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Santa Fe Wedding by MARRIED by Jessie Abrams Baca

I have to admit that I read the words from the bride before I even laid my eyes upon these images from Articulate Photo and I was already in love with the concept of this wedding. Little did I know I was about to fall even more in love with it when I saw the pretty, pretty design by MARRIED by Jessie Abrams Baca. I love that this art loving couple married at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and then carried that theme over into their reception. Click here for even more!

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From the Bride…On the day that we got engaged, Mike and I decided that we wanted a small destination wedding in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We took our first vacation as a couple there and felt that the artistic and bohemian feel of the town was perfect for the atmosphere we were hoping to achieve. The Georgia O’Keeffe museum was the ideal venue for our ceremony and served as an inspiration for all aspects of the wedding design. The museum was delighted to have us, and made our day even more special by providing guests with a tour of their special exhibit which included works by Andy Warhol, Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, and of course Ms. O’Keeffe herself. Mike is a graphic artist and produced all of the paper products and our invitation suite. He is also an amateur woodworker and made our chuppah in our garage, which he designed to compliment to the natural motifs which were scattered throughout.

After the ceremony we paraded through the Santa Fe plaza with all our guests, led by a Cuban street music guitarist and drummer. We carried a custom “Love Birds” banner made by our wedding planner. She also customized maracas, bells and ribbon wands for a true parade! We then arrived at the Inn of the Anasazi where our reception was held in their lovely library and living room area. The Anasazi’s adobe style interior was the perfect backdrop for our Georgia O’Keeffe inspired wedding – pictures of the artist were displayed on the library shelves beside the rows of books, and framed prints of her bold floral paintings adorned the living room fireplace mantle.

Our guests left us their well wishes by signing our copy of Ms. O’Keeffe’s Poppies which now hangs in our home. We used textures to enhance our design, from the distressed leather deerskin belt I wore over a silk organza Watters gown, to the birch covered pots which held our floral arrangements, to the leafy linen fabric of the table runners (which was also used as the “roof” of our wedding canopy).

Our wedding planner helped us both with the organization of our day and its design. Jessie is truly an artist and brought our Santa Fe organic bohemian meets modern art wedding to life – she transformed our vague ideas (“make it pretty, make it earthy, and give us a little Georgia”) into one coherent, consistent style where every bit appeared to be carved from the same desert stone. She even posted a succulent planter DIY from our wedding on her blog so you can see how some of the woodsy elements came to life.

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

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Santa Fe Wedding by Brett Butterstein Photography

A wedding inspired by a succulent? Sign us up! And we’ll go ahead and sign everyone up while we are at it because we know y’all are a succulent savvy bunch. The inspired bride took the colors from that pretty plant and created a wedding that will leave you swooning all weekend long. Adorable flowers girls, a happy as can be color palette, and details galore – it wasn’t hard for Brett Butterstein Photography to fill the full gallery with fabulous, so skip on over to check it out!

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From the Bride…If I wasn’t a graphic designer, I’d probably be a wedding planner. I’ve always had a passion for party planning….I love the creativity and the attention to detail that is involved in planning an event. In a way, graphic design has a similar process – you have an idea or a vision, brainstorm on what will/won’t work and slowly put together the puzzle pieces to form an end result that is cohesive, unique and pleasing to the eye. This is why I was thrilled to be able to combine my two passions – graphic design and party planning – into one very special project…..our wedding day!

My initial inspiration came from a plant. A succulent to be exact. I have always adored everything about succulents: the blue/green colors, the variety of shapes/sizes, the connection to the southwest and the fact that they are not necessarily a cactus, a plant or a flower – but some sort of beautiful and unique combination of all three. In my wedding research, I came across a beautiful bouquet that incorporated succulents – along with billy balls (craspedia), white peonies and scabiosa pods – and I knew this would be the basis for our entire wedding theme. “Casual, rustic, elegance” – were the terms I used in describing my wedding day vision. My husband, Kji (pronounced Kye) and I are both laid back, outdoorsy types – who shy away from anything formal and stuffy – so we knew our wedding needed to have a casual and relaxed atmosphere. We chose Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, NM as our venue – for it’s rustic, ranch like setting and it’s ability to host both the ceremony and reception and allow all our guests to stay where all the events were taking place. I grew up in Santa Fe and my family still lives there – so it holds a special place in my heart and I felt it embodied the “casual, rustic, elegance” theme perfectly.

