As photographers, meeting new couples and getting to know them is so much fun. And listening to their amazing love stories is so inspiring. These personal notes and anecdotes help us bond with our couples and imbibe the essence of their relationship in their wedding photography. Ashley and Mike’s story is just as interesting and beautiful! In fact, it’s one for the movies. And getting to photograph the gorgeous wedding of this couple at the Kempa Villa Estate in Palm Springs was so much fun. With the breathtaking views of the rolling hills, expansive meadows, and the swaying palm trees for company, this was one wedding that gave us plenty of photo-worthy scenes and moments. And with a couple as cool as Ashley and Mike and their equally lovely guests, this wedding was like one big party with celebrations galore!
Both Ashley and Mike had their ‘love at first sight’ moments. Ashley first saw Mike’s photo on Facebook, and right at that moment, she just knew he was the one for her. Her mom even made a Facebook post of Mike’s profile saying, “Look at my daughter’s new boyfriend,” even though they had never met! And as luck would have it, Ashley and Mike landed at the same party one evening, where after seeing Ashley for the first time, Mike whispered to his buddy, Hal, “She’s going to be my wife.” Now, that is so charming and seems perfect for a romantic flick, you guys. Who knew that you could actually find your husband while aimlessly scrolling Facebook. Ashley and Mike, we’re totally floored by your sweet moves and in awe of your love story!
Like many couples in 2020, Ashley and Mike had also ended up planning two weddings. After their first venue canceled on them, they had to come up with a new plan. So, they chose the brand new and posh Kempa Villa Estate as their wedding venue. And, our couple did not let the change of location dampen their party spirit one bit. In fact, the venue seemed to blend perfectly well with the fun vibes of the wedding.
Ashley and Mike’s wedding was as romantic and gorgeous as their love story. The focus of their day was always around family, friends, fashion, and celebration. Our couple had even hired an attendant so that Mike’s dad could attend the event virtually on an iPad. This sweet and thoughtful gesture just melted our hearts. Everyone else was so involved too and enjoyed themselves on Ashley and Mike’s special day. The bridal party was a fun bunch and gave us some of the most amazing portraits.
Every spot at the Kempa Villa Estate – both outdoors and indoors – had some interesting elements that we could add to our photos, and with our bride and groom being so photogenic and such natural models, we just knew fabulous photos were guaranteed! And that’s exactly what we got. Photographing Ashley and Mike at such a spectacular venue was a joy. The ample natural light available at the venue coupled with the picturesque backdrops helped us create some stellar romantic couples portraits. Even the luxurious interiors gave us great opportunities to take some stunning wedding images with our bride and groom. And the tastefully curated wedding details added so much beauty to our compositions.
At the reception, our couple had a giant sparkling candle lit from the iconic Palm Springs restaurant, Eight4nine, on their wedding cake. After the cake-cutting, the newlyweds moved their classic outdoor reception indoors, where the scene transformed to a club-like after-party atmosphere for the guests. This wedding was a long time coming, so everyone partied hard and had a lot of fun with late-night snacks from Krispy Kreme and In-N-Out. We think it was a perfect way for our couple to step into their new life together, with all their guests coming together to show their love and support for the couple.
Ashley and Mike, you two are amazing! It was a pleasure photographing your beautiful wedding at the exquisite Kempa Villa Estate. The palm-lined villa with tropical gardens made for a perfect choice to celebrate your special day, and we can’t thank you enough for that. We would also like to thank you for choosing us as your wedding photographers and wish you both unending fun and lots of happiness ahead.
If you or someone you know is planning a wedding at the Kempa Villa Estate or elsewhere, you can book us. We also do engagement photography and strive to give our clients the best photography experience possible. For any questions, email us or call us at 760.458.3504. To see more of our work, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.