Two of the trendiest wedding venues in Palm Springs are the iconic Ace Hotel & Swim Club and Moorten’s Gardens. And rightfully so considering both locations have wonderful design elements, color and simply photograph beautifully! That is why our editors were beyond excited when the talented photographer Alexandria Monette sent over a recent Palm Springs wedding where the bride and groom got ready at Ace Hotel, married at Moorten’s Botanical Gardens and then finished the evening dancing the night away at their wedding reception back at Ace Hotel. Honestly, we love everything about this wedding because it really has all the ingredients for success: warm colors, wonderful details and authentic emotion, all of which were captured beautifully and artistically. So enjoy scrolling through James and Joey’s lovely Palm Springs wedding photos snapped by Alexandria Monette. These photographs will definitely help pump up the wedding inspiration juices for any bride or groom planning a wedding in the desert!
The Ace Hotel has such a relaxed vibe with hidden gems around every corner. As a photographer, the modern architecture and added elements (like the orange mural wall) are inspiring to work with. During the earlier morning hours, I caught the light shining just right through some slits in the walls + beneath one of the chairs (of all places) which made for some extremely fun photos with Joey’s details. – Photographer Alexandria Monette
Moorten’s Gardens is so great + inspiring for photographers — it offers the best little pockets for photos and the light is always beautiful. A couple things I would ask couple’s to keep in mind if they are wanting portraits there ON their wedding day: (1) Make sure you have enough time planned into your portrait session to maneuver through the tourists. The cactus greenhouse is ALWAYS packed and tourists are less likely to want to leave for you to take photos, so you’ll have to work around that and wait for an opportune moment. (2) They close at 4:30pm every day so sunset photos in the summer time aren’t likely going to happen there! – Photographer Alexandria Monette
Honestly, there were so many special moments. I get attached to my couples and am very sensitive to my surroundings, so some of these might not seem that intensely emotional, but they were special moments for sure! During the getting ready portion, Joey was waiting for her ladies to get their gowns on so that they could help with her dress — her sister came out first and Joey burst into joyful tears. Everyone started hugging each other with tears and smiles on their faces. The reality of the wedding must have hit them at that moment. Later on, during the ceremony, they passed around Joey and James’ wedding rings that were tied to her late grandmother’s hanker-chief; they asked their guests to pass it around and speak good words over their marriage. Every single person took that into their hands and held it tight, closing their eyes, before they passed it along. THAT was such a special moment. The whole time I was thinking of how loved these two people are. Joey and James hadn’t planned any traditional formalities for their reception, minus toasts. When the toasts were over, Joey grabbed James and said, “I decided I want a first dance. Let’s play our song and get everyone to dance with us.” An impromptu first dance ensued while their family created a hugging circle around them. Unplanned moments are the best. – Photographer Alexandria Monette