Palm Springs, California, was cool before you were born, a desert playground where Frank Sinatra once sipped cocktails poolside with silver-screen stars like Bob Hope and Ann Miller. Hollywood’s vision of a lush desert oasis was born in Palm Springs, where stands of towering palms and hundreds of impossibly green golf courses contrast with the stark beauty of the Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains.

Let that Rat Pack energy infuse your Palm Springs wedding when you tie the knot at Skyfall Villa, one of the town’s many classic mid-Century homes, or at a retro-chic hotel like the Riviera Palm Springs, the stylish and secluded Parker Palm Springs, or the Spanish Colonial Colony Palm Hotel, opened in 1936 and the town’s first spa resort. Fun for wedding guests includes endless opportunities for golf, tennis, desert Jeep tours, spa days, and boutique shopping on Palm Canyon Drive.

Country clubs and resorts occupy their own private enclaves across the valley floor, while the foothills are home to hidden treasures like Indian Canyons, where palm groves and refreshing streams provide shelter from the intense desert sun. Also nearby is Joshua Tree National Park with its prayerful, namesake yucca trees; both parks make great natural setting for wedding photos or an unforgettable desert ceremony. Or, you can tie the knot in the Parker’s intimate gardens, the technicolor pool deck at the Saguaro hotel, or even buy out Twin Palms, the Palm Springs hangout of Old Blue Eyes himself.

Location and Caterer: Colony Palms Hotel, Palm Springs, CA; Cake: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts, Palm Springs, CA; Event Design, Planner, Floral Design, Linen, Rentals and Lighting: Artisan Event Floral Décor, Palm Springs, CA; Stationery: Jonathan Wright and Company, Los Angeles, CA; Wedding Dress, Veil and Shoes: Monique Lhuillier; Groom’s Tuxedo: John Varvatos; Groom’s Shoes: Dior; Engagement Ring, Wedding Bands, Bride’s Jewelry and Cufflinks: Alan Friedman, Beverly Hills, CA; Entertainment: Aqualillies, Los Angeles, CA; Entertainment: DJ Morty Coyle, Los Angeles, CA; Photography: Michael Segal Photography, Santa Monica, CA

>Written By : Bob Curley