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BY FLO BARNES
Bridal showers aren’t all about the gifts.
They also bring together different groups from the bride’s life for
fellowship. A creative approach to planning brings out the fun for
Santa Fean Gene Watson’s granddaughter Jessica had a bridal shower
where 30 guests had refreshments seated at round tables. “They were from
all different families so, as an ice breaker, they interviewed each other
about how they knew Jessica,” Watson said.
Megan and Roy Tice were married in Santa Fe Labor Day weekend in
2009. “My husband has a house there; he had been coming since he was a
little kid. I absolutely fell in love with it,” Tice said.
The couple had a slew of parties in anticipation of the main event. At
a bachelorette party spa workers gave the ladies manicures and pedicures
while a catering company provided boxed lunches. “We sat around. It
was wonderful; it was absolutely gorgeous with clear blue skies. Everyone
was in heaven,” Tice said.
An afternoon lingerie shower followed the luncheon. “We did a really
fun kind of game. The bride opened a gift and named the lingerie for
something (edible) it looks like. Like pink panties are cotton candy,” Tice
said. Then a menu was printed up with all the names from the shower so
the groom could pick what he wanted the bride to wear on the wedding
night. Menu notwithstanding, the bride wore something “spectacular”
that she had bought herself for the wedding night.
Cathryn Miller’s daughter, Jennifer, was married at La Posada de Santa
Fe. Although the wedding party was from Dallas, the entire group didn’t
get together until right before the wedding, when they had a variety of
events including a spa party and lingerie shower.
“It helps to be in a hotel where there’s a spa right there. It makes a
really fun day. Otherwise people would be sitting around and just looking
at each other,” Miller said.
The afternoon lingerie shower was for 20 people. “We used it as a
snack time and had finger sandwiches, little tarts and brownies. It was a
destination wedding, so everything had to be easy to pack. Each person
brings some type of item the bride might like to wear — a nightgown,
robe, slippers or nice Victoria’s Secret underwear,” Miller said.
Wedding planner Amelia Gonzales of Southwest Occasions suggested
fun themes. “You can do a theme party like the 1930s, with cocktail drinks
and dressed in ’30s attire,” she said.
“Or, everyone who comes to the bridal shower has an assigned time-
of-day gift. For 6 a.m. it might be a coffeemaker, noon could be a Panini
press, 10 p.m. could be something sexy for the bedroom,” she said.
Whatever type of shower, it’s the time spent together that makes
opportunity to bond
WAYS TO SAVE
Shop off-season for favors and decorations.
Fewer tables for guests means fewer centerpieces.
Make refreshments simple.
Consider a potluck.
Fondue is a dish that can be for a hearty snack (cheese fondue on bread)
and also as a dessert (chocolate over fruit).
Have the shower at the home of friends or family or, weather
permitting, at a beautiful park.
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BY ARI N MCKENNA
Wedding rings symbolize eternal love,
and, like love, should express a couple’s
individuality and balance romantic
ideals such as beauty and elegance with
“The most important thing that people should
keep in mind is that the rings should reflect
their own style, their own tastes,” said David
Griego, owner of Santa Fe Goldworks.
“Certainly think about style, but also think
about something that’s classic, a style that
doesn’t go out of fashion, because you’re going
to wear it for a long time and you don’t want
to have a style that somebody looks at and
says, ‘oh, yeah, that was made in 1976,’” said
jeweler Marc Howard. “I tell people to educate
themselves and look at as many pictures or
pieces of jewelry as possible to get a feel for
what they really enjoy, and then work with a
But style isn’t everything. “People fall in love
with the look of a ring, and don’t think about
things like in and out of pockets, if you have
children or pets or if you handle fine fabrics,”
said Laura Kroschewsky of The Golden Eye.
Patrice Ray Knauer, who recently retired
from The Golden Eye, said, “It’s really
important for us to know what you do, what
your life is, how you live in that ring. Make sure
that the rings go with your life. That’s right in
there with wearability and durability.”
Considering wearability and durability is not
just for rock climbers and construction workers.
Rod Kaskalla, a Zuni jeweler specializing in
channel inlay, reminds clients that a wedding
ring is something they expect to wear for the
rest of their life. “The old-fashioned wedding
bands used to be all the way around, and there
wasn’t that much to hold onto the stone so the
stones would always fall out. So my rings are a
lot thicker and we recommend wedding bands
with a silver shank,” Kaskalla said. He also
suggests practical alternatives to problematic
materials, such as substituting bamboo coral, a
cream-colored petrified coral, for ivory, which
wears down quickly.
What suggestions do jewelers have for men
who want to surprise a woman? “We’re pretty
good at talking them right out of that idea,” said
Ray Knauer of The Golden Eye.
“I tell a guy who wants to do that to buy the
stone. Show her the stone and say, ‘I want us to
go in and make a ring together,’” Howard said.
“Because, first of all, the woman has a sense of
style, and oftentimes they’ve been thinking about
what they want since they were little girls. And
the guy has no clue. I mean, really, ninety-nine
and nine-tenths of them have no clue.”
Marc Choyt, co-owner of Reflective Images
with Helen Chantler, educates consumers
about choosing rings that are ethically sourced
and fair-trade made.
“Consider what a wedding ring is made for; it
represents probably the highest aspirations and
noblest feelings that someone can have around
an event, around love and family,” Choyt said.
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A perfect circle
Rings reflect love, individuality
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WAYS TO SAVE
• Set a budget within your means and stick
• Diamonds, gold and platinum are not
necessities. Consider silver bands with
symbolic designs that express your aspirations,
inlayed bands and gemstones other than
• Use a family diamond.
• Or, if you purchase a diamond, choose an
average grade, which can cost one-fourth the
price of a flawless investment diamond.
• Couples can start with a simple ring and add
new rings or bigger stones for birthdays or
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Indian Arts & Culture
BY ARI N MCKENNA
Planning a wedding is not unlike staging a Broadway
musical or other large production. In fact, two recently wed
lighting designers, Amiya Brown and Charlie Pennebaker,
approached their wedding as their “ultimate production”
and succeeded in creating their perfect day. Their advice,
along with that of wedding professionals, can help you
achieve your own perfection.
Know thy budget
Adhering to your budget may be the key element of success.
