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BRENDAN + ROCIO • PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
O’Donnell House Wedding in Palm Springs

Oct 6, 2015

Let’s be completely honest here, we just absolutely adore Brendan + Rocio. From the very first Skype date, we knew we were destined to be friends and have this amazing journey together toward their wedding day when Rocio said, “Gilmore Girls is my favorite show, too!” Ever since that day a few months ago, we’ve stalked followed each other on Instagram and Facebook, sending each other updates about our favorite Stars Hallow friends (including a shared sadness we couldn’t see the panel at ATX earlier this year in June). Rocio’s love of Gilmore Girls is not the only thing we just loved about her – she’s genuinely one of the most kind and fun-to-be-around people we’ve ever met. Her smile is infectious, she’s quick with the verbal wit, and her love for her family is unparalleled.

And Brendan? He is as incredible as his new wife. Brian, the best man, told us all during his speech how Brendan has always been someone that he looks up to and how much respect he has for Brendan because he “saves the world for a living” (which is pretty rad, if you think about it!). But together? Together, these two are unstoppable. We swear, they have this kind of chemistry together that rubs off on anyone in a 12-foot radius, beaming rays of joy and love and this we-have-the-most-amazing-life-ever vibes … and their wedding was a gorgeous culmination of their class, culture, love for each other and love for their family.

Planned by the amazingly talented Emma Seitz of First Pick Planning (and assisted by Sarah Bond), Brendan + Rocio’s O’Donnell House Wedding in Palm Springs this past weekend was a dream come true. With two readings (one from The Amber Spyglass and also Soneto XVII by Pablo Neruda), their mixed-culture sunset ceremony was short yet heartfelt and funny, complete with a lasso ceremony (where their mothers placed a rope lasso around the two of them, to symbolize tying their lives together). It’s not so rare that Ashley gets choked up at weddings, but it is pretty rare for there not to be a single dry eye –  which is exactly what happened. Everyone just loved Rocio + Brendan’s heartfelt, handwritten vows.

After their ceremony, everyone gathered for one of the funnest receptions we’ve yet to go to. Everyone was up on the dance floor, singing to DJ Henry Jones of VOX DJ’s mix of Spanish and English tunes. Henry, Rocio’s dad, just couldn’t stop gushing about how happy he was, how joyous this occasion was, and how glad he, Marlene and the entire family is to have Brendan as their new son and brother. And Monica and Reggie, Brendan’s parents, were just as thrilled with how amazing these two are for each other – just beaming from ear to ear the entire day.

And now, less than a week after their O’Donnell House wedding, these two are already on to their next big adventure: moving to Geneva! While we’re super sad they won’t be living close to us anymore, we are so excited for them and everything they are going to get to see and do while in Europe. Congratulations, Brendan + Rocio – we just love you!

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Vendor Love

Venue // The O’Donnell House, Palm Springs

Wedding Planner // Emma Seitz, First Pick Planning

Assistant Day-Of Coordinator // Sarah Bond, First Pick Planning

Hair and Makeup // Jen Martens, Jen Plus Colour

Bride’s Dress // Essense of Australia

Groom’s Attire // The Black Tux

DJ // Henry Jones, VOX DJ’s

Floral // Artisan Events

Catering // Westwood Catering

Wedding Cake // Jensen’s

Invitations // Minted

Randy + Ashley Durham are Palm Springs based wedding photographers, available for weddings in Southern California and nationwide.

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  1. Sara

    October 6th, 2015 at 6:10 am

    A bride who loves Gilmore Girls AND bling?! Ahh! Love this, SOO gorgeous!! And I can’t get over that location!

  2. Rocio Ayala

    October 6th, 2015 at 9:01 am

    WOW! Thank you so much Ashley & Randy. Even more magical than I remember. You two rock my socks!

  3. Laura Yazdi

    October 6th, 2015 at 9:09 am

    These photos are all amazing!!! Thank you for sharing these Brendan and Ro! We already miss you and we’ll come visit soon!

  4. Nick Schirripa

    October 6th, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Perfection! Thanks for sharing the blog and the wedding with us all.

