I LOVE to throw a good party, to put my entire heart and soul into fueling the reasons behind the celebrations: making sure that the people present at the party are thrilled to be a part of such a celebration. This has caused me to look more closely at the reasons we host such events. Weddings have the tendency to be swept into a whirlwind of “supposed to” and “well, So and So did it this way, so shouldn’t I?” I am on the quest to find something more meaningful, more authentic, steeped in truth. Not just a wedding. Not just a party. But what makes it something more? I find myself asking clients in our very first meeting, “What is at the HEART of your wedding?” What is going to make this event tick, burst with meaning and be memorable for all who take part?
I received a beautiful book, “The Kinfolk Table” from a dear friend and as I was reading the introduction, something jumped out at me. The author’s purpose is to offer alternative ideas of entertaining. We can create “casual, intentional, meaningful” parties but the author also tries to question the true reasons for inviting friends to celebrate and references “relationships, traditions, community and conversations”. While a wedding is not only entertaining, it highlights the aforementioned points. There is purpose. There is the celebration of union, tradition and a honoring of one’s community.
I am honored when I have the privilege to help create such a celebration. I don’t take it lightly as I understand the gravity of the event. I particularly take joy in the process when the client and I bond and are able to develop a celebration so unique and so bespoke that it could never be duplicated. This was the case for Jaimee and Matt. They wanted a VERY intimate celebration, with only their immediate family, 20 people. They wanted their guests to truly get away and to enjoy all that Santa Fe has to offer, while also being able to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature that they, as a couple, appreciate so much.
After much searching, we chose the Hacienda Doña Andrea, a private 9 bedroom hacienda, nestled in the Ortiz mountains. The house gave everyone their own space, while allowing the community to bond, to share meals, play games and laze about. Then, on the wedding day it was transformed for a beautiful celebration. I love that Jaimee and Matt chose an intimate celebration as it allowed them to focus on the tradition and the bonds of their family and gave me an opportunity to create a very dynamic space for them in which to celebrate. They wanted to share a multi-course meal with their family and be able to enjoy close conversations over a candlelit table. We still honored traditions like the cake cutting and the first dance, but it was truly a unique and memorable event, like no other. Each detail was steeped with intention and thought and most importantly, HEART.
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