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Real Wedding~ Katy and Ben

Katy and Ben booked Santa Fe as the site for their designation wedding sight unseen!  I was shocked at the level of trust and blind faith, but boy, did it work out.  When Katy said, we LOVE to travel and LOVE Spain and LOVE tapas, I knew exactly what we would do!  They entrusted me to put together a beautiful wedding at the Hacienda Corta Caro, a beautiful private home nestled in the Santa Fe foothills.

Pigment and Parchment set the tone beautifully with their whimsical and colorful invite suite and the print that followed suit for the rest of the wedding.

We enlisted the help of La Boca, a local Spanish tapas restaurant to create a menu circling around the main course of paella which was cooked in front of guests as they entered the dining space. Bountiful cheese boards with cured meats and marinated olives decorated the tables.

Melissa of Renegade Floral knocked the flowers out of the park, with lush textural looks that we set on ceramic tiles and colorful Shantung linens.  Colored glass goblets and terra cotta salt and pepper cellars from RUST Vintage, brought even more magic to the table!

In addition to a Red Chile-Cinnamon-Chocolate cake, guests were invited to roast their own gourmet s’mores to satisfy any sweet teeth.  The S’more Pit, outfitted fire pits and provided the most delectable ‘mallow flavors!

To compete our Spanish these, we capped the evening off with an incredible flamenco performance.  I have never seen so much passion conveyed in a dance performance like this one.  It truly captivated the heart of the wedding guests!

To see the complete vendor list and gallery of Katy and Ben’s wedding, click HERE.  Click to view the wedding featured on Rocky Mountain Bride and Borrowed & Blue.

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Katy & Ben

Photographer~ Ashley of Alicia Lucia Photography | Venue~ Hacienda Corta Caro | Invites, Print & Calligraphy~ Pigment and Parchment | Florist~ Renegade Floral | Caterer & Cake ~ La Boca | Rentals ~ Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Rentals (S&P cellars, Water goblets) RUST Vintage | S’mores~ The S’more Pit | Event Design~ Jessie Baca Weddings & Events ~ Featured on Borrowed & Blue and Rocky Mountain Bride

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Sarah & Ryan

 

 

 

Photo~ Libby Neder | Venue~ Peters Projects | Catering~ Adobo Catering | Floral Design~ Floriography | Lighting & Projections~ Lumenscapes | Calligraphy & Event Design ~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events

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The ART of a wedding . . . in a gallery

 

Did you know that Santa Fe is the second largest art market to New York.  A fun fact, yes?  Well, one of my favorite things about designing weddings in Santa Fe is showing off that fact! The best way to do this is by hosting a wedding at one of our many, MANY art galleries!  While not primarily designed to host events, they become a wonderful space to do so.  Of course, there is an ART to this, which brings me to one of the toughest part about hosting a wedding at a gallery.  (Pictured above, a bride in front of a Kent Monkman painting, photo Alicia Lucia Photography)

Often, when my clients book, they don’t know what the exhibition will be during the wedding.  Talk about a crapshoot!  I had a client once that toured and booked the gallery for her wedding while a large format, black and white photography was on exhibition.  When her wedding came around the exhibition was an hard-edged, LARGE sculpture exhibit.  She ended up paying an extra 3K to have a fire engine-red sculpture, can lifted out of the middle of the room…because it did not go with her pale sherbet color scheme.

Many of my clients love hosting their wedding at the Peters Projects, a mainstay in the Santa Fe art community. They have a beautiful outdoor garden, often showcasing large-scale sculptures. The indoor gallery is an open, bright space with modern (sometimes provocative) art.  Sarah and Oriol chose to host their June wedding, here and as you’ll see, there are a few great reasons that it worked so well!

First, set the tone. The couple choose a very light and art-inspired invite suite.  There were no competing motifs and the simplicity played well with the modern, open space of the gallery.

I adore this portrait of the bride sitting next to a Chuck Close painting as she awaits for the ceremony.

Work with the art, not against it.  The ceremony took place in the garden where Duncan Chamberlain sculptures were placed in the grass.  Instead of moving them to make room for the ceremony, we set the chairs around and let them be part of the space.  I think it was fun for the guests to be in the mix with the sculptures.

The indoor exhibition was a collection of Duncan Chamberlain sculptures which were all brushed and polished stainless steel.  So ultimately there wasn’t much color.  Sarah of Viva Flora brought in the color with the floral arrangements. They punched brightly and beautifully in the white canvas of the room.

We continued the thread of simple, art-inspired print with a very clean escort card display.

Clean white linens allowed the floral to shine, rather than to compete with it, like dabs of paint on a fresh palette.

The tables were set around the sculptures, giving the guests a very interactive experience.  The Peters Projects is also very accommodating when it comes to moving things around.  Luckily the large pieces were on rolling bases, so we were able to shimmy according to our floor plan.

I have to say, we were extremely lucky with this exhibit.  It was easy to move around, subtle in color and there was even a “happy couple” sculpture at the entrance to the space, perfect for a photo opportunity!

