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Weddings, Santa Fe Style

Santafe.com - June 6, 2019

Santa Fe is one of the most romantic places to say "I do."

June is one of the most popular wedding months. In fact, the month takes its name from Juno, the goddess of marriage in Roman mythology, and according to lore, couples who wed in June were ensured happiness and prosperity.

If you're considering getting married this month—or any other time of year—Santa Fe is one of the world's most romantic places to say “I do.” Not only do people fall in love with Santa Fe's famous sunsets, majestic mountain views, luminous light and natural beauty, they are smitten by Santa Fe's Old World charm. The City Different is full of wonderful ways to make your wedding unique and unforgettable, from beautiful bouquets created by artful florists to stunning rings handcrafted by local jewelers. Whether you choose to say your vows to each other in a historic church, a Spanish courtyard or a colorful garden, your wedding in the City Different will be magical, just like your love for one another.

Romantic Santa Fe Venues

Santa Fe offers many magnificent wedding venues , but perhaps the most popular of all is the Loretto Chapel, a Gothic Revival beauty built in 1878. Inside, the “Miraculous Staircase” is one of the city's most photographed sites and though it's not accessible by the public, a bride and groom can have their photo taken while standing on this legendary staircase, built by a mysterious carpenter to access the choir loft, without the use of nails or any means of support. The nondenominational chapel holds 139 guests and a wedding specialist is available to help with whatever you need, whether it's simply booking the chapel or coordinating every detail—music, photographer, flowers and officiant.

For an elegant, stylish wedding, the Eldorado Hotel & Spa takes the cake, offering an onsite chapel, the city's largest ballroom, a patio with stunning sunset views and more. Whether you're planning an intimate gathering of 10 guests or an elaborate affair with 500 guests, the Eldorado can accommodate your party. You could get married outdoors on the Presidential Patio and hold your reception there, too, surrounded by 360-degree views of downtown and the surrounding mountains.  Or, hold your ceremony in La Capilla de Or— an onsite nondenominational chapel for up to 150 guests with a hand-carved gilded altar—followed by the reception in the Grand Ballroom, a 7,000 square-foot room with gold leaf detailing. The hotel's special events director is on hand to help you plan your perfect day, from your welcome reception, rehearsal dinner and ceremony to your farewell brunch. When you need to pause and pamper yourselves, relax in the hotel's Nidah Spa with a massage, body wrap, salt scrub and other treatments that incorporate gold, turquoise, honey and chile.

Rancho de las Golondrinas,  a fascinating living history museum south of Santa Fe, is another spectacular spot to hold your wedding, whether you plan an intimate affair or a large gathering of family and friends. Situated on 200 acres in a scenic rural farming valley the museum celebrates the history, heritage, and culture of New Mexico during the 18th and 19th centuries. Choose from multiple ceremony locations, including a seasonal lush oasis. There's also an onsite dining pavilion, three plazas and historic buildings and contemporary facilities. The museum's romantic past includes serving as locations for “Wyatt Earp,” “Comanche Moon,” “Young Guns,” “All the Pretty Horses” and “Fools Rush In.”

Rings of Reverence

Because your wedding rings represent the unique love you share, they should be beautiful and distinctive. The bridal collection of rings at Santa Fe Goldworks are works of art, made with precious gemstones that include turquoise, fine diamonds, Australian opal and Mediterranean coral. Designed by David Griego and handcrafted in his Santa Fe jewelry studios, each wedding ring set reflects quality craftsmanship, engraved with Griego's initials and the words “Santa Fe,” so you'll have a timeless talisman of your Santa Fe wedding.

Fabulous Flowers

From bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids to boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen, as well as ceremonial entrance flowers and stunning table arrangements, flowers play a meaningful role in  wedding ceremonies. Whether you choose popular wedding flowers such as roses, tulips and calla lilies, or your own personal favorites, Amanda's Flowers will create stunning floral arrangements for your special day. Set up a bridal consultation and you'll receive expert advice in choosing fragrant flowers and designing breathtaking bouquets, boutonnieres and other gorgeous arrangements.