Maggie and Kosta were married in a beautiful Greek Orthodox church, where the ceremony was steeped with tradition. The reception was food-focused and designed to keep guests involved and having a great time. During cocktails we had a custom cocktail station where guests could choose infused alcohol, pair it with fresh herbs and seasonal berries, top with soda, shake, sip, OPA! The tabletops highlighted Maggie’s appreciation for natural rustic aesthetic. I created a lush woodland array of mosses, succulents, feathers and of course, beautiful cotton pods from her father’s cotton farm. The cake was an homage to the very church where Kosta proposed to Maggie in Santorini, Greece.
Photography~ Ginger Russell Photography / Make-up and Hair~ Jess Evans / Ceremony Location~ St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church Eldorado, NM / Bridal Bouquet Design~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Centerpieces and Reception Decor~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Cocktail and Dinner Reception Location~ Hotel St. Francis Santa Fe, NM/ Lighting Design~ Alliance Audio Visual/ Cake ~ Maggie’s Wedding Cakes
Sometimes, after a wedding I get the blues. I think this happens with any project, or big event, when it’s over, you miss the planning and the camaraderie that comes along with it. For me, the connection that develops with the family is one of the best parts of the planning process. This was the case with Maggie and Kosta’s wedding. I had so much fun getting to know them and becoming part of the family. As an event designer, I so treasure the privilege to be part of someone’s very personal day.
….Ok, enough of that sap. Let’s get to the goodies!
Photographer extraordinaire, Ginger Russell captured some major beauty on Maggie and Kosta’s wedding day. Hellooo Grace Kelly incarnate, right?!? Maggie is gorgeous even without make-up, but Jess Evans rocked her wedding day beauty with custom hair and make-up.
Before I met Kosta, and had only seen a picture, I thought he was going to very serious and mysterious. I was nervous to meet him, but it turns out he is the most lovable and hilarious guy! He and Maggie are a such a handsome couple and so much fun to be around!
One of the most unique pieces of this wedding was that the ceremony took place in a Greek Orthodox Church, specifically St. Elias Church in Eldorado. Kosta is from Greece and Maggie converted to Greek Orthodox to be married in this church. Now, I go crazy over ceremonies steeped with tradition, and this one took the cake!
The inside of the church is decked out in amazing gilded iconography; it is truly a sight to behold! (You can actually behold this sight on Thursdays from 11am-1pm- they are open for iconography viewing- get your buns over there!)
Maggie and I hit it off right away when she requested that some elements be “a little out of the box” so to speak. Instead of carrying flowering bouquets the bridesmaids carried hand-dipped beeswax candles that we adorned with a Kraft paper wax catcher and a sprig of Blue Thistle and Crespedia.
Oh my gorgeous! Now hang on to your hose-panties because the cocktail hour had some fun surprises and the reception was beautiful….be back soon with more pictures!