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The saying goes that opposites attract but Geoff and I incredibly similar.  From the moment we met, there was an immediate connection based upon our similar upbringings, interests, and type A personalities.  The funny thing is that most of our disagreements came about during wedding planning (hah!) which I guess is not uncommon.  Since both of us are from New York, we had thought it was a no-brainer to get married in the Northeast, however we were disappointed with the venue prospects.  I threw out the idea of having a destination wedding, which we both weren’t entirely keen on given that we wanted as many of our loved ones to attend.  California seemed like the next best thing because it was domestic.  I flew out to the Golden State solo and Bear Flag Farm was my first stop.  I immediately fell in love with the property and the owner, Tina, and I was completely sold.  I would like to think I wasn’t a so-called ‘bridezilla’ but I had a pretty specific vision for the wedding: a ferris wheel, natural wood furniture, gold-rimmed glassware, an Asian inspired menu, you-name-it.  My ideas were all laid out to Tina and her team in a crazy Powerpoint that I had made.  When our wedding day rolled around, it was was everything we had imagined plus more – the weather, the crowd, the surroundings all exceeded our expectations. Geoff and I are so privileged to have shared the day with all our closest family and friends, and to have the most amazing parents who were able to provide us with our dream wedding

Venue: Bear Flag Farm in Winters California, | Planner: Tina, Bear Flag Farm | Photographer: BrittRenePhoto | Film Scans: PhotoVision Prints | Videographer: SUFO Films/Brock Bailey | Hair/Makeup: PMA/Maria Chang | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale, Jenny Yoo, BHLDN, Watters | es: Jimmy Choo | Rings: His -Tiffany & Co/Hers – Cartier | Stationary: Crum & Co | Cake/Dessert: Freehold Bakery | Catering: Sage Catering | Strings: Trio Maxim


Check out their amazing 70’s welcome party {here}

Venue- The Parker, Palm Springs California @parkerpalmsprings |Venue Coordinator – Shannon Romijn @shannonromijn |Photographer- BrittRenePhoto  @brittrenephoto| Film Scans – PhotoVision Prints @photovisionprints | Videographer – Wade Koch @sharkpigweddings | Make-up – makeup @makeupbyKeturah | Hair – Jose Neira @Joseneira | Invites– Welcome party invites (card included in the formal invitation) – William Arthur Stationary, the store we bought them through was – Where’s the Party – @wheresthepartyoc | Music– On The Beat Music Agency @OTBMA 

  • Location | Bend, Oregon
  • Film Scans | PhotoVisionPrints
  • HMU | Cassidy Elise Bridal

Bend, Oregon Wedding Photographer | Bend Oregon Engagement | Film Photographer | Portland Wedding Photographer

‘Growing up in Southern California, Palm Springs was a frequent weekend getaway for my family, extended family and friends, and still is. For years my grandmother had a house in the area and Palm Springs history, culture, design, fashion, and overall ‘vibe’ has always been apart of my life. We decided to hold all of the weekends’ events at The Parker because it embodied what Mark and I were looking for so perfectly as a wedding venue.  The Parker has personality, it has history, it has disco, it has a pool fit for a pool party, it incorporates nature in its design, and it embodies the Retro Palm Springs vibe that we love so much.

Mark and I have a love for Slim Aarons and all of his work; especially connected with the shots that he took in California in the 60’s and 70’s. His work was an inspiration throughout the entire wedding weekend, especially in the wedding party photos we took by the pool before the welcome party.

As both of us love a good costume party, it was the ideal place to ask guests to dress in theme on Friday night at the welcome party. We dabbled in various theme ideas from French Revolution to Star Wars, but decided that my favorite theme – Retro Palm Springs – was much more obvious, easier for guests, and a picture-perfect fit. All of our guests did such and amazing job – all night we were entertained by the bright colors and fabulous retro-inspired outfits, hair-dos and accessories. We felt as if Bing Crosby or Nancy Sinatra might walk-in at any moment. ‘ – Mebus

Mark wore a Brunello Cucinelli white linen suit that he picked out, and a pink shirt – the perfect shade in my opinion! I wore a Leal Daccarett dress made of a pale yellow retro print silk.  My hair was in a themed tease and I borrowed my grandmother’s canary diamond cocktail ring for an authentic old school addition.  It was an unbelievable night put on by Marks parents.  Everything added up to equal a night of fun that I had dreamed about for a year.  The 14 toasts given at the rehearsal dinner were the highlight.