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February 2, 2017

DJ & Lily | Ghost Ranch Wedding

 

Hello! And welcome to the AKP Blog! I’m so glad you’re here, and I’m so glad I’m here. It’s taken me a while to jump on this blogging bandwagon, but now that I have, I’m so excited about having an outlet to share my current work with you all on the regular. So let’s jump right in with one of my favorite weddings from 2016!

DJ & Lily were married in October at Ghost Ranch, just outside of Santa Fe, NM. If you’ve never been to Ghost Ranch, it is so worth the trip. This as my first time there, and the views and the mesas all around were nothing short of breath-taking. Lily’s family actually used to own the Ranch a long time ago, and she and DJ met here one summer when they were both working at the Ranch! So the fact that they chose to get married there was just as perfect as can be, and it set the tone for their day that was just brimming with unique and personalized touches.

 

Vendors:
Venue – Ghost Ranch

Flowers – Marisa’s Millefiori

Makeup – Britney-Rae Sanchez

Dress – Bliss Bridal Shop

Cake – A Cake Odyssey

Second Shooters – Britianie Tyler and Lyndsey Garber

Ghost Ranch Wedding

These mesas were just amazing, and what photographer’s dreams are made of!

Ghost Ranch NM Mesas

Ghost Ranch Wedding Details

Ghost Ranch wedding bride getting ready

Ghost Ranch wedding bride getting ready

As part of their wedding details, DJ and Lily incorporated lollipops! The story behind this is so great. When DJ and Lily met, they both were arriving as strangers at the start of the summer to work as staff at Ghost Ranch, and their camp Pastor met them at the airport with lollipops to welcome them to the Ranch! This summer marked the beginning of their romance, and lollipops will always be special to them.

Lollipop bouquets for the bridesmaids instead of flowers!

Personalized wedding details lollipop bouquet

Lollipop boutonnieres complete the story!

Lollipop boutonniere

Ghost Ranch wedding groom getting ready, groom boutonniere

Ghost Ranch wedding getting ready converse wedding shoes

Ghost Ranch new mexico wedding getting ready

Ghost Ranch wedding, bridesmaids laughing, bridesmaids getting ready, new mexico wedding

Photos like these? These are the best. When you’re hanging with your bridal party squad and the laughs abound. These candid moments are what I live for on wedding days.

Destination wedding at Ghost Ranch, NM. Groomsmen laughing.

Destination wedding at Ghost Ranch, NM near Santa Fe, NM. Bride putting on dress.

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM destination wedding first look bride and groom first touch

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM Wedding bride and groom first touch

Another beautiful and unique aspect to DJ and Lily’s day was how they chose to incorporate their faiths. Their preparation for the ceremony included both a smudging ceremony with Lily’s Mom, as well as heartfelt prayers with DJ’s parents and Pastor.

Ghost Ranch wedding smudging

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM destination wedding

Ghost Ranch NM wedding ceremony

These next photos right here are my favorite from the entire day. This is DJ’s face when he saw his bride walking towards him. He totally lost it in the best way possible.

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding groom's first look at his bride, groom crying, groom seeing his bride walk down aisle,

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bridal gown details

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding groom ceremony

When you are planning your own wedding, don’t be afraid to stray from the usual script for your wedding ceremony! DJ and Lily included a tradition Cherokee blanket ceremony and made it their own, and as you can see it was very emotional for them and so meaningful. In this ceremony, both the bride and groom are wrapped in individual blankets and the officiant blesses the couple’s union. Then the individual blankets are removed, and the couple is wrapped in a single large blanket together. This represents the couple’s individual lives being left in the past, and being replaced with one new life together filled with peace and happiness.

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding ceremony, traditional cherokee blanket ceremony wedding

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding cherokee blanket ceremony wedding

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding ceremony

The new Mr and Mrs! And they are beaming…

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride and groom walking back down aisle, bliss, wedding joy, candid wedding moments

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding, bridal party, dog in bridal party, dog is ring bearer

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding groomsmen

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding groomsmen city slicker cabin

By the way, have I introduced you to Moxy yet? He is Lily’s baby, and was a fantastic ring-bearer. He also was a killer dancer at the reception!

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding dog as ring bearer

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride and groom at ghost ranch santa fe weddings

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding details

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride and groom

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding reception hall

Ghost Ranch wedding cake

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding candid moments at the wedding

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding

Ghost Ranch wedding reception

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride and groom reception

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride dancing with her dog at reception

DJ and his Mom had one of the, hands-down, most emotional and lovely Mother-Son dances of the year.

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding mother and son first dance emotional

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride and groom mesas desert wedding southwest santa fe destination weddings

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride and groom mesas desert wedding southwest santa fe destination weddings

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride and groom mesas desert wedding southwest santa fe destination weddings

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride and groom mesas desert wedding southwest santa fe destination weddings

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride and groom mesas desert wedding southwest santa fe destination weddings

Ghost Ranch Santa Fe NM wedding bride and groom mesas desert wedding southwest santa fe destination weddings

And that’s a wrap… they are officially Mr and Mrs, and I was so honored to be a part of their day.

 

 

xo,

Arielei

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