Moorten Botanical Gardens Desert-inspired wedding shoot

There’s nothing better than a stylized shoot that takes in the beauty of California, and incorporates the landscape in ways some wouldn’t think possible. Brian Evans did Moorten Botanical Gardens such justice in showcasing the splendor of their Cactarium. Being the first in the world, we are so glad it’s a local venue because after this shoot, we imagine brides will be lining up to celebrate their special day here.

About the shoot: When most people think of the desert, they surely envision cacti. The unique and charismatic venue, Moorten’s Botanical Gardens, is unique for its Cactarium - the first in the world. The venue naturally lent itself to the wildly-organic desert inspiration I was looking for. 

Established in 1938 in beautiful Palm Springs, California, Moorten’s private arboretum boasts 3,000 examples of desert cacti and other desert plant life. The Mediterranean-style home on property, befittingly named Cactus Castle, is in the Palm Grove Oasis, and is often described as a haven of tranquility. This beautiful botanical garden, located on the famous Palm Canyon Drive, possesses the appeal and charm of old Palm Springs.

For the final shots of the day, we moved to Eagle Rock Canyon near dusk. Nothing captures desert beauty more than awe-inspiring openness of land framed by the stunning San Jacinto mountains. 

The desert was merely the background for the real inspiration, love. The beautiful, happily-engaged couple, Josh and Jaleesa, were such a joy to shoot. The love they have for one another is undeniably sweet. Josh and Jaleesa are a truly genuine couple - thank you to them for making this stylized shoot possible.

Photographer: Brian Evans | Venue: Moorten Botanical Gardens, Palm Springs | Bridal Boutique: Love & Lace Bridal Salon | Wedding Dress: Truvelle | Florals: Cachet Fiore | Hair & Make-up: HairByCassielu | Suit: Express