The Couple: Lyndsay and Dave
The Wedding: 5.29.11 - El Monte Sagrado - Taos, New Mexico
The Photographers: Twin Lens Images
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Lyndsay: I’m from Albuquerque, NM, but the city and venues felt too big and impersonal. We wanted a location that felt more intimate and unique, and would offer guests a really special, romantic and FUN weekend. We settled on Taos, NM, because it’s off the beaten path, so it was a “destination” weekend for everyone.
Because of the location and the fact that my veil was a family heirloom, the theme and feel of the wedding was vintage...with traditional elements of New Mexico mixed in...all pulled together with touches of nature. My colors were ivory and a bronze/latte color with pops of turquoise and lots of natural greenery. We chose very simple, seasonal white flowers, including hydrangea and white garden roses, and lots and lots of greenery. My aunt also found some wire structural pieces with turquoise on the end, which had turquoise on the ends.
More from the Bride on Personal Wedding Style: My veil was a bit yellowed with age, so I chose a champagne-colored, simply draped 40‘s style gown by Alfred Sung. Shoes were also 40‘s style stacked Christian Louboutin's in turquoise! I wore very simple diamond studs and a 5 carat diamond drop that was once on my great grandfather’s tie tack. I wore a vintage-style tennis bracelet and a turquoise bracelet my husband gave me as a wedding day gift. The bridesmaids wore bronze colored strapless cocktail dresses in a deep bronze color and handmade sterling silver and real turquoise chandelier earrings, which were their bridesmaid gifts. The groom and groomsmen wore classic black tuxes, with the exception of a grooms-woman, who wore a floor length black gown.
My incredibly talented and creative Aunt made ALL of my paper items: save the dates, invitations, welcome booklets and schedules for guests (which were placed with a welcome bag in each hotel room), ceremony booklets, place cards, table numbers (which were little lanterns sticking out of the table arrangements), menus, my brides book...she even made us personalized "Thank You" notecards! Everything was stunning. She used a beautiful cream colored heavy card stock that she had hand-painted with metallic and turquoise paint, then hand-calligraphied everything. She personalized everyone’s Save the Date and invitation with their names. She even gave us our own logo!
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Twin Lens Images and their imagery?
Lyndsay: We chose the most amazing photographers who specialize in photojournalism. I wanted all the special moments of the day captured, not just posed shots.
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you loved the most about your wedding?
Lyndsay: My veil is a vintage family heirloom that meant the world to me to wear. It was purchased by my great aunt in Paris for her wedding in the early 1900s. Almost all of the women in my family have worn it, including my grandmother and my mother. I also wore a diamond drop necklace that has been in my family for almost 100 years, and has also been worn by the women in my family. It was very special to have all that family history be a part of my day.
My husband surprised me with a beautiful turquoise bracelet, and the sweetest card that made my cry my eyes out. Luckily it was before my make-up was done, and it helped me get all the tears out of the way before the ceremony!
My husband is always bugging me to sing for him, so I asked the band to learn the song, “Still the One” by Shania Twain, because it describes our relationship perfectly. They recorded it without lyrics and sent me an MP3 ahead of time so I could practice. After dinner was done and the dancing was underway, we got everyone to crowd around the dance floor, and I surprised him with the song. It was so much fun, and he loved it. The pictures are so cute. He still talks about it.
Junebug: Any advice you would offer other brides?
Lyndsay: A mistake every bride makes is that they don’t eat during dinner. Whether you’re having a sit down dinner or a buffet, make sure you sit down and give yourself at least 15 minutes to sit, enjoy and eat slowly. Designate a strong-willed bridesmaid to be your gatekeeper! If you don’t eat, you’ll be starving, tired, and/or drunk early in the night, which is no good.
Don’t forget the true reason for your wedding - this is supposed to be a day of celebration and joy. Don’t expect everything to be perfect, because it won’t be. If you get wrapped up in those little details, you’ll miss the big picture, and it’s something you can never get back.
The Wedding Team:
Photography: Twin Lens Images
Venue: El Monte Sagrado
Floral Design: Melba’s Floral Studio
Catering: El Monte Sagrado
Wedding Dress Designer: Alfred Sung
Bridal Accessories: shoes by Christian Louboutin with vintage veil
Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us Lyndsay and Dave, and thank you Kitty and Craig for the stunning imagery!