Their experience of working with production budgets guided Brown
and Pennebaker, who celebrated their vows at the Santa Fe Opera last
September. Brown, a native Santa Fean, is now a freelance lighting
designer in Seattle, while Pennebaker — who was once the lighting
director for the Santa Fe Opera — spent many years working on
“The budget gives you a really good idea of your parameters,” Brown
said. “You don’t want to pay $8,000 for an empty ballroom and then not
be able to fill it with beautiful flowers or wear the dress you want.”
Heidi Anderson Mitchell, owner of Soirée, said that most couples
spend at least $1,000 more than anticipated, so build some cushion into
your budget. Even so, track every expenditure and avoid indiscriminate
“If they think they can stretch the budget, we’re going to put on a
spectacular event and they’re going to love it. But all too many times,
they wish they hadn’t done it. And that’s not the way they should feel
about their wedding. Ever. This needs to be a fond memory for the rest
of their lives,” said David Stone, director of catering at La Posada de Santa
Fe Resort and Spa. “Even when couples are on a tight budget, I guarantee
there is a way that we can fulfill the dream wedding that they’ve always
looked for, and we’re going to have a good time doing it.”
Just as directors allocate budget between sets, costumes, etc., couples
must allocate between venue (the largest expenditure and the first
decision) and vendors. Start by creating a vision of your perfect day.
“There needs to be a lot of reflection about your priorities before you
start the planning process, because your money’s going to be so much
more well spent,” said wedding planner Jessie Abrams Baca. “Don’t try
to fit a square peg in a round hole. I’ve seen people choose a crazy, rustic
place, but they wanted it to be elegant and formal. They should have just
had a ballroom. It would have made their life so much easier, and they’d
save money on décor and bringing all this stuff in.”
Stone of La Posada suggested exploring all options before making
decisions. “In the beginning, let’s put in everything they might possibly
be interested in and get pricing on it. Collect all that information and
then we can scale back later.”
“You basically break everything down into categories — florist or
bands, photographer, food — and prioritize what’s most important to
you,” Anderson Mitchell said.
Reliable, “full-service” vendors are worth a little extra expense. “I
completely embrace the creative spirit of doing things yourself,” said
Abrams Baca. “But I see so many brides freaking out, because they’re trying
to make all their bouquets and centerpieces the morning of the wedding.”
Avoid inexperienced vendors, like the DJ with no back-up equipment
or the cake designer who did not know how to transport a wedding
cake. “As people were arriving, the pastry person was literally trying to
shove cake together in order to make it look like it was okay,” Anderson
Brown said, “If you’re trying to cut corners, I don’t think it’s helpful
to go with somebody that you’re not excited about or who doesn’t have
the qualifications. Go to the person with the qualifications and say, ‘Hey,
you’re a little out of my price range. Can we work something out?’ ”
The dream team
Like a director, you need professionals who can execute your vision.
Research possible vendors. Look for red flags, like an unprofessional
website or voice mail, pricing far below competitors or delays in
responding to phone calls or e-mails. “You want to be sure they’re going
to show up on your wedding day on time, not neglecting anything,”
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Research, plan — then relax
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Abrams Baca said.
Investigate references and gather information from outside sources,
such as the wedding packets hotels provide. “If the vendor is not in
anybody’s packet, there’s probably a very good reason for that. Most
locations will only include people that they have had good luck with,”
said Samie Doerfler, wedding specialist at La Fonda on the Plaza. “We’re
all open to try new people, but I don’t know if your wedding is a good
time to experiment.”
Vendors such as photographers, who are with the wedding parties
all day, may also be a source of information. Arm yourself with a list
of questions (online wedding sites are good sources for these), then
interview as many vendors as possible.
“I don’t think there’s always the best vendor. There’s the best match,”
Abrams Baca said. “Don’t rely on someone else. Your best friend may have
loved the DJ at her wedding, but they may have wanted all kinds of crazy
dance music and you want a jazz trio.”
The nuts and bolts
Attention to detail is essential to any successful production, including
weddings. “I find that a lot of people will spend more time researching
the purchase of a car than their wedding. And it’s actually a very big
investment,” Doerfler said. “And with a wedding, there are just no do-
overs. So you want to get everything as right as possible, and you want to
be as organized as possible.”
For bride Brown, research was key. “I did a lot of research initially,
looking in magazines and online and getting an idea of what I wanted.
That’s what you would do for any theatrical design: you always start with
research. Then I had swatches and examples ready to take to the vendors
and say, ‘This is the kind of thing I’m looking for.’”
Clear communication with vendors is critical, and between the couple
themselves. Brown and Pennebaker worked closely to plan and execute
their event. Not all grooms want to be so involved, but it is important
that they be part of the process. “This is his wedding, too, so you really
want some input from him. Chances are there’s something that he has
strong opinions on, and we just need to find out what that is and make
sure he’s included. And I always strongly urge that he is present for the
tasting,” Doerfler said.
Make it the wedding of your dreams, but do not forget your audience.
Don’t scrimp on expenses that add to guests’ comfort, like shade or
heaters. “At every wedding that I’ve witnessed, when the guests are happy,
you’re going to have a great wedding, because they contribute to it. They
create that experience, that energy that fuels it,” Abrams Baca said.
Carpe diem (Seize the Day)
On opening night, the director turns everything over to the stage
manager and gets out of the way. If he has done his job right, he sits back
to enjoy the show.
“We were really fortunate, because we had these amazing theatrical
friends who were able to take charge and really treat it like a
production,” Brown said. “If we didn’t have that, I would have hired a
coordinator for the day to take care of the details. I think the biggest
reason for the wedding’s success was that I didn’t have to deal with any
of the details the day-of.
“It was such a perfect day for me,” Brown said. “Maybe not every detail
was the way I wanted it to be, but those little details, the day-of, don’t
really matter anyway. You’ve just got to really be in the moment then,
and enjoy it and all of those amazing people who are there to share your
love and your union.”
Jessie Abrams Baca, wedding planner
505-984-1608 or 619-917-7407 firstname.lastname@example.org
La Fonda on the Plaza
Samie Doerfler, wedding specialist www.lafondasantafe.com
David Stone, director of catering
laposada.rockresorts.com 505-954-9618 email@example.com
Heidi Anderson Mitchell, owner
santafesoiree.com 505-466-4188 firstname.lastname@example.org
A ceremony isn’t all you need to be legally married in New Mexico.
For the wedding to be legal, couples must first get a license. It is signed at
the ceremony by whomever performs the ceremony and then filed at the
clerk’s office. (Without the filing, you are not legal.)
