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Real Wedding ~ Shawn and Elizabeth

Shawn and Elizabeth hosted the perfect Summer-time soiree, complete with a beautiful outdoor ceremony underneath an apple tree, wildflowers galore, lawn games and the most scrumptious brunch inspired by Southern fare.  Shawn and Liz are dear friends and I felt so privileged to design a beautiful wedding day with such a lovely couple!

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How beautiful is Elizabeth’s Lazaro dress?  Talk about a stunning bride!!The gorgeous ruffles and perfect lace detailing just had Southern belle written all over it!  I love the color palette for the wedding party attire.  The gents sported J.Crew grey suits which I think looked so dapper with Shawn’s navy Hugo Boss suit.  The gals chose their own dress style in either taupe or fig, also from J.Crew.

 

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How sweet are these flower girls?  I love their laid back, cotton summer dresses; they’re not too fussy and perfect for the outdoor venue.  Elizabeth and her bridesmaids crafted custom fans that doubled as programs to let guests know who the players were.

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The apple tree under which the ceremony took place was strung with hanging vases of wildflowers and satin ribbons.  They looked so lovely swaying in the breeze!

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Every outdoor wedding has got to have lawn games!  How adorable are the custom corn hole bags?

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Now, I’ve got a funny story and a few words of wisdom for you.  If you’re going to infuse your own vodka with rhubarb a few days before your wedding, wear gloves!!  Liz, a connoisseur of gourmet cocktails, single-handedly infused all of her vodka with rhubarb to make the glorious “Taste of Summer” signature cocktail.  The only downside, rhubarb will dye your hands hot pink as Liz unfortunately found out!!  She was lucky enough NOT to sport hot-pink palms for her wedding, but it sure was a close call!!

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These escort cards were such a fun project.  We put a handful of wildflowers seeds in a kraft paper pouch and then sewed them to a card printed with the guests names.  They were placed in flats of wheat grass with a sign that said, “Sow the Love!”  I just adore sweet favors that do double duty as escort cards!

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For a touch of vintage elegance, Liz and her mom sourced mismatched china from thrift stores and garage sales all over Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  There were hundreds and plates and a ton of delicate tea cups and saucers.  The coffee and tea display was just darling!

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Each place setting has an adorable, heart-shaped birdseed favor.  This was extra appropriate as the venue, the Randal Davey Audubon Center is also a bird and nature preserve.

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OK, let’s talk food!  Liz is a serious foodie and quite the amazing cook herself!  I am so lucky to have been a guest a her table and to chat menus wit her. That said, the wedding feast was fabulous and inspired.  I love that the wedding focused around brunch, probably my most favorite 6 letter word, ever! Liz collaborated with Marja Custom Catering to create a spectacular menu centered around her favorite seasonal brunch items.  The appetizers were highlighted with tomato soup shooters with slices of grilled cheese and fried green tomatoes with grilled shrimp.  Seriously, guests were in heaven!

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Guests dined on delicious eggs Florentine, grilled asparagus with tomato salsa, red chile bacon and green chile sausages.  But, the piece de resistance was the blueberry-passionfruit blintz; hot dang they were off the chain!

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Then there was dessert!  Yes, I know you thought it couldn’t get any better!  First, there was a beautiful butter cream cake, beautifully accented with fresh summer blooms.  Then there was a delightful array of French Macarons….man, I could eat 1,000 of those!

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But, the cutest part was the individual apple-raspberry rosewater pies with a biscuit topper.  Yes, stop traffic, they were not only adorable, they were delicious!  Marja Custom Catering really knocked it out of the park!

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The Randal Davey Audubon Center is a really spectacular venue.  The kids were in heaven among the orchards and rolling lawns amidst a beautiful historical adobe home.

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Now this is just a smidgen of the photos from their gallery….there are sooo many beautiful ones to see, you MUST click HERE to peep the rest!!

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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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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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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Sabrina & John

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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.

