Albuquerque Couples – “Welcome To Santa Fe for Your Wedding!”

A gifted joint ” wedding officiating” at our Tibetan Stupa with one of the Holy resident Lamas. A true honor!

Although there are many wonderful Albuquerque Wedding Officiants and beautiful places to get married in Albuquerque, many couples enjoy a totally different wedding ceremony experience just one hour’s drive north.

It is so romantic to spend the night in one of Santa Fe’s beautiful hotels, hotel spas or quaint inns and get married on their property, your balcony or patio. Or you can “Airbnb it” and I will help you find a beautiful fun location where I can officiate your wedding.  And you may just make it a day trip with your wedding ceremony followed by a lovely lunch or dinner at one of our many special restaurants.  We have lovely parks and  a few galleries that welcome the couple and their witnesses for an intimate ceremony.  View my blog Outdoor Wedding Venues in New Mexico to see photos of two of our lovely parks.  And yes, possibly, get married on our plaza!

Outdoor Wedding Venues in New Mexico

 Santa Fe Weddings Can be a Fun Adventure!

Under the old Cottonwood tree at our downtown Santa Fe Federal Park is a lovely spot for your intimate wedding.

In Santa Fe we do have some lovely public parks that can be perfect for your intimate ceremony.  All you need are two witnesses, and you may find them there. We just show up! We also have some galleries that will allow me to meet the couple for an intimate wedding. We still carefully create your personal ceremony, and I am happy to take photos for you with your camera or recommend a photographer who can also be a witness.

Santa Fe’s Rose Park is so beautiful when blooming! The bride can even walk up the aisle!

Hotel Santa Fe Has an Open Covered Area for Your Wedding and Reception.

Your guests are in the shade, in the “cool”, enjoying  your wedding ceremony on the beautiful lawn.
Setting up for the reception. After the ceremony the chairs are removed for “Dancing”!
Hotel Santa Fe now offers this lovely venue where your wedding can have the luxury of the inside and outside. There is a fireplace and the iconic teepee on the other side of the lawn. This is a wonderful location for a medium size wedding. Their guest rooms are pleasant with Native American accents. This intimate hotel offers all you need for a lovely Santa Fe wedding and is close to the downtown plaza.

The New Elegant Chapel at the Eldorado Hotel Is Special For Your Santa Fe Wedding

Contemporary Old World Elegance that you can personalize with your choice of floral colors and lighting.

One of the newer and larger indoor wedding venues, here in Santa Fe NM, is the wedding chapel at the Eldorado Hotel, in downtown Santa Fe, on our historic San Francisco Street. With white marble floors, white seating and straight architectural lines, creating a contemporary feel, is this golden wooden carved altar bringing in a historical  old antiquity feel.  The recessed lighting can change in color to add any “hue” one desires. “Starkness” blended with “Ornateness” was my first impression and a good one!  I have officiated  weddings here at Christmas, with red poinsettias gracing the altar, and  weddings, like the photo, where the white ambiance is accented with white lilies and a hint of lavender hue.

Next to the chapel is an elegant large dressing room with full length mirrors and makeup counters.  You will really feel like a queen and king on your special day!

David Stone, one of Santa Fe’s “best” with wedding co-ordinating, is the sales and catering manager who will make sure your day is perfect! Having worked with him as the wedding officiant/minister for many years, I can promise you this.

I have also noticed, when officiating weddings in this lovely chapel, that the acoustics for myself, as the minister, and the music are very good. The lifted altar makes for perfect visibility of your “beautiful happy selves” and your wedding party for all your guests – no matter if seated far or near.

A beautiful contemporary ballroom is close by for your reception with cocktail hour in the adjacent newly decorated lobby.

 

Eloping to Santa Fe or Your Vow Renewal – “Just the Two of You”

So many choices for a fun intimate wedding in Santa Fe, when it is just the two of you!

Dress up, dress down, wear a wedding gown, wear jeans and cowboy boots, go shopping here and pick out your wedding outfits; whatever your heart desires.  You can even buy your wedding rings under the portal on the square where our Native American jewelers sell their fine pieces, or from many other unique jewelers we are graced to have here in Santa Fe. Your elopement or vow renewal in Santa Fe is the chance for you to just “be yourselves”.

