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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.

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Fall
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Ranch
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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

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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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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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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