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Rick and Vanessa’s Lush Palm Springs Wedding

groom in dark blue tux embracing smiling bride in lace gown

Morning radio show host Rick Moorten, 48, and stylist, fashion blogger, and hair care line owner Vanessa Balli, 34, said “I do” in March on the very spot where Rick had proposed just a year and a half earlier: at the Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, which has been in the groom’s family since the 1940s. After four years of a long-distance relationship while Rick worked in Idaho, it was a romantic culmination for the San Diego couple, who then chauffeured their 115 guests to nearby private estate Casa de Monte Vista, for a night of what they called “the 4 Fs: Food, Flowers, Fotos, and Fun.”

Rick and Vanessa's Lush Palm Springs Wedding: bride and groom standing in front of wood door covered in greenery

Rick and Vanessa's Lush Palm Springs Wedding: bridal party walking in street with palm trees in background

Rick and Vanessa's Lush Palm Springs Wedding: pedicured feet in braided t-strap heels

Vanessa’s sweet Badgley Mischka heels paired perfectly with the lace and tulle of her ivory strapless Enzoani dress from Here Comes the Bride.

Rick and Vanessa's Lush Palm Springs Wedding: bride and groom standing inside greenhouse filled with cactus plants

calligraphy sign in glass frame

Calligraphy by Four Things Paper decorated the dessert bar, where a delicious assortment of small bites complemented the couple’s citrus cake with Champagne buttercream by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

outdoor reception setting with neutral colors, gold and wood accents

“The setting for our reception was so beautiful and lush that I didn’t want to distract from the surroundings but instead enhance the beauty,” Vanessa says. “I chose soft neutral colors, including peach, blush, gold, and wooden accents.”

groom in dark blue tux adjusting white bow tie

white wedding cake with pink and peach flowers
rustic table set with gold chargers, utensils, and name cards plus greenery

Their Talented Team:

Coordination: The Walk Down the Aisle
Photography: Ashley Paige Photography
Videography: Audrey Alba Films
Ceremony: Moorten Botanical Garden
Reception: Casa de Monte Vista
Florals: Vaso Bello
Catering: Foundation 10 Creative
DJ: Digital Party Sound
Dress: Enzoani and Here Comes the Bride
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: A Better Deal Tuxedos & Suits
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Cake/Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Hair and Makeup: Savanna Aragon Allen, A Toast to Beauty
Rentals: Signature Party RentalsPlanks and Patina and Folklore Rentals
Calligraphy: Four Things Paper
Bartender: Mint Bartending
Photobooth: SocialLight SoCal

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