Sunset Colored Floral Wedding at The Stakeout

June 28, 2024 BY: Amy

“Taylor and I met during the COVID-19 pandemic on Tinder during the late summer-early fall of 2020. Dating during COVID times was strange. We obviously couldn’t go on a traditional date, out to dinner or to the movies, so we spent a lot of our time walking around Santa Fe, hiking in the national forests, listening to records, getting takeout and watching movies. Overall, I think it was definitely a better way of getting to know each other without the distractions of pre-COVID life. We learned we had an eerie number of things in common, but we also got to learn and teach each other a lot of new things. A lot of our hikes involved me teaching him about the archaeology of New Mexico and the Southwest, and Taylor teaching me about different Native plant species and ecology. I think ultimately we fell in love with each other through our mutual love for the landscape(s) around us and we really wanted that aspect of our love story to be evident at our wedding. When we think back on planning, we had a hard time really sticking to a wedding theme or concept initially because we wanted to incorporate all of these pieces of our relationship without it being too much of an eclectic mish-mash of things. We knew we wanted the overall vibe to reflect the timelessness of the southwest and the high desert, and I think that was achieved by choosing The Stakeout in Taos, New Mexico as our venue. I’ve worked in the wedding industry a little and been to a lot of the venues in New Mexico, and I think The Stakeout does the best job of making its guests feel a more intimate connection with the landscape around them. The way the venue is situated within the pinyon-juniper woodland, overlooking the Rio Grande Gorge and the southern Rocky Mountains, really serves as the perfect landscape-oriented wedding backdrop. Even the building itself, this stark white adobe that contrasts the greens and browns surrounding it, reminds me of the white volcanic tuff deposits in Bandelier or Georgia O’Keefe’s Plaza Blanca in Abiquiu. Actually, when we put together our color palette, we used Georgia’s painting of Cerro Pedernal to extract the colors we wanted and then tweaked them just a little. We wanted all the muted desert hues to be contrasted with one really bright color, which ended up being marigold orange, which we also chose as our main flower in all our floral arrangements. Having marigolds was important to me as a way to honor my family’s Indigenous Mexican heritage. Mexican Marigolds, or cempasúchil, are native to Mexico and traditionally used during Dia de los Muertos to decorate our altars, or ofrendas. It is thought that the brightness and scent of the flowers help the spirits of our ancestors and loved ones find their way back to us. Dia de los Muertos is observed over multiple days from October 31st-November 2nd, and as our wedding was November 4, Marigolds felt like an appropriate floral choice and a way to call our loved ones to be with us on our special day. It also felt like the perfect way of welcoming Taylor’s family into mine and sharing that heritage with them. The amazing ladies at Adela Flora really did a perfect job of executing the vision we had for our florals in a way that really helped to tie everything together. And as much as I wanted to be that cool DIY bride that did her own floral arrangements, it was such a relief to put that into the hands of Adela Flora and trust their expertise. All of our vendors really helped us highlight those parts of our relationship we felt were important and incorporate them into the wedding. We wanted a wedding day, and weekend, that truly felt uniquely ‘us’ with choices that were intentional, but not overly curated.”

– Danielle, the bride

The Stakeout Taos Wedding bride wearing a stunning wedding dress as she hold her vibrant colored wedding bouquet, and the groom wearing a brown suit and stylish hat

The Stakeout Taos Wedding bridal party showing love to the couple's dog at the ceremony site

The Stakeout Taos Wedding reception area with decorated dinner tables, a teal runner, and small floral arrangements

The Stakeout Taos Wedding's two-tiered decorated wedding cake

The Stakeout Taos Wedding couple having their first dance as guests watch

Venue: The Stakeout Photographer: Films By Em Florist: Adela Floral, Design Co Beauty: Something Ginger Photo Booth: Little Moon Photo Booth Stationery: Pistachio Press Bridal Boutique: a&bé bridal shop Dress Designer: Alena Leena Menswear: Indochino Hotel + Accommodations : Hotel Luna Mystica

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