Marriage licenses cost $25 at any county clerk’s office in the state. Bring
cash only. In addition to $25 cash, the bride and groom must show a picture ID
— preferably a driver’s license and/or passport. Each needs to show proof of a
Social Security number. For those without a photo ID, an original birth certificate
will be accepted. Both the bride and groom must apply in person.
The licenses work only in New Mexico, but the bride and groom don’t have
to be New Mexico residents to obtain a license. Anyone under age 17 needs
parental consent to marry.
Remember to take the license with you to the wedding so the officiant can
sign it. Then remember to file (or have someone else file) the wedding license at
the county clerk’s office so the marriage is legal.
Each bride and groom must find the officiant for the wedding. Judges can
perform weddings, as can ordained clergy.
Finding the license
Where: County clerk’s office, Santa Fe County Administration Building, 102
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except for holidays
Where: County clerk’s office, Rio Arriba County Complex, 1122 Industrial
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except for holidays
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For every bride, finding the perfect
wedding dress can be as hard as
searching through the intimidating
number of fine perfumes for the right
match. I have always had my eye on a
perfect beach wedding dress, but have
yet to see the one that reminds me of
the picture I imagine. I am not alone in
failing to find perfection.
Uli Campbell, owner of Uli’s Boutique on West
San Francisco Street, has been in the bridal and
fashion business for 25 years. “Perfection is only
in someone’s mind. Two brides are not alike,”
she said. Campbell wants “the bride to be in the
dress that best expresses who she really is.”
When interviewing a bride, Campbell takes
into account lifestyle, passions, the place of
the ceremony, and then she usually starts by
choosing colors to match the bride’s skin tone
and hair. This is not a boring process, to say the
least. Campbell enjoys brides who “don’t like to
match everything.” And Uli’s Boutique is full
of fun and exciting fashions, perhaps changing a
bride’s perception of that ideal gown. Choosing
not to go by names of designers, Campbell
prefers to work with great cuts and color as she
“designs the dress on the body” of the bride,
while working with her exclusive designer from
Paris, whose name remains a closely guarded
“Often the bride has a preconceived notion
of what she wants, but then that dress doesn’t
look good on her. We then need to explore new
ideas,” Campbell said.
Brides can bring a group of friends to the
interview or for browsing at the dress shops,
but Campbell warned against this. “Friends
are often dreaming of their own weddings and
ideas,” she said. “They influence the bride in a
Prices at Uli’s Boutique range from $148 to
$2,000, enough for many high-fashion brides.
Campbell also specializes in designing for
ceremonies for same-sex couples.
The bride is not alone in finding the perfect
dress, either. Mothers of the bride and groom
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are also looking for the most flattering dress to
accentuate their role in the ceremony. Luckily,
most dress shops, couture and ready-to-wear
fashion accommodate this important wedding
When searching for my own ideal beach
wedding dress, I stopped at Laura Sheppherd’s
Salon de Couture on West Marcy Street.
Sheppherd has been a designer for 12 years
in Santa Fe and has one of the most prolific,
custom-made French lace selections around.
After exploring a wide array of fabrics and lace,
I finally settled, quite happily, on a two-piece
gown — a large tulle skirt with a bustier-style
sleeveless top, all of which I tried on and was
astonished by as I wandered about the mirrored
dressing room. With a gold coral pattern
accented lace train, it was almost too perfect.
I could picture myself in Cambria, the waves
crashing at my feet, my husband waiting with
outstretched hand. Perhaps because our nuptials
have already taken place, I’m not as stressed
planning our delayed ceremony as most brides.
“Aspects of fashion have become very fast
due to trends that last for a very short period of
time,” Sheppherd said. “Ready-to-wear is fast,
where bridal and couture tend to be slower and
classical.” Gowns at Laura Sheppherd’s Salon de
Couture range from $850 to $7,000.
If a bride is in the mood for something
ethereal, she might try taking a scenic drive
down N.M. 14 to Madrid and stop at Heaven
Boutique. Prices range from $99 to $259, and
these affordable gowns are as breathtaking as
they are interesting. “This has been my special
place to shop,” said local artist Lori Musil.
“People always ask me where I get my clothes.”
Owner Linda Dunhill specifically showcases
the designs of Nataya, Kamarov, Papillon, A,
Spencer Alexis, Claire Pettibone and others.
Considering how her store appears, Dunhill
said, “It looks like you’re entering a romantic
Victorian boudoir. The fragrances, smells,
ambience in decoration and music are like
walking back in time to the Romantic Era.”
Established for more than 23 years,
Christine’s Bridal & Formal Wear in DeVargas
Center is a locally owned and operated bridal
shop. From designer wedding and bridesmaid
gowns, Christine’s also carries tuxedos and all
the traditional accessories, as well as offering
advice for fittings and scheduling.
So there it is, brides. Whether you shop
small and local, go high-end, or choose from
the many selections at a chain bridal shop, the
key to finding your perfect look is to abandon
perfection. Find the dress that suits your style
and personality — and that, in itself, will make
your look perfect.
Christine’s Bridal classical and trendy gowns
528 N. Guadalupe St., 505-989-9688, or visit
Heaven Boutique 2853 N.M. 14, Madrid
505-474-8359, or visit www.heavenbotique.com.
Laura Sheppherd Salon de Couture 65 W. Marcy
St., 505-986-1444, or visit www.laurasheppherd.com.
Uli’s Boutique 208 W. San Francisco St.
505-986-0577, or visit www.ulisfashions.com.
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• Allow plenty of time. Generally, brides order
dresses as much as six months before the
ceremony, so start shopping as early as nine
months before the wedding. Many salons are
appointment-only, so be sure to call first to set
up your time to shop.
• Set your budget, and make sure to include
costs for alterations
• Consider what dress fits your day. What you
need for a beach wedding might be different
than for an elegant candlelight ceremony.
• Don’t forget the rear view. For much of the
wedding, your guests will be looking at your
• Be comfortable. You don’t want to spend your
wedding day adjusting your bodice.
• When you start trying on dresses, make sure
to wear the same kind of undergarments you
will wear on your wedding day. You don’t want
panty lines interfering with your decision.
• Be open to different styles. A dress on the
hanger looks completely different on the body.
• Buy the dress you love.
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BY KI M BACA
The big day has finally arrived. The bride is ready. The
groom and guests are waiting. Now, let the camera capture
the event of a lifetime. Just be yourself.