All of this hard work and planning lead to the most beautiful, most perfect day of our lives. There were certainly some set backs – like the fact that the entire state of New Mexico was basically burning down from all the forest fires in the vicinity (there was even a fire that popped up the DAY of the wedding only 5 miles from the wedding site!) – but none of that really affected much (except that we got an amazing photo with a smoke plume in the background!) and the day went off without a hitch. Brett Butterstein’s did an incredible job documenting the day …his focus on light and shadows combined with the unique New Mexico architecture, created the most breathtaking photos and really captured everything perfectly. All in all – it was the best wedding we’d ever been to (though I suppose we could be a bit biased) and I couldn’t have asked for more!

Wedding Photography: Brett Butterstein Photography / Flowers: Margaret Bost Floral Design / Ceremony + Reception Location: Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa / Invitations + Paper Products: Sweet Nature Designs + Etsy / Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles / Wedding Dress: Watters via Anna Be / Band: Missed The Boat / Photo Booth: Photo Booth Rentals of New Mexico / Hair + Make-up: Rock Paper Scissor Salon / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s + Groomsmen Suits: J.Crew / Flower Girl Dresses: The Briar Patch / Accessories + Jewelry: Etsy / Pies: Chocolate Maven / Custom Pint Glasses: Custom Glassware +  Sweet Nature Designs

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New Mexico Wedding from Keely Thorne + Andrea Soorikian

This next, totally adorbs wedding, captured by the talented Chris Bailey Photography literally has us tickled pink. Keely Thorne Events travelled to New Mexico with our couple, and we’re so happy she did. Keely’s team worked with Andrea Soorikian Design to create a wedding filled to the brim with absolutely peachy keen details. We’ve died and gone to heaven – or at least the lush florals have us thinking so. I swear, you can almost smell their sweet scent right through your computer screen. When you’ve taken in all you can here, pop into the gallery – there’s more!

From the bride … Patrick and I met 2 years ago, the night he told me he was going to marry me. Little did I know, he was right. I had always wanted a small wedding; I don’t like to be in the spotlight so I only wanted close friends and family. Patrick and I had no trouble deciding where we wanted to have the wedding – my parents rented a house in Santa Fe for the month of July and we instantly decided to have our wedding there.

The David Webb signed diamond and sapphire necklace that was passed down to me by me great grandmother was my biggest inspiration for the wedding. It not only provided the canvas for our wedding but was the perfect accessory for my wedding day ensemble. I majored in Art History and used Georgia O’Keefe’s sunset paintings as an inspiration for my bridesmaids dresses and flowers.  I wanted to reflect the beautiful coral and peach skies that O’Keefe painted by incorporating different shades of pink, orange and peach in our wedding.

This perfect wedding weekend would have never occurred if not for for Keely Thorne and her amazing team. She made the entire weekend flow with complete perfection; in fact, I didn’t have a worry in the world on my wedding day because Keely was always two steps ahead of what we might need or problem solving so I didn’t have to! Keely was so supportive and understanding at every moment of the planning process and I cannot thank her enough for listening to my thoughts and ideas and then making each and every one of them come to life!

Venue: Encantado Resort and Spa / Wedding Coordination: Keely Thorne Events / Florist: Andrea Soorikian Design / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Dress: Oscar de la Renta from Casa de Novia / Shoes: Oscar de la Renta / Groomsmen’s Ties: Vineyard Vines / Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew / Linens: Distinctive Details / Photography: Chris Bailey Photography / Officiant: Irene Swain / Transportation: Star Limo / Stationery: Sicily Eason / Lighting: Alliance AV / Cakes: The Chocolate Maven / Reception Band: Patrick Smith Band / Ceremony Music: Bellissima String Quartet / Cocktail Hour Music: Bellissima Music / Hair: Keith Campbell / Makeup: Monica Stark of Makeup Santa Fe

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Vibrant New Mexico Wedding From Twin Lens

We gave you a quick peek at Adrianne & Stephen’s colorful New Mexico wedding from Twin Lens on Sunday, but that was a mere morsel of the complete picture! Self-proclaimed “foodies,” they planned their wedding around delicious cuisine and the beautiful New Mexico scenery!

