Santa Fe Real Wedding

Inn and Spa at Loretto Wedding // Sarah & Jimmie

December 31, 2016

By Rocky Mountain Bride

From the photographer, Lyndsey of Lyndsey Garber Photography: Jimmie and Sarah's Santa Fe Destination Wedding was one that brought the feeling of anticipation and joy that comes when something that has been longed for and dreamed of is coming to life. Southwestern-inspired and accented with black, gold and cactus, the luxurious Inn at Loretto and historic Loretto Chapel were the perfect setting for this special celebration.

The centerpieces for the reception was a DIY cactus planting. As I photographed it I couldn't help but wonder how on earth the bride could get it done without getting full of stickers.

Jimmie and Sarah's Santa Fe Destination Wedding was one that brought the feeling of anticipation and joy that comes when something that has been longed for and dreamed of is coming to life. Southwestern-inspired and accented with black, gold and cactus, the luxurious Inn at Loretto and adjoining historic Loretto Chapel were the perfect setting for this special celebration.

The centerpieces for the reception were a DIY cactus planting project completed by the bride and her mother. As I photographed it I couldn't help but wonder how on earth they could get it done without getting full of stickers!

The sun was set before the ceremony took place and the Loretto Chapel was peacefully dim as the bride and groom said their vows before the packed pews of friends and family who had traveled far and wide to witness the moment.

At the close of the ceremony, a local Mariachi band lead the bride and groom and guests out of the church and around to where cocktail hour waited for the guests.

Couples married in the Loretto are honored to climb the otherwise protected staircase, which is famous for it's mysterious and innovative craftmanship. The chapel was built in 1878 with a loft that had been deemed accessible only by ladder by the "experts". In frustration, the Sisters began a novena to St. Joseph, patron saint of carpenters. On the final day of their prayers a man with a donkey came by the church looking for work and in a few months time created a masterpiece with far ahead of his time. 

After a mouth-watering filet mignon dinner the band all the way from San Antonio Texas, with roots deep in classic country music, kicked off an evening of laughter and dancing. They even pulled off the La Marcha dance with all their unsuspecting but adventurous guests who had never heard of the traditional Mexican wedding dance that happens at most New Mexican wedding I've photographed.

The evening ended with a sparkler exit. It was magical to photograph the scene set with a backdrop of the traditional luminaries adorning the Inn at Loretto.

If I had to pick a favorite part of the day it would be the dress reveal to the father of the bride as mother and sisters watched in the background. There were tears of joy as they shared a final prayer as a family.

Sources
Arielei Kinzer Photography|Lyndsey Garber Photography|R. B. Burnham & Company|Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition|Maggie's Cakes|The Loretto Chapel|Absolute Entertainment|Artichokes and Pomegranates|Inn and Spa at Loretto|Minted|Santa Fe Gold Works|C. Johnson Makeup