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Sensuality of the Southwest~ Styling your wedding with natural elements

When you think of the Southwest, the first word that comes to mind isn’t usually Sensual.  It’s usually Dry. Hot. Barren.

But as most folks come to know, especially after they’ve visited Santa Fe, it is a magical place, one where the skies turn colors you’ve never imagined. The air is different, cleaner, more crisp.  The landscape that seems barren at first is actually filled with beautiful Piñon trees and the dirt seems to be shaded with an artist’s terra cotta crayon.  There is something sensual about it.

I think that is why so many people are drawn to get married in New Mexico.  There is a certain magic and spirituality about it.  The trick is, how do you plan a wedding that captures the magic of New Mexico, the sensuality.  I’ve created the inspiration board above by taking cues from the delicate, sometimes, unnoticed elements of the Southwest; the ones that get overshadowed by Bright Paper flowers, serape blankets and cowboy boots.

No.1~ The color palette is drawn from the dusky shades of a sunset.  Once the bright, burning sun has gone down, we are left with subtle hues of purple, mauve, peach and gold.

No.2~ Succulents can completely take the place of flowers or sing a perfect second fiddle in a bridal bouquet.  They stand amidst the glow with their silvery-green color.  This shade is often found in the New Mexico landscape, complimented by beautiful Sage bushes.

No.3~ Handmade pottery and gemstone slices are a great way to incorporate sleek textures and rich colors into your wedding.  Different, handmade bud vases dotted down a table are far more interesting than one, single arrangement in a bubble bowl, don’t you think? I love Mama’s Minerals in downtown Santa Fe for some rad rocks!

No. 4~ Ghost wood brings an organic and rustic feel, reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings.   These placed on tables and accented with a few blossoms is a unique and interesting way to adorn your wedding tables.

No. 5~ Dream catchers, though a kitschy item of the past, offer a vintage and whimsical vibe.  Deep down, I’m totally in love with these and may or may not have been scouring e-bay for a few…

No. 6~ Deerskin fringe softens the look and can be wrapped around bouquet handles or used as an accent on the tabletop by way of napkin ties or votive candle adornments.  Did you know that deerskin lace comes is all sorts of colors too?

No. 7~ I just adore the idea of using a rubber stamp to ink names onto feathers as a place card option.  It can become a wonderful keepsake for your guests to remember their stay in New Mexico.

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Get out the confetti cannons!

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Each card is like a present because it comes in a glassine envelope filled with confettii…hello party card!

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Now this isn’t just any ol’, run-of-the-mill confettii.  It’s hand-painted confettii.  And yes, I’m crazy.

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Well, not that crazy, just picky.  The colors on the business card were so carefully picked (from this inspiration board) and I wanted the confetti to match perfectly, so naturally I decided to paint it and punch it myself.  There’s a good chance if you were on the phone with me over the last 4 months, I was probably punching confetti while we were chatting!

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The actual card is printed on the most beautiful textured, heavy-weight stock.  I owe the beautiful design to the ever talented Cameron Johnson of Softground Studio.  She carefully researched my blog for inspiration and when I asked for something colorful, yet simple, modern and playful, artsy yet elegant, she nailed it!  I am absolutely in love with the fonts she found, ooooie!  Bless her heart, she put up with my nit-picky requests, Can we move that dot a millimeter to the left, can the leading be spaced just a hair more, can the blue be bluer? Cameron’s patience and attention to detail is above and beyond and I couldn’t be happier with the end result!

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