“Don’t make your event all about pictures,” advised Taos-based
photographer Megan Bowers Avina on taking great wedding photos.
“Enjoy yourself and I’ll capture that. Just enjoy yourself and you will look
“If you’re stressed and yelling at your mom, that will show in your
pictures,” said photographer Kathy De La Torre, co-owner of InSight
Foto in Santa Fe.
Photographers also suggest that brides give themselves enough time to
get ready so they aren’t keeping the guests waiting and raising their heart
rates waiting for the hair or make-up artist to finish.
“Delegate — make sure other people are taking care of things for you,”
said photographer Corinna See. “Relax, try and remember the day and let
go. Aim to relax and be happy.”
Photographers also suggested that you try your wedding day look
ahead of time so that you’re 100 percent comfortable with the result. One
photographer recalled a bride’s hand in every photo because she used it to
move the hair that kept falling into her face. Another remembers a bride
so stressed out about every tiny detail from the way she looked to the
ceremony that every shot showed crinkled eyebrows.
“Some brides try this or do that and it comes off looking forced,”
said Craig Fritz of Twin Lens Photography. “No one is looking at the
bride saying, ‘Oh my God, her make-up is not perfect or her hair is not
perfect.’ As long they are themselves and are they being themselves, that
emotion translates into the classic or skin-deep form of beauty. And all
the emotions of the day will translate in the photo — it is all a matter of
And as brides start down the aisle, don’t forget a simple thing like
looking up or stop looking at your feet. Try to forget the cameras.
“Ignore the photographer,” Bowers Avina said. “I won’t take it
As for portraits — whether couple and group shots or indoor or
outdoor — there’s no right or wrong way. It’s all a matter of a couple’s
“These days people are looking for something a little more creative. They
are always searching out the new next thing,” said Fritz, who specializes
in documentary or photojournalism-style wedding pictures, capturing
moments as they happen. “The traditional style doesn’t always reveal what
the day was like 20 years later. People come in between those now.”
Although more couples are opting for photojournalism-style wedding
pictures, many area photographers offer the “in-between” or a mix of
traditional portrait and artistic shots.
But they don’t forget tradition.
“The formal portraits are the ones that end up on someone’s mantle or
wall,” De La Torre said. “We try to get a little bit of something to appease
everyone’s taste. Grandma may not like the ones with mood lighting or
something isn’t focus in the foreground or the couple is out of focus in
the background. She’ll want the picture with her granddaughter and the
groom standing together in focus, posing and smiling, so formal portraits
aren’t ever going to go out of style.”
Many couples also take advantage of Santa Fe’s famous architecture and
the natural beauty of the region. But it’s all a matter of personal tastes and
likes — and comfort.
“If you don’t worry about what you look like, those will be the best
pictures,” Bowers Avina said. For a little extra help, she swears by Picture
Perfect, a product by Smashbox, which evens out skin tones for flash.
Then, just be ready to enjoy the day.
Corinna See on looking your best
• Aim to be happy and relaxed.
• Learn to let go of the little things, go with the flow of the day.
• Plan to truly enjoy your wedding day and forget about what other people think.
• Delegate, delegate, delegate (let others take care of last-minute details).
• Get plenty of rest.
• Eat right and exercise.
• Have a dress that fits perfectly.
• Get a massage the week of the wedding.
• Get a manicure and pedicure the day before the wedding.
• Schedule hair and make-up early. Give yourself a deadline of one hour before the
ceremony to make sure you don’t keep your guests waiting.
Pros let you in on looking your best
16 Enchanting WEDDINGS 2011
BY HEATHER WOOD
The Big Day is here, and every bride wants to
look flawless. With planning, practice and tips
from a seasoned make-up artist, brides can look
and feel poised and polished from the first step
down the aisle till the last kiss goodnight.
Make-up artist Jonathon Girard, owner of Ego
Cosmetics and Skin Care by Jonathon, has been
in the industry for 20-plus years and has worked
with stars and dignitaries as well as brides-to-be
and their attendants. Here’s his advice.
What make-up advice does every bride need?
The timeless bride is romantic and ethereal. Keep
that in mind when working with your makeup
artist for your day-of look.
What’s the best mascara for those (happily) crying eyes?
The bride usually has her favorite brand that
works best with her lashes and her look. Getting
it in a waterproof formula is essential.
Which comes first? Hair or makeup?
I prefer to have the makeup done first, before her
hair is styled. A bride should wash her hair the
day before, not the day of the wedding. This lets
the natural oils keep the fine hairs from showing
in photos. Hair typically styles better this way.
How long does a makeup session take?
I like to allow an hour for a rehearsal, and for
out-of-town brides, this is typically the weekend
she comes in for her tasting. We talk about the
makeup design and color schemes and try that
out, so that wedding-day application is seamless.
MEGAN BOWERS AVINA
The day-of typically takes 25 minutes. I always go
to the bride in her bridal suite to do the makeup;
it’s part of the pampering.
Is there a way to hide tattoos?
There are numerous products on the market to
cover up tattoos and bruises. Products like Derma
Blend and Joe Blasco Makeup out of Hollywood
are great at covering the purple-blue stain of
tattoos and bruises. Covering should be done after
dressing for best application.
Heather Wood is a freelance writer whose work appears
• Avoid using too much mascara. Even if you typically
use mascara on your bottom lashes, don’t do it on your
wedding day. The lashes will cast a shadow under your
eye, making you look tired both in person and in photos.
• Skip the “shiny,” opalescent makeup — it creates harsh
glares in photographs.
Reach Jonathon Girard at email@example.com
or 505- 577-6643.
For bridal looks, visit his website at
Your best look
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18 Enchanting WEDDINGS 2011
BY FLO BARNES
When Shari Beacham Cross and Kyle Cross married in June,
2009 at Bishop’s Lodge, the color scheme — white, red and
black — was romantic but sophisticated.
The bride’s bouquet had red roses and white calla lilies. Bridesmaids wore
floor-length black dresses and carried red roses. The maid of honor, also
in black, held a nosegay of white calla lilies. “The black dresses looked
really, really pretty, especially with the red,” Cross said.
The dramatic theme continued at the 6 p.m. reception. Each round
table had a white tablecloth, black napkins and a square mirror laid
down in the center set with candles. Rose petals scattered on the tables
made an impact that was relatively inexpensive. The white wedding cake
was embellished with a design of black branches leading to a crown of
“I looked for areas where I could cut back. The rose petals looked
beautiful and we used the wedding party bouquets on the head tables as
centerpieces,” Cross said.
