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Jaimee & Matt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo ~ Rick Scibelli Photography / Venue ~ Private Home / Dress~ Needle and Thread / Floral ~ Renegade Floral / Cake~ Maggie’s Wedding Cakes / Linens and Chargers ~ Classic Party Rentals / Decor and Event Design ~ Jessie Baca Weddings and Events

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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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Southwest Boho-Baby!

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I have been spending quite a bit of time in the studio lately…getting my craft on!  It must be the “nesting” instinct that comes along with expecting a babe.  Our little one is due today (!) and I wanted to share a project that I did for his nursery.  I thought this could easily be translated for a wedding or event backdrop, it is such an easy and neat way to jazz up a space…and did I mention cheap!

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I took it back to camp days and decided to work with a giant pile of yarn I had sitting around.  Do you remember making Ojo de Dios or God’s Eyes when you were little?  Basically, you get two dowels and wrap yarn around them to create a kaleidoscope-esque diamond pattern.  I made a bunch of tassels in similar colors and by mounting the Ojo de Dios on painted embroidery hoops, they created a graphic presentation for a wall hanging.  I totally dig the 70’s color palette and the Southwest-boho vibe it brings to our Santa Fe nursery!

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Since this hangs directly above the changing table, my mother-in-law jokes that they are pee-pee targets for the little man, and I’m sure she’s right!  Eeek!  Nonetheless, he will have something funky to stare at whilst getting his tush pampered and who can argue with that!

 

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ERIN & REID

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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