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December 2017

Santa Fe's Magical Christmas

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Photo by Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble

Many brides who choose Santa Fe for their destination wedding fall in love with the city during a holiday visit. And of all the holidays, Christmas in Santa Fe is the most magical.

Santa Fe is absolutely enchanting at Christmas time. The first thing you notice is the scent of piñon wood burning in kiva fireplaces along Canyon Road and in people’s backyards. Then there’s the intoxicating aroma and fantastic taste of red and green chili, which even makes its way into the chocolates and candies of local confectioners.

The courtyard of the Palace of the Governors is ablaze with luminarias (piñon wood bonfires) and those charming farolitos, which are small brown bags filled with sand that holds a burning candle. Here you can sip hot chocolate or cider and treat yourself to some fresh-made bischochitos, the New Mexico State cookie. Nearby is the Plaza, where shops stay open after dark and live music can be heard from some of Santa Fe’s best dining and drinking establishments.

The most memorable Christmas event in Santa Fe is the Farolito and Luminaria Walk down the famed Canyon Road, home to over a hundred art galleries and sprinkled with appealing shops and restaurants. On this night, Canyon Road is transformed into a wonderland of lights—electric street lights are turned off, thousands of fairy lights burn, and farolitos line the streets. Carolers sing, huddled around piñon bonfires, and shopowners offer cookies, hot chocolate and cider.

If you ever have an opportunity to visit Santa Fe at Christmas time, by all means, do it! The memories will burn in your heart forever.

Santa Fe, known as the City Different, is a popular spot for destination weddings. If you or a bride-to-be is considering a destination wedding, we would love to talk to you about getting married in the City Different. To inquire, call us at 505-670-6570 or send us an email.

November 2017

Destination Taos, New Mexico

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We love doing destination weddings, and what incredible destinations we have to offer—Santa Fe and Taos, to name just two. What makes a destination wedding special is not just the beauty of the place, but the experience people have when attending a wedding there.

New Mexico is known as the land of enchantment, and this refers not only to its gorgeous big-sky sunsets, breath-taking landscapes, and charming adobe architecture, but also to the way you feel here, far from the trappings of modern life, transported into a world rich with culture, art, and inspiration.

Take for example the August wedding of Lindsey and George, who were married in Taos. While the guests mingled at the reception at the gorgeous El Monte Sagrado in Taos Living Resort and Spa, a world-renowned local artist stood at an easel and painted the scene. This painting will be a life-long treasure for Lindsey and George, and seeing its creation was an unusual and memorable part of the reception.  

The artist, Ed Sandoval, is a Taos icon as colorful as his paintings, which are described as expressionistic symphonies of color. He is often seen painting at his easel in the parking lot of the Ed Sandoval gallery, surrounded by a circle of curious tourists.

Ed is a passionate painter, and he brings this passion to his work. He can be commissioned for your wedding. Call or email us to learn more. We would love to help you plan a memorable experience for you and your guests. To inquire, call us at 505-670-6570 or send us an email.

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September 2017

Getting Married in the City Different

There’s a reason why Santa Fe is called the City Different. In all America, it is a distinctively unique place, abounding in authentic art, architecture, cuisine, and shopping. A visit to Santa Fe is like traveling to another country. It's an excellent choice for a destination wedding with its amazing array of things to do. Here are just a few:

Shopping  Santa Fe was awarded the Best Shopping City Award in the Country by 10best.com. Shopping in Santa Fe is an unforgettable experience that will take you into charming historic buildings filled with one-of-a-kind handmade treasures. The famous Canyon Road is lined with amazing galleries and specialty shops.

Spas  On the Santa Fe Tourism web site, there are 31 listings for spas. For centuries people have traveled to Santa Fe for its healing and restorative powers. Visitors can go for an afternoon massage, an evening soak in an outdoor hot tub under a gorgeous starry sky, a day-long pampering of facials and wraps, or a weekend or week-long rejuvenating spa retreat.

