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With my globe-trotting lifestyle and a roster of friends rapidly reaching gettin’ hitched levels, I’ve accepted that at some point I might have to RSVP my regrets to a wedding invitation. But when the following Save the Date landed in my inbox, I knew it wouldn’t be this one.

There was no way I was missing the sure-to-be-stylish wedding of my lovely friend Amy and her now-husband Jordan, who together make a couple hot enough to give the surface of the sun a run for its money. Amy and I met when we lived in the same apartment building in Brooklyn and I can attest that the girl knows how to throw a party — so well I’d head to Palm Springs to attend one.

I spent the week between my Disneyland weekend and the wedding one camped out in my friend Lindsay’s Marina del Ray apartment catching up on my insane workload that had built up and feeling guilty that I didn’t have more time to explore on my first trip to Southern California — I literally think I left her place for a total of three hours. I had dreamed of writing a blog post about the Venice canals, the beautiful marina, and the crazy boardwalk, but alas, the following photos are all I’ve got. I’ll be back someday. This time, I had a wedding to attend.

My Brooklyn girls Zoe and Liz arrived in LA around midnight on Thursday and after a quick and sleepy reunion — I hadn’t seen them in almost six months! — we passed out in order to hit the road to Palm Springs first thing Friday morning. Though the drive was supposed to take about an hour and forty-five minutes we more than doubled that due to traffic, meaning we arrived just in time to whip ourselves into wedding-attending shape. But first there was a tiny bit of check-in excitement to be had.

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I had balked when we first looked at room rates here, but I’m so glad Zoe and Liz gave me flat NO stares when I asked if there was somewhere cheaper nearby. This was the most I’ve ever ponied up for a hotel room, and it was worth it. I was prepared to not leave the property the entire weekend, and we pretty much didn’t.

After a frenzied getting ready session (I can now confirm that Spanx are sold nowhere in the Palm Springs area), we made our way down to the ceremony. There was a moment when I knew without question that this wedding was going to blow my mind, and it was the moment I saw that our escort cards were mini-flasks full of whiskey. Amy and Jordan both work at bars (and plan to open their own someday!) so it couldn’t have been a more appropriate touch to set the tone for the night.

The bride wore white, and tattoos. She was stunning.

The ceremony, performed by a friend of the couple, opened with “Dearly beloved, somewhat beloved, employees of , we are gathered here today….” and closed with a group shot out of our new flasks. Now, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I do kind of have the coolest friends in the world. Amy and Jordan in particular are pretty much killing it out there in every category, and watching them together on this day was kind of a victory for the “there’s one perfect person out there for everyone” team.

We laughed. We cried. And then we got the party started.

The Ace’s event space is stunning, and couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for Amy and Jordan. The poolside cocktail hour was followed by a family-style dinner of the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding and toasts that had me reaching for tissues.

By the time we were breaking into the cupcakes (DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THE CUPCAKES) things were getting about as wild as you’d expect a wedding that started with whiskey shots to get. Even the photographers — Lindsay was my former roommate in Brooklyn — got in on the fun. To truly appreciate how gorgeous this wedding was you’re going to need to check out .

The best thing about getting hitched at The Ace? Partying in the pool by 10pm — and if you’re as badass as Amy, doing it in a white bridal bathing suit . I can’t really think of a more epic way for a wedding to wrap up.

The next morning we sprung out of bed for Part II of the best wedding weekend ever — poolside Saturday sippin’! Okay, we didn’t so much “spring out of bed” as “drag ourselves to King’s Highway and heal over the most delicious hangover brunch of all times,” but, semantics. We were soon staking out pool chairs in our bikinis and reminiscing over the antics of the night before.

Guys, I am now a complete convert to the Friday night wedding weekend! Hanging by the pool Saturday without a care in the world was one of the best parts of the trip — minus the tequila shots I was tricked into taking. I laughed when another hotel guest quizzed us, “Were you part of that bearded and tattooed wedding last night?” Yes, yes indeed we were.

After a quick goodbye breakfast Sunday morning, it was already time to head back to LAX. The weekend was over way too soon — thought admittedly I probably could have said the same after a week at The Ace. I was more or less ready to move in, and I gave Jordan and Amy a big thank you for bringing us to such a special place. I also gave them a serious bon voyage hug, because they were off on the month-long Southeast Asia honeymoon I was honored to help them plan (they ended up guest bartending at Banyan while on Koh Tao, because what else are honeymoons for.)

Amy and Jordan, thank you for throwing a wedding that was blissfully relaxed, incredibly fun, and so stylish it hurt. You know I’m wishing you a lifetime of antics and adventures — and a bottomless flask of happiness.

