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

Vendor Spotlight: De Novo Concierge Pastors

Pastor Paul was everything you want in a wedding officiant! He made everyone feel comfortable, had great advice for our vows, showed up on time, laughed with us, and made the day so perfect! His wife is also a gem!!! She helped with making the day run smoothly! From the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you Paul! You touched our hearts and made our special day even more special! 

– Gabrielle, Bride

When we think of wedding vendors that go the extra mile to ensure that their couples have the best treatment, our minds immediately go to De Novo Concierge Pastors. It can be hard to find an officiant that not only makes you feel important, but also like you were born to be friends. Dr. Paul Martinez and his team of Concierge Pastors are the kind of business that you’ll never forget.

Beyond their wildly friendly + professional service, De Novo provides a range of resources for local couples that are getting married. Unlike many other officiants, Paul offers pre-marriage counseling for couples who want to enter their marriage feeling like they have plenty of guidance and strength to get the most out of their relationship. Paul is a certified SYMBIS (“Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts”) facilitator, which is the foundation for his coaching methods. With SYMBIS, couples will take a short assessment that paves the path to understanding their relationship dynamics.

When it comes to officiating your wedding, Paul and the team of concierge pastors will work with you from start to finish, making sure that you have everything you need during the rehearsal and ceremony. They’re no strangers to beautiful love stories and great celebrations, so you can trust that they will handle everything perfectly. Wedding officiants are your guide toward your life together, so it is important that they bring out the best in you and your guests. There will be nothing but sweet smiles, laughter, and maybe quite a few happy-tears, during your ceremony – and that’s just how it should be.

We love seeing our vendors become famous within the wedding community, so check out this interview with Paul that has been posted up on the Wedding Report’s page! After viewing and eager to learn more, you can get connected with De Novo Concierge Pastors here.

Header image by Tyler Brooke Photography