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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.

From the bride…
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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Papel Picado Inspired Invitations

I am so excited to share a beautiful invite for one of my brides.  Talk about stunning, Avie Designs knocked it out the park with their signature Papel Picado inspired invite suite.  I couldn’t think of a more perfect motif for a wedding in New Mexico!

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The bride, Kinleigh has great taste and a wonderful sense of color.  I just adore her choices. The combo of the cool turquoise, papaya and a chocolate accent just gives me the flutters!

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To save a little dinero, the guests were asked to RSVP online, so we were able to eliminate an additional envelope and postage.

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Get your buns over to Avie Designs!  They’ve got all sorts of lovely stationery in addition to wedding work and their style is just delightful!

 

 

 

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