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Ghost Ranch Romance - Tara and Richard, New Mexico wedding photography

Tara and Richard’s Ghost Ranch wedding was as lovely as if Georgia O’Keefe had painted the scene herself. Tara’s daughter walked her down the aisle to where Tara and Richard took their vows on a mesa top surrounded by the closest friends and family, and the raw New Mexican landscape. The day was peppered with special touches, including their wedding date, which is shared by Tara’s grandfather and grandmother who had been married for 59 years before she recently passed.

After the ceremony, we ran around Ghost Ranch taking couples photos and enjoying the landscape. Later, they celebrated their marriage with a dinner reception at the lovely Abiquiu Inn. They ended the evening by driving off into the New Mexican night with the rising moon above in their rented mustang. Their day was as simple and perfect as they had hoped it would be.

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Winter wonderland, Becky and Karl, Vallecito, Colorado wedding photography

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The snow fell heavier and faster as I packed up my camera gear for the day to come. It was Becky and Karl’s wedding day and it could not have been more beautiful outside. The fat flakes kept coming, gently floating down from a white sky. Arriving at Vallecito Lake from Durango was like entering a snow globe. Everything was perfect, the lake was iced over and gorgeously white, the snow was deep and fresh, and the wedding was just getting going. Becky looked stunning in a white gown and red shawl to keep warm. Karl was beaming in a new suit and their dog, Porter was having the time of his life romping around in the snow.

After the vows, we did a quick couples session, keeping it short so they wouldn’t freeze, and then we headed inside for dinner and dancing. The evening was pure joy and love for these two happy lovers!

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Sunflowers and Sunsets in New Mexico - Jenny & Taylor, Taos, NM Wedding Photography

New Mexico wedding photography

Taos, New Mexico Wedding Photography —

Jenny and Taylor are the kind of couple you just want to be! They are high school sweethearts, they own and operate a successful wood working business together (@modtribedesign) and they are so filled with love for one another, their friends and the world that it just emanates from their very being. These two love birds got married on an autumn day at Taos Goji Berry Farm surrounded by friends and family in Northern New Mexico. They had a large, spirited wedding party who stood beside them at the alter. Their friends and family traveled from all over the U.S. and Germany to attend their wonderful celebration. After the lovely ceremony shadowed by the Sangre De Cristo mountains, the reception party lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

Vendors are listed at the bottom of this post. If you would like to purchase photos, click here.

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Venue - Taos Goji Ecolodge

Florals - Jeanna, Opuntia Cafe

Music - Ipod and the eclectic Joe on the mic

Food - Brigita Lacovara

Hair and Makeup - Bridesmaids

Photographer - 1, Esmé Cadiente

Brides in the mountains - Blue Lake Ranch, Durango, CO Wedding Photography

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Durango, CO Wedding Photography

These two lovely brides got married in a San Francisco courthouse a few months before they called me, but they wanted a wedding in the mountains with close family and friends. I was so happy to be a part of their special celebration! The wedding was simply gorgeous at Ridgeview Events Center with La Plata mountains as a spectacular backdrop. There was amazing food from Yellow Carrot, a lovely violinist playing at the ceremony, and many friends and family who had traveled from all over the country to share in this joyous day! Scroll below to see the photos and the vendor list at the bottom.

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Romance on the Vineyard - Melissa & Kalon, Templeton, California Wedding Photography

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Melissa and Kalon contacted me to shoot their wedding when they were on the Canary Islands doing some humanitarian work. I immediately said an emphatic yes and the date was set. Kalon has been a childhood friend of my husband's since they were four years old growing up in Alaska. I couldn't think more highly of someone, he is the most kind-hearted individual. Melissa, I met over delicious indian food a few years ago and since I've gotten to know her, it is apparent that she and Kalon are absolutely perfect for each other. Melissa shares Kalon's gentle kindness and adds a bubbly exuberance that is impossible not to love.

Their wedding, held at a beautiful vineyard in wine country, California in June was magical. There was enough room for both families and all of their friends to stay on the vineyard which made for days of celebrations, from the night everyone arrived for the welcome dinner until well after the wedding. It was the perfect homemade wedding with friends and family lending expertise and help where they could. 

The morning of the wedding was foggy and cool, perfect for getting ready without breaking a sweat. Later in the day, the sweet mist burned off the valley to reveal a blue sky. The rolling California hills covered in mustard flowers and the leafy trees laden with old-mans-beard provided the perfect backdrop for a lovely summer wedding. Their ceremony was held under a flower-laden gazebo and the reception was in the vineyard barn. Dinner was an extravagant homemade paella loaded with surf and turf goodies and sprinkled with mounds of mouth-watering saffron. 

Golden hour provided an irresistible luminescence for couples portraits against the dipping California sun. All in all, you couldn't dream up a more magical wedding!  

To order prints, visit their gallery here. Gallery expires 9/9/18

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A Gorge-ous Wedding - Charlotte and Ben, Taos, NM Wedding Photography

New Mexico Wedding Photography

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Yes, a pun in the title, I couldn't help it! Charlotte and Ben got married at the Taos Gorge on the beautiful wind swept Taos Mesa overlooking the box canyon. Their ceremony was followed by a lovely reception at Sabroso Restaurant in Arroyo Seco, NM a few miles outside of Taos heading into the mountains. Charlotte wore a beautiful black and red gown adorned with a turquoise jewel piece in her hair and turquoise heels.

Friends and family from around the nation attended to celebrate with them. Dinner was a delicious spread of New Mexican specialties including red and green chilé. The toasts brought everyone to tears and the dancing to joy. It was a perfect evening for these two lovers. 

Order prints from the full gallery here (expires 7/27/18)

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Hair & makeup - Madeline McCue Makeup

Reception & dinner - Sabroso

Officiant - Dan Jones

 

A Caring Couple, Gina & Max, Santa Fe, NM Wedding Photography

My first meeting with Gina and Max felt like catching with old friends even though we had just met. These two were just that friendly! We talked about the details of their upcoming wedding, but we also talked about their love for running, and dogs, and each other! 

Their wedding day was similarly pleasant. The guests began arriving to Hyde Memorial State Park and Gina and her girl friends unhurriedly migrated to the dressing room to sip cold tequila, chat, take a few photos and put on Gina's amazing wedding dress. The guests were able to get drinks and walk around the gorgeous mountain venue set high in the pines above Santa Fe, NM. When it was time for the ceremony, people gathered around Gina and Max while they read each other their promises instead of vows. These two made some really sweet promises to each other surrounded by loving family and friends. Afterwards, the couple made a margarita for each guest as a way of greeting and thanking them for attending.

A beautiful New Mexican dinner spread from Ana Luisa in Santa Fe was served and accompanied by speeches from two close friends. Dancing was kicked off with a classic line dance called la marcha. Gina and Max chose to have guests donate to the Española Animal Shelter instead of giving them gifts. 

To see the love and care these two bring, not only to each other, but to the world, was a special thing for me to be a part of on their wedding day.

Scroll below to see photos of their special day and click on the link here if you would like to purchase a photo (ability to purchase expires 7/28/18).

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Celebrating History: An Anniversary At Pecos Historic Park, Santa Fe couples photography

On a windy Spring day we headed out to Pecos National Historic Park for this lovely eleventh anniversary shoot. With few other visitors at the park we had free reign to be creative, silly and romantic! Willy Nelson, the dog kept us all on our toes and received many treats for sitting and posing.

Many times I get to work with couples whose love is new. Sometimes I get to work with couples, like these two, whose love goes back a long way. Regardless, I always get to work with couples who are discovering love for each other every day!

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