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Real Wedding ~ Lally & Doug

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Lally and Doug were married on a crisp autumn day on October.  The most amazing thing about this wedding was the amount of love that  poured out of everyone’s hearts.  The couple and their families have such a close bond and it was highlighted for such a special occasion.  Many of Lally and Doug’s close friends flew in from all over the country to celebrate with them and it was very clear that the friendships are held near and dear to their hearts.  It was a beautiful thing to witness such a profound and genuine love.  Twin Lens Photography did an impeccable job of capturing this love and highlighting the perfect moments between the bride and groom and documenting an incredible day!

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To honor a tradition of the past, Lally wore the wedding dress that not only her mother wore, but her grandmother wore as well.  It fit perfectly and looked incredible on the third generation bride!

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The bridesmaids were in beautiful, flowy Joanne August dresses in a dark teal color.  This was accented perfectly by the coral junior bridesmaids dresses for a nod to the vibrant Santa Fe color palette.

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Lally and her father had a grand entrance to the ceremony via horse and carriage.  This was kept as a surprise from Doug as he awaited at the altar. The ceremony took place in a large open field with a stunning backdrop of the sweeping Sangre de Cristo mountain range, dotted with golden trees.

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Andrea Soorikian Design  built a custom wood arbor for Lally and Doug to stand beneath as they said their vows.  The poles were adorned with gauzy fabric drapes and blooms in soft blush,  peach and dusty green.  The ceremony was filled with beautiful readings and songs performed by family members.  The guests were led to the cocktail hour by a mariachi band where they sipped margaritas and enjoyed ceviche shooters and mini tuna tartare tacos.

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The reception was held is a beautiful tent adorned with chandeliers and tables with richly colored centerpieces.  Amber candles, dried Choya cactus, air plants and succulents accented the hot pink dahlias, orange roses, coral Gloriosa lilies and antique hydrangea.

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Guests dined on a deconstructed salad with pears, goat cheese, dried cranberries and a balsamic drizzle accompanied by a gazpacho shooter.  The entree nodded to Santa Fe fare with a local poblano stuffed with calabacitas (a local New Mexican of squash and zucchini) and braised short ribs on top of a green chile polenta.

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The dessert also had a little Santa Fe spice!  Mayan Chocolate Cake was mixed with a hint of red chile for an added kick!  It was draped with a cascade of beautiful flowers.

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After dinner and a series of heartfelt toasts guests enjoyed the most epic dance party.  Funkiphino, a 13 piece band based out of Denver put on an unforgettable show!  The dance floor was packed until 2 am!  A late night taco bar was set up to keep guests fueled and even had mini churros with a dulce du leche dipping sauce.

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Lally and Doug were married on a crisp autumn day on October.  The most amazing thing about this wedding was the amount of love that  poured out of everyone’s hearts.  The couple and their families have such a close bond and it was highlighted for such a special occasion.  Many of Lally and Doug’s close friends flew in from all over the country to celebrate with them and it was very clear that the friendships are held near and dear to their hearts.  It was a beautiful thing to witness such a profound and genuine love.  Twin Lens Photography did an impeccable job of capturing this love and highlighting the perfect moments between the bride and groom and documenting an incredible day!

To honor a tradition of the past, Lally wore the wedding dress that not only her mother wore, but her grandmother wore as well.  It fit perfectly and looked incredible on the third generation bride!  The bridesmaids were in beautiful, flowy Joanne August dresses in a dark teal color.  This was accented perfectly by the coral junior bridesmaids dresses for a nod to the vibrant Santa Fe color palette.  Lally and her father had a grand entrance to the ceremony via horse and carriage.  This was kept as a surprise from Doug as he awaited at the altar.

The ceremony took place in a large open field with a stunning backdrop of the sweeping Sangre de Cristo mountain range, dotted with golden trees in a crisp autumn day.  Andrea Soorikian Design  built a custom wood arbor for Lally and Doug to stand beneath as they said their vows.  The poles were adorned with gauzy fabric drapes and blooms in soft blush,  peach and dusty green.  The ceremony was filled with beautiful readings and songs performed by family members.  The guests were led to the cocktail hour by a mariachi band where they sipped margaritas and enjoyed ceviche shooters and mini tuna tartare tacos.

The reception was held is a beautiful tent adorned with chandeliers and tables with richly colored centerpieces.  Amber candles, dried Choya cactus, air plants and succulents accented the hot pink dahlias, orange roses, coral Gloriosa lilies and antique hydrangea.  Guests dined on a deconstructed salad with pears, goat cheese, dried cranberries and a balsamic drizzle accompanied by a gazpacho shooter.  The entree nodded to Santa Fe fare with a local poblano stuffed with calabacitas (a local New Mexican of squash ans zucchini) and braised short ribs on top of a green chile polenta. The dessert also had a little Santa Fe spice!  Mayan Chocolate Cake was mixed with a hint of red chile for an added kick!  It was draped with a cascade of beautiful flowers.

