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Palm Springs Desert Wedding: Mike & Jack

Matthew David Studio

October 4, 2014

Mike and Jack met on October 15, 2010 at Eleven Nightclub in West Hollywood. Jack remembers that Mike, a very cute, and very opinionated guy, interjected his opinion in a controversial conversation, then made eyes at him from across the room. Mike remembers an outrageous comment that prompted him to join the conversation, and noticing Jack looking at him from across the room. 

Neither remembers the topic that brought them together, but both agree that the encounter was fateful and the beginning of their very special love story.

The Proposal

Not all proposals go as planned.  Jack’s plan was to propose to Mike during their trip to Vienna.  Jack set up a romantic dinner off of the Danube River and ordered a bottle of champagne to set the mood.  Mike had bad allergies and was on some weird Eastern European medicine that he was not supposed to take with alcohol.  After getting sick in the restroom, the mood was killed but Jack still tried to save the proposal.  Jack urged Mike to take a horse carriage ride through Vienna.  After walking 20 minutes to where the horse carriages gathered, they both discovered that all the horse carriages were gone. Needless to say it did not happen that evening.   

The next day after touring Viennese castles Jack proposed to Mike at a beautiful fountain close by.  They celebrated together with gelato.

Matthew David Studio
Matthew David Studio

A Palm Springs Destination Wedding

The couple’s first date was a weekend in Palm Springs, so upon deciding to get married, it was the natural and perfect destination. The grooms wanted a fun, casual, yet chic wedding, with both outdoor and indoor elements. The ceremony took place outside with a backdrop of mountains and palm trees, followed by cocktails at the pool. The reception was indoors in an elegant banquet room built on the mountain.

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Palm Springs Semi-Formal Dress Code

Palm Springs is warm most of the year, so the dress code was “Palm Springs Semi-Formal”. Mike and Jack set up a Pinterest board as a style guide for guests featuring bold colors, breezy dresses, bow-ties, and vests. They even included wedding-appropriate shorts as an option! The tool was helpful to guests seeking guidance, and was also a fun way to remind people that the event was coming up.

Matthew David Studio
Matthew David Studio
Matthew David Studio

Music is important to Mike and Jack, so they incorporated it throughout their wedding. Their DJ crafted different vibes, from soothing and acoustic to thumping dance beats, for the different spaces where the wedding took place. 

Matthew David Studio
Matthew David Studio

Decor

Decor for the dinner reception was a mix of rich silvers, pale greens, and creamy whites.  Centerpieces for the table were a mix of succulents (keeping with the desert theme) and white hydrangeas.  Silver lanterns and white candles were added to create an extra wow factor.   

It was the epitome of Palm Springs glamour. 

Matthew David Studio
Matthew David Studio
Matthew David Studio

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer:  Matthew David Studio // Reception Venue:  Spencer’s Restaurant and the Bougainvill //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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