From Kitty and CraigAdrianne & Stephen’s New Mexico wedding was the best of all worlds… rustic, fun, simple, elegant. They were married in an art-deco Catholic church in Downtown Albuquerque and then traveled north to the Hacienda Vargas for an outdoor gourmet luncheon and afternoon fiesta. Going through their photos, it’s hard to find a photo without everyone smiling!! We were honored to have documented their beautiful, flawless day.

You can see more of this delightful day on Twin Lens’ Facebook page and in our gallery!

My fiancé Stephen and I always knew we wanted to get married in New Mexico. Though we both have lived in California for most of our lives, he was raised in New Mexico. We wanted to give our wedding guests a chance to get away for a weekend and explore the beautiful NM scenery.

Stephen’s number one priority was to have delicious New Mexican/Mexican food. We both enjoy eating… our shared meals with family, friends, and one another have been a definitive part of our relationship and love for one another. It was only fitting that our wedding would be a chance to share a delicious meal with our close community. After some internet research, I came upon Marja Catering in Santa Fe. We visited her kitchen and instantly knew that she was our woman! She offered us tastings of carnitas and fresh tortillas as we all talked about our favorite places to eat in San Francisco where we had all lived for a few years. We were sold.

Once we settled on Marja as our caterer, our focus was on finding a venue. We looked at a few locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque but nothing was quite right. Our vision for our wedding day was to have an outdoor reception that was relaxed, and where our guests could enjoy hanging out and grazing on Marja’s delicious food. We also wanted a venue that reflected the natural beauty of New Mexico. We finally found exactly what we were looking for at the Hacienda Vargas. It’s a quaint bed and breakfast right outside of Albuquerque. It has a beautiful outdoor courtyard with huge trees providing cool shade, and spots of bright turquoise fencing. Once the goat on the property noisily welcomed us when we first visited, we knew we’d found our venue! Hacienda Vargas embodied the perfect rustic charm for our wedding. The owners (Cynthia and Spence) were helpful, sweet, and did a fantastic job assisting us with our preparations.

I did some research on photographers but once we met Kitty and Craig of Twin Lens, we knew they were the ones for us. We first met them at their home (just 5 minutes away from Hacienda Vargas) and we were instantly impressed with their photography; not to mention how lovely and warm they are. Their photojournalistic style was exactly what we wanted for the day, especially since we did not plan to have a videographer. After seeing their photographs and trusting that they understood our vision for the day, we could rest easy knowing they would produce fantastic photographs.

My older brother Christian prepared our beautiful invitations. He’s a graphic designer that’s never done wedding invitations but he created our invitations as our wedding present. We gave him a few ideas of what we wanted, what we hoped our wedding day would be, and a copy of our menu. He exceeded all our expectations. He designed an invitation that gave guests an idea of the mood we wanted to set for the day and a sneak peek of the menu and our wedding attire!

The wedding day could not have gone better. Our ceremony was at the Immaculate Conception Catholic church. Its art-deco style and its location in downtown Albuquerque were in wonderful contrast to our rustic, verdant reception location. My cousin is the priest who married us. This was a beautiful, personal touch to our wedding. He’s also really funny which fit the celebratory mood of our wedding day.

While our guests were whisked away to our reception in a tour bus that we provided, we were off with Kitty and Craig for a few portraits in downtown Albuquerque. We stumbled upon a small farmers’ market and decided to pick up a few things. I love Farmers’ Markets so it was only fitting that we stop by on our wedding day. Locals greeted us with some fresh fruit and hearty congratulations. As it turned out, much of down time during the wedding day was spent with Kitty and Craig. We loved talking and hanging out with this beautiful couple. They stealthily captured many lovely moments during our wedding day and we had the utmost trust in them. Many of our guests complimented us, not only on the wedding photos, but also on how unobtrusive and sweet our photographers were. Because of Kitty and Craig’s style and talent, we consider our photos from the day works of art. I still get teary watching the slideshow they prepared for us and many of the photos are hung up in our home to remind us of our wedding day.

