Katie and Patrick's Santa Fe Wedding

Over the weekend of July 10th, Katie and Patrick tied the knot in Santa Fe, NM with friends and family by their sides.  The ceremony and reception were held at El Encantado Resort right outside of downtown Santa Fe.  It was a beautiful wedding day, and the reception was a blast.  The Patrick Smith Band brought the house down with their awesome sound, while Andrea Soorikian created beautiful bouquets, floral arrangements and an elegant and unique setting for the celebration.  Make up artist, Monica Stark, did a wonderful job, and Keely Thorne and Emily of Keely Thorne Events coordinated the weekend's events beautifully.

My work started on the Wednesday before the wedding, when Katie and Patrick met with me in Lamy, NM, a small town about 15 minutes outside of Santa Fe.  Back in the day, when you'd travel to Santa Fe by train, you'd have to come through Lamy to catch the spur into Santa Fe.  Today, there's not much left of the town, just the train station (which is still operating), and the old Legal Tender Saloon, which is a museum now.  I thought it would make a neat setting for what we would be doing...TINTYPES! 

If you've read my blog before, you might have seen me mentioning tintypes.  I took some for Kate and Garner's engagement photos in front of an old historic home in Chappell Hill, TX.  The tintype process was developed in the mid-1800s, and is an antique photo process in which one photographs directly onto sheet metal.  It is a labor intensive process, with many factors, and you must have a darkroom ON SITE to process and fix the photo immediately after exposing it.  The tintype cannot be replicated, it is a totally unique image, which is a strange way to photograph in today's digital world.  However, there is a certain beauty in that idea.  In a later post I will show some of the tintypes that I took of John Boland, an art director at the Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe.  He also took some photographs of me working, and I'll be sure to post those also.

Anyhow, Katie and Patrick spent several hours working with me in this process, and I've posted two of the tintypes we took during the day.

Here are my favorite images from the weekend, including the tintypes we took.