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Santa Fe Destination Wedding

Guest Author - Kara Williams

The Inn and Spa at Loretto is a luxury boutique hotel just steps away from Santa Fe’s well-known downtown Plaza. Its location right next door to the historic Loretto Chapel provides a number of different options for romantic ceremonies and festive receptions. Plus, your out-of-town guests will love the amenities at the sophisticated hotel—including fine dining and an on-site spa.

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The hotel’s adobe architecture is modeled after 13th-century Pueblos. You’ll find traditional New Mexican artwork and design throughout the resort. Local artisans handcrafted all the doors, windows, light fixtures and other accents. The mood here is serene and romantic, with candlelight and a glowing hearth in the comfortable lobby.
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Have your reception on the Inn's patio.

The lovely outdoor sculpture garden, with its bronze pieces and whimsical moving artwork, can accommodate about 75 to 100 guests for an outdoor ceremony followed by an outdoor reception. The patio, lit by a traditional kiva and surrounded by lavender and desert sage, can be set up with tables for a reception meal. Indoor ballrooms in varying sizes, totaling 12,000 square feet can also serve as ceremony or reception sites. The Zuni Ballroom opens to the green courtyard in the sculpture garden.
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Sculpture garden at the Inn and Spa at Loretto.

House your guests in some of the 129 rooms and 5 suites, all of which are undergoing refurbishment with new furniture and bathroom fixtures. The look is contemporary and sophisticated. Consider booking special pampering treatments for your bridal party at the on-site spa, Spa Terre, whose treatments and décor are influenced not only by the Southwest, but also Southeast Asia.

On-site wedding coordinators can help you plan your event and help you determine your catering needs—from a full sit-down dinner to dessert stations like a chocolate fondue fountain.

Miraculous Staircase at Loretto Chapel

The next-door Loretto Chapel hosts more than 260 weddings a year—on peak weekends there might be up to four ceremonies a day! It’s no surprise the chapel, which seats 139 guests, is such a popular wedding site: the altar and architecture are exquisite, and its history impressive.
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Happy couple outside the Loretto Chapel.

Built in 1878 and modeled after the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, the chapel was home to the Sisters of Loretto. While they appreciated the gothic altar and colorful stained-glass windows, they lamented that they had to climb a high ladder to access the choir loft above the sanctuary; there was no room in the small chapel for a staircase.

Legend says the Sisters prayed for a solution. A carpenter appeared on the steps of the chapel, and with limited tools, built an elegant circular staircase. But before the Sisters could thank the stranger or pay him, he left town.
The “miraculous staircase” has two 360-degree turns and has no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without nails—only wooden pegs.

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