Patrick + Gayle, Albuquerque, NM | Wedding

I don't even know where to begin with this wedding! Seriously, so much goodness and joy can't possibly fit into a single blog post. I asked Gayle (the bride) to help me out some with describing things from her side, and I'll do the best I can! To start with--how did I end up shooting a wedding in New Mexico? The bride's sister, Liz, and I interned together back in 2011 for the Preemptive Love Coalition. Working for PLC changed my life in every way imaginable (different blog post) and my fellow interns are people I love and care about to this day. So when Liz told me her sister, Gayle, was getting married in August and wanted to fly me out to NM--I was over the moon. 

The ceremony and reception would take place at The Yards, a quirky-griungy-awesome rail yards turned weekend farmers market. They recently added "wedding venue" to that mix so if you're looking for a place to get married in Albuquerque CLICK HERE. Most of the other details were orchestrated by Liz, Gayle's maid of honor. This is because the bride and groom (in true Gayle + Patrick fashion) were both out of the country for the last 12 weeks of their engagement. And not even together! Gayle went to Africa, Patrick was in Asia;  both serving, adventuring, ministering, on the other side of the world while their wedding day rapidly approached. These two! I love their commitment to putting themselves second in all things. Fortunately Liz is a trustworthy person to have planning your wedding and the entire day was PERFECT. Patrick and Gayle are adored by their friends and family and I continually felt blessed to be included in their wedding celebration! 

So many hands came together to make this wedding the party of the century so here goes: The bride's mom did all of the refreshments. Read that again! She also made the flower girls' tutus by hand...! It must run in the family because the cakes were made by the bride's other sister, Lisa. If/When the Jones sisters go pro I'll be sure to let you know! ;) Gayle's close friend Taylor planned and styled so much of the decor. You can follow (and hire!) her at The New Boheme. All of the amazing bouquets are by NM-based florist  Floriography.  Furniture rentals supplied by Garcia's Tents

Gayle's bridal gown is from BHLDN and Patrick's monogrammed suit is from J. Crew. The bridesmaids chose their own dresses--which is probably my favorite wedding trend of all time.

The bride and groom did their first look in the Sandia Foothills. It is one of the most beautiful spots Albuquerque and they were such troopers to want to take pictures there in the mid-day sun and August heat! 

Aren't the Yards just so dreamy! The wedding team (see credits above!) put in a lot of work to bring it from abandoned rail yard to wedding venue. Amazing job, you guys! 

Wasn't that an amazing wedding?! Albuquerque will never be the same! :) Patrick and Gayle, you are such a joy to know and I am so grateful you invited me to photograph your wedding. All the best in the years to come! xoxox

Lydia Phillips

athens, GA, USA