Heather and Nate’s fanciful and modern Ace Hotel wedding affair was captured elegantly by Amber and was filled with tons of one of kind personal touches to make this event truly their own. And apart from this, they also put too much of their effort in throwing off a really awesome party. It was definitely what I can call my kind of event! I’m crazy over Heather Valentino wedding dress which she paired off with an unusual veil that I’ve never seen before (just wait ‘til you see it here)! And make sure that you will read all about the inspiration behind it. Here’s what the couple can say about their wedding:
There wasn’t really what you can call a “main inspiration” for our wedding. We just wanted to make it as enjoyable as possible. Nate and I met at school and we got develop as we attended more and more dance parties. And so we wanted to make sure that everybody would dance at our wedding day. We opted the desert because we love going to Joshua Tree, but there was no place that could house the entire guests on the area so we ultimately decided on the Ace. I also chose the desert because of the surreal landscape which makes it all the more fitting for the surreal wedding that I had in mind. It was really a life-changing moment…
Our favorite part of the wedding – Nate was able to compose a song that lasted about 2 minutes. It was very John Cage-like and it was played at the ceremony just as when we’re both staring at each other’s eyes. It was indeed a great moment to pause and feel the whole moment. It was also kinda funny because everyone doesn’t have an idea of what was happening, so they just played a long and laughed occasionally. This moment really reflected our admiration to humor, minimalist art, as well as each other.
Heather’s modern styled veil was inspired from Balenciaga Hats. She wanted to have a version of these famous hats which was originally made in 1965 but failed to get one since they were sold out. So she contacted the custom hat maker Gunner Fox who once made hats for the movie “Gangs of New York” and made heather this one of a kind veil that depicts her love of surrealism and humor. Such a lovely piece isn’t it?
I did not want my girls to wear the same bridesmaid dresses so I simply gave them some guidelines in choosing their dress for the wedding: a combination of black and white colorblock outfits and they all went out on their own. In this way, I could make sure that they would all love their dresses and would look ‘organized’ together. And they also chose their own footwear and told them to be creative. As you can see here, one of my friends wore studded shoes! They also did their makeup on their own so that all of them could all be comfortable with the way they looked.
Heather was responsible for all the cactus and succulent centerpieces and sleek-looking metal house number were used instead of having the usual table numbers. I really love the modern feel they bring to the design of the reception area.
Venue: Ace Hotel Palm Springs, California | Floral Design: Cactus Mart in Morango | Wedding Dress: Valentino | Hair: Salon 119 | Groom Suit: Gieves & Hawke’s | Paper goods: Nate and Heather | cake: Juliette’s Bakery | music: DJ Chris Paul