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Ceremony location ~ Loretto Chapel / Reception Location ~ Rio Chama Restaurant / Photographer~ Ginger Russell / Make-up~ Monica Stark / Florist~ Marisa’s Millefiori / Cake ~ Maggie ‘s Cakes/ Rentals ~ Classic Party Rentals / Stationery~ Wedding Paper Divas

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Melinda & Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melinda and Jim’s monochromatic and natural palette echoed the dusky hills after a Santa Fe sunset.  Thoughtful touches were incorporated throughout the entire day.  They each wrote each other love letters and during the ceremony, sealed them in a box with a fabulous bottle of wine.  On their one-year anniversary, they will open the box, drink the bottle of wine and read the love letters to each other.   We also had a great musical twist on typical ceremony music.  Todd Lovato, of the local Santa Fe Band, Todd and the Fox,  graced us with banjo renditions of Vivaldi’s “Spring”  and “Grow Old with Me” by John Lennon.  I love when you hear a familiar song but on an instrument that is a-typical and out of context. Guests enjoyed lavender champagne cocktails and their potted succulent cards doubled as adorable take-home favors.

 

Photography~ Jennifer Duncan / Venue~ Hacienda Dona Andrea Cerrillos, NM / Ceremony Musician~ Todd Eric Lovato / Catering~ Walter Burke Catering/ Floral Design~ Artichokes and Pomegranates

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Galia & Mike

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum provided the perfect backdrop for Galia and Mike's wedding ceremony.  Mike carefully constructed the chuppah which was shaded by a glorious apricot tree.  He used bird finials to keep within the woodsy “Love Bird” motif.  Galia’s bouquet was made of Succulents, Lambs Ear, Calla Lilies, Cymbidium Orchids, Dusty Miller and Gardenias, which smelled heavenly! We served Agave sparkling sodas with adorable stripey straws and Gruet Rosé, a local New Mexican favorite.  After the ceremony the couple paraded through the Plaza to the reception location, led by the talented musicians of Savor.  Mike also designed the invitation suite, which  was printed on a Kraft paper stock and tied the entire look together.  Instead of a traditional guest book, Galia and Mike had their guests sign a Georgia O’Keeffe Poppies poster that they framed and have hanging in their home.  We also paid homage to Ms. O’Keeffe, by having framed black and white images of her tucked in the bookcases at the Anasazi Library where the dinner was held. The tables were dotted with votives wrapped in Kraft paper and suede cord, small birch log planters and rustic floral arrangements in birch containers. The dark wood furnishings and candlelit glow created a divine ambiance for great food and fine conversation.

This wedding was featured on Style me Pretty.

Ceremony Venue~ Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Reception Venue~ Inn of the Anasazi / Wedding Dress~ Watters / Deerskin Belt~ Mano Bello / Event Design + Coordination~ Jessie Abrams Baca / Wedding Photography~ Kristen Williams of Articulate Photo / Floral Design~ Margaret Bost of Santa Fe Floral / Stationery~ The Groom / Musicians~ Savor / Wedding Cake~ The Plaza Bakery

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¡Día de Los Muertos!

Weddings, too, will give a nod to the Día de Los Muertos traditions.  It’s not uncommon to see tiny skeletons in wedding garb perched on top of wedding cakes. (Sometimes out-of-towners are unnerved by the morbid image, but it’s all in good fun!)

This weekend we will be gifting guests with these sweet hand-made sugar skull cookies from Picket Fence Confections.  ¡Qué cute!

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Real Wedding~ Melinda and Jim

Melinda and Jim’s nuptials took place at the beautiful Hacienda Doña Andrea on clear and warm day this Spring.  You may remember their inspiration board that I shared a while back.  Rustic charm with subtle hints of New Mexico tradition were woven throughout the day and culminated with a glowing evening of live musical performances and a rockin’ dance party!

Enjoy a few shots of the lovely details from the talented Jennifer Dudley.

Artichokes and Pomegranates created a textural floral display using wild flowers, succulents, blue thistle, calla lilies and a few orchids. I really liked the monochromatic and natural palette that echoed the dusky hills after a Santa Fe sunset.

Melinda and Jim incorporated a really special element to their ceremony.  Instead of doing a unity candle or sand ceremony they did something much more symbolic and meaningful.  They each wrote each other love letters and during the ceremony, sealed them in a box with a fabulous bottle of wine.  On their one-year anniversary, they will open the box, drink the bottle of wine and read the love letters to eachother.  So sweet, no?

We also had a great musical twist on typical ceremony music.  Todd Lovato, of the local Santa Fe Band, Todd and the Fox,  graced us with his banjo skills.  Now, you may immediately envision plucked honkey tonk, but Todd played the most beautiful renditions of Vivaldi’s “Spring”  and “Grow Old with Me” by John Lennon!  I love when you hear a familiar song but on an instrument that is a-typical and out of context.

Guests enjoyed lavender champagne cocktails and their potted succulent cards doubled as adorable take-home favors.

I’m always a fan of keeping the kiddos entertained during dinner.  I found these adorable “Goodie” bags and Melinda stocked them with all sorts of distractions.  Needless to say, they were all happy campers!

It was indeed a beautiful night and as the sun set behind the Ortiz mountains, the bistro lights glowed upon the Papel Picado and the happy couple danced the night away under the New Mexico sky.

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Let’s get physical.

Some things you should know about me.  Working out is a chore for me…I hate it.  I need to be severely distracted to do it and fooled into breaking a sweat.

Another thing, I am a stickler for beautiful surroundings…I will leave places because they have crappy lighting,  I hate being inside when I could be outside and gyms usually gross me out.  All that said, when I wandered into Buddha Fitness Club, I was taken aback by the perfect light and thoughtful layout.  I was actually inspired to get a gym membership and thought, “I could work out here.” What!?!

I was actually going to a yoga class that they had sponsored with my favorite Lululemon gals and I noticed they had a spin class set outside, on their beautiful patio…and get this, they had a DJ spinning sweet mellow beats!  (DJ Celeste actually spun one of my recent weddings and she rocks!)

Not a bad view while you’re breaking a sweat, huh?

I thought, any place that has a DJ with a spin class, has to be awesome, right?  Well I stopped to speak with the owner Douglas, who runs the gym with his wife Tara; he offered me a little work-out sesh, and I thought, why not?

But first , let’s talk about how beautiful this gym is.  The furnishings are natural and modern, it is a big loft space with tons of natural light and open doors (no stinky sweat stench), and you get to work out looking over the lush landscaping of the Railyard.

I tried TRX bands for the first time and WOAH, my little pencil arms got a run for their money!  It’s such a cool way to build strength and work your core at the same time! I just might even go back for more!

The gym has free weights, cardio machines, yoga, spin and TRX classes and personal training.  The best part about the personal training is, say if you are a bride and hate working out too, they’ll offer semi-private training sessions for a few more peeps, so you can bring your bridesmaids to get in gear with you!

Personally I love that your mind can feel good in such a beautiful space while your body is getting healthy too!  It makes sense that the Buddha Fitness Club is all about mindful exercise; I like that!

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