Palm Springs Wedding

Ace Hotel | Intimate Wedding

Their intimate, desert-bohemian-destination wedding was one we wont ever forget. It was apparent how deeply everyone in their circle loves one another, making it an incredibly rewarding celebration to be a part of. Consequently, there were multiple times I had to hold back those deep-belly-baby-sobs. Combined with the peaceful and fun vibe of the Ace Hotel and bohemian decor all around, I may as well have been at my own dream wedding.

It’s often a really tough to decide where and how you want to get married. But one thing is for sure — we hardheartedly believe that wherever you choose to have your wedding, elope, or express your vows… be somewhere that will ignite the reason behind why you’re deciding to share your life with this person. For Tiffany and Matt, the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA was the first intimate vacation trip they took together as a couple ….and then where they were married on May 17th, 2018.

The board with the signage, “I choo-choo choose you” is from the Simpsons. It’s their inside thing. That I also got to hear them mention when they were privately saying their vows:)​

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How it all began

They originally met through mutual friends, while at a biking riding meet. Matt knew instantly Tiffany was something else — he immediately cut it off with a person he had been dating, after just one date with Tiffany. He proposed when they went hiking at Point Reyes, where he chose a peak trail, opposed to their normal loops. He was bending down to tie his shoe we he popped the question (he’s done this is the past, so Tiffany thought he was just joking) but this time at Point Reyes, was the real deal. Tiffany said she truly went into shock– she kept saying, “Shut up! I can’t believe it… shut up!”…

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Their Adventure in Palm Springs

Because Palm Springs is a destination spot (and a reallyyyy fun one for weddings), they had their closest family and friends come from all over Southern California and beyond to celebrate with them. The moments these two shared with their friends and family, left my heart exploding when I left. I was overwhelmed with emotion, I can’t imagine how Tiffany felt. Every time I think about Tiffany giving her gifts to her sister Bianca, her mom and bridesmaids, or when her dad was giving his speech, when they shared private time at the bar after the ceremony…overall the countless moments these two shared with their family+friends…I choke up.

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Bianca, Tiffany's sister, and her boyfriend Devin, hand-made this incredible diamond structure for the ceremony!!

why we loved their adventure

Planning a wedding without making a ton of compromises is tough without sacrificing your values. Which is why a lot of couples decide to elope. Tiffany and Matt originally wanted to elope so they could be just by themselves when they said their vows. But, celebrating with family and friends was important to them to too. So how do you choose? Get creative and do both. Instead of the traditional setting for saying their vows at the ceremony, Tiffany and Matt opted for something more unique, true to them and their connection. A couple days before their wedding, I had the honor of adventuring out in Yucca Valley, California with them, where we walked through desert sand and rock for them to say their vows with just them and their dog, Hank. Not only did they get to express their deepest feelings to one another in a beautiful, private setting — but got to look forward to a more beautiful and kick-ass celebration with their family and friends a couple days later. (A great option for couples wanting to elope but have a celebration as well).

note to tiffany & matt

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Documenting your private vow session and your wedding was incredibly rewarding. The respect you two have for one another is inspiring. I appreciate that in the midst of chaos, you took time for each other. Something that doesn’t happen often on full wedding days. I love that you didn’t rush for the sake of a timeline. I appreciate that you wanted time to be present with one another. I realized a few things after capturing your wedding. One, I really need to start carrying tissues on me. Two, I’m going to start encouraging my bride and groom to take 20-30 minutes on their wedding day to really enjoy being present together as husband and wife.  Because nothing is more important in the celebration of your love, than taking time to appreciate the day and the connection you share. Cheers to being true to yourselves and still throwing one hell of a celebration with your friends and family.


xoxo lauren

Vendors for their ace hotel wedding

Photographers – WhiskeySage Photography

Lead Coordinators – Grace and Gold Events

Venue – Ace Hotel

Photobooth – Classic Photo Booth

Cake – Ace Hotel 

Caterer – Ace Hotel

Videographer – Your Day Films

DJ – Vox Djs

Florist – David Rohr Studios

Hair + Makeup – Feed Good Spa

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