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Elegant Wedding at Los Poblanos Inn And Cultural Center

For a bride who originally didn’t want wedding, her big day turned out pretty darn fabulous. Starting with a stunning, two-toned Vera and ending with a flawlessly styled reception, you’d never guess a full-out affair wasn’t plan A all along. Liz Anne snapped up every moment, and you can find it all right here!

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Seasons
Fall
Settings
Inn

From the Bride… Originally, I didn’t want a wedding. I wanted to just get married on a weekend, so I went to try on a dress to have on hand – a short, fun, little dress I found online. My mom came with me to the wedding dress store and the dress was awful. While I was there with my mom (with no ‘vision’), I figured I should try on real wedding dresses. I came out in the second dress, a two-toned Vera Wang, and it was THE dress! Who knew?! My mom and I consulted with my dad and fiancé, Chris, and everyone was in for a wedding!

To start I asked my photographer (big wedding or not, I knew I needed a photographer) to recommend a venue. Los Poblanos, a place I had never heard of, was it. My fiancé and I made an appointment with the event coordinator. The venue reflected the dress- romantic and elegant in any era. The coordinator was professional, calm and easy to get along with and Los Poblanos wasn’t booked for our desired date, which was a mere six months away. If this all sounds too good to be true, it almost is, but it really happened and everything fell into place perfectly.

For planning, I allowed the coordinator to guide me with “needs” and “you may want” items. The needs were invitations and menu decisions and the ‘may wants’ were luminarias and table overlays. Every time I had to make a choice on a vendor or design, I just kept in mind my dress and the venue and the romantic elegance that I wanted to flow throughout our entire wedding. I didn’t have a lot of time to search for vendors, so once I saw something I liked, I said “yes!” and moved on. After all the planning, we were simply blessed with an incredible fall day that was full of color, warmth and calm. Everything was so incredibly magical from beginning to end.

Photography: Liz Anne Photography | Floral Design: Shannon Loves Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Los Poblanos' Pastry Chef, Sara | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Rings: Shelton Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Joanna Smith, Desert Design | DJ: Complete | Grooms Attire: Brooks Brothers | Classic Car Rental: Imperial Classic Limousine | Makeup Stylist: Becca Lusko, MAC | Wedding Venue: Los Poblanos Inn And Cultural Center

Santa Fe Wedding from Twin Lens

One of my favorite types of weddings are those I describe as indoor garden. They take the beauty of nature and the great outdoors and funnel all that goodness into a venue like the Inn and Spa at Loretto  in Santa Fe. The result is blooms for days by Artichokes and Pomegranates and images by Twin Lens that will make a visit to the gallery a total must.

From the Bride…Will and I got engaged in Santa Fe in front of the St. Francis Cathedral while we were in town visiting my parents. We had been dating for eight years when he popped the question (but I was still completely shocked somehow!), so we had plenty of time to think about what kind of wedding we wanted to have when we finally took the plunge.

We always knew we wanted an intimate destination wedding with close family and friends but we weren’t exactly sure what the right destination would be. After researching spots in Mexico and Belize, it hit us that Santa Fe was the perfect location for our nuptials. I’d grown up going to Santa Fe on family vacations, my parents had just moved there full-time, we’d gotten engaged there and it was just a short flight away from Texas, where most of our guests would be coming from. Not to mention, the gorgeous summer climate in Santa Fe would be a welcome change from the sweltering heat in Houston, where we and many of our guests live.

After deciding on Santa Fe and a summer wedding, we started visiting venues in Santa Fe and researching wedding planners. Since we’d be doing most of our wedding planning from a distance, I knew we would need a great, creative person on the ground in Santa Fe to help us with the details. We met our wedding planner, Jessie Baca, in a coffee shop in Santa Fe a few weeks after getting engaged and we just clicked. She’s the super creative ying to my organized, logistical-minded yang and we couldn’t have been happier to work with her.

Jessie’s first vendor suggestion was husband/wife photographer duo, Twin Lens. After viewing their website, we knew that we had to have them photograph our wedding festivities. Kitty and Craig were such a joy to work with and we were just blown away by the photos they took of our special day. Although I’d always pictured exchanging vows outdoors, the Loretto Chapel’s French gothic architecture and “miraculous staircase” were just too stunning and special to pass up. The Inn and Spa at Loretto is right next door to the Loretto Chapel and was a logical choice for our reception site. Their southwestern decor and pueblo-style design were picture-perfect Santa Fe and exactly what we’d had in mind for our guests.

