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Rancho de Chavez, NM

Friday, November 4, 2016


Dear Diary,

It's very rare that I get asked about a black wedding dress, but when I am, I'm ecstatic!!  The following set is a conceptualized by Vicki Newsom of Orange September.  Vicki is a visionary, she's talented in everything she does. Vicki creates with a unique, outside-the-box approach to design and event planning.  I am honored to work with her in any opportunity.

Photographed at the amazingly beautiful Rancho de Chavez by Arielei Kinder Photography, Vicki and the team created a old world Spanish inspired styled wedding.  I hope the rich deep colors set against the rustic New Mexican mountains take you to a different time and place...


"With inspiration garnered from the customary bridal traditions of Spain, this modern Spanish-styled wedding showcases a pristine private homestead and brand new wedding venue just south of Santa Fe. Rancho de Chavez is hedged by the Ortiz Mountains to the east and Cabezon Peak to the west. Boasting plenty of rustic charm and showcasing the majestic beauty of the southwest, it was the ideal setting for this photoshoot".


Notes about the concept from Vicki Newsom and Arielei Kinzer:


ïThe Ceremony


In line with many social events in Spain, most Spanish weddings start late: often a ceremony doesn’t begin until 7:00 P.M. Weddings linger on into the later hours of the night or even further into the first inklings of twilight.


The ceremony of this photoshoot was scheduled to take place right before sunset—at 7:44 P.M.—in front of a beautiful fishing pond from which can be seen the Jemez Mountains, the Sandia Mountains, and Cabezon Peak. However, due to rainfall, the location of the ceremony was moved to an intricately designed interior patio facing the Ortiz Mountains.


A freestanding frame was used as a creative prop to emphasize the “wild blue yonder” atmosphere.


ï Color Palette


The primary colors of this shoot, in keeping with its inspiration, were black and red. Accents of gold, white, and ivory added to the air of elegance and helped modernize the traditional palette.


ï Bridal Look


The bride posing for this photoshoot wore a gorgeous black silk dress with an accompanying lace veil. In Spain, this bridal attire is common, representing the “Til Death Do Us Part” promise.


ï At the Altar


Traditionally, Spanish weddings do not include bridesmaids or groomsmen. The groom’s mother accompanies him down the aisle, and the bride and groom stand together at the altar with no one else beside them.


ï At the Dinner Table


The head table at Spanish weddings is usually set to accommodate 6 people. In this styled shoot, the table was instead set for 8 to include the bride and groom’s best friends. The chairs at the table were decorated with white lace covers—a detail that lent the perfect touch of daintiness to the scene.


Small handwritten signs, displaying Spanish phrases expressing love, were placed at each table setting. These were reminders of the purpose of all weddings: to regard, profess, and celebrate love.


Concept, Design, Styling and Fabrication: Orange September, an event Company  @orange_september 
Photography: Arielei Kinzer Photography @arieleikinzer
Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee @genicalee_hmua

Dress: Teresa Romero Atelier @trdesigns 
Models: Emily Tafoya @emilyysaraaa and Garrett Levi 
Florals: Floral Fetish @floralfetishabq 
Cakes: Stephanie Ballard @stephniedballard 
Descanso Tables: Classic Party Rentals @classicpartyabq 
Lace Chair Caps and Runner: @virginiaprovenza 
Invitation Suite and Paper Goods: @orange_september



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