Earlier this spring when Maria was visiting from California, Aaron took her horseback into the mountain he's called home for years and proposed with gorgeous rose-gold ring containing a Morganite stone. The moment I saw it I fell in love but when Maria shared with me the meaning of the stone I about melted.
I love love love authentic southwestern old towns...the kind built out of adobe walls, luminarias everywhere you look, a live band on the plaza and the smell of Mexican Food wafting from every corner. And I love love love when I get to wander cobblestone streets with my couples, finding random allies and stunning doorways to use as the perfect backdrops.
It wasn’t just the high mountain allergies making the onlookers sniff during this ceremony. Neither was it the sun making their kids and grandkids eyes water. It was the way Chane and Amy looked at each other during their meaning-filled, non-traditional ceremony where they were attended by their children, danced and shared their story (which you can read more of from their engagement)…setting the stage for their vows to each other and their families.
Once upon a time, on Instagram, Zeb saw a photo of Joren tacking shoes on a horse. And so begins another social media sparked love story. After a few weeks of messaging back and forth, Zeb drove 13 hours to meet her…but Joren said she was already in love before they ever met in person.
It all started because they had a mutual friend and Cole accidentally added (or not, they're still "discussing" that) Elsie on Snapchat. They started visiting online, and it wasn't long before Elsie told her mom "I'm going to marry this guy."
When the shoot was over and we were headed back into town, I asked Jacob what it was that made him want to marry Kayla. This is where a lot of guys spout off something jokingly like, "She's pretty" or "I like her butt." But instead he got real quiet for a moment, then he started talking about the qualities he loves in her.
Amy’s dad had started coming to New Mexico to hunt elk with the Carters, a ranch family full of hunting guides. A few years later Amy followed suite and Chane was the guide that helped her get her first elk.
After meeting eleven years earlier, Austin had never stopped trying to sweep Katy off her feet. When she finally said she'd date him, he was in the process of moving from Texas back to his home state of Nevada. So she hopped in to help him haul a load north.
She'd met Jesse through mutual friends after moving to Jackson Wyoming and while he'd been hinting at more, she held him at arm's length. But he waited...oh so gently winning her heart over. Then last August he proposed with the solar eclipse. When she said in awe "Look, it really is a ring!" he held up the ring to the sun and said "Yeah, look at that ring."