Pure Elegance: A Real Wedding at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

“The wedding of Emilee and Ben can be described by one word: stunning! Their wedding was truly one of pure elegance, mixed with timeless decor elements and floral arrangements. Their reception decor filled the ballroom with a soft and romantic ambiance.”

– Lauren, event center at sandia golf club

What do you think of when you hear the word “elegance”? For us here at Wedding Collective, flowing, floor-length gowns, flower petals scattered everywhere, and timeless decor are just a few things that come to mind. However, we’ve recently found that elegance can take many forms and in this new age of innovative weddings, anything is possible. For Emilee + Ben, to describe their wedding as anything less than pure elegance would be an understatement.

This couple really knows how to celebrate love in the most New Mexican way – with the stunning views of the Sandia Mountains front and center! With the help of the phenomenal staff at their chosen venue, The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club, Emilee + Ben were able to pull off a wedding that embraced their personal love of timeless elegance and the breathtaking views of the New Mexican landscape. Although the the wedding looked like something straight out of a dream, it was far more than a fairytale, it was the most genuine and real testament to their love for each other.

Emilee + Ben carefully chose wedding vendors that shared their vision and style. It’s pretty obvious that they have good taste because everything turned out incredible – decor, photography, venue, and all! Every aspect of their wedding came together seamlessly and we’re fawning over all of the details. We want more!

“There’s no better feeling than marrying your best friend. To be able to do that in such a beautiful setting as the Event Center, with staff that made the day flawless, feels like a dream come true. As an Albuquerque native, having the Sandia Mountains a part of our day was important to me and being able to host all our friends and family was a must. The Event Center and their staff went above and beyond to make our big day perfect and to make us feel like royalty. I wish I could relive the day over 100 more times!” 

– Emilee, bride

When you marry your best friend, you know it’s going to be the party of a lifetime. The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club, along with a number of other talented New Mexico wedding vendors, made sure that Emilee + Ben had a celebration that nobody would forget.

Want inspiration from this jaw-dropping real wedding? You can check out the gallery from Alicia Lucia Photography below + visit with the wedding vendors involved:

Featured Venue: Event Center at Sandia Golf Club Photography: Alicia Lucia Photography Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci Decor + Decorative Florals: Black Swan Events DJ: Cutmaster Music Paper Goods: Funky Olive Invitations + Stationery Groom’s Attire: Icon Suit Bridal Gown: Schaffer’s Bridal Wedding Party Florals: People’s Flowers Hair: D’Ambrosia Designs Hair Studio Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Tux Formalwear

5 of Albuquerque’s Best Wedding Venues

Here at Wedding Collective, we know that planning a wedding can be a daunting task. It is especially difficult when there are so many incredible vendors to choose from here in the Land of Enchantment. It is our mission to take some of the weight off those gorgeous shoulders of yours and connect you with your ideal vendor, so we’re going to do just that!

It’s no secret that finding your venue is one of the most anticipated parts of the wedding planning process. Let’s be honest, though, you’ve probably already had a few places in mind even before you got engaged. We know because we’ve been there and done that!

You might have been driving down Rio Grande and admired the gorgeous architectural features of the Hotel Albuquerque, or maybe you were exploring the foothills and found yourself entranced by the scenery of The View Event Center. No matter what, you’re ready to book that ideal spot for you and your guests to enjoy your unforgettable day.

It can be a challenge, especially during these unique times, to plan a wedding that requires you to travel. Although we love destination weddings, we also love staying close to home. There are so many fantastic venues scattered all around the state, but we want to focus solely on the city of Albuquerque and all of the hidden gems that are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Here are just a handful of Albuquerque’s best wedding venues (in no particular order + all loved just as equally):

1. Embassy Suites Albuquerque

You’ve dreamed of your wedding day: your loved ones, the food and most importantly the memories. Cue the happy tears! Our staff is well equipped and ready to guide you through every step, providing you with the ability to have a stress-free event. Our hotel is in a prime location, just minutes away from historic Old Town and centrally located between Albuquerque Convention Center and the University of New Mexico. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque is a one-stop wedding venue that can accommodate several different events.

