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Dean and Mara’s Rustic Palm Springs Wedding

Bride and groom at Korakia Pensione venue

Mara was smitten with Dean the moment he picked her up for their first date. “He came to my door, completely unexpected,” she says. “Most guys in California wouldn’t.” (Dean is from Michigan.) Many dates later, Dean proposed to Mara with a ring from her jewelry line, Smith + Mara. They planned a weekend-long wedding celebration at Palm Springs’ Korakia Pensione that had the feel, as Mara describes, of a wellness retreat. They began the morning of the ceremony with a group yoga session, and the big day culminated with the couple exchanging vows as the sun set behind the San Jacinto mountains—a beautiful backdrop for an equally beautiful couple.

Outdoor ceremony set up centering on large rustic wooden door Dean and Mara pose with her bouquet Bridge bouquet of pink and coral florals and light pink heels

Treat Yourself

“We went above and beyond to customize the experience for our guests with awesome welcome bags, from their favorite snacks, to what type of wine they like.”

Bride and groom kiss at the end of the ceremony Pink flowers float in fountain at ceremony site Bride and groom pose in front of large wooden door at ceremony site Rustic Korakia Pensione venue Bride poses in gown with long lacy sleeves

Dean and Mara didn’t wait to get the party started. They entered the reception to R. Kelly’s “Step In the Name of Love,” and invited guests to join them on the dance floor.

Wooden reception table with pink floral centerpiece Reception site with floral scenery Reception table setting with printed menu Bride and groom pose next to one of the fountains at the venue

Their Talented Team

Catering & Cake: Whoa Nelly Catering
Dress: The Dress Theory
Entertainment: Dart Collective
Florals: Siren Floral Co.
Hair & Makeup: Born Blonde Salon, 949-433-8449; Violet Grey
Invitations: Minted
Linens: Signature Party Rentals
Men’s Formalwear: Hickey Freeman
Officiant: Tiffany Hasse
Photography & Videography: Jim Kennedy Photographers
Rentals: Planks & Patina
Ring: Smith + Mara
Venue: Korakia Pensione

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