The Inn of the Anasazi is one of Santa Fe’s most intimate downtown hotels with the ultimate in serving their guests with the best. And this courteous and helpfulness is extended for your intimate wedding by offering their living room which is totally private. Most weddings I officiate here are just the couple or with their witnesses. However, I would say the room can hold about 10-12 guests if standing. I have officiated a wedding in this room where the hotel set up a beautiful private dining area in the adjacent library for the guests. You can also have a private dinner for the two of you in the living room after your ceremony. The restaurant at the Anasazi will not disappoint.
Along with creating and officiating a beautiful meaningful wedding ceremony for couples, I have now begun to use my 28years of wedding experience to assist couples in their wedding planning. Serving in “making it all a simple process” for couples to find their perfect location and vendors. What I like to do is “hear” from you what you envision; “listening” to you describe your perfect day. I will then, with conversation and agreement, check on the availability of locations and vendors for your wedding date, set up appointments for you to visit, and go with you if you would like. I am then happy to answer any questions and offer any information from my experience to help you make your decisions.
In this way, you can save time in searching for not only your perfect location, but your florist, photographer, cake, hair and makeup and other essentials. My fees are by the hour, so you can use my experience in Santa Fe wedding planning as little or as much as meets your comfortability with planning yourself.
If you want more services than I can offer, I will certainly refer you to other wedding planners here in Santa Fe that can meet your further needs. I am happy to assist in this way, whether I am your minister/wedding officiant, or if you have another.
For some couples, just a little help leading in the right direction is enough, and I am happy to serve you in this capacity, as well as create and officiate your perfectly envisioned wedding here in our Land of Enchantment and City Different!
Many are surprised by our luscious colorful Fall here in Santa Fe. Our Aspens, Cottonwoods, Elms, and even a few Maples, grace our town with hues of yellows, golds and reds. And most days are still warm; sometimes even into November, with our New Mexico sun heating our 7000ft. town. Outside venues for an intimate or large wedding are generous here, with options to move inside, if your day becomes a forecast of winter to come.
One of the newer and larger indoor wedding venues, here in Santa Fe NM, is the wedding chapel at the Eldorado Hotel, in downtown Santa Fe, on our historic San Francisco Street. With white marble floors, white seating and straight architectural lines, creating a contemporary feel, is this golden wooden carved altar bringing in a historical old antiquity feel. The recessed lighting can change in color to add any “hue” one desires. “Starkness” blended with “Ornateness” was my first impression and a good one! I have officiated weddings here at Christmas, with red poinsettias gracing the altar, and weddings, like the photo, where the white ambiance is accented with white lilies and a hint of lavender hue.
Next to the chapel is an elegant large dressing room with full length mirrors and makeup counters. You will really feel like a queen and king on your special day!
David Stone, one of Santa Fe’s “best” with wedding co-ordinating, is the sales and catering manager who will make sure your day is perfect! Having worked with him as the wedding officiant/minister for many years, I can promise you this.
I have also noticed, when officiating weddings in this lovely chapel, that the acoustics for myself, as the minister, and the music are very good. The lifted altar makes for perfect visibility of your “beautiful happy selves” and your wedding party for all your guests – no matter if seated far or near.
A beautiful contemporary ballroom is close by for your reception with cocktail hour in the adjacent newly decorated lobby.
This is one of the most profound excerpts on marriage that was given to me to speak at a wedding. I wish I knew who to credit as authorship.
The act of marriage has many consequences, both social and personal. Marriage requires “love”, a word we often use with vagueness and sentimentality. We may assume that love is some rare and mystical event, when in fact it is our natural state of being.
So what do we mean by love? When we love, we see things other people do not see. We see beneath the surface, to the qualities which make our beloved special and unique. To see with loving eyes, is to know inner beauty. And to be loved is to be seen, and known, as we are known to no other. One who loves us, gives us a unique gift; a piece of ourselves, but a piece that only they could give us.
The secret of love and marriage is similar to that of Spirituality itself. It is the emergence of the larger self. It is the finding of one’s life by losing it. Such is the privilege of husband and wife ; to be each himself, herself and yet another, to face the world strong, with the courage of two.
To make this relationship work, therefore, takes more than love. It takes trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes faith; to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both. While love is our natural state of being, these other qualities are not as easy to come by. They are not a destination, but a journey.
The true art of married life is in this; an inner journey. It is a mutual enrichment, a give and take between two personalities, a mingling of two endowments, which diminishes neither, but enhances both.
A True Marriage is caught not taught.
On our historic Canyon Rd., along with its many galleries, is a historic foundation site called El Zaguan with a lovely old house and victorian style garden. It is a lovely place for a small intimate wedding. The whole atmosphere says “sweetness”.
Not only is their New Mexican Food Great; The Wedding View is Spectacular.
This is a wonderful venue for and intimate outdoor wedding, with your wedding lunch or dinner on the patio or inside.
The circular outside fire pit has lovely views of mountains and sky and more sky.
Most couples want to get married outside in Santa Fe, even in the winter, as our sky is so blue and our vistas so grand. One of the best places for beautiful views is The Four Seasons Encantado, outside of Santa Fe proper. They have lovely accommodations, and if you are already staying somewhere else, we still can have your ceremony there, and you can celebrate with breakfast, lunch or dinner on their lovely patio, with the same lovely views, or inside which is just as lovely! You might also want to view the “post” Intimate Setting Outside or Inside at Four Seasons Encantado Santa Fe NM.
When consulting with couples about personalizing their wedding ceremony, I always add the option and suggestion of writing your own vows. Many times the immediate feeling or thought is that this would be too difficult, too intimate, or that reading wedding vows to their partner from a piece of paper, would not “look” good for the ceremony. And…”I or my partner would just cry and not be able to read.”
It is my observation and experience that writing your vows to your “be-loved” can be a fun, deep and meaningful experience in that it allows one the time and contemplation to muse over why this person is so important to them in their life. It can also be a wonderful point of “sweet humor” coming into your ceremony. I have noticed many times that when one is expressing their appreciation for their partner, the partner is hearing, sometimes for the first time, an aspect of why they are loved so much. This is a joy to behold!
Some couples write their vows on lovely little book-like stationary, in little scroll form with a ribbon tied around, or just take the folded up notebook paper out of their pocket. I or the maid of honor usually have the bride’s as she does not have a pocket. It is just my romantic opinion, but reading your vows off of your iPhone is not what I would suggest! I always make sure that the couple keep their original paper written vows with their marriage license so that they have them for keepsakes. And if you “love-cry” while reading; well, we all are very, very happy to wait with full hearts. I will hand you a kleenex. If the bride, your maid of honor will fix your eye-makeup right after the ceremony. And, we all will know there sure is “true love” present!