Monday, June 8, 2009

The Venue

We knew we wanted to get married in Palm Springs but we had a lot to consider. First and foremost, we had to pay for everything ourselves. We looked at a few different places including The Parker, The Viceroy and The Horizon Hotel. I had a pretty clear idea of the way I wanted things to go so we figured The Horizon was our best bet. We could pretty much rent the property for the whole weekend and set our own rules. Above is the ceremony space, couldn't you just die? The view was spectacular and having the San Jacinto mountains as a backdrop was magical.

The Horizon Hotel is a beautiful, newly renovated boutique hotel on E. Palm Canyon. Originally L'Horizon, the property was designed and built by desert architect William F. Cody in 1952 for oilman, Hollywood mogul and hotelier Jack Wrather (producer Lassie, The Lone Ranger) for his actress wife Bonita Granville (the original Nancy Drew!) as a retreat for themselves and their friends. I thought the history was really romantic. The Horizon Hotel was the space for our rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. Consisting of 22 low-slung bungalows, the Horizon was ground zero for all my wedding needs.

I loved the openness of everything with the big salt water pool in the middle of the property. It was mid-century minimalist and the perfect palette for our big day.

The property also had a residence, consisting of a master suite, kitchen, dining area, bar and private pool. The perfect wedding suite and plenty of room to mobilize all of the stuff required to pull everything off.

The property bar was fully stocked with misters overhead for those hot Palm Springs temperatures. The fact that we would rent the whole space meant everyone there would be friends and family, no random hotel guests wandering around. I really liked the idea of that.

I thought the size was great for 120-150 people, plenty of room for a tent, dance floor and catering.

So that is what we chose and we have had no regrets. I'll be back later with some prep photos and finally the main event!

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