You can see why this venue is considered a local wedding hotspot for romance + comfort by reading all about Adrian + Pablo’s wedding here: Simply Glowing: A Real Wedding at Embassy Suites Albuquerque

2. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

With 24,000 square feet of rental space, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is more than a museum, we’re a full-service event venue rooted in culture and tradition, with the experience and abundance of unique options to make your dream wedding a reality. We’re in a convenient location just minutes from Old Town, Downtown Albuquerque, and the Albuquerque International Sunport.

3. The Canyon Club at Four Hills

You are assured beautiful views of the lush golf course, mature trees, and surrounding area—whether for a meeting, luncheon, reception, dinner, wedding or another occasion. Our Rio Grande Ballroom accommodates up to 200 guests, including a dance floor. For cocktail style events we can also overflow into our pre-function space. The Sandia Ballroom accommodates as many as 100 guests and has the addition of a beautiful balcony outside of the room and a Grand Piano. The Club’s Poolside Pavilion is yet another option from May through October and is available for up to 200 guests. And…most recently we are now featuring our “Range” weddings with a capacity of up to 200 on our driving range.

You can see why this venue is considered a local wedding hotspot for charm + elegance by reading all about this styled wedding here: Simply Sweet Summer Styled Shoot

4. Hyatt Regency ABQ

Design your dream wedding at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. With breathtaking views of the beautiful Sandia mountains, the Hyatt is located in the heart of downtown across from Civic Plaza. We are located only minutes away from the Albuquerque International Sunport, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. Our convenient location gives your guests the best entertainment options in Albuquerque during your entire wedding weekend. Our brand new wedding ceremony space is simplistic, modern, and elegant – a perfect canvas for you to put your unique touch on in this beautiful venue.

You can see why this venue is considered a local wedding hotspot for fun + beauty by reading all about this styled wedding here: Dennis + Michelle’s Real Wedding

5. Albuquerque Sheraton Uptown

If you’re after the wedding of your dreams, it’s a pretty simple choice. Come and host your celebration here, in our Grand Ballroom! With nearly 8,000 sq ft. of pure elegance, the wonderfully dramatic space is the perfect setting for a wedding of any size. Modern, memorable, and marvelous, the Grand Ballroom can comfortably accommodate up to 420 of your guests and loved ones. Our Roxy and Baldwin Ballrooms have less space for more intimate celebrations, but are nevertheless just as magnificent and elegant! 

If you like what you see but want even more venue inspiration, you can see more venues here!

5 New Mexico Wedding Vendors That Are Back in Business

Can you believe it’s already June? We can’t either! It’s been a unique past few months, and we’re ready to see more and more local couples reschedule their postponed weddings. The Wedding Collective team knows how hard it is to meet up with people again, spend money, and find the extra time to sit down and manifest your dream wedding – which is why we’re here to provide you with all of the resources you may need!

We have been anxiously awaiting the days where we can drop off a copy of our guide and exchange a sweet little elbow bump with our favorite super-star business owners, and we’re sure you have been too. Over the past couple of weeks, we heard the amazing news that a handful of local wedding vendors are slowly opening up again to serve couples like you. Cue the happy dances and put on your wedding planning gear!

The long road to opening up has finally begun, which means that wedding vendors are counting on awesome couples like you to reach out and start planning your big day. Here is a list of a few vendors in different categories that we’ve recently talked to that are open for business:

Venue: Los Poblanos

Finding a venue is probably one of the first items on your wedding planning checklist, so we’ll start by introducing you to this North Valley gem, Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm. Nestled behind enchanting trees and a lush field of lavender is this quiet and gorgeous venue. Take advantage of the courtyards, the farm shop, the inn, a beautiful pool, and the restaurant when you choose Los Poblanos as your ceremony and reception venue! Los Poblanos wants guests to know that their safety and health is of utmost importance, so they are taking extra sanitary measures on their grounds. You can learn more about booking here!

