Modern Black and White Wedding at Avalon Palm Springs | Whitney and Nic

Modern Black and White Wedding in Palm Springs | Ashley La Prade Photography | Michelle Garibay Events

From a creative standpoint, this has to be one of my favorite weddings - ever.  Whitney and Nic were a very non-traditional couple, who funny enough, both have busy corporate careers - she is a lawyer and he is in finance. But that crazy-cool juxtaposition served as the foundation of our design and partnership.  They both wanted a very clean, edgy, black and white aesthetic and they both had very specific vision on how the wanted their wedding to look and feel. Once that was laid out however, and I presented my visual design boards, I handled everything, all down to the R.S.V.P. collection and seating chart printing.

Now, none of this could have been accomplished without an amazing team of creative professionals who said yes to my crazy ideas and partnered with me on the design elements from start to finish - Regina Rodrigues of Jake Duke Studios and Kaleigh Wiese of Meldeen. They are both rock stars. And of course, Joey and his fabulous team from Artisan Event pulled everything together for us beautifully in the floral and decor department.

The interesting thing about this wedding is that the ceremony was NOT supposed to be under a tent, but in the usual ceremony location at the Avalon on the other side of the property.  We had high hopes heading into the night before that the weather would cooperate, but it didn't. So the morning of the wedding, the couple reluctantly made the call to move the ceremony under the reception tent - which challenged us with a VERY tight turnaround in the rain for us to re-set for the reception dinner. So here's a little peek behind our curtain in a nutshell:  Once the ceremony location was changed,  Tiana and I confirmed staffing with the Avalon, called Artisan for a quick redesign of the ceremony space and provide black velvet pipe and drape to divide the ballroom - one side was going to be for cocktail hour, the other for our pre-staged and pre-set (minus the tall floral decor and glassware) white king's tables - all of which had assigned SEATS.  Game plan in place.  Once the ceremony concluded, we directed the guests to the ballroom and it was ALL hands on deck to carefully set aside the smoke ghost chairs, bring in the tarp covered tables in the correct order, one by one from the ballroom, then Artisan's team set and lit candelabras and placed florals while we set glassware, chairs in perfect lines and straightened anything that got bumped or rained on in the transfer. Oh, and we finished with time to spare.  Because of the awesome teamwork, everything went quickly and smoothly, and most of all, the couple was beyond grateful for their perfect day despite the rain.  It's all about perspective - and the best team to do what needs to get done and I am super grateful to work with such pros!

My favorite parts of the wedding outweigh any of the challenges that went on (after all, that is what we tackle as professionals), but I can't decide if it is Whitney lip-syncing her vows as the officiant read them because she lost her voice OR the choreographed first dance in her white jumpsuit! They were both pretty epic!

Creative Partner Credits:

Venue: Avalon Palm Springs

Photography: Ashley La Prade Photography

Film: Miguel Garcia Studios

Floral and Decor: Artisan Event

Rentals and Custom Builds: Jake Duke Studios

Custom Graphics and Signage: Meldeen

Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, Chiavari Chair Rentals

Cake: Laura Marie's

Linen: Luxe Linen

Invitation Suite: Paper Villa

Hair and Makeup: Chelsea Nicole Makeup and Hair

DJ/MC: Chris Paul

Dress: Pronovias

Shoes: Badgley Mischka