Surprise Palm Springs Wedding | Ryan & Theresa

A non-traditional surprise wedding day

I got chills when Ryan & Theresa first told me their wedding plans. They wanted to plan something big and fun for them and their guests, so they decided to do a surprise wedding.

They wanted to have their guests think they already eloped at city hall and were hosting a celebration in the desert, but in actuality their guests would be witness to their real wedding. They had a movie screening that was supposed to be a recap of their elopement but was actually just a summary of their love story.

Guests then turned around and saw the bride and groom standing at the altar and getting married. Suprise!

The rest of the night was filled with delicious tacos, speciality cocktails, a dessert table themed around their dog, a surprise saxophonist and fog gun, and late night pizza delivery boys.

I love when couples plan a day that is authentically them and throw out the wedding traditions. And Ryan & Theresa certain did just that.

Non-Traditional elements that they included in their wedding day that I loved…

  • Threw a SURPRISE wedding for their guests (!!!)
  • Had their ceremony at night
  • Showed a movie pre-ceremony that recapped their love story
  • Had picnic style seating for guests for the ceremony
  • Didn’t have a wedding party
  • Had a food truck instead of traditional catering
  • Had a super fun and flirty first dance
  • Had a dessert table themed around their dog Indy instead of cake
  • A surprise saxophonist came out and performed with them, while they shot off a fog gun
  • They had “late night boyz” delivery In-n-out to their guests

One thing I loved was the guest attire – so chic!

The design inspiration was casual disco & rustic boho

A huge thank you to our amazing vendor team

Planning // Gatherings

Venue // Buena Vista by AvantStay

Photographer // The Shalom Imaginative

Videographer // Sal Rey Films

Caterer // The Lime Truck

Bartending // Mint Bartending

Florals // Planted Floral Design

Entertainment // DJ Matty Mo

Saxophone // Brian Pierini Music

Hair & Makeup // Sitting Pretty Beauty Team

Pantsuit // Undone by Kate

Rentals // Adore Folklore

Bounce House // Tiny Toddler Soft Play

Movie Setup //  Rent for Event