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Real Wedding ~ Tracy and Scott

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Tracy and Scott have the most contagious smiles!  I was so lucky to have such wonderful clients with which to work.  When Tracy first called, she told me how her parents had honeymooned in Santa Fe years and years ago and that this small and enchanting city was destined to be the spot for her and Scott to tie the knot.

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They were looking for something outdoors for the ceremony as they love to spend their time in nature, mountain biking and hiking.  The Randal Davey Audubon Center was the perfect spot.  They have a beautiful, rolling lawn nestled in the mountains and a historic home on the property.  Mrs. Davey’s boudoir, pictured above, is a very special spot for a bride to get ready!  How amazing are the walls that were painted by Randal Davey himself?!

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Tracy wore the most adorable frock from BHLDN and with sparkly Manolos to match, oohhhieee!

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Artichokes and Pomegranates designed a beautiful and colorful bouquet for Tracy to carry.  It had Coral Charm peonies, Gloriosa Liles, Roses, Hypericum Berries, Dahlias and succulents.  It really set the tone for a lighthearted and festive day!

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I love a good “First Look” portrait session.  Its a great way to calm any jitters and also allows the bride and groom to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests if they can get portraits taken care of before the ceremony.

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Tracy’s daughter, Ruby was the perfect side kick!  This was right after I had told them to carry their bouquets low on the hip during the processional and not to do the “Microphone”!

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Paper flowers and colorful ribbons set the tone for the Mexican folk-art inspired design.

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Tracy and Scott chose to do a “Quaker style” ceremony with many readings, songs and participation from their guests.  I always say programs are a great idea when you want to recognize those involved and keep your guests in the loop.

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The ceremony decor was colorful and quirky with paper flowers and garlands of billy balls.

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A little nod to the Guad….more on that later!

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The ceremony was so special and heartfelt; there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

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I absolutely LOVE this picture.  What a truly special moment!

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Guests were transported from the Audubon Center to Hotel St. Francis via open air trams.  It was such a lovely warm night, perfect for a little downtown tour!

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The mixologists at Hotel St. Francis know a thing or two about cocktails! We served guests the “Sweet Heat” a orange margarita, infused with Green Chile.  Mui Caliente!

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Guests enjoyed the sounds of Savor, specializing in the sounds of Cuban Street music.  I loved how they contributed to the festive and casual atmosphere!

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Escort cards doubled as favors.  I had stuffed colorful paper bags with Biscochitos, a favorite New Mexican Cookie.  Name tags and heart milagros were tied on the outside to guide guests to their tables.

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The tables were a-blaze with color and texture.  There were succulents in planters adorned with gilded lace, cactus terrariums, agate slices, gold mercury glass with floating blooms and billy balls in citron colored bud vases.  I designed arrangements of Peonies, Freesia, Lilies, sweetheart roses and honeysuckle that happened to be blooming at the perfect time outside of my studio.

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Their reception featured a beautiful meal from Tabla, amazing toasts with lots of bubbly and the most rockin’ dance party I had seen in a while!

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Cheers Tracy and Scott!

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Photography~ Vlad Photo  / Programs, Place cards, Menus,~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Make-up~ Jess Evans / Bride’s Dress~ BHLDN/ Bride’s Shoes ~ Manolo Blahnik / Ceremony and Cocktail Music ~ Victor Alvarez of Savor / Ceremony Location~ Randal Davey Audubon Center / Bridal Bouquets and Boutonnieres~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Ceremony Backdrop and Centerpiece Floral Design~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Open Air Tram Transportation ~ Custom Tours by Clarice / Reception Location~ Hotel St. Francis / DJ~ Absolute Entertainment DJ Services

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Gettin’ hitched in the Old West

I’m pretty sure I was born too late. If I had my druthers I would be in my prime in the Old West of the 1880’s. I’ve always had an affinity for the stories of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday and I’m pretty sure if I were alive then, I’d be rocking some cowboy boots and a roughed up hat, galloping around on a horse with a big ol’ shotgun. Jessie Jane Baca, has a good ring to it, no?

Ok, back to weddings! Have you ever heard of Bonanza Creek Ranch? Well, if you like the Old West as much as I do, you would be over the moon with this amazing event venue. It is a real life cattle ranch and western movie set. You may recognize it from Cowboys and Aliens, 310 to Yuma and Appaloosa, just to name a few…

Now, when most people hear “movie set” they think of silly painted facades. The most amazing part about Bonanza Creek is that there are no facades. The sets are made of real buildings, with fronts and backs! When you step foot onto the property you are transported to an Old West town, complete with Saloons, barbers, jailhouses and banks! Every detail is as if it were still in the 1800s, you’d think Billy the Kid was going to come strolling down the road at any minute!

The sprawling property has two operating movie sets, one is an town center, perfect for gunfights and saloon brawls, the other a peaceful lakeside residence, with a barns and even adobe houses. The details within the buildings are what got me! The wallpaper and curtains were worn and perfectly rustic. The town saloon was one of my favorite buildings. The big mirror was covered with vintage labels and they even had a giant bingo wheel!

The ranch is nestled in the foothills of Santa Fe and even though it is only 20 minutes from town, you feel completely separated from civilization. It truly is an authentic experience for any visitor.

The ranch rents out each of its movie sets to host events and parties. Even if you wanted to offer a fun activity for your guests before or after a wedding, the ranch offers guided tours of the sets, horse rides and authentic chuck wagon lunches. Yee haw! Polish up your cowboy boots and click here for more info about Bonanza Creek.

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