Enchanting Southwestern Inspired Abiquiu, New Mexico Wedding on Rio Chama

July 6, 2018 | Junebug Weddings

Andrea and BC gave us all the boho southwestern vibes we love for summer in their outdