I am so excited to share the images from my baby shower! This event was a joy to plan…scheming and crafting with the little babe in mind was so thrilling. I wanted to host a party that not only celebrated Baby Baca, but also honored the women in my life that have been so extremely supportive and loving, especially throughout the pregnancy.
But first, a little back story to the design inspiration for the baby shower. We decided to keep Baby Baca’s name a surprise and as a joke we referred to him as “Lou Diamond”. Naturally when it came time to choose a motif, I thought, “diamonds” as a homage to his fun nickname! I also love the phrase, “Be Cool Baby”….an obscure Pulp Fiction reference and decided to run with that too!
I incorporated the geometric motif throughout the entire event with diamond honeycomb paper products, 3-D geometric paper diamonds, confetti and kept it modern and fresh with a punchy palette of teal, aqua, coral and gold.
I chose the Teresa Neptune Gallery, a local photography gallery in Santa Fe as the venue. It was perfect for a brisk February day; cozy and intimate while providing the historical artsy Canyon Road charm at the same time.
Wood blocks and paint pens were provided for guests to creatively contribute to a set of building blocks that would grace Baby Baca’s nursery. It is so nice to have a reminder of all the lovely ladies in my life when I look at each block!
Guests were entertained with metallic (!) temporary tattoos from Flash Tats and I even sported a special diamond tat from Tattly to honor my little man.
I love that Beaucoup allows you to upload custom calligraphy to print on cocktail napkins…cause every event has gotta have a hashtag!
We served coral-colored cocktails, named “Lou Diamond’s Party Punch” made of Prosecco, Lillet, grapefruit and blood orange with a touch of rosemary simple syrup. Oh my goodness, even though I was drinking the virgin version, they were so freaking delicious!! I am so excited to bust these out during our summer time alfresco soirees; they are perfect!
I worked with Walter Burke Catering and they did a beautiful job! Guests dined on a yummy brunch of assorted quiches, obligingly cut into diamond shapes. I asked for an ombre salad of winter citrus. Isn’t it beautiful?!? It’s made of grapefruit, blood orange and navel oranges. The best part was the most delicious kale/frisee salad with roasted butternut squash, spiced pecans and bacon! Oh it was to die for!
For dessert we enjoyed a beautiful cake by Maggie Faralla of Maggie’s Cakes. I had so much fun dreaming up the design with her…and the tasting, oh, I was in pregnant lady heaven! The “Be Cool Baby” sugar-paste letters were custom created by Sarah of Signe Sugar. Her work is SOOO beautiful, I even kept the letters and display them in a diorama-style frame in the baby’s nursery!
Let’s talk about those sparkly table cloths…just pure sequin fabulous-ness from La Tavola!
More diamonds and glitter! Yippie!
On March 31 (10 days late!) we welcomed sweet baby Jay Nicholas Baca, the baby formerly known as “Lou Diamond”! Now to get started on his first birthday party….
Photography: Articulate Photo, Venue: Teresa Neptune Gallery, Rentals/China: Classic Party Rentals, Linens: La Tavola Linens, Floral: Artichokes and Pomegranates, Cake: Maggie Faralla, Sugar Paste Letters: Signe Sugar, Catering: Walter Burke Catering, Decor and Calligraphy/Signage: Mama, Jessie Baca Weddings and Events, Tattoos: Flash Tats, and Tattly, Custom Cocktail Napkins: Beaucoup, Mama’s belt (aka: pregnancy definer!): Anthropologie, Mama’s hair and make-up: Jess Evans,
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
The backdrop for the ceremony was a living wall that I built for Sabrina and John. It combined urban elements of rusted re-mesh grids, wire, moss and muslin and we gave a nod to the Southwest with dried Choya cactus that I gathered form the hills, air plants and succulents that I had been harvesting all summer.
A very special element to their ceremony was the music. Contemporary songs like Heartbeats, by The Knife, On Melancholy Hill, by the Gorillas and Ceremony by New Order were played on Spanish guitar by the talented Yves Lucero. It was so wonderful to hear the songs out of their original context and with a acoustic sound.
Cocktail hour took a step out of the ordinary too. To honor Sabrina’s love of synchronized swimming, classic Esther Williams movies were projected over the bar while guests enjoyed the delicious passed hors d’oeuvres. Instead of traditional escort cards, Sabrina and John created a pin for each of their guests with a fun fact. They were great conversation starters and provided such a unique and personal touch from the bride and groom.
Food was also extremely important to Sabrina and John. They wanted their guests to enjoy a fulfilling meal that had cues from the ingredients of New Mexico while still maintaining a unique direction. Guests dined on a stellar family-style meal designed by Marja Custom Catering which started off with the most amazing yellow tomato gazpacho with a red tomato sorbet and a shishito pepper. The main course included Red Chile Calabacitas Enchiladas, Flat Iron Steak al Chipotle and Poblanos Rellenos filled with grilled shrimp and Arroz Verde. The dessert was my favorite part; we served mini churros with local Kakawa dipping chocolate and a blood orange sorbet with sage syrup.
It was a magical night!
This wedding is featured on 100 Layer Cake.
Photographer~ Karen Kristian, Supplemental Photos (one, twelve, thirteen, fifteen, sixteen, nineteen) Articulate Photo / Invitations, Programs, Place cards, Menus,~Designed by Bride, Printed by Smudge Ink. / Hair and Make-up~ Jess Evans / Ceremony and Reception Location~ Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM / Rentals ~ Classic Party Rentals / Catering~ Marja Custom Catering / Bridal Bouquet and Personal Flowers~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Ceremony Backdrop Design~ Jessie Baca / Ceremony Musician~ Yves Lucero / Lighting Design~ Santa Fe AV / DJ~ Celeste Worl
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