Lesley + Dan | Real Wedding

Weddings, Families

How are you handling quarantine, wedding lovers? If you’re anything like us, you’re probably missing your community somethin’ fierce by now. And, of course, weddings & styled shoots planned to the tiniest perfect detail, with blooming bouquets, bursts of laughter and all the guests busting out moves on the dance floor! But missing all that stuff pales in comparison to missing your friends and family. 

Luckily for us, our vast digital landscape makes seeing your loved ones a little bit easier. We might not be able to hug through the screen, but at the very least, we can see smiling faces that aren’t just emojis! 

That’s what makes photos, like the gorgeous ones we’re about to share with you, so wonderfully valuable. Crisp, clean, bright & airy are the signature characteristics that make a photograph from the Shayla Cristine Photography team easy to spot. Plus, with photographers that blend seamlessly into the crowd of friends and family, all the genuine smiles and big-belly laughs we’ve captured make you feel like you’re right there, in that moment. 

So come escape for a little with us! Lesley + Dan’s wedding is the perfect celebration to get lost in — dozens of unexpected personal touches made their day unlike any other. And yes, we know there are hundreds of weddings in New Mexico every year, but still we maintain our stance: Lesley + Dan’s soiree was unlike any other. 

Need more proof? Check out the couple’s silly, yet delightfully coordinated socks! Paired with cute and comfy shoes to make the whole look super intentional, yet less serious than the strappy sparkles you usually see gliding by on a bride’s feet. Or Dan’s floral tie! Which, for the record, looked incredible with his blue tux, especially when he was serenading his now-wife during the reception. (Yes, you read that right, Dan is part of a barbershop quartet, and he sang a special song for his blushing bride. It. Was. Magical.) 

If that’s still not enough to prove how unique their day was, take a peek at the food situation they had going on. It was a pizza bar, people! Custom pizzas cooked fresh and piping hot in a traditional brick fire oven on site, and signature cocktails to boot. We couldn’t be more in love with their wedding! 

Thank you to the impeccable and impossibly lovely Lesley + Dan for allowing our team of local wedding photographers to follow you along to Casa Perea Art Space and capture every special moment. 

And thank you, sweet reader, for getting a bit lost in this corner of the digital world with us. We hope these photos bring a smile to your face like they do to ours, and that you stay safe and healthy, and live happily ever after just like Lesley + Dan.

Ps Friends! These two lovers are expecting their first baby SOON!!! We could not be more happy for you two and wish you and your new baby nothing but the absolute best in life!! xoxo-Shay

Venue: Casa Perea
Dress: David’s Bridal
Suit: Banana Republic
Bridesmaids: Azazie
Flowers: Sola Wood Flowers
DJ: Too Hot To Stop
Bar: ABQ Bar Keeps
Caterer: Hawt Pizza
Cake: Planty Sweet
HMU: Sarah Westerlund
Day of Coordinator: Jessica Tonjes
Invitations: Shutterfly
Officiant: Tim Cox

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