So you decided you couldn’t do a destination wedding somewhere along Asia’s Silk Road? Your guests will hardly notice at the The Inn of the Five Graces, a world-of-its-own hideaway that is one of Santa Fe’s most luxurious, and unusual, destination wedding stays. In one sense this 25-room collection of former private homes, all connected by shaded courtyards, is not so much an inn as a display of the owners’ obsession with mosaic tile work (prepare yourselves for visual overload) and exotic furnishings of the same museum quality found for sale in their nearby shop, Seret and Sons. But the Five Graces is in fact an inn of outstanding service, evident during breakfasts served in one of the courtyards, or an hour or two at the spa, which specializes in Eastern Indian and High-Mountain Tibetan treatments.
The courtyards serve admirably for wedding ceremonies and receptions, which, in keeping with the setting, tend to be small and intimate. As you would expect, the inn’s staff can arrange ceremonies as varied as a Native American blanket ritual, in which the wrapping of the two of you in a chief’s blanket symbolizes your union, to Buddhist rituals, which begin with incense and the banging of a bronze bowl and end with the exchanging of ceremonial scarves.
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A special treat for the bride and groom here would be a stay in the two-bedroom Luminaria House, which has five fireplaces, two patios, views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and a display of hand-painted mosaic tile work that’s even more over-the-top than the pictures.