Kathleen & Darren

Kathleen & Darren’s wedding day was full of New Mexico monsoons, close friends and family, and a lot of love and laughter. The moment we arrived, we felt like we were meeting up with old friends. We met these two online, as it was a destination wedding. So the first time we really met them was when we showed up to start photographing on their wedding day. And it was seamless. I know I only get a glimpse into the lives of many of our couples, especially for our many destination weddings, but I imagine this must be how life is for these two: seamless, beautiful, and full of friends and family giving tons of love and inviting newcomers immediately into the thick of things.

Kathleen and Darren were married at Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, surrounded by family and friends on the rooftop at the Presidential Suite. They had a backdrop of New Mexico mountains and monsoon clouds which waited conveniently until the ceremony and family pictures were done until they opened up and poured. They even got a signature northern New Mexico rainbow after the storm passed. And they spent the rest of the day laughing, hugging, talking, and dancing with their incredibly warm and welcoming family and friends.

We hear hilarious, loving, and meaningful speeches at every wedding—and each one tugs at us in different ways. Occasionally we are struck by a speech that makes us both tear up and which we remember forever, even though the speech was not exactly meant for us. Kathleen’s twin sister’s speech did this—a confession of jealousy when Darren entered Kathleen’s life, an acceptance of change and growth, and an acknowledgement of continued love and support. I couldn’t think of a better way to describe what marriage should feel like for each of us. Some misgivings for changing what we’ve known, while embracing the changes we’ve chosen and including our loved ones in our new lives.

Congratulations, Darren & Kathleen! Thank you for having us, and may you always remember who you are and embrace who you will be.

Thank you to the following vendors for helping make Kathleen and Darren’s wedding so wonderful:

Hair - B Beautiful Salon, C. Johnson Makeup & Hair

Makeup - C. Johnson Makeup & Hair

Flowers - Fred Palmer/Artichokes & Pomegranates

Cake - Maggie's Cakes

DJ - DJ John Edwards