Maggie and Kosta were married in a beautiful Greek Orthodox church, where the ceremony was steeped with tradition. The reception was food-focused and designed to keep guests involved and having a great time. During cocktails we had a custom cocktail station where guests could choose infused alcohol, pair it with fresh herbs and seasonal berries, top with soda, shake, sip, OPA! The tabletops highlighted Maggie’s appreciation for natural rustic aesthetic. I created a lush woodland array of mosses, succulents, feathers and of course, beautiful cotton pods from her father’s cotton farm. The cake was an homage to the very church where Kosta proposed to Maggie in Santorini, Greece.
Photography~ Ginger Russell Photography / Make-up and Hair~ Jess Evans / Ceremony Location~ St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church Eldorado, NM / Bridal Bouquet Design~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Centerpieces and Reception Decor~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Cocktail and Dinner Reception Location~ Hotel St. Francis Santa Fe, NM/ Lighting Design~ Alliance Audio Visual/ Cake ~ Maggie’s Wedding Cakes
I am a huge fan of printed menus at weddings. Well, to me, any party seems snazzier with a beautifully coordinated menu offering mouthwatering descriptions of what you’re about to enjoy.
Not only is it an aesthetic element to punctuate the entire table design, it is also a nice gesture to give guests a sneak peek of what’s in store. Or, if there are guests with dietary allergies, they can get a jump on letting their server know if there is anything they cannot eat. I’m gluten-free, so if I can tell my server before my meal comes out, I feel much more comfortable than having something placed in front of me and having to say, “uh, I can’t eat this…” and then sit there awkwardly, wheat-lusting at the plate next to me.
Back in November I designed an intimate, 16 person wedding. The focus was on the elaborate meal, so of course I wanted to create a menu that was equally as thoughtful. I also made place cards that coordinated. I wanted to share the DIY steps so you too can create these. But, take note; don’t attempt this if your guest count is over 150…because they are extremely time consuming and you’ll want to stab yourself in the eye after the first 20.
I found all of the wood at the local craft store…for pretty cheap!
Leave the stained disks outside for a while, ’cause they will stink! And nothing set’s off the appetite like wood stain.
I printed the names and menus on a beautiful opalescent paper. I sprayed the teal paper that went underneath with a light dusting of gold spray paint…everything had a beautiful glow and contrasted nicely with the rustic wood.
Because OCD dreams are made of those little details!
Then add a dib-dab of hot glue to keep everything in place…
Que pretty, no?
The nuptial dinner was held in the Piñon Dining Room at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. The extraordinary florals were from Andrea Soorikian Design and the chargers, linens and napkins were from Classic Party Rentals. All dining room shots by Ginger Russell Photography…the rest via the ol’ iPhone!