Suzanne and Fred
Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 22, 2006
Mike and I traveled to Santa Fe last weekend for Suzanne and Fred’s grand, three-day wedding celebration. Neither of us had been to Santa Fe before, and we loved it there. Suzanne and Fred’s wedding beautifully reflected the great culture, food, and history of the city.
Suzanne and Fred have a fun story. They have known each other ever since high school, but at the time, Fred was too shy to ask her out. When they reunited 26 years later, Fred didn’t let his second opportunity pass him by. Now they are as giddy together as two teenagers in love.
They got married on Friday night, in the gorgeous Loretto Chapel in downtown Santa Fe. Afterward they celebrated at an intimate dinner with close family and friends. The following day, they had an enormous reception for hundreds of their friends, at a historic mission outside of the city. Then on Sunday, Mike and I joined Suzanne and Fred for a fantastic post-wedding portrait shoot.
As you can imagine, we have tons of great pictures from this three-day extravaganza. Here is part one: Friday. I’ll have to share the other pictures in two additional posts. Stay tuned!
A pretty walkway next to the church
Inside the chapel. That beautiful staircase is known as the “Miraculous Staircase.” Legend has it that when the chapel was built, there was no way for the nuns to reach the choir loft. They prayed to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. Then a man appeared at the church and built this staircase. When it was complete, he vanished without a trace. The sisters believed that it was St. Joseph himself.
The staircase has two 360-degree turns with no visible means of support. It’s known as the “Miraculous Staircase,” in reference to its origin as well as its engineering.
Of course, my engineer husband’s reaction was, “That doesn’t make it an engineering miracle.
That just means it hasn’t fallen down yet.”
Preparing for the guests’ arrival
Fred, on the right, greeting guests
Suzanne’s fabulous shoes and shawl
Suzanne’s son escorted her down the aisle.
Suzanne’s son and daughter and Fred’s daughter each did a reading.
After the ceremony. Mike always sees these wonderful moments.
Greeting her granddaughter
After the ceremony, we went to Cafe San Estevan to celebrate over dinner.
One of several delicious courses
The best chili relleno I’ve ever had.
Coming next: Pictures from Saturday
To be continued…