Famously decorated by designer Jonathan Adler, The Parker Palm Springs mixes such elements as medieval armor, leopard fabric, and hanging wicker chairs into the most playful resort in the California desert. Midcentury mod mania reached its apex at this decadent homage to design.
With 13 acres of croquet courts, fire pits, pools, and plenty of gardens, there’s no shortage of ceremony and reception sites. Many brides make their entrance along a flower-scattered aisle beneath palm trees, then host a dinner next to one of three pools. Or rent out the Gene Autry Residence, where the singing cowboy once lived, which can accommodate private festivities for up to 500 guests.
Palm Springs is about a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and San Diego; there’s also an airport five minutes away. For those moments when only shopping will calm your nerves, the vintage emporia and hip boutiques of El Paseo Drive are nearby.
Keep in mind
This is a busy, busy place in high season, November to May, so be prepared for a bustling pool scene. On the other hand, that may be a gen-u-ine celebrity in the next lounge chair.