Truly original lovebirds might enjoy seizing the chance to be one of the first couples to wed at a newly opened event space.
Not only will your big day look like no one else’s ever has, but your hosting venue will likely go out of their way to accommodate and make you smile. Your wedding confirms their venue is right on trend, just like you.
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The 1952 design by William F. Cody has been restored and updated.
L’Horizon Resort & Spa
In its former incarnation, The Horizon Hotel was a backdrop for hip and gorgeous Palm Springs weddings. Recently redeveloped as a luxury midcentury property, this gem designed in 1952 by renowned architect William F. Cody, shines even brighter with 25 rooms, SOPA restaurant, and, opening soon, a spa.
L'Horizon Resort & Spa, 1050 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-323-1858; www.lhorizonpalmsprings.com
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The picturesque grounds are a nice backdrop for a wedding.
One could easily drive right by this quiet, adults-only inn tucked behind a serenity wall for optimum privacy. Eleven rooms in a variety of classic styles wrap around an enchanting garden courtyard that features a pool, spa, and stone fountains – ideal for an intimate weekend wedding.
Colt's Lodge, 1586 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-323-2231; www.coltslodgeps.com
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The Monte Luna event lawn.
Monte Luna at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Just unveiled, this new event lawn for spectacular weddings and receptions accommodates up to 550 people for dining or up to 1,000 for a ceremony. Swaying palms, lush foliage, and flowers in bloom surround the mountain view. Meanwhile, the resort is known for its three pools, 60-foot waterslide, and two championship golf courses.
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, 71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-328-5955; www.westinmissionhills.com
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The Melange Restauant patio.
Melange Restaurant at The Chateau Lake La Quinta
Recently renovated, upgraded, and expanded to 24 guest suites, this charming boutique hotel has also added a restaurant. Melange offers the same Old World ambiance as the rest of the lakeside resort plus a wood-burning pizza oven and patio seating overlooking the water.
The Chateau Lake La Quinta, 78-120 Caleo Bay, La Quinta. 888-226-4546, thechateaulakelaquinta.com
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The Makerville lodge.
A mere 20 minutes from Palm Desert lies a rustic retreat like none other. Follow the mountain roads along scenic Highway 74 to Makerville, a remodeled Elks lodge turned artists’ colony. Indoor-outdoor celebrations are surrounded by national forest, hiking trails through desert wilderness, and endless views of the moon and stars.
Makerville, 612-483-0993, www.makervillestudio.com
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Huell Howser's Wheelhouse.
Find peace and privacy for your party at this artful, bohemian ranch-style house. Set on 80 rugged acres near the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, the midcentury hideaway was Huell Howser’s high-desert home. Small group-friendly spaces indoors and out combine with 3 bedrooms plus a pool, spa, and ping pong table.
Lisa Marie Hart has been writing about weddings since serving as an editor at Bridal Guide magazine in New York City in 1999. Since 2006, she has been editor of the annual Palm Springs Life Weddings & Honeymoon Planner. Away from the laptop, she creates tiered cupcake stands for weddings and celebrations at www.highteaforalice.com