The overall feel of our wedding was laid-back, vintage, rustic fun. Artichokes and Pomegranates made my floral vision a reality, with loose, pretty arrangements of flowers (THOSE DAHLIAS!) and herbs in a variety of sizes. Almost all of the bud vases were vintage pieces that my mother already had from years of antiquing and collecting. We used succulents from our Welcome Party the night before to accent the flowers and add a southwest element to our tablescapes, along with beautiful birch wood slices provided by Jessie Baca.

We had about 85 guests at the wedding, which was the perfect size for us. After the ceremony, our guests were led to the outdoor cocktail hour by an all-female mariachi group, Mariachi Buenaventura. Following a seated dinner, the reception became a huge dance party, thanks to our wedding band, Santa Fe’s own Soulstice. Our “party shades” were the biggest hit of the night and all our guests loved wearing the multi-colored sunglasses as they danced the night away. At the end of the evening, Will commandeered one of our guests’ motor-scooters for a spin around the dance floor. It was a hilarious moment in a perfect day that we and our guests will never forget!

Photography: Twin Lens | Wedding Planning: Jessie Baca | Ceremony Location: Loretto Chapel | Reception Location: Inn and Spa at Loretto | Floral Design: Artichokes and Pomegranates | Cake: Chocolate Maven | Band: Soulstice | Hair + Make Up: Jess Evans | Mariachi: Mariachi Buenaventura | Mr. and Mrs. + Just Married Signs: Jamie Gordon West | Photo Booth: Photo Booth Rentals of New Mexico | Getaway: Santa Fe Pedi Cabs | Save the Date, Invitation Suite, Table Numbers and Escort Cards: Sicily Easton | Calligraphy: Karla Hamilton  | Wedding Dress: Watters | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew |  Bridesmaid Jewelry: Kendra Scott  |  Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Bank

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New Mexico Wedding at Hacienda Dona Andrea de Santa Fe from Maddie Eisenhart

I adore this wedding in ways I didn’t think were possible.  Maybe it’s because the bride called it a “bohemian fiesta in the desert” or because she and her dapper groom traveled to New Mexico from NYC to make their wedding dreams a reality.  Or it could be because she seriously rocked a floral head wreath, along with one of my favorite WToo gowns, the stunning Jasmine.  My guess?  It’s a sweeter than sweet combo of all of the above that has my head spinning.  See every last beautiful moment captured by Hart & Sol West in the full gallery.

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Settings
Ranch
Styles
Casual

From the Bride… Our vision was to have a bohemian fiesta in the desert. We live in New York but loved the idea of having a small, intimate wedding in the Southwest – something that involved a lot of margaritas and Spanish guitar. We also wanted a place that we could stay, along with the wedding party, for the entire weekend so that it felt like our own little commune.

We toured several places around Santa Fe, but when we discovered the Hacienda Dona Andrea, it was absolutely love at first site. We couldn’t believe this magical place existed in the middle of nowhere. The vistas were incredible and we we loved the authentic Spanish architecture.

For our color palette, I wanted to keep everything very light and organic. The only direction I gave to my bridesmaids was to select a dress in a ‘shade of champagne,’ and I was thrilled with their eclectic choices. As a bride, hands-down my favorite accessory was my floral head wreath.

For the place settings, we topped each plate with a succulent rosette, which was a great way to avoid breaking the bank on lavish floral arrangements. Playing off the succulent theme, we gave each guest a succulent candle as a party favor. We also hung papel picados and lights across the courtyard to create a festive ambiance as the sun set over the desert during dinner.

What was most important to us was making sure all of friends and family could come together and celebrate a day that was really reflective of us as a couple. From writing our own vows to creating a master playlist for the dance party that followed, we made sure that every moment was true to our sensibilities and our love for each other.

Wedding Photography: Maddie Eisenhart from Hart & Sol West | Wedding Venue: Hacienda Dona Andrea de Santa Fe in Cerrillos, New Mexico | Caterer: Adobo Catering (505.989.7674) | Event Planning: Marina Ybarra from Hacienda Dona Andrea De Santa Fe | Floral Design: Rodeo Plaza Flowers and Gifts + Succulent Source | Wedding Dress: WToo “Jasmine” | Hair: When the Sun Reaches My Sister | Makeup: Rachel Fackrell