Photographer: Lauren Cherie Photography

From the day you said “yes”, or maybe even before then, you were thinking about those dreamy wedding day photos of you and your hubby. From all of the sweaty palms to tears of joy, your greatest memories should be captured by a photographer who knows “love” like the back of their hand. This is where the wonderful Lauren Cherie Photography comes in! Her priority is to provide beautiful and timeless memories for every bride and groom to remember for years to come. Lauren Cherie Photography is open to schedule shoots with your safety in mind, so contact them to book here!

Catering: Cafe Venture Catering

When you think about your wedding, you’ll think about walking down the aisle and seeing your future spouse right in front of you, and then you’ll think about how hungry you are after all of those nerves leave your body. You’ll want your guests to have the best meal so that they have energy to dance the night away, and Cafe Venture Catering has you covered. Cafe Venture Catering has plenty of menu options to serve a variety of dietary needs and lifestyles – including unconventional options like a taco bar and waffle bar! Okay, now we’re super hungry. If you are ready to book a caterer that is open for business, you can reach out to them here.

Dresses: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Briana Nicole Photography

The dress – need I say more? This is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding for a bride. Bridal Elegance by Darlene has an endless supply of dresses and gowns in all styles for you, your bridesmaids, and mothers. Darlene and her team make it a priority to give all brides + couples their undivided attention and care, which is what we love about this local business. In order to keep their beloved customers safe + health, Bridal Elegance by Darlene will be doing business by appointment only for the time being. You can schedule your appointment here!

Pampering: Paixao Beauty Bar & Event Boutique

You have a lot of planning to do, so having a salon that will take care of nails, hair, and makeup is a win. This is exactly what Paixao Beauty Bar offers! Talk about a beauty bar that does it all! Let’s face it, thinking about getting all glammed up seems otherworldly now that we’ve been rocking pajamas and messy buns for the past few months, but it can actually be super fun with the help of an expert beauty team. With your health in mind, Paixao Beauty Bar will be taking appointments, but has new guidelines that you can read here. Want to get beautified by their team? Schedule an appointment!

Family is Forever: A Real Wedding with Alicia Lucia Photography

Here at Wedding Collective, family is everything. Our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives, children and pets are our support system and livelihood! We like to think that our entire wedding community is our family, as well, which gives us this warm and fuzzy feeling in our hearts. No matter who you consider your family to be, you’ll want them to be by your side as you celebrate your marriage together.

Lauren + Andrew were thrilled to be gaining new families on their wedding day, and they absolutely made it one of the most memorable days of their lives. With family and friends traveling all the way to New Mexico from the East Coast, the couple wanted to show them the awe-inspiring views of the Southwest, so they chose La Mesita Ranch as their ceremony venue. The combination of blush florals, vintage furniture, and southwestern textures, while completely on trend, spoke to the couple’s unique personalities and love for each other.

“We chose La Mesita Ranch because we loved the beautiful property and breathtaking vistas and felt like it would really wow our mostly East Coast guests. If we were going to ask our friends and family to come all the way to New Mexico we needed to show them the #NewMexicoTrue beauty!”

– Lauren + Andrew, bride and groom

What made the day most special were the little touches that Lauren included to honor the life of her father. Like any great father-daughter duo, their love of sweet treats is what brought them together to make memories. Lauren remembered making biscochitos and eating oreos together, so she served those to her guests to keep his spirit alive. The sweetness doesn’t end there, though, because Lauren’s mother sewed her father’s wedding ring into her dress so that he could still walk her down the aisle.

As the evening carried on, the golden light washed over the couple and their guests like a wave of pixie dust, making for the most romantic views. Lauren + Andrew chose Alicia Lucia Photography to bring those raw moments to life – and let us tell you, it’s honestly hard to believe that they are real. For any and every wedding, the key ingredient to those incredible, movie-scene moments to be captured through the lens, is the love between people. Whether you are with your life partners, friends, or family, there is no greater memory than that of true happiness when you’re with the ones you love.

