Hannah Maserjian and Jake Lamb are technically high-school sweethearts. However, their relationship didn’t blossom until long after they’d graduated. “We met in the hallways of our Seattle high school in 2004,” Hannah remembers. “From there our friendship formed, but it wasn’t until the end of 2016 when we finally told each other how we felt about one another. From then on, we were inseparable.”
It was back in Seattle that Jake proposed three years later, while they were home visiting for the holidays. “The night started out with an amazing dinner at one our favorite restaurants, The Pink Door,” Hannah shares. “We capped it off with a walk to Gas Works Park, where he popped the question. The Seattle skyline was the perfect backdrop, and our faces hurt all night from smiling so much.” (Now the couple is calling Seattle home once again, as Jake recently signed to play baseball with the Mariners.)
To celebrate their engagement, the duo planned a weekend jaunt to Joshua Tree, and found their future wedding venue in the same trip. “We stopped in Palm Springs to tour the Parker hotel as a potential venue,” Hannah says. “The second we walked in we fell in love. We were immediately captivated by the stunning grounds, the food, the staff, the one-of-a-kind decor, the history, and the ability to feel lost yet at home in an amazing oasis.”
Of utmost importance in the planning process was the guest experience; it wasn’t just about the bride and groom, but also their 170 invited family and friends who’d been there for them along the way. “We wanted an amazing guest experience from start to finish—everything from the music to the food, the entire flow of the weekend,” Hannah says. “We wanted it to feel authentic, organic, playful, and thoughtful.”
The pandemic struck while planning and the couple postponed their official wedding date a year. However, the couple was itching to call each other husband and wife. “Jake and I decided we didn’t want to wait the full year to get hitched,” Hannah says. “So, we decided to tie the knot with an intimate, causal celebration in our backyard with our parents and siblings. It was so special. Even though we were technically married prior to our big 2021 celebration, it didn’t take away from the excitement and love we felt from our wedding weekend. We wanted this time to spend with our favorite people to celebrate our love for one another.” In fact, she says, it made the wedding experience even more enjoyable for the pair. “Since we had already gotten married, we both felt it took some pressure off us throughout the planning processes. We had a very easygoing, everything-will-work-out mentality.”
And, work out it did. Read on to see all the pretty details of their December 4, 2021 wedding, planned by Dani Blasena of HauteFêtes and photographed by Jake Anderson.
“We kicked off the wedding weekend with a themed rehearsal dinner that flowed right into our welcome party: dressy western and singing cowboy,” Hannah describes. “Guests arrived in cowboy boots, hats, and Wrangler denim. Everyone got so into it, and it made for a fun conversation starter among family and friends who hadn’t had the chance to meet prior to the wedding weekend.” Hannah donned a dress from LoveShackFancy with Isabel Marant boots, and a handmade leather jacket she picked up in Old Town Scottsdale.
The party was held at 1501 Uptown Gastropub. “Dani and her team killed it with the tablescape,” Hannah says. “We had menus printed on bottles, amazing florals, custom napkins, and so many more unique details. An epic country playlist was blasting in the background, and a slider bar and delicious cookies with milk shots were ready as guests arrived.”
Hannah prepped her skin for the big day with the help of Kimberly Miller Skin. “Kim has me on an amazing multi-step regimen and had my skin glowing for the whole wedding weekend. Under eye peptides, moisturizer, and of course SPF are always the must-haves.” For day-of beauty, she turned to her celeb inspiration. “Hailey Bieber is my style and beauty icon, so naturally I gravitated toward her effortless and chic wedding glam,” Hannah says. “My top priority was to keep the overall beauty vibe natural to look and feel like myself.”
Hannah had a specific silhouette in mind—high neck, low back—and fell in love with Rime Arodaky’s elegant crepe Queen gown. “The second I put it on and stepped out of the fitting room, I knew it was the one—based not only on how I felt in it, but the reaction from my mom and two best friends. I loved how timeless and effortlessly elegant the dress felt.”
She turned to friend and Chicago-based stylist Joseph Niz for help accessorizing. “Joey and I spent the day in Chicago looking for the perfect wedding shoe. We landed on a pair of custom lace Jimmy Choos with a personalized gold date plaque! It was the perfect subtle touch.” She added earrings from A.B.ELLIE | H D W R, and a gold diamond bolo bracelet gifted from the groom.
“Joey styled Jake in a classic custom fit Ralph Lauren tux with a pair of double buckle Tom Ford dress shoes.” Hannah offered a present of her own. “I gifted Jake with a Breitling watch from Razny Jewelers, with our wedding date engraved.”
To maximize their time with guests post-ceremony, the couple decided to do a first look. “We both had butterflies as I walked out of the house toward him,” Hannah remembers. After the emotional moment, they couple traversed the mid-century modern venue with their photographer snapping portraits. “Photos were a blast. We had so much fun exploring the property with our photographers to get the best shots!”
