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Real Weddings Follow-Up: Louise and Tyler's Honeymoon

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After tying the knot at a colorful celebration in Maine, Louise and Tyler jetted off for Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their 10-day trip overlapped with the town's fiesta celebration, so the newlyweds dubbed it a "fiestamoon" and celebrated both occasions together. Because Louise went to art school in the southwestern city, she coordinated the details. They stayed at the Inn of the Five Graces, a charming hotel located in the old town across the street from the oldest house in America. While there, they ate a lot of green chile, explored the art galleries, and indulged in the amazing shopping opportunities at the Santa Fe Flea Market. Check out some Instragram photos they snapped below, and read on for a few of the couple's favorite spots and tips from their trip. And don't miss their awesome wedding photos. 

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1. Eat as much green chile as possible. Some cheap and local suggestions: The Pantry breakfast burrito, El Parasol bean and cheese burrito, stuffed sopapilla from Baja Tacos.

2. The interior of the Inn of the Five Graces we stayed at is a Moroccan and Native American fusion, with a lot of lovely tiling and textiles. We stayed in the Sandalwood suite a cozy, dark adobe built as part of a compound in the 1600s. It was amazingly well suited for post-wedding sleep! We had a courtyard area to ourselves, where we read, ate, and drank Champagne under the stars. It's just a few minutes walk to the plaza and Canyon Road. We couldn't have had an easier time getting around.

3. We enjoyed a romantic meal on the porch at Geronimo, one of Santa Fe's fancy food standbys. Tyler's salad came with a grilled cheese—his vegetarian version of a dream! The mood, the food, and the walk there and back were exactly what a couple looks forward to for their post-wedding treat!

4. Ten Thousand Waves. Best spa. Go there. Period. Treat yourselves to the tubs and the masters massage. It's an absolute dream.

5. Site Santa Fe. A unique art space with amazing exhibits rivaling the most up to the moment international art curation.

6. Zozobra, the kick off to fiesta weekend. It's an absolutely amazing pagan ritual that Santa Fe has been celebrating for about a a century. It's a unique and pretty weird occasion. Louise is lucky to be friends with one of the oldest families in town, the Montoyas, who host a Zozobra party every year. So they got a private viewing of the mayhem from the privacy of their backyard, imbibing Tecate with old and new friends, and indulging in the potlucking fiesta challenge table—more delicious enchiladas than you can possibly undertake!

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