“We chose many of our vendors after seeing a lot of their work in Alicia’s photos and knowing that we would be in AMAZING hands with each of them – especially in that we were planning from afar. I feel most happy that we rushed to book Alicia and her team because we were floored by how well our pictures came out. It felt as if they captured every great moment and helped us to stay relaxed.”

– LAUREN + ANDREW, BRIDE AND GROOM

You can see the cinematic + intimate gallery provided by the talented Alicia Lucia Photography below:

Featured Photography: Alicia + Breanna of Alicia Lucia Photography Venue: La Mesita Ranch Estate Planning: Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning Rentals: Darling Details Vintage Rentals Florals: Albuquerque Florist Paper Goods: Protea Paper Hair: Genica Lee Makeup Artist: Betty Rose by Alanna Bridal Gown + Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection Groom’s Attire: Bonobos Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux Catering: Walter Burke Catering Cake: Chocolate Maven Band: Diamond Empire Band

In a World of Peace and Love: A Styled Shoot with Lillabella Photography

No matter how uncertain these times may be, there are two things that can bring us hope: peace and love. Since the beginning of time, peace and love are what united human beings to create the world we know today – and that’s something to celebrate!

For the talented Bella Black of Lillabella Photography and Darling Clementine Illustration, celebrating the two ideas came in the form of an adorable styled shoot inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Bed-Ins for Peace” during the Vietnam War. If you’re unfamiliar with the movement, it is worth all of the details. Just over 50 years ago and immediately following their marriage, Lennon and Ono invited visitors and the press into their hotel rooms to view their peaceful, one-week “in-bed” protest of the war. Surrounded by flowers and romance, this intimate act was both a strong testament to their love for each other and their love for a more peaceful world.

It’s now half of a century later, and the people of the world continue to find beautiful ways to drive out darkness, hatred, and fear. Right now, we turn to our community for inspiration as they continue to create art and meaningful collaborations that remind us of why we’re all here: to make connections and live a life full of love.

When it comes to marriage, connection and love are at the heart of the matter. For Lillabella Photography, capturing the concept of peace and love came easy because of the connection that the couple share – and after a quick glance at the gallery, you’ll see what we mean. The bright tones and vibrant colors, while still evoking a sense of warmth, are a breath of fresh air. The couple celebrating their love in bed reminds us here at Wedding Collective that staying home, and even in bed all day, can be a beautiful thing if we simply shift our perspective. Bring on all of the bedroom wedding ceremonies and honeymoons laying in bed watching Netflix! Did we just start a new trend?

We’re loving the sweet little illustrations that call back to Lennon and Ono, and are especially fond of how well the semi-modern elements are able to act as a portal between the past and the present. Just look at that flower wall! And the records used as decor?! It’s no secret the Bella has a gift for creating pieces that transcend time with a charming little twist!

We ask you to use this time to find peace and love with yourself, your partner, and the world. Your wedding may be postponed, or possibly turned into a bedroom ceremony, but no matter what, you have each other. We have the ability to fill the world with the good things, so let’s do it together!

Photography Lillabella Photography Designed by Darling Clementine Illustration Florals The Flower Company ABQ Sweet Treats Rude Boy Cookies, LLC Clay Vessels  McCollom Clay Hair Nicole Kuhlmann Makeup Make-Up by Jacqueline C

The Best Places to Take Engagement Photos in New Mexico

Congrats, lovebirds – you’re engaged! Or maybe we’ve jumped the gun and you’re in the process of planning an upcoming proposal for the love of your life. Either way, you’re looking for the perfect spot to capture your tender moments together to celebrate your love, and we have been dying to share our favorite suggestions with you.

Every couple is different, which is why one of our main focuses is providing you with a wide variety of options for vendors in each stage of planning your wedding. The same is true for photography locations and venues! Some couples enjoy a lush garden filled with flowers, while others are more into urban-scapes filled with tall buildings and busy city life – and thank goodness that in New Mexico there are locations galore for every type of person.

