Emily and Robert’s intimate Palm Springs wedding was held on the summer solstice at Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium – a desert arboretum just outside downtown. The Moortens host a limited number of elopements and micro weddings each year at their residence estate for a very reasonable fee/donation. Their California desert venue is the perfect option for the couple looking for an eco-friendly wedding in a uniquely southwest setting. Robert and Emily’s intimate ceremony was held on the lawn just below the Cactus Castle, the Moorten’s Mediterranean style home, and where Emily got ready with the help of her family. The beautiful clay-tiled home sits in the Palm Grove Oasis and has often been described as a haven of tranquility steeped in the charm of old Palm Springs. Surrounded by 3000 varieties of unique plants and with a gentle breeze tempering the 104 degree heat, the two were married as their immediate families looked on and gave their blessings.
Following the family photos, the couple gave their guests some time to cool off and grab a refreshment back at the hotel before reconvening at Le Vallauris for the dinner reception at sundown. We took this time to hang with Emily and Robert and explore the nature trail through the property, learn about exotic succulents, and meet the occasional tortoise or two. Emily and Robert’s love of French cuisine led them to Le Vallauris which has long been recognized as one of the best restaurants in town. The couple arrived into the back patio with it’s romantic lighting and long, family style table to cheering guests and a few tears. They welcomed their guests and toasted with glasses filled with the anise flavored liqueur, Yeni Raki – a drink that Robert discovered while traveling throughout Turkey and from there, good conversation, laughter, and love were all in abundance as their perfect little wedding day inked itself into memory.