Palm Springs Wedding PhotographY
Catalina Jean | Wedding photographer servicing Palm Springs
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN PALM SPRINGS
You found this page most likely because you are getting married. Most likely its your first time planning a wedding. Most likely you have ended up on The Knot or deep in a bridal magazine or mind-numbingly scrolling Google with a cocktail in hand and no idea on where to start this whole planning thing.
First, of course, you get your venue booked (check out the list of recommended venues below!). Gotta get that date secure. Second, the photographer (maybe me?? Haha, kidding a bit there - but check out my work and if you're feeling it, lets chat!). But if you are on step two and are needing a photographer, you can read more to find out a bit more about me and why I am head over heels in love with Palm Springs. I actually used to live there! So I know the area very well and love to go back whenever I can.
My style is natural meets minimal, real meets adventure, great light meets the great outdoors. From intimate interactions and big moments to various pieces of décor and architecture. In vast deserts or tall mountains or open fields or maybe just that simple downtown street you love. Your best girlfriends busting out their dance moves to those bad tunes from the 2000s, grandma and grandpa tearing up as they watch your first dance, wide smiles and those squinty eyes you only get from bear hugs as your family and friends wrap you up in their arms. What is important to you? That is what is important to me. The real stuff. Not the “event” stuff - the reason for the event: your love and the people who love you.
I am Catalina Jean, a detail-orientated minimalist that laughs (too) loudly, dances (very) badly, and provides wedding photography for the Palm Springs area. Much of the wedding day I’m a fly on the wall, waiting and watching for all those little in-between moments. But I almost always cry during toasts, can’t help but get on the dance floor if “Ignition” come on, will rock pinning on those boutonnieres or fixing your hair or carrying your shoes and bouquet all while getting overly excited about some pretty light or killer backdrop.
And while I am a wedding photographer, I also see myself completely as a storyteller. I want every single photo to feel natural, every moment to feel just like when it was captured on the wedding day. I take photographs of the things that are raw with emotion and piece them together to re-create the way the wedding day felt. It is when I am capturing the real stuff, that is when my heart skips a beat and I am reminded that this is my damn dream job. (Like, for real, I still can’t believe I get to do this for work.)
And given my love for nature and photography, it’ll probably come as no surprise to you that Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to photograph weddings. This desert location decorated with cacti and plant life, unique windmills, and rolling mountains make it a superb place to capture dream-like images of two people in love.
All About Palm Springs Weddings
I love how one can do a rustic / bohemian / glam / whatever vibe you fancy - but that is so chill and natural sans elaborate décor, or dress up the space with wooden accents and perhaps a floral arch. So much is possible in the desert sun, it’s just an all-round amazing place.
Aside from that, Palm Springs has some incredible places to see such as the historical desert landmark, Moorten’s Botanical Garden (do a tour, you’ll thank me later!), and Joshua Tree – a national park that brims with rugged rock formations and incredible desert landscapes.
I also love Salvation Mountain for its creative and artistic feel as well as the history behind it, and the whimsical and infamous ‘colorful doors’ (my favorites are found at East Sierra Way, and Yosemite Drive), that are totally Instagram-inspired.
And an additional bonus of being in Palm Springs – it’s sunny almost all-year-round! That’s a win-win in my books!
What’s also amazing about Palm Springs, is that it has such a rich and interesting history that only adds to its charm. Found in the Southern California desert, this city is embraced with four different mountain ranges and golden desert sand.
And it was more than 2,000 years ago that this area saw its first inhabitants who lived off the land, making use of its lush vegetation and abundance of water. To experience this true desert landscape is such a treat that always brings about a feeling of calmness whilst being close to nature. It’s no wonder that so many people flock to this paradise.
In fact, the wedding scene in Palm Springs is absolutely thriving – and not only because of its natural feel, but also for its incredibly luxurious wedding venues and interesting spots for wedding photography.
For those who want to incorporate the hustle and bustle whilst keeping the small-town feel, downtown Palm Springs offers some breathtaking spots. Here, you’ll find some lively cafes and restaurants as well as buildings that have that amazing colorful yet muted desert palette.
And for those who love the idea of a minimal and more natural feel, a photo shoot in Joshua Tree or alongside the Santa Rosa Mountains holds just the right amount of beauty, nature and awe-inspired views. There are also a couple spots not far from Palm Springs where the famous windmills can be accessed (as seen here!).
A Few Amazing Palm Springs Wedding Venues
Then, when it comes to your wedding ceremony, I absolutely adore these timeless and elegant venues with a modern feel:
Offers a big enough space to accommodate at least 85 plus guests and has an incredible outdoor area surrounded by roses for a natural wedding ceremony. On top of that, it offers a panoramic view of the desert that’s enough to make anyone’s heart skip a beat.
What I also love about this venue is that it provides the perfect contradiction when it comes to their modern architecture and décor and the naturally simple yet pleasant surroundings.
Another amazing venue built in 1933 and is decorated tastefully with high gates and tall shrubs to ensure absolute privacy on your big day. It’s a secluded, elegant and classic spot to tie the knot, with beautiful gardens and mountain views that can be dressed up as much or as little as you’d like when it comes to your wedding ceremony.
What’s also quite impressive is that this estate has seen the likes of many a celebrity – including Marilyn Monroe.
This is a four-star hotel that is notoriously known for its luxurious space. It was built in 1936 and has rich mosaics, intimate spaces, terraces and pool patios for a fantastic wedding day. Its stylish and exotic grounds bring about a true feeling of luxury and you can opt for an indoor or an outdoor wedding ceremony.
From Michelin-star catering to having the option to rent out the entire space, you can be sure that everything you need will be taken care of at the Colony Palms Hotel.
This venue is set on 13-acres of land and is a chic, upscale resort with modern rooms, private event spaces, restaurants and bars. It’s such a delight to visit, every time.
Their website is equally as enchanting, with their homepage containing descriptive pieces of writing about the Parker experience.
For a gorgeous wedding day, they offer a space for any and all couples, whether they’re looking for a small, modern and intimate feel or a traditional style. They strive to bring your vision to life and are the epitome of flexible.
This venue, in my opinion, is like a blank canvas for your dream wedding. With naturally dim lighting, you can go for that intimate atmosphere or you could easily dress it up with various lighting options and décor. And whether you’re keen on a vintage style wedding, a bohemian vibe or just a traditional ceremony, all is possible at this upscale venue.
What’s also great is that the space that the hotel provides for wedding ceremonies is near the back of the hotel so it ensures privacy, and it has its own retractable windows that open up to a gorgeous private pool area.
This is a great choice for minimalistic couples who want an intimate wedding, as it exudes a more natural and secluded feel. In actuality, their website describes the venue as a “new-fashioned desert hideaway”.
For a ceremony decorated with nature, the Regency Courtyard boasts olive tree topiaries and blooming citrus as well as sensational views of the San Jacinto mountain. For cocktail hour, their Regency Pool (aka the Secret Garden) is totally charming and provides a simple yet chic space for guests to enjoy. And for a warm and enchanting ambiance, the Presidio Courtyard is the perfect outside location for your reception dinner, decorated with up-lit towering trees and gorgeous dining décor.
This is one of my favorite wedding venues in Palm Springs and can be found on a four-acre terrace on the mountainside, giving it a somewhat of a ‘floating’ effect. It’s decorated beautifully with redwood ceilings, antique furniture, and out-of-this-world views of the desert below.
Today, this hotel and popular wedding venue has been revamped to mimic the charm it possessed in the 1930’s, making it a beautiful choice for those who love a traditional feel. I definitely recommend this upscale venue for classic couples, as it really exudes that old-style feel that you may be after.
If you are getting married and are interested in wedding photography services just click the button to head over to the contact form. We can schedule a chat to create a customized photography package that will be the perfect fit for your wedding day.
Catalina Jean loves anything sci-fi, has little sense of direction, and spends her free time snuggling her crazy Boston Terriers. She is a wedding photographer specializing in capturing artistic portraits paired with unique storytelling moments to produce natural, emotional wedding photography.