We find such bliss in showcasing the happiness of others. It’s one of the finest honors of this business, whose blessing never seems to lose its luster — and oh my heart, have we got a bright and joyful union to share with you today!
JB & Lauren were wed on a blissfully sun-kissed day in Palm Springs. Their vivd florals, handcrafted arch, and pops of lively color were the perfect compliment to the radiance that lives between them! Theirs was a day filled to the brim with love and brightest tenderness — and we are privileged to join in their bliss!
A word from Cavin of Cavin Elizabeth Photography:
“Lauren and JB, who live in San Francisco, traveled to the desert this February to say ‘I do’ at their La Quinta Resort wedding. Even their dog, Biden, traveled to Palm Springs to be a part of the lively celebration. Every second of this day was filled with the good kind of tears, cozy hugs, and sweet smiles. If you don’t fall in love with Lauren and JB’s wedding in the next few photos, I’d be surprised.
Full of siblings and their closest friends, the bridal party absolutely rocked the desert chic look. The bridesmaids wore neutral gowns in different silhouettes and the groomsmen donned the neatest blue and white patterned ties. JB is no stranger to style, as he told me at their engagement session, so I was very excited to see what he would wear for the wedding. I was not disappointed!
The expansiveness of La Quinta Resort’s golf course reached into the distant mountains, which made for an incredible ceremony view. Every guest remarked at how gorgeous of a backdrop it was and couldn’t help but snap photos. Lauren and JB said their vows in front of a triangular arch custom-built for their wedding. Gorgeous flowers and pampas grass, which moved beautifully in the light breeze, covered each side of the structure. Talk about a perfectly Palm Springs ceremony!”
Love notes from the couple, JB & Lauren:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Lauren: “We met in middle school in 7th grade after JB and his family had moved from a year abroad in Florence, Italy. When JB moved he was the cool new kid who moved from Europe so everyone wanted to be around him, I was an outgoing 7th grader who thought I was way cooler than I was but luckily we had a spark. We immediately became close friends and started spending more and more time together. We were on our High School’s competitive Cheerleading team and went to Prom together in High School. Finally after we graduated high school we decided we should be together which started off as 4 years of long distance which we were lucky enough to follow with 4 years in the same city before we got married.”
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
Lauren: “After our wedding party walked down the aisle, we did a fake out of me walking out. We had intentionally paused like I was going to walk out next and the song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by the Beatles came on so everyone stood up and we had our flower woman and ring bearer (who was our 120lb Bernese Mountain Dog) walk out. Everyone started laughing and cheering, it was so great to see the simple joy it brought everyone.”
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?
Lauren: “We tried to incorporate our friends/family in most aspects of our wedding. My father actually made our wedding arch and my mom and I made most of the other things we used for our wedding (menus, programs, signs, etc.). We had one of our close friends officiate the wedding as well which made the day feel so special to be surrounded by the people that meant the most to us. I also wore a pearl bracelet that my dad had given my mom on the day I was born, so that felt special as well.”
What part of your wedding day was most important to you?
“For all of the people we love to be in one place and celebrating with us. We had a weekend full of events for everyone to just get together and have a good time. It was so unique and special to have all people from different parts of your life to meet and have so much fun together.”
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
Lauren: “I love planning in general, so it is easy for me to say I loved all of it! It was so fun to work with different people who are so passionate about what they do and just as passionate about making your day perfect. When you click with a vendor it seriously makes for such a special experience (call out to Cavin Elizabeth). It was also so fun to go back through our relationship to pull different aspects into our special day. The best part though may have been seeing your hard work coming together the day of.”
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Lauren: “To never leave behind adventure and to learn to be flexible and go with the flow. Most things in life don’t go according to plan so we always teach and remind each other to be open and accepting of change or crazy chances that might come your way. It is always great to have someone else to remind you and express these things as well because it can be easy to talk yourself into a corner. JB is so great at being spontaneous whether it is on our vacations or in our relationship, I think it has helped keep our relationship not only strong but fun for over 8 years!”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
“Well if you are planning a wedding, expect things to go wrong but don’t stress about it. Your wedding day will still be just as perfect if your flowers come in pink instead of red. But at the same time do your best in planning to make sure it is only the small things that go wrong that you may never notice!
Outside of a wedding, make sure you are continually falling in love with each other. Relationships can be hard but when you work through something together in the end your love should grow even more knowing that you were able to get through it.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Lauren: “It can be hard! But that is ok. If it wasn’t hard sometimes I would say that may be a bigger issue. If you can struggle and work through things together you have the opportunity to grow together through whatever pain or hardship which bonds you even more.
And when you have it embrace it, it is the best feeling ever!”
photographer: Cavin Elizabeth Photography/ venue: La Quinta Resort/ stylist and planner: Chic Productions/ floral designer: Arrangements Design/ dress boutique: And Something Blue/ dress designer: Rebecca Schoneveld/ makeup artist and hair stylist: Jen Plus Color/ men’s formalwear: Bonobos/ shoes:Kate Spade Keds/ film lab: PhotoVision Prints