Real Wedding, Weddings

January 5, 2020

Colony 29, Palm Springs, California

The start of a new decade welcomes us with open arms, and like so many, our resolutions are off to a strong start, and we are optimistic about what lies ahead. As this time of year is known for having the full-court press mentality, I’ve taken the beginning of the year to reflect on 2019, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude looking in the rearview mirror.

My year ended with some of the most amazing clients, one of which is Kate and Albert, who married at Colony 29 in Palm Springs, California, photographed by Katie Edwards. I was introduced to Kate nearly a year prior to a mutual childhood friend of my sister’s. It was love at first phone call (she resides in Canada, so my love for her began with a DM, also known as a direct message, on Instagram), and so our journey began.

Designing for Kate and Albert was a highlight of my year. They were bold with color, opinionated (sound like anyone?!), and it was truly a collaborative effort to bring their vision to life, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team who delivered just that. Due to the unpredictable weather the desert experienced that week (downpour to be exact), we were left in a position to adjust floor plans and design just hours leading up to their wedding day to prepare ourselves for cooler temperatures and moist ground.

Kate was draped in a stunning Reem Acra gown, with an effortless low bun by Tee, and a natural glow by Suzie Maldovan. Her confidence and grace, surrounded by eight women, brought just the right amount of flare with their varietal tones of pink alongside her. Albert and his groomsmen fitted in a tailored, classic look was a staple with the amount of color we designed with. Taking a soft, romantic palette, Kaleb Norman James created stunning ceremony elements and lush centerpieces that made an already beautiful landscape, that much more of an experience for guests to enjoy.

It was one of the most beautiful days, surrounded by loved ones, with an after-party that ended at the Ace Hotel, which we shuttled all guests to via school buses (a fun request from Kate!).

As I sit here I feel a great sense of pride having the opportunity to do what I do for the people who I do it for, but selfishly, I do grieve the loss of clients when it is all over. We spend almost a year as teammates, and all of a sudden, it’s over, and our lives carry on and we go our separate ways but I hold close these experiences, and Kate and Albert are no exception.

Happy New Year to all of you, and I look forward to continuing to share my journey at Kelsey Timberlake Events.







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