Happy #WeddingWednesday to all the romantics out there! If you’ve been hanging out with us here for a little while now, then you probably saw last week’s featured wedding and know that we’ve been feeling some serious love for New Mexico’s small, intimate weddings as of late. 

It’s partially about finding the silver linings hidden in our current world circumstances, and partially just because small, intimate weddings are truly magical to behold. You’d think that, with fewer guests and smaller ceremonies, there would be a bit of the grandeur missing, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Couples, loved ones, and small businesses come together and collaborate on creating a perfect, sacred moment in time just as fiercely for elopements and intimate weddings as the ballroom extravaganzas.

And before you ask, yes we have proof! 

For the unforgettable day that was the beginning of Kalene and Conner’s new life together, Red River’s very own wedding planning superstar was called upon. Karen Kelly, with KWK Events, put together a meticulous and gorgeous elopement. With her go-to floral designer on call, KWK Events and Enchanted Florist of Taos embodied the unique, unparalleled love and friendship between the happy couple in their ceremonies. 

Kalene and her bridesmaid’s bouquets were bursting with bright purples and pinks, and yet still remained balanced with creams and cool tones of silvery-green eucalyptus. Needless to say, Karen coordinated the gorgeous floral arrangements with precision and flair to ensure they enhanced each moment of the life-changing ceremony. 

Nestled in the forest and with the river quietly rushing by, Kalene and Conner’s elopement was — dare we say it — perfection. The Shayla Cristine Photography team was ecstatic and honored to be entrusted with capturing every smile, laugh, and happy tear that fell that day. Thank you, Kalene and Conner! 

Wedding details - beaded wedding gown belt, gown with lace overlays, and both the groom and bride's gorgeous wedding rings, shot in Albuquerque by local wedding photographer Shayla Cristine Photography.
Closer detail shot of the bride's wedding ring and the groom's wedding ring, from a local wedding in Albuquerque New Mexico shot by wedding photographer Shayla Cristine Photography.
The beautiful bride before the Albuquerque wedding ceremony, holding a bottle of perfume and shot by local photography team Shayla Cristine Photography.
The bride in a lace bridal gown meeting her groom in his tux - their first looks captured in the outdoors of New Mexico by Albuquerque wedding photography team Shayla Cristine Photography.
The happy bride and gorgeous groom share a sweet kiss before their wedding ceremony, captured by New Mexico's best wedding photographer Shayla Cristine Photography.
The bride and groom outside on the day of their wedding in New Mexico, captured and shot by the best wedding photographers in Albuquerque, Shayla Cristine Photography.
A few moments of the outdoor wedding ceremony in Albuquerque, New Mexico, perfectly shot by the Southwest's best wedding photographers Shayla Cristine Photography.
Shayla Cristine Photography captures the couple during their big kiss! Bride and groom say I do in New Mexico during their outdoor wedding ceremony.
The beautiful wedding party smiles and celebrates together in the great outdoors of New Mexico for their wedding, shot by Albuquerque's favorite photographer Shayla Cristine Photography.
Bride and groom hold a small wedding guest in a tiny purple tuxedo, with a gorgeous purple floral arrangement too. Wedding was shot by local wedding photographer team Shayla Cristine Photography.
The bride kisses a guest, leaving a red lipstick print on his cheek after the outdoor wedding ceremony in New Mexico, photographed by Albuquerque's most affordable wedding photographers Shayla Cristine Photography.
The bride and her bridesmaid laugh, holding wedding floral arrangements and in their bridesmaids gown and bridal gown - the perfect, happy moment captured by Shayla Cristine Photography.
Some glamorous shots of the bride and her groom enjoying the natural light and outdoor photography captured by Albuquerque, New Mexico's best wedding photographer ever, Shayla Cristine Photography.
Groom and bride hold hands after their wedding ceremony in the outdoors of New Mexico, smiling at the best photographer in Albuquerque, Shayla Cristine Photography.
The newlywed couple pose for their wedding photographer, Shayla Cristine Photography, who is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Cowboy boots and farmhouse details of this gorgeous outdoor wedding in New Mexico were captured by Shayla Cristine Photography.
A beautiful purple and gold wedding cake, the happy bride and groom dig into the delicious treat while Albuquerque, New Mexico's best wedding photographers capture the moment.
One final shot of the bride in her lace bridal gown and the groom in his tailored tux on a ski lift in New Mexico captured by Albuquerque's best wedding photographers, Shayla Cristine Photography.

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