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Melinda and Jim’s nuptials took place at the beautiful Hacienda Doña Andrea on clear and warm day this Spring. You may remember their inspiration board that I shared a while back. Rustic charm with subtle hints of New Mexico tradition were woven throughout the day and culminated with a glowing evening of live musical performances and a rockin’ dance party!
Enjoy a few shots of the lovely details from the talented Jennifer Dudley.
Artichokes and Pomegranates created a textural floral display using wild flowers, succulents, blue thistle, calla lilies and a few orchids. I really liked the monochromatic and natural palette that echoed the dusky hills after a Santa Fe sunset.
Melinda and Jim incorporated a really special element to their ceremony. Instead of doing a unity candle or sand ceremony they did something much more symbolic and meaningful. They each wrote each other love letters and during the ceremony, sealed them in a box with a fabulous bottle of wine. On their one-year anniversary, they will open the box, drink the bottle of wine and read the love letters to eachother. So sweet, no?
We also had a great musical twist on typical ceremony music. Todd Lovato, of the local Santa Fe Band, Todd and the Fox, graced us with his banjo skills. Now, you may immediately envision plucked honkey tonk, but Todd played the most beautiful renditions of Vivaldi’s “Spring” and “Grow Old with Me” by John Lennon! I love when you hear a familiar song but on an instrument that is a-typical and out of context.
I’m always a fan of keeping the kiddos entertained during dinner. I found these adorable “Goodie” bags and Melinda stocked them with all sorts of distractions. Needless to say, they were all happy campers!
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Even though I didn’t watch the Emmys (I don’t have TV), I do love catching up on the fashion, like any red-blooded female! When I opened up the New York times today, I saw this lovely spread of gorgeous ladies:
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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:
Working with photo ninja, Gia Canali…she’s the one under the hood shooting 4×5 polaroids…so rad!
Getting in some yoga time with the Lululemon gang. Did you know they offer free yoga in the park?
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!
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My favorite part about planning a wedding is the design process. I love getting to know the couple’s aesthetic when it comes to color, texture and style and put my right brain to work! I usually ask the couple questions like: “how is your house decorated, where do you like to shop, and how would you describe your ideal day?” Basically anything that gives me insight into their world helps me to develop a look and feel for their wedding. (Might I also add that Pinterest is an amazing tool for helping me understand what a bride has envisioned! )
Once I feel I have a clear idea, I love to draw sketches and renderings of what the designs may look like. I’m always amazed when the final product is nearly a replica of the sketch. See for yourself, how Maggie and Kosta’s wedding reception came to life! Photos courtesy of Ginger Russell Photography
The reception took place in the very beautiful Tabla Restaurant at the Hotel St. Francis. I love this space because it offers a very clean and sophisticated canvas on which to design. Maggie loved materials like peacock feather, pods, pine cones, moss and succulents. Luckily the arsenal within my studio had everything she needed, like vintage teal mason jars and birch stump planters (not to mention my succulent farm). But the best thing for me was receiving two giant bushels of dried cotton from her father’s farm! I worked those into the design of the tables and wow, was it stunning. It completed the look in addition to being a very sentimental part of the wedding.
I created custom table runners with fabric from Santa Fe Fabrics. We wanted to keep Tabla’s beautiful wood tables exposed, but bring in a touch of teal, while at the same time keep it rustic with a frayed edge linen.
Then, there was cake. Now this wasn’t just any cake, it was a fine Maggie Faralla exquisite creation, shaped like a church in Santorini! Oh, snap! The cake was not only an homage to Kosta’s Greek heritage, but it signified the very Church where Kosta proposed to Maggie. They even had a family friend create a beautiful watercolor of the special spot which also graced the cake table.
10 months prior, Maggie and I were brainstorming and cooking up plans for a beautiful wedding. After all of our hard work and thoughtful design it was a pleasure to see a beautiful reception filled with smiles, laughter, great food, fabulous desserts and even some Greek dancing!
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One of my favorite ways to create a memorable experience for the guests is to encourage interactivity. For Maggie and Kosta’s wedding, I wanted guests to feel part of the experience, not just stand around and observe. We wanted cocktail hour to be filled with laughter, smiles, a bunch of fun and guests hollering, “OPA!”
Enter the custom cocktail bar:
We decided to take the signature drink to a whole new level. We worked with Hotel St. Francis’s very own Santa Fe Barman, Chris Milligan to create infusions of cucumber vodka and lemon infused rum. The flavored spirits were pre-poured into customized jars and then guests were invited to choose their own combination of summer berries and fresh herbs to add to their concoction. The drinks were topped off with soda and ice, covered with a lid and the guests could shimmy and shake their very own cocktails!
First and last photos courtesy of Ginger Russell Photography. Middle photos via the Hitching Post Instagram Feed.
