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Ryan & Jett: Mid-Century Modern Wedding

Ryan and Jett’s fabulous destination wedding in Palm Springs let them spend the weekend celebrating with their nearest and dearest. The couple, who live in Los Angeles, chose Palm Springs, where they had vacationed and become engaged. It was familiar and not too far away, allowing them to easily plan the itinerary and wedding details with the help of The Love Riot and Jesi Haack Design. Photographer Steve Cowell was on hand to capture all of the fun.

Ryan and Jett’s web site set the tone with a detailed itinerary, plus where to stay, what to eat, and what to do in Palm Springs. Stylish, fun invitations built anticipation and established that this was a wedding not to be missed!  The couple and their guests rented out the entire L’Horizon Hotel, which inspired a mid-century modern design theme for the wedding, and where the festivities were kicked off with a pool party. The outdoor wedding was held the next day at the historic Frank Sinatra Estate; the piano-shaped pool, architecture, decor, and artwork delighted their guests.

The mid-century modern design theme was reflected in the invitations and seating cards with Eames postal stamps and mini Eames chair favors, as well as all the signage, including engraved menu cards saying “Hit The Taco Carts”. They also set up a tiki bar for themed cocktails, dressed reception tables with vintage radios and dinnerware, and created a 60s-style laser-cut screen as a backdrop for the dessert table. Every detail put a smile on guests’ faces, even a hilarious sign announced the odds on how the evening might unfold.

The best part of a weekend destination wedding is that guests don’t have to go home. Ryan and Jett’s playlist kept everyone on their feet (including dancing congo lines) until the wee hours. As anticipated, Jett ended up in the pool along with Ryan and several of their guests, making for some awesome photos.

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The Wedding Makers
Photography: Steve Cowell Photo | Planning: The Love Riot | Styling: Jesi Haack Design | Design: Pitbulls and Posies | Venue: Frank Sinatra Estate | Accommodations: L’Horizon Hotel | Videography: Max and Molly Films | Furniture: Yeah Rentals | Dinnerware rentals: Casa de Perrin | Catering: Huntington | Cocktails: Pharmacie | Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Flowers: Honey & Poppies | Bridal gown: WTOO

Mid-Century Modern Registry Picks
By accentuating sculptural form, saturated color and visual simplicity, Zola’s Mid-Century Modern Starter Collection will allow you to usher in a hint of the timeless era with a modern twist. Create your Zola wedding registry, then start building a registry that reflects your couple style.

Shown here: Crosley Player Turntable; Zuo Pulsar Chrome Ceiling Lamp; Jonathan Adler Turner Frame; and Safavieh Mid Century Ottoman.

Shown here: Kate Spade New York Hampton Street Double Old Fashioned Glass, Set of 2; Sagaform Wine & Water Carafe with Oak Stopper; Dansk Burbs Melamine Platter; and, Chris Earl Bar Cart.

Shown here: Dansk Burbs Starburst 16-Piece Dinnerware Set; Royal Doulton Hemingway Vase; Sagaform Retro Teapot; and, Chilewich Basketweave Placemat, Set of 4.

Shown here: Iittala Ruutu Vase; Safavieh Woven Leather Seat Armchair; Area Pins Grey Sheet Set; and, Hartmann Herringbone Luxe Long Journey Spinner Luggage.

A Storied Desert Resort Honeymoon
With iconic, mid-century modern architecture and a rich Hollywood history, L’Horizon Hotel and Spa in Palm Springs offers couples a luxurious boutique-hotel experience. Built in 1952 by renowned architect William F. Cody, L’Horizon was a favorite celebrity destination spot in the 50s and 60s. It attracted guests of Hollywood’s golden era including Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable. Its recently renovated twenty-five bungalows with private patios, outdoor showers and a mix of bespoke and high end vintage furniture, provide an exclusive and intimate feel that’s honeymoon perfect (watch the video!). If you need a little help from your friends, add a honeymoon fund to your Zola Wedding Registry.

Zola Wedding Registry is a one-stop solution for the modern couple, and your guests will love it too! Gifts, experiences, cash funds, and anything from any store: it all fits on your Zola Registry. Sign up now to discover the smarter wedding registry.


Image(s): Wedding images by Steve Cowell Photo; product images courtesy of Zola Wedding Registry; resort image courtesy of L'Horizon.