Oh Christina and Adrian…. your wedding was absolutely amazing.
Peter and I flew into El Paso the morning of the wedding and checked into the Hampton Inn (which was a first time staying with Hampton and it was quite nice!). We were able to eat and double check the wedding day itinerary. I was going to Christina’s mother’s home and Peter was heading back to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to be with Adrian and his family.
I was welcomed into the home and all the excitement of pre-wedding activities. I thought it was so special that Christina’s mom requested a portrait in front of all the women that came before her in the family. It was poignant and beautiful – and you know me – I love vintage photographs!
Meanwhile… back at St. Patricks…
Adrian and his family along with the groomsmen were waiting for the ceremony to start.
The bridal party arrived…
and it was almost ceremony time!
At this particular church we are not permitted to stay inside following the ceremony. So we headed out to the front after the Mass for all the congratulations. I kept hearing the words, “Finally!” from family and friends. And then we grabbed a few wedding party images.
We then headed off to the reception at Butterfield Trail Golf Course. I was thrilled that Christina had planned plenty of photography time before the reception started. The light on the golf course was amazing!
The reception started with amazing mariachi music and happy guests.
And then it was time for an amazing sunset over the mountains.
As the sunlight kissed the day goodbye, Ballet Folklorico took the stage. They were breathtaking!
The bridal party was announced and Christina and Adrian took their first dance as husband and wife. It was beautiful!
And now back to the title of this post for a moment…
Throughout the reception I kept hearing “FINALLY!” and I learned why during the best man’s toast (which was awesome, by the way!). Christina and Adrian have known each other for 13 years. Christina had a massive crush on Adrian throughout high school and used to run up to him and sing song lyrics. Adrian admitted that he knew about the crush. They told of how they became engaged on a cold Winter day in the mountains. They exchanged beautiful words to each other and exclaimed their excitement about starting a family together. The words of the best man and maid of honor actually had me in tears (yes, I do get a little emotional!). There is so much love between these two and all of their families. It was beautiful to witness two families becoming one family on that day.
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Sanchez!
What an amazing eye you have for those moments that must be captured. Well done!
You never cease to amaze me my friend. Your photographs touch my heart, EVERYTIME!
What a lovely, radiant couple!! What a beautiful wedding!
Mariah! your work always wows me!!!