Her flowers by Flores de Santa Fe — even with the strategic choices
that saved money — made an impact. And that’s what flowers are
supposed to do at weddings.
Carol Rose, owner of Amanda’s Flowers said, “People don’t realize how
important flowers are to an event like that.”
Some of Rose’s clients are clear from the start about what they want,
others are not so sure. “I begin by asking a lot of questions: Where the
wedding is going to be, their favorite flowers, favorite color and their
vision for the day. As part of that, if they have a budget, I work with it,”
The time of year the wedding will be held will affect flower choices.
“June and October are the peak months. A lot of people like outdoor
weddings here,” she said.
Rose recalled a wedding last summer at the Inn of Loretto. The bride’s
mother purchased elaborate wrought-iron candelabras, four to seven feet
high. The smaller were placed on the tables with the largest in the front of
the room. They were decorated with flower wreaths around the base and
topped with a mix of flowers.
Rose suggested floating or submerging a few flowers in a low glass bowl
or a tall cylinder as a budget-friendly option. Roses, she has found, are
especially durable while underwater. She also noted that it is becoming
popular to use the bouquets from the bridal party as centerpieces on the
Still, bridal choices are changing.
“A lot of brides today don’t want roses. They want their wedding
to be unique so they pick special flowers. Younger brides like gerbera
daisies,” Rose said. “At the reception you can use potted herbs or flowers.
Lavender and rosemary are two of the most popular.”
For her own wedding in September three years ago in a garden on
Hyde Park Road, Rose’s palette used fall colors. There were mango mini
calla lilies, orange roses, burgundy dahlias, oak leaves and Asiatic lilies.
“Flower choices are all over the board — daisies, roses, calla lilies.
Choices depend on what brides want and the time of year,” said Michelle
Kulish, floral designer for Barton’s Flowers.
“It’s helpful to have a picture (of what they want). It doesn’t have to
be the exact color, but a style they like. If they don’t know what colors
they want, it’s really difficult to get the flowers they want. Some are not
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BOTTOM, MELANIE WEST
available in that color. Blue is not a good color, so few flowers come in it,”
When Jacob Black, the son of the owner of Barton’s Flowers, got
married one year ago in January, Kulish used tall vases filled with marbles,
twinkling lights, gerbera daisies and a heart hanging down into vase.
Heidi Anderson Mitchell, owner of Soirée, said it is important to keep
in mind what flowers are in season.
“A lot of the time people like things that are not in season,” she said.
“Peonies are awesome. They’re my favorite flower, too, but often they’re
not available. They are a seasonal flower that you cannot get year-round,
unless you want to pay extra money for them to be flown in from another
country. Also, hydrangeas do not hold up in direct sunlight very well, but
hold up nicely indoors or in the shade.”
Currently, she said, “the trend is going toward more soft colors. Now
brides are using cream and taupe, going into pink tones. Brides are going
toward classical looks for soft, elegant weddings. This coming year,
there’s also a contemporary emphasis on flowers like orchids; not as an
arrangement but as a statement, for a sleek, clean architectural look.”
Inexpensive floral suggestions from Mitchell include using locally
“We have amazing dahlias, grasses and lavender. See what’s in season
for your wedding date. It’s very expensive to get flowers shipped,”
Mitchell often uses Andrea Soorikian Designs for weddings she plans.
“She’s a florist who thinks outside of the box,” Mitchell said. “There
always should be things that have a ‘wow’ factor.”
And what better way to say wow than with flowers.
Amanda’s Flowers 1606 St. Michael’s Drive, 505-473-9212
Andrea Soorikian Design 1807 Second St., Suite. 17, 505-983-3482
Barton’s Flowers 1722 St. Michael’s Drive, Suite H, 505-982-9731
or 1-866-982-9731 www.Bartonsflowers.com
Flores de Santa Fe 1005 St. Francis Drive Suite 115, 505-986-9956
Santa Fe Soiree 505-466-4188 www.santafesoiree.com
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WAYS TO SAVE
• Start research and planning at least six months before the wedding.
• Begin with a vision but be flexible.
• Window shop by canvassing wedding planner and florist websites for
• Bring a picture to meetings with wedding professionals.
• Choose flowers in season.
• Choose flowers or herbs that are locally grown.
• Float a few flowers in water in a glass bowl or cylinder.
• Use bridal-party bouquets as head-table centerpieces.
• Use potted flowers or herbs.
• Garnish arrangements with lights, ribbon.
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20 Enchanting WEDDINGS 2011
BY KI M BACA
Depending on the season, location, budget and your own
personal preferences, planning a great meal after your
wedding can be a piece of cake with proper preparation and
a little help.
In addition to booking early, one of the first steps is considering the
venue and your budget. For example, if you’re doing the wedding
outdoors, you’ll need to factor in the cost of bringing in equipment if
there are no kitchen facilities. And while the couple might want a sit-
down dinner, a buffet might work better in this environment.
However, a buffet isn’t always necessarily cheaper.
“There is a lot of fallacy that a sit-down dinner is more expensive,” said
Heidi Anderson Mitchell of Soirée. “When you do a sit-down dinner, the
kitchen can plan to do a certain number of plates, there’s portion control.
But they don’t want to run out of specific food on the buffet so they have
to over-serve the food.”
For a couple is on a tighter budget, the bride and groom might
consider having the ceremony on an off-day, such as a Friday or Sunday.
“They are less expensive because Saturdays will always be booked,”
La Fonda on the Plaza wedding specialist Samie Doerfler said. “If it’s a
Saturday wedding, your guests will take Friday off to fly in. And if it’s on
a Sunday or Friday, they will take a Monday or Thursday off — they were
planning to take a day off that week either way.”
And when planning a meal, take into consideration the fruits and
vegetables of the season, said Glenda Griswold, co-owner of Peas ‘N’ Pod
Catering. “You want everything good and fresh.”
“You wouldn’t have curry pumpkin soup in the middle of the summer, but
in December it’s great,” said Angela Reece of Walter Burke Catering Inc.
If couples aren’t sure what they would like for their grand meal or can’t
come to a decision, Reece suggested visiting caterers and shopping at the
local farmers markets to see what’s in season and readily available.
