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

Black Swan Events: For When Your Wedding Decor Simply Must Dazzle

Black Swan stepped up to the plate and handled everything for an extremely over scheduled bride and groom[…]. Everything was absolutely beautiful down to the last detail.

Gabriel, local groom

That’s the simple reality of weddings. Brides, grooms, fiancés — they’re all just lovely titles we add to describe real, normal human beings. These human beings, as you might guess, have real human being jobs, families, friends, responsibilities, and obligations that often take up nearly all their bandwidth. So when it comes time to plan a wedding, our over-scheduled brides, grooms, and couples are, most often, already spread too thin.

Which is when Black Swan Events steps in. Joann and Brian, the married duo whose creativity and meticulous attention to detail drives Black Swan Events forward, are the kinds of people you call to save the day. (Or, if you’re a little more ahead of the game, you call them to make sure the day never needs saving at all!) After learning and evolving within the New Mexico wedding community for years now, Black Swan Events is one of the few event companies who can truthfully claim to be ‘full service.’

Their dedication to precision has famed their name among engaged couples in New Mexico, and their professionalism paired with simple kindness has ensured their lifelong relationships with other wedding professionals in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Which means that when our darling human being brides, grooms, and couples feel simply up to the neck with officiant recommendations and marketing materials from DJs across the state, Black Swan Events can cut through the clutter and offer reliable guidance for choosing vendors, venues, and everything in between.

While we love all our New Mexico wedding professionals, we can’t always offer our full, wholehearted support and commendations, simply because we haven’t had the chance to work with every single business in our state. When it comes to Black Swan Events though, we can say with complete confidence that they will take care of you, because they also take care of us. If you’ve had the chance to visit one of our many extravagant wedding shows, chances are you’ve seen some Black Swan Events decor in action.

From the most minute, like the hand-lettering on your balloons, to the sweeping draping covering a ballroom ceiling, Joann and Brian cover every corner. Years of devotion to the engaged couples in New Mexico have brought them to near-celebrity status in the community, and for all the right reasons. (Don’t believe it? Check out their plethora of 5-star reviews!) To book Black Swan Events for your wedding, and ensure your decor will dazzle beyond belief, you can contact Joann and Brian here.

See more from this wedding here: Let’s Get Mehried, Shams + Sharmin

Joanne and her staff were simply amazing! They helped us find an excellent photographer, DJ, etc… And walked us through the whole wedding planning process. She designed all of our decorations and florals that were simply stunning! The day of the wedding she took care of every tiny detail leaving us to enjoy the celebration of our daughter’s special day. I highly recommend this company to plan your big event!  

Laura, local bride

Maura Jane Photography

Joanne planned all of our décor for our wedding reception. She is professional and easy to get along with and has a niche for creativity. I received so many wonderful comments about the décor of our ballroom for the reception. She worked on my budget and planned her design accordingly. She then gave me three options for price levels around my budget. She listened to what I wanted and incorporated it into my design. 

Tracy, local bride

See more from this wedding here: New Years Wedding Bash {Dominic + Erin}

Thank you to Joann and her staff for a beautiful job decorating our ballroom for our 10 year vow renewal. You brought my vision to reality. We had so many compliments from our guests how beautiful everything looked. Thank you again for giving us wonderful memories to remember!
Paula
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