Thank you so much to Kelly and Christopher for sharing their absolutely beautiful day with us! I think that I speak for all of us when I say that it was, well…inspiring. And, a huge thank you to Kitty and Craig of Twin Lens for sending us these beautiful images. They speak volumes as to just how talented you guys are!
From Kelly, the bride…
We served cigars in honor of my late father who was an avid cigar smoker. A photo of him next to the cigars became a great way for family and friends to remember him. We had our caterer mix us 2 specialty cocktails- a Blackberry Mojito and a Lavender Martini that we named the San G- the local nickname of the inn- and The Contender- in honor of one of our favorite movie scenes from “On the Waterfront”. Our 3 long family-style dinner tables were named after 3 of our favorite fictional and real-life couples- Nick and Nora, Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, and Paul and Joanne (Newman and Woodward), a couple we were both lucky enough to meet.
Our wedding is a real life lesson for us because it was planned to a tee, and most all of the planning went out the window with a huge summer storm. We were supposed to be married outside in the beautiful tree-canopied garden. A torrential downpour ensued on the hour of our wedding and at the last minute everything was changed. It was the most marvelous, spontaneous event because our friends and family ended up creating the ceremony for us inside the adobe inn. There are hilarious photos and stories of guests running with chairs and towels, chaotically assembling rows and lighting candles. I had no idea what to expect but as I turned the corner to walk down the aisle, I was greeted by warmth, smiling faces and a candle-lit “chapel” for our ceremony. There was a real feeling of coming together and creating something intimate and personal. Because the temperature dropped so severely, the caterers declared our tent useless and dinner was moved inside as well with guests assembling tables and all. At one point, I looked up and saw my cousin with a clipboard directing traffic. It was awesome! While the location of our ceremony and dinner changed, the details and DIY projects remained and really made the evening for us as we had such a personal hand in creating our wedding. We wanted a family style wedding and it certainly was that- intimate, crazy and wonderful.
A double rainbow graced the skies after the ceremony and downpour. Dragonflies also came out to support which were special because of the Native American belief that they represent loved ones who have passed.
Our photographers, Kitty & Craig from Twin Lens, added to the spontaneous and organic feeling of the night by blending in completely. We got the most amazing photos and hardly even knew they were there. That was hugely important to us. Our caterers, Marja Catering- from Santa Fe- also did an amazing job of serving delicious farm fresh food while dealing with crazy changes in weather and location throughout the evening.