Becoming a Mrs… Smiles, Mariachi, and two places to know about!


Besides all the beautiful love at weddings the maker or breaker is often your DJ or band. If a rad DJ is part of your crew they will keep the energy alive and know how to work the crowd. This foxy lady is Smiles Davis. Isn’t she so adorable?! I have had a crush on her since I started shooting weddings. Clearly, she was on the top of my list to book for our wedding. I am real excited to boogie down with all my favorite people.

You can see Smiles work her magic here:

Truth… I really love Mariachi bands. I love their energy. I love their friendly approach. I love Mexican culture! I thought it would perfect fun to have our guests arrive to some authentic Mexican music. Los Salazar is a well known three piece mariachi band; father, daughter, and son located in Santa Ana. They will also be playing for our cocktail hour.

Places to know about if you are in Palm Springs!

The Parker Hotel
You will find me out here the morning of the wedding…

I have been dying for an excuse to stay here for the past couple of years. Jonathan Adler designed this gem of a hotel.The grounds, the rooms are all so well done. My ladies, the kids, and I are shacking up here the night before the wedding and will be doing the getting ready process here the next day as well. I am really excited to see in person. Just take a look at this place

I saw this place and knew instantly this is where we would take all our loved ones and have a beautiful feast the night before the wedding. It reminds me of Seattle with the farm to table approach and obviously has a great design aesthetic.

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This picture cracks me up!

We leave at the crack of dawn tomorrow for our wedding week adventure. This is my last post on all the wedding planning, insight, and gems of people I have found along the way. We are both giddy like first graders and have found many different satisfying moments in the process of Becoming a Mr & Mrs!

Because it really can be a beautiful process.
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