Museums  Santa Fe’s artists and museums are legendary. There are more than a dozen state and private museums in the Santa Fe area, each a unique experience of modern art, traditional art, Native American art, and folk art.

Dining  Santa Fe is a food lover’s paradise with its eclectic and award-winning smorgasbord of restaurants and cafes. There are over 400 dining establishments in Santa Fe, ranging from simple to gourmand. Chile-inspired Southwest cooking is abundant, but visitors will also find cuisine from every part of the world in every price range and for every taste.

Outdoors  Santa Fe offers skiing in the Winter and hiking and mountain biking in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Visitors can enjoy one of a dozen golf courses, river rafting on the Rio Grand, and road trips to ghost towns, authentic pueblos, Spanish Colonial villages, historic train rides, and New Mexico wineries.

In 2017, National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards honored Santa Fe with their Sense of Place Award, which recognizes excellence in enhancing the sense of place and authenticity, including the protection of historical monuments, archaeological sites, cultural events, indigenous heritage, and artistic traditions.

Santa Fe is no stranger to accolades—whether as a top place to shop, get married, mountain bike, or eat a burrito. There is soul in the city that is positively enchanting.

If a destination wedding is in your future, consider the City Different. We would love to help you plan a memorable experience for you and your guests. To inquire, call us at 505-670-6570 or send us an email.

March 2017

Transform Your Wedding into a Work of Art

Imagine owning a painting that captures the mood and beauty of your special day. Imagine that the artist creates it right there, live, during your ceremony or reception. Your guests will love the artistic experience, and they may even be captured in the painting.

Live event painters are professional artists who paint a depiction of a wedding or reception as it’s happening. The artist brings their canvas and supplies, sets up at the celebration, and paints a scene that includes the newlyweds, their guests, the venue, and the décor. The painting is delivered to the newlyweds after final finishing touches, which becomes a gorgeous and treasured keepsake.

The exact venue of the painting is decided prior to the event. The artist will consult with you about the best theme for your wedding painting. The first dance is a popular choice. Because receptions tend to last longer than the ceremony, most wedding paintings are created during the reception, where you and your guests can be entertained by the creation process as it evolves throughout the evening.

Couples who commission a live painting are receiving something more than a photograph or video. A painting can capture emotion and ambience; it can tell an entire story.

There are many ways these days to capture memories at your wedding—photographs, video, photo booths, GoPros, live-streaming, social media—but there’s something raw and real about a painting.

Santa Fe is known as one of the world’s major art centers, an ideal place for a live-painted wedding. For details, call us at 505-670-6570 or send us an email.

February 2017

The Surprising Floral Wedding Trend of 2017

When asked about 2017 wedding trends, wedding expert Colin Cowie had this to say: “We’re going to see a lot more greenery in place of abundant wedding flowers. Flowers will certainly never go out of style, but this year they may have to move over for bright and beautiful leaves. It doesn’t hurt that Pantone supported this movement by electing Greenery as their Color of the Year.” 

Yes, Pantone just announced its 2017 color of the year, and it’s a zesty, yellow-green color named Greenery.

Many other wedding stylists agree that in 2017, the biggest wedding floral trend is no floral at all. Instead we’ll see simple arrangements of leaves, branches or palms accented with a hint of floral color. For a more dramatic effect, consider incorporating a canopy of greenery that hangs high above guests’ heads. 

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

It evokes the natural beauty of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the outdoors. Greenery reminds us to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. It is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. It pairs marvelously with neutrals, brights, deeper shades and pastels.

The "zesty yellow-green" shade can be used in a wide variety of wedding details, including but not limited to bouquets, table runners, bridesmaid dresses, boutonnieres, and even your shoes.

We recommend pairing Greenery with lavender, which grows abundantly in New Mexico’s sandy soils. Lavender is very fragrant and has both a relaxing and uplifting effect.