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Be Cool Baby Bash

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I am so excited to share the images from my baby shower! This event was a joy to plan…scheming and crafting with the little babe in mind was so thrilling.  I wanted to host a party that not only celebrated Baby Baca, but also honored the women in my life that have been so extremely supportive and loving, especially throughout the pregnancy.

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But first, a little back story to the design inspiration for the baby shower.  We decided to keep Baby Baca’s name a surprise and as a joke we referred to him as “Lou Diamond”.  Naturally when it came time to choose a motif, I thought, “diamonds” as a homage to his fun nickname!  I also love the phrase, “Be Cool Baby”….an obscure Pulp Fiction reference and decided to run with that too!

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I  incorporated the geometric motif throughout the entire event with diamond honeycomb paper products, 3-D geometric paper diamonds, confetti and kept it modern and fresh with a punchy palette of teal, aqua, coral and gold.

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I chose the Teresa Neptune Gallery, a local photography gallery in Santa Fe as the venue.  It was perfect for a brisk February day; cozy and intimate while providing the historical artsy Canyon Road charm at the same time.

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Wood blocks and paint pens were provided for guests to creatively contribute to a set of building blocks that would grace Baby Baca’s nursery.  It is so nice to have a reminder of all the lovely ladies in my life when I look at each block!

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Guests were entertained with metallic (!) temporary tattoos from Flash Tats and I even sported a special diamond tat from Tattly to honor my little man.

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I love that Beaucoup allows you to upload custom calligraphy to print on cocktail napkins…cause every event has gotta have a hashtag!

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We served coral-colored cocktails, named “Lou Diamond’s Party Punch” made of Prosecco, Lillet, grapefruit and blood orange with a touch of rosemary simple syrup.  Oh my goodness, even though I was drinking the virgin version, they were so freaking delicious!!  I am so excited to bust these out during our summer time alfresco soirees; they are perfect!

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I worked with Walter Burke Catering and  they did a beautiful job!  Guests dined on a yummy brunch of assorted quiches, obligingly cut into diamond shapes.  I asked for an ombre salad of winter citrus.  Isn’t it beautiful?!? It’s made of grapefruit, blood orange and navel oranges.  The best part was the most delicious kale/frisee salad with roasted butternut squash, spiced pecans and bacon!  Oh it was to die for!

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For dessert we enjoyed a beautiful cake by Maggie Faralla of Maggie’s Cakes.  I had so much fun dreaming up the design with her…and the tasting, oh, I was in pregnant lady heaven!  The “Be Cool Baby” sugar-paste letters were custom created by Sarah of Signe Sugar.  Her work is SOOO beautiful, I even kept the letters and display them in a diorama-style frame in the baby’s nursery!

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Let’s talk about those sparkly table cloths…just pure sequin fabulous-ness from La Tavola!

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More diamonds and glitter!  Yippie!

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On March 31 (10 days late!) we welcomed sweet baby Jay Nicholas Baca, the baby formerly known as “Lou Diamond”!  Now to get started on his first birthday party….

 

Photography: Articulate Photo,  Venue: Teresa Neptune Gallery, Rentals/China: Classic Party Rentals, Linens: La Tavola Linens, Floral: Artichokes and Pomegranates, Cake: Maggie Faralla, Sugar Paste Letters: Signe Sugar, Catering: Walter Burke Catering, Decor and Calligraphy/Signage: Mama, Jessie Baca Weddings and Events, Tattoos: Flash Tats,  and Tattly, Custom Cocktail Napkins: Beaucoup, Mama’s belt (aka: pregnancy definer!): Anthropologie, Mama’s hair and  make-up: Jess Evans,

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Maggie & Kosta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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Ricki & Geoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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