Photos~ Alicia Lucia Photography | Venue~ Peters Projects | Florist~ Viva Flora | Invite~ Paperless Post

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The HEART of a Wedding

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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Photos:  Rick Scibelli Photography~ Cake: Maggie’s Wedding Cakes ~ Floral: Renegade Floral ~ Invites: Friend of Bride

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Photo ~ Rick Scibelli Photography / Venue ~ Private Home / Dress~ Needle and Thread / Floral ~ Renegade Floral / Cake~ Maggie’s Wedding Cakes / Linens and Chargers ~ Classic Party Rentals / Decor and Event Design ~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events

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Jessie & Alex

 

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Design and Coordination: Jessie Baca Weddings and Events | Photos: Daniel Hulsbols of Twin Lens | Floral Design: Andrea Soorikian Design | Print and Calligraphy: Ladyfingers Letterpress |  Ceremony Venue: Private Home | Reception Venue: La Terrazza at La Fonda de Santa Fe | Cake: Maggie’s Wedding Cakes | Band: Party Machine |

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Featured on 100 Layer Cake

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I am over the moon that our “Mexi-Modern” Wedding Inspiration shoot is featured on 100 Layer Cake!  I am excited to share some more pictures as well as the original sketches for the design.  The inspiration for this photo shoot came to me when I stumbled upon a book cover I found in my grandmothers library.  The spine was color-blocked with teal, French blue, terra cotta, bubblegum and citron green.  This unusual combo surprisingly worked, and I knew I wanted to bring this palette to life with a modern yet crafty design, but needed the perfect opportunity. A few months later, I received an email from Tim Mannle, a Connecticut based wedding photographer who was going to be visiting New Mexico. He asked if I would put together an inspiration shoot at a venue in Santa Fe.  Coincidentally, the Center for Contemporary Arts was interested in highlighting their modern space as an event venue.  The perfect opportunity had presented itself!

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Using geometric design cues and throwing a touch of neon in to the color palette, the theme Mexi-Modern was born. The handmade elements of painted terra cotta, yarn crafts and thread tassels are reminiscent of Mexican folk art and these were paired with patterns of ikat and geometric motifs.  The clean setting of whitewashed brick walls and raw concrete was the ideal urban space to allow this modern mixture of craft and contemporary really pop.  This modern shoot blended the perfect amount of craft and contemporary.

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The concept for the ceremony scene was a bare tipi structure made of large wood poles.  I created “Ojos de Dreams;” a melding of the Ojo de Dios Mexican yarn crafts and the Native American dreamcatcher.  The result was a graphic and bold design, and paired with rustic wood and yarn, these magical pieces embodied the “Mexi-Modern” theme perfectly.  Our “tipi” was decorated with geometric garlands in teal, blue and citron  and the “Ojos de Dreams”.

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The metal, industrial chairs were also decorated with tasseled garlands and hand-embroidered pillows. Embellished maracas and tambourines rested on the seats for the guests to cheer on the bride and groom as they walked down the aisle.

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The bridal bouquet created by Melissa Paquin of Renegade Floral was lush and textural with blooms in peach, pale yellow, coral and ivory.  Cascading ribbons with geometric patterns paired beautifully with the thread tassels in neon yellow, coral, teal and blue. The grooms unique orchid boutonniere even had a few tassels on it!

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To juxtapose with the lush bouquet and to keep with the contemporary space, my wing-woman Johanna Frenz took on the wardrobe styling and she put the bride in an ivory jumpsuit!  It was fabulous with a pair of cobalt J.Crew pumps, a woven sash of Ecuadorian fabric, and a hot pink peony in the bride’s hair.   This unexpected look fit right in to our Mexi-Modern scene.

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Bringing the design for the tablescape to life was one of my favorite things to create.  A weathered wood table was topped with ikat fabric runners and edged with blue, teal and neon tassels.  Set diagonally on the runners were long wood boxes filled with sand, a spot for the punch of whole citrus fruits and fresh flowers to gather.

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Hot pink taper candles, set in brushed gold candlesticks brought a festive vibe.  I painted terra cotta chargers to echo the geometric motif and keep the color palette alive.  Individual place settings were kept modern with clean lines of the flatware and place cards made of laser cut wood.  We had the ikat fabric to match the napkins and stitched geometric hems in neon thread.

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Of course, we had to include the tequila shots, poured into classic Mexican glassware, and accented with key lime slices and salted rims.

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The tequila also made another appearance on our Paleta Bar.  Johanna also happens to makes a mean popsicle and to spin-off the classic Mexican paleta, she made them a little booze-y; the “Tequila-Limon” and “Guava-Colada” pops.  What a great alternative dessert or even a signature cocktail for a summer wedding!

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We collaborated with Cassie Templeman of Peanut Press for the print elements. She knocked it out of the park with her design and we were over-the-moon thrilled!  It was clean and modern but still carried the thread of our Central American folk-art motif. 

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To complete the invitation suite, Cassie wrapped it up in neon cord, made custom laser-cut wood elements, and sourced the perfect vintage stamps.

