For those who work in the wedding industry, most of the spring and summer is totally devoted to work, with major events on the calendar each and every weekend. The team at GATHER Events wanted to celebrate their team and bond before “wedding season” was in full swing. They headed to Palm Springs for a GATHER girl gathering, using their event-planning expertise to create a one-of-a-kind getaway. We’ll let the GATHER girls tell you more: 

What better way to pre-game for wedding season then to head off for a girls’ weekend retreat in the desert?  We can’t think of a single one!

When planning a girls’ retreat, location is of the upmost importance.  For our GATHER girl gathering, we wanted somewhere that was private enough to feel like a true retreat, but equipped and aesthetically on point enough to offer the luxuries of a boutique hotel experience.  Thanks to Airbnb, we found the perfect spot! With the help of the amazing team at Archive Rentals and our girl Annie at Best Day Ever Floral Design, we outfitted the already stunning spot with all of the fun decor accents needed to truly create a magical getaway. Leaning on Moroccan influences and boho vibes, we incorporated lanterns and textiles and furniture that helped to define the different spaces and bring everything together.

The girls were greeted with personalized monogrammed totes from Madewell containing all of the essentials! Snacks, Swell bottles, girl-on-the-go tool kits and spa essentials.  Private chef, Katy Watson of My Dearest Watson, created the perfect spread for a welcome pool party. Prosciutto wrapped grilled peaches, shrimp ceviche, and the most beautiful cheese, charcuterie and crudité spread you can imagine! After some QT in the pool, we gathered all of the gals for an intimate Moroccan inspired, candlelit dinner.  Moroccan poufs, detailed textures and patterns and a color palette of cool turquoise, jade and light blush set the scene for the ultimate family style affair.

Day two began with some poolside yoga led by our gal across the pond, Meredith. After a breakfast smoothie bowl challenge and some serious pampering, we headed out to see some of the local sights and then returned for a lunch of grilled flatbreads and delicious salads and more pool time.

Want to recreate something similar? Here are GATHER’s tips for creating a relaxing getaway:
- Pick the perfect place
- Ensure that everything one might need is on hand
- Bring the pretty (a little cohesive decor can go a long way!)
- Don’t jam pack the timeline
- Gather a great group and go!