Married Under the Pink Sandias, Shanna & Carlos, Corrales, NM, Albuquerque Wedding Photography


Shanna and Carlos said their vows under the glowing pink Sandia Mountains as the sun settled into the horizon for the night. It was a lovely late-October evening. The air was filled with the smell of cottonwoods yellowing and the brisk smell of winter just around the corner. Their wedding was at Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast in Corrales, NM. The location was perfect, nestled into the Rio Grande Bosque with views of the Sandias.

Shanna and Carlos's two sons, Isaiah and Carlitos, happily ran around the wedding venue, excited for their parents' union. Carlitos entertained guests with his mischievous not-quite-a-toddler-anymore smile and Isaiah would formally pose for me, never forgetting his manners. 

One of the most touching parts of the evening was when Carlos's sister made a speech about their late father and thanked her older brother for holding up the family through difficult times. Another was when Shanna presented her grandparents her bouquet, instead of tossing it, to show her appreciation for the older couples' enduring love. Shanna and Carlos will make such an amazing husband-wife duo, I am so happy for the two of them and their sweet family. 

View their wedding photos below or click here for their full wedding gallery where you can order prints (expires on 1/13/18).




Blue Lake Ranch Romance - Carlin & Scott, Durango, CO Wedding Photography


When Carlin and I spoke on the phone for the first time, I knew this was going to be a good match. She was so sweet, humble and honest about what she wanted. Scott is a firefighter and was not able to meet with us during the consultation, but when I finally met him in person I was equally impressed. Both Carlin and Scott have a very sincere, unassuming quality about them. They are easy-going people and their wedding reflected just that. Both of them got ready at Blue Lake Ranch in separate cottages. The getting ready pictures were fun and relaxed. Carlin's sister and father kept her company and we shot a first look with Carlin and her dad. This was the first time I did a father-daughter first look and it was very touching. I loved it! 

For the ceremony and reception, friends and family gathered at Ridgewood Events Center just down the road for a gorgeous autumn ceremony with the cottonwoods in full yellow color. Carlin and Scott's Rottweiler delivered the rings down the aisle, muscles bursting out of his smart tuxedo. Afterwards, we stole a few minutes as the sun went down and took some couples portraits. The Reception was lively and beautiful in the Ridgewood Events Center wooden cabin-style building. Hello Doll Face rocked the house late into the night as the stars poked out of the perfect autumn sky.

Scroll down to see photos from their evening and to order prints from their full gallery, click here. The gallery will expire on Jan. 3rd 2018.


Ceremony venue | Ridgewood Events Center, Durango, CO
Reception venue | Ridgewood Events Center , Durango, CO
Getting ready venue | Blue Lake Ranch, CO
Bride's hair  |Taren Schmida, Uptown Girls, Durango, CO
Desserts | The Yellow Carrot, Durango, CO
Digital-film hybrid editing | the FIND lab

Love at the Loretto - Annabelle & Tony, Santa Fe, NM Wedding Photography


Annabelle and Tony got married on a beautiful September day at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, NM. We took couples photos the day before the wedding at various locations around Santa Fe, including the Cross of the Martyrs and Upper Canyon Road. The bride got ready in an apartment above The Pink Adobe with great views of The San Miguel Mission, the oldest church in the United States. The ceremony was in the gorgeous Loretto Chapel, which was filled with lights, while rain poured down outside. As soon as the ceremony was over, the rain stopped and the getaway car pulled up, a 1976 Scout International filled with yellow roses. The driver, the couple's son-in-law, took a loop through downtown Santa Fe where the people on the plaza poured into the street to cheer for the newlyweds. He  drove past the St, Francis De Assisi Basilica and up Cerro Gordo to an old stone chapel above Santa Fe where we took couples portraits. Afterwards, we arrived at the Reception venue where the back patio was filled with hundreds of lights and smiling guests. Guests greeted the couple just as the rain started again. A guitarist played melodies while pizza and beer was served. Guests crammed into the cozy adobe building to celebrate Annabelle and Tony's union. The rest of the evening was filled with laughter, singing and many pints of craft beer. Cheers to Annabelle and Tony!

You can view their full wedding gallery and order prints here. The wedding gallery will expire on Dec. 26th, 2017.


ceremony venue | Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, NM
reception venue | Upper Crust Pizza, Santa Fe, NM
bride's attire | Sundance catalogue
bride's hair  | The Hair House, Santa Fe, NM
desserts | Whole Foods, Santa Fe, NM
digital-film hybrid editing | the FIND lab

Love in the Pines - Amber & Andy, Durango, Colorado Wedding Photography

Love in the Pines - Amber & Andy, Durango, Colorado Wedding Photography

The first dance began and Amber and Andy waltzed across the floor as husband and wife...until the music suddenly stopped. Amber and Andy halted, turned, the music started again, but this time to a different song and Amber and Andy broke into a hilarious choreographed dance that changed every second to incorporate a new song and dance. The crowd was in a roar, cheersing and laughing, half in disbelief. When the dance finally ended, half the room had joined them on the dance floor and the party was in full swing.