Congratulation, Amy and Jordan!

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28 Comments...
  • Maddy
    May 27 2014

    OMG the wedding looks like so much fun – and this hotel/whole vibe has convinced me I need to go to Palm Springs sooner than later! Glad you had a great time!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      YES and I need to go back myself so I can see something other than the inside of The Ace šŸ™‚

  • becky hutner
    May 27 2014

    i’ve prob said this on your blog before but ace palm springs = my favorite hotel ever. i definitely considered having my wedding there…’til i saw the price tag!

    & now comes the moment where i swell with pride & blurt out that my best friend is an amazing architect who designed the very space you partied in (& the new ace in downtown LA!). so happy you approve of her work šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Price is, from what I understand, another benefit of the Friday night wedding šŸ™‚ And look at you and your badass creative friends! Oh, and I get it — I brag about mine too!

  • hot damn! what an awesome looking wedding!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      I know! If I walk down the aisle someday I hope I do it a fraction as cool as they did šŸ™‚

  • MCVK
    May 27 2014

    Memories are made of this . . . I hope you all meet up at the Ace in 2064 for the anniversary

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Now THERE is an idea I can get behind. Amy and Jordan, you game?

  • Lisa - Wee Wanders
    May 28 2014

    What an incredible wedding…I love all the little touches that make it so unique! (I’m currently planning my imaginary wedding)
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    • Meihoukai
      May 29 2014

      I might just hire these two to do mine should I ever make it down the aisle šŸ™‚ Agreed, it was awesome!

  • Silvia
    May 28 2014

    I have a serious aversion to weddings (maybe too many gross reality tv shows?) but this just looked like a super fun party! Such a pretty post to read through <3
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    • Meihoukai
      May 29 2014

      They definitely rocked it! And yeah, working in the wedding industry in NYC turned me off them slightly, but I do think they can be done right (this one is an example!)

  • Justine
    May 28 2014

    It looks like it was an amazing wedding. Weekend-long weddings are the absolute best! It gives you time to bond and just have a blast, which it looks like you all did in spades. I still LOVE the idea of individual wedding flasks. I’m taking note of that one šŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      May 29 2014

      I know, I think I was pretty sold on the full weekend idea by the time I left Palm Springs. It’s such a nice way to bring people together!

  • Anne
    May 28 2014

    I now feel this is the only way to do a wedding and sign my up for a stay at The Ace! Great post!

    • Meihoukai
      May 29 2014

      I know, right? I’m totally sold on The Ace obsession now.

  • Hannah
    May 29 2014

    That looks like a kickass wedding! Looks like they done it in an amazing way, massive congratulations to them; and wicked honeymoon destination, Koh Tao will always have my heart.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 29 2014

      They went all over Southeast Asia! It was a joy to help them plan, and then follow their trip through Instagram.

  • Danica
    May 29 2014

    Hey Meihoukai!

    I love reading about how you were in my home town! (Well almost!) The Ace hotel is great and if it makes you feel any better about your splurge I know people who pay something like $30 so that they an spend time at the Ace Hotel pool party! I was reading about your drive with “though the drive was supposed to take about an hour and forty-five minutes” and right away was like “oh no!” leaving LA on a FRIDAY!” then saw “we more than doubled that due to traffic.” Uhg… I have had it take upwards of five hours before. Stupid traffic….

    • Meihoukai
      May 30 2014

      Ha it was pretty stressful! And then of course on the way back we left like four hours early and made it there in less than two šŸ™‚

  • Camels & Chocolate
    June 1 2014

    Funny, I have TWO Friday night weddings this year, but alas they’re both in Nashville.

    The whiskey place cards? BEST IDEA EVER.

    Her gown-to-swimsuit idea? GENIUS.

    The Ace Hotel? DYING TO GO THERE?

    Everything about this post? PERFECTION.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2014

      I had a feeling you would like this one šŸ™‚ Oh, and one reason some people get married on Fridays is because they are Jewish! Just learned that when I was a bridesmaid in one in October!

  • Ashley
    June 2 2014

    That hotel looks unreal! Looks like an amazing wedding and venue.

    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2014

      Indeed it was! Absolutely worth flying across the world for šŸ™‚ Loved it!

  • Diana Edelman
    June 11 2014

    Um, can they plan my wedding please? Forget that I don’t even have a boyfriend. I want that wedding!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 11 2014

      Tell me about it, girl! I’ll give them a call for each of us when the time is right šŸ™‚

  • Danni
    June 16 2014

    Your photos made me feel the whole vibe of the place. Awesome.

    • Meihoukai
      June 16 2014

      Thanks Danni! That is a lovely compliment to hear šŸ™‚