This La Fonda on the Plaza Wedding is the Epitome of Santa Fe Glam

September 1, 2018 | juliette

Between the glamorous fashion and the classic New Mexico architecture, we’re blown away by the sophistication and elegance of this La Fonda On the Plaza wedding! Brigitte and Derek’s winter wedding was nothing short of magical and highlighted the very best of Sante Fe’s art, culture, colors, and style. The couple opted for glamorous attire, with Brigitte wearing a stunning Maggie Sottero, which created a beautiful juxtaposition between the southwestern vibes of the venue and the surrounding landscape. Renegade Floral also incorporated some local foliage with pampas grass, poppies, and roses in neutral shades. We also love that the couple added a personal touch for their guests with unique postcards and handmade wire cactus escort cards. Alicia Lucia Photography did a phenomenal job capturing every moment of this gorgeous wedding!

The Couple:

Brigitte and Derek

The Wedding:

La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Instead of the normal robes, my bridal party and I wore matching heart shaped PJ’s! It was winter, so I wanted everyone to warm, comfortable, cute and have something they could actually wear again. 

Because we got married in winter, we needed an indoor venue and we wanted it to have a classic New Mexican feel. La Fonda is the most historic hotel on the Santa Fe Plaza and has a spectacular collection of New Mexican art throughout the hotel.

Our 13th-month-old son was the ring bearer, he didn’t exactly follow a straight path to the altar, but he got a lot of laughs and briefly stole the show in the most adorable fashion.

Sneaking away between the ceremony and reception to take newlywed photos together. It was such a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the ceremony, our commitment, and enjoy a personal moment. We jumped in the backseat of our photographer’s vehicle and she drove us to a spot we had picked out just down the road from our venue. The sun was just starting to set, there was a tiny bit of snow on the ground, the air was cool and crisp and we got to enjoy the magical high desert glow. It was a very romantic moment for us in the midst of a celebration with all our closest friends and family.

We gave each guest a unique vintage postcard and handmade wire cacti that Brigitte personally made. Brigitte is a collector of postcards and she found a bunch (100!) of them with beautiful scenes of New Mexico on them.

Processional – “Cadiz” by Isaac Albeniz
Bride’s Entrance – “La Paloma” by Sebastian Yradier
Recessional – “Sevilla” by Isaac Albeniz
First Dance – “Poison Cup” by M. Ward

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Alicia Lucia Photography
Venue – La Fonda On the Plaza
Floral Design – Renegade Floral
Cake – B&B Bakery
Officiant – Bishop Daniel Dangaran
Live Music – Roberto Capocchi
DJ – Absolute Entertainment Santa Fe
Stationery – Minted
Hair and Makeup Artist – Genica Lee
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – BHLDN
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Brilliant Earth


Our biggest congratulations to Brigitte and Derek, and a special thanks to Alicia Lucia Photography for sharing this glamorous La Fonda On the Plaza wedding with Junebug! Planning a southwestern-inspired wedding? You have to see this enchanting southwestern-inspired Abiquiu, New Mexico wedding on Rio Chama!

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One Comment

  1. Beautiful wedding!! My fiance and I are eloping there next week – do you know the name of the area you went to to take those beautiful out-door portraits?


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