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
My favorite part about planning a wedding is the design process. I love getting to know the couple’s aesthetic when it comes to color, texture and style and put my right brain to work! I usually ask the couple questions like: “how is your house decorated, where do you like to shop, and how would you describe your ideal day?” Basically anything that gives me insight into their world helps me to develop a look and feel for their wedding. (Might I also add that Pinterest is an amazing tool for helping me understand what a bride has envisioned! )
Once I feel I have a clear idea, I love to draw sketches and renderings of what the designs may look like. I’m always amazed when the final product is nearly a replica of the sketch. See for yourself, how Maggie and Kosta’s wedding reception came to life! Photos courtesy of Ginger Russell Photography
The reception took place in the very beautiful Tabla Restaurant at the Hotel St. Francis. I love this space because it offers a very clean and sophisticated canvas on which to design. Maggie loved materials like peacock feather, pods, pine cones, moss and succulents. Luckily the arsenal within my studio had everything she needed, like vintage teal mason jars and birch stump planters (not to mention my succulent farm). But the best thing for me was receiving two giant bushels of dried cotton from her father’s farm! I worked those into the design of the tables and wow, was it stunning. It completed the look in addition to being a very sentimental part of the wedding.
Even mother nature pitched in with adorable pine cone place cards!
I created custom table runners with fabric from Santa Fe Fabrics. We wanted to keep Tabla’s beautiful wood tables exposed, but bring in a touch of teal, while at the same time keep it rustic with a frayed edge linen.
Then, there was cake. Now this wasn’t just any cake, it was a fine Maggie’s Wedding Cakesexquisite creation, shaped like a church in Santorini! Oh, snap! The cake was not only an homage to Kosta’s Greek heritage, but it signified the very Church where Kosta proposed to Maggie. They even had a family friend create a beautiful watercolor of the special spot which also graced the cake table.
Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without succulents and a peacock or two!
10 months prior, Maggie and I were brainstorming and cooking up plans for a beautiful wedding. After all of our hard work and thoughtful design it was a pleasure to see a beautiful reception filled with smiles, laughter, great food, fabulous desserts and even some Greek dancing!