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Santa Fe Photo Shoot from Jess Barfield Photography

Santa Fe is definitely on my radar for fab getaways. It has a culture so vibrant and painterly it is practically made for vacations and even better, destination weddings. This photo shoot captured by Jess Barfield Photography is out to prove that. Colorful blooms by Stems of Dallas intermingle with ikat and gold details crafted by Lindsey Zamora and a breathtaking backdrop that only Santa Fe could provide. See so much more in the full gallery.

From Jess Barfield PhotographyThis shoot presents a fresh take on the classic southwest charm. I tend to let the location dictate the accompanying color palette, style and decor for shoots, and when a friend of the family lent their truly authentic Santa Fe house, everything just fell into place. I began scouring Dallas to find the eclectic mix of southwest style and contemporary elegance. While this was a styled shoot, it was also important that it can be replicated by brides-to-be.

Photography: Jess Barfield Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: The Home of Karen + Chuck Johnson in Santa Fe, New Mexico / Floral Design: Stems of Dallas / Styling + Creative Direction: Lindsey Zamora / Wedding Cake + Cookie: The Hospitality Sweet / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher / Metal Wrapping: ReworkCreative / Bride’s Blouse: Robert Rodriguez / Bride’s Skirt + Belt: Stylist’s Own / Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Jewelry: Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus + Eiseman Jewels / Invitation Design: Kamal of Bella Figura / Models: Katherine Hodge of Page Parkes Management + Landon Hamilton of Kim Dawson Agency

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Albuquerque Wedding by Jasmine Nicole Photography

Now this is a Bride after my own heart. A fabulous shrug, a daring leopard coat, a beautiful wedding with nods to vintage glamour whipped up by Fiori Fresco Special Events. It’s Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm kicked up a few elegant notches. And after spending some time getting cozy with this post and poring over all the beautiful images captured by Jasmine Nicole Photography, I can honestly say this Bride and Groom are so crazy in love and it radiates from each and every image. Their first look says it all. See the full day right here.

And now the film, a.k.a the anatomy of a wedding day. It’s the sweet first look, the heart-warming vows, the happy moments with family and guests and the joyous send off all wrapped up into one perfect film by Drew C. Schrimsher. Take a look…

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From the bride… I was mostly inspired by two things: the history of the venue and the fabulous vintage wedding trend going around. The venue was built in the ’30s, which solidified the idea of vintage glam. Also, being a Californian who worked in the special events business for years, I have been privileged to see a lot of great venues. However, nothing comes close to the charm, mystery and romance of Los Poblanos. I fell in love with it many years ago shortly after moving to New Mexico. The venue really inspired everything and influenced every decision we made. This leads me to the best advice I have for brides: find a venue you love that reflects you and your man and work ALL your details around that. Don’t try to force a place into an idea you have. Let the venue decide what colors work, what linens, what kind of dress, music, etc., even if its not exactly what you originally pictured. Also, ALWAYS think first about your guests and their experience from the time they arrive to when they leave. Where will they sit, what and how will they eat, what are they listening to, think lighting, how will they be greeted, etc. Yes it’s “our” day but be flexible, gracious, let others help when needed, and hire professionals!! You will enjoy yourself more and so will your friends and family. Happy planning!

Wedding Photography: Jasmine Nicole Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico / Event Planning, Floral + Event Design: Christopher Aldama of Fiori Fresco Special Events / Wedding Cinematography: Drew C. Schrimsher / Wedding Invitations: Target / Cake Pops: Tyche Pierce (A Friend of the Bride) / Musicians: Soulstice / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo / Bride’s Shoes: In Style via Macy’s / Hair: Waves Salon / Makeup: MAC Cosmetics / Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole via Macy’s

Santa Fe Wedding by Twin Lens

In Santa Fe, the sky seems brighter, the flowers prettier and a Destination Wedding like this beauty seems all the more joyous. Twin Lens photographed the whole celebration from knock-out Bridesmaid attire to one almost-too-pretty-to-eat cake and right on through to gorgeous images of an oh-so-in-love couple. This is a wedding extravaganza done so, so right and you can see it all here.

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From the bride… Keith and I both went into the wedding planning process very open-minded. The world was our oyster! We live in Illinois and decided early on that we wanted to do a destination wedding. We still wanted a lot of family and friends to attend, so we ruled out anything requiring a passport. Keith and I had traveled to the Southwest a few times and loved the desert, the endless sky and the FOOD! While we had been to Silver City, New Mexico, we had never been to Santa Fe, but we both independently put it in the running for our wedding location. We flew out for a weekend of venue appointments saying that if we didn’t love it, we’d start over. We loved it.

My cousin Corinne is SUPER crafty. I am not but like being creative every now and then. With her help, we made the escort cards, programs, table stories, and faux photo booth. You can see a tutorial on how the program fans were made on Corinne’s blog. Keith and I both love to travel, and have taken several trips together. We only had eight tables so instead of doing numbers, we assigned favorite trip destinations to the tables. Keith wrote up stories of our time there to display. If one of the destinations included friends or family, we included them in the story. If they were at our wedding, we tried to sit them at “their” table. Since we were getting married in such a beautiful setting, we wanted to take full advantage. We created our own “photo booth” by buying frames from Hobby Lobby, painting them the colors we wanted, and hanging them alongside the reception area. We made props by cutting silhouettes out of heavy paper and gluing them to wooden rods, and bought a couple of chalk boards for guests to use. We also supplied an instant camera to complete the vintage feel. It was a huge hit!

My dad’s toast was one of my favorite moments. He is an excellent speaker and had the whole place laughing and crying. Keith’s dad also gave a speech. He is not one to typically do so, but he felt inspired to at the wedding and delivered a short, simple, and poignant message. It was also so great to get to set the soundtrack for the day. I walked in to the ceremony to Moon River on the Spanish guitar, and the bridal party reception entrance song, Keith and my first dance song, and the songs we danced to with our parents all carried a lot of meaning to us. My mom made my dress for a sorority recruitment event in college and it ended up being the perfect wedding dress. My mother passed away 8 years ago so it was even more special that I could wear a dress she made on my wedding day.

Wedding Photography: Twin Lens / Wedding Venue + Catering: Las Campanas in Santa Fe, New Mexico / Flowers: Marisa Peluso of Marisa Millefiori / Wedding Coordination: Heidi Mitchell of Santa Fe Soiree / Wedding Cake: Amber at Chocolate Maven / Wedding Dress: The Mother of the Bride / Ceremony Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Reception Shoes: Chanel / Bride’s Belt: Kirsten Kuehn Designs / Bride’s Earrings + Necklace: Nordstrom / Hair + Eyelashes: Travis Manning / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alice and Olivia / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Anthropologie + gigi BOTTEGA / Groom’s + Groomsmen’s Suits: J.Crew / Wedding Invitations: Dapper Paper / Escort Cards, Programs, Table names, Frames + Paper Props: DIY / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Sol y Luna / Reception Music: DJ Cypher Unlimited

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