Lally and Doug were married on a crisp autumn day on October. The most amazing thing about this wedding was the amount of love that poured out of everyone’s hearts. The couple and their families have such a close bond and it was highlighted for such a special occasion. Many of Lally and Doug’s close friends flew in from all over the country to celebrate with them and it was very clear that the friendships are held near and dear to their hearts. It was a beautiful thing to witness such a profound and genuine love. Twin Lens Photography did an impeccable job of capturing this love and highlighting the perfect moments between the bride and groom and documenting an incredible day!
To honor a tradition of the past, Lally wore the wedding dress that not only her mother wore, but her grandmother wore as well. It fit perfectly and looked incredible on the third generation bride! The bridesmaids were in beautiful, flowy Joanne August dresses in a dark teal color. This was accented perfectly by the coral junior bridesmaids dresses for a nod to the vibrant Santa Fe color palette. Lally and her father had a grand entrance to the ceremony via horse and carriage. This was kept as a surprise from Doug as he awaited at the altar.
The ceremony took place in a large open field with a stunning backdrop of the sweeping Sangre de Cristo mountain range, dotted with golden trees in a crisp autumn day. Andrea Soorikian Design built a custom wood arbor for Lally and Doug to stand beneath as they said their vows. The poles were adorned with gauzy fabric drapes and blooms in soft blush, peach and dusty green. The ceremony was filled with beautiful readings and songs performed by family members. The guests were led to the cocktail hour by a mariachi band where they sipped margaritas and enjoyed ceviche shooters and mini tuna tartare tacos.
The reception was held is a beautiful tent adorned with chandeliers and tables with richly colored centerpieces. Amber candles, dried Choya cactus, air plants and succulents accented the hot pink dahlias, orange roses, coral Gloriosa lilies and antique hydrangea. Guests dined on a deconstructed salad with pears, goat cheese, dried cranberries and a balsamic drizzle accompanied by a gazpacho shooter. The entree nodded to Santa Fe fare with a local poblano stuffed with calabacitas (a local New Mexican of squash ans zucchini) and braised short ribs on top of a green chile polenta. The dessert also had a little Santa Fe spice! Mayan Chocolate Cake was mixed with a hint of red chile for an added kick! It was draped with a cascade of beautiful flowers.
After dinner and a series of heartfelt toasts guests enjoyed the most epic dance party. Funkiphino, a 13 piece band based out of Denver put on an unforgettable show! The dance floor was packed until 2 am! A late night taco bar was set up to keep guests fueled and even had mini churros with a dulce du leche dipping sauce.
Photography ~ Twin Lens Images / Cocktail Musicians ~ Mariachi Pourvenir / Hair and Makeup ~ Jess Evans / Bridesmaids dresses ~ Johanna August / Calligraphy ~ Sherry Bishop / Rentals ~ Classic Party Rentals / Venue + Catering ~ Las Campanas / Floral Design ~ Andrea Soorikian Design / Cake ~ Chocolate Maven / Band ~ Funkiphino /
I’m thrilled to share that Erin and Reid’s romantic cowboy wedding is featured on Junebug weddings. I just adored working with this couple; they are two of the coolest, most sincere and loving people. Kitty and Craig of Twin Lens documented their very special day so beautifully and I can always count on them for photos that give me butterflies.
One of my favorite projects to create for them was a pair of portraits that we set above the mantle for their reception at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. They brought a personal and rustic flair to the party. Their wedding also sported a life size cactus made entirely out of succulents! Reid came up with this amazing idea for the entry table and the talented Andrea Soorikian made his vision come to life! Click HERE to see the entire feature on Junebug Weddings. You’ll be glad you did!
Remember this amazing invitation suite? Well it set the tone for Ricki and Geoff’s earthy and colorfully-rustic celebration. LaVonne of Adorations botanical created the most stunning floral displays and installation. She took our request of “mismatched, über-rustic, eclectic and bountiful” to a whole other level by incorporating mosses, succulents, rocks, books, wrought iron planters, railroad ties, filament light bulbs, mercury glass and artichokes to name a few. We were able to source a chalkboard globe that guests could write their well-wishes upon for Ricki and Geoff and Ricki’s mother crocheted about 1000 doilies to adorn the ceremony benches and other installation pieces. Ricki and Geoff’s main priority was that their guests have a great time! Guests were treated to a decadent meal and the elaborate dessert was highlighted by a flaming crepe bar. As a nod to Geoff’s favorite, In n’ Out, guests were served late-night snacks from the classic California staple. The sounds of PopVinyl had the dance floor packed till the wee hours!
Geoff + Ricki :: The Rancho Bernardo Inn from Modern 8 Films on Vimeo.
Photography~ Chrisman Studios / Cinematography ~ Modern 8 Films / Invitations, Programs, Menus,~ Nic.Roc. Designs/ Make-up~ / Bride’s Dress ~ Melissa Sweet / Bride’s Headband ~ Jennifer Behr / Bridesmaid’s Bouquets ~ Bedouin / Ceremony, Cocktail and Reception Location~ Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA / Tenting ~ Raphael’s Party Rentals / Linens, Chargers and Lounge Furniture ~ Concepts Event Design ~ / Floral Design~ Adorations Botanical Artistry / Lighting Design and Sound~ MSI / Band ~ Pop Vinyl / Cupcakes ~ Marisa’s Cakes / Vintage Umbrellas ~ Bella Umbrella / Photobooth ~ The Portable Photo Booth
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!
Above is an inspiration board I put together for a couple who will be getting married at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and then hosting a reception at the Inn of the Anasazi.
With Georgia O’Keeffe as a quintessential part of the Santa Fe experience, we’ve decided to infuse as much of her as we can into the wedding. Framed black and white portraits of Georgia will be dotted throughout the reception with a few other cameos here and there.
The decor will be chock-full of woodsy elements, a bajillion succulents and even some Aspen logs and Birch poles. (I can’t wait to show you the DIY project that we did with those!). The bride also found some seriously amazing accessories, like this leather flower belt on Etsy, so we decided to soften the textures with deerskin lace. It’s Rustic meets Southwest Elegance and I’m bursting at the seams to show you the final product. Till soon!