Ryan and Starlyn's wedding day in Deming, New Mexico turned out so beautifully! Even in spite of the weather we thought we would be dealing with. This time of year in Deming tends to be really windy--and not just wind, but we can get major dust storms that can close down the interstate! Things were looking sketchy there for a while--we watched dust clouds whip past the window of the hotel room several times--but thankfully it was a little calmer by the time we got into town and headed to the United Methodist Church.
I'm so glad Ryan and Starlyn chose to have a First Look! On the busiest of days--which ALL wedding days are--I believe it's a priceless gift for a bride and groom to get a few moments alone before the ceremony starts to connect, calm their nerves, and reaffirm their love and excitement only moments before they become husband and wife. But, even aside from that blessing, there are other more practical benefits to choosing a First Look, too. First Look timelines are more flexible, because they are front-loaded with time for all the formal portraits. That means that if, at any time before the ceremony, things get off track and we fall behind on the timeline, I can make up that time during portraits and make sure the rest of the day runs according to plan. This is exactly what happened in Starlyn and Ryan's case, and their day was a success because of the timeline they chose. :)
Ryan and Starlyn both have rich family heritages, and that southwest ranching lifestyle is at the foundation of their l0ve and life together. Very early on in our process together, they emphasized how important it is to them that their pictures reflect that heritage; and, from shooting their engagement session on Starlyn's grandmother's property, to the desert sunset pictures and Ryan's wild rag following their ceremony, I'm glad these two trusted me enough to let me in on their vision and know that I would do my best to reflect that in their pictures.
These two have such a sweet connection. They adore each other, but they're also great friends and partners. They just go together. At the reception and during the toasts, Ryan's brother Kyle spoke about how Ryan gives everything he does in life 120%, and even from the outside, it's not difficult to see that this is true of his relationship with Starlyn as well, and that she's right there with him--giving her all.
Starlyn and Ryan, thank you so much for letting me be a part of the beginning of your story! It's such a pleasure to know and care about you both. All my best in your new life together!
The Creative Team
CEREMONY VENUE: United Methodist Church, Deming, NM RECEPTION VENUE: Mimbres Learning Center CATERING: Rusty Smrkovski PHOTOGRAPHY: Sunshine Picture Project FLORAL DESIGN: Merrianne Treadwell CAKE ARTIST: Lurdes Benavidez BAND/DJ: The Delk Band, Yarbrough Band MAKEUP: Studio One Six Boutique HAIR: Studio One Six Boutique BRIDAL GOWN: Pronovias DRESS BOUTIQUE: Ella Blu BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Azazie MEN’S ATTIRE: Cinch OFFICIANT: Ernie Vineyard INVITATION SUITE: Minted