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To think that this idea first began with an arbitrary mix of colors on a book’s spine…and the result was a photo shoot that combined handmade folk art and modern neon. We were blown away that it worked! Every element added a particular touch that helped to create this cohesive and distinct mash-up, Mexi-Modern!

Click HERE to see the feature on 100 Layer Cake

Concept + Art Direction ~ Jessie Baca of Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Styling, Paletas~ Johanna Frenz of Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Photographer ~ Tim Mannle / Stationery ~ Cassie Templeman of Peanut Press, / Floral ~ Melissa Paquin of Renegade Floral / Make-Up ~ Svetlana Britt / Models ~ Nicole and Kai Kuller / Venue ~ Center for Contemporary Arts

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Jenny & Matt

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Jenny and Matt’s wedding took place at Los Pobalnos a  Historic Inn and Organic Farm.  Nestled in the New Mexican river valley, this property boasts “Territorial Revival” architecture designed by John Gaw Meem, ponds filled with water lilies, roaming wild peacocks, bocce ball courts and surrounding lavender fields.  It is truly a spectacular venue!

Jenny wanted to create a “French Vintage” feel for the wedding, so we chose a soft palette of blush, pale peach and dove grey, accented with a dark navy blue.  Pennysmith’s paper designed a beautiful print suite with decorative vintage motifs reminiscent of early 1900’s Paris.  To bring this motif to the tabletops, sourced decorative shabby chic candelabras and our florist, Amy created lush floral arrangements, spilling with peonies, local garden roses and trailing vines.  The gilded deco chargers from Classic Party Rentals tied the French vintage theme together and brought a touch of sparkle to the table.  During cocktail hour, guests were entertained with sounds from Le Chat Lunatique, a  French Jazz Band while they sipped on champagne and Lillet cocktails infused with French Lavender simple syrup.  The petite Chantilly cake was topped with a vintage bride and groom passed down from Matt’s mother.

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One of the best moments of the day was when our wonderful photographer and wedding planner pulled us together for the first look.  I was such a bundle of nerves the whole day, but as soon as I saw Matt, everything fell into place and made sense again.  Until that moment, I hadn’t appreciated everything around me.  Once I really looked around, I was struck by how truly beautiful the day was!

Our gorgeous venue, which was built in the 1920s, is surrounded by fields of lavender and is totally unlike anywhere else in New Mexico.  Since it reminded us of the French countryside and we really wanted to highlight its romance and uniqueness, we went for all things French vintage starting with spectacular deco plate chargers and building from there.   Luckily, I had an amazing wedding planner who really took the idea and ran with it – from invitations to flowers, place settings to cocktails, and our fabulous Gypsy Jazz band, Le Chat Lunatique – everything was perfectly 1920s France.  But it wasn’t until I stood at the end of the aisle and really saw the full effect of our ideas that I realized how lovely it would all be.

Amy Balsters and her amazing floral design blew me away and I was swooning at the overflowing pale pink peonies and greens filling the space.  When we finally got to see our tables complete with the those fantastic chargers and richly gorgeous centerpieces, I was in tears.  It could not have matched my vision more perfectly or turned out so spectacularly.  After a couple of Lillet and champagne cocktails, my nerves were a distant memory, and we had the time of our lives.  I wish we could get married over again just to re-experience the extraordinary beauty and love of that day.

 

Photography ~ Stacey Adams / Ceremony and Reception venue ~ Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Farm / Rentals ~ Classic Party Rentals / Ceremony and Reception Music ~ Le Chat Lunatique / Inviations and Paper goods ~ Pennysmiths /Floral Design ~ Amy Balsters 

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Creating the Ceremony Scene: Southwest meets Contemporary

Dreaming up unique ceremony altar spaces is one of my favorite things to do.  When Carrie and John asked me to design something crafty, yet modern, I was totally on board!  Their save the date had a palette of burnt oranges and turquoise with a Southwestern geometric motif.  I wanted their backdrop to mirror this with dramatic scale and a contemporary design.  I also wanted to bring in native succulents and dried Cholla cactus.

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It began with a sketch and then I needed to brainstorm what it would actually be made of.  I wanted to use lightweight materials like paper for an airy and delicate garland.  I cut different sized triangle and diamond shapes in varying shades of orange, and to bring a little depth and a contrasting pop of color, I made geometric boxes out of turquoise and aqua paper. I cut out feather shapes from a scrap piece of leather and painted one side of them with metallic paint in gold and copper.

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I went out into the New Mexico hills and foraged fallen Cholla cactus.  Luckily, once it has dried, the skin and very sharp spines fall off, making it a wonderful, natural material for a Southwestern installation!  The groom’s mom had a perfectly complementary rug to place under the altar and I just love how it tied everything together!

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The ceremony took place at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.  I am in love with the way the garland’s geometric shadow played on their beautiful white gallery walls! After the ceremony it became the backdrop for the photo booth; I love when installation pieces serve double duty during a wedding.

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It truly was a joy to custom design something so unique for such a wonderful couple ! I am so glad it was part of a beautiful wedding day!

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