Umit and I got married last Friday, in Palm Springs. Yes, we did! This was not the plan originally. (We were thinking of doing something in the summer, in Istanbul). Then, all of a sudden, we decided to go to Palm Springs—where we went last summer for the first time, during our U.S. road trip, and loved it—and get married!
I was in Istanbul and Umit was in Milan, and we talked over the phone, got the tickets, and left the next morning, first for Los Angeles, then to Palm Springs after a couple of days.
Well, I was lucky that I had this beautiful Belle Époque antique dress at home, which I kept for years at my vintage store. So I packed my only appropriate and available dress for the occasion and took a flight the next day. I had never thought that the dress was one day going to be my wedding dress!
We found this little chapel, the Enchanted Garden Wedding Chapel, in La Plaza, in downtown Palm Springs. Everything was perfect: the setting, our officiant (Mr. Norman, a very special character). The twilight sky and the palms were so surreal.
I think the best part of this kind of improvised wedding is that you are both totally in the moment, not trying to please anyone or thinking about any organizational details. It is superromantic, I must say. Our little ceremony was so emotional, too. We were in tears. That moment was priceless. I cannot find words to describe my feelings.
It was just the two of us, with neither witnesses nor someone to take our photos. We only had our iPhones and a Contax G2 film camera. Whenever we handed the film camera to someone to take a photo of us, we needed to add that it is not digital and explain the shooting process from the beginning. Then we found our witnesses, two super-nice Canadian ladies who accidentally came into the chapel. At first, they couldn’t believe that it was a real wedding. They thought it was a movie shooting, as the setting was super kitsch, in a way, and we were fully dressed up.
After our ceremony, we drove our car under the palms, which we are obsessed with. Then we went to our amazing hotel, The Parker Palm Springs, and celebrated our love and marriage there at Mister Parker’s, and, later, at their fantastic garden around the fireplace.
I had never visualized or dreamed a specific type of wedding in my life, and now I’ve come to the conclusion that this was the best way for it to happen. We truly meant every single word in our hearts, every vibration of love around us, while giving our vows.
Of course, it would be great to celebrate and share this with our friends and family later— in August, in Istanbul, too!