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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

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Annie & Will

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer~ Twin Lens / Hair and Make-Up~ Jess Evans / Ceremony Location~ Loretto Chapel / Reception Location~ Inn and Spa at the Loretto / Dress~ Watters  / Save the Date and Stationery~ Sicily Easton / Floral ~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Cake~ Chocolate Maven / Band ~ Soulstice / Mr. and Mrs. and Just Married Signs ~ Jamie Gordon West / Photo booth~ Photo booths Rentals of New Mexico / Getaway Santa Fe Pedi Cabs

This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty, click HERE to see the post.

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Real Wedding~ Melinda and Jim

Melinda and Jim’s nuptials took place at the beautiful Hacienda Doña Andrea on clear and warm day this Spring.  You may remember their inspiration board that I shared a while back.  Rustic charm with subtle hints of New Mexico tradition were woven throughout the day and culminated with a glowing evening of live musical performances and a rockin’ dance party!

Enjoy a few shots of the lovely details from the talented Jennifer Dudley.

Artichokes and Pomegranates created a textural floral display using wild flowers, succulents, blue thistle, calla lilies and a few orchids. I really liked the monochromatic and natural palette that echoed the dusky hills after a Santa Fe sunset.

Melinda and Jim incorporated a really special element to their ceremony.  Instead of doing a unity candle or sand ceremony they did something much more symbolic and meaningful.  They each wrote each other love letters and during the ceremony, sealed them in a box with a fabulous bottle of wine.  On their one-year anniversary, they will open the box, drink the bottle of wine and read the love letters to eachother.  So sweet, no?

We also had a great musical twist on typical ceremony music.  Todd Lovato, of the local Santa Fe Band, Todd and the Fox,  graced us with his banjo skills.  Now, you may immediately envision plucked honkey tonk, but Todd played the most beautiful renditions of Vivaldi’s “Spring”  and “Grow Old with Me” by John Lennon!  I love when you hear a familiar song but on an instrument that is a-typical and out of context.

Guests enjoyed lavender champagne cocktails and their potted succulent cards doubled as adorable take-home favors.

I’m always a fan of keeping the kiddos entertained during dinner.  I found these adorable “Goodie” bags and Melinda stocked them with all sorts of distractions.  Needless to say, they were all happy campers!

It was indeed a beautiful night and as the sun set behind the Ortiz mountains, the bistro lights glowed upon the Papel Picado and the happy couple danced the night away under the New Mexico sky.

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Sneak Peek

Just wanted to give you a peek into the inspiration for this weekend’s wedding.  There will be beautiful shades of purple and silvery sage, lots of spring wildflowers provided by Artichokes and Pomegranates, and corazon Milagros, all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Hacienda Dona Andrea.  The bride will be walking down to the aisle to John Lennon’s, Grow Old With Me played on banjo, which I think is going to sound so cool!

I’m also excited to have quintessential decor for a Santa Fe wedding like Papel Picado and of course the most adorable succulent place cards.  We’ve been planting our hearts out over here at the studio, and loving every minute!

 

 

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One Spicy Couple!

Table number 1, table number two, table number three….that’s boring, huh?  Serrano Table!!! Poblano Table!!! Cayenne Table!!!  Muy caliente, no?  I love it when couples opt to name their reception tables NOT numbers, especially if when they name their tables after peppers!.  It’s brings a little interest, keeps it thematic, makes things spicy; it’s perfect for a Santa Fe wedding!

I had the pleasure of breaking out the watercolors and creating a fun suite of pepper table names and illustration, fun, right?

This lovely wedding took place at the Hotel St. Francis, a charming spot for intimate nuptials.  The ceremony was al fresco, on the patio and we dressed up the wooden gates with a simple ivory swag and lovely floral clusters created by Artichokes and Pomegranates.

The bride and groom were so stoked for the fabulous mariachi band…and I’ll admit, I was singing along too- I LOVE mariachis!

Check out these bodacious Dinner Plate Dahlias, ooof!  Oh my goddess, they’re gorgeous!Check out these bodacious Dinner Plate Dahlias, ooof!  Oh my goddess, they’re gorgeous!

Adios muchachas!

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