Lally and Doug were married on a crisp autumn day on October. The most amazing thing about this wedding was the amount of love that poured out of everyone’s hearts. The couple and their families have such a close bond and it was highlighted for such a special occasion. Many of Lally and Doug’s close friends flew in from all over the country to celebrate with them and it was very clear that the friendships are held near and dear to their hearts. It was a beautiful thing to witness such a profound and genuine love. Twin Lens Photography did an impeccable job of capturing this love and highlighting the perfect moments between the bride and groom and documenting an incredible day!
To honor a tradition of the past, Lally wore the wedding dress that not only her mother wore, but her grandmother wore as well. It fit perfectly and looked incredible on the third generation bride! The bridesmaids were in beautiful, flowy Joanne August dresses in a dark teal color. This was accented perfectly by the coral junior bridesmaids dresses for a nod to the vibrant Santa Fe color palette. Lally and her father had a grand entrance to the ceremony via horse and carriage. This was kept as a surprise from Doug as he awaited at the altar.
The ceremony took place in a large open field with a stunning backdrop of the sweeping Sangre de Cristo mountain range, dotted with golden trees in a crisp autumn day. Andrea Soorikian Design built a custom wood arbor for Lally and Doug to stand beneath as they said their vows. The poles were adorned with gauzy fabric drapes and blooms in soft blush, peach and dusty green. The ceremony was filled with beautiful readings and songs performed by family members. The guests were led to the cocktail hour by a mariachi band where they sipped margaritas and enjoyed ceviche shooters and mini tuna tartare tacos.
The reception was held is a beautiful tent adorned with chandeliers and tables with richly colored centerpieces. Amber candles, dried Choya cactus, air plants and succulents accented the hot pink dahlias, orange roses, coral Gloriosa lilies and antique hydrangea. Guests dined on a deconstructed salad with pears, goat cheese, dried cranberries and a balsamic drizzle accompanied by a gazpacho shooter. The entree nodded to Santa Fe fare with a local poblano stuffed with calabacitas (a local New Mexican of squash ans zucchini) and braised short ribs on top of a green chile polenta. The dessert also had a little Santa Fe spice! Mayan Chocolate Cake was mixed with a hint of red chile for an added kick! It was draped with a cascade of beautiful flowers.
After dinner and a series of heartfelt toasts guests enjoyed the most epic dance party. Funkiphino, a 13 piece band based out of Denver put on an unforgettable show! The dance floor was packed until 2 am! A late night taco bar was set up to keep guests fueled and even had mini churros with a dulce du leche dipping sauce.
Photography ~ Twin Lens Images / Cocktail Musicians ~ Mariachi Pourvenir / Hair and Makeup ~ Jess Evans / Bridesmaids dresses ~ Johanna August / Calligraphy ~ Sherry Bishop / Rentals ~ Classic Party Rentals / Venue + Catering ~ Las Campanas / Floral Design ~ Andrea Soorikian Design / Cake ~ Chocolate Maven / Band ~ Funkiphino /
Phew, I made it.
Wedding season has officially come to a close. 2012 was a stellar year filled with more work than I have known and more reward than I have known. There were challenges, lessons and a whole ton of personal growth. I now realize I am capable of more than I thought was possible and that I actually made it through the big beast of September…which I convinced myself that I wouldn’t be able to do. I did not do it alone, there are many friends, family and colleagues that have offered their hands in support and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I look forward to the coming season, one that is swiftly filling up. But before I do, I have scheduled some much needed rest and time for re-creation. Yes, that actually needs to be scheduled around here. I even have a small beach trip in my future. Standing on the edge of the ocean always opens a sense of awe and wonder and will pave the path for fresh ideas and inspiration. Of course a few deep breaths of the salty sea air won’t hurt either.
Photo: Nick Abrams
Howdy! I am finally starting to see the light after THE busiest part of wedding season. I have so many spectacular things to share, I’m dying to sit down and comb through it all! But, as a little tease, here are a few snapshots, mostly from my Instagram account that will give you a glimpse into my day to day:
Living dangerously and building martini towers.
Working with photo ninja, Gia Canali…she’s the one under the hood shooting 4×5 polaroids…so rad!
Getting people sent off in style…vintage benz
Getting in some yoga time with the Lululemon gang. Did you know they offer free yoga in the park?
Trying hard not to shove all the macarons in my face at once.
Oh, just hanging out with the deer behind my studio.
Cruised up to the AHA Fest at the Railyard and boy, was that a good time. Hip artists, rockin’ bands, food trucks…it almost felt like Santa Fe was a big city!
DJ’ing….not really, I was just listening!
Getting down on some cocktail hour chalkboard script….love those stripey straws too.
Getting folks married the artsy way….had the pleasure of hosting at event at the Selby Fleetwood Gallery on Canyon Road.
I just returned from a lovely, restful, much needed vacation and I am ready to rock the 2012 wedding season. It’s amazing what a little relaxation will do for you when you’re fast approaching burn out! I am so excited to work with so many wonderful clients, create so many beautiful spaces and get my craft on!
In other awesome news…I have moved to a new studio and I am beyond excited! Things are slowly coming together and I can’t wait to share all the DIY projects and fun finds around here.
It sure feels like there are many irons in the fire right now. The 2012 wedding season is fast approaching and there’s lots to do! Besides creating layouts and assembling timelines, I’m working on a video DIY shoot tomorrow that I am excited to share with you, designing a baby shower for twins (it’s not ALL weddings around here…) and of course dreaming up some inspiration boards for clients.
I just love the palette of magentas and burgundies popping off all shades of greens. I’m inspired by summer’s bounty of herbs, dahlias and vegetables like artichokes and kale. I’ll be displaying it all on wrought-iron cake plates, in moss covered pots and overflowing onto rich, dark, wood tables. We’ll be hanging flowers from the trees and having fun with chalkboard signs – should be a blast!
Here’s a little ditty that keeps me truckin’ along; I think you’ll enjoy!