This wedding was a delight to plan as Hanna and Reece worked diligently to have many personal touches throughout the day. My favorite parts: beautiful stationery by Little Bird Creative, a custom floral arbor for the ceremony by Andrea Soorikian Designs, Party Shades for everyone, a vintage Benz, champagne cocktails with red chile-infused passion fruit sorbet, a lemon mousse dessert from Hanna’s grandmother’s recipe, the groom’ dinner jacket switcheroo for the reception, a Scotch and Whisky bar apres dinner, beautiful favors of the bride and groom’s favorite sips: East African Coffee, French Earl Grey tea and Red Chile infused drinking chocolate.
Photography~ Articulate Photo / Invitations, Programs, Place cards, Menus,~ Little Bird Creative / Make-up~ Monica Stark / Bride’s Dress~ Vera Wang / Bridesmaid’s dresses~ J.Crew / Ceremony and Reception Location~ Four Seasons Rancho Encantado / Rentals~ Classic Party Rentals / Vintage Mercedes~ Santa Fe Classic Limo / Floral Design~ Andrea Soorikian Design / Lighting Design~ Quick Beam / Cake ~ Maggie’s Cakes
Believe it or not it was pouring rain ALL day. We lucked out and by the time guests arrived, the clouds parted and gave us the most beautiful poolside ceremony. The cactus was Reid’s idea and our florist, Andrea Soorikian made his vision come to life…out of succulents! Dinner took place among the glow of hundreds of candles; it was breathtaking! Reid’s mother commissioned me to paint portraits of Reid and Erin in my funky “gouache on Kraft paper” style. All of the tables were named after old Westerns. Reid’s father has been collecting vintage movie posters and we were able to raid his extensive collection. One of my favorite details was the cake topper that Erin found on eBay- vintage salt and pepper shakers!
Photography~ Twin Lens / Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, Place cards and Menus,~ Urbanic Paper Boutique / Make-up~ Monica Stark / Hair~ Debi Bragg / Bride’s Dress~ Melissa Sweet / Ceremony Location~ Private Home / Ceremony Rentals ~ Classic Party Rentals / Ceremony/Cocktail Catering~ Marja Custom Catering / Floral Design~ Andrea Soorikian Design / Reception Location~ Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, NM/ Lighting Design~ Quick Beam / Cake topper~ Vintage, Ebay / Carrot Cake~ Vinaigrette
Here are some snaps from a video shoot that I designed for Inn and Spa at Loretto, one of Santa Fe’s most popular destination wedding venues. They were named 2012’s Best Wedding Destination by the Travel Channel and were featured on their “Best Of” episode. I styled a bride and groom in all the typical events of the wedding day: a ceremony, cocktail hour, the reception and even the spa! My favorite part about this project was that I had complete creative license. As an event planner, I typically play the role of consultant, where I help clients work off of themes they already have in mind. So, it is such a treat when I get to start from scratch and design and style the whole shebang!To mirror the elegant Southwest vibe the Loretto offers, I centered the design around a unique and beautiful color palette. I chose colors like coral and peach paired with gray/greens. I accented the tabletop with metallic coppers and golds. The flowers provided by Marisa Peluso popped beautifully off of the linens provided by Classic Party Rentals.
I even designed the look for the lovely couple’s ensemble. I had a blast attending a fitting at the elegant bridal atelier, Laura Sheppherd. There we chose a dress to coordinate with our theme, as well as a beautiful veil and jewelry. Monica Stark of Makeup Santa Fe perfected pouts and rosied cheeks with her incredible make-up artistry!
Our couple, Jamy and Erik are friends of mine and what I love most about this shoot is that they are married in real life. They eloped, so they only had a few disposable camera pictures of their wedding day. This shoot recreated a magical moment for them both and let them fill in their wedding album!
Part of the shoot centered on the wedding cocktail hour where we showcased delectable appetizers and a Prickly Pear martini with a gold leaf rim. Yum!
I put together a little behind the scenes video for you to see. Disclaimer *** I am by no means a professional film maker and all of this was shot with my iPhone; so it’s not exactly Oscar-worthy, but it does give some insight to our process.
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Inn and Spa at Loretto “Best Of” Shoot- Behind the scenes from Jessie Baca on Vimeo.