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Historic Cree Estate Palm Springs Wedding | Alicyn + Jason

You may remember Alicyn + Jason’s AMAZING Beatles/Hippie-inspired engagement session from earlier this year! I had so much fun with them on that uber creative shoot, and ever since I was counting down the days to their Palm Springs wedding weekend! You see, Ali and Jason weren’t just planning a wedding. No. They were planning a LOVE BALL. A fun festival type affair, celebrating love and their marriage. The inspiration was not just The Beatles but also Cirque Du Soleil. I was told the plans  included stilt walkers, food trucks, and a rotating stage for their ceremony! Oh my! Seriously how cool does all this sound?

Well, the wedding was even more fabulous than I could have imagined. Ali + Jason, along with wedding planner extraordinaire Hallie of La Boheme Events, created the most unique, exciting and FUN wedding I have ever photographed. Every detail was carefully thought out and reflected the couple’s love and unique personalities! The ceremony was exuberant, joyful and interactive– it was almost like watching a play… except it was a real life love story! The rotating stage they stood upon not only added drama and whimsy, but it also allowed them to soak in the presence of each loved one who came to share in the love of the day! Guests loved mingling with stilt walkers, playing kazoos, and indulging and imbibing in signature cocktails and gourmet foodtruck goodness! And being the showgirl that she is, Ali managed to entertain the crowd! First, Ali + Jason danced their first dance to a love song they co-wrote and had recorded (Ali providing the yummy vocals). It moved us all to tears! And later Ali and her best gals performed a choreographed dance for the crowd, which involved her third, yes THIRD, costume change! It definitely had everyone cheering and laughing!

All in all it was a thrilling day to be a part of and I am beyond honored to have been their photographer! Thank you Ali + Jason for trusting me to capture your very special and unique day!! 🙂 Also thanks to La Boheme for perfect coordination, The Green Truck / Me So  Hungry Truck / Over The Rainbow for the good eats, Scarlette Bartending for providing a kick ass bar, Sam Friedman for rocking the videography, Stella Bloom for the adorable florals, Prim + Pixie for the awesome signage, The Cree Estate for being the perfect backdrop and of course my darling Angel for second shooting! Whew, hope I didn’t forget anyone!

Now onto the show…or errr pictures…!!

How beautiful are Ali’s rainbow wedding bands?! Love! And how fun are these darling invitations… complete with a ticket to The Love Ball!!!

I adored Ali’s bouquet!!

The First Look was so touching!!!

Jason’s reaction to seeing Ali was PRICELESS! Tears of joy! Every gal dreams of having her man look at her like this 🙂

Before the ceremony we snagged a few gorgeous romantic portraits around the grounds of The Cree Estate.

You guys are ridiculously stunning!!!!


Ali, you are gorgeous!!! And that halo is divine!!

The ceremony set up was simple yet absolutely breathtaking!

Stilt walkers greeted guests upon arrival!!!

Guests were encouraged to pin a flower to their hair… and the gents made little bouts with the daisies too! 🙂

To prepare or the interactive ceremony, guests were given instruments like kazoos and tambourines!

The Love Ball’s MC, a jaunty fellow by the name of FrogBeater, explained to guests that they’d be forming a parade to head over to the ceremony site!

A parade of love and music ensues…

… to reveal Jason and the officiant, Sister Mable, waiting on the stage!

Everyone encircles them with love and good vibrations!

How CUTE are Jason’s nephews??

The reactions of Jason and Ali’s sister, Kristen, to Ali walking down the aisle were priceless!

A perfect moment: Ali walking down the aisle with her dad to the tune of an acapella choir!



I love the cheery excitement in this photo!!!

The sun set during Ali + Jason’s ceremony, but I snuck them out for a few super quick photos before all the light was gone!

You both are just adorable! It’s not even fair!

Perhaps, my favorite image of the day!!!

Ali was a pretty ecstatic bride!!


Okay back to the party!

The reception involved yummy food trucks, lots of mingling, crazy dancing, but more importantly CUPCAKES! Not just any cupcakes mind you… cupcakes with bacon and potato chips!

I’ll leave you with this shot because it cracks me up! Too cute for words!

There is SO MUCH MORE where this came from! To see even more fun pictures from this awesomely unique wedding CLICK HERE or watch the slideshow below! Also the slideshow is set to the beautiful song Ali + Jason co-wrote for their first dance… so you really should not miss it!!!

  • Jewel - What a unique wedding! Great work Ashleigh!!!

  • Kenessa - WOW. There really no other words. So happy for both of you! I just got tears looking at the photos. No surprise, but Ali you made a stunning bride. And Ashleigh, you are an amazing photographer.

  • Cynthia - Ali and Jason, I love living this again, we were all present/s…what inspired, creative, juicy people and talent and drinks and treats. Thank you for your sweet love and Ashleigh for capturing this perfectly.

  • Alicyn - Ashleigh… what a great job capturing the moment. I am savoring all the moments I didn’t get to experience! Thanks to you and Angel for photographing the event! xox

  • Patti - A fairy tale come true! Ali and Jason pure joy from the heart! Ashleigh you captured the moments perfectly.

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