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 /
It’s April and here in Santa Fe we’re lucky if we get a glimmer of a spring shower. I’ve taken to listening to this while I work just to trick my brain and manifest some precipitation around here.
All these thoughts of rain made me think of the important topic…what do you do when it rains on your wedding day? I feel like the majority of my weddings every season are spent reading doppler radar and skirting weather issues. Santa Fe weather is fickle, I’ve seen snow in May and Indian Summers in October. With our clockwork afternoon monsoon showers in July and August, I can’t tell you how many ceremonies I’ve pushed back, relocated and/or tented!
My most important piece of advice is to be overly prepared. I always say, “let’s plan for the worst and hope for the best!” Most tenting companies will allow you to reserve a tent without penalty of a re-stocking fee when you cancel up to 5 days prior to the wedding. But, that still leaves room for those freak rain showers for which Santa Fe is famous. Well, I say if it looks like rain, why not take advantage of it?!
That’s what we did for Ricki and Geoff’s wedding. (Disclaimer: this wedding took place in Southern California where the weather seems to be perfect 365 days a year, but on this day it wasn’t. Luckily, I’ve had some practice with finicky Santa Fe weather, making this a piece of cake!) Three days before the wedding when we saw the weather report go from cloudy to steady showers the entire day of the wedding, I secured a huge tent to cover the ceremony space that was going to take place on a large lawn. Since it was so overcast, the tent was very dark, so we added some amber colored up lighting and lots of lanterns with candles creating a warm and cozy glow.
One of the dilemmas we ran into was getting the wedding party processional, and most importantly the bride, to the tent. I had a 20 foot gap in between the room where they were staged and the ceremony tent that couldn’t be tented since it was technically a fire lane. That is where Bella Umbrella came to the rescue. I called them three days prior to the wedding and rush-shipped vintage umbrellas in as assortment of colors to match Ricki’s rustic palette.
Thankfully, a quick trip to Target provided mis-matched galoshes for each bridesmaid…because who likes to jump puddles in strappy stilettos?
Most importantly, we embraced the weather. Instead of trying to fight and control it, which is impossible to do, we were able to take creative solutions that made the day even better than we could have planned. Guests were gaga over the twinkly and intimate feeling that the ceremony had, which would have been impossible had it not rained!
Photos by Chrisman Studios
To see the Ricki and Geoff’s entire wedding, click here.
Believe it or not it was pouring rain ALL day. We lucked out and by the time guests arrived, the clouds parted and gave us the most beautiful poolside ceremony. The cactus was Reid’s idea and our florist, Andrea Soorikian made his vision come to life…out of succulents! Dinner took place among the glow of hundreds of candles; it was breathtaking! Reid’s mother commissioned me to paint portraits of Reid and Erin in my funky “gouache on Kraft paper” style. All of the tables were named after old Westerns. Reid’s father has been collecting vintage movie posters and we were able to raid his extensive collection. One of my favorite details was the cake topper that Erin found on eBay- vintage salt and pepper shakers!
Photography~ Twin Lens / Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, Place cards and Menus,~ Urbanic Paper Boutique / Make-up~ Monica Stark / Hair~ Debi Bragg / Bride’s Dress~ Melissa Sweet / Ceremony Location~ Private Home / Ceremony Rentals ~ Classic Party Rentals / Ceremony/Cocktail Catering~ Marja Custom Catering / Floral Design~ Andrea Soorikian Design / Reception Location~ Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, NM/ Lighting Design~ Quick Beam / Cake topper~ Vintage, Ebay / Carrot Cake~ Vinaigrette
Have I got a fun DIY for you! Have you ever heard of dyeing glass? Well I hadn’t either until I stumbled upon this tutorial about creating cranberry colored glass by coating it with a mixture of Modge Podge and food coloring! Wh-what? You can make your own colored glass? Well, boy was I excited because I had just figured that the magic finishing detail for Kim and LB’s intimate autumnal wedding was going to be amber glass votives.
Photo: Ginger Russell Photography
Oh yes, it adds the perfect warm glow and ultimate glimmer to any table! See below for the how to’s:
I started with about 30 clear glass votive holders. I made sure they were squeaky-clean and very dry.
Then, I created my mixture of Modge Podge and food coloring. Now this was the hard part, because I didn’t know the correct ratio of drops for a deep amber hue, so…as I usually do, I decided to wing it!
Here’s the ratio I found that worked the best: (I tripled the recipe for 30 votives)
2 Tbs Gloss Modge Pdge (Very important that it is GLOSS not Matte)
2 Tsp Water
5 drops red food coloring
5 drops yellow food coloring
3 drops blue coloring
Now stir, don’t shake, because you don’t want air bubbles. Pour a little into your container and swirl the votive around to coat the entire surface. You will end up pouring out a bit back into your mixture as you want to get rid of as much excess as you can.
Then set all of the votives open side down on a drying rack….this will get messy. As they dry, the excess continues to drip and you really don’t want the globby buildup to dry that way. I avoided this by continually wiping the rims for a nice clean edge.
It will take about 24+ hours to dry… and this part is just torture. I really like instant gratification when it comes to crafts, so I had a really hard time waiting. It’s also confusing since Modge Podge is opaque at first and dries clear, so I was really anxious to see how they were going to turn out. (You’ll see above the round votives came out very light as they were my first batch. I ended up swirl n’ coating another layer, which worked fine, and made them darker as you’ll see below) Also, if you mess up, don’t cry, you can soak them in warm water and start over since Modge Podge is water based.
I was so pleased with the way they all turned out; it was well worth the long wait. I ended up using the round votives in hurricanes with sand that I had mixed with copper and gold glitter. It looked really great! For another metallic touch, I wrapped the square votives with a gilded lace trim; they were so beautiful!
For my next project I am going to try this teal glass tutorial, yehaw!