How did I convince seven girls that it would be a great idea to roadtrip for eight hours to spend a saturday in 109 degree weather? I'm still not entirely sure. But at least to my face, every single one of my bridesmaids said Palm Springs was totally worth it.
I'd never seen the California desert and always wanted to go. I'd seen pictures of those weird little Joshua Trees sticking out of flat, windswept dirt and knew someday I'd get to explore the strange, hot landscape that so many people love and call home!
When it came time to choose where I wanted to do my bachelorette, I knew I wanted something restful - the complete opposite of a wild Vegas trip. I wanted to take this opportunity to relax before my wedding day and forget about planning for a weekend. I'd seen this fun, colorful hotel pop up on social media a few times and Palm Springs immediately swam into view. I couldn't think of a better place to lay poolside, stroll around, and get a massage!
I don't believe in having one last wild fling, so would absolutely recommend this route to any bride who asked my advice ;) Taking time to just breathe and kick it with your main girls is so so refreshing in this season.
The Saguaro hotel was definitely a young crowd, which was perfect for how loud we were at night :) All the rooms were just as colorful on the inside as the building was outside (and comfortable, too!) This shot was from our balcony overlooking the pool.
Our first night at dinner I told stories of how I'd met each of my main babes. My bridal party is pretty eclectic (in the best way), ranging from my oldest friend that I've known since before my sister was born, to high school pals, to girls that moved to the Bay with me and that I was able to stand by on their wedding days. It was such a fun way to introduce everyone to each other.
My sister made these amazing sashes for us to wear to dinner that had different Beyonce phrases on them - "Flawless", "I slay", "Bootylicious" - of course mine said "Drunk In Love". We also did these fun gold temp tats for my bride tribe. It was great having different people come up to us and ask what was going on. I was never in a sorority but for a sweet second it felt like it. I can see why ladies are all about that sisterly bond!
One of my top priorities for the weekend was going to the Moorten Botanical Garden. I'd heard and read so much about this magical cacti kingdom and it did NOT disappoint. I actually took the most pictures here - pretty sure that means it was the highlight :)
Everyone walked away with at least one new plant friend!
I almost needed to write a second post about the greenhouse. It was like stepping into a tiny wonderland. We all forgot about the heat for a moment while we marveled at how many different cacti there were!
We spent the afternoon with drinks in the pool, getting massages and/or pedicures, then headed to dinner at a cute 50's themed restaurant (Lulu California Bistro) downtown. Night swimming and card games rounded out our weekend.
10 out of 10 would 100% recommend! The Saguaro, the food, the atmosphere, the pool, the gardens - all of it was amazing. So grateful for the girls I got to share this sweet memory with.