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Real Wedding ~ Lally & Doug

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 and zucchini) and braised short ribs on top of a green chile polenta.

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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.

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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.

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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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You had me at “Alfresco”

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Ahhh, Summer in Santa Fe.  Everything about it is so wonderful, qué no? My favorite thing about summer here is dining alfresco.  Oh, to be sitting under a portal, cool breeze on your skin, sipping a fabulous cocktail as the sun dips below the horizon. There’s really nothing better than enjoying a meal with friends as laughter bubbles into the dusk and the stars begin to peek out of the cooling blue sky. I had the pleasure of working with my good friend Shanti to bring such a night to life.  She is a wonderful chef and wanted to create a lovely dinner party in her backyard. I brought in the décor, and we designed a menu that would highlight the bounty of the Santa Fe local harvests and treat the guests to a delectable and beautiful celebration.

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First, we started with a cocktail. We served a prosecco cocktail with a splash of rosé Lillet, grapefruit soda and lavender-infused simple syrup. Let me tell you, they were amazing! We also served a Basil-infused martini with basil straight from the Shanti’s garden.

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Along with the fabulous sips, guests nibbled on chilled watermelon bites with feta and fresh chopped mint. Is your mouth watering yet?

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I created a tabletop filled with festive, rich color. Silk Dupioni runners from Thailand were layered on the table to bring punches of teal, magenta and saffron to the table. They coordinated beautifully with the fuchsia napkins. Citron bud vases filled with Crespedia dotted along the table with local dahlias set in low bud vases.

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Each setting received an individual demi-baguette from a local bakery, wrapped with parchment and tied with teal raffia. We decided to serve individual baguettes because…

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…we had an heirloom tomato bar! It was complete with gooey Burrata mozzarella, flavored olive oils, aged balsamic vinegar and specialty sea salts. There was also fresh chopped basil, sopresatta and fried sliced of bacon! Guests served a thickly sliced slab of tomato and decorated it with all of the fixings their heart desired. So, of course, what better way to sop up the leftover goodness than with a fresh baked baguette of your own! Oh my goodness, I can taste it now…it was heaven!

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Shanti is an amazing chef and pours her heart into each dish she creates. Her meals always use fresh ingredients and are thoughtfully prepared–if I could eat at her house everyday, I would! These soup shooters were also served as an appetizer and believe me, they were as delicious as they were beautiful. We enjoyed a roasted red beet gazpacho and a chilled avocado soup with spicy Pepitas.

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She roasted local Shishito peppers from the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and they were topped with edible violas for a beautiful visual contrast.

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Along with the heirloom tomato bar, guests dined on herb-garlic grilled eggplant, a white bean and sage salad, home-made icebox pickles, a lemon-ricotta asparagus tart, assorted cheeses, and the most beautiful watermelon radishes you ever did see! Since I’m a sucker for signage, I calligraphied little tags to highlight each amazing element of the vignette.

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I mean, that color, c’mon!

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We plunked bottles of rosé down the table and let guests serve themselves.  The table was bountiful and the company was adorable!

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The best part was as the sun began to set, the twinkle light above began to glow and the candles flickered among the glass. There’s just something about that light that gets me every time.

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Then there was dessert! Shanti whipped up the most decadent 6-layer lemon chiffon cake, complete with edible pansies and orchids as the garnish. To complement dessert, guests sipped on a delightfully fizzy moscato that we served in colorful Moroccan tea glasses.

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We also commissioned specialty peach-mango-coconut paletas for an after dinner treat. I just love the diagonal two-tone.

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Even though summer is coming to an end, I am so thankful for evenings like these. Thank you Shanti for the opportunity to create with you and to have the pleasure of enjoying such a beautiful meal! Goodbye summer, ’til next year!

Featured image, Cameron Johnson, All other photos, Andy Johnson

 

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One Spicy Couple!

Table number 1, table number two, table number three….that’s boring, huh?  Serrano Table!!! Poblano Table!!! Cayenne Table!!!  Muy caliente, no?  I love it when couples opt to name their reception tables NOT numbers, especially if when they name their tables after peppers!.  It’s brings a little interest, keeps it thematic, makes things spicy; it’s perfect for a Santa Fe wedding!

I had the pleasure of breaking out the watercolors and creating a fun suite of pepper table names and illustration, fun, right?

This lovely wedding took place at the Hotel St. Francis, a charming spot for intimate nuptials.  The ceremony was al fresco, on the patio and we dressed up the wooden gates with a simple ivory swag and lovely floral clusters created by Artichokes and Pomegranates.

The bride and groom were so stoked for the fabulous mariachi band…and I’ll admit, I was singing along too- I LOVE mariachis!

Check out these bodacious Dinner Plate Dahlias, ooof!  Oh my goddess, they’re gorgeous!Check out these bodacious Dinner Plate Dahlias, ooof!  Oh my goddess, they’re gorgeous!

Adios muchachas!

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Everyday, it’s a gettin’ closer!

It sure feels like there are many irons in the fire right now. The 2012 wedding season is fast approaching and there’s lots to do! Besides creating layouts and assembling timelines, I’m working on a video DIY shoot tomorrow that I am excited to share with you, designing a baby shower for twins (it’s not ALL weddings around here…) and of course dreaming up some inspiration boards for clients.

I just love the palette of magentas and burgundies popping off all shades of greens.  I’m inspired by summer’s bounty of herbs, dahlias and vegetables like artichokes and kale.  I’ll be displaying it all on wrought-iron cake plates, in moss covered pots and overflowing onto rich, dark, wood tables.  We’ll be hanging flowers from the trees and having fun with chalkboard signs – should be a blast!

Here’s a little ditty that keeps me truckin’ along; I think you’ll enjoy!

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