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Sabrina and John featured on 100 Layer Cake!

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I am over the moon!  Sabrina and John’s spectacular wedding day is featured on 100 Layer Cake!  This was one of my favorite weddings of 2012 and I’m so excited to finally share it with everyone.  Working with Sabrina and John was a dream…we hit it off right from the start and our collaborations were fueled with some serious creativity!

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Sabrina designed her invitation suite and the contemporary aesthetic and neon palette served as the inspiration for the rest of the wedding.  The Center for Contemporary Arts, provided the most incredible raw, urban backdrop with it’s high ceilings and exposed brick walls.  The fact that guests were able to mingle and dine within the actual art exhibit was so unique!

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Sabrina and John got down with some buttons!  Instead of traditional escort cards, the created a pin for each of their guests with a fun fact.  They were great conversation starters and provided such a unique and personal touch from the bride and groom.

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Since the meal was being served family style, we didn’t want too much on the table.  I made cement-looking vessels out of hypertufa and planted them with succulents (if you missed the tutorial, it’s here).  Accented with a script table number, the settings were simple, urban and threw a nice little wink to the Santa Fe landscape.

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To soften things up and to bring the ultimate marriage of modern and organic was the living wall that I built for Sabrina and John’s ceremony backdrop.  Combining elements of rusted re-mesh grids, wire, moss and muslin, we gave a nod to the Southwest with Choya cactus, air plants and succulents.  This was by far my most favorite project of the season.  Here’s a fun lil’ behind the scenes video for you!

Living Wall from Jessie Baca on Vimeo.

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Photo one, Karen Kristian, All others: Articulate Photo

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The backdrop for the ceremony was a living wall that I built for Sabrina and John.  It combined urban elements of rusted re-mesh grids, wire, moss and muslin and we gave a nod to the Southwest with dried Choya cactus that I gathered form the hills, air plants and succulents that I had been harvesting all summer.

A very special element to their ceremony was the music.  Contemporary songs like  Heartbeats, by The Knife, On Melancholy Hill, by the Gorillas and Ceremony by New Order were played on Spanish guitar by the talented Yves Lucero. It was so wonderful to hear the songs out of their original context and with a acoustic sound.

Cocktail hour took a step out of the ordinary too.  To honor Sabrina’s love of synchronized swimming, classic Esther Williams movies were projected over the bar while guests enjoyed the delicious passed hors d’oeuvres.  Instead of traditional escort cards, Sabrina and John created a pin for each of their guests with a fun fact.  They were great conversation starters and provided such a unique and personal touch from the bride and groom.

Food was also extremely important to Sabrina and John.  They wanted their guests to enjoy a fulfilling meal that had cues from the ingredients of New Mexico while still maintaining a unique direction.  Guests dined on a stellar family-style meal designed by Marja Custom Catering which started off with the most amazing yellow tomato gazpacho with a red tomato sorbet and a shishito pepper. The main course included Red Chile Calabacitas Enchiladas, Flat Iron Steak al Chipotle and Poblanos Rellenos filled with grilled shrimp and Arroz Verde.  The dessert was my favorite part; we served mini churros with local Kakawa dipping chocolate and a blood orange sorbet with sage syrup.

It was a magical night!

This wedding is featured on 100 Layer Cake.

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Photographer~ Karen Kristian, Supplemental Photos (one, twelve, thirteen, fifteen, sixteen, nineteen) Articulate Photo / Invitations, Programs, Place cards, Menus,~Designed by Bride, Printed by Smudge Ink.   / Hair and Make-up~  Jess Evans / Ceremony and Reception Location~ Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM /  Rentals ~  Classic Party Rentals /  Catering~ Marja Custom Catering / Bridal Bouquet and Personal Flowers~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Ceremony Backdrop Design~ Jessie Baca / Ceremony Musician~ Yves Lucero / Lighting Design~ Santa Fe AV / DJ~ Celeste Worl

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Holy Hypertufa!

Hyper-whaaa?  Yeah, you heard right, Hypertufa…a fabulous mixture of peat moss, vermiculite and Portland cement.  Combined together is makes a material that looks like concrete, but comes in at a fraction of the lbs.  My dinky pencil-arms LOVE that!

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I wanted to share a little tutorial for some square planters that I made in which to plant succulents.  They turned out so cute and if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty this project is pretty easy!

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What you’ll need for 8-10 planters: 1 gallon scoop of each Vermiculite, Peat Moss (both found at nurseries or hardware stores if you’re lucky), Portland cement (at hardware stores for sure).

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You’ll also need a bunch of 1/2 gallon milk and OJ gallon containers for your molds and quart and pint-sized containers to create the inside of the mold.  These are usually from half and half or buttermilk, or egg nog..you get the idea)

Dump a scoop of everything into a big bucket.  Add water slowly while you mix..this is where it gets messy.  Use your hands to get everything mixed really well.  You’re looking for the consistency of cottage cheese, not too runny, not too dry.

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Drop a blob of your mixture in the bottom of the larger container and pat it down so it’s about 3/4 of an inch thick.  Place the smaller container inside and press more of your mixture around the sides.  Once all the molds are filled you’ll want to keep them in a cool place so they don’t get too hot, too fast and crack.  Some tutorials recommend placing the molds in a plastic bag and that will work too, it just slows your drying time.

 

Then you wait.

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After about 4-5 days you’ll be able to cut off the molds.  I usually just drop a knife in and slice along the edge of the carton.  Let the molds cure for another day or two and after they are totally dry you plant them!  You can even water them safely without worrying if they will wash away! (Note: this is based on our extremely dry climate in Santa Fe…if you live by the coast, this will take weeks)

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Aren’t these fabulous!  I’ve used the for many-a-centerpiece and I’m excited to show you them in action….coming up tomorrow, a very special post!

 

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