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Real Wedding ~ Tracy and Scott

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Tracy and Scott have the most contagious smiles!  I was so lucky to have such wonderful clients with which to work.  When Tracy first called, she told me how her parents had honeymooned in Santa Fe years and years ago and that this small and enchanting city was destined to be the spot for her and Scott to tie the knot.

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They were looking for something outdoors for the ceremony as they love to spend their time in nature, mountain biking and hiking.  The Randal Davey Audubon Center was the perfect spot.  They have a beautiful, rolling lawn nestled in the mountains and a historic home on the property.  Mrs. Davey’s boudoir, pictured above, is a very special spot for a bride to get ready!  How amazing are the walls that were painted by Randal Davey himself?!

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Tracy wore the most adorable frock from BHLDN and with sparkly Manolos to match, oohhhieee!

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Artichokes and Pomegranates designed a beautiful and colorful bouquet for Tracy to carry.  It had Coral Charm peonies, Gloriosa Liles, Roses, Hypericum Berries, Dahlias and succulents.  It really set the tone for a lighthearted and festive day!

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I love a good “First Look” portrait session.  Its a great way to calm any jitters and also allows the bride and groom to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests if they can get portraits taken care of before the ceremony.

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Tracy’s daughter, Ruby was the perfect side kick!  This was right after I had told them to carry their bouquets low on the hip during the processional and not to do the “Microphone”!

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Paper flowers and colorful ribbons set the tone for the Mexican folk-art inspired design.

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Tracy and Scott chose to do a “Quaker style” ceremony with many readings, songs and participation from their guests.  I always say programs are a great idea when you want to recognize those involved and keep your guests in the loop.

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The ceremony decor was colorful and quirky with paper flowers and garlands of billy balls.

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A little nod to the Guad….more on that later!

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The ceremony was so special and heartfelt; there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

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I absolutely LOVE this picture.  What a truly special moment!

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Guests were transported from the Audubon Center to Hotel St. Francis via open air trams.  It was such a lovely warm night, perfect for a little downtown tour!

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The mixologists at Hotel St. Francis know a thing or two about cocktails! We served guests the “Sweet Heat” a orange margarita, infused with Green Chile.  Mui Caliente!

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Guests enjoyed the sounds of Savor, specializing in the sounds of Cuban Street music.  I loved how they contributed to the festive and casual atmosphere!

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Escort cards doubled as favors.  I had stuffed colorful paper bags with Biscochitos, a favorite New Mexican Cookie.  Name tags and heart milagros were tied on the outside to guide guests to their tables.

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The tables were a-blaze with color and texture.  There were succulents in planters adorned with gilded lace, cactus terrariums, agate slices, gold mercury glass with floating blooms and billy balls in citron colored bud vases.  I designed arrangements of Peonies, Freesia, Lilies, sweetheart roses and honeysuckle that happened to be blooming at the perfect time outside of my studio.

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Their reception featured a beautiful meal from Tabla, amazing toasts with lots of bubbly and the most rockin’ dance party I had seen in a while!

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Cheers Tracy and Scott!

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Photography~ Vlad Photo  / Programs, Place cards, Menus,~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Make-up~ Jess Evans / Bride’s Dress~ BHLDN/ Bride’s Shoes ~ Manolo Blahnik / Ceremony and Cocktail Music ~ Victor Alvarez of Savor / Ceremony Location~ Randal Davey Audubon Center / Bridal Bouquets and Boutonnieres~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Ceremony Backdrop and Centerpiece Floral Design~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Open Air Tram Transportation ~ Custom Tours by Clarice / Reception Location~ Hotel St. Francis / DJ~ Absolute Entertainment DJ Services

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From Rendering to Reality

Brainstorming with my clients has got to be one of the best things ever! There’s nothing better than throwing around ideas and letting the creative juices fly! It’s so exciting to get inspired and super pumped for a wedding design!

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That’s exactly how it was with Tracy and Scott. We we’re on the same wavelength right from the get-go! They wanted something colorful, unique, funky and truly Santa Fe and I was ready to deliver. We had a blast sitting in my studio, testing paint chips and succulents, swapping vases and playing with textured linens.

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Once we had an idea of our color scheme and vibe, I went to town and drew up a table rendering. What I love about this us that it helps give the client a visual-especially when we’re brainstorming, this ensures that our levels of expectation are the same.  After seeing the rendering, Tracy asked for more punchy floral and I said, “Oh, heck yes! Yippie!”  It also helps to keep a matching color palette throughout the entire wedding design and maintaining a consistency with our design motifs.

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Then comes the execution of the rendering. The tables were uniquely styled with pincushion Protea, succulents in planters adorned with gilded lace, agate slices, cactus terrariums and gorgeous floral arrangements of Billy Balls, peonies, sweetheart roses and lilies, freesia and honeysuckle, which I was lucky enough to forage as it had bloomed at the perfect time! I’m always amazed at how much it matches our original idea; it’s so wonderful to see it come to life!

To see Tracy and Scott’s full wedding, click HERE.

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Tracy & Scott

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The bride was able to get ready in the historic home of Randal Davey, specifically in Mrs. Davey’s boudoir with walls painted by Mr. Davey himself.  I loved Tracy’s fabulous frock from BHLDN.  It was short and spunky, just like her.  And those shoes…I am a sucker for sparkles!   The bouquets from Artichokes and Pomegranates were so fresh and bright.  They fit perfectly into our punchy and festive color palette.   The ceremony design was inspired by Mexican folk art, centered around paper flowers and colorful ribbons.  Their ceremony was so heartfelt and personal, the best kind!  Did I mention there wasn’t a dry eye in the house?  Guests were escorted from the ceremony site to the cocktail reception via open air trams.  It was a perfectly warm night for the short ride.  The mixologists at the Hotel St. Francis prepared a green chile, orange margarita that was delicious!  Escort cards doubled as favors with a heart Milagro keepsake and goodie bags filled with Biscochitos, a classic New Mexican cookie.   The tables were uniquely styled with pincushion Protea, succulents in planters adorned with gilded lace, agate slices, cactus terrariums and gorgeous floral arrangements of Billy Balls, peonies, sweetheart roses and lilies, freesia and honeysuckle, which I was lucky enough to forage as it had bloomed at the perfect time!  Everything in the room was so colorful and festive; it really added to the joyous atmosphere and paved the way for heartfelt toasts and a rocking dance party!

Photography~ Vlad Photo  / Programs, Place cards, Menus,~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Make-up~ Jess Evans / Bride’s Dress~ BHLDN/ Bride’s Shoes ~ Manolo Blahnik / Ceremony and Cocktail Music ~ Victor Alvarez of Savor / Ceremony Location~ Randal Davey Audubon Center / Bridal Bouquets and Boutonnieres~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Ceremony Backdrop and Centerpiece Floral Design~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Open Air Tram Transportation ~ Custom Tours by Clarice / Reception Location~ Hotel St. Francis / DJ~ Absolute Entertainment DJ Services

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Maggie & Kosta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie and Kosta were married in a beautiful Greek Orthodox church, where the ceremony was steeped with tradition.  The reception was food-focused and designed to keep guests involved and having a great time.  During cocktails we had a custom cocktail station where guests could choose infused alcohol, pair it with fresh herbs and seasonal berries, top with soda, shake, sip, OPA! The tabletops highlighted Maggie’s appreciation for natural rustic aesthetic.  I created a lush woodland array of mosses, succulents, feathers and of course, beautiful cotton pods from her father’s cotton farm.  The cake was an homage to the very church where Kosta proposed to Maggie in Santorini, Greece.

 

Photography~ Ginger Russell Photography  / Make-up and Hair~ Jess Evans / Ceremony Location~ St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church Eldorado, NM /  Bridal Bouquet Design~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Centerpieces and Reception Decor~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Cocktail and Dinner Reception Location~ Hotel St. Francis Santa Fe, NM/ Lighting Design~ Alliance Audio Visual/ Cake ~ Maggie’s Wedding Cakes

 

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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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Real Wedding~ Maggie & Kosta, Cocktail Hour

One of my favorite ways to create a memorable experience for the guests is to encourage interactivity.  For Maggie and Kosta’s wedding, I wanted guests to feel part of the experience, not just stand around and observe. We wanted cocktail hour to be filled with laughter, smiles, a bunch of fun and guests hollering, “OPA!”

Enter the custom cocktail bar:

We decided to take the signature drink to a whole new level.  We worked with Hotel St. Francis’s very own Santa Fe Barman, Chris Milligan to create infusions of cucumber vodka and lemon infused rum.  The flavored spirits were pre-poured into customized jars and then guests were invited to choose their own combination of summer berries and fresh herbs to add to their concoction.  The drinks were topped off with soda and ice, covered with a lid and the guests could shimmy and shake their very own cocktails!

Shake, sip, OPA!

 

First and last photos courtesy of Ginger Russell Photography.  Middle photos via the Hitching Post Instagram Feed.

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Where my girls at?!

So, thinking of getting together with your best girl buds before the wedding?  Don’t necessarily feel like strutting around with a “Bachelorette” sash and getting hammered at the clubs?  Well here are a few ideas of some fun things to do while enjoying the company of your sweetest gal pals:

TUBBIN’ IT!

One of my favorite ways to relax is in a hot tub!  Ten Thousand Waves, a beautiful mountain spa nestled in the hills, provides a tranquil and zen escape from town.  They offer a selection of private and communal hot tubs, perfect to laze around and grab some rays at the same time!

Ojo Caliente is another great spot.  It’s a little further out of town, but rejuvenating in one of their hot springs will have you ready for your wedding weekend!  They even offer spa services, yoga classes and lodging. Catch this: they are offering a Girls Getaway Package right now! Hey! Hey!

GRUBBIN’ IT!

Take a walking food tour of Santa Fe. Food Tour New Mexico offers a guided historic tour to selected restaurants where you will see cooks in progress and of course grab a sample of the restaurants’ finest offerings.  If you’re feeling saucy, they just added a tequila tasting class at the Ore House Milagro and a wine pairing class at the Coyote Cafe.

COOKIN’ IT!

Up for a more hands on approach?  Take a class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. They offer both demonstration style and hands-on classes.  They have a huge array of classes or you can learn to make classic New Mexican staples like chile, Tamales and Rellenos!

GET PAMPERED!

Gotta look fly for the wedding; might as well kill two birds with one stone and have a mani/pedi, facial or even a massage to keep you relaxed.  Many of the hotels in town offer full spa services and can put together special packages complete with champagne and a light lunch for your gals.

A few recs: Absolute Nirvana, La Posada de Santa Fe, NIDAH Spa at Eldorado, Loretto

TEA FOR TEN!

Feeling a little more traditional?  The Hotel St. Francis offers RESPO, an afternoon tea and coffee service, complete with sherry and sweets every Friday and Saturday from 3-5pm.  You can even make reservations for a private party and enjoy goodies like Pastelles de Tres Leches, Belgian Chocoalte Torte and Farmer’s market cheeses. Num!

GO FOR A RIDE!

Feeling a little more adventurous? Mello Vello, a bicycle rental company offers city cruisers for you to explore town on your own.  Or if you don’t feel like pedaling, rent a motor scooter from iScoot. So European, no?

Ciao!!

 

 

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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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