The New Elegant Chapel at the Eldorado Hotel Is Special For Your Santa Fe Wedding

Contemporary Old World Elegance that you can personalize with your choice of floral colors and lighting.

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.

 

Eloping to Santa Fe or Your Vow Renewal – “Just the Two of You”

So many choices for a fun intimate wedding in Santa Fe, when it is just the two of you!

Dress up, dress down, wear a wedding gown, wear jeans and cowboy boots, go shopping here and pick out your wedding outfits; whatever your heart desires.  You can even buy your wedding rings under the portal on the square where our Native American jewelers sell their fine pieces, or from many other unique jewelers we are graced to have here in Santa Fe. Your elopement or vow renewal in Santa Fe is the chance for you to just “be yourselves”.

All of our resort hotels offer small outside and inside locations for a small wedding. Some hotels have smaller rooms like a library.  Many times the B&B or the house or casita you are renting has a lovely garden.  Some of our galleries also offer their gardens for an elopement. And we have a lovely Botanical Garden.

With a fun drive up toward or to our ski basin, one can find their special spot. One of my favorites was a couple who wanted to get married at our Dog Park, where their dog would not need to be leashed.  Our Dog Park is quite large and has a spot with a great view of the city.  We have a Rose Park, a Federal Park, The Cross of the Martyrs Park, all lovely locations.  And of course for these locations there is no rental fee.

You will need two witnesses to sign the marriage license.  If you bring two of your special friends, it can add to your wedding celebration, and one can be your photographer, if you do not want a professional.  And if you do not have two witnesses, I can bring two for you with an extra fee for their time. At our resort hotels, hotel, and most B&B’s, two employees are always willing to sign as witnesses.

Something to consider, if you will be in Santa Fe for a few days or a week, is the timing of your wedding or vow renewal.  Some couples like to get married on their first or second day and have the rest of their stay be their honeymoon.  Others prefer to spend their first days getting ready for their wedding and shopping, being tourists, and have their wedding the day before they leave. Either choice has a different “flow” for your stay.

With so many choices, you may want to view the locations and referral pdf,  on this site, and or call me and we can talk more about what would be fun and meaningful for you.

It has been my experience over these 27 years of serving couples’ weddings and vow renewals, as their officiant here in Santa Fe, that their wedding ceremony, with 200 guests or no guests, is still created and graced with the same joy, reverence, fun and meaning. Always special! Always memorable!

 

Santa Fe’s Intimacy Will Serve You and Your Wedding

The colors and coolness of Fall make for a special wedding season.

Santa Fe is one of the most appreciated locations for a destination wedding or elopement. I have always believed that one of the unspoken reasons is It’s “intimacy”. Many couples have met here, become engaged here, have had memorable adventures while traveling through. One of the couple may  have spent precious moments of their lives growing up here and moving on, or coming for holidays with family and friends. What makes our city named The City Different, “intimate”?

I would say “she”, Santa Fe, “City of Faith”, reaches out to create a very personal relationship with each visitor and resident. We still look up to the tourquoise blue sky with awe, knowing even on the coldest of days it will bring a peaceful smile. Our Mountains are our refuge for a walk or climb, exercise for our dogs and ourselves, personal contemplation time, and closeness to our Creator through nature.  Nature continues to reveal her beauty and splendor to many atop our ski basin and the sense of flying” through her gifted “powder”. And rainbows; well, we still call/text our family and friends to “look up” and count our blessings. Our great St. Francis Cathedral, centered in our downtown, opens its doors to all, welcoming for a liturgy, an afternoon alone meditation or a Christmas community concert. On St. Francis’ sacred name-day the priest comes out to bless our pets! We are of many faiths and no faith, many cultures and chosen lifestyles, of economic and educational backgrounds and choices up and down the ladder. Our many and varied restaurants, coffee houses and lodging are a reflection of this diversity. You will find, upon investigation, that our wedding venues are just as unique and offer many style choices, historic and contemporary.

I guess you could label us “diverse proud”, even though we are still aware we can always do better in this area. We welcome our guests to come “fit” right in with us, and we want you to feel at home! We want your wedding whether large or just the two of you to have in its reality and memory the feeling of this “intimacy” which is one of the reasons why many of us just can’t think of another place we would prefer to live!

 

 

 

 

Writing Your Own Vows Can Be More Special Than One Might Imagine

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!

 

Why This Man? Why This Woman? Why This Partner? For Life!

Declare your lifetime love under our Santa Fe Sky!

Just passing on some reasons I have heard over the many years.

You really make me laugh.  Even when I don’t want to.

You are my best friend.  Really!

You just “get” me.

I love to watch how you live your life.  How you do what you love to do.

My heart is happy when I come home and see your car in the driveway.

You still “turn me on”….just looking at you.

You can just “tell” when I am not happy.

I so love the way you love and care for my children.

I am even happier than the dog when you walk in the door!

You loving me has helped me love myself.

I just can’t imaging living the rest of my life with anyone else.

You relentlessly tell me the truth even when I don’t want to hear it.

I’ve watched you “fall”.  I’ve watched you “get up”. And I have only come to love, respect and honor you in how you “do it” with so much “grace”!

You and only you just let me “be” my silly, playful, sometimes “not too pretty” self and do not judge me, and I love you for this.

I just love the way you “look” at and within me!

I love the way I just always love to touch you.

You always reach out for my hand and I love this about you.

I just smile inside during my day when I think of you.

Even when I am really, really angry or disappointed with you, I still love you deeply.

I “light up” when you walk in the door or I hear your voice on the phone.

You keep proving your love for me and I know I can really “test” you sometimes.

I find I am so  truly grateful for you in my life.

We are a really good team.

I love your mind and how you think.