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Ben grew up in Albuquerque and attended the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta with his family annually.  It’s the biggest celebration of the year there where they launch HUNDREDS of hot air balloons at the break of dawn.  Tammy grew up in San Francisco and had never been, so Ben brought her to experience this spectacular sight.   Needless to say, she was hooked.  Their first priority in planning their wedding was for everything to have a great time experiencing something special and unique to them.  They decided to host their wedding in Ben’s parent’s backyard, and time it to coincide with the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta! Did you catch this lovely “backyard black tie” wedding on Green Wedding Shoes?

Lace Manolo Blahnik shoes and lace Monique Lhuillier dress… topped with gorgeous letter press from The Aerialist Press… what a dream!

With a son myself, I especially love this photo of mom & her boys:

Look at Ben’s parent’s wedding photo!!!  I love the idea that one day, their children may frame this photo (or another where i have them in focus & looking at the camera) and take a photo with it on their wedding day, also wearing these silly glasses!Tammy & Ben made a donation in honor of each guest to the Breast Cancer Fund. <3I love the personalized calligraphy menus for each guest.They lined the walkways with luminarias… very New Mexico!

And then the next morning (like at 4 am!), they all headed out to see the last mass ascension for the year… Jonathan and I were fortunate enough to go on a ride!  You can check out our aerial view on my Instagram.event planner: Nikki Peone, Peony Events // floral design: The Flower Shop at Nob Hill // wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier, Bridal Galleria // shoes: Manolo Blahnik // bridesmaid dresses: Club Monaco // hair + makeup: Hair by Rosalie Wood, Makeup by Rebekkah Wiggins // groom suit: bespoke tuxedo, Seymour’s Custom Tailors // invitations + paper goods: The Aerialist Press, calligraphy: Rona Siegel // catering + cake: Dawn Sanchez Creations // music: cocktail reception by Luis Campos, dinner reception DJ Too Hot to Stop

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