A Modern Twist on Mid-Century in the Desert

Real Wedding
Kelsey and Justin's cool and relaxed aesthetic shines through in this Palm Springs wedding.
Written by
Sara Hubbard

Date: February 22, 2020

Kelsey Laudi and Justin Johnson’s wedding at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club harked back to Palm Springs’ mid-century heyday. Their wish for a laid-back party atmosphere was granted in full by the hotel’s cool and relaxed aesthetic. Kelsey walked down the aisle in a fitted gown with a plunging neck. The lace panels at the base of her skirt fluttered behind her as she carried her bouquet, which teemed with greenery and white anemones. Justin was waiting for her, wearing a bolo tie that injected personality into his otherwise traditional tuxedo. The couple put a unique, modern twist on their altar by using a large diamond-shaped metal frame as the backdrop to their vows. As guests made their way to the reception, they passed a display of photos of loved ones who have passed away, which was accompanied by the message “Wish you were here” engraved on a wooden plaque. The indoors and outdoors were brought together by raising the glass garage-style doors of Ace’s Commune event space, which open to the pool deck framing the circular pool. Guests dined at long tables draped in gray linens and with greenery and candles running down the center. As the sun set, twinkling lights came to life, illuminating the warm night and reflecting off the still surface of the pool as the party came to a close.

City State:

Palm Springs


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