Marja’s food did not disappoint. We had a simple buffet of carnitas, beans, tortillas, fresh salsas, and some roasted shisito peppers that Marja happened to find at the farmers’ market that morning. The food was local, fresh, tasty, and almost all our guests – as well as my fiancé and I – went back for seconds. Everyone feasted. Instead of a cake, we opted to serve sundaes and popsicles. These were both a hit. The sundaes were decadent and the popsicles were a nice way for our guests to cool down since the weather was warmer than we expected. Marja’s staff was friendly and so helpful. We only wish Marja had a restaurant so we could enjoy her food again!

Since we really wanted Marja’s food to shine, we kept our tables pretty simple. We named each table after our favorite restaurants, with the bride and groom’s table named after the restaurant where Stephen proposed to me. We wanted to recreate the feel of an outdoor bistro so we opted for butcher paper and crayons on each table. The crayons were a hit with the kids and the adults. Our guests created some beautiful art work and wrote some fun poems on these simple canvasses!

To add a splash of color and in keeping with our overall food theme, our centerpieces were small silver tins filled with delicious tangerines provided by our florist. We gave our guests small burlap bags so they could take some tangerines home. My aunt did a fabulous job putting these centerpieces together! For our wedding favors, Marja prepared tasty New Mexican biscochitos and I printed and laminated the recipe for the cookies so our guests could make them at home.

Thanks to our vendors, our wedding day was a complete success. We were relaxed and because we trusted our vendors so much, we were able to enjoy our wedding day to its fullest!

Photography: Twin Lens / Caterer: Marja Catering / Flowers: Jessie Abrams / Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church / Reception Location: Hacienda Vargas / Invitations: Bride’s brother, Christian /  Dress: Deborah’s Bridal

New Mexico Wedding by Jesse Leake

Just when we think we have seen about all there is to see when it comes to gorgeous weddings, a beauty like this lands in our inbox and well, we’re back to square one again. Oohing and awing over yet another totally unique, completely beautiful in ever single way wedding. Jesse Leake photographed this wonder so you know it is going to be a total gem plus the Bride and Groom killed it with unique touches that incorporated Native American and Irish traditions all set against an utterly breathtaking Santa Fe, New Mexico backdrop. Can we say FAB -U-LOUS? See more of this beautiful day and every last perfect detail in the gallery.

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From the lovely, lovely Bride…

It was important for Kyle and I to reflect two things: love and family. We wanted an intimate wedding in a romantic, organic place – Santa Fe stole our hearts. Our wedding day was chaotic, yet calm… filled with laughter and genuine emotion. We are the luckiest.

The decor was inspired by our love for succulents, bohemian vintage design and our American Indian/Irish heritage. Kyle and I hand selected everything from the vintage amber jars to the herringbone kitchen towels. Etsy, vintage shopping and DIY projects saved us. We meticulously designed the invitations, ceremony cards and menu cards (with the help of Suann Song of Simple Song Designs). We successfully incorporated our personalities through each piece …”the good stuff” – ceremony programs, “the yummy stuff” – menu cards, “the sweet stuff” – cake table.

Kyle and I met on St. Patty’s Day and coincidentally, our families are both Irish. We chose to reflect this by tying miniature gold four leaf clover charms to the invitations and menu cards. Photos of our grandparents were clipped to the menu cards with a “love” clothespin and American Indian feathers were used for added detail. Buckeye seeds (a good luck charm in American Indian folklore) were hand picked by my grandmother and strewn together in groups of 15, to represent the day Kyle and I met. They were placed on the ceremony programs and kept by guests. The bouquet and reception flowers were inspired by my favorite store, Anthropologie. peaches, creams, purples, yellows, pinks … a true bohemian combination.

The ceremony was intimate and meaningful. Kyle and I stood on an American Indian rug and guests were seated on rustic wooden benches. An acoustic guitar strummed our favorite songs and “five promises” were read to replace traditional vows. A unique feature – our first dance immediately followed the vows. For the reception, guests were seated at a long table covered in a natural linen tablecloth and burlap runner. Vintage amber jars, driftwood, turquoise votives, succulents and chunky flowers decorated the table. The food was home style with a New Mexican twist – steak/halibut, mashed potatoes, green beans, calabacitas, green chile cornbread and pecan pie.

Ceremony and Reception: Encantado Resort / Photographer: Jesse Leake / Flowers: Andrea Soorikian Design / Wedding Coordinator: Alicia Troxell of Barnwood & Birch / Paper Goods: Suann Song of Simple Song Design / Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Shoes: J. Crew / Suit: Brooks Brothers

Albuquerque Beauty ~ Spring Wedding From Twin Lens

Happy Monday to all!  We have a super week planned for the LBB blog … so many stunning weddings ~ all sharing that same glorious wedding passion!

