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Family Ties: A Modern Outdoor Wedding At The Parker Palm Springs

Brynna Tocco

Carla met Michael while the two were working on a project together. He is a carpenter and was building the interior of a new boutique while Carla, a florist, was creating a floral installation in the window. Given their hands-on, creative backgrounds, it was only natural for the couple to make as much of the décor themselves as possible. Michael built the bar, serving boards, and all the other wood accents. Carla, of course, handled the beautiful floral design.

Carla took inspiration from the mod Jonathan Adler-designed venue, The Parker in Palm Springs, to create her vision of an upscale backyard family wedding. For the ceremony, they opted for an eclectic mix of wood dining chairs to create a homey feeling. The reception featured one long feasting table for a family-style dinner set with velvet linens and funky table and lounge decor to add a little edge and fun. For the florals, Carla blended lovely pink garden roses, orchids, and a mixture of other greens and blooms alongside dried accents that could withstand the heat. This was complemented by the color palette of golden mustard, dusty mauve and neutral creams. Michael and Carla wanted to make sure that their three kids felt included in the celebration. There were a dozen children in attendance so a separate play area was created. It included a teepee, balloon garland and a table that was low to the ground so the kids could relax on pillows. The kids’ table was decorated with playful plates and napkins in the shape of cactuses and ceramic cactus centerpieces. Being a florist, Carla has many close friends in the wedding industry who came together to help plan their day. Guests included the planner, Jamie of Wild Heart Events, the photographer, Jennifer Young, and even the officiant. 

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