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Briana + Luke | Colony 29

I will start off by saying that Briana and Luke were true weather champions. They went from scheduling a tent, to removing the tent, to a sudden storm being on the weather radar (which thankfully passed right before guests arrived), to keeping their calm as we were left with about a 30 minute set up window… Cut to ripping off the tarps we had put over chairs, tables, and lounge furniture and hustling all over the property (IYKYK), to crossing our fingers through the light sprinkle during cocktail hour. Their patience paid off as they were given the most beautiful sunset over the mountains leading to truly one of the best dance parties we’ve seen, especially given their small guest count!

One of the things that stood out to me about Briana and Luke was their thoughtfulness and intentionality in accommodating what they desired in their wedding as a couple. They took the time to understand and execute what it takes to provide an amazing guest experience throughout every element and have a truly meaningful ceremony. 

While they originally considered getting married at Luke’s grandmother’s home in Palm Springs, they ended up opting for Colony 29 because of the picturesque mountain backdrop that is a true Palm Springs staple. The close proximity to downtown Palm Springs and the venue’s historic reputation as a place for LA artists to escape and create were also major selling points. Their overall aesthetic for the day aimed to pay homage to classic Palm Springs design while weaving in personal touches that leaned modern, chic, and moody with a major emphasis on highlighting the venue’s landscaping. For their color palette, we kept a heavy focus on jewel tones- infusing deep berry, purple and red hues offset with a rich teal and hunter green.

They wanted to keep their wedding a bit more private and opted for a family only wedding with about 60 guests (talk about pre-covid trend setting). Their ceremony didn’t leave a dry eye, yet was still filled with laughter and such authenticity. The ceremony space was set with a mix of burgundy, lavender and gold chairs to create an unexpectedly eclectic design and diverse color story. Their altar was made of modern, brass structures adorned with sections of florals and greenery. Saturated colors packed a visual punch but we were mindful of the scale, as to not detract from the natural, scenic backdrop. Two elongated floral designs sat at the base of the aisle, framing the space and drawing the color story back.

Cocktail hour included a live acoustic set from DART’s The Jensen Singers and encompassed a laid back, relaxed feel as guests enjoyed the incredible food stations that were open throughout the evening. Party go-ers mingled on the lounge furniture and got to enjoy quality time with Briana and Luke who opted for a first look so they could join cocktail hour. Upon entering cocktail hour, guests were greeted by hightop tables dressed in matte velvet jewel toned linens, lounge spaces comprised of channel tufted velvet pieces, gold frame glass tables and Persian style rugs creating modern and moody style vignettes for guests to sit down and enjoy the couples signature cocktails.

Guests found their assigned seats on a escort backdrop designed by Crowned Events in conjunction with Love This Way LA and Midnight Confetti. The display was a large scale eggplant colored backdrop, featuring gold mirrored name tags with colorful tassels. Midnight Confetti also graced the reception lawn with other expertly designed signage pieces such as the black acrylic with gold script menus and etched, frosted acrylic name cards.

As guests transitioned into reception, they found their places at modern, gold legged Folklore tables. Ceremony chairs were transported into the grass seating space to pump up the color and add a softness in contrast to the clean, white tables. Each table was topped with soft gray lipped plates, sleek brushed gold flatware, matte velvet napkins in deep teal and vibrant purple as well as modern gold rimmed glassware. The dining space also featured petite, modern centerpieces composed in high-shine brass vessels flanked by bud vases featuring vibrant pops of jewel toned blooms. Candles in white, gold lined holders completed the look and glowed softly throughout the evening. 

Briana and Luke were barely caught sitting down and instead stayed true to their “extended cocktail hour” vision by mingling with their guests throughout the night. To continue with a more low-key and non-traditional wedding perspective, they opted out of toasts and cake cutting and instead transitioned onto the dance floor, where guests were greeted with an epic dessert spread including a s’more luge. 

Guests danced the night away and it was so special to see the bond between their family as well as the commitment by all parties to have such a fun and truly memorable evening in celebration of Briana and Luke. It’s hard not to adore these two 🙂 

 Vendor Credits 

Photo: @laurenapelphoto

Planning and design: @crowned.events

Venue: @colony29

Florals: @oftheflowers

Rentals: @adorefolklore @lovethiswayla @mtb_event_rentals @sigpartyrentals 

Signage: @midnightconfetti 

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