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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 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

Santa Fe Wedding by Twin Lens

The loveliness of this next wedding is what first caught my eye…the simple details, the pretty and elegant style, the gorgeous bride and the stunning photography by Twin Lens. And yet, it was the bride’s endearing description of her day that actually brought me to tears. This is not only pure eye candy…it’s also a little lesson in planning your wedding with a bit of grace and a bit of beauty.

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I think a lot of women probably go into their wedding planning with the idea that it’ll take at least a year. So, let me be the one to assure you it can be done in three months, with a lap top and iphone, while running hockey summer camps with your fiance, in rinks with extremely sketchy internet and phone service. Ladies, it can be done! We picked two dates that we loved in September and began the journey of wedding planning. I remember researching places that we might want to get married. We spent hours upon hours on the internet researching cities and resorts that fit our vision of our wedding day.

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There were many places that we loved, but there was just something about Santa Fe and specifically, the Encantado Resort. It looks so peaceful, romantic, organic, chic and serene. It was all the things that we wanted in our day. Once we decided on the Encantado Resort and luckily our quickly approaching day just happened to be available, we received a list of recommended vendors from the wedding coordinator at the Encantado Resort.

It is amazing how important a wedding vendors website is when you’re planning a wedding from 1,917 miles away from the wedding site, without being able to meet anyone in person. I think we had a very similar experience when picking vendors as we did while choosing a resort. We wanted to see who could see our vision, understand it and most importantly make our “vision” a reality. We were looking for a wedding that reflected who we are as a couple. Simple yet elegant. Never overstated, yet delicate and beautiful.

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Our wedding was elegant, natural and romantic just as we imagined. An arch of willow-tree filled with fresh herbs and blooms in tones of lavender, white, ecru and silver with accents of green framed the alter to perfection. Our spanish guitarist set the mood and provided entertainment at our ceremony and cocktail hour. We always wanted a small, intimate wedding which we received in our nineteen guests of close family and friends. Since we chose a small wedding we had the benefit of using the courtyard for both our cocktail hour and reception, it was more like a dinner party, which we loved.

Of course not everything on your wedding day will be perfect, there is always something or in my case someone missing. A few years ago my older sister, Bridgitte, passed away very suddenly. I always thought she would be standing by my side as my maid of honor on my wedding day and now I was faced with the reality that I had one vision that couldn’t come true no matter how hard I tried. I have many wonderful friends that would have stood up with me on that day, but to me no one could fill her shoes. It fit us best to not have a wedding party and I think that’s a good thing for couples to remember, you don’t have to follow every tradition. Let your wedding represent you and your fiance. We did find some great ways to include Bridgitte into our ceremony and reception, which was extremely important to us. Our officiant, Martha, suggested mentioning Bridgitte in our ceremony to acknowledge what we were all thinking about that day, and that was her absence there. She was definitely right, on that day she was respectfully acknowledged in the ceremony and although there were tears, it was so nice to think of her during that moment. I also had Andrea place a small charm with the letter “B” on my bouquet, so I could feel her presence with me as I walked down the aisle.

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People always say to enjoy every moment in your wedding day because it is over before you know it. I never believed this could be true, until my day arrived and was over in what felt like an hour! It’s amazing how fast time flies when you’re enjoying the company of friends and family, over great food, wonderful music and, of course, cocktails. I remember the day we received our photos and slideshow from Kitty and Craig, we relived our wedding all over, and over and over! The photos were just stunning. Their style is documentary- which isn’t for everyone- but it was exactly what we were looking for. Their photos are not just pictures, they are artwork. In the end our memories were all captured to perfection. We can not thank them enough.

We want to thank all of our vendors for making our vision a reality and helping us to achieve our dream.

Dress by: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Pedro Garcia / Groom’s Suit: Burberry / Photography: Twin Lens / venue: Encantado Resort / flowers: Andrea Soorikian Design / Invitations: Bella Figura / officiant: Martha Spring / d.j.: Absolute Entertainment

Santa Fe Wedding from Twin Lens Photography IV

If you’re just now joining us, I’ve been having a bit of a gush-fest about Lauren and David’s beautiful wedding at the Encantado Resort in New Mexico. Santa Fe based photographers Kitty and Craig Fritz from Twin Lens did an amazing job capturing the character, color and elegance of this warm southwestern affair.

