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The backdrop for the ceremony was a living wall that I built for Sabrina and John.  It combined urban elements of rusted re-mesh grids, wire, moss and muslin and we gave a nod to the Southwest with dried Choya cactus that I gathered form the hills, air plants and succulents that I had been harvesting all summer.

A very special element to their ceremony was the music.  Contemporary songs like  Heartbeats, by The Knife, On Melancholy Hill, by the Gorillas and Ceremony by New Order were played on Spanish guitar by the talented Yves Lucero. It was so wonderful to hear the songs out of their original context and with a acoustic sound.

Cocktail hour took a step out of the ordinary too.  To honor Sabrina’s love of synchronized swimming, classic Esther Williams movies were projected over the bar while guests enjoyed the delicious passed hors d’oeuvres.  Instead of traditional escort cards, Sabrina and John created a pin for each of their guests with a fun fact.  They were great conversation starters and provided such a unique and personal touch from the bride and groom.

Food was also extremely important to Sabrina and John.  They wanted their guests to enjoy a fulfilling meal that had cues from the ingredients of New Mexico while still maintaining a unique direction.  Guests dined on a stellar family-style meal designed by Marja Custom Catering which started off with the most amazing yellow tomato gazpacho with a red tomato sorbet and a shishito pepper. The main course included Red Chile Calabacitas Enchiladas, Flat Iron Steak al Chipotle and Poblanos Rellenos filled with grilled shrimp and Arroz Verde.  The dessert was my favorite part; we served mini churros with local Kakawa dipping chocolate and a blood orange sorbet with sage syrup.

It was a magical night!

This wedding is featured on 100 Layer Cake.

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Photographer~ Karen Kristian, Supplemental Photos (one, twelve, thirteen, fifteen, sixteen, nineteen) Articulate Photo / Invitations, Programs, Place cards, Menus,~Designed by Bride, Printed by Smudge Ink.   / Hair and Make-up~  Jess Evans / Ceremony and Reception Location~ Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM /  Rentals ~  Classic Party Rentals /  Catering~ Marja Custom Catering / Bridal Bouquet and Personal Flowers~ Artichokes and Pomegranates / Ceremony Backdrop Design~ Jessie Baca / Ceremony Musician~ Yves Lucero / Lighting Design~ Santa Fe AV / DJ~ Celeste Worl

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One Spicy Couple!

Table number 1, table number two, table number three….that’s boring, huh?  Serrano Table!!! Poblano Table!!! Cayenne Table!!!  Muy caliente, no?  I love it when couples opt to name their reception tables NOT numbers, especially if when they name their tables after peppers!.  It’s brings a little interest, keeps it thematic, makes things spicy; it’s perfect for a Santa Fe wedding!

I had the pleasure of breaking out the watercolors and creating a fun suite of pepper table names and illustration, fun, right?

This lovely wedding took place at the Hotel St. Francis, a charming spot for intimate nuptials.  The ceremony was al fresco, on the patio and we dressed up the wooden gates with a simple ivory swag and lovely floral clusters created by Artichokes and Pomegranates.

The bride and groom were so stoked for the fabulous mariachi band…and I’ll admit, I was singing along too- I LOVE mariachis!

Check out these bodacious Dinner Plate Dahlias, ooof!  Oh my goddess, they’re gorgeous!Check out these bodacious Dinner Plate Dahlias, ooof!  Oh my goddess, they’re gorgeous!

Adios muchachas!

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A Desert DIY

So, are you having a rustic, yet elegant wedding in Santa Fe? One that echoes the landscape and muted earthy tones of this altitude? Do you need a super-easy and pretty affordable way to display your place cards?  Then, boo-ya, I’ve got you covered.  Check out this no-brainer DIY that I put together for Marja Custom Catering:

Calligraphy by Judythe Sieck

First, you’ll need are some large, WIDE, bowls.  Really, any vessel will do as long as the open surface area is big!  For 80 cards I used 2) 24″ diameter bowls and 1) oblong 18″x 10 bowl. So fill these puppies up with sand and smooth out about 1 inch from the top edge of the bowl.  Then spread a thin layer of pretty polished gravel on top (available at craft stores).

Now time for the cards.  We calligraphied a piece of card stock that was 2″x 4″ on a vertical orientation. That way, when we stuck it into the sand, there wasn’t any writing covered.  Placement is the trickiest part because you want the card to be stuck into the sand at the perfect angle so people can read it as they are going to the reception.  Be sure look at it from their point of view to make sure it’s legible. Luckily, it’s really easy to start over if you mess up.

Now, the fun part.  Marja had these awesome zinc number stencils to designate the table number.  Set them artfully in front of your card grouping.  If you have more room, you can also use these 3-dimensional numbers. Then we placed a few gorgeous succulents to really hint at a desert landscape and bring a little greenery to the mix.

Here is a quick snap from the ceremony where we featured these lovely place card bowls.  A late-summer storm tiptoed along the horizon and created quite the backdrop for the vows…it literally started to downpour the minute they kissed and the service ended!  Talk about a grand exit!

A few more images from the reception…absolutely gorgeous florals designed by Andrea Soorikian.

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