A Southwestern-Themed Wedding at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico, has always been a city associated with Kayla (27 and a lawyer) and Austin Schumacher’s (26 and an environmental consultant) rela

Santa Fe, New Mexico, has always been a city associated with Kayla (27 and a lawyer) and Austin Schumacher’s (26 and an environmental consultant) relationship. When they were planning their wedding, they knew exactly where to host it and what their theme would be: the city closest to their hearts. Capturing the essence of Santa Fe carried through to their food selection, colors, music, invitations and escort cards. “When planning our wedding, there were a couple of key words I used to describe the theme I wanted: bohemian, whimsical and colorful," Kayla says. "I wanted our wedding to embody the Santa Fe vibe. Santa Fe is artsy and vibrant with a Southwestern motif. It was important to me that we incorporate that feel into our wedding.” With a palette of purples, navy blues, turquoises, poppy shades and buttercups, they brought the city to life from their ceremony to their sparkler exit. “All our guests were traveling from out of town and many of them had never visited Santa Fe before," Kayla says. "We wanted all our guests to truly experience Santa Fe, and there seemed like no better way than to hold the ceremony in the heart of the city. The heart just happened to be La Fonda on the Plaza's La Terraza space, which turned out to be the perfect spot for not only the vows, but the reception as well." —Ginger Harris

"Our goal was to build some hype about the wedding through the invitations," Kayla says. "We chose a fold-out poster for the actual invitation. On the back of the poster, there was a custom drawing of Santa Fe. The welcome party invitation was in the shape of a donkey, and we created a custom Mad Libs for the RSVP card."
"I really love long-sleeve wedding dresses and wanted to find the perfect one for our wedding," Kayla says. "I completely fell in love with Hayley Paige's Remmington gown. The detailed beading on top was to die for. The rosewater color combined with flowing net bottom gave it that bohemian feel I wanted."
"I wanted a whimsical, bohemian, romantic look," Kayla says. She achieved it with roses, peonies, anemones, lilacs and beautiful greenery.
"I wanted the colorful flowers and other details to really pop, so I choose a neutral color for the bridesmaid dresses," Kayla says. She opted for Amsale's dove gray dresses in different styles. "It went well with the rosewater color of my dress, and I thought the different styles helped make the wedding not look too uniform."
The groomsmen and the groom wore blue tuxedos. "We wanted a twist on the traditional tux, and this was the perfect fit," Kayla says.
"After the thrill of the engagement settled down and we began planning our wedding, there seemed like no better place to have the wedding than in Santa Fe, where it all began," Kayla says. "We toured many venues in Santa Fe but we fell in love with La Fonda on the Plaza's La Terraza space.
A floral "A" and "K" were created and placed at the entrance of the ceremony and later moved to sit on the fireplace for the reception.
Conchita, the tequila donkey, made an appearance with her tabletop saddle from which guests took tequila shots.
After cocktail hour, guests were encouraged to grab their escort cards, complete with mini tambourines, identifying their table numbers for dinner at the Coyote Cafe.
"One of the most talked about things from our wedding was the parade," Kayla says. "After cocktail hour, the band led everyone through the hotel and paraded across the plaza and down a side street to Coyote Cafe, the dinner spot we had chosen. All our guests were shaking their tambourines and dancing their way down the streets as the music played," Kayla says.
"After dinner, we shuttled back to La Fonda to see that the space where the ceremony had taken place had been completely flipped," Kayla says. "What had been an ornate ceremony was transformed into an inviting lounge, complete with an eight-piece band, Soulstice."
Kayla and Austin's  first dance was to "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton.
Guests created their own craft cocktails at a jar bar with the help of a bartender. "Austin and I love handcrafted cocktails with fresh ingredients," Kayla says. "It has even become a joke between our friends that since being together we have become craft-cocktail connoisseurs.”
"The cake turned out to be an absolute showstopper," Kayla says. Consisting of four layers: the bottom had colorful, 3-D roses. The second had a cool Santa Fe design that tied in our invitations. The third layer was covered in gold foil. The top layer had hand-brushed water coloring and was topped with a large poppy flower."
We both love to travel and experience new things. It's one of the many special things we share together and it keeps our lives exciting and interesting. Whether it's backpacking across Europe or simply exploring a local farmers' market, we can't help but always look for a new adventure," Kayla says.