Lally & Doug



































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 /


Streaming Now!

Photo Suzy Clement

I don’t know what it is, but lately beautiful bouquets with long, gorgeous, ribbon streamers have been on my radar.  It does feel a little throw-back, old-school, but if done right, I think it can completely pull together a look and bring a touch of charm to a bouquet.

Bouquet by Ariella Chezar

I love the extended length of ribbon on this bouquet by floral master Ariella Chezar, it adds so much drama to the bride’s silhouette.

Photo and Flowers by Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua

Oh, SAIPUA, you’ve done it again with perfect Wabi Sabi elegance.  These bouquets have just the right amount of delicate streamers for an effortlessly beautiful look.

Photo: Brett Butterstein, Flowers: Marisa Peluso

I’ve always loved this bouquet by Santa Fe’s very own, Marisa of A Passion Flower. The dark burgundy ribbon was ornate as ever with embroidered, gold threads and beads.

Left, Bouquet: Ariella Chezar, Middle, Bouquet: Mindy Rice, Photo: Aaron Delesie, Right, Bouquet, Ariella Chezar

These punchy palettes are brought to life with a festive array of ribbons. I just adore how they look over the gray bridesmaids dresses too.

Photo: Our Labor of Love, Bouquet: JL Designs

This look can even be done beautifully is a rustic fashion. Braided ribbons, made out of strips of fabric, hint at a casual playfulness!


Debauchery, Relaxation and Sentiment

Dear lucky readers, you are in for a treat!  Today, we have a lovely guest post from a fantastic woman, Katixa Mercier.  She is a foodie and fellow wheat-tard, can whip up a mean cocktail, and is an amazing (not to mention, hilarious) writer.  I am lucky enough to hang out with her and you are lucky enough to read about her brilliant ideas for hosting a thoughtful and oh, so special bachelorette gathering.  I know many of you have either been to one of these soirees or even hosted one and you’ll know they take a little more thought to make a memorable and incredible experience for all of your besties.  Read on to see how…

From Katixa:

Growing up, some make friends while others are lucky enough to meet soul mates.  My luck came in a group for four girls.  So, when one of them announced she was getting married, it was a big deal.  What would we do?  Where would we go?  This isn’t just some friend having a bachelorette party; this is a kindred spirit of ours that we now had to share with someone else.  What could we do to make her last days as a single lady, unique and memorable?  It started with a destination.

After an eternal email thread debating on where we would go, we decided that since none of them had come to visit me yet, New Mexico was the locale of choice.  This now meant that I as in charge of hosting this landmark event.  I narrowed the elements of the weekend that needed to exist, to three components: debauchery, relaxation and sentiment.

Being Olympians at the sport of debauchery, I wasn’t worried about it.  Relaxation was an easy one too.  It was the “something sentimental” that I really had to think about. Then, a moment of brilliance.  I asked them to think of an item that they love and to purchase four of them; one for each person attending.  It could be anything, so long as it was a favorite of theirs.  This would cover the sentimental element of the weekend.

The girls flew in from across the country and landed in Santa Fe, New Mexico for our bridesmaid exclusive weekend.  We got straight to business: debauchery was effortlessly achieved at the Coyote Cantina, and seemed to follow us to the Jemez Hot Springs (a trademark tendency of this group).

Before we cared to admit it, the last night was upon us.  As we all got ready for the evening, I told the girls to collect the items they brought and bring them with us to the restaurant.  We piled into the car and walked into the Artichoke Café for our dinner reservations.  Wined and dined and laughing about memories past, there was no better moment than to exchange our treasures. 

We pulled out our favorite items and set them on the table.  Then, we distributed each item so every one of us had a favorite item of the other.  This meant that we each ended up with: a miniature of Macallan scotch, bathtub confetti, Himalayan pink salt, Burt’s Bees chapstick and a Frisbee.  Each of us now had a beloved item of the other that would remind us all of this pre-wedding weekend. 

This year, another one in this same group is getting married.  She’s requested that we repeat the same exchange of “something sentimental” for her pre-wedding weekend.

For more of Katixa’s writing, visit her blog, HERE.  You’ll be glad you did!


Thoughts on a “First Look”

What is a “first look”?, you may ask. Well, it is becoming an increasingly popular way to do portraits of the bride and groom.  Though, instead of the photographer whisking the newly wed couple from the party right after the ceremony, the couple meets before the nuptials, for an intimate and sweet photo sesh of their “first look” at one another.  Now, this is not the best idea for the superstitious, but for the bride and groom that don’t want to miss out on the cocktail reception or the wonderful appetizers they hand picked for their guests, this is the way to go!

Some may worry that this will take away from the first time the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle, but I have heard from my couples that have opted to go for this, that the “first look” is romantic, helps with any jitters and even makes the ceremony that much more special!

The couple pictured above were married at the Gerald Peters Gallery and we planned to have their “First Look” portraits down the street at the Nedra Matteucci Gallery.  They have a lovely garden and if you call ahead of time, you’re welcome to schedule a portrait session there.  We were in luck because the Water Iris were in bloom, along with the Oriental Poppies and Garden Roses!

The couple also opted to do all family portraits prior to the ceremony as well!  This way everyone was present for the party following the beautiful ceremony.

The bride even had a few moments to relax before the “I Do’s”.

…On a different note, one of my favorite things about this wedding was the color palette!  Punchy corals, peaches, oranges and golds were a great choice for this early summer wedding. I also loved that each bridesmaids picked their own dress that suited their own personalities, but they were all in the same color family; it really looked beautiful!

First Look Venue: Nedra Matteucci Gallery, Ceremony and Reception Venue: Gerald Peters Gallery, Florist: Artichokes and Pomegranates, Photos: Stacey Adams Photography, Coordination: MARRIED by Jessie Abrams Baca


Something for the ladies

Above photos Nancy Neil

I love the idea of gifting your bridesmaids with luxurious robes.  While you are all primping for the big day, you can be cozy and comfy in style!  Personally, I’m a huge fan of the robes from Anthropologie…Swoonie McSwoon!  Check these beauties out!