CAL­I­FOR­NIA COOL

A WILDLY STYLISH WED­DING IN PALM SPRINGS WAS A CHIC PARTY BRIM­MING WITH LOVE, LAUGH­TER, FAM­ILY AND FRIENDS; THE UL­TI­MATE CEL­E­BRA­TION DREAMED UP BY GROOMS JA­SON AND ALY.

Wedding Bells (East) - - Contents - By AL­I­SON McGILL . Pho­tog­ra­phy LON­DON LIGHT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

A wildly stylish wed­ding in Palm Springs was a chic party brim­ming with love, laugh­ter, fam­ily and friends.

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it came to plan­ning their des­ti­na­tion wed­ding in Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia, the most im­por­tant thing about the event for Ja­son and Aly was that the party be equal parts style and sub­stance. Known as “The Style Guys” and based in Cal­gary, Al­berta, Ja­son and Aly are famed for their ex­per­tise in all things fash­ion, decor and de­sign. They are sought-af­ter ex­perts for broad­cast and print me­dia—they can be heard weekly on Vir­gin Ra­dio Cal­gary and seen on seg­ments for E! Net­work and Cosmo TV. The theme they chose for their wed­ding was mid-cen­tury Palm Springs, en­com­pass­ing a riot of pat­tern and colour, which was the guid­ing prin­ci­ple for all el­e­ments of the wed­ding day.

“We had the palm leaf as a mo­tif on the de­sign of our in­vi­ta­tions and sta­tionery to drive home the mid-cen­tury vibe,” Aly says. “There was no sin­gle colour we fo­cused on for the day, we wanted ALL the colours rep­re­sented, and even re­quested ev­ery guest wear a pat­tern of some kind. So many of our friends are stylists, de­sign­ers, tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties and over­all fash­ion en­thu­si­asts, so it was fun to see how they all tried to outdo each other. Even those who might not typ­i­cally dress over-the-top showed up look­ing colour­ful and amaz­ing.”

The pair cer­tainly set the tone for fab­u­lous­ness with their Mr Turk tuxe­dos (de­signer Jonathan Skow, who passed away in Oc­to­ber 2018, was a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher and hus­band of wom­enswear de­signer Trina Turk). “We have been shop­ping his dap­per Cal­i­for­nia looks for many years and his had grown to be a huge line cov­eted by celebri­ties and fash­ion­able men,” Aly notes. “Jonathan helped us se­lect the per­fect pat­terned tuxe­dos, and wear­ing them was def­i­nitely one of our favourite el­e­ments.”

Ja­son and Aly (who be­gan dat­ing in 2007) are reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to Palm Springs, so the lo­ca­tion was a nat­u­ral wed­ding choice. They hosted 140 of their near­est and dear­est for a rol­lick­ing re­cep­tion at Wang’s in the Desert, an award–win­ning pan-Asian resto that is one of their favourite lo­cal spots. The two ad­mit it was a bit of an un­usual venue for a wed­ding party, but some­how per­fect as their wed­ding was a true fu­sion of cul­tures: Aly is from Tan­za­nia and is an Is­maili Mus­lim, while Ja­son is from a small town in south­ern Al­berta.

Be­fore the cer­e­mony, the grooms made sure guests got the party started with a cock­tail hour. Both Ja­son and Aly’s par­ents walked down the aisle ahead of them and were met with hoots and cheers—a sign the party was def­i­nitely go­ing to be a spir­ited one! The pair chose Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” as the lo­ca­tion-ap­pro­pri­ate song for the wed­ding party’s re­cep­tion en­trance—“Sonny was the mayor of Palm Springs,” Aly quips. For the first dance they picked Al Green’s “Lets Stay To­gether,” as they wanted some­thing retro and clas­sic. “This song’s lyrics are so soul­ful and lov­ing,” says Aly.

Their first dance kicked the party into high gear, with the DJ play­ing a cool mix of ’80s pop, ’90s girl groups, gay an­thems, songs by gay icons and mod­ern club hits. That wasn’t the only amaz­ing en­ter­tain­ment they ar­ranged for guests: prior to danc­ing but af­ter Ja­son and Aly’s speeches, drag queen Bella da Ball made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance to help tran­si­tion the party from din­ner to danc­ing. “When guests ar­rived out­side they were greeted by two more drag queens, one as Diana Ross and one as Lady Gaga,” laughs Aly. “It was truly the most fab­u­lous party!”

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