Emmy Inspiration

Even though I didn’t watch the Emmys (I don’t have TV), I do love catching up on the fashion, like any red-blooded female!  When I opened up the New York times today, I saw this lovely spread of gorgeous ladies:

They are all hotties, but I was more intrigued by the beautiful palette of the photos.  I was so inspired, I decided to create a little party/wedding inspiration board for you!

Confetti Systems honeycombs, Natalia Brilli Necklace, Martha Stewart Sparkle Pom Poms and floral, Handmade hearts by Ashley Meaders/Photo by Our Labor of Love, Marc Jacobs styling, Sugar Paste Hearts by Signe Sugar, Feather Boutonniere


Sneak Peek

Just wanted to give you a peek into the inspiration for this weekend’s wedding.  There will be beautiful shades of purple and silvery sage, lots of spring wildflowers provided by Artichokes and Pomegranates, and corazon Milagros, all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Hacienda Dona Andrea.  The bride will be walking down to the aisle to John Lennon’s, Grow Old With Me played on banjo, which I think is going to sound so cool!

I’m also excited to have quintessential decor for a Santa Fe wedding like Papel Picado and of course the most adorable succulent place cards.  We’ve been planting our hearts out over here at the studio, and loving every minute!




THE PARTY: 30th birthday bash.

THE INSPIRATION: Circus, garlands, dessert buffet, crepe paper streamers, succulents, tequila cocktails, fringe, pops of neon, paper lanterns, and beautiful flowers!

THE MATERIALS: Crepe paper, metallic kraft paper disk garlands, sequins, foil fringe, coral and cantaloupe card stock, neon thread and yarn, spray paint, and my favorite: hot glue.

THE INVITATION: Crepe paper fringe sewn to card stock with neon thread, plunked in a glassine envelope and a kraft paper tag.

THE DECOR: Crepe paper garlands, fringe lanterns disco balls, tons of succulents, Big Fun and Piña Colada roses, and the coolest tequila bottles I have ever seen.

THE MENU: “50’s BBQ chic” Provided by this lovely lady.

Deviled Farm Eggs with Banana Pepper Relish

Celery Sticks with Upscale White Cheddar Pimento Cheese

Yellow Tomato Gazpacho

Parmesan Grissini

Barbecued Spareribs with Zippy Guava-Habanero Sauce

Orange-Achiote Chicken Drummettes

Rice Paper Springrolls with Pineapple Coleslaw

THE DESSERT BUFFET: French Macaroons: Meyer Lemon, Raspberry, Cocoa Ganache, Pistachio and Mocha Java.  Handmade cake balls: Vanilla Raspberry, Chocolate Coconut and Hazelnut.  A strawberry ruffle cake inspired by this.


O’Keeffe in the Woods: Inspiration Board

Above is an inspiration board I put together for a couple who will be getting married at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and then hosting a reception at the Inn of the Anasazi.

With Georgia O’Keeffe as a quintessential part of the Santa Fe experience, we’ve decided to infuse as much of her as we can into the wedding.  Framed black and white portraits of Georgia will be dotted throughout the reception with a few other cameos here and there.

The decor will be chock-full of woodsy elements, a bajillion succulents and even some Aspen logs and Birch poles. (I can’t wait to show you the DIY project that we did with those!).  The bride also found some seriously amazing accessories, like this leather flower belt on Etsy, so we decided to soften the textures with deerskin lace.  It’s Rustic meets Southwest Elegance and I’m bursting at the seams to show you the final product.  Till soon!


Sensuality of the Southwest~ Styling your wedding with natural elements

When you think of the Southwest, the first word that comes to mind isn’t usually Sensual.  It’s usually Dry. Hot. Barren.

But as most folks come to know, especially after they’ve visited Santa Fe, it is a magical place, one where the skies turn colors you’ve never imagined. The air is different, cleaner, more crisp.  The landscape that seems barren at first is actually filled with beautiful Piñon trees and the dirt seems to be shaded with an artist’s terra cotta crayon.  There is something sensual about it.

I think that is why so many people are drawn to get married in New Mexico.  There is a certain magic and spirituality about it.  The trick is, how do you plan a wedding that captures the magic of New Mexico, the sensuality.  I’ve created the inspiration board above by taking cues from the delicate, sometimes, unnoticed elements of the Southwest; the ones that get overshadowed by Bright Paper flowers, serape blankets and cowboy boots.

No.1~ The color palette is drawn from the dusky shades of a sunset.  Once the bright, burning sun has gone down, we are left with subtle hues of purple, mauve, peach and gold.

No.2~ Succulents can completely take the place of flowers or sing a perfect second fiddle in a bridal bouquet.  They stand amidst the glow with their silvery-green color.  This shade is often found in the New Mexico landscape, complimented by beautiful Sage bushes.

No.3~ Handmade pottery and gemstone slices are a great way to incorporate sleek textures and rich colors into your wedding.  Different, handmade bud vases dotted down a table are far more interesting than one, single arrangement in a bubble bowl, don’t you think? I love Mama’s Minerals in downtown Santa Fe for some rad rocks!

No. 4~ Ghost wood brings an organic and rustic feel, reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings.   These placed on tables and accented with a few blossoms is a unique and interesting way to adorn your wedding tables.

No. 5~ Dream catchers, though a kitschy item of the past, offer a vintage and whimsical vibe.  Deep down, I’m totally in love with these and may or may not have been scouring e-bay for a few…

No. 6~ Deerskin fringe softens the look and can be wrapped around bouquet handles or used as an accent on the tabletop by way of napkin ties or votive candle adornments.  Did you know that deerskin lace comes is all sorts of colors too?

No. 7~ I just adore the idea of using a rubber stamp to ink names onto feathers as a place card option.  It can become a wonderful keepsake for your guests to remember their stay in New Mexico.

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