We live in London, England. Duncan is a native Londoner, and I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico. We met in London and eloped 10 months later. Despite getting officially married without friends and family, we always knew we would have a traditional wedding to celebrate in the future. Just over two years later we decided to celebrate in Santa Fe, where most of my family live. As a native New Mexican, I wanted to share the amazing culture with Duncan’s family and friends, and give them a taste of all New Mexico has to offer.
We chose to have our wedding on a Friday in October and invited guests to travel to see the International Balloon Fiesta earlier in the week. Blessed with truly wonderful weather all week, nearly 50 Londoners and guests from around the US made it to Balloon Fiesta with us. In Santa Fe for the wedding, guests were treated to a mariachi parade around the historic city Plaza. We knew this would be a highlight for most guests, but for me, it was an important recognition of my family history in Santa Fe. On the patio at La Fonda on the Plaza, guests experienced a watercolor sunset during cocktail hour while drinking margaritas and gin & tonics in a nod to both of our home cities. A bright red British Royal Mail postbox, straight from the UK, served as the card basket. Dinner was traditional New Mexican cuisine of green chile enchiladas and carne adovada tamales.
Speeches, laughter and dancing into the night followed on what was a perfect evening for us and all our loved ones.
– Tatianna + Duncan