Sometimes, after a wedding I get the blues. I think this happens with any project, or big event, when it’s over, you miss the planning and the camaraderie that comes along with it. For me, the connection that develops with the family is one of the best parts of the planning process. This was the case with Maggie and Kosta’s wedding. I had so much fun getting to know them and becoming part of the family. As an event designer, I so treasure the privilege to be part of someone’s very personal day.
Photographer extraordinaire, Ginger Russell captured some major beauty on Maggie and Kosta’s wedding day. Hellooo Grace Kelly incarnate, right?!? Maggie is gorgeous even without make-up, but Jess Evans rocked her wedding day beauty with custom hair and make-up.
Before I met Kosta, and had only seen a picture, I thought he was going to very serious and mysterious. I was nervous to meet him, but it turns out he is the most lovable and hilarious guy! He and Maggie are a such a handsome couple and so much fun to be around!
One of the most unique pieces of this wedding was that the ceremony took place in a Greek Orthodox Church, specifically St. Elias Church in Eldorado. Kosta is from Greece and Maggie converted to Greek Orthodox to be married in this church. Now, I go crazy over ceremonies steeped with tradition, and this one took the cake!
The inside of the church is decked out in amazing gilded iconography; it is truly a sight to behold! (You can actually behold this sight on Thursdays from 11am-1pm- they are open for iconography viewing- get your buns over there!)
Maggie and I hit it off right away when she requested that some elements be “a little out of the box” so to speak. Instead of carrying flowering bouquets the bridesmaids carried hand-dipped beeswax candles that we adorned with a Kraft paper wax catcher and a sprig of Blue Thistle and Crespedia.
Oh my gorgeous! Now hang on to your hose-panties because the cocktail hour had some fun surprises and the reception was beautiful….be back soon with more pictures!
Just wanted to give you a peek into the inspiration for this weekend’s wedding. There will be beautiful shades of purple and silvery sage, lots of spring wildflowers provided by Artichokes and Pomegranates, and corazon Milagros, all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Hacienda Dona Andrea. The bride will be walking down to the aisle to John Lennon’s, Grow Old With Me played on banjo, which I think is going to sound so cool!
I’m also excited to have quintessential decor for a Santa Fe wedding like Papel Picado and of course the most adorable succulent place cards. We’ve been planting our hearts out over here at the studio, and loving every minute!
But this may have changed my mind…..
Enter Shelter Co., A pop up lodging service catering to groups looking for an overnight outdoor experience. What!? I can host a camping party and not worry about a thing? Hello Camp Wedding!!!
Shelter Co. will provide elaborate camping shelters with plush beds, rad furniture as well as potty’s (cause who likes to squat?) and even food and fun for your guests. Talk about an amazing experience without all the hassle of the “pack-in, pack-out”!
They can even do a bar set-up, beauty stations or a stocked library. Great outdoors, here I come!!!
P.S. Check out their blog, I’d like to live in it permanently, ’cause it’s so darn gorgeous.
For those of you that don’t know, I fell into the wedding industry by way of flowers. It was a complete accident really, as I suppose some of the best turns in life are. After college I was in a crap job that had me in tears every Sunday night and one day, I said, “screw this.” I marched down to Cosentino’s Florist in Malibu and the beginning of my new life started right there when I shook the hand of the incredible Joie Cosentino. There I learned the basics of floral design, horticulture and savvy business operating.
It was when I moved to Santa Fe when the wedding planning took me by full force. Little flower gigs led to little wedding planning gigs, which led to bigger wedding planning gigs and then, after a while, it was time to get a business card! Now I am fully in love with all aspects of event design. Floral design, which is still my first love, is something that I do on occasion, and still treasure every moment of finding the perfect, God-created blossom to shine in the perfect bouquet.
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, my brother was married last summer and my gift to him was to design all of his wedding flowers. I wasn’t allowed to wedding-plan; bless their hearts, they actually wanted me to be able to sit down and eat and be a part of the day! So, I had the pleasure of scouring the San Diego flower market and designing my little heart out!
Enjoy these lovely shots from their photographer, Irish Grzanich
As is tradition in our family, my grandmother and jeweler extraordinaire, Alice Abrams, designed the wedding rings. It is so special to all of us that have been gifted with such lovely treasures to wear her fine art everyday!
The ceremony space was my favorite part to design. The couple opted for a circular ceremony to give a true feeling of community and to be surrounded by their loved ones. To tie in with the common thread running through the words of the ceremony, “His banner over me is LOVE,” we created a chuppah/ canopy to draw focus to the center of the space that was viewed from all angles. To match with the playfulness and contemporary look of the stationery design, I strung Billy Balls on thread to accent the sides of the canopy. It was such a fun touch!
And finally a sparkler send-off! (…no scars from that one!) This was a beautiful night, filled with so much love; I get goose-bumps when I think about it. I am so honored to be part of such a loving (and growing) family!