Small Destination Wedding with Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Small Destination Wedding with Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

These deadheads and dog-lovers came up from Albuquerque to Taos to escape the heat and get married with their favorite people and canines! Keri and Robert wanted a simple wedding and it was absolutely perfect. Keri made her own headband out of wildflowers and they wore their Keen shoes, perfect for hiking to our spot that overlooks the Rio Grande on the west rim of the Taos gorge. The “dog of honor” and “best dog” were so well behaved and did so well in their family photo. Congratulations to this bride and groom and their little wedding get-away in the Sangre de Cristo mountains!

Getting Hitched at a Sweet Little Taos Elopement

Getting Hitched at a Sweet Little Taos Elopement

Allie and Stephen had wonderful wedding plans to get married in Banff, Canada with a ton of family and friends. And like so many weddings, these two had to “pivot” and refigure their plans due to coronavirus. After much searching and thinking and deciding and confirming and then some more deciding and pivoting, the engaged couple decided on a sweet little private ceremony with just their dog and parents, in the mountains of Taos, NM. The wind was wild on what was otherwise a perfect July evening. The light was so present and giving. This couple had fun, and laughed and cried and enjoyed every windy minute of their wedding elopement.
Here’s to merry weddings and laughable moments. And here’s to knowing that plans never go exactly as planned, so just roll with it. Many congratulations to Allie and Stephen!

Small and Intimate Wedding on Rim of Rio Grande Gorge

Small and Intimate Wedding on Rim of Rio Grande Gorge

This small wedding group came here from Texas! We took a little walk out to the best spot overlooking the Rio Grande gorge and bridge. The wind made herself known as she whipped around, only to make beautiful formations with Mackenzie’s dress. The paper flower bouquet was made from Harry Potter book pages and names like “Dumbledore” and “Potter” adorned the buds. Steven and Mackenzie were comfy in their “wedding boots” and had a special ceremony with crowns made with leaves. Popular officiant, Dan Jones, wrote a beautiful ceremony and every single guest cried. Congratulations to these Texans on their destination wedding to Taos, NM!

Little Same-Sex Elopement in Taos, NM

Little Same-Sex Elopement in Taos, NM

These women are awesome. Not only are they newlyweds expecting their first baby, they are sentimental, brilliant, and funny! Their wedding included their six favorite people in the whole world, standing in a semicircle around them. Officiant Dan Jones wrote the most beautiful ceremony that encapsulated the nature and emotions that surrounded the brides and their guests (there wasn’t a dry eye in the group). After the intimate wedding ceremony, Hacienda del Sol hosted a mini reception serving wedding cake and local champagne. Kelsey and April cut their wedding cake and toasted to their future. We walked around and captured a few shots with the brides and their moms. The awesome ring picture shows that April’s ring was too small for her swollen ring finger as it’s on her pinky…her pregnant belly shows in the background of that one.
Congratulations to this new partnership of wife and wife, and to the new baby that will be completing this couple in August. Happily ever after in Taos!

New Ramada at SpiriTaos

New Ramada at SpiriTaos

SpiriTaos is private property that is owned by wedding officiant, Dan Jones. This gorgeous spot has Taos Mountain as the exquisite backdrop for private wedding ceremonies. Have I mentioned that Dan is a professional landscaper and gardener? SpiriTaos was already gorgeous but has been getting a facelift these past eight months, and although it’s not complete yet, Toni and Steven were able to enjoy their wedding with the grassy meadows and beautiful views. The sun sets perfectly for a stunning golden hour light on the faces while still capturing Taos Mountain in the background. I can’t wait until this venue is completed, it’s one of the most perfect wedding venues in Taos.

An April Elopement in the Cool Mountains of Taos

An April Elopement in the Cool Mountains of Taos

New Mexico is known for it’s gorgeous sunshine and warm spring days. But not every outdoor wedding in New Mexico can be planned in advance and still have perfect weather on the day of the celebration! Stephanie and Trevor happened to get a cloudy, somewhat cool and breezy, April wedding day in the mountains of Taos. And it was perfect. The clouds set a dramatic mood along with Stephanie’s hat and Trevor’s purple tie. The horse across the street was out and about because of the cool temperatures. The gardens at SpiriTaos, still in hibernation but beautiful with earth tones and mountain views. Congratulations to this couple and their happily ever after that will be full of sunshine, no matter the weather.

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