Once the meal has been decided, planner Anderson Mitchell suggests
that couples chose one meat or fish instead of giving guests a choice, to
cut down on stress for themselves and their guests.
“I really like doing three small courses,” she said. “For example, a soup
or salad to start with, then a pasta course or some type of seafood or
poultry, and then move on to heavier meats — game or beef tenderloin or
pork tenderloin. The other thing I consider, where everyone is coming
from. If a ceremony starts at 6 and the cocktail hour starts at 7 and I know
people are coming from the East Coast, we’ll feed them a little bit heavier
hors d’oeuvres because they are famished.
“It’s basically considering the guests, making sure they aren’t too
hungry waiting for the hors d’oeuvres or meal,” Anderson Mitchell said.
While couples should keep their guests in mind, they shouldn’t forget
it’s their special day, after all. They’ll have more enjoyable and memorable
time if they aim first to please themselves, Griswold added.
“It’s a celebration of them becoming a couple, and that’s what they
should concentrate on,” she said.
Keep the party going
The champagne just has been popped. The band or DJ has started and
Uncle Tito is reaching for the tequila. Getting that party started is easy
— keeping it going and Uncle Tito off the tequila might be a little harder.
Timing is everything, say the experts.
“I’m kind of a timeline queen. I look at every wedding as a
production,” La Fonda wedding specialist Samie Doerfler said. “It doesn’t
have to be fussy, but it should be smooth and beautiful and fun. At the
end of the night, you want people not to want to go versus at the end of
the night, sneaking out because it’s boring.”
When planning a wedding, Doerfler said she walks a couple through
the entire event — from the ceremony to the last guest — so the couple
knows what to expect. She then maps out the entire evening, estimating
the time it takes from the first drink is served to the cutting of the cake.
“The guests don’t know they are working on a timeline,” she said.
Part of the challenge is getting from meal to party in time for guests to
enjoy the music and dance.
“The main thing is not to have the meal take up the whole wedding or
last too long,” said wedding planner Heidi Anderson Mitchell of Soirée.
“The whole thing — from the ceremony to the reception — is about
six hours long. The ceremony is 15 minutes to an hour, then cocktails
can take up to an hour, then you need to start getting people ready for
dinner, then factor in dancing and the cake-cutting. Some people start
dropping off after six hours.”
Anderson Mitchell also creates a timeline and hands it out the DJ or
band and photographers so everyone knows what’s happening when.
She also likes to plan activities during the meal, such as toasts in between
courses as guests are waiting for food, so there isn’t any dead time.
“I’ll also have the couple do their first dance before dinner,” she said.
“Etiquette says that people can’t dance before the bride and groom. So
when you have the couple dance before the meal is served people can get
up in between courses and dance if they like a song.”
If couples can’t afford to hire a wedding planner, the experts say enlist
someone close to you who is responsible to help orchestrate the big party.
That person doesn’t have to be from the wedding party, either.
But the best advice the experts give in wedding planning and party
participation: Relax and have fun.
A MEAL TO SAVOR
Enchanting WEDDINGS 2011 21
BY I NEZ RUSSELL
Just as the bride — and the dress — are stars of the actual wedding
(OK, we’ll include the groom), the cake takes center stage at the party.
Maggie Faralla of Maggie’s Cakes in Santa Fe has helped more than a
few brides and grooms choose just the right cake.
Here are a few of her tips for selecting both the taste and style for your
dream wedding cake.
First, don’t forget the flavor. When Faralla is baking the cake, a
bride and groom — or perhaps the bride and her mother — visit her
cozy cottage to decide what kind of cake they want. “Sometimes
they know and sometimes, they don’t have a clue,” Faralla said.
The wedding couple goes through her portfolio book, gazing at
hundreds of unique cakes — from the architectural, to the floral to the
whimsical. Faralla asks a ton of questions — about their style, their
wedding colors, their likes and dislikes. “I grill them at the tasting,”
Faralla said. “I ask them, ‘What do you want to see there? What do
you envision?’ That’s really what greets the guests.”
Style decided, it’s time for the fun part — the tasting!
She starts by setting out a white cake and a chocolate cake, and
asking them to start choosing flavors — whether chocolate, raspberry,
lemon or caramel to add to their basic cake flavor. From there, it’s mix
or match, so that each couple can offer guests a unique cake that tastes
as scrumptious as it looks. In addition to basic white and chocolate,
Faralla also offers lemon poppy, carrot and other flavors.
“Some people just want a cake. Some want A CAKE,” she said.
And A CAKE is what Faralla is happy to provide.
She builds what can only be called edible sculptures with butter,
sugar and flour — designing them to perfection with buttercream and
the outer layer of fondant. “I like it (fondant) because I can be more
creative,” she said. “You can do things with it, you can shape it, form
it, color it, that you can’t do with buttercream.”
To keep her cakes tasting as wonderful as they look, Faralla searched
high and low for the right fondant — and found it. With it, she
can make a cake for any taste (starting at $7.50 a slice and going up,
depending on the decorations).
Cakes, she believes, are “like a good person. Great on the outside
and great on the inside. I want something that looks fabulous and
Maggie’s Cakes, 505-989-1416, 2190 W. Alameda St., Apt. F.
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BY MI RANDA MERKLEI N
For many brides a simple wedding chapel and indoor
reception just won’t do.
Lauren Clifton McDermott and Rourke McDermott took their
ceremony to the great scenic landscapes of New Mexico. The couple got
married last year at the Valles Caldera National Preserve, which happens
to be where the couple met 3 1/2 years ago when Clifton McDermott was
working as a freelance photographer.
Among the volcanic terrain, she found her future husband, the current
landscape architect for the preserve.
“Valles Caldera National Preserve has a very unique history behind
its collapsed volcano calderas displayed in spiral formation,” Clifton
McDermott said. “The Jemez mountains are soft, big valleys with tall
grasses, and it is a very tranquil place to be. We wanted the ceremony to
be as intimate as possible, and it was perfect, exactly as I wanted.”
To make her wedding work, Clifton McDermott chose a simple ivory
dress and a smaller guest list of 42 to make the ceremony more intimate.
“Of course we could have invited 300,” she said. The couple exchanged
vows by “The Missing Cabin,” once a movie set, by the largest volcanic
caldera in the area. A Navajo medicine man from a reservation near
Indian Well, where McDermott previously had worked as a missionary,
performed the vows.