First up ~ we have Lexy and Steve’s New Mexico wedding from Kitty & Craig at Twin Lens. The depth and the emotion that Kitty and Craig capture in each and every one of their weddings is unparalleled.

You can see, from this first shot just why Lexi and Steve wanted Kitty & Craig to capture their wedding weekend … AND why they decided to hold their wedding in Lexy’s parents’ Albuquerque backyard!

From Lexy …

I know I stand with a countless number of people in saying that my wedding day was the happiest day of my life, but I really don’t know how else to describe it. With all of our amazing vendors and the breathtaking landscape combined with the presence of our beloved friends and family, there was little left to ask for.

The only thing that seemed certain about our wedding was that we wanted to have fun and be relaxed enough to be able to laugh. Beyond that, my fiance and I started with very little.

Location came first. We wanted something a bit out of the ordinary and were hoping for a location with some sentimental value. We started to look at a few locations in Southern California (where we live), when it dawned on us that my parents’ house in Albuquerque, New Mexico backs up to the beautiful Sandia Mountains and has a fantastic multi-level backyard.  New Mexico is definitely out of the ordinary, considering all of our Southern California possibilities, and the sentimental value of my parents’ house seemed obvious. My mother’s excitement for our backyard ceremony idea was contingent upon only one requirement… a wedding planner. My sister suggested that I call Rebeca Reategui. All I can say is that there are not enough words to describe Rebecca’s brilliance as a wedding planner. She was there every step of the way to ensure that every last detail was perfectly in place.

When asking for help finding our wedding vendors in the Albuquerque area, we received some great recommendations from a San Francisco based photographer who spent fifteen years shooting weddings in New Mexico. He only gave us one name for our photographers … Kitty & Craig ~ Twin Lens

After one look at their website, and one in person conversation, we knew why he only bothered with one recommendation. Craig and Kitty are creative photojournalists with eyes for capturing the moment, exactly what we wanted. They are also two of the most enjoyable people to be with, above and beyond what we expected.

Once we had these delightful people in place, and got to start working on the details, we knew we could embrace our location. One of my favorite things about Albuquerque is the beautiful sunsets ~ they cast an incredibly brilliant glow on the Sandia Mountains.

With this in mind I let my bridesmaids choose any dress they wanted as long as it was somewhere on the color wheel between yellow and red, which actually turned out better than I expected. In the same vein, the groomsmen wore orange ties with tan suits.

Our wonderfully creative florist, Andrea Soorikian, put together fantastic centerpieces. I wanted depth of color and texture which Andrea created from flowers I didn’t know existed before I met her.

Angela Reece, and her crew at Walter Burke Catering, put together the perfect menu with a little southwestern flare. We also had a dessert bar that had even those without a sweet tooth going back for seconds. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

{more of the sweets and florals in their gallery}

Their invitations and accompanying wedding pieces were designed by Elizabeth Hubbell

Calligraphy by Papineau Calligraphy

This is one of those weddings that we’d love to keep on going and going and going with the photos sent to us by Kitty and Craig. But ~ now that we are able to share the whole gallery with you, we’ll let you check out all the pics right here: Lexy & Steve’s gallery

In the gallery, you’ll see a few shots from the rehearsal dinner as well …

Lexy and Steve’s Wedding Vendors: Photography: Twin Lens ,Wedding Coordinator: Rebecca Reategui, Florist: Andrea Soorikian Design, Caterer: Walter Burke Catering, Invitations: Elizabeth Hubbell Studio, Calligrapher: Papineau Calligraphy, D.J.: Matt Mizell ~ Lighthouse Entertainment, Rehearsal Dinner: Casa Rodena, Gown: Vera Wang


So ~ if you’re as awed by Kitty and Craig’s work as we are, here are some links to see more …

Lexy & Steve’s Wedding {a fantastic slideshow from Twin Lens}

Twin Lens Website

Twin Lens Facebook page

Style Me Pretty Gallery: Steve and Lexy’s wedding

Style Me Pretty Gallery: More Twin Lens weddings previously published on Style Me Pretty! {23 pages of stunning weddings}

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