  5. Erin

    October 6th, 2015 at 9:20 am

    The photos are gorgeous!! You captured the day perfectly!! Even the road runner! 😀

  6. Donna

    October 6th, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Stunning! Beautiful work! 🙂

  7. John

    October 6th, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This wedding looks dope

  8. amanda

    October 6th, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I love how bright, fresh and fun these photos are! This day couldn’t of been more gorgeous and you captured it beautifully 🙂

  9. Beatriz Ayala

    October 6th, 2015 at 10:51 am

    You captured the love they share with each other & the families beautifully! 😍😙

  10. Catherine from Open Shutters Photography

    October 6th, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Whoa. I could write a novel on all these images I love!! But I won’t. 😉 I absolutely love how much character and personality you bring into your photos. You know how to anticipate the moments that can so easily be missed on a day that has the photographer hopping! I can feel the care and attention you bring to your photography. So well done!

  11. Ashley Durham

    October 6th, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for your sweet comment!!!

  12. Eric Vanderhye

    October 6th, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Amazing pictures and such an amazing wedding. We’re so excited for you too and can’t wait to visit you

  13. Leslie Hogenes Lejcar

    October 6th, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    So much happy and so much pretty!! Love the view 🙂

  14. Cindy Moreno

    October 6th, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Everything was absolutely GORGEOUS!! Thank you for having us be a part of your special day!! I had soo much fun at your wedding, Love you guys!!

  15. Anya N Mando

    October 6th, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  16. Lauren Weeks

    October 6th, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I love all the details, their first look, and her veil!

  17. Lynda Cowan Borges

    October 6th, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Best wedding ever – straight out of “Hollywood”! The pictures reflect warmth, beauty and love. Thank you so much for letting us be part of this special day. We love you both.

  18. Jill Marie

    October 6th, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    What a good looking couple! Such LOVELY images!!

  19. Henry Ayala

    October 6th, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Que bonitas todas las fotos!

  20. Tania

    October 6th, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Your wedding was magical and they captured it perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Candi Leonard

    October 6th, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    beautiful wedding!!!

  22. Patty Serrano

    October 7th, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Love captured in every picture. Many blessings to you love birds and thank you for letting me be part of this memorable event in your life!

  23. Misty Adams Christensen

    October 7th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Beautiful photos!!! And a gorgeous wedding!

  24. Brendan

    October 7th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I could not have imagined better images capturing that day. Everything about the day, including these photos was perfect! Thank you!!!

  25. Julio Cesar

    October 7th, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    The pictures were so amazing. Best wishes to you both.

  26. Arlene Ayala

    October 7th, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Happy Wedding Nina & Uncle Bren!!! XOXO

  27. Monica Vidal Edgerton

    October 7th, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Still on cloud 9! Every photo captures all the love and happiness surrounding this remarkable couple.

    Thank you Randy + Ashley, every photo is a work of art.

  28. Roberta

    October 8th, 2015 at 6:38 am

    I love, love love the photos! They capture the essences of two souls in love and the Framily that loves and will support them always. Love Aunt B.

  29. Emily

    October 8th, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Gorgeous work – it’s so clear that you really connected with this couple! Great job rocking the harsh afternoon light and totally using it your advantage. You also do a masterful job of pulling together colors and motifs to accent various settings at a wedding. I love the variety of ring shots, too!

  30. Conchita Medel

    October 8th, 2015 at 9:59 am

    What a beautiful wedding! The bride was gorgeous and the entire wedding looked perfect! I I love the formal portraits of the bride and groom.

  31. Eddie Ramirez

    October 11th, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations to the beautiful couple!
    Feeling inspired for the future 😊

  32. Wonderland Boudoir

    October 17th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Honey! I have to say these are the best damn wedding photos I have seen in a VERY long time!!!!!!

    Korin
    http://www.WonderlandBoudoir.com/

  33. Catherine

    October 22nd, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful! Love you guys, hope you are enjoying Europe! <333

  34. Patricia Knight

    October 28th, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Congratulations to the newlyweds. Gorgeous wedding in a haute location!

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