Navigation


Featured on 100 Layer Cake

IMG_0891-Edit

I am over the moon that our “Mexi-Modern” Wedding Inspiration shoot is featured on 100 Layer Cake!  I am excited to share some more pictures as well as the original sketches for the design.  The inspiration for this photo shoot came to me when I stumbled upon a book cover I found in my grandmothers library.  The spine was color-blocked with teal, French blue, terra cotta, bubblegum and citron green.  This unusual combo surprisingly worked, and I knew I wanted to bring this palette to life with a modern yet crafty design, but needed the perfect opportunity. A few months later, I received an email from Tim Mannle, a Connecticut based wedding photographer who was going to be visiting New Mexico. He asked if I would put together an inspiration shoot at a venue in Santa Fe.  Coincidentally, the Center for Contemporary Arts was interested in highlighting their modern space as an event venue.  The perfect opportunity had presented itself!

MM20
Using geometric design cues and throwing a touch of neon in to the color palette, the theme Mexi-Modern was born. The handmade elements of painted terra cotta, yarn crafts and thread tassels are reminiscent of Mexican folk art and these were paired with patterns of ikat and geometric motifs.  The clean setting of whitewashed brick walls and raw concrete was the ideal urban space to allow this modern mixture of craft and contemporary really pop.  This modern shoot blended the perfect amount of craft and contemporary.

MM22

IMG_1219

MM14

The concept for the ceremony scene was a bare tipi structure made of large wood poles.  I created “Ojos de Dreams;” a melding of the Ojo de Dios Mexican yarn crafts and the Native American dreamcatcher.  The result was a graphic and bold design, and paired with rustic wood and yarn, these magical pieces embodied the “Mexi-Modern” theme perfectly.  Our “tipi” was decorated with geometric garlands in teal, blue and citron  and the “Ojos de Dreams”.

MM21

MM15

MM11

The metal, industrial chairs were also decorated with tasseled garlands and hand-embroidered pillows. Embellished maracas and tambourines rested on the seats for the guests to cheer on the bride and groom as they walked down the aisle.

MM-1

The bridal bouquet created by Melissa Paquin of Renegade Floral was lush and textural with blooms in peach, pale yellow, coral and ivory.  Cascading ribbons with geometric patterns paired beautifully with the thread tassels in neon yellow, coral, teal and blue. The grooms unique orchid boutonniere even had a few tassels on it!

IMG_1341

MM2

To juxtapose with the lush bouquet and to keep with the contemporary space, my wing-woman Johanna Frenz took on the wardrobe styling and she put the bride in an ivory jumpsuit!  It was fabulous with a pair of cobalt J.Crew pumps, a woven sash of Ecuadorian fabric, and a hot pink peony in the bride’s hair.   This unexpected look fit right in to our Mexi-Modern scene.

MM23

MM5

IMG_0891-Edit

MM4

Bringing the design for the tablescape to life was one of my favorite things to create.  A weathered wood table was topped with ikat fabric runners and edged with blue, teal and neon tassels.  Set diagonally on the runners were long wood boxes filled with sand, a spot for the punch of whole citrus fruits and fresh flowers to gather.

MM3

IMG_0879

Hot pink taper candles, set in brushed gold candlesticks brought a festive vibe.  I painted terra cotta chargers to echo the geometric motif and keep the color palette alive.  Individual place settings were kept modern with clean lines of the flatware and place cards made of laser cut wood.  We had the ikat fabric to match the napkins and stitched geometric hems in neon thread.

MM13

Of course, we had to include the tequila shots, poured into classic Mexican glassware, and accented with key lime slices and salted rims.

MM19

MM16

MM18

The tequila also made another appearance on our Paleta Bar.  Johanna also happens to makes a mean popsicle and to spin-off the classic Mexican paleta, she made them a little booze-y; the “Tequila-Limon” and “Guava-Colada” pops.  What a great alternative dessert or even a signature cocktail for a summer wedding!

53670003

We collaborated with Cassie Templeman of Peanut Press for the print elements. She knocked it out of the park with her design and we were over-the-moon thrilled!  It was clean and modern but still carried the thread of our Central American folk-art motif. 

MM17
To complete the invitation suite, Cassie wrapped it up in neon cord, made custom laser-cut wood elements, and sourced the perfect vintage stamps.

MM9

To think that this idea first began with an arbitrary mix of colors on a book’s spine…and the result was a photo shoot that combined handmade folk art and modern neon. We were blown away that it worked! Every element added a particular touch that helped to create this cohesive and distinct mash-up, Mexi-Modern!

Click HERE to see the feature on 100 Layer Cake

Concept + Art Direction ~ Jessie Baca of Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Styling, Paletas~ Johanna Frenz of Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Photographer ~ Tim Mannle / Stationery ~ Cassie Templeman of Peanut Press, / Floral ~ Melissa Paquin of Renegade Floral / Make-Up ~ Svetlana Britt / Models ~ Nicole and Kai Kuller / Venue ~ Center for Contemporary Arts

Pinterest


Southwest Boho-Baby!

SB-1

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!

SB2

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!

SB3

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!

 

Pinterest


Up-cylcling 101: Yarn Vases

Many years ago I received a giant box of embroidery yarn from my Great Aunt Penny.  In the box were about 50 Ziplock bags of yarn divided according to color.  Each bag had several shades of color in 3-yard lengths.  Since they were so short, they were never good for big-ol’ knitting projects but perfect for accents and smaller craft projects.

I was working on my brother’s wedding flowers and we needed a turquoise element on the tables. (Something we do quite a bit here in New Mexico!)  We had some cheap vases that were pretty “meh” and I thought, “Hey! I can Up-cycle these up with some yarn! I’ve got a ton of it!”  My brother and his fiancé had planned a rustic ranch wedding with many homespun elements, so the yarn would match perfectly into the motifs.

This was such an easy and fast projects, all you need is some hot glue! Start at the bottom of the vase; just dab a little on the glass and quickly press the yarn onto it.  Wrap it around the vase and keep adding dabs of glue here and there to keep the yarn in place.  I decided to change the widths and shades of blue to keep the pattern random and I was just so pleased with the result!

This would be a great project for a Autumn or Winter wedding to bring some warmth to a centerpiece.  Imagine it with a really chunky yarn!  Do note, it is difficult to keep the yarn in place one the vase begins to taper, so this project will work best with cylinder or square vases that are an even width.

Pinterest