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Angela & Evan's Wedding

Angela is a very dear friend. She has been my teaching best-friend and adventure partner since we met four years ago. We have had many fantastic days kayaking rivers, skiing mountaintops, and traveling the middle east. I was thrilled to be able to photograph the start to Angela's greatest adventure yet, her marriage to Evan.


Evan and Angela are the type of people you can't help but like immediately. They are both exceptionally kind, and exude an air of happiness that is contagious. No matter the venue or activity these two are so much fun to be around!


This was not the wedding they had originally planned. They had planned to get married in Albuquerque with around 200 guests. However, with COVID-19 their plans had to change. They decided to get married at their home in Jemez, NM on their originally planned date, June 26th, 2020 with just their most immediate family. They canceled their venue, notified their guests, and began to put together an intimate ceremony for 2020 and a celebratory barbecue planned for 2021.


Despite having to change all their plans only a few months prior to their wedding, it was so special, so beautiful, and so absolutely perfect.


Angela wore cowboy boots and a beautiful dress from The Dressing Room West located in Santa Fe, NM.

Her bouquet was lovely. I loved the pinecones. It fit their ceremony location perfectly. Flowers were provided by Flowers by Gillian located in Los Alamos, NM.


One of the advantages of getting married on your own property is being able to get ready in your own house!


Evan and Angela wrote each other love letters that they read before the ceremony, their reactions were so heartfelt.


They had very few people at their wedding, just immediate family, the pastor, and my husband (he provided the music) and I. Everyone was cautious, especially around family members at a greater risk for COVID 19. Masks were often worn.


Before the ceremony Angela and Evan took a moment to pray together. Standing on opposite sides of a tree and holding hands they did not see each other in their wedding attire.

The ceremony was just outside of their backyard. The property in Jemez backs up to national forest land so they chose a beautiful spot nearby.








After the ceremony masks were once again put on before congratulatory hugs. Angela's mask, made from extra dress fabric did not quite fit.


Because there were so many people who were unable to attend the wedding, Angela and Evan prioritized the photography and we took a fair amount of time taking portraits. (I loved this!) We first took some pictures at the ceremony location. I loved that they placed Evan's old truck there!





Then we returned to their property to take some photos in the barn and with their animals!






Next stop was Las Conchas Trailhead for some quick photos. Unfortunately, their truck broke down while we were there and would't start.




We left the truck behind, piled in my car, and drove to The Valles Caldera for some final portraits.






On the way back we stopped to get the truck and thankfully it started up again without too much effort!


Back at the house everyone ate an excellent crab boil! Angela's cousin put together a video for the couple with toasts from their friends and family. It was so much fun to watch! There were also toasts made by Angela's father and brother, and Evan's father.




The evening came to an end with cake and dancing.





Despite the change of plans and last minute adjustments due to the pandemic this was one of the most beautiful weddings I have attended. Angela and Evan were so full of love for one another and there was so much joy!


I loved being a part of this beautiful day. I wish Evan and Angela a lifetime of happiness!



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