Your wedding + engagement photographer is a great source for figuring out a location because they’ll have the background knowledge and experience to ensure that you’re photos come out perfect, all while guiding you on your location scouting journey. However, we know that it can be fun to scout out the locations for yourself first, because who are we kidding, our years of pinning cute pics on Pinterest weren’t for nothing! If you want to find some locations without leaving the house, we’re going to drop some pins for you.

THE URBAN

Here are some of our favorite photography spots where the city life comes alive!

THE CULTURE RICH

Experience New Mexico and beautiful history + culture that it has to offer.

THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE

The vast landscapes, clear blue skies, and stunning Sandia Mountains will set the scene for your love story.

We wish you luck on your photographic adventures around the state, and remember to keep your eyes open along the way because you never know when the New Mexican landscape will surprise you and set the stage for gorgeous images.

Header image by T. Rayne Photography

A lifetime of Happiness: Real Wedding with Fender Photography

“Greg and Ashlee’s wedding was such a dream. It was a perfect New Mexico fall day and everything came together beautifully. Calvary Main Campus was absolutely breathtaking on the day they said: “I DO”. 

– CECILIA, FENDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Even though endless summer days are finally upon us, we can’t help but to look back on some of our favorite fall weddings. There’s just something about the crisp air and the warm colors of the leaves that leave us aching for more. It’s never too early or too late to obsess over autumnal sweetness. After all, you might be planning your upcoming fall wedding and need a little inspo, too!

For Ashlee + Greg, a fall wedding was an absolute must, and it couldn’t have been any more charming. The couple, having the warmest and gentle personalities, wanted to create an experience that celebrated both their love for each other and their spirituality. With the help of their chosen wedding vendors and the wedding venue, they made their ideal day, and so much more, possible.

Ashlee + Greg love the idea of simplicity and decided that this would be the perfect way to go about their wedding. Choosing the elements that would make up their wedding came easy, and they relied heavily on their faith to create a beautiful day for each other and their family + friends. Even though simple was the key for these two, there was certainly no lack of detail and memorable moments.

We’re a pretty simple couple, so it wasn’t surprising when we picked out details of our wedding, like colors, centerpieces, and yes even our wedding cake within 5 minutes. Needless to say, the Lord has put on our hearts as a couple and as individuals to focus our time and energy on bigger things in life. Things you can’t necessarily get back, things like moments and memories.

Ashlee, bride

We’re often used to seeing fall weddings with rich white and cream gowns, warm and luscious bouquets, and hints of orange and red everywhere. Ashlee’s pale pink wedding gown and the small, modest floral bouquets were an excellent example of the bride’s beautiful personality + unconventional take on a fall wedding. This is just a reminder: you get to pave your path, design your wedding, and do you – no matter what the current trends are!

The trees were glowing with color and the romantic lighting was the cherry on top. Working in the wedding industry you see so many wonderful wedding trends and one of my favorite things about this wedding was the trendy mismatched bridesmaid dresses. They complemented Ashlee’s stunning light pink wedding dress perfectly! All and all it was a perfect day and I am so thankful to have been a part of it. Congratulations to Greg and Ashlee, wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.”

Cecilia, fender photography

One of the most important elements that Ashlee + Greg knew they wanted for their special day was a photographer that could freeze moments in time that could be looked back on for decades to come. If you are in the wedding planning process, you know that choosing your photographer is no easy task, so the couple definitely had their hands full. At the end of the day, there was one photographer that stood out above them all, and it was a no-brainer. They chose the wildly talented Cecilia of Fender Photography – the perfect match for their warm, charming, fall wedding! You can check out the gallery below to see how the magic came to life for the adorable couple.

The Lord has truly blessed Cecilia Fender with the gift to capture those moments. It wasn’t until we received our wedding photos that I was blown away that Cecilia not only captured the highlight moments we wanted, but she captured moments that we forgot about, or had a faint memory of. And because of her, we will always have those memories to look back on. She was the absolute best decision we made for our wedding.” 

