Recently, on Memorial Day Weekend, I had the EXTREME pleasure of photographing such a fun couple AND to work with the AMAZING Laurie Davies with Five Star Weddings and Events. She is always so fun to work with and has such unique couples. I feel that every wedding I have shot for her ends up in a magazine! The wedding took place at the Palm Springs Riviera Resort and Spa and it was only the second wedding EVER to be had there (the first wedding being JUST the day before!). When Britney and I met last year, we were in a sales office trailer on a dirt plot. The hotel was not even built yet and was just a bunch of conceptual drawings! Talk about having trust for your wedding! In any case, I had no idea WHAT to expect of this place when we pulled up, but it was GORGEOUS and SO boutique-y and funky. It reminded me of the Viceroy, but transplanted in the desert. It’s a photographer’s DREAM to shoot there and we went nuts shooting all over the property. The couple was more than happy to let us drag them around and since they were wedding guinea pigs there, I am sure most of their photos are going to end up in the Riviera’s brochure. Honestly, I can’t WAIT to shoot there again. The pool was insane with a DJ thumping and the bar is open till two and so is the pool, so it was the perfect place to have your guests go for afterhours AFTER the wedding. We all sat by the pool and the firepits and jumped in the hot tub and just chilled after the wedding. They were SUCH a fun group that the partying never stopped and apparently they had been partying for days before we even got there…impressive! The property is 24 acres and pretty vast, my photographers and I got lost on the way back to our room and had to steal a cart to find our way back! Too funny, but the wedding was so outrageously fun. The bride and groom I am DEFINITELY visiting up in Portland where they are from and I HAVE to share some of these photos to show you just how rad this hotel is!