“I’m really spiritual, but I do not consider myself a religious person,”
McDermott said. During the ceremony, the medicine man chanted as
the bride’s mother walked her down the aisle. He gave an introduction,
talked about the area and the sacred mountains. “We did an offering to
the earth and to the sky,” Clifton McDermott said, “then passed around a
water bowl that everyone drank from.”
After the sun went down, the McDermotts had another ceremony
where the couple fed each other from different directions with a bowl
atole, or blue corn mush. Other couples were then invited from the
McDermott’s 42 guests to come up and renew their vows.
Add catering by Walter Burke and photography by InSight Foto, and
the wedding turned out just the way the McDermotts wanted.
Other couples have to find the location first — it’s not quite as simple
as marrying where they met. They also have to balance their taste for the
outdoors with their wedding finery.
Laura Sheppherd, from Laura Sheppherd Salon de Couture, has
worked with many brides who choose to get married outdoors. “The
fun part about being a bride in New Mexico is that you can take a really
formal dress and wear it outside,” she said. “You can wear a dramatic dress
because the landscape is so dramatic.”
Still, if choosing to get married amid the more dramatic landscapes
Lauren and Rourke McDermott married where they met, at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Taking the party into nature makes it unforgettable
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such as mountains and calderas, the bridal party must plan and dress
accordingly. Come prepared with the right shoes, sunblock, blankets,
umbrellas, emergency equipment, bug spray, and extra water, especially
for high altitudes, where people tend to become more dehydrated,
especially when traveling from lower elevations.
Outdoors doesn’t always mean rugged, either. For the outdoor bride
wanting to stay in town, the Gerald Peters Gallery is a glamorous option,
especially for art lovers. The sculpture garden is like a magical getaway,
featuring an ever-evolving landscape and sculpture displays. The garden
itself can seat up to 200 guests, and wedding parties can take the entire
reception, dinner and ceremony outside.
Elizabeth Hubbard, gallery special events and facilities manager, looks
forward to outdoor weddings.
“I’m an outdoors person myself, so it’s wonderful to see,” she
said. “People really do love to use the sculpture garden; they love to
get married there.” Though 90 percent of those wedding parties are
destination weddings from out of town, that does not mean the gallery
does not cater to locals who want to experience the breathtaking garden
“The great thing about having your wedding at Gerald Peters Gallery is
that the decorations are already here,” Hubbard said.
Another factor in outdoor stories is dealing with weather, all while
conducting the ceremony and feeding the guests.
Peas ‘N’ Pod catering owners Glenda Griswold and Chef Catherine
O’Brien have worked with a number of outdoor wedding parties. “All
brides think the weather is going to be perfect,” Griswold said, but
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Hyde Memorial State Park Lodge in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the
way to the Santa Fe Ski Area. For information call 505-476-3355 or visit www.
Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico’s volcanic Jemez Mountain
Range in Jemez Springs. For information call 866-382-5537 or visit
Gerald Peters Gallery 1011 Paseo de Peralta, 505-954-5700,
whatever happens, the ceremony must go on. Peas ‘N’ Pod has catered
weddings at Hyde Park Lodge, Randall Davey Audubon Center and at El
Rancho de las Golondrinas. “Las Golondrinas is fun because it is so big
and you can really segment your ceremony.”
Whether you go rugged or elegant, simple or over the top, the outdoor
wedding can combine the glories of the natural world with the love of
two people and their friends and family in one magnificent package.
“And don’t,” said Clifton McDermott, “forget to take time for yourself.”
Walk away for a moment, sit – just bride and groom — and take in
the view, just the two of you, together on the first day of your new life
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BY ARI N MCKENNA
The diversity of Santa Fe’s wedding venues
contributes to its status as an eminent
wedding destination. Elegant, historic,
quirky: Santa Fe has it all. Here, some of
the more popular wedding locations.
Options at the 450-acre Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort
& Spa include the historic Bishop Lamy’s chapel (with
standing room for 20), panoramic views from a nearby
mesa or a gazebo with seating for 230 set amid gracefully
landscaped grounds. Call 505-983-6377 or go to
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino’s boasts the 19th-
century style Chapel of Pojoaque, which can accommodate
220 guests, as well as two elegantly appointed ballrooms
with up to 16,000-square feet of space. Outdoor options
include the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s stunning 130-acre La
Mesita Ranch. Call Peter Lovato at 505-819-2028 or go to
Eaves Movie Ranch setting for manyWestern movies, is the
place for those nostalgic for theWildWest. Contact Kathy Gray
at 505-474-3045 or visit www.eavesmovieranch.com.
Eldorado Hotel and Spa has possibilities ranging from a
7,000-square-foot pavilion courtyard to a 2,200-square-foot
presidential penthouse patio. Call 505-988-4455 or
The five-star rated Encantado offers an outdoor wedding
location nestled in the foothills with views of the Jemez
Mountains. A 2,600-square-foot ballroom, flanked by a
courtyard and terrace, can accommodate up to 200 guests
while a private dining room with sunset views is perfect
for intimate weddings with up to 28 guests. Contact Felicia
Ponka, 505-946-5813, or visit www.encantadoresort.com.
Options at the Gerald Peters Gallery include five different
galleries and a sculpture garden that can accommodate 250
guests. Contact Elizabeth Hubbard at 505-954-5721.
The spectacular landscapes that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe
are the backdrops at Ghost Ranchin Abiquiú (45 miles
northwest of Santa Fe). Call Tracy McBride at 505-685-0682 or
Hacienda Doña Andrea de Santa Fe in Cerrillos can host
intimate affairs in an on-site chapel or accommodate large
outdoor weddings on its 65-acre property with views of the
Ortiz Mountains. Call 505-424-8995 or www.hdasantafe.com.
La Fonda on the Plaza’s most popular wedding venue is
La Terraza room, with an adjoining terrace overlooking the
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Call 505-982-5511
The gothic-style Loretto Chapel which seats 139, is one of
Santa Fe’s most popular wedding locations. Visit
www.lorettochapel.com or call Mark Childers at 505-982-
0092. The adjacent Inn and Spa at Loretto offers the Zuni
Ballroom, with French doors opening onto the garden, the
Tesuque Ballroom and two outdoor terraces for more small
weddings. 505-984-7954 or www.innatloretto.com.
MuseumHill provides magnificent views fromall its venues.
