Katie Laines design + coordination
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Lyndsey + Elliott: Married Under Moonlight In The Coachella Valley

A simple celebration transformed into a magical affair by way of twinkle lights, champagne toasts & the ever favorite, late night tacos!

When the bride, Lyndsey, asked if I’d be able to help her out with her wedding I was absolutely flattered. You see, Lyndsey is one of my husband’s best friends from growing up. She’s been in his life longer than I have and even made the roster as “Groomslady” at our wedding. Knowing Lyndsey and her then fiancé, Elliott, weren’t going to have a wedding party, being asked to plan her wedding was the highest honor one could get; and because my husband doesn’t plan weddings, well - the shoe just fit!

Early on, she and Elliott knew they wanted an evening ceremony followed by a cake and champagne reception. When I asked what was most important to them, they both said they’d like an effortless gathering that was relaxed, flowed smoothly, highlighted their personalities, and where they could interact with all of their guests. In order to capture this essence at a rather [extremely] large venue (the Empire Polo Club; where are my Coachella/Stagecoach people at?!), we created the illusion of an intimate occasion by strategically placing romantic lighting, incorporating personalized decor handmade by the bride’s mother and grandmother, and bringing in their favorite treats as late night surprises. Yes, I’m talking Ben & Jerrys and Taco Bell people! Who wouldn’t be stoked to have that snack combo show up unexpectedly at a wedding? That’s right; nobody! #FourthMeal, baby!

Family also played a huge role in this wedding. Heirlooms were super important to both Lyndsey and Elliott, so she opted to wear her mother’s bridal cap, the one she wore on her wedding day, and Elliott chose to take his grandfather’s wedding ring as his own. And if that wasn’t amazing enough, the attention to detail they poured into the crafted decorations was just so heartwarming. Lyndsey’s mom painted a tree on a large canvas for the guest’s to add their thumbprint to, made cranes to hang behind their cake cutting area, and put together all the floral centerpieces for the reception tables. To top it off, knowing baseball plays a huge role in Elliott’s life (he’s a scout for the Minnesota Twins), Lyndsey’s grandmother made aisle festoons with hanging mini baseball bats and instead of a traditional basket they had the flower girl carry his childhood glove full of white rose petals.

Saying there I-Do’s under a canopy adorned with twinkle lights, toasting to new beginnings with cake and champagne below a dozen crystal chandeliers, and dancing the night away in a tiki hut washed in hues of amber and gold, Lyndsey and Elliott’s simple celebration quickly transformed into a magical affair and it could not have been done without the fabulous team of vendors listed below. Thank you for all your hard work. It was an amazing event.

Lyndsey and Elliott Wedding

Photography Emily White // Planning Katie Laines design + coordination // Floral Design Flower Patch // Venue Empire Polo Club // Catering Coachella Valley Catering // DJ Craig Michaels Productions // Stationery Minted // Cake + Cupcakes Flour + Freckles // Makeup + Hair By Tara // Late Night Treats Ben & Jerry’s // Late Night Treats Taco Bell // Wedding Dress My Little Bridal Boutique // Lyndsey’s Rings El Paseo Estate Jewelry Collection // Elliott’s Ring Passed Down From His Grandfather // Suit Men’s Wearhouse // Veil & Cap Family Heirloom // Event Decor Lyndsey’s Mother & Grandmother

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