It seems many of the weddings I help plan for destination clients in Santa Fe make a nod to the local life, art, or culture of our beautiful state (New Mexico). I had been thinking for a long time that someone could really lean on the shape of our state as a stamp or theme, and incorporate where they were coming from as well. I wanted to bring this idea to life, and with the stamps and coasters, I think it worked perfectly. The perfect place for a romantic, elegant, and classy destination wedding is the Four Season's Rancho Encantado. When they agreed to host us, I wanted to make it extra special, just like all of the other events I've planned there. The space is intimate and romantic, but rustic, dark, and New Mexico True. The outlines of the states on escort cards and invites help show where people are from, which would spark conversation at guest tables. The pantone color of the year is greenery, and all of the air plants continued the desert feel, which destination couples in New Mexico love.  ~ Planner, Alena Swanson

We kept the look for the bride effortless and chic. Her boho yet elegant dress goes along with New Mexico's laid back feel yet matches the exquisiteness of the Four Seasons Hotel. The photoshoot had a natural feel to it with the dark woods and rustic elements which at the same time has rich pops of gold bringing in a feeling of luxury. We tried to incorporate trends that are popular in the enchanting town of Santa fe for destination brides. Desert plants, southwestern charm, and a feeling of rich culture. ~ Photographer, Maura Jane Photography

Their Story

On October 9, 2011, I met my soulmate. A friend asked me to go with her to check out a new place in Venice Beach she had been wanting to go to. I had no intention on staying out late until Santiago approached me. He was charming, sweet, genuine and especially easy on the eyes. We talked until the bar closed down and ended up at In N Out for a late night bite. After that night we were inseparable. Our love for each other quickly blossomed and it only took a couple of months for me to know that he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I was nervous during our first year dating because everything seemed too perfect. I was scared that our love would fade. Five years have passed and our love has grown stronger than I could have ever imagined. On December 17, 2016, I graduated with my MBA. Both of our families traveled to Texas to attend my commencement ceremony. We ended up at a hotel bar to celebrate. Santiago asked me to take pictures with him in the lobby where there was a beautiful Christmas tree. We took several photos and then he pointed at a box which at the time I thought was an ornament. After looking closely the red box was addressed to me. I took the box and opened it... it was empty. I looked back at Santiago and saw him on one knee with a ring in his hand. I couldn't gather my thoughts because of the shock I was in. It took me a minute to compose myself but after wiping my tears I finally said yes. There were cheers coming from the balcony behind me where our families watched from a distance. It was truly a day to remember.

~From the real couple, May and Santi


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