Find of the Moment is an ongoing series featuring the people and places I’ve found through my planning experience that exude all the great qualities of an excellent wedding vendor: first class customer service, attention to detail and unique sense of style.
New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, has so much to offer – wide open spaces, stunning vistas and color schemes and the warmth of its people (and its wonderfully spicy food). And then there is the art and culture, too. Between Albuquerque and Santa Fe and the pueblos nearby, I found great inspiration for wedding celebrations.
The minute I stepped into the Flower Shop at Nob Hill in Albuquerque, I knew I’ve come to the right place to explore the local wedding scene.
Cam and John are a husband and wife team whose own love affair started at another flower shop. As owners of the Flower Shop at Nob Hill, they bring creative designs and passion for exceptional customer service to their growing client base. The store itself, open and airy, evokes a particular sense of style. Painted in chartreuse green and filled with creative and interesting containers, everything from traditional to contemporary, it’s a wonderful place to start dreaming of what Cam and John would do for your wedding.
Because creativity and a sense of style is only a part of the total picture, I paid particular attention to the service standards. With three years of experience in running their own shop behind them, this young couple is obsessive about quality and service. We spent hours discussing best sources for tropical orchids, innovative design ideas and comparing notes about our favorite new trends. Cam and John are currently moving the Flower Shop at Nob Hill into an even larger space to offer even more product and variety for their clients.
Next stop, Hyatt Regency Tamaya.
The landscape in New Mexico is desolate, with a stark blue sky, pungent red rock and the earth tones of browns and grays of the winter foliage. It’s frigid cold, in the twenties. The navigation system takes me off the main highway and I know that I will reach my destination within a few miles. But I am puzzled … as far as I can see, there is nothing that could resemble a world class Hyatt Regency resort. Then suddenly, as if emerging from the earth itself, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa rises up in front of me – complimented by surrounding bare cottonwoods, set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
Unlike the frigid air, everything about the Hyatt Regency Tamaya is warm. It starts with the warmth of the kiva fireplace right outside the entrance and continues with the broad smiles of the staff that welcome and greet me. The cozy lobby feels like a living room, despite its expanse. The banquet facility is beautifully appointed in modern New Mexican décor so full of natural beauty that pours in through the large doorways and windows. The rooms offer every bit of state of the art capability and the flexibility to fill intimate spaces or larger banquet rooms. When I step outside, I imagine wedding ceremonies. The possibilities are endless; secluded private picnics, candle lit dinners, even the arrival of the bride and groom in a hot air balloon, which is conveniently located on the resort property.
To learn more about the Hyatt Regency Tamaya’s history and wedding capabilities, listen to my interview with Hyatt Regency Tamaya’s Director of Catering and Convention Services.
What’s a celebration without great food? You can find so much of it in Santa Fe. Wonderful, creative, local flavors prepared by world class chefs in inviting adobe style spaces that make you feel like you are in someone’s home. Aqua Santa, with its charming outdoor patio, is the perfect setting for a rehearsal dinner or a small wedding celebration. Half of the inside space is a fully exposed kitchen and I watch the quiet, well orchestrated dance as I enjoy my pizzetta of spicy shrimp, mushroom pasta and the rest of the sumptuous meal. Every detail is executed to perfection, just the way you would want your guests treated.
At Maria’s, we change things up with less gourmet and more simple southwest-style Mexican food. The sopapillas are the lightest, crispy treats you’ve ever tasted – their only weakness is that you have to wait until the end of the meal to dig into them. Don’t forget the Margaritas – a selection of tequilas and combination of ingredients that goes on for miles, a perfect accent for a celebratory lunch or dinner.
The vibrant colors and flavors, mix of old and new and vast landscapes make these New Mexico destinations more than just beautiful – they’re full of spirituality and soul.
Learn more about the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa here.