this wedding was shot by Ashley
LA FONDA ON THE PLAZA
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Kiersten + Jeff
How did you two meet/love story?
TINDER!!! swipe swipe Or Jeff’s much sweeter version from the wedding website… In late July 2015, it rained nonstop in Tampa Bay for weeks. Kiersten, just 5 days into her relocation to St. Petersburg and Jeff a native of the area all too familiar with the rainy summer night, both almost simultaneously poured themselves a glass of wine and grabbed their phones! What do two, single, young professionals do on a dreary night? Boom, they both downloaded the ever trendy dating app, Tinder… Wine in hand, two perfectly choreographed “swipes right” later, the two were a match.
After careful wit and banter, a reference to discrimation on behalf of Apple iPhones choice of red versus white wine emojis, the two went on and on for hours. Fast forward to the next day, a traditional phone call later, the two met in Downtown St. Pete for their first date…. A seven hour, historic walking tour of our beloved downtown district. Nonetheless, Kiersten decided to keep Jeff around, initially for his cable, then for his charm, and then well, they had fallen in love!
Why did you choose the venue you did?
August 2016 – Jeff asks K’s parents for their blessing September/October 2016 – Jeff visits Santa Fe for work and falls in love. Calls home after a few margs and declares that we are getting married in SF. K rolls eyes…but then gets on pinterest. By the time Jeff was home, K had narrowed it down to a few venues, florists, bakeries, etc Thanksgiving 2016 – K, J and K’s family spend the holiday in Santa Fe and visit venues We loved them both but La Fonda sat right on the historic plaza, had a beautiful view of a gorgeous cathedral, we all cried on the tour…we were sold!! Christmas Eve 2016 – K and J get engaged….finally!!
Any advice for other couples getting married?!
Seriously, don’t sweat the small stuff. I always thought I’d be a neurotic bridezilla and so far things have been easy (*knock on wood*). When things came up that were unexpected or unnerving, I had my momentary freak outs but they all seemed to work themselves out within the day. Also, when it comes to little stuff…most people won’t even notice. I could spend hours debating between this and that, but most people will never know and in a few years I won’t even remember. So again, don’t worry!
How has it been (so far) having me as your photographer?
Amazing! All the photos we have done together have been beautiful and you have made them fun. You’re super easy to communicate with and get ahold of and always helpful and honest. Cannot wait for June 16 to get here and celebrate!!
Venue, La Fonda on the Plaza
Wedding Cake, American Pie Bakery
Paper Goods, Minted
Hair + Makeup, C Johnson Makeup
Officiant, Irene Swain
Wedding Dress, store, Malindy Elene
Designer, Martina Liana