After dinner and a series of heartfelt toasts guests enjoyed the most epic dance party.  Funkiphino, a 13 piece band based out of Denver put on an unforgettable show!  The dance floor was packed until 2 am!  A late night taco bar was set up to keep guests fueled and even had mini churros with a dulce du leche dipping sauce.

 

Photography ~ Twin Lens Images / Cocktail Musicians ~ Mariachi Pourvenir  / Hair and Makeup ~ Jess Evans / Bridesmaids dresses ~ Johanna August / Calligraphy ~ Sherry Bishop  / Rentals ~ Classic Party Rentals  / Venue + Catering ~ Las Campanas / Floral Design ~ Andrea Soorikian Design / Cake ~ Chocolate Maven / Band ~ Funkiphino /

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Amber Glow

Have I got a fun DIY for you!  Have you ever heard of dyeing glass?  Well I hadn’t either until I stumbled upon this tutorial about creating cranberry colored glass by coating it with a mixture of Modge Podge and food coloring! Wh-what? You can make your own colored glass?  Well, boy was I excited because I had just figured that the magic finishing detail for Kim and LB’s intimate autumnal wedding was going to be amber glass votives.

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Oh yes, it adds the perfect warm glow and ultimate glimmer to any table!  See below for the how to’s:

I started with about 30 clear glass votive holders.  I made sure they were squeaky-clean and very dry.

Then, I created my mixture of Modge Podge and food coloring.  Now this was the hard part, because I didn’t know the correct ratio of drops for a deep amber hue, so…as I usually do, I decided to wing it!

Here’s the ratio I found that worked the best: (I tripled the recipe for 30 votives)

2 Tbs Gloss Modge Pdge (Very important that it is GLOSS not Matte)
2 Tsp Water
5 drops red food coloring
5 drops yellow food coloring
3 drops blue coloring

Now stir, don’t shake, because you don’t want air bubbles.  Pour a little into your container and swirl the votive around to coat the entire surface.  You will end up pouring out a bit back into your mixture as you want to get rid of as much excess as you can.

Then set all of the votives open side down on a drying rack….this will get messy.  As they dry, the excess continues to drip and you really don’t want the globby buildup to dry that way.  I avoided this by continually wiping the rims for a nice clean edge.

It will take about 24+ hours to dry… and this part is just torture.  I really like instant gratification when it comes to crafts, so I had a really hard time waiting.  It’s also confusing since Modge Podge is opaque at first and dries clear, so I was really anxious to see how they were going to turn out. (You’ll see above the round votives came out very light as they were my first batch.  I ended up swirl n’ coating another layer, which worked fine, and made them darker as you’ll see below) Also, if you mess up, don’t cry, you can soak them in warm water and start over since Modge Podge is water based.

I was so pleased with the way they all turned out; it was well worth the long wait.  I ended up using the round votives in hurricanes with sand that I had mixed with copper and gold glitter.  It looked really great!  For another metallic touch, I wrapped the square votives with a gilded lace trim; they were so beautiful!

For my next project I am going to try this teal glass tutorial, yehaw!

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From Beginning to End

I just love designing a wedding from beginning to end. Often a client comes to me and already has their look in mind, and we go from there; but when a client, says, “I trust you, do whatever you want”, I just get all giddy!  I was lucky enough for this to happen a few times this season, but was especially excited when Kim asked me to create a look just for her!

Kim and her fiancé were planning to get married at the Loretto Chapel and then head to Rio Chama where they would be hosting a dinner reception for their guests in the Presidents Ballroom.  So, naturally after a few brainstorming sessions, I created a “mood board” for Kim with some color palette inspiration and a few design ideas.

We wanted to create an intimate space with rich and warm colors like deep chocolate, Sangria red and bright magenta, popped with Chartreuse green.  Since the focus was the exquisite meal and delightful conversation we created a seating plan of two 30′ long tables and 4′ across which were narrow enough to chat.

Then, I whipped out the ol’ colored pencils for her table sketch and dreamed up the wild idea of hanging flower arrangements form the ceiling.  Rio Chama has perfect beams just for this and since the guest count was teeny and the space was a little bigger than we really needed, I wanted to make the room feel more filled in and extra interesting.

We hired florist Marisa Peluso of A Passion Flower to make the look come to life and she was up for the challenge.  She had one look at my sketch and knocked it out of the park!  Exotic flowers were paired with lovely linens, china and flatware from Classic Party Rentals and you can see, the room was stunning! Copper chargers brought just the right amount of metallic glimmer and amber glass votives captured the perfect glow for a beautiful Fall evening.  It turned out just how I imagined!

Ginger Russell Photography captured the beauty for us and I can’t wait to show you more details! Till soon!

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