Katie + Alex | Santa Ana Resort Wedding | Albuquerque Wedding Photographer

Katie and Alex’s Santa Ana Resort Wedding

Katie and Alex had a gorgeous wedding at Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The wedding party used the hotel rooms to get dolled up for their beautiful day. Then they headed to a lovely Catholic church for the ceremony and back to the resort to capture these wedding photos outside against the stunning desert landscape and majestic mountains.

Santa Ana Resort is a wonderful place for wedding photography. They have gorgeous landscaping for some breathtaking outdoor photography. Natural lighting, green trees and grass, a pond and those great Sandia mountains in the background create the perfect atmosphere for wedding photography.

Katie and Alex’s special day started in their great hotel rooms. Even these rooms inside Santa Ana Resort were picture perfect as you just saw in the wedding photos above. I captured candid photos of the bride and groom getting ready to profess their love to one another.

Details are so important in wedding photography. I know how much work goes into each and every detail on this special day so we make sure to capture them in the photo session. A close up of the wedding rings, the accessories that adorn the bride’s bouquet, her shoes and veil and all of the dresses before they’re put on by the bride and her bridesmaids. Each of these items are carefully arranged for photos that will bring back memories of each detail on their big day.

Inside of the wedding chapel, we stay prepared to capture that very first kiss as husband and wife and the happiness on the couple’s faces afterward. There is only one chance to capture each and every one of these magical moments, this is why it’s so important to have an experienced wedding photographer.

Experienced photographers already know what to expect at a wedding and through their experience, know how to avoid any mishaps. We don’t miss out on any opportunities for great wedding photography. This is a huge deal and we treat it as such.

We stay with our wedding couples from the early hours getting ready all the way to the reception afterwards. Not one moment will go by without being captured and documented through gorgeous wedding photography. After countless days and hours of planning and prepping your big day will go by in a flash. So we make it a priority to capture every special moment for you to look back on in remembrance of all the hard work and love that went into this once in a lifetime event.

What an exciting day it was for Katie and Alex. It was a pleasure to join these two on their special day as it is with all of our couples. It’s a privilege to be able to experience these special occasions with all of our clients. Some clients become like family to us. We get to walk with them from engagement photo shoots to their wedding all the way through maternity photo sessions, newborn and every milestone after.

If you’re interested in seeing more of our work head over to our wedding gallery here.

If you’d like for us to capture any of these milestones in your life, please contact us today to reserve a spot on our calendar.

Contact us at 505.903.2195 or laurencheriephotography@gmail.com.


Gabby + Justin | Blame Her Ranch Wedding | New Mexico Wedding Photography | Wedding Photographer

Santa Fe, New Mexico Wedding at Blame Her Ranch

Gabby and Justin were a fun couple to work with on their wedding day. I’m sure you can tell what a blast they are by just looking at the wedding photos we shot below. During the first look at the bride Justin was met with a hilarious surprise! A T-rex bride… Yes, really. Keep scrolling to see all of the fun at this stunning ranch wedding in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Contact us at 505-903-2195


Timothy + Jennifer Gildea | An Eldorado Hotel Wedding | Wedding Photography New Mexico | Wedding Photographer

Santa Fe, New Mexico Wedding at Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Timothy and Jennifer’s wedding was absolutely beautiful down to every minor detail. The couple was married on September 22nd, 2018 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This quirky couple was an absolute pleasure to work with. They’re adorable, funny and … did I say adorable?? Watch these two love birds in the wedding highlight video we shot below. Get ready to burst out with, “awwwww!”

We thoroughly enjoy the videography side of our business and have already been able to shoot many weddings, engagements, music films and a commercial! If you’d like to see more of our work go to our videography gallery here.

Now what are you waiting for? Check out the Gildea’s wedding highlight video below!

The Gildea’s wedding took place at an iconic Hotel and Spa that is only steps away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, which we took full advantage of when photographing the bride and groom. We took the whole wedding party and strolled through the Santa Fe Plaza where we captures some really neat photos. The Eldorado Hotel and Spa is a Southwestern diamond with it’s authentic furniture, art and kiva fireplaces.

