A Perfect Marriage Of Past And Present
Talk about destination weddings!
I just spent an hour touring La Fonda, and I am blown away! In a city that oozes history and authenticity, La Fonda seems to hold the top cards in both categories. The lobby is untouched since it was built in 1929: “untouched” in the same way that Versailles is untouched. The art collection is museum-worthy and worth millions. And the event spaces . . .
My tour guide was Ed Pulsifer, who handles all the bookings for the hotel—a very big business. Rarely have I met anyone who so clearly pulses with energy about his job and the place where he works. As he unlocked the doors to show me this ballroom or that restaurant, pride of place radiated from him.
Ed walks fast; I hustled to keep up as he led me down a hallway, then turned a corner and—Boom!—we were outside, on a terrace, looking over the plaza, with the Cathedral of St. Francis so close we could almost reach out and touch it. (You can see my Wedding Photography here.) Not a bad spot to say, “I do.”
No building in Santa Fe is allowed to be higher than the Cathedral’s towers, Ed told me. La Fonda is one of the few buildings in town that reaches the maximum height allowed, so I got the feeling that I was floating above the city.
That terrace (pictured) is where most of the weddings take place. (This being Santa Fe, home of the glorious the high desert climate, one feels safe scheduling an outdoor wedding.) There’s also a terrace on the other side of the hotel, looking west, over the city and towards the mountains. Spectacular!
If any one place can be said to be the singular destination in Santa Fe, it is La Fonda.