Midcentury-Modern Wedding With Black Tie Details at the Lautner Compound

Real Wedding
Tassia and Lauren wed with an intimate affair that paired a lighthearted ambiance with elevated décor in the California desert.
Written by
Megan Simpson Teeter


California Wedding Day Spring/Summer 2024

Tassia Trink and Lauren Fernald hosted an intimate, midcentury-modern wedding that teemed with artful elements against a black-and-white backdrop. On a quiet afternoon as golden hour was settling over the desert, close friends and family gathered in the California desert to pay the ultimate homage to the loving couple. “It was a small wedding, and we were surrounded by our favorite people,” says Lauren, beaming. Lauren, a salon owner, chose a wedding-day look that complemented the effortlessly chic aesthetic of the venue: Relaxed waves cascaded down one side of her face, with ethereal makeup and a slightly dramatic eye. Her sweetheart gown included a corset bodice and sheer details that matched her detached sleeves. Tassia matched her beloved’s light curls and donned a suit expertly matched to the location: black fabric paired with studded shoes, a desert-blossom boutonniere and a delicate string tie. Both brides were escorted down the aisle by their daughter, Vivienne, who lovingly refers to Tassia as “bonus mom.” Dinner was served in the courtyard on wooden tables set with black-and-white chargers, gold flatware and custom pink key-ring favors on each plate. Small vases held minimalistic arrangements of blooms in taupe, burnt orange, coral and dusty rose, with candles of various heights, shapes and materials flanking each arrangement. The newlyweds were poignant and lighthearted, offering this sage advice to other couples.

Marry your best friend, be silly together and hold hands often.

City State:

Desert Hot Springs


Palm Springs







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