A Chic, Laid-Back Wedding at Casa de Monte Vista in Palm Springs, California

Kate Strickland (30 and an interior designer and founder of West Haddon Hall) and Walter Driver (32 and CEO and founder of Scopely) planned a chic, laid-back affair for their mid-October nuptials in Palm Springs, California. “We wanted the whole thing to be easy and personal,” says Kate. “I was inspired by a party scene from the movie ‘Midnight in Paris’: a casual yet extravagant house party.” 

The pair let the setting dictate the decor, decorating the lush lawns of the Casa de Monte Vista with garlands of eucalyptus and bunches of dahlias and garden roses in soft peach and pink hues, all arranged by Kristen Caissie of Moon Canyon. “We wanted a location that felt magical and party-ready so we wouldn’t have to do a lot of work to make it beautiful,” says Kate. “Casa de Monte Vista, a 1920s Spanish estate, felt really special and allowed us to create a variety of experiences for our guests on different parts of the property.” 

Exposed wooden tables dressed with lace table runners and textured floral arrangements in vintage brass vases provided a relaxed setting for guests to sip mint juleps and nosh on tacos, while tufted white couches arranged under shady palm trees offered a cozy and cool place for the newlyweds and their guests to kick back. For after-dinner treats, the couple decided to skip the classic cake and opted for a spread of inspired sweets. “Very soon after we met, Walter and I traveled through France and Spain together, so Paris is one of the cities where we fell in love,” says Kate. “Instead of getting a big cake, I incorporated some Parisian decadence into an elaborate dessert table overflowing with stacked cheeses, a madeleine tower and bite-sized delicacies.” 

For an ultra-personal feel, Kate and Walter tapped into the talents of their close friends. Childhood friend Catherine Kraft designed the wedding invitations, a brother-in-law’s father officiated the ceremony and musician friends performed during the ceremony and first dance. —Libby MacCarthy