Inside Our Co-Founder Hillary Kerr's Exquisite Palm Springs Wedding

Sophie Miura

What separates a beautiful wedding from an unforgettable one? When Hillary Kerr, co-founder of MyDomaine's parent company, Clique Media Group, tied the knot with Jonathan Leahy, music supervisor for the hit TV show Girls, their event had all the hallmarks of a picture-perfect wedding. Kerr walked down the aisle in a lace Reem Acra dress, the venue overflowed with fragrant flowers, and the poolside Palm Springs reception glowed violet at sunset. But that isn't what makes Kerr and Leahy’s wedding stand out from the rest. 

When asked about the big day, Kerr explains every aspect, no matter how small, has a story. Take, for instance, the dinosaur placeholders that peer out among the otherwise classic table setting. "They're a reference to the famous Cabazon Dinosaurs you drive by on the way to Palm Springs, as well as a long-standing joke about how the T. rex is my spirit animal," she says. 

Then there's the platter of doughnuts from Cofax, a West Hollywood coffee shop the couple frequented when they started dating, and the custom gold pineapple stamp on the invitations, "a nod to the fact that we got engaged in Kauai," Kerr notes.

There's so much more to this wedding than seriously photogenic styling. It's full of personal jokes, bursts of quirk, and shared memories. Every detail has a unique backstory, and only when you know that story will you fully understand why the wedding of Hillary Kerr and Jonathan Leahy is one to remember. 

Take a look at their stunning Palm Springs wedding, and discover the story behind every detail. 

Guests gathered at the Colony Palms Hotel, Palm Springs, to find the venue awash with fragrant peonies and roses. "Holly Vesecky and the amazing team at Hollyflora created a super-lush backdrop of white peonies, garden roses, anemones, Sahara roses, camellias, camellia greens, and myrtle greens," says Kerr.

She notes that the archway where the couple exchanged vows was particularly sentimental: "We wanted a white birch archway, as this is the state tree of New Hampshire, which is where Jonathan grew up."

"While researching parties from the '40s and '50s, we found our primary inspiration in an unexpected place: a 1953 invite from the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council for a lecture on the structure of proteins and nucleic acids—I kid you not," says Kerr. The couple used this unexpected reference to create their own bespoke invitations with Lola Gonzalez, Clique Media Group's executive creative director of brands. "The simple format, blind embossed edge, and slightly creamy paper set the tone," she says. 

The envelope also had a personal touch. "We chose a custom gold-foil pineapple stamp from Zazzle for our invites, a nod to the fact that we got engaged in Kauai, and worked with Calligraphy Katrina on all calligraphy for the wedding," says Kerr. 

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