Desert Wedding Inspiration at Old Cactus Garden in Balboa Park

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Sometimes it seems like a pastel color story is the only way to go for an airy desert celebration, but today’s creative team – Always Flawless Productions + Cherry Blossoms Floral Designs – set out to change that misperception and style a desert scene with a bold palette and Southwestern details. They chose 1935 Cactus Garden in Balboa Park in San Diego, California as their backdrop + filled the setting with richly-hued florals, colorful bridal accessories + intricate, patterned textiles. And the editorial they created, captured beautifully by Mr and Mrs Wedding Duo, is the perfect dose of inspiration for couples tying the knot in the desert in the fall!

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Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Ashley of Always Flawless Productions shares, When it came to the tablescape, we used various wooden elements to create a very neutral base to maintain that desert ambiance. Bold colors, used in both the floral and the table settings, were then layered on top of the neutrals to create a stunning and eye-catching presentation. To top it all off, we used southwestern patterns throughout the design to pull the entire look together.

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

driftwood centerpiece

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

We love the Southwestern-inspired dinnerware from the tabletop rental company Borrowed Blu.

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

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Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

dreamcatcher cake

A feather + dreamcatcher cake by Frost Me Gourmet was a perfect fit for the stylish, arid setting.

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

airplant boutonniere

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Aside from that showstopper peony, this absolutely stunning bouquet looks as though it could have been pieced together with foraged local desert finds.

desert teepee

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Desert Cactus Garden Inspiration

Did you love seeing a bolder palette with a desert backdrop? Do tell in the comments section below!

Thanks so much to the team below for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Mr and Mrs Wedding Duo // planning + design: Always Flawless Productions // venue: 1935 Cactus Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, California // florals: Cherry Blossoms Floral Designs // stationery: Take Note! Creations // table + benches: Rustic Urban Events // vintage rentals: Rhapsody Rentals // dishware: Borrowed Blu // cake: Frost Me Gourmet // favors: Fancy Pop // bridal gowns: Mia Bella // men’s ware: Friar Tux Shop // hair: Nancy Vestal // makeup: Anya Baker

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