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!