Emily and John had a gorgeous wedding in September at Emily’s parents house on Canyon Road. With flowers from Marisa’s Millefiori and event coordinating by Art of Celebration’s Felicia Ponca this wedding was off the hook! With my most favorite cake EVER and pies made by Emily’s friend ( I need this friend too) my mouth waters every time I see the photos. Everyone at this wedding was so much fun and such a ball to work with that I could hardly tell I was working! I love my job 😉 Thank you to Talitha Tarro for being my second photographer and capturing such beautiful images.
I do not post too many birth photos due to privacy of my clients. Here are a few favorites from a few weeks ago I got permission to share with you all. This was a home birth with labor that lasted for 24 hours. What an amazing first time mother! She was a warrior. Congratulations to this new family!
Its that time of year when wedding planning is in full swing and there are a lot of great places in New Mexico to have a unique wedding to suit your vision and personalities. I have put together a list of some of my favorite wedding and event venues in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos, and the surrounding areas.
Rustic, Adventurous, Unusual, and Outdoor Venues
How about a Western Themed wedding on a real working Movie Ranch! Check out Eaves Movie Ranch in Albuquerque. http://www.eavesmovieranch.com/site.html or Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe http://www.bonanzacreekranch.com/about.html for a truly unique wedding experience.
Sticking with the idea of movie sets one of the most natural, unique, and beautiful locations is Plaza Blanca, a backdrop of white cliffs in Abiquiu, New Mexico where many films have been produced. It is a quarter of a mile hike and perfect for the adventurous couple wanting to elope or have a small wedding party willing to hike. http://www.plaza-blanca.com/how-to-get-to.html
Down the road from Plaza Blanca you will find the historic Ghost Ranch that you will recognize from many of the iconic Georgia O’ Keeffe paintings set with stunning rock cliff backdrops that turn golden in the sunset. Great for both large and small weddings. https://www.ghostranch.org/explore/georgia-okeeffe/
One of the most beautiful ranches in New Mexico just 15 miles north of Santa Fe, the La Mesita Ranch offers a mix of rustic and elegant set on 139 acres with views of the Barranca Mountains. The Historic Hacienda sits among beautiful barns, a grand lawn for ceremonies with up to 300 guests, trails perfect for a horse and carriage ride, and a gorgeous pond surrounded by cottonwood trees. http://www.lamesitaranchestate.com/la-mesita-ranch-weddings/
One of my favorite venues for a DIY wedding is the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion. A huge open space with endless possibilities sits in the Santa Fe Railyard allowing easy access to the Park for a ceremony outside and a perfect photo spot complete with a meandering trail through a treelined park setting, a playground, railroad tracks, and old train cars. http://www.santafefarmersmarket.com/pavilion/
Some of my most favorite portfolio images came from a wedding at Paako Ridge Golf Club http://paakoridge.com/weddings/. So let me just show you the link to my blog instead of a written description http://robinparrott.com/blog/2013/02/paa-ko-ridge-wedding-new-mexico/
Getting Closer to Taos we have Angel Fire. Beautiful, Scenic, and Rustic. The Visitors Center has stunning mountain views and large pond out back and is so much fun for an outdoor wedding reception. Check out my Blog post from an awesome Angel Fire Wedding here http://robinparrott.com/blog/2015/10/angel-fire-wedding/
Moving into Taos there is the Taos Country Club which I think is a hidden Gem. With a huge lawn perfect for a ceremony with expansive mountain views and a large tent for a reception this place is perfect for the romantic outdoor wedding. http://www.taoscountryclub.com/weddings
One of my most favorite Taos wedding venues for a crazy fun party would have to be Taos Mountain Brewing http://www.taosmesabrewing.com This place just Rocks with outdoor mountain scenery, a kickass outdoor stage and event area, and an indoor stage, bar, and dance floor that will have you celebrating all night. This venue has so many possibilities. Check out this wedding we shot there last May. It had to be moved indoors for the weather and it was still amazing! http://robinparrott.com/blog/2015/06/wedding-at-taos-mesa-brewing/
The place I might be the most excited about is Casa Rodena Winery. WOW! this place has it all…classic architecture, vineyards, ponds, flowing fountains, cottonwoods. It reminds me of Northern California but New Mexican if you could mix the two. This place is all about Romance. It looks like a painting from another time. Just beautiful to photograph. I have only done parties there and am looking forward to a wedding! http://www.casarondena.com/weddings-private-events/
Bio Park in Albuquerque. A zoo, botanical garden, and aquarium. It speaks for itself and I love this place. A perfect ceremony venue combined with the Hotel Albuquerque for your reception. https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/about-the-biopark/biopark-weddings-rentals/venues/rent-the-garden
Pecos Ruins in Pecos National Historical Park. I have only done elopements here, but I imagine it would suit an intimate wedding too. This place is steeped in history and magical to photograph. http://www.nps.gov/peco/index.htm
A beautiful scenic venue just 15 minutes outside of Santa Fe in the Sangre de Cristo foothills is the Four Seasons Resort, traditionally known as Rancho Encantado. A resort with beautiful modern architecture and expansive views of the valley and the Jemez Mountains this venue offers an elegant and romantic atmosphere with two outdoor ceremony locations, a grand ballroom, exquisite catering services, and luxurious accommodations for you and your guest. I love shooting here and it has so many possibilities for elopements, and intimate and large weddings. http://www.fourseasons.com/santafe/weddings
Between Albuquerque and Santa Fe there is the Tamaya Resort and Spa located in Santa Ana Pueblo at the base of the Sandia Mountains. This place is truly that of beauty. Here is the description from their website which is perfect and better than I could do, ” Our outdoor wedding venues include a grass amphitheater offering stunning views of the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande Bosque, the House of Hummingbird, 7,500 sq. ft. outdoor ballroom that replicates an adobe pueblo, and the 8,000 sq. ft. Cottonwood Pavilion, Patio and Gazebo. Enhance the romance and magic with a horse-drawn carriage ride for the happy couple. Enjoy a grand indoor celebration in the Tamaya Ballroom, with gorgeous chandeliers, high ceiling and warm colors to match any palette” http://tamaya.hyatt.com/en/hotel/weddings.html
Just outside of Albuquerque city limits and at the foot of the Sandia Mountains is the Sandia Resort and Casino. Everything about this place is Grand, with the largest Grand Ballroom in New Mexico, stunning lawns with ponds and waterfall features, a gorgeous golf course and magnificent mountain views. Photographers love this place so how could you go wrong? http://www.sandiacasino.com/weddings/
The most popular venue in Taos for both large and small weddings is the El Monte Sagrado Resort. http://www.elmontesagrado.com/weddings With a Grand Lawn or the Sacred Circle next to a creek with waterfalls for your ceremony, a large ballroom, and a cocktail area with an outdoor fire pit you can make an event designed with the best of both indoor and outdoor possibilities. http://www.elmontesagrado.com/weddings
The Angel Fire Resort is a popular rustic outdoor wedding venue with a private wedding pavilion in the forest and panoramic views of the Moreno Valley and Southern Rockies. http://www.angelfireresort.com/groups/weddings/
La Fonda on the Plaza is a large adobe hotel on the plaza with a wedding balcony overlooking the St. Francis Cathedral. A beautiful indoor/outdoor venue, the reception room on the balcony has glass all the way around the balcony side, and I might say it is one of the most photogenic indoor reception spaces with warm southwestern decor, ceiling stain glass art, and grand chandeliers lighting the room. This has been one of my more popular venues for the Mariachi march around the plaza. http://www.lafondasantafe.com Oh, and the beds are awesome. I have stayed there…really great accommodation in downtown.
Another great venue in Santa Fe is the Eldorado Hotel. With a brand new light filled wedding chapel and bridal room, a newly redesigned spacious ballroom, a contemporary designed cocktail lounge, and a second venue on the balcony with 180 degree views of Santa Fe and surrounding mountains, the Eldorado is perfect for any size event with access to walking downtown for photo ops. Also fantastic beds and a hot tube on the roof…my favorite. http://www.eldoradohotel.com
Hotel Parq Central is a favorite of Albuquerque weddings with their famous rooftop lounge. A really cool space! http://www.hotelparqcentral.com/weddings/weddings-at-hotel-parq-central.htm
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town offers easy access to the Plaza, lush gardens, 2 grand ballrooms, a historic chapel, and lots and lots of space to create a one of a kind event. Oh so pretty! http://www.hotelabq.com/meetings-weddings/weddings
El Santuario de Chimayo. The most famous church in New Mexico. http://www.elsantuariodechimayo.us/Santuario/windex.html
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church in Rancho de Taos(most photographed church in the country made famous by Ansel Adams) http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/american_latino_heritage/San_Francisco_de_Assisi_Mission_Church.html
San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe. The oldest church in the United States. http://sanmiguelchapel.org
Ok, that is a huge list and certainly not all of the venues in New Mexico. The goal was to list my favorite and hopefully help you with your planning.