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Real Wedding ~ Hanna and Reece

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Hanna and Reece celebrated their nuptials on a crisp spring day in April at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado.  I just absolutely adore the color palette Hannah chose of cobalt blues, dusty shale and a touch of lavender.  We had such a blast designing a classy and elegant celebration!

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Andrea Soorikian Designs provided lush hand-tied bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids.  I just love how they look with those beautiful J.Crew gowns.  Hanna also had the most beautiful cameo pin from her grandmother that was attached to her bouquet as a keepsake for the ceremony.

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We worked with Little Bird Creative to create a custom invitation suite inspired by Ikat patterns with punches of cobalt.  We were able to save a little mula by only having the main invitation letterpressed and the rest of the suite flat-printed.  I think it looks absolutely beautiful, don’t you?

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Hanna and Reece love to concoct fabulous cocktails together when they host dinner parties and serve unique creations.  Recently, Hanna tried her hand at a handmade passion fruit sorbet.  We challenged the Four Seasons to serve a creative cocktail inspired by this.  During our tasting, we sipped on an unique champagne cocktail where they infused a passion fruit sorbet with spicy chiles and then served it in a tall glass of local bubbly.  I must say the result was fantastic; a little sweet with a little heat and they looked adorable with the cobalt stripey straws.

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The reception was elegant and joyous with traditional touches.  I love the simple beauty of this cake by Maggie Faralla.  The spring blooms were the perfect accent to the clean lines of the fondant.  My favorite tradition was the reception attire. Hanna swapped out her ivory sash for a black one and Reece changed into an ivory dinner jacket.  They looked so snazzy!

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To continue their appreciation for good sips, Hanna and Reece hosted a Scotch and Bourbon Bar after dinner.  They also offered their guests petit jars packaged with a few of their favorite beverages.  There was a beautiful French Earl Grey Tea, African Coffee Beans and a red chile infused drinking chocolate mix from local chocolate house, Kakawa.  Yum!

To see the full gallery of images from Hanna and Reece’s wedding, click HERE
Photos: Articulate Photo

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In Guad We Trust

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I love a good welcome bag…one that declares, “we’re gonna party this weekend, get ready!”  This was the case for Tracy and Scott, a fabulous, fun-loving couple with colorful and creative personalities.  Of course, the welcome bag for their wedding weekend had to be equally fabulous.  Enter the Guad bag.  When Tracy asked me to make a funky-Mexican-folk-artsy-crafty-welcome bag inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe, I was on it!

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I printed custom Our Lady of Guadlupe stickers and purchased kraft colored paper bags.  Then, we got our assembly line cranking with colored pom-poms, sequins and glitter.

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We also assembled an adorable First Aid kit to go into the Guad bag.  Many times guests don’t realize they are at 7, 260 feet above sea-level and that altitude sickness is a real thing!  We stocked colorful paper bags (Sourced from Shop Sweet Lulu) with Chapstick, sunscreen and Advil.  I stitched them closed on the sewing machine with a little tag and boom, ready to party!

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What else was in the bag, you ask? Well, along with some delicious Piñon Toffee from Senor Murphy’s and a locally published Essential Guide,  I sourced bottles of Topo Chico mineral water to go with our Mexican folk-art theme.  They are so authentic and cool looking and we gotta keep folks hydrated.  The only dilemma I ran into was that the tops needed to be opened with a bottle opener, unfortunately they weren’t twist off.  Gooooo!  So, we decided to do another craft project and made custom Guadalupe can openers.  I ordered a bunch of plain can openers from a restaurant supply store, printed mini Guad stickers and jazzed them up with more glitter and rhinestones.  Que cute, no?

 

To see the complete gallery from Tracy and Scott’s wedding, click HERE

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Real Wedding ~ Tracy and Scott

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Tracy and Scott have the most contagious smiles!  I was so lucky to have such wonderful clients with which to work.  When Tracy first called, she told me how her parents had honeymooned in Santa Fe years and years ago and that this small and enchanting city was destined to be the spot for her and Scott to tie the knot.