All of our resort hotels offer small outside and inside locations for a small wedding. Some hotels have smaller rooms like a library.  Many times the B&B or the house or casita you are renting has a lovely garden.  Some of our galleries also offer their gardens for an elopement. And we have a lovely Botanical Garden.

With a fun drive up toward or to our ski basin, one can find their special spot. One of my favorites was a couple who wanted to get married at our Dog Park, where their dog would not need to be leashed.  Our Dog Park is quite large and has a spot with a great view of the city.  We have a Rose Park, a Federal Park, The Cross of the Martyrs Park, all lovely locations.  And of course for these locations there is no rental fee.

You will need two witnesses to sign the marriage license.  If you bring two of your special friends, it can add to your wedding celebration, and one can be your photographer, if you do not want a professional.  And if you do not have two witnesses, I can bring two for you with an extra fee for their time. At our resort hotels, hotel, and most B&B’s, two employees are always willing to sign as witnesses.

Something to consider, if you will be in Santa Fe for a few days or a week, is the timing of your wedding or vow renewal.  Some couples like to get married on their first or second day and have the rest of their stay be their honeymoon.  Others prefer to spend their first days getting ready for their wedding and shopping, being tourists, and have their wedding the day before they leave. Either choice has a different “flow” for your stay.

With so many choices, you may want to view the locations and referral pdf,  on this site, and or call me and we can talk more about what would be fun and meaningful for you.

It has been my experience over these 27 years of serving couples’ weddings and vow renewals, as their officiant here in Santa Fe, that their wedding ceremony, with 200 guests or no guests, is still created and graced with the same joy, reverence, fun and meaning. Always special! Always memorable!

 

El Zaguan is a Beautiful Historic Garden on Canyon Road

On our historic Canyon Rd., along with its many galleries, is a historic foundation site called El Zaguan with a lovely old house and victorian style garden.  It is a lovely place for a small intimate wedding. The whole atmosphere says “sweetness”.

A casual summer garden wedding in a historic site that has been appreciated for many Santa Fe years.

Four Seasons Encantado’s Beautiful Vistas For Your Intimate Elopement

The circular outside fire pit has lovely views of mountains and sky and more sky.

Just a small walk “up” will take you to this grand vista of mountains and sky.

 

Most couples want to get married outside in Santa Fe, even in the winter, as our sky is so blue and our vistas so grand.  One of the best places for beautiful views is The Four Seasons Encantado, outside of Santa Fe proper. They have lovely accommodations, and if you are already staying somewhere else, we still can have your ceremony there, and you can celebrate with breakfast, lunch or dinner on their lovely patio, with the same lovely views, or inside which is just as lovely!  You might also want to view the “post” Intimate Setting Outside or Inside at Four Seasons Encantado Santa Fe NM.

The Penthouse at The Loretto Inn & Spa- Perfect for Your Intimate Wedding Event

Wed, Dine, Party and Honeymoon all in one lovely environment in downtown Santa Fe!

View the photos below, and you can see that a lovely ceremony can be held in front of the patio doors, in front of the fireplace, or out on the patio with the wonderful view of the Santa Fe Mountains.  Then your dinner, catered by the hotel, can be a sit down in the dining area. I have had some light food and one dinner after a wedding ceremony, and found the food to be quite good. The hotel staff was quietly attentive, and was willing to quickly serve up a champagne toast for the “Irish Blessing ” at the end of the ceremony.

Not shown is the full kitchen and lovely bedroom upstairs from the kitchen. The bride can make her entrance from the bedroom spiral staircase into the dining room, and to the fireplace, or where more guests can be seated, in front of the patio doors. If you want a patio wedding, and I have seen it decorated quite beautifully, the bride can also enter from a staircase below.  I just officiated a wonderful wedding here with about 25 guests. Besides the dinner table you see, another was set up in the living room.

This is one of my favorite places to officiate  a small wedding because of its versatility and the wonderful views.  You will even hear the hourly bells from the St. Francis Cathedral not far away. If you call the hotel, ask for Evelyn and she will co-ordinate it all for you!