Every color I’ve ever loved is in this wedding from Brian Evans Photography and Desert Floral Importers, so you can imagine why I’m so smitten. Add in a bride with a bohemian aesthetic and incredible braided hair, desert surroundings, and a most perfect wedding playlist and well, this wedding just inches closer and closer to the top of my favorites list.

Free Spirited Palm Springs Wedding - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

From the bride, Brooke: Our wedding vision was free spirited, desert inspired, bohemian, and slightly rustic. I feel like we really captured the style & feeling therefore creating the overall look we were aiming for. Our color scheme involved pops of bright colors that complemented the desertscape. All of the floral arrangements featured a plethora of sage green succulents with pops of orange & some smaller bursts of pink & yellow. The bridesmaids dresses were a dusty poppy color.

bride getting ready - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

suede wedding shoes - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

poppy bridesmaid dresses - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

braided wedding hair - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

braided wedding hair - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

bright wedding bouquet - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

bright wedding bouquet - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

As for a DIY element, I crafted an old vintage globe as the centerpiece for our water table. I applied script that read “10-4-14 / Greg & Brooke O’Bryant / Palm Springs”. I veered away from traditional centerpieces for the farm tables & instead opted for several brown medicine bottles with a few flowers in each. I asked our florists if they could arrange them down the length of the table. Though I technically didn’t “do it myself”, I felt that it lent a certain DIY aesthetic.

Free Spirited Palm Springs Wedding - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

travel inspired weddings - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

Free Spirited Palm Springs Wedding - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

wedding ceremony decor - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

ceremony altars - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

ceremony kiss - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

pincushion flowers - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

amber bottle centerpieces - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

Free Spirited Palm Springs Wedding - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy it – it’s a whirlwind & goes by so fast!!!! That & don’t aim for perfection – sometimes the missteps make it interesting & allow your creativity to shine :)

backyard wedding receptions - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

simple table arrangements - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

reception tablescapes - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

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Free Spirited Palm Springs Wedding - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

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Free Spirited Palm Springs Wedding - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

Palm Springs weddings - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding

wedding cake toppers - photo by Brian Evans Photography http://ruffledblog.com/free-spirited-palm-springs-wedding


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From the photographer, Brian Evans: Brooke and Greg’s Palm Springs wedding could not have been more perfect. The setting for their special day was The Sand Acre Estate. This 1933 Spanish Villa is rumored to have been frequented by Marilyn Monroe and immediately takes you back in time to a glamorous Palm Springs. This villa was the perfect fit for the stylish couple. Brooke’s silk and lace dress was simple yet elegant. Greg was looking sharp as could be in his chambray suit and white shoes. The two of them together was absolute perfection. Their intimate ceremony was heartwarming to say the least and included a one of a kind Chuppa that was beyond words. The vibrant florals added a playful pop of color. Framed by soft drapery and classic chandeliers, the open-air reception was the highlight of the evening. The breathtaking San Jacinto mountains and starry sky made the perfect backdrop for this desert-inspired wedding. Even with all the stunning scenery it was their love and the small group of friends and family that really made the day special. I knew their wedding was going to special from our first meeting and I am so fortunate to have been able to capture it.

Wedding Music:
Processional: “The Rain Song,” Led Zeppelin
Recessional: “New Theory,” Washed Out
First Dance: “At Last,” Etta James (sung by my best friend who is a brilliant singer!)
Father/Daughter Dance: “Rainbow Connection,” Kermit the Frog
Cake Cutting: “Sugartown,” Nancy Sinatra

Wedding Location: Palm Springs, CA / Photographer: Brian Evans Photography / Floral Design: Desert Floral Importers / Coordinator: Laurie Lund of Events Department / Venue: Sand Acre Estate / Wedding Dress: Custom via Stone Fox Bride / Wedding Shoes: J.Crew / Hair: Jessica Angus of Salon Kingston / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff via The Image Bridal / Bride’s Engagement Ring: Vintage / Wedding Bands: Helzberg Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Buks by Walkover / Ties: Staghandmade / Caterer: Chef Jean Paul Lair of LaVallauris / Wedding Cake: Exquisite Desserts / DJ: Mark Karlstrom of Creative Audio Productions / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

5 comments
  • Great flowers.

  • I really love all of the rich colors and how they blend with the flower choices. Absolutely stunning!

  • Amazing flower decor! Love the bridesmaids dresses and Great photography!

  • Rachel K

    Where did you source the brown bottles for the table? Thank you!

  • Joey Riso

    “Desert Floral Importers” is also known as The David Rohr Floral Studio.