This Cali Couple Threw A Wedding Pool Party

Kelly and Mike share a small apartment near the ocean in Santa Monica, California, so it’s no surprise that their wedding reflected the comfortable, intimate feel of the place they call home. The pair rented all 55 rooms at The Colony Palms Hotel to accommodate their friends and family, whose addresses span the length of The Golden State, making the Palm Springs location an accessible middle ground for their destination wedding.
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The two had their third date at the luxury hotel, and as the saying goes: By the third time, Kelly was charmed. After more than two years of dating, the couple wed on October 26, 2013, among 140 guests. With its Old Hollywood vibe and touches of Moroccan flare, the venue provided the ideal backdrop for Kelly and Mike to tap into their personalities and heritages while still maintaining a cohesive aesthetic.
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Kelly wanted her stationery suite to look “gorgeous and glamorous,” so she chose heavy card stock edged in emerald green and dramatic black envelopes addressed with gold calligraphy to accompany the letter-pressed invites.
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The bride-to-be wore an Elizabeth Fillmore gown that she purchased from San Francisco’s Marina Morrison Bridal Salon. Kelly paired her sheath with Mary Jane heels by Jimmy Choo and earrings and a hairpiece by Jenny Packham. Her groom donned a Hugo Boss suit and tie.
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“I was hoping to find a sheath dress,” Kelly said, and that’s exactly what she ended up wearing on the big day. The gown’s sleek, simple front was balanced by an elaborate back.
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Kelly clutched a bouquet by Brown Paper Design comprised of peonies, ranunculus, anemones, jasmine vine, scabiosa, and lavender sprigs.

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In addition to doing a first look in a secluded spot of desert not too far from the hotel, the couple also took portraits together, and with their bridal party, before the ceremony on the grounds of their wedding venue.
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The bride asked her six bridesmaids to wear a LBD of their choosing with a 1930s or 1940s feel.
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A white ranunculus boutonniere adorned Mike’s lapel, while the groomsmen sported red ones made from rancunculus, spray roses, and berries.
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Kelly’s four nephews — Max, Hudson, Caden, and Frank — looked adorable in matching Etsy suspenders and bow ties that accented their tailored pants from J. Crew and Nordstrom.
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The couple was all smiles as they walked up the aisle together as husband and wife.
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The bride selected simple black card stock and gold calligraphy for the tented escort cards. A vintage red, black, and gold suzani blanket from Ebay played up the table.

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As not to compete with the hotel’s vibrant decor, Kelly opted to infuse her palette with color using largely burgundy and red flowers in pairings that felt romantic and slightly overgrown. Vintage cut glasses housed the arrangements.
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The reception circled around the pool and the hotel’s Purple Palm restaurant. An old mahogany bar is the restaurant’s finest feature.
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Kelly called the wedding mood, “Hollywood glam meets Turkish exotic,” which may seem like a design challenge to some, but she looked to the venue’s decor and vintage fabrics to shape her gold-and-black palette with glints of deep red, purple, and emerald green. With Turkish roots, Kelly felt a connection with The Purple Palm restaurant because it’s awash in jewel tones and colorful Moroccan tiles. Mike, a poker hobbyist, also fell in synch with the venue because back in the 1930s, a notorious gangster turned the restaurant’s ground floor into a speakeasy and gambling joint.
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Gilded magnolia leaves draped over the calligraphed vintage mirror outlining the dinner menu. The main-course offerings included grilled filet mignon, pan-roasted salmon, seasonal vegetables with brown butter, and wild-mushroom risotto.
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Arrangements of peonies, scabiosa, dahlias, spray roses, ranunculus, and assorted greenery accented the reception.
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Place settings rested atop gold silk dupioni tablecloths amid simple single-bud vases. Each napkin was wrapped in the same paper as the invitation’s envelope liner, and tying in venue’s beautiful foliage, gold feathers marked each spot.
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The backs of the newlyweds’ chairs were decorated with gilded magnolia leaves.
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The couple swayed to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” on top of the same vintage Turkish Kilim rug that they used to anchor their ceremony site.
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This two-tier confection, a chocolate ganache and whipped cream combination, shared center stage with two other art deco-inspired cakes: one carrot cake and the other, Nutella hazelnut.
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The sweets table was grounded with bowls of vanilla bean and chocolate ganache macarons, all courtesy of Sweet and Saucy Shop. They also offered up chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with sea salt from M Street Kitchen, the couple’s guilty pleasure of choice. A garland of magnolia leaves festooned the front of the tablecloth.
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The blood-orange striped awnings added pizazz to the poolside dinner, and the water reflected the lights strung overhead. The serene setting didn’t last for long: Guests ended the evening of dining and dancing by diving into the pool!
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Event Planning: The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co.;Videography: A Twilight Dawn; Music: Carolyn Martinez and Flashdance ; Rentals and Lighting: Classic Party Rentals; Linens: La Tavola; Hair and Makeup: Fiore Beauty .