Here are some snaps from a video shoot that I designed for Inn and Spa at Loretto, one of Santa Fe’s most popular destination wedding venues. They were named 2012’s Best Wedding Destination by the Travel Channel and were featured on their “Best Of” episode. I styled a bride and groom in all the typical events of the wedding day: a ceremony, cocktail hour, the reception and even the spa! My favorite part about this project was that I had complete creative license. As an event planner, I typically play the role of consultant, where I help clients work off of themes they already have in mind. So, it is such a treat when I get to start from scratch and design and style the whole shebang!To mirror the elegant Southwest vibe the Loretto offers, I centered the design around a unique and beautiful color palette. I chose colors like coral and peach paired with gray/greens. I accented the tabletop with metallic coppers and golds. The flowers provided by Marisa Peluso popped beautifully off of the linens provided by Classic Party Rentals.
I even designed the look for the lovely couple’s ensemble. I had a blast attending a fitting at the elegant bridal atelier, Laura Sheppherd. There we chose a dress to coordinate with our theme, as well as a beautiful veil and jewelry. Monica Stark of Makeup Santa Fe perfected pouts and rosied cheeks with her incredible make-up artistry!
Our couple, Jamy and Erik are friends of mine and what I love most about this shoot is that they are married in real life. They eloped, so they only had a few disposable camera pictures of their wedding day. This shoot recreated a magical moment for them both and let them fill in their wedding album!
Part of the shoot centered on the wedding cocktail hour where we showcased delectable appetizers and a Prickly Pear martini with a gold leaf rim. Yum!
I put together a little behind the scenes video for you to see. Disclaimer *** I am by no means a professional film maker and all of this was shot with my iPhone; so it’s not exactly Oscar-worthy, but it does give some insight to our process.
I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that one of my favorite weddings of the season has been featured on Style Me Pretty, a spectacular wedding blog. You may remember this inspiration board I posted a while back:
Galia and Mike were a dream to work with! I’ve mentioned before how I love when couples let me just run with the design…well Galia and Mike were fully on board and trusted me to create their day when they said, ““make it pretty, make it earthy, and give us a little Georgia”. Well, here is the real deal….all of the details and DIY ideas that came to fruition for a lovely wedding day!
All photos provided by the ever-talented Kristen Williams of Articulate Photo.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum provided the perfect backdrop for their wedding ceremony. I created a fabric “Love Birds” banner for them to have…aren’t they cute!
Mike carefully constructed the chuppah which was shaded by a glorious apricot tree. He even used sweet bird finials to keep within the woodsy “Love Bird” motif!
Galia’s stunning bouquet was created by Margaret Bost of Santa Fe Floral. It had gorgeous Succulents, Lambs Ear, Calla Lilies, Cymbidium Orchids, Dusty Miller and Gardenias. It smelled heavenly!
We served Agave sparkling sodas with adorable stripey straws and Gruet Rosé, a local New Mexican favorite!
After the ceremony the couple paraded through the Plaza to the reception location, led by the talented musicians of Savor! I applaud anyone who can play and instrument and walk at the same time…I can hardly clap on beat!
Now, I mentioned that Mike made the Chuppah, but I must also note that he designed the invitation suite too! All the stationery was printed on a Kraft paper stock and really tied the look together!
Instead of a traditional guest book, Galia and Mike had their guests sign a Georgia O’Keeffe Poppies poster that they framed and have hanging in their home. We also paid homage to Ms. O’Keeffe, by having gorgeous black and white images of her tucked in the bookcases at the Anasazi Library where the dinner was held.
Speaking of the Library, the Inn of the Anasazi was the perfect space for an intimate and cozy dinner! The tables were dotted with votives wrapped in Kraft paper and suede cord and small birch log planters (Remember the tutorial here?) The dark wood furnishings and candlelit glow created a divine ambiance for great food and fine conversation. It was truly a wonderful evening filled with laughter, songs and many heart-felt toasts!
Ceremony Venue: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Reception Venue: Inn of the Anasazi / Wedding Dress: Watters / Deerskin Belt: Mano Bello / Event Design + Coordination: MARRIED by Jessie Abrams Baca / Wedding Photography: Kristen Williams of Articulate Photo / Floral Design: Margaret Bost of Santa Fe Floral / Stationery: The Groom / Musicians: Savor / Wedding Cake: The Plaza Bakery
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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