October 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Real Wedding - Melinda and Jim

"Rustic charm with subtle hints of New Mexico tradition were woven throughout the day"

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Melinda and Jim’s nuptials took place at the beautiful Hacienda Doña Andrea on clear and warm day this spring. You may remember their inspiration board that I shared a while back. Rustic charm with subtle hints of New Mexico tradition were woven throughout the day and culminated with a glowing evening of live musical performances and a rockin’ dance party!

Enjoy a few shots of the lovely details from the talented Jennifer Dudley.

Artichokes and Pomegranates created a textural floral display using wild flowers, succulents, blue thistle, calla lilies and a few orchids. I really liked the monochromatic and natural palette that echoed the dusky hills after a Santa Fe sunset.

Melinda and Jim incorporated a really special element to their ceremony. Instead of doing a unity candle or sand ceremony they did something much more symbolic and meaningful. They each wrote each other love letters and during the ceremony, sealed them in a box with a fabulous bottle of wine. On their one-year anniversary, they will open the box, drink the bottle of wine and read the love letters to eachother. So sweet, no?

We also had a great musical twist on typical ceremony music. Todd Lovato, of the local Santa Fe band, Todd and the Fox, graced us with his banjo skills. Now, you may immediately envision plucked honkey tonk, but Todd played the most beautiful renditions of Vivaldi’s “Spring” and “Grow Old with Me” by John Lennon! I love when you hear a familiar song but on an instrument that is atypical and out of context.

Guests enjoyed lavender champagne cocktails and their potted succulent cards doubled as adorable take-home favors.

I’m always a fan of keeping the kiddos entertained during dinner. I found these adorable “Goodie” bags and Melinda stocked them with all sorts of distractions. Needless to say, they were all happy campers!

It was indeed a beautiful night and as the sun set behind the Ortiz mountains, the bistro lights glowed upon the Papel Picado and the happy couple danced the night away under the New Mexico sky.

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