Portland’s Coryna Sorin and Mario Turza return to California for a High Desert celebration.
A stroke of Irish luck brought together Mario Turza and Coryna Sorin, who first laid eyes on each other at a local bar in Portland on St. Patrick’s Day in 2009. But it wasn’t until another festive occasion, a Kentucky Derby dress-up party, that their mutual curiosity was piqued.
And by the time Mario, a native Peruvian, had to move to London for work, they were officially an item. In 2013, during a trip back to Oregon, he popped the question to Coryna, a client partner for interactive firm Instrument, just minutes before a celebratory engagement dinner he’d planned at The Allison Inn & Spa, a boutique property on the outskirts of Portland (“I finally got the chance to ask her to marry me during the ride to the hotel after many failed attempts,” says Mario, a marketing exec for Nike Football).
The pair, who both spent part of their childhoods in California, sealed the deal with a September affair at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in sunny Palm Springs—a favorite vacation spot and ideally situated between Portland and Peru for traveling family and friends. After a rehearsal dinner at The Saguaro Palm Springs’ El Jefe Taco Bar on Thursday, 90 guests gathered for an outdoor wedding ceremony followed by a reception, where the newlyweds danced to Johnny Cash’s “Rose of My Heart” and indulged in a family-style dinner topped off with cotton candy and rainbow wedding cake. “We tried to create a vibe authentic to our backgrounds: colorful, fun, creative and unexpected,” says Mario. This was evident in everything from the wedding party’s outfits (bridesmaids wore mismatched designers and fabrics in a neutral color palette and groomsmen sported an array of blue J.Crew shirts) down to the playful Peruvian bull party favors. But the celebration didn’t stop there; in lieu of a morning-after brunch, the couple continued their revelry on Saturday with a pool party for all of their guests.
Venue Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs Planner Lace & Likes (Rachael Lunghi) Florist Siren Floral Co. Cake Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts Entertainment Dart DJ Rentals Yeah! Rentals, Planks & Patina Dress Nicole Miller Suit Zegna
By Lesley McKenzie.
Photographed by Jesse Chamberlin of Our Labor of Love.