Category Archives: Destination Weddings

palm springs wedding, ace hotel- lisa & alan

We had the good fortune to photograph Lisa and Alan’s crafty vintage desert wedding this year. Today it is being featured on Green Wedding Shoes! Lisa and Alan decided right from the start that their wedding needed to be a big fun party for their friends and family. They didn’t want the reception to feel too serious or uptight and what they wanted the very most was a crazy dance party. They made sure all the details, invites, and design reflected their personalities by keeping everything simple and lighthearted. Since Lisa is a talented graphic designer they were able to put their personal touch on everything from the invites, pencil set gifts and the seating chart. Palm Springs with it’s golden hills and never ending blue skies was the perfect setting for their wedding. The pair had a traditional Catholic ceremony at  St. Francis of Assisi church and their reception/dance party at the Ace Hotel. It was a perfect mix of traditional and modern. A bit more about the day from Lisa “We picked Palm Springs for our wedding for a couple reasons. One reason, is that it’s so beautiful! The clouds are always amazing, and the weather in the winter is great. We were inspired by the mid century modern design and architecture in Palm Springs. Since I’m from San Diego and Alan is from LA, it was a nice meeting place for both our families. We looked at venues all over Orange County and San Diego, but the first time we stayed at the Ace Hotel we just knew it was the place.”

Sewing my wedding dress was a pretty large project. I knew exactly what type of dress I was looking for, and at the time I couldn’t find it anywhere. I finally found my dream dress as a vintage pattern in an antique store. With the help of my Mom we made the dress I had imagined. In the end it wasn’t perfect, but I still loved it, and I loved wearing it so much. I really wish I could wear it again honestly. I wanted to give Alan a little wedding surprise, so I secretly sewed a blue heart in his coat jacket with an L&A on it.

I was a little surprised that one of my favorite parts was the ceremony. Originally I was somewhat afraid to be in front of everyone, and the church felt huge and a bit intimidating. It can be a lot of work to hold a wedding in a Catholic Church, there is so much preparation ahead of time. But, it was really important to both of our families, and in the end it was very meaningful to us.

A special moment for me was the unofficial father/daughter dance which was right after the official one. My Dad’s side of the family is polish, so I had our DJ play my favorite polka song for him. I wasn’t expecting him to whisk me back onto the dance floor to polka with him. Everyone was standing around smiling and clapping. So much better than the slow dance. I will remember it forever.
My advice for future brides would be to make decisions as early as possible. I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted for our wedding early on, but I still waited until the very last minute to pull the trigger on most things. Be confident in what you think is right, so you’re not scrambling at the last minute. Figure out which vendors are most important to you. To us, this was the music and photography. The right DJ can keep the dance floor packed all night and the photographs will be how you remember your day forever. The style of photography was super important to us and when we look at ours they make us so happy!

Wedding Details:

Church: St. Francis of Assisi // Reception Venue: Ace Hotel  // Catering: Ace Hotel // Floral Design: Centerpieces: By Lisa Viado (Bride), Bouquets: Cachet Fiore // Cake & Dessert: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Macaroons: Doly’s Delectables // Music: DJ Exxxplosivo, Mike Bocek // Wedding Video: Alan Silva //  Hair & Make-up: Kimmi Le Hair & Makeup  // Bridal Headpiece: BHLDN // Brides Wedding Band: SeaBabe Jewelry on Etsy // Groom’s Apparel: Calvin Klein  // Grooms Wedding Band: Hersteller on Etsy // Flower Girls Headbands: Sunshine and Carousels on Etsy//  Favors: Lisa Viado // Invites: Lisa Viado // Tossing Streamers:  Extravagant Exits on Etsy // Decor Pinatas: Confetti System // Gourmet Lollypops: The Candied Flower on Etsy // Cake Topper: Bunny With a Tool Belt on Etsy // Table Linens: Fringe Fiber & Anna Joyce // Table Numbers: Liza Artistry on Etsy // Wedding Feature: Green Wedding Shoes

doe bay, orcas island wedding- kendra & daniel

Time slows as you roll onto the ferry headed to Orcas Island. This was a welcome change in the middle of our busy summer season. We headed up a couple days early for Kendra & Daniel’s wedding to avoid the weekend ferry crowds. I highly recommend a sunset sailing, our ferry ride was a brilliant display of hot pink hues around each bend. I used the word eyegasm for the first time. We were lulled to sleep at night by the acoustic patter of raindrops on our van roof. The day before the wedding we soaked in the tubs at Doe Bay while taking in deep full breaths of cedar. We visited Artworks where I bought the most delicious lavender soap made by Island Thyme. I placed the bars all over the van, one in the glove box, one in my bag, one behind the back seat. The van smelled just like a spa. We went into this wedding in a perfectly orchestrated noodle state. Kendra & Daniel started their wedding day with yoga and made a point to take a half hour break before the ceremony to meditate together. We were perfectly on the same wavelength. Their sailboat “Windhorse” was anchored right in the middle of Doe Bay. For their honeymoon they sailed around the islands on it for a week. They treated their guests to gourmet food created by the Doe Bay chefs and scrumptious pies baked locally in EastSound at “Passionate about Pies.” Andrea from Pink Blossom Events made all the important details come together. It may be impossible to beat the northwest beauty in the middle of summer (especially on Orcas Island).

julie & jason- puerto rico wedding

Just sent this one off to Julie and Jason. It’s 3:00am and I feel like we just completed a photo marathon. I am really wishing we could watch their slideshow with them for the first time, sipping coffee and giggling. But they are in Austin and we’re in Tacoma so that’s not going to happen. Sometimes I wish we had more interaction and follow up with clients after their wedding. I feel like we could learn a lot by watching their response to our images and hearing their immediate feedback. But in reality I would probably feel super awkward and would do some nervous annoying laugh the whole time. I guess it’s best if I just imagine their response when they see it. I am hoping Julie will look something like this.