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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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Hanna & Reece

 

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This wedding was a delight to plan as Hanna and Reece worked diligently to have many personal touches throughout the day.  My favorite parts: beautiful stationery by Little Bird Creative, a custom floral arbor for the ceremony by Andrea Soorikian Designs, Party Shades for everyone, a vintage Benz, champagne cocktails with red chile-infused passion fruit sorbet, a lemon mousse dessert from Hanna’s grandmother’s recipe, the groom’ dinner jacket switcheroo for the reception, a Scotch and Whisky bar apres dinner, beautiful favors of the bride and groom’s favorite sips: East African Coffee, French Earl Grey tea and Red Chile infused drinking chocolate.

Photography~ Articulate Photo / Invitations, Programs, Place cards, Menus,~ Little Bird Creative / Make-up~ Monica Stark / Bride’s Dress~ Vera Wang / Bridesmaid’s dresses~ J.Crew /  Ceremony and Reception Location~ Four Seasons Rancho Encantado  / Rentals~ Classic Party Rentals / Vintage Mercedes~ Santa Fe Classic Limo / Floral Design~ Andrea Soorikian Design / Lighting Design~ Quick Beam / Cake ~ Maggie’s Cakes

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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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Kristina & Florian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We put together a full weekend of sight seeing, dining and celebrating for their international guest list.  Kristina and Florian wanted to highlight the enchanting experiences that made them fall in love with Santa Fe on their first visit.  The Selby Fleetwood Gallery was the perfect place to host their intimate ceremony.  My assistant, Jamie Gordon West created beautiful garlands to adorn the apricot tree under which they were married and I hung bud vases of blossoms in the tree to compliment the garlands.  Guests were welcomed with lovely sips of Agave sodas and Lavender infused Prosecco and sounds of a classic guitar trio, Los Primos. The evening concluded with a multi-course dinner, dessert and dancing which was highlighted by heartfelt speeches and acapella musical performances!
Photography~ Articulate Photo / Hair and Make-up~ Katie Douthit  / Ceremony Location~ Selby Fleetwood Gallery Santa Fe, NM / Ceremony Backdrop ~ Jamie Gordon West for Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Officiant ~ Bishop Daniel Dangaran / Ceremony Music ~ Los Primos / Cocktail Reception Catering~ Walter Burke Catering / Florist~ Marisa’s Millefiori / Reception Location~La Posada de Santa Fe / Dessert ~ Cherron Kofford of Chocolate Maven

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Galia & Mike

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum provided the perfect backdrop for Galia and Mike's wedding ceremony.  Mike carefully constructed the chuppah which was shaded by a glorious apricot tree.  He used bird finials to keep within the woodsy “Love Bird” motif.  Galia’s bouquet was made of Succulents, Lambs Ear, Calla Lilies, Cymbidium Orchids, Dusty Miller and Gardenias, which smelled heavenly! We served Agave sparkling sodas with adorable stripey straws and Gruet Rosé, a local New Mexican favorite.  After the ceremony the couple paraded through the Plaza to the reception location, led by the talented musicians of Savor.  Mike also designed the invitation suite, which  was printed on a Kraft paper stock and tied the entire look together.  Instead of a traditional guest book, Galia and Mike had their guests sign a Georgia O’Keeffe Poppies poster that they framed and have hanging in their home.  We also paid homage to Ms. O’Keeffe, by having framed black and white images of her tucked in the bookcases at the Anasazi Library where the dinner was held. The tables were dotted with votives wrapped in Kraft paper and suede cord, small birch log planters and rustic floral arrangements in birch containers. The dark wood furnishings and candlelit glow created a divine ambiance for great food and fine conversation.

This wedding was featured on Style me Pretty.

Ceremony Venue~ Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Reception Venue~ Inn of the Anasazi / Wedding Dress~ Watters / Deerskin Belt~ Mano Bello / Event Design + Coordination~ Jessie Abrams Baca / Wedding Photography~ Kristen Williams of Articulate Photo / Floral Design~ Margaret Bost of Santa Fe Floral / Stationery~ The Groom / Musicians~ Savor / Wedding Cake~ The Plaza Bakery

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Featured on Style Me Pretty ~ Galia and Mike

I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that one of my favorite weddings of the season has been featured on Style Me Pretty, a spectacular wedding blog.  You may remember this inspiration board I posted a while back:

Galia and Mike were a dream to work with!  I’ve mentioned before how I love when couples let me just run with the design…well Galia and Mike were fully on board and trusted me to create their day when they said, ““make it pretty, make it earthy, and give us a little Georgia”. Well, here is the real deal….all of the details and DIY ideas that came to fruition for a lovely wedding day!

All photos provided by the ever-talented Kristen Williams of Articulate Photo.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum provided the perfect backdrop for their wedding ceremony.  I created a fabric “Love Birds” banner for them to have…aren’t they cute!

Mike carefully constructed the chuppah which was shaded by a glorious apricot tree.  He even used sweet bird finials to keep within the woodsy “Love Bird” motif!

Galia’s stunning bouquet was created by Margaret Bost of Santa Fe Floral.  It had gorgeous Succulents, Lambs Ear, Calla Lilies, Cymbidium Orchids, Dusty Miller and Gardenias.  It smelled heavenly!

We served Agave sparkling sodas with adorable stripey straws and Gruet Rosé, a local New Mexican favorite!

After the ceremony the couple paraded through the Plaza to the reception location, led by the talented musicians of Savor!  I applaud anyone who can play and instrument and walk at the same time…I can hardly clap on beat!

Now, I mentioned that Mike made the Chuppah, but I must also note that he designed the invitation suite too!  All the stationery was printed on a Kraft paper stock and really tied the look together!

Instead of a traditional guest book, Galia and Mike had their guests sign a Georgia O’Keeffe Poppies poster that they framed and have hanging in their home.  We also paid homage to Ms. O’Keeffe, by having gorgeous black and white images of her tucked in the bookcases at the Anasazi Library where the dinner was held.

Speaking of the Library, the Inn of the Anasazi was the perfect space for an intimate and cozy dinner! The tables were dotted with votives wrapped in Kraft paper and suede cord and small birch log planters (Remember the tutorial here?) The dark wood furnishings and candlelit glow created a divine ambiance for great food and fine conversation.  It was truly a wonderful evening filled with laughter, songs and many heart-felt toasts!

Click here and head over to Style Me Pretty to see more photos of Galia and Mike’s beautiful day!

Ceremony Venue: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Reception Venue: Inn of the Anasazi / Wedding Dress: Watters / Deerskin Belt: Mano Bello / Event Design + Coordination: MARRIED by Jessie Abrams Baca / Wedding Photography: Kristen Williams of Articulate Photo / Floral Design: Margaret Bost of Santa Fe Floral / Stationery: The Groom / Musicians: Savor / Wedding Cake: The Plaza Bakery

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