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Get your galoshes and sell your soul to the weather gods!

It’s April and here in Santa Fe we’re lucky if we get a glimmer of a spring shower.  I’ve taken to listening to this while I work just to trick my brain and manifest some precipitation around here.

All these thoughts of rain made me think of the important topic…what do you do when it rains on your wedding day?  I feel like the majority of my weddings every season are spent reading doppler radar and skirting weather issues.  Santa Fe weather is fickle, I’ve seen snow in May and Indian Summers in October.  With our clockwork afternoon monsoon showers in July and August, I can’t tell you how many ceremonies I’ve pushed back, relocated and/or tented!

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My most important piece of advice is to be overly prepared.  I always say, “let’s plan for the worst and hope for the best!”  Most tenting companies will allow you to reserve a tent without penalty of a re-stocking fee when you cancel up to 5 days prior to the wedding.  But, that still leaves room for those freak rain showers for which Santa Fe is famous.  Well, I say if it looks like rain, why not take advantage of it?!

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That’s what we did for Ricki and Geoff’s wedding.   (Disclaimer: this wedding took place in Southern California where the weather seems to be perfect 365 days a year, but on this day it wasn’t.  Luckily, I’ve had some practice with finicky Santa Fe weather, making this a piece of cake!) Three days before the wedding when we saw the weather report go from cloudy to steady showers the entire day of the wedding, I secured a huge tent to cover the ceremony space that was going to take place on a large lawn.  Since it was so overcast, the tent was very dark, so we added some amber colored up lighting and lots of lanterns with candles creating a warm and cozy glow.

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One of the dilemmas we ran into was getting the wedding party processional, and most importantly the bride, to the tent.  I had a 20 foot gap in between the room where they were staged and the ceremony tent that couldn’t be tented since it was technically a fire lane.  That is where Bella Umbrella came to the rescue.  I called them three days prior to the wedding and rush-shipped vintage umbrellas in as assortment of colors to match Ricki’s rustic palette.

Thankfully, a quick trip to Target provided mis-matched galoshes for each bridesmaid…because who likes to jump puddles in strappy stilettos?

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Most importantly, we embraced the weather.  Instead of trying to fight and control it, which is impossible to do, we were able to take creative solutions that made the day even better than we could have planned.  Guests were gaga over the twinkly and intimate feeling that the ceremony had, which would have been impossible had it not rained!

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Photos by Chrisman Studios

To see the Ricki and Geoff’s entire wedding, click here.

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Hooray for Swag!

What better way is there to say, “Hey, thanks for traveling all this way to celebrate with us, we LOVE you!”  Providing welcome bags for you wedding guests is a sure-fire way to kick a destination experience up a notch and keep everyone smiling all weekend long!

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How adorable are these bags for Hanna and Reece?  Wedding Chicks has an amazing array of customizable templates for canvas totes.  Re-usable and snazzy…I’m in!

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I also love when a little note can be included, but even better if an itinerary makes it into the bag.  Often destination wedding weekends are full of activities and events so keeping your guests informed with shuttle departures and of course tips about inclement weather and high altitude are always handy.

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I love to include a copy of The Essential Guide, a beautiful publication with shopping and dining info and also fun articles about Santa Fe.  The best part, they’re free! Also…Water, water, water…you can never hydrate enough here in Santa Fe.

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Local treats are always a must.  Walker’s Red Chile Caramel Popcorn (I’m biased because caramel popcorn is my favorite thing in the whole world) is to die for.  They also have a mui caliente Green Chile Caramel Popcorn, yum!  Hanna and Reece also have a tradition of baking each other pancakes, so the Santa Fe Culinaria’s Blue Corn Pancake mix is delicious and I’m also a huge fan of their packaging.  To go with the pancakes we found the sweetest mini honey bears from Sun Mountain Honey.  Señor Murphy’s, a Santa Fe favorite, made us individually packages Piñon brittle, with raffia to match. I love sharing and supporting local New Mexican vendors!

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We also included a little first-aid kit with sunscreen (we are much closer to the sun here in Santa Fe!), Advil for altitude sickness or hangovers…because those margaritas do hit harder at 7,000 feet, Cowboy-themed Band aids for blisters and adorable custom chap sticks.

I’d say this is a pretty sweet bag of goodies.  Let the fun begin!

 

 

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