'It's all about Evie' - Casey and Adam, Santa Fe, NM Wedding Photography

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"It's all about Evie". That's what Casey and Adam told me over the phone when we had their wedding photography consultation. Their gorgeous baby Evie made this an easy job for me. She was smiles the whole night, almost like she knew this was an extraordinarily special day. Casey and Adam have been wanting to get married for a long time. They decided it was finally time to just do it, and with the help of family and friends, they pulled together a lovely summer wedding at a private residence just outside of Santa Fe, NM in no time at all. They picked 7/7/17 as their wedding date. The Santa Fe Community College culinary school food truck catered the wedding with delicious tacos made from local ingredients. Family flew in from all over the country to gather for this joyous occasion on a perfect summer night. Thunder clouds rolled around in the background and wind made a brief debut, but the stormy weather only made the scenery even more beautiful. It was a perfect wedding for this sweet couple, and of course, for baby Evie who had the wonderful opportunity to participate in her parents wedding. To access their complete wedding gallery, click the link below. You can view and order prints from their complete wedding gallery.

An Autumn Romance - Lindsey and Lucas, Santa Fe, NM Wedding Photography

The horns from the Big Band faded into the night as I climbed the hill behind Lindsey and Lucas's wedding venue. I was up here to get a good vantage of the raucous celebration below me. The stars twinkled bright in the October night casting a glow over the party below. It was a beautiful night for a wedding in the Santa Fe National Forest a few miles from downtown Santa Fe, NM.

Lindsey and Lucas were high school sweethearts and are the kind of couple that you just know are meant for each other. They are fun, kindhearted and laid back individuals which was reflected in their gorgeous fall wedding in the mountains near where they grew up. Lindsey and Lucas's friends and family were a very important part of the wedding and helped with the preparation and execution in many ways. 

Lindsey's friend Erica from Wild Hare, a salon in the Santa Fe Railyard District, did her hair and makeup. Lindsey's mother, sister and sister in-law accompanied her to the salon where they broke out the champagne. Lucas was accompanied by his three groomsmen and their chosen officiant, another close friend, to get ready in their room at the Sage Inn. The cakes were made by Milly (@pietarian) a friend and professional baker in Durango, CO. The luxurious paper flowers were hand made by Lindsey, her mother and her mother in-law and the officiant was a close friend from college. 

The ceremony and reception were at the historic lodge at Hyde Memorial State Park in Santa Fe, New Mexico located at 9,000 ft. The aspens surrounding the venue were in a full-yellow stage and simply gorgeous as Lindsey and Lucas exchanged vows in the forest. Lovely traditional New Mexican fare was served by Real Burger, a caterer in Santa Fe and wine and local beers were passed around freely. A Big Band from Los Alamos played classic favorites and had everyone dancing and singing into the night. Sparklers at the end of the night marked the momentous union of these two amazing individuals.

Check out the photos below and if you would like to order prints or see more photos, visit Lindsey and Lucas's full wedding gallery (expires January 11th). Related posts: Lindsey and Lucas's engagement Part I and Part II

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'You are it for me' - Allie & Breck, Corset Ranch, Colorado Wedding Photography

On a beautiful August day in Colorado, Allie and Breck got married along the banks of the Rio Grande. The wedding took place on Allie’s family ranch near Del Norte, Colorado. Allie wore a lovely white lace dress and beautiful embroidered boots. Her five bridesmaids, dressed in navy, also wore boots and carried sunflowers. Breck wore a stunning blue suit, complimented by his five groomsmen in navy vests.

When I had the first consultation with Allie and Breck, I asked them what was their most anticipated moment of the day. They both replied that it was the first look. They had decided not to see each other the night before the wedding, making the first look even more special. We arranged the first look to take place in a barn on the ranch. Breck stood outside the barn and Allie held his hand from just inside the door. Breck slowly pulled Allie out from the shadows to reveal his beautiful bride for the first time. It was a lovely moment.

The ceremony and festivities that took place the rest of the day and late into the night was one of joy and love with friends and family. The setting was amazing for a perfect ranch wedding. We snapped photos on bales of hay, in an old buggy, at sunset in the wheat fields, and along a gorgeous section of the Rio Grande River. The evening culminated in a giant bonfire and dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

Enjoy the photos!

If you would like to order prints or view more of the photos from this wedding, follow the link at the end of this post.

If you would like to order prints or view more of the photos from this wedding, visit Allie and Breck’s full gallery (expires on November 11th):

Angela & Wesley, Purgatory, Colorado

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When I first met with Angela and Wesley for their wedding photography consultation we talked a little about their upcoming wedding and we talked a LOT about traveling. We hit it off immediately, swapping stories about Iceland and Slovenia while the waitress brought us more and more wine.  I think it is truly important to make a connection like that with your wedding photographer since this is the person who is by your side the entire day - for intimate moments, private moments and silly moments. I knew immediately that I would love photographing Angela and Wes's wedding day. They were so loving to one another and had a great sense of adventure. Angela and Wes got married at Purgatory Resort (formerly Durango Mountain Resort) at Dante's - a special place for them. Their dog, also named Dante, was an important part of the day and wore his own matching tie. They wedding was lovely, filled with beautiful guests, rainclouds in the distance, wonderful local flowers from April's Garden and looming peaks for a gorgeous backdrop. Thank you for including me in your special day, I was honored to be there!