Jessica from Jessica Ash Photography & Film shares with us this vibrant Columbian Desert Elopement full of lush colors and DIY wedding elements.
Being born and raised in the states, Zarah decided to study yoga abroad in Bogata, Colombia. Little did she know, that her life would change forever. When Zarah arrived, she was determined to meet a certain yoga instructor that she had heard a lot about. Unfortunately, she endured a severe accident, but everything happens for a reason right? We believe so, because that is when Zarah and Diego discovered that they were in love with each other.
The Wedding day was beautiful; from the colors to the little details, it was breathtaking. To get to the ceremony, which was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on their parent's property, you had to walk down a mountain, that led you to an entrance where every guest was blessed with sage. This was to ensure that if there was any negativity, that it would be cleansed from that individual's soul.
This cultural wedding didn't have any seating but everyone still stood on either side of the bride and groom like a standard wedding ceremony. Continuing with the purifying traditions, there happened to be a large pit of fire in the back of the ceremony location, which, as I mentioned, symbolized as a purifier and sustainer of life.
The centerpiece of the ceremony was this gorgeous flower made with earth elements. Hanging from every tree were these beautifully colored bags called Mochilas, and the guests were told to fill their bags up with any earth elements that they connected to at the moment.
This was their "party favor." It was beautiful! The meaning behind this, was to ensure that they would eventually take these elements and "spread the love" of life.
The reception was a blast. From eating mediterranean food to eating a delicious vegan cake from Whole Foods and dancing the night away, it was a unique wedding that I will never forget. Zarah and Diego were so lovely, and I wish them all of the best in their future endeavors over in Bogata, Colombia.
Photographer: Jessica Ash Photography & Film
Venue: Private Residence
Favors & Gifts: Wayuu Tribe
Bakery: Whole Foods Market
Jewelry: Francisco Piñeros Orfebre
Dress Designer: Arata
Design & Decor: Santa Fe Rentals
Caterer: Cleopatra Mediterranean
Floral Designer: Rodeo Plaza Flowers
Happy Wedding Planning!