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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 /

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Real Wedding~Maggie and Kosta, the Reception!

My favorite part about planning a wedding is the design process.  I love getting to know the couple’s aesthetic when it comes to color, texture and style and put my right brain to work!  I usually ask the couple questions like: “how is your house decorated, where do you like to shop, and how would you describe your ideal day?”  Basically anything that gives me insight into their world helps me to develop a look and feel for their wedding. (Might I also add that Pinterest is an amazing tool for helping me understand what a bride has envisioned! )
Once I feel I have a clear idea, I love to draw sketches and renderings of what the designs may look like.  I’m always amazed when the final product is nearly a replica of the sketch.  See for yourself, how Maggie and Kosta’s wedding reception came to life! Photos courtesy of Ginger Russell Photography

The reception took place in the very beautiful Tabla Restaurant at the Hotel St. Francis.  I love this space because it offers a very clean and sophisticated canvas on which to design.  Maggie loved materials like peacock feather, pods, pine cones, moss and succulents.  Luckily the arsenal within my studio had everything she needed, like vintage teal mason jars and birch stump planters (not to mention my succulent farm). But the best thing for me was receiving two giant bushels of dried cotton from her father’s farm!  I worked those into the design of the tables and wow, was it stunning.  It completed the look in addition to being a very sentimental part of the wedding.

Even mother nature pitched in with adorable pine cone place cards!

I created custom table runners with fabric from Santa Fe Fabrics.  We wanted to keep Tabla’s beautiful wood tables exposed, but bring in a touch of teal, while at the same time keep it rustic with a frayed edge linen.

Then, there was cake.  Now this wasn’t just any cake, it was a fine Maggie’s Wedding Cakesexquisite creation, shaped like a church in Santorini! Oh, snap!  The cake was not only an homage to Kosta’s Greek heritage, but it signified the very Church where Kosta proposed to Maggie.  They even had a family friend create a beautiful watercolor of the special spot which also graced the cake table.

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without succulents and a peacock or two!

10 months prior, Maggie and I were brainstorming and cooking up plans for a beautiful wedding.  After all of our hard work and thoughtful design it was a pleasure to see a beautiful reception filled with smiles, laughter, great food, fabulous desserts and even some Greek dancing!

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Cozy Craftin’

Three reasons I love this DIY:

1. It’s so dang easy that if you felt like making a bunch of these for your wedding centerpieces, you totally could.

2. You get to upcycle leftover yarn…it really doesn’t use a whole ton. Besides the yarn, all you need is three pieces of felt and some glue (hot or tacky).

3. I’m a huge fan of instant gratification and projects that are under two hours, start to finish, make me smile.

Check out video tutorial I shot with the gang from SantaFe.com.  It’s some good ol’ fashioned glue gun fun at it’s finest!

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The Hitching Post with Jessie Abrams Baca | Yarn Runners from SantaFe.com on Vimeo.

And, click here to see the wildly colorful runner I created last winter.  It’s so fun!

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Fun with the ol’ chop saw

Last Christmas I received a chop saw.  Let me tell you, I.was.stoked.  I am sort of a tool junkie and the handy woman around the house; so when it comes to spinning blades and the perfect complement to my pink “Ladies Tool”, stop traffic.  Here come the DIY projects!  Recently I made succulent planters out of some Aspen poles I had sitting around.  They were perfect for one of my clients hosting a very woodsy wedding!  Hello UP-CYCLING!!!

If you want to do this project, it is super easy…as long as you’re not afraid of chopping your fingers off…a very apparent hazard that I may take too lightly!  Here’s what you’ll need:

First you’ll need wood poles (Aspen, Birch, etc) that are at least 3 inches in diameter.  You’ll need to get your paws on a 1 1/2″ drill bit, a drill, and of course, you’ll need a chop saw. 
One thing you should know about me.  I hate to measure.  I like to eyeball.  This also equals bad baker, but a good cook…and a whole different story.  I digress.  I decided to cut my poles into sections that were between 4-5 inches long.  I wanted them to be proportional with the width of the stump as well as not be too top-heavy once they were planted with the succulents.  This is also where the hand-chopping hazard lies.  Don’t let your fingin’s get too close or you’ll be in the ER and then next 9-fingered bride.

Next, whip out your fancy drill bit, center it on the stump and drill down into the mini stump about 2-3 inches.  Now, I just made that sound way easier than it really was.  Depending on the density of the wood, you’re going to have to put some serious elbow grease into this part.  Also, I should have invested in a vice to hold these puppies in place.  Instead, I recruited the Mister and a friend of his to wedge the stumps against the brick wall and drill with all of their might.  Bless their hearts for falling for my Tom Sawyer ways!

Then comes the fun part!  I had ordered a ba-jillion loose succulents to fill all of my new planters.  First I dropped a bit of gravel at the base of the planter and then filled it in with some nice yummy soil. Then, I snapped off a few succulents…as some of you may already know, they are self-rooting and a fresh stem will grow roots in new soil.  Amazing, I know.  Another sneaky trick: dipping the fresh cut stem in a bit of cinnamon acts as an antiseptic and will keep your succulent healthy.

Finished with a little Reindeer moss and BOOM! You’ve got the most adorable woodsy succulent planters!  I placed them all the way down the reception tables paired with votives sitting on thin wood disks; the whole look was just divine!

For some of my other succulent planter DIY projects, pop on over HERE.

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