Ashlee, bride

Featured Photography: Fender Photography Ceremony Venue: Calvary Chapel Main Campus Reception Venue: Isleta Resort & Casino Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal DJ: Wayne Gallegos Hair: Ruth Lopez Makeup: Chelsea Lee Esthetics

Everlasting Love: A Real Wedding with Moon + Midnight Photo

To all the couples who keep falling for one another, and learning to love without hesitation. That type of love is one of a kind, and Michael & Angelica embodied that on their wedding day.

Caronline, Moon + Midnight Photo

Everybody wants an everlasting love that can withstand the trials and tribulations of life. That is what makes marriage such a beautiful thing. It is a promise, of the most genuine kind, between two living, breathing beings that happened to cross paths at the perfect time. Here at Wedding Collective, we love stunning gowns and enchanting venues, but even more so, we are here because we love connections.

For Michael + Angelica, their connection is magical. The lovely couple were middle school sweethearts, and yep, same. We’re also feeling a sudden onset of happy tears! Someone needs to bring us the tissues, please. If you think back to your middle school days, they were filled with excitement – your first locker, new crushes and the first real experiences of heartbreak. For these two, it was also the beginning of something unique and incredible that would last a lifetime.

For their wedding day, the couple chose to incorporate lots of warmth, which was fitting for such a unique and intimate union. Baby’s breath, lavender, white roses, and hints of sage green surrounded Michael + Angelica as they celebrated their love! From the details in the invitations to the bouquet, everything had hints of elegance and intimacy.

“Michael and Angelica were middle school sweethearts, but meeting them you would feel that strong connection instantly. They make romance look so simple. It was like breathing when it came to taking their photos, each moment became a beautiful memory that they get to have for a lifetime.”

Caroline, moon + Midnight photo

Michael + Angelica picked a photographer that would be able to capture the warmth, and without question chose Moon + Midnight Photo! Caroline of Moon + Midnight Photo knows exactly how to turn small moments into big ones that will never be forgotten. Her style was a perfect match for such a loving couple with an amazing history together, and just by looking at the gallery, you’ll feel the strength of their connection immediately.

Featured Photography: Moon + Midnight Photo DJ: Mixx the Beat Productions Venue: NOAH’S Event Venue Outdoor Photo Location: Bachechi Open Space Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Sweet Treats: ABC Cake Shop & Bakery

These Local DJs Know How to Make Your Wedding a Hit

These days spent at home have reminded us to take moments to breathe and do all of the things we love. They’ve allowed us to really spend time with our families, pick up new books, and breathe in fresh air from our backyards. They’ve also made us really miss gathering to dance, sing and celebrate love stories.

We all know that one of the most anticipated moments of a wedding is the after party, also known as the reception, where everyone gets to have a good time and celebrate the happy couple. There are so many elements that go into making the reception a success, from the venue to the catering. However, the entertainment is one key component that tends to tie everything together and get the party going!

Wedding Collective is proud to be surrounded by so many local entertainers, but in this article, we want to show some love to the ones who were basically born to throw parties – DJs. Coming from all walks of life and with many years of experience behind them, these top 6 wedding DJs are sure to make your wedding one for the books.

1. COMPLETE Weddings + Events

Matt Blasing Photography

If you haven’t heard of COMPLETE Weddings + Events yet, then you probably haven’t known what fun is! This all-in-one entertainment expert will provide you with everything you need to have a blast on your wedding day – but most importantly, unforgettable DJ + lighting services. You can get in contact with them here!

2. Good Times DJ Service

It would be impossible to have a boring wedding reception with this DJ hosting the party, hence the name! High quality service, guaranteed dancing, and budget-friendly price points are at the foundation of Good Times DJ Service and we’re so happy to have them as one of our newest members. You can get in contact with them here!

