend. Larry always says that Montana is “God’s Country” and we found the perfect location at Weatherwood Homestead. Larry is from a long line of farming and ranching families from Montana and I am from North Dakota. Our wedding was the perfect combination of our heritages and love for the outdoors. Montana was a dream location of my husband’s and it all fell together beautifully.

My inspiration was to create a day full of love and family, which reflected the elements of our relationship and our heritages. We wanted to create a rustic wedding with soft blushing colors and local elements. I sought a whimsical, flowing and soft feel to all the flowers, clothing and decorations. The bay leafs were an important symbol for us, because on our first date, which involved a run on Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco. While running, we were talking about the medicinal power of plants. Just then Larry pulled a bay leaf from a tree and gave it to me, asking if I knew what it was. To this day, every time Larry goes for a run or we are on a hike together, he will pick a bay leaf for me.

Our wedding was truly the most perfect day of our lives thus far. We were married on the blue moon and we were blessed with the most beautiful 5 days. While the day of our wedding was the most perfect day, leading up the wedding we arranged fly fishing, a boat ride on Lake McDonald, a Rodeo at the Blue Moon Rodeo, horseback riding, a hike, a ride up the gondola at the big mountain to see the blue moon and receive a blessing at sunset. All of these events brought our guest from around the world so close that by the day of our wedding it felt like our already large families (I am one of 8 children and Larry one of 4 children).

Of course like every bride, I thought my wedding was the most beautiful ever. Yet, more importantly, I was so happy because all the planning was so easy that it almost seemed as if the heavens opened up and gave us ease at every corner and more importantly gave us a perfect few days of sunshine and love. The ease in how it all the details came together so perfectly only reaffirmed to us that our marriage was meant to be. We felt overwhelmingly loved with our big families and wonderful friends there to support us.

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Photography: Orange Photographie | Floral Design: Greenwood Events | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Catering: Kelly with Simple Chef Catering | Groom’s Attire: Andreas Gorges Tailoring | Venue: Weatherwood | Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero | Coordination + Misc. Rentals: Empress Tents & Events | Dress Boutique: J. Scott Couture | Tabletop Rentals: The Top Collection

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10 Registry Essentials for Prettying Up Your Kitchen

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The kitchen? It’s the spot in the house where everything seems to happen. From whipping up those romantic meals to late night snacks to gathering with friends + family to prep holiday meals. Which is why keeping your kitchen style on point is sooo important. So today we’re adding a touch of modern sophistication to the proceedings by turning to those who know how to do it best: Nambé. See our top 10 picks for registry must-haves that will pretty up your space below.

1. POP 4-Piece Place Setting, Slate 2. Forte Wine Chiller 3. Moderne Cake Plate, 11” 4. Frond 5-Piece Place Setting 5. Meridian Tea Kettle – White 6. Mikko Ice Bucket with Tongs

Whether you’re on the lookout for decorative pieces that really stand out or serveware that will leave all of your guests talking, Nambé and their lineup of sophisticated everything is most definitely where it’s at. We’re currently obsessing over their new stoneware collection available at Macy’s, POP, a lineup of beautiful neutrals (hello, slate) and vibrant colours that are perfect for mixing and matching. It’s clean lines meets timeless design meets casual dining and, honestly? We can’t get enough. Oh, and don’t even get us started on the new serveware collection available at Bloomingdale’s, Cabo. The perfect union of Ash Wood (a switch from Nambé’s traditional Acacia wood) and Nambé Alloy, it’s that contemporary take on entertaining you’ve been looking for. Think a little rustic, a little beachy and a little modern. We love.

7. POP Colours Mugs 8. Cabo Salad Bowl with Servers 9. Forte Salt & Pepper Shakers 10. Cheese Block with Knife and Spreader

We’ll be honest, narrowing down 10 of our fave Nambé pieces was virtually impossible, but we know you’ll be heading to Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s to be doing some digging of your own. I mean, who else boasts a seriously stunning concrete collection (hello, Forte) that includes both serveware AND decorative pieces that will leave all of your guests talking? Think classic Nambé Alloy with food-safe lacquered concrete and thermal properties that will keep food chilled. Basically, it’s as functional as it is beautiful and we insist you show your registry some Nambé love.

Head to Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s today to start browsing all of the Nambé goodness, then be sure to check out Nambé in the Macy’s Flower Show from March 26th – April 9th, 2017 in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

the-giveaway

What: Nambé is giving away four (4) 4-Piece Place Setting of their new POP Dinnerware in the color of your choosing! (Ocean, Chalk, Sand or Slate)

How: Simply head to Macy’s to check out the Nambé POP Dinnerware Collection and leave a comment below telling us which piece and color is your favorite! (Ex: I love the Soup/Cereal Bowl in Ocean!)

Who: Four lucky winners, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 14, 2016. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

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