Tonya & Derek

Gorgeous Sunday evening elopement at the wonderful Chocolate Turtle Bed & Breakfast!

First, let's talk details! Tonya carefully crafted this amazing bouquet with wood flowers and a touch of her momma with the hummingbird charm. Tonya's mom passed away in 2018, but there was NO doubt that she filled the entire wedding with her presence.

Derek, a big Star wars fan, was highly disappointed when he didn't get to have a Star Wars themed day, but Tonya agreed to the Darth Vader socks and he respected her wishes! After getting him pinned up by his mom we had a little surprise from his soon-to-be wife. A loving note and sentimental gift he can carry with him in his wallet for years to come! But this was not the only surprise Tonya had in store for him!

The gorgeous teal colors that surrounded the bed and breakfast were the perfect New Mexican touch on this beautiful day along with a stunning view of the Sandia's. Tonya had her sister by her side all day to be apart of the small details from getting dressed to playing the music!

Uhm grab your tissues please! How beautiful to have a chair in place for her mom, where they both delivered a flower to on their way to the alter. Capturing Tonya walking down the isle with her momma's picture was exactly the way I wanted that moment to be remembered! The flower cloth she is keeping close for tears was her moms that she kept in her bible bag. It was the perfect way to keep mom close during the ceremony!

There are so many fun traditions for unions during ceremonies and I can't really pick a true favorite because they are all super adorable, but I sure do LOVE the Unity Cross!

"The Unity Cross is a lasting reminder of the bride and Groom coming together with their faith in Christ, beginning their life long journey as one.

The bold outer cross represents the Groom. He is the strength and cover for his family and home, yet without his Bride, incomplete.

The intricate inner cross represents the Bride. Beautiful and multi-faceted, she brings her creative abilities and wisdom.

Together they bring their hearts and faith in Christ together, joining their pieces of The Unity Cross to demonstrate their commitment to each other."

The ceremony was full of laughs and tears, prayers and so much love. And can we just mention the amazing view of the Sandia's!!! The clouds rolled in JUST in time for the ceremony to keep us all cool in the humid heat! Also, surprise #2 from Tonya was having the Star Wars theme song playing as they walked away! He was super excited, but wait...there are even more surprises she had up her sleeve!!!

Tonya & Derek decided on having a small gathering with their closest family and friends! With a total of 18 guests, the intimate nature of this celebration was the perfect way for these two to join their lives and hearts.

I have been photographing for Tonya for 2+ years now and I just have to stop and say that I have never seen her smile so big and vibrant before Derek. They are absolutely a match made in heaven! Their playfulness and sarcasm with each other make for many many laughs...and then you throw in my personality...needless to say, we pretty much just laugh together while shooting!