3. Cutmaster Music

Sometimes it’s hard to get your guests up from their seats to dance, but that won’t be a problem with Cutmaster Music. With the ability to mix your music club-style and lighting that will transform the dance floor, the party will be a hit. You can get in contact with them here!

4. Mixx The Beat Productions

Jamie Jauriqui Photography

You can’t go wrong with a DJ whose mission statement simply states that everyone should have a good time. Mixx The Beat Productions offers personalized planning, lighting, quality sound, emceeing, and, of course, good times. You can get in contact with them here!

5. King Mobile Music

Maura Jane Photography

If you’re looking for a DJ that will join in on the fun, make everyone laugh, and create a genuine entertainment experience, look no further than King Mobile Music. This DJ pays close attention to detail in order to create a personalized and memorable experience for you and your guests. You can get in touch with them here!

6. Absolute Entertainment

Absolutely entertaining and an absolute blast. From the lighting to the DJ services, Absolute Entertainment provides a full experience that is sure to leave guests wishing that the party could go on forever! You can get in contact with them here!

So what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to get your party shoes on (just for funsies) and book a local DJ for your upcoming wedding!

Ghost Ranch: A Real Wedding with Carissa & Ben Photography

“Of Ghost Ranch, the great painter Georgia O’Keeffe said, “Out here, half your work is done for you.” We whole-heartedly agree.

Carissa & Ben Photography

These days we’re craving long drives through vast New Mexico landscapes that heal our souls and remind us of the massive amount of beauty that the world gifts us with. Plus, long drives allow us to find an abundance of hidden gems where local couples can celebrate their love stories and say their “I Dos”.

This mystical elopement between Alaina + Jack emphasizes this and so much more, hinting to us that you can find beauty all over New Mexico, if you’re willing to be adventurous! Their chosen location, Ghost Ranch, sits near the village of Abiquiú and has a rich history of art, culture, and education sweeping across the 21,000 acres of land. For many, it is known as the home of Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s no wonder this couple chose to travel from California to join hearts there!

“We’re from California, but we chose New Mexico for our elopement because of its gorgeous landscapes and laid back feel. We fell in love with the idea of a desert wedding and once we discovered Ghost Ranch we never looked back! We always say to each other that our wedding day was perfect and we wouldn’t do anything differently!” 

– Alaina + Jack, Bride and Groom

The couple chose decor that went with their desert theme – cow skulls decorated with native florals, warm blankets, vibrant bouquets, and a touch of modern with a unique geometric arch. It was important that the elopement focus on their love for each other and their love of the desert, so the simplicity in their wedding complimented this perfectly. Ghost Ranch speaks for itself with all of it’s mystery + natural wonder.

Ghost Ranch is one of our favorite places on the planet. And when Alaina and Jack got in touch with us and we learned that they were drawn to the New Mexico landscape because of its stark beauty, we knew we had found some like-minded friends. It was a joy to help them find and partner with some of our very favorite vendors here in New Mexico, and their elopement ended up being a testament to the beauty, uniqueness, and enchanting nature of our state, and the artists that work here.

Carissa & Ben Photography

Without seeing this sunny elopement for yourself, it might be hard to imagine. Thankfully, the adventurous photographer duo, Carissa & Ben Photography, captured the day perfectly. From arrival until sundown, the magic never seemed to cease. Check it out for yourself below!

If we could live on Ghost Ranch, we would! Ben’s grandparents visited often and painted scenes from it’s stunning landscape. Ben even wore his grandpa’s bolo tie that he got from the ranch in the 1960s as a little nod to the artists who have come before us to enjoy the beauty of this place. Alaina and Jack’s day was absolute magic, thanks especially to the incredible state we call home.”

Carissa & Ben Photography

Featured Photography: Carissa & Ben Photography Venue: Ghost Ranch Florals: Renegade Floral Officiant: De Novo Concierge Pastors Hair + Makeup Artist: Genica Lee Bride’s Ring: Erica Winters Bridal Gown: Lulus Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply + Allen Edmonds