The hotel’s oversized balcony created a romantic setting for Timothy and Jennifer’s Autumn wedding. They even provided the soon-to-be newly weds with a Coordinator, David Stone, who helped the couple with everything for their entire weekend at the hotel. He even had the amazing idea to return to the balcony for smores at the fire pits and first dances under the stars. The weather was perfect for this. The Eldorado Hotel provided a dream wedding for the Gildeas.

Jen looked drop dead gorgeous in her Kenneth Winston, high end, fine lace wedding gown that she purchased in Pittston, PA at Gerri Bridal Shoppe . This bridal store has been around for decades and boasts its Times Leader Readers' Choice Award for 'Best Bridal Shop' in 2014 and 2015.

And ladies, wait until you see her Disney princess-like bridal shoes from Badgley Mischka! They’re every girl’s dream when they start planning their future wedding at the age of six. Badgley Mischka designs have even graced Hollywood’s red carpet. When you scroll down and see the heels in all their sparkling glory, you’ll see why.

Jen’s hair was beautifully styled into a loose updo by Jackie Altobello and her flawless makeup was done by Maychel Platero, both from M & Company Hair & Color Lounge . Her elegant dangly earrings are from Kendra Scott. Kendra’s unique use of natural stones and one of a kind design shapes are loved all over the world.

The beautiful periwinkle bridesmaids dresses are from David's Bridal and the groom’s and groomsmen’s navy blue suits are from Men’s Wearhouse. You can’t go wrong with either of those stores when it’s time to dress your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

The couple’s polished gold, black and white wedding invitations are from Minted, a design marketplace that connects its customers with some of the world’s best artists to come up with a design that is one of a kind, just like this bride and groom.

The intimate wedding, that was held on Eldorado Hotel’s balcony overlooking charming Santa Fe, was officiated by the lovely Lynn A. Grand, Licensed Officiant/Ceremonial Minister..

The floral arrangements that boast vivid green foliage with hints of white and pale pink roses and pops of yellow and rich reds were designed by Barton's Flowers. Barton’s is a long-time inhabitant of Santa Fe with decades of experience in flowers, plants and gift baskets. They did not disappoint.

The wedding party, family and friends enjoyed the night dancing to the beautiful guitar music of John P. Martinez. And then, as tradition calls for, the newly wed bride and groom cut their elegant white three tier wedding cake that was made by A Cake Odyssey. Karyn, from A Cake Odyssey, has 35 + years of experience and it shines through the beauty of this wedding cake.

We ended the night in front of the iconic Eldorado Hotel with a fairly new tradition that we’re seeing more and more these days. No more messy rice throwing or bubbles, no, the Gildea’s family and friends sent them off with bright flaming sparklers! It was a picture perfect moment as loved ones lined both sides of the stairs holding their sparklers bursting with light; Timothy and Jennifer exited down the stairs where they paused in the middle to share a magical kiss underneath the sparks of ember.

The Eldorado Hotel afforded us many opportunities for photos that the Gildea’s will be able to look back on for many, many years to come. The balcony overlooking beautiful Santa Fe with our New Mexico sunset in the background provided lighting that made the already glowing couple look like they were beaming.

The four diamond luxury hotel lived up to all expectations we had. The wedding reception was held inside the hotel’s superlative chapel. Eldorado's grand candelabras made the room look truly elegant. My husband Chris found the golden candleholders to be one of his favorite parts of the wedding … aside from the delicious steak we enjoyed for dinner that night.

I really enjoyed the diverse settings that I was able to photograph the newlywed couple in; As I mentioned above, the breathtaking balcony that overlooks Santa Fe, the chapel that was so very elegant with its gold accents and our little stroll into the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Northern New Mexico flavor was all around us! The adobe hotel with striking wood beams, southwestern art, kiva fireplaces and chili ristras gave their photos that New Mexico flavor.

We strive to listen to the desires of our wedding couples so we can go in with the vision they have for their wedding photography and videography. This day is one of the most important and memorable days for every married couple and we want to capture each beautiful moment for families to cherish while they grow old together and live their happily ever after.

We pride ourselves on giving our all to our clients and it has paid off! Last year we were voted The Knot’s Best of Weddings and Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice for 2018! We couldn’t have done it without all of our amazing wedding clients!

If you’d like to see why The Knot placed us among the best of weddings and Wedding Wire named us their couple’s choice for 2018, head over to see more of our wedding photography at our gallery here.