This wedding has an altogether joyful, stylish vibe that I just love. Lots of pretty details, a stunning setting and one very happy couple…

Now, normally I like to wrap up a wedding with a photograph of the newlyweds, but I just couldn’t resist this image of the bride Lauren. Sorry David… but your new wife is just having too much fun… love it.


Credits: Flowers by Andrea Soorikian Design, Ceremony and Reception location Encantado Resort, Wedding Coordination byHeidi Anderson, Cake by Maggie’s Cakes, Dress by Vera Wang, Shoes by Manolo Blahnik, Music from Sauce, Invitations and Paper Goods by Ceci New York, Calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap and last but not least, photography by Kitty and Craig Fritz from Twin Lens.

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Santa Fe Wedding from Twin Lens Photography III

When I saw these photographs by Twin Lens from Lauren and David’s wedding, I just about fell out of my chair. You can do a lot of planning for a wedding… but there are some moments, like the incredible weather for this ceremony, that you just can’t anticipate. So, needless to say, it helps to have an amazing photographer to capture them forever.

From the bride, Lauren…

The ceremony was my favorite part of the entire day. Dark-colored storm clouds rolled in a few hours before that looked quite ominous for rain (August in New Mexico is known for afternoon showers). We certainly lucked out though because the storm never made its way to the Encantado, yet the clouds created an awesome backdrop for spectacular photos.

Luckily for all us, the jaw dropping doesn’t stop with the ceremony. Lauren was inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting, “White Trumpet Flower”, so she hired Santa Fe floral designer, Andrea Soorikian, to turn her vision into reality and create an evening that was as expressive as the painting itself.

From Lauren…

Overall I wanted the look to be very natural and organic: grasses, succulents, driftwood, pods, etc, with tonal cream blooms, complemented by tons of candlelight. I wanted the floral arrangements to each be unique, so we had a mix of tables with varied vessels to adorn each. The round tables had rectangular wood vases or bamboo bowls, while the long tables had an arrangement of driftwood, white blooms and greens running down the length of each table. I had my heart set on creating a “tree” for the place card table, which I found out is no easy task. Thankfully Andrea did not shy away from the challenge and went above and beyond to create the most gorgeous orchid tree I could have ever imagined!

Credits: Flowers by Andrea Soorikian Design, Ceremony and Reception location Encantado Resort, Wedding Coordination by Heidi Anderson, Dress by Vera Wang, Calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap, photography by Kitty and Craig Fritz from Twin Lens.

More photos of the gorgeous reception coming up next.

Santa Fe Wedding by Twin Lens Photography II

So, sorry for the scramble with the previous post… I’ve had a chance to compose myself and now I feel like I can give this wedding a proper introduction. LBB members, Kitty and Craig from Twin Lens, sent us this amazing New Mexico wedding and I have to admit, I’m kind of obsessed. The couple is beautiful, the photographs are extraordinary, the location is breathtaking… it’s a pretty perfect package.

From the bride, Lauren…

Santa Fe holds a special place in my heart as I grew up visiting there. It was also the destination of one of our first trips together, so the location was an easy answer for us. Overall, we wanted to create an event that was natural, laid-back, was understatedly elegant, and most importantly, was a fun celebration for all! With the help of some fabulous vendors, we were able to do just that… The very first thing I did was research photographers. I have always been drawn to photojournalistic-style photography as I love seeing background moments and candid shots that might otherwise be missed. I fortuitously stumbled upon Kitty and Craig and instantly fell in love with their amazing talent. They also just so happened to be locally based to Santa Fe, so the partnership could not have been more perfect! They were such a joy to work with during our engagement photo session and the wedding weekend, not to mention extremely easy-going and just plain cool as a couple.

Coming up next, some stunning photographs from the ceremony…