"One of our first vacations together was a road trip to Palm Springs. A friend took us to the Parker where we lunched at Norma’s and took one of our first pictures as a couple in the iconic hanging egg chairs in the Parker lobby. Four years later we were engaged. After much angst over how to throw (and afford) a “proper” wedding we made the decision to elope and have absolutely no regrets. When it came to deciding where to be married, the impressive grounds of the Parker came to mind. Reprising the photo in the egg chairs as newlyweds seemed like the perfect spot to celebrate the beginning of our married life together. Our wedding day was amazing. We spent the entire day at the Parker starting with an indulgent breakfast at Norma’s followed by lounging at the pool and massages at Psyc. The fabulous Michael at the Parker salon did Alison’s hair and makeup. We were completely relaxed after pampering ourselves all the way up to our 6pm ceremony -- which we know is not the average wedding day! Our ceremony was small: our wonderful officiant, Cathy O’Connell and her partner (our witness) Dorry Wynham, of Celebrations of Joy; our photographer, Michael Segal; and ourselves. The Parker staff set up an intimate spot for us in a grove of trees and a bottle of champagne sent from friends was chilling in the 95 degree heat and waiting for us after the ceremony. We completed our day with dinner at Mr. Parker’s, which was a wonderfully decadent bookend to a magical day. " Vendors: Photographer: Michael Segal Photography, www.
Officiant and Planner: Cathy O'Connell at Celebrations of Joy, www.celebrationsofjoy.com
Venue: The Parker Palm Springs, http://www. theparkerpalmsprings.com