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They were looking for something outdoors for the ceremony as they love to spend their time in nature, mountain biking and hiking.  The Randal Davey Audubon Center was the perfect spot.  They have a beautiful, rolling lawn nestled in the mountains and a historic home on the property.  Mrs. Davey’s boudoir, pictured above, is a very special spot for a bride to get ready!  How amazing are the walls that were painted by Randal Davey himself?!

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Tracy wore the most adorable frock from BHLDN and with sparkly Manolos to match, oohhhieee!

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Artichokes and Pomegranates designed a beautiful and colorful bouquet for Tracy to carry.  It had Coral Charm peonies, Gloriosa Liles, Roses, Hypericum Berries, Dahlias and succulents.  It really set the tone for a lighthearted and festive day!

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I love a good “First Look” portrait session.  Its a great way to calm any jitters and also allows the bride and groom to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests if they can get portraits taken care of before the ceremony.

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Tracy’s daughter, Ruby was the perfect side kick!  This was right after I had told them to carry their bouquets low on the hip during the processional and not to do the “Microphone”!

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Paper flowers and colorful ribbons set the tone for the Mexican folk-art inspired design.

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Tracy and Scott chose to do a “Quaker style” ceremony with many readings, songs and participation from their guests.  I always say programs are a great idea when you want to recognize those involved and keep your guests in the loop.

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The ceremony decor was colorful and quirky with paper flowers and garlands of billy balls.

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A little nod to the Guad….more on that later!

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The ceremony was so special and heartfelt; there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

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I absolutely LOVE this picture.  What a truly special moment!

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Guests were transported from the Audubon Center to Hotel St. Francis via open air trams.  It was such a lovely warm night, perfect for a little downtown tour!

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The mixologists at Hotel St. Francis know a thing or two about cocktails! We served guests the “Sweet Heat” a orange margarita, infused with Green Chile.  Mui Caliente!

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Guests enjoyed the sounds of Savor, specializing in the sounds of Cuban Street music.  I loved how they contributed to the festive and casual atmosphere!

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Escort cards doubled as favors.  I had stuffed colorful paper bags with Biscochitos, a favorite New Mexican Cookie.  Name tags and heart milagros were tied on the outside to guide guests to their tables.

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The tables were a-blaze with color and texture.  There were succulents in planters adorned with gilded lace, cactus terrariums, agate slices, gold mercury glass with floating blooms and billy balls in citron colored bud vases.  I designed arrangements of Peonies, Freesia, Lilies, sweetheart roses and honeysuckle that happened to be blooming at the perfect time outside of my studio.

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Their reception featured a beautiful meal from Tabla, amazing toasts with lots of bubbly and the most rockin’ dance party I had seen in a while!

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Cheers Tracy and Scott!

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Photography~ Vlad Photo  / Programs, Place cards, Menus,~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Make-up~ Jess Evans / Bride’s Dress~ BHLDN/ Bride’s Shoes ~ Manolo Blahnik / Ceremony and Cocktail Music ~ Victor Alvarez of Savor / Ceremony Location~ Randal Davey Audubon Center / Bridal Bouquets and Boutonnieres~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Ceremony Backdrop and Centerpiece Floral Design~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Open Air Tram Transportation ~ Custom Tours by Clarice / Reception Location~ Hotel St. Francis / DJ~ Absolute Entertainment DJ Services

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From Rendering to Reality

Brainstorming with my clients has got to be one of the best things ever! There’s nothing better than throwing around ideas and letting the creative juices fly! It’s so exciting to get inspired and super pumped for a wedding design!

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That’s exactly how it was with Tracy and Scott. We we’re on the same wavelength right from the get-go! They wanted something colorful, unique, funky and truly Santa Fe and I was ready to deliver. We had a blast sitting in my studio, testing paint chips and succulents, swapping vases and playing with textured linens.

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Once we had an idea of our color scheme and vibe, I went to town and drew up a table rendering. What I love about this us that it helps give the client a visual-especially when we’re brainstorming, this ensures that our levels of expectation are the same.  After seeing the rendering, Tracy asked for more punchy floral and I said, “Oh, heck yes! Yippie!”  It also helps to keep a matching color palette throughout the entire wedding design and maintaining a consistency with our design motifs.

