Intimate Backyard Wedding in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Intimate Backyard Wedding in Santa Fe | Kristen & Ryan

Intimate Backyard Wedding in Santa Fe | Kristen & Ryan

groom hugs his bride in the golden light at backyard wedding in Santa Fe

Like most couples, this was not plan A for Kristen and Ryan’s wedding. It probably wasn’t even plan B or C. But their intimate backyard wedding in Santa Fe was a welcome distraction from the world’s current chaos. Not only did they embrace the New Mexico wedding vibes with chile ristras, turquoise color schemes, and a cactus theme, but they also planned the whole event with the safety of all their guests in mind. Guests took covid tests prior to their arrival, they had cute cactus masks as gifts for everyone, and everything was outside and spread out. The attention to detail for this wedding was astounding, and even more impressive when you realize all of the details and decor was made by Kristen and her crafty family.

We started the day getting ready and taking photos at the Las Palomas Hotel in Santa Fe. Las Palomas is a super cute example of Santa Fe style, full of turquoise accents and stucco walls with hanging red chile ristras. It is a perfect place for iconic New Mexico wedding photos. Kristen and Ryan had a private first look tucked amid the adobe casitas. Then we wandered the hotel grounds and surrounding streets of Santa Fe with their wedding party, before heading to Kristen’s parents’ home for the rest of the day’s festivities.

Kristen’s dad had created a beautiful wooden arch decorated with more red chile ristras for Kristen and Ryan’s wedding ceremony in their backyard. They had a few phones on tripods set up to live stream the ceremony for all those who couldn’t make it to the intimate Santa Fe wedding. The ceremony was sweet and deeply personal. They had a friend officiate, and read each other their own personal vows. They also paused midway through the ceremony to uphold a very important tradition: “Years ago Ryan and I started our relationship with a pinky promise and a beer,” Kristen wrote later. “We started our marriage the same way.”

That’s just the type of people Kristen and Ryan and their families are. Easygoing, fun loving, absolutely authentic people. The type who interrupts their own wedding ceremony to kiss on their new pinky promise, and offers their guests 100 types of beer for a simple backyard wedding. Who hang up a covid piñata at their wedding, and then make a show of bashing it down.

To say it was a joy and honor to bear witness to this unique and intimate backyard wedding in Santa Fe would be an understatement. View the photos from this amazing day below!

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Vendors for this sweet and intimate backyard wedding in Santa Fe:

Venue | Las Palomas Hotel + Private Residence

Photographer | DBK Photography

Wedding Dress | The Dressing Room West

 

Hey friend! I’m Delia–a wedding photographer who loves adventure just as much as snuggling on the couch with her dog. My photography is fun and colorful and embraces the real you. I’m based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but I photograph weddings all throughout New Mexico, Colorado, and the southwest. I love to connect with and help my clients as much as possible. Check out the wedding planning tips section of my blog for more helpful advice.

 

And if you’re into New Mexico weddings like this one, check out some others I’ve photographed:

Casa Rondena Winery Wedding in Albuquerque

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort Wedding

Fall Wedding at Prairie Star Restaurant

groom hugs his bride in the golden light at backyard wedding in Santa Fe

Like most couples, this was not plan A for Kristen and Ryan’s wedding. It probably wasn’t even plan B or C. But their intimate backyard wedding in Santa Fe was a welcome distraction from the world’s current chaos. Not only did they embrace the New Mexico wedding vibes with chile ristras, turquoise color schemes, and a cactus theme, but they also planned the whole event with the safety of all their guests in mind. Guests took covid tests prior to their arrival, they had cute cactus masks as gifts for everyone, and everything was outside and spread out. The attention to detail for this wedding was astounding, and even more impressive when you realize all of the details and decor was made by Kristen and her crafty family.

We started the day getting ready and taking photos at the Las Palomas Hotel in Santa Fe. Las Palomas is a super cute example of Santa Fe style, full of turquoise accents and stucco walls with hanging red chile ristras. It is a perfect place for iconic New Mexico wedding photos. Kristen and Ryan had a private first look tucked amid the adobe casitas. Then we wandered the hotel grounds and surrounding streets of Santa Fe with their wedding party, before heading to Kristen’s parents’ home for the rest of the day’s festivities.

Kristen’s dad had created a beautiful wooden arch decorated with more red chile ristras for Kristen and Ryan’s wedding ceremony in their backyard. They had a few phones on tripods set up to live stream the ceremony for all those who couldn’t make it to the intimate Santa Fe wedding. The ceremony was sweet and deeply personal. They had a friend officiate, and read each other their own personal vows. They also paused midway through the ceremony to uphold a very important tradition: “Years ago Ryan and I started our relationship with a pinky promise and a beer,” Kristen wrote later. “We started our marriage the same way.”

