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Something for the dudes

photo via SOLE

I know, as a bride, we can get all wrapped up in the perfect dress, the perfect pair of heels, the perfect jewelry, the perfect undies, the perfect hairstyle and the perfect lipstick color.  Our groom is usually relegated to just match… but he’s gotta look fly, right?  Why not let him and his groomsmen show off a little style with his perfect pair of shoes too!  Well, VANS has done it again by creating a casual, but snazzy, California Era Wingtip. I’d say that is comfort and style, all wrapped into one!

Now since we want them to look dapper from head to toe, let’s talk about bow ties.  Some of your beaus may or may not be the bow-tie sorts, but this video will have you wholeheartedly agree that the bow tie is “no longer for milksops and lily-whites alone!” A must-watch tutorial on how to tie a bow tie:

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/26753449]

I just love it!  “Handsome!”

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On the Air in 5…4…3…2…

Here I am muggin for the camera after my radio interview on Project 101.5.  I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Scott Matthews about my wedding blog, “The Hitching Post” featured on SantaFe.com Click HERE to listen to the interview and my super smooth microphone voice!

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O’Keeffe in the Woods: Inspiration Board

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!

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“You may now update your Facebook status”

Photo by Sweet Little Photographs

You may not be surprised to hear this at a wedding nowadays.  With social media becoming more and more a part of our lives, more and more couples are incorporating a “status update” into their vows.  Slightly Completely irreverent, I personally think it is hilarious.  I wouldn’t necessarily be cool with it for a church wedding, but why not tell all your friends, and their friends…after all, a wedding is a public declaration of your love for one another.

What I’m really excited to see is how Twitter will become a part of weddings.  I’ve seen Twitter proposals, but I love the idea of a Twitter guest book. By giving your guests a personal hashtag to use with all of their posts, like #BradLovesAshley, encourage phone use (!) and let them tweet the night away!  How fun would it be to revisit all of the tweets that were tagged while your guests were witnessing a sweet ceremony, enjoying a delectible dinner, stuffing their faces with cake and booging down on the dance floor.  I’m on a mission to make it happen, my digitally-savvy friends!

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Top ‘o the cake to ya!

Loving this whimsical Shrine/Adobe cake made by the ever-fabulous Maggie Faralla of Maggie’s Cakes.  Topped with colorful folk art adornments like paper flowers, Milagros, and a Dio de Los Muertos bride and groom, it almost looks too fun to eat!  I’m just tickled by the mini faralitos too; they are so perfect for Santa Fe!

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let your hair down… Or leave it up.

A common question among brides, “Do I wear my hair up, or do I wear it down?” I always say planning a wedding is like a domino effect. One choice usually leads to another and in this case, when you choose your dress, often it will dictate the way you wear your hair.

I stumbled upon a lovely article from BRIDES with several stunning options.  Whether you’re rocking a bateau, scoop neck, strapless or off the shoulder, they’re showcasing some fabulous styles.  Click here to read the entire article.

My favorite is the side braid, a very chic trend popping up on radars everywhere.  I think it embodies the laid back rustic vibe that Santa Fe weddings do so well!

Another thing to keep in mind is Santa Fe’s lack of humidity.  I know that in California, my curls are luscious and bouncy…but in the high desert, everything falls pretty flat.  Take that into mind when you are contemplating doing your own hair.  Sometimes the pros will know how to handle the fickle weather and make your locks look the best that they can!

Photos via BRIDES.com

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Do me a favor.

Instead of giving your guests a pouch of Jordan almonds, (I say “meh”), dazzle them with wearable art favors!  This past weekend, my entire wedding party was decked out in custom buttons designed by the bride’s brother and brought to life by Busy Beaver, an online custom button shop.  Everyone showcased their Santa Fe wedding love with a “Dia de los Muertos” bride and groom and a red chile heart.  Que cute!

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Sensuality of the Southwest~ Styling your wedding with natural elements

When you think of the Southwest, the first word that comes to mind isn’t usually Sensual.  It’s usually Dry. Hot. Barren.

But as most folks come to know, especially after they’ve visited Santa Fe, it is a magical place, one where the skies turn colors you’ve never imagined. The air is different, cleaner, more crisp.  The landscape that seems barren at first is actually filled with beautiful Piñon trees and the dirt seems to be shaded with an artist’s terra cotta crayon.  There is something sensual about it.

I think that is why so many people are drawn to get married in New Mexico.  There is a certain magic and spirituality about it.  The trick is, how do you plan a wedding that captures the magic of New Mexico, the sensuality.  I’ve created the inspiration board above by taking cues from the delicate, sometimes, unnoticed elements of the Southwest; the ones that get overshadowed by Bright Paper flowers, serape blankets and cowboy boots.

No.1~ The color palette is drawn from the dusky shades of a sunset.  Once the bright, burning sun has gone down, we are left with subtle hues of purple, mauve, peach and gold.

No.2~ Succulents can completely take the place of flowers or sing a perfect second fiddle in a bridal bouquet.  They stand amidst the glow with their silvery-green color.  This shade is often found in the New Mexico landscape, complimented by beautiful Sage bushes.

No.3~ Handmade pottery and gemstone slices are a great way to incorporate sleek textures and rich colors into your wedding.  Different, handmade bud vases dotted down a table are far more interesting than one, single arrangement in a bubble bowl, don’t you think? I love Mama’s Minerals in downtown Santa Fe for some rad rocks!

No. 4~ Ghost wood brings an organic and rustic feel, reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings.   These placed on tables and accented with a few blossoms is a unique and interesting way to adorn your wedding tables.

No. 5~ Dream catchers, though a kitschy item of the past, offer a vintage and whimsical vibe.  Deep down, I’m totally in love with these and may or may not have been scouring e-bay for a few…

No. 6~ Deerskin fringe softens the look and can be wrapped around bouquet handles or used as an accent on the tabletop by way of napkin ties or votive candle adornments.  Did you know that deerskin lace comes is all sorts of colors too?

No. 7~ I just adore the idea of using a rubber stamp to ink names onto feathers as a place card option.  It can become a wonderful keepsake for your guests to remember their stay in New Mexico.

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