An outdoor wedding on Milner Plaza capitalizes on that. The
plaza also has a labyrinth and roomfor tents. The atriumat
the Museumof International Folk Art serves as either a
wedding location or a banquet hall after an outdoor wedding.
Call 505-476-1203. The sculpture garden at the Museumof
Indian Arts & Culture is perfect for intimate weddings, and
the MeemAuditorium(on the National Register of Historic
Sites) can hold up to 110 guests. Call 505-476-1247. The
Museumof Spanish Colonial Art hosts summer weddings
on their picturesque patio. Call 505-982-2226.
The Pueblo Revival-style St. Francis Auditoriumwith its
historic McNary pipe organ, can accommodate more than
300 people at the New Mexico Museum of Art. The garden
patio can host about 100 and the Women’s Boardroom can
hold up to 50. Call 505-476-5068.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa about
one-hour north of Santa Fe, has the only surviving round
barn in New Mexico, as well as gorgeous views and mineral
pools. Call Laurie Moreau at 606-222-9162 or
505-583-2233, ext. 812, or visit www.ojospa.com.
The courtyard of the Palace of the Governors and the
New Mexico History Museum lobbies are both available
for weddings. Call 505-476-5106.
The ruins of an early 18th-century adobe church provide
a stunning backdrop at Pecos National Historical Park
from March through October. No reception facilities are
A garden with a 2,000-square-foot lawn adjacent to the
sophisticated Montaño Ballroom is the highlight of
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa’s many wedding
options. The resort also offers “green wedding tips”to
interested couples. Contact David Stone at davids@lpdsf.
com or 505-986-0000.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas about 15 miles south of
Santa Fe, has been lauded as one of the 100 best wedding
destinations in the United States. An 18th-century capilla
(chapel) is only one of many picturesque settings the
200-acre living history museum has to offer. Visit www.
golondrinas.org or call Carol Hilgers at 505-670-0359.
The Sandstone Shrine a sandstone sculpture carved into
a mesa by Ra Paulette, is perfect for a unique, intimate
wedding for up to 20 people. It is located at Rancho de San
Juan. Call 505-753-6818 or www.ranchodesanjuan.com.
The lawn and garden at the Randall Davey Audubon
Center &Sanctuary on Upper Canyon Road can
accommodate from150 to 200 guests year-round, with room
for tented receptions. Call Carl Beal at 505-983-4609, or visit
nm.audubon.org and click on the Audubon Center link.
To celebrate your special day in one of Santa Fe’s parks or
public places, including the Cross of the Martyrs call the
Parks and Recreation Department at 505-955-2110. The
10-acre Railyard Park offers several options, including
the Circular Ramada rose garden and a large performance
green. Call 505-982-3373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Couples can celebrate in motion on one of the Santa Fe
Southern Railway’s vintage coaches on the open-air
gondola or any scenic spot between Santa Fe and Lamy. Call
Kat Seeker at 888-989-8600, ext. 0, or visit www.sfsr.com.
There is a celebratory atmosphere in the newly renovated
Santo Niño Chapel in Chimayó, with room for 80 people.
Contact Joanne Dupont Sandoval at 505-351-9961.
Nearby Rancho Manzana in Chimayó can accommodate
up to 125 people with full-service reception facilities and
an outdoor ramada with views of the badlands. The apple
orchard on this 4-acre property is popular for wedding
ceremonies. Call 888-505-2227 or visit
A320-seat Moorish-style theater, with28 antique stage
drops, is a romantic setting for weddings at the ScottishRite
Temple. Call 505-982-4414 or email@example.com.
Sunrise Springs Resort Spa in La Cienega combines a
stunning location with the amenities of a health spa and
fine dining. Call Jeanette Arellano at 505-428-3611, or visit
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26 Enchanting WEDDINGS 2011
Happily ever after
Honeymoon is a time for the two of you
KERRY SHERCK PHOTOGRAPHY
CORINNA SEE PHOTOGRAPHY
CONSUELO PINEDA PHOTOGRAPHY
FAITHMICHELE JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY
GINGER RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHY
JANE BERNARD PHOTOGRAPHY
KERRY SHERCK PHOTOGRAPHY
MEGAN BOWERS AVINA
MELANIE WEST PHOTOGRAPHY
TWIN LENS IMAGES
BY FLO BARNES
Irene Swain, nondenominational
minister, has officiated at Santa Fe
weddings for more than 20 years, and
in that time, a lot has changed — and
that includes honeymoons.
“We’re redefining what a honeymoon is,” she
said. “Most couples, because of the nature of
their careers, it’s rare for them to be able to take
a honeymoon right after the wedding. I’ve done
a few weddings where one person is serving in
Iraq or Afghanistan and they have to wait for
the military to give them time off. They’re not
given honeymoon time, too.
“Most of the couples that I do weddings for
have been together for quite awhile. Sometimes
they’re not taking a honeymoon because they’ve
bought a house together,” she said.
Another possible factor in a delayed
honeymoon is that many couples today pay for
all or part of their wedding. Destinations are
changing, too, Swain said.
“The favorite places to go used to be Greece
and Mexico; now it’s Italy and Hawaii,”
Swain said. “But what’s nice about Santa Fe is
you can have the honeymoon here; you can
choose Santa Fe as a destination wedding. As
interesting and wonderful as Santa Fe is, guests
almost always show up for a vacation and to
attend your wedding. Some of these couples
really choose Santa Fe for their honeymoon,
James and Ashley Sharp, an Albuquerque
couple who got engaged in Santa Fe and
married August 2010 at Loretto Chapel, waited
several months before taking their honeymoon.
“Historically the honeymoon is immediately
after the wedding. But so much planning time
goes into the wedding day, there’s an exhaustion
level. In August, we went back to work on
Tuesday because we couldn’t miss that much
work. For two weeks we still had family in
town. Around Thanksgiving, though, we’re not
missing that much at work. Things slow down a
lot,” James Sharp said.
Because the newlyweds held their reception
at La Posada, they spent enough to receive four
complimentary nights at any Rock Resort. They
chose to visit The Landings in St. Lucia during
“It had a beach, was the perfect travel season
— after the hurricane season — and was a
newer resort. It was perfect,” Sharp said. “It’s all
about love, a celebration of the rest of our lives
Minister Irene Swain, 505-983-1799,
La Posada de Santa Fe, 866-331-7625,
at La Fonda on the Plaza
108 E. San Francisco St.
Santa Fe NM 87501
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