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Erin and Reid featured on Junebug Weddings!

I’m thrilled to share that Erin and Reid’s romantic cowboy wedding is featured on Junebug weddings.  I just adored working with this couple; they are two of the coolest, most sincere and loving people.  Kitty and Craig of  Twin Lens documented their very special day so beautifully and I can always count on them for photos that give me butterflies.

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One of my favorite projects to create for them was a pair of  portraits that we set above the mantle for their reception at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado.  They brought a personal and rustic flair to the party.  Their wedding also sported a life size cactus made entirely out of succulents!  Reid came up with this amazing idea for the entry table and the talented Andrea Soorikian made his vision come to life!  Click HERE to see the entire feature on Junebug Weddings.  You’ll be glad you did!

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A Desert DIY

So, are you having a rustic, yet elegant wedding in Santa Fe? One that echoes the landscape and muted earthy tones of this altitude? Do you need a super-easy and pretty affordable way to display your place cards?  Then, boo-ya, I’ve got you covered.  Check out this no-brainer DIY that I put together for Marja Custom Catering:

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First, you’ll need are some large, WIDE, bowls.  Really, any vessel will do as long as the open surface area is big!  For 80 cards I used 2) 24″ diameter bowls and 1) oblong 18″x 10 bowl. So fill these puppies up with sand and smooth out about 1 inch from the top edge of the bowl.  Then spread a thin layer of pretty polished gravel on top (available at craft stores).

Now time for the cards.  We calligraphied a piece of card stock that was 2″x 4″ on a vertical orientation. That way, when we stuck it into the sand, there wasn’t any writing covered.  Placement is the trickiest part because you want the card to be stuck into the sand at the perfect angle so people can read it as they are going to the reception.  Be sure look at it from their point of view to make sure it’s legible. Luckily, it’s really easy to start over if you mess up.

Now, the fun part.  Marja had these awesome zinc number stencils to designate the table number.  Set them artfully in front of your card grouping.  If you have more room, you can also use these 3-dimensional numbers. Then we placed a few gorgeous succulents to really hint at a desert landscape and bring a little greenery to the mix.

Here is a quick snap from the ceremony where we featured these lovely place card bowls.  A late-summer storm tiptoed along the horizon and created quite the backdrop for the vows…it literally started to downpour the minute they kissed and the service ended!  Talk about a grand exit!

A few more images from the reception…absolutely gorgeous florals designed by Andrea Soorikian.

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