Justin+Alicia+White Sands

I couldn’t be more pumped to shoot Alicia and Justin’s wedding at White Sands, NM.  White Sands is one of the coolest places that I’ve visited since being in the Southwest and I was thrilled when the opportunity came up to shoot a wedding there.

This wedding was unique, because of a couple reasons:
1. Alicia and Justin
2. It was on June 20th (the first day of the Summer Solstice)
3. It was also the night of the full Strawberry moon

I thought it was super cool that Justin and Alicia came down from Washington state to have their wedding ceremony in White Sands. They’re a unique couple who have been together for a long time and finally decide to tie the knot. They reside in Tacoma, WA and are a fun, laid back adventurous couple.

They rented gorgeous house in Las Cruces, NM and stayed their for the long weekend with their closest friends and family. I arrived to the smell of some delicious looking food and celebratory tequila shots being thrown back. Everyone was super cool and it looked like they were having a really chill day.

Alicia’s best friends helped with her hair and makeup which turned out beautifully. Her blond hair was curled and her friend’s braided a few tiny braids throughout for a boho accent. Her makeup was very natural and true to Alicia’s non-fussy personality.

The bride’s mother, Flora, help lace up the beautiful white, lace dress the was made by the ahhh-mazing designer, Grace Loves Lace. Alicia looked like a boho princess as she danced and flipped her skirt around the room. Her mother in law, Pamela, gave her a gorgeous turquoise statement necklace to wear with her dress.

When it was time to head to the ceremony, we all hopped in the car and caravanned about an hour to White Sands. The Organ mountains were a beautiful site along the way.

The ceremony was as unique as the couple. It took place on top of a giant soft, white, sand dune under the bright blue sky. Their family and friends circled up and joined hands and their friend performed the non-religious ceremony. There was a tribal drum, family in a circle and there was supposed to be sage lit to cleanse the ceremony, but alas, it was too windy. It was a sweet ceremony. Alicia and Justin held hands in the sunset and shed a few tears throughout the ceremony.

Afterwards, friends and family shared hugs and well-wishes for Alicia and Justin. We took a few more pictures as the sun was setting over the sands. I couldn’t let them leave without grabbing a silhouette shot of the newly wed couple on top of a sand dune in the orange and blue dusk light. And it turned out to be one of my favorite shots ever!

We headed back to the house to catch the after party celebration. I had to stop along the way to take some shots of the Strawberry moon that was rising from behind the mountains. It looked larger than your typical moon and it was bright orange!

Back at the house, the newly-weds started off the celebration right by, what else? But jumping in the pool…wedding gear clad, of course!

After they dried off, it was time to toss the bouquet and garter, Justin tossed the garter in living room as the single men gathered and scrambled for the garter behind him. Alicia, took to the balcony to toss her bouquet from the second floor to her bridesmaids down below.

The guests casually dined on a delicious steak dinner. And just before I left, they group popped the champagne as parents of both the bride and the groom shared toasts to the new couple.

What are awesome and laid back wedding it was and I’m so glad Alicia and Justin chose me to be their photographer.

Here’s a couple shots from the day. Cheers!



























Matt + Maegan

This is a special wedding to me, because it was the first wedding that I booked in El Paso. It actually kind of fell into my lap. It happened when I was out with some girlfriends for dinner. {Bear with me, I’m throwing out a couple names} Our waiter, Josh, was the bride’s brother-in-law and he mentioned that his wife (Cassandra) and her sister (Maegan) were opening Small Cakes, a cupcake shop in El Paso. So, naturally, I asked if they catered to weddings and gave him my card…just in case. He replied saying that his sister-in-law, Maegan was recently engaged and in need of a wedding photographer herself.

She contacted me not long after and soon Maegan and Matt were set on June 11, 2016. I was ecstatic and not only, because cupcakes were going to be involved, but more so, because I felt like I was getting back into my groove of what I gave up to move here. It was at least a step in the right direction.

When the wedding day finally arrived, my awesome second shooter (Megan) and I met Maegan [lots of Maegans] and her bridesmaids at the Hotel Indigo where the hair and make up team was already at work beautifying the ladies. The room was bright and full of love from her best friends and family. I began photographing the details from the dress to the shoes to the jewelry. Megan, went to photograph the guys, who were mostly busy trying to remove gobs of hair gel from the groom’s son, Jordan’s hair. ha-ha!

Maegan and Matt both spent some time through out the day to write a letter to each other that they would only open if times got tough and I hope they never have to open it! They also spent time finalizing their vows that they would read to each other later in the day.

Megan photographed the guys in front of this awesome mural behind the Hotel Indigo as they took turns zipping around the parking lot on a motorized scooter.

Back in the bride’s suite, the bride’s daughter, Olivia, had just arrived and was so thrilled to see her mom. “You look so pretty, mommy!” Olivia exclaimed when she saw Maegan in the make-up chair. It was so sweet, it made my eyes get a little misty. (It never fails, I always cry at weddings.)

More tears were caused by Maegan’s mother, Sandra’s, reaction to her gift which was an embroidered handkerchief that read, “Mom, to dry your happy tears on my wedding day…” I guess I needed one too! Her mother’s reaction was so sweet. I knew that gift meant a lot to her. I even got emotional looking back at the photos as I was editing.

Maegan’s beautiful best friend gave her a tiny little book on a keychain with quotes for a happy marriage inside. She had everyone in tears with her speech and surprise gift.

My second shooter, captured Matt’s sweet reaction as he opened his boutonnière. Maegan surprised him by attached a picture of his parents who had recently passed away. Even though Matt wasn’t one to really show his emotions in front of everyone, looking back through the images, I could see that he was really touched by the gesture. His parents were definitely felt throughout the day.

After everyone was finished prepping, we all headed to the beautiful, Ardovino’s Desert Crossing for the ceremony and reception. It was a gorgeous ceremony that was set up on the back patio of the venue. The ceremony overlooked the surrounding desert and mountains. Trains were passing back and forth in the distance.

The wedding party entered the ceremony followed by the beautiful bride who was escorted by her father, John Hurst. Matt beamed as he watched his gorgeous bride walk down the aisle. The groom’s sister lead with a few words in memory of their parents. And under the beautiful green vines and bright orange flowers the couple read their sweet vows to each other. After exchanging rings and sealing the deal with a kiss and slightly battling the wind. Maegan and Matt were wed and waltzed out of the ceremony on cloud 9!

After, shooting the rest of the wedding party and some family pictures. I quickly grabbed the couple and we shot their portraits in the desert as the sun was setting. It was a really gorgeous moment. The light was perfect.

Finally, it was party time. The wedding party entered into the reception area of Ardovino’s and the newly wed couple impressed the whole room with their choreographed first dance. Followed by the sweet dance with her father. And, I think everyone had tears in their eyes when Matt and his sister danced to “Hey Brother”.

After the delicious dinner was served the party really got started. People were dancing, taking pictures in the photo booth and having a blast! Heartfelt toasts to the newly wed couple from friends and family lead to more happy tears and plenty of laughs from the whole room. Maegan and Matt cut their gorgeous (and delicious) wedding cake made by the very talented Honey Bee Cakes.

The wedding party ended the night on a high note with an awesome fun group dance… turned dance battle with several wedding guests to the 90s hip hop jam, “My Boo”. That dance perfectly summed up the mood of the whole night.

There was plenty of love felt throughout that whole wedding day and I’m very glad that I was chosen to be a part of it! I won’t forget that as I was telling Matt and Maegan goodbye at the end of the night she said it felt like fate that we met, because everything just fell into place beautifully.

I couldn’t agree more. Wishing Maegan and Matt a long and very happy marriage!

Enjoy these beautiful pictures from The Roger’s wedding.














Enrique + Mary

I thought Mary and Enrique would be getting married in Vegas, so when she contacted me to shoot the wedding I was thrilled that they thought of me again. I photographed their engagement session last year in the unbloomed cotton fields of Santa Teresa, NM.

At 107 degrees, Mary and Henry’s wedding day was definitely one of the hottest days of the summer! And for that reason, most of the photos were taken inside of the El Paso Country Club. Mary arrived and put her dress on shortly before the ceremony as her bridesmaids helped her get ready. We briefly took some bridal photos around the clubhouse and out on the golf course. Mary carried a gorgeous rhinestone bouquet and wore the cutest sparkly Betsy Johnson wedding heels. Her hair piece and make up were perfect. She truly looked stunning.

Enrique and some of his groomsmen arrived to the venue. Enrique surprised Mary with a new Pandora charm as she greeted him. A couple of the bridesmaids helped the groomsmen pin on their boutonnieres, which were of course flower brooches with rhinestones.

All of the gorgeous bridesmaids looked super cute in their gold toned short bridesmaid dresses and sky-high heels!

The theme of the wedding must have been “Bling”! And that theme continued throughout the reception area where the tables were covered with beautiful silver and sparkly center pieces. Oh and they had an ice sculpture with their initials “M+E” carved into it!!

Guests arrived and took their seats as the wedding party waited to enter the ceremony. The ceremony was conducted in both spanish and english for all guests to understand. The mothers of both the bride and groom lit the candles to start off the ceremony. The bride’s son Ossie, was a big part of the ceremony. He didn’t want to leave Enrique’s side…that is until he got antsy and wanted to sit with his grandparents.

The beautiful ceremony included a string quartet which performed classical music throughout the ceremony and into the cocktail hour. Guests mingled with delicious looking cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in hand. The bride and groom bounced around from guest to guest chatting and hearing from friends and family their blessings for the future.

As sunset approached (and the day had finally cooled down), I took Mary and Enrique outside to the beautifully manicured golf course to shoot some portraits of the couple. The light from the setting sun was just perfect. The couple showed off their comfy converse sneakers! (Mary’s were bedazzled with beautiful crystals!) The couple looked happy in a quiet moment together and teased each other as I captured their moments around the course.

Mary’s son, Ossie, caught up when he saw that mom and Enrique were leaving him out of all the pictures! He sat still for a moment to take a couple cute pictures and then resumed playing in the sand trap of the golf course.

Back inside, the guests were entering the beautifully decorated reception area. Mary changed into her goddess-like reception dress with head piece to match. The DJ announced the newly wed couple’s entrance and they were seated at their own table complete with a “Mr. and Mrs.” sign and their initials projected over head in the beautiful lights. The DJ did a wonderful job with the lighting and the fun atmosphere that was starting to elevate the party. Mary’s father said grace over the meal and the Mexican Trio band played festive, but romantic tunes as dinner is served.

Please enjoy the pictures from Mary and Enrique’s gorgeous wedding.