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Then comes the execution of the rendering. The tables were uniquely styled with pincushion Protea, succulents in planters adorned with gilded lace, agate slices, cactus terrariums and gorgeous floral arrangements of Billy Balls, peonies, sweetheart roses and lilies, freesia and honeysuckle, which I was lucky enough to forage as it had bloomed at the perfect time! I’m always amazed at how much it matches our original idea; it’s so wonderful to see it come to life!

To see Tracy and Scott’s full wedding, click HERE.

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Be Cool Baby Bash

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I am so excited to share the images from my baby shower! This event was a joy to plan…scheming and crafting with the little babe in mind was so thrilling.  I wanted to host a party that not only celebrated Baby Baca, but also honored the women in my life that have been so extremely supportive and loving, especially throughout the pregnancy.

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But first, a little back story to the design inspiration for the baby shower.  We decided to keep Baby Baca’s name a surprise and as a joke we referred to him as “Lou Diamond”.  Naturally when it came time to choose a motif, I thought, “diamonds” as a homage to his fun nickname!  I also love the phrase, “Be Cool Baby”….an obscure Pulp Fiction reference and decided to run with that too!

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I  incorporated the geometric motif throughout the entire event with diamond honeycomb paper products, 3-D geometric paper diamonds, confetti and kept it modern and fresh with a punchy palette of teal, aqua, coral and gold.

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I chose the Teresa Neptune Gallery, a local photography gallery in Santa Fe as the venue.  It was perfect for a brisk February day; cozy and intimate while providing the historical artsy Canyon Road charm at the same time.

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Wood blocks and paint pens were provided for guests to creatively contribute to a set of building blocks that would grace Baby Baca’s nursery.  It is so nice to have a reminder of all the lovely ladies in my life when I look at each block!

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Guests were entertained with metallic (!) temporary tattoos from Flash Tats and I even sported a special diamond tat from Tattly to honor my little man.

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I love that Beaucoup allows you to upload custom calligraphy to print on cocktail napkins…cause every event has gotta have a hashtag!

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We served coral-colored cocktails, named “Lou Diamond’s Party Punch” made of Prosecco, Lillet, grapefruit and blood orange with a touch of rosemary simple syrup.  Oh my goodness, even though I was drinking the virgin version, they were so freaking delicious!!  I am so excited to bust these out during our summer time alfresco soirees; they are perfect!

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I worked with Walter Burke Catering and  they did a beautiful job!  Guests dined on a yummy brunch of assorted quiches, obligingly cut into diamond shapes.  I asked for an ombre salad of winter citrus.  Isn’t it beautiful?!? It’s made of grapefruit, blood orange and navel oranges.  The best part was the most delicious kale/frisee salad with roasted butternut squash, spiced pecans and bacon!  Oh it was to die for!

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For dessert we enjoyed a beautiful cake by Maggie Faralla of Maggie’s Cakes.  I had so much fun dreaming up the design with her…and the tasting, oh, I was in pregnant lady heaven!  The “Be Cool Baby” sugar-paste letters were custom created by Sarah of Signe Sugar.  Her work is SOOO beautiful, I even kept the letters and display them in a diorama-style frame in the baby’s nursery!

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Let’s talk about those sparkly table cloths…just pure sequin fabulous-ness from La Tavola!

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More diamonds and glitter!  Yippie!

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On March 31 (10 days late!) we welcomed sweet baby Jay Nicholas Baca, the baby formerly known as “Lou Diamond”!  Now to get started on his first birthday party….

 

Photography: Articulate Photo,  Venue: Teresa Neptune Gallery, Rentals/China: Classic Party Rentals, Linens: La Tavola Linens, Floral: Artichokes and Pomegranates, Cake: Maggie Faralla, Sugar Paste Letters: Signe Sugar, Catering: Walter Burke Catering, Decor and Calligraphy/Signage: Mama, Jessie Baca Weddings and Events, Tattoos: Flash Tats,  and Tattly, Custom Cocktail Napkins: Beaucoup, Mama’s belt (aka: pregnancy definer!): Anthropologie, Mama’s hair and  make-up: Jess Evans,

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Shawn & Liz

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Photography~  Eric Cousineau Photography/ Make-up~ Jess Evans / Bride’s Dress~Lazaro / Groom’s Suit~ Hugo Boss / Bridesmaids and Groomsmen attire~ J.Crew / Ceremony and Reception Location~ Randal Davey Audubon Center  / Rentals ~ Classic Party Rentals /  Catering~Marja Custom Catering / Floral Design~ Artichokes and Pomegranates/ Cake ~ Treehouse Pastry/ Getaway Car ~ Santa Fe Classic Limo

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Tracy & Scott

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The bride was able to get ready in the historic home of Randal Davey, specifically in Mrs. Davey’s boudoir with walls painted by Mr. Davey himself.  I loved Tracy’s fabulous frock from BHLDN.  It was short and spunky, just like her.  And those shoes…I am a sucker for sparkles!   The bouquets from Artichokes and Pomegranates were so fresh and bright.  They fit perfectly into our punchy and festive color palette.   The ceremony design was inspired by Mexican folk art, centered around paper flowers and colorful ribbons.  Their ceremony was so heartfelt and personal, the best kind!  Did I mention there wasn’t a dry eye in the house?  Guests were escorted from the ceremony site to the cocktail reception via open air trams.  It was a perfectly warm night for the short ride.  The mixologists at the Hotel St. Francis prepared a green chile, orange margarita that was delicious!  Escort cards doubled as favors with a heart Milagro keepsake and goodie bags filled with Biscochitos, a classic New Mexican cookie.   The tables were uniquely styled with pincushion Protea, succulents in planters adorned with gilded lace, agate slices, cactus terrariums and gorgeous floral arrangements of Billy Balls, peonies, sweetheart roses and lilies, freesia and honeysuckle, which I was lucky enough to forage as it had bloomed at the perfect time!  Everything in the room was so colorful and festive; it really added to the joyous atmosphere and paved the way for heartfelt toasts and a rocking dance party!

Photography~ Vlad Photo  / Programs, Place cards, Menus,~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Make-up~ Jess Evans / Bride’s Dress~ BHLDN/ Bride’s Shoes ~ Manolo Blahnik / Ceremony and Cocktail Music ~ Victor Alvarez of Savor / Ceremony Location~ Randal Davey Audubon Center / Bridal Bouquets and Boutonnieres~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Ceremony Backdrop and Centerpiece Floral Design~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Open Air Tram Transportation ~ Custom Tours by Clarice / Reception Location~ Hotel St. Francis / DJ~ Absolute Entertainment DJ Services

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Hanna & Reece

 

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This wedding was a delight to plan as Hanna and Reece worked diligently to have many personal touches throughout the day.  My favorite parts: beautiful stationery by Little Bird Creative, a custom floral arbor for the ceremony by Andrea Soorikian Designs, Party Shades for everyone, a vintage Benz, champagne cocktails with red chile-infused passion fruit sorbet, a lemon mousse dessert from Hanna’s grandmother’s recipe, the groom’ dinner jacket switcheroo for the reception, a Scotch and Whisky bar apres dinner, beautiful favors of the bride and groom’s favorite sips: East African Coffee, French Earl Grey tea and Red Chile infused drinking chocolate.

Photography~ Articulate Photo / Invitations, Programs, Place cards, Menus,~ Little Bird Creative / Make-up~ Monica Stark / Bride’s Dress~ Vera Wang / Bridesmaid’s dresses~ J.Crew /  Ceremony and Reception Location~ Four Seasons Rancho Encantado  / Rentals~ Classic Party Rentals / Vintage Mercedes~ Santa Fe Classic Limo / Floral Design~ Andrea Soorikian Design / Lighting Design~ Quick Beam / Cake ~ Maggie’s Cakes

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