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.
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