Hannah was adamant that her bridesmaids feel comfortable in what they were wearing, so she let them pick their own dress within a set color scheme. “The mismatched dresses added so much texture and playfulness,” she reflects. “Groomsmen rocked timeless black tuxedos with bow ties; that look is forever classic and clean. Everyone looked amazing.”
As the sun set, it was breathtaking to see the contrast of the white against the green.
“We chose the Croquet Lawn at the Parker for the wedding ceremony because it had an intimate feel with the space being hedged off from the rest of the grounds,” says planner Dani. “With all the foliage around the lawn, we wanted to create a focal point with the wedding arch using color—in this case, white—and lots of texture. Dogwood and baby’s breath were the perfect florals and created a wow factor for the ceremony space. We designed a ‘planted garden’ of all-white arrangements which dotted the ceremony aisle in clusters. As the sun set, it was breathtaking to see the contrast of the white against the green.”
The couple wrote their own vows for the ceremony. “Exchanging vows was the most special and beautiful moment,” Hannah recalls. “Jake told a story from high school, and I had alluded to that same story in my vows. Standing up there with one another feels like you’re in this vortex together. It really is the most amazing moment when you look out to see all the people you love there to support you both.”
It was time to get the party started, and they kicked it off with a fitting track, recessing down the aisle to “Let’s Go” by Khalid.
The wedding wouldn’t have been complete without their pup. “We had our sweet lab, Hugo, with us all weekend,” Hannah says. “He walked down the aisle, was our signature cocktail muse, and we printed his happy face on cocktail napkins.”
“The Hugito was named after three of our favorite things: Hugo our dog, POG juice, and Tito’s Vodka,” Hannah says with a laugh. “If you haven’t tried POG, Jake and I highly recommend. It’s been one of our favorite juices since we were both young. It soon became one of our favorite cocktails mixed with Tito’s, which quickly turned into our house special, then naturally, became our signature cocktail.”
“Taking cues from the playful, whimsical Jonathan Adler-designed decor of the Parker—which includes lattice walls, gilt, and deliberate bursts of color—we created fun, modern spaces that also felt timeless and sophisticated,” Dani says. “We connected the different spaces using modern beech-toned woods and pops of that signature Parker orange, paired with gold accents, citrus fruit, and twinkling lights and candles.” A citrus-inspired escort board, crafted by Foundry Paper Co., set the tone from the jump. “We played on the chartreuse undertones of local lemon and orange groves throughout the venue, pops of tangerine that pay homage to the architectural accents of the venue, and a seductive tone of navy.”
For the reception space, the couple wanted a modern and romantic setup that felt like a fun dinner party. “We started by tenting the ballroom lawn with a clear-topped tent to give the feeling of having dinner under the stars,” Dani says. “Bands of ivory linen pulled taut gave the space definition. Larger floral arrangements were paired with smaller satellite florals arranged in modern white ceramic vessels, and we tucked citrus fruit accents around the base of the arrangements for a whimsical and sweet-scented touch.” Each guest’s seat was set with an Oscar de la Renta Coralina plate that picked up the signature orange, a chartreuse velvet napkin, and a navy tasseled dinner menu.
Over dinner of jumbo lump crab and filet, the couple laughed and cried at speeches, a highlight of the evening. “Jake’s brothers, the maid of honor, and father of the bride gave the most amazing speeches,” Hannah says. “They offered advice, told hilarious stories, and made us feel so loved.”
After dinner, Hannah changed into the flirty, feathery Shannon dress by Cult Gaia, and swapped her low bun for a party-ready high ponytail.
“Jake and I are major music junkies, so we knew a live band was a must. The band played until midnight, and I don’t think anyone left the dance floor! It truly felt like we were at a concert at our own wedding.” For their first dance, they selected the acoustic version of “By Your Side” by Calvin Harris featuring Tom Grennan.
They cut into a four-tier masterpiece inspired by the façade of the Parker Hotel—inside was carrot cake, vanilla almond cake, and rich dark chocolate—then hit the dance floor. “Late-night, we passed around fries, tots, grilled cheese, and fried chicken sliders to fuel up after all the dancing!”
Of course, the party didn’t end there. “Jake and I stayed in the Gene Autry suite on the Parker property and almost all guests stayed on site,” Hannah says. “Being able to all be in one place really made for an incredible experience and transitioned so well into the next day. We hosted a beautiful brunch on the Gene Autry lawn for friends and family to enjoy stunning mountain views with a mimosa or Bloody Mary in hand.”
The newlyweds went bold for brunch with bright attire. “Jake stole the show with his floral set and matching bucket hat,” Hannah says. “He can seriously pull off anything!” Their sunny brunch was the perfect final kickoff to a beautiful life together.