Palm Springs is one of my favorite cities to photograph a wedding in all of Southern California! With it’s many beautiful locations & resorts and its year round sunny blue skies, it provides a perfect backdrop to capture romantic images of a couple in love and that’s why I love photographing weddings in Palm Springs. If you're thinking about having a Palm Springs wedding, this page provides some information and tips you might find useful when planning your desert event.
Palms Springs has a rich history dating back 2,000 years when the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Tribe settled into the desert plains 110 miles east of LA. Boasting more than 350 days of sunshine every year “Hollywood’s Playground” as it was called is better known for the myriad of stars that have lived there and visited over the years like Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Marlene Dietrich & Marilyn Monroe. Today, however, this California Oasis is a popular spot for the young and the young at heart! With events like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Palms Springs International Film Festival everyone can have fun in the sun.
Palm Spring's great weather and resort atmosphere is a big reason why so many couples decide to spend one of the most important days of their lives at one of many wedding venues in Palms Springs like the Miramonte Resort and Spa in nearby Indian Wells. This picturesque Mediterranean style villa situated near the Santa Rosa Mountains is a wedding photographer's dream with sprawling bougainvillea and sparkling Italian fountains. I love how the palm trees tower over the ceremony against the backdrop of a beautiful blue sky. Click to see more images from Palm Springs wedding photographer, Josh Goodman Photography.
For a more intimate wedding you could try the Galvan Estate. This luxury estate has a gorgeous waterfall pool and all the modern amenities you could want! The Viceroy hotel is another one of my favorite wedding venues with its beautiful, clean pops of yellow against white it reminds me of a sunny spring day. Some other popular wedding venues in the area include: The Colony Palms Hotel, La Quinta Country Club, IW Club, Riviera Palm Springs, Indian Wells Country Club, Korakia Pensione, Rancho Las Palmas, Westin Mission Hills, and the Monterey Country Club.
One thing you'll want to consider when choosing to have your wedding in Palm Springs is how to keep your guests comfortable and happy. Temperatures can soar to over 110 degrees in the height of the summer season and drop below 40 degrees in the winter in the evening. In the summer, consider having your wedding ceremony indoors to prevent your guests from melting. Also, make sure you have plenty of ice cold water available for times when guests and family need to be outdoors, for example when doing family pictures. When it’s hot outside you’ll also want to leave extra time to get from place to place since the heat tends to slow people down. Parasols can not only add some shade but can also be a cute decoration spread around the ceremony site. Heat lamps in the winter can make the chilly evenings during cocktail hour or outdoor receptions a much more comfortable environment.
If you are interested in doing an engagement session in Palm Springs, the Aerial tramway is an unforgettable way to get to the top of Chino Canyon. What a fun way to experience the grandeur of Palm Springs!
Please contact me if you’re interested in talking about photography for your wedding: Palm Springs Wedding Photographer. I'd love to hear from you!