Texas/New Mexico Fusion

Having lived in Albuquerque for nearly ten years, I have come to love the rustic culture of the great southwest. But a little more than a year ago, we left that fascinating (and sometimes quirky) state and headed home to family and business in the big state of Texas. When a friend from Albuquerque wrote to ask about our new wedding venue, I thought she had missed the fact that we no longer lived there. I reminder her that we had moved away from “The Land of Enchantment” and our venue actually set on twenty-seven gorgeous acres in the heart of Texas, not New Mexico. Imagine my delight when she emailed right back and said, “I AM IN TEXAS!” Danielle had moved to Fort Worth and had recently gotten engaged.

And Danielle wanted to bring a touch of her New Mexico roots to our charming Texas farm.

I was beyond excited.

Danielle picked the perfect month and day for her southwest wedding: October 3, 2015. The weather was glorious, the skies big and blue, and the bride, well she was beautiful.

Take a look at Michael and Danielle’s Southwest Fusion wedding. I loved it!

Michael and Danielle rented the Bed and Breakfast for the weekend, giving family and bridesmaids a place to stay during the activities.
Michael and Danielle rented the Bed and Breakfast for the weekend, giving family and bridesmaids a place to stay during the activities.
Danielle in Milagro's Woods
Danielle in Woods de Milagro. Special shout out to The Studio – a local Jewelry Store that specializes in Southwest glam. Note Danielle’s native turquoise ring and bracelet. Bride’s maids wore turquoise earrings from the Studio, too.
His first look. Precious.
His first look. Precious.
“I do”
Photo opps at Milagro Farms are endless. Love this walk on Texas land.
Photo opps at Milagro Farms are endless. Love this walk on Texas land.
The barn made the perfect backdrop for the antlers and turquoise. Stunning!
The barn made the perfect backdrop for the antlers and turquoise. Stunning!
Beautiful October day!
Beautiful October day!
Milagro Farms' barn is romantic, rustic and the perfect place for this couple to begin the adventure.
Milagro Farms’ barn is romantic, rustic and the perfect place for this couple to dance the night away!

Photo Credit: Aubrey Lisa Photography

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Sacred Moments

I work with a lot of brides and their grooms, mamas, aunts, best friends, dads, photographers, caterers, wedding coordinators, and grandparents. And I have learned that weddings can be stressful events for all of the above. It’s true that a wedding will most likely be the biggest, most expensive party/event a bride and her family will host in their lifetimes and with that comes more stress than most just-getting-the-planning-underway brides can imagine. However, the day of “I do” is a day of such reverence, I believe it to be worth every penny spent and every difficult decision made.

On the wedding day and in the midst of  answering a questions, dealing with a plethora of personalities and gaggles of people, reducing day-of anxieties, and finally enjoying myself at the actual celebration, I take time to stand back and look at the bride. This woman in white is God’s chosen symbol of purity and preparedness; confidence and patient love and I want to see the beauty of the bride in the marriage covenant. And as I gaze, I always catch my breath. It’s a moment when all the activity around me stops and see her, I like to think, as God sees His waiting people.

It is hard to explain. It’s an elusive moment, but I reach and take hold of it.

These glimpses of truth are why I love being an owner and manager at Milagro Farms.

These are a few pictures that remind me to seek the elusive moments of the marriage ceremony and supper. I hope these will remind you to do the same on your wedding day.

Laurie Green Westlake, Owner/Manager, Milagro Farms

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Morgan. quaide sunset

whitney at arbor

Bride and Barn Doors
Bride and Barn Doors
He's Waiting
He’s Waiting
It Happens Right Here
It Happens Right Here

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Danielle in Milagro's Woods
Danielle in Milagro’s Woods

Prayer

Tiffany

Samantha stairs