That’s just the type of people Kristen and Ryan and their families are. Easygoing, fun loving, absolutely authentic people. The type who interrupts their own wedding ceremony to kiss on their new pinky promise, and offers their guests 100 types of beer for a simple backyard wedding. Who hang up a covid piñata at their wedding, and then make a show of bashing it down.

To say it was a joy and honor to bear witness to this unique and intimate backyard wedding in Santa Fe would be an understatement. View the photos from this amazing day below!

Colorful cactus and floral bridal details for intimate Santa Fe weddingBride getting ready for intimate wedding at Las Palomas Hotel in Santa Fe Bride getting ready for intimate wedding at Las Palomas Hotel in Santa FeBridal bouquet on turquoise floor at Las Palomas Hotel for Santa Fe weddingSanta Fe bridal portraits with dress by The Dressing Room WestGroom's portraits at Las Palomas Hotel before intimate wedding in Santa Fe Bride and groom's first look among the casitas at Las Palomas in Santa Fe Bride and groom kissing outside the casitas at Las Palomas Hotel before their wedding in Santa Fe Bride and groom sit on a bench surrounded by adobe at Las Palomas Hotel in Santa Fe New Mexico Bride and groom walking under the trees at Las Palomas Hotel before their intimate Santa Fe weddingBride and groom dance around the water fountain at Las Palomas Hotel in Santa Fe New MexicoBride and groom embrace in the garden at Las Palomas Hotel in Santa Fe Bride and groom portraits in the garden at Las Palomas Hotel in Santa Fe Classic b&w bride and groom portraits at Las Palomas Hotel in Santa FeGroom's portraits at Las Palomas Hotel before intimate wedding in Santa FeColorful Santa Fe wedding party portraits with chile ristras and an adobe wallBridesmaids in mismatched turquoise dresses stand under chile ristras with perfect Santa Fe wedding styleMismatched bridesmaid style for Santa Fe wedding: turquoise dresses with bright bouquets Wedding party wearing matching cactus face masks for intimate Santa Fe wedding in 2020 Bright and colorful wedding party portraits around Santa Fe New Mexico colorful cactus and chile details for backyard wedding in Santa Fe New Mexicocactus masks and colored wristbands for a covid-safe backyard wedding in Santa FeDIY signs and details for crafty backyard wedding in Santa FeTables decorated with succulents and cactus details for backyard Santa Fe wedding sunny backyard wedding in Santa Fe New Mexico bride enters intimate backyard wedding ceremony with live musician intimate backyard wedding ceremony in Santa Fe New Mexico Bride and groom make pinky promise during backyard wedding ceremony Bride and groom's first kiss at their intimate backyard wedding in Santa Febride and groom make a whiskey toast with their friends after saying their wedding vows Bride and groom's first dance on the patio at backyard wedding Bride and groom dance with their parents at their backyard wedding celebration Tables decorated with succulents and cactus details for backyard wedding in Santa Fe everyone enjoying the reception at this backyard wedding in Santa Febeer and games for intimate backyard wedding in Santa Fe Bride knocks down covid pinata to celebrate wedding day in her parents' backyardBride and groom kiss under the archway lined with New Mexico chile ristras at their backyard wedding in Santa Fe Bride and groom with all their friends at sunset backyard wedding receptioncute cactus pinata for backyard Santa Fe weddingblankets for guests at backyard wedding in Santa Fe bride and groom walking in the golden sunlight at backyard wedding in Santa Fejoyful bride and groom at sunset backyard wedding in Santa Fe groom hugs his bride in the golden light at backyard wedding in Santa Fegroom leans down to kiss bride at sunset bride and groom dance between the yellow chamisa at their backyard wedding in the desertgroom giving bride a bear hug at Santa Fe wedding bride and groom kissing among the chamisa at their intimate backyard wedding in Santa Fe New Mexico bride and groom kiss by old wooden gate and red chile ristra at their backyard wedding in Santa Febackyard Santa Fe wedding portraits of the bride and groom at sunset backyard Santa Fe wedding portraits of the bride and groom at sunsetbride and groom kissing under homemade quilt - a wedding gift from the bride's parents

Vendors for this sweet and intimate backyard wedding in Santa Fe:

Venue | Las Palomas Hotel + Private Residence

Photographer | DBK Photography

Wedding Dress | The Dressing Room West

 

Hey friend! I’m Delia–a wedding photographer who loves adventure just as much as snuggling on the couch with her dog. My photography is fun and colorful and embraces the real you. I’m based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but I photograph weddings all throughout New Mexico, Colorado, and the southwest. I love to connect with and help my clients as much as possible. Check out the wedding planning tips section of my blog for more helpful advice.

 

And if you’re into New Mexico weddings like this one, check out some others I’ve photographed:

Casa Rondena Winery Wedding in Albuquerque

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort Wedding

Fall Wedding at Prairie Star Restaurant

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