Rancho Mirage, CA
“The Bachelorette” stars, Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, married in a lavish $4 million televised wedding ceremony on December 6, 2003. The 6:30 p.m. wedding took place at The Lodge at Rancho Mirage (now the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage), near Palm Springs, California.
Trista worked with wedding planner Mindy Weiss to design a dream wedding in pink, her favorite color.
The bride walked down the aisle to the strains of “Here Comes the Bride,” wearing a $70,000 satin strapless Badgley Mischka gown and Stuart Weitzman diamond-encrusted shoes. Her bouquet was made of rare pale pink peonies wrapped in white silk and Swarovski crystals. The groom wore a Kenneth Cole black tuxedo with a vest and silver tie.
During the ceremony, the couple read each other the classic Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnet that begins with “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” They also shared love letters they had written to each other throughout their relationship. Their personal vows were officiated by non-denominational minister Reverend Clint Hufft.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held among 30,000 roses flown in from Holland and Ecuador by Mark’s Garden. There were also 12 dozen roses with Trista and Ryan photos printed on each petal.
As the party began, the bride changed into a Badgley Mischka Chantilly lace dress with puckered satin bustier and crystal-encrusted midriff.
For their first dance, Ryan surprised Trista with a song he had written shortly after the two met called “Something About Her.” Country singer Brad Paisley performed the song live.
Dinner was catered by The Lodge at Rancho Mirage and featured food flown in from 14 different countries, such as shrimp, lobster and crab. For dessert, a $15,000 wedding cake was created by Sam Godfrey of Perfect Endings — a chocolate masterpiece with cascading pink sugar roses down one side.
As favors to their guests, the couple gave out leather journals with a special photo and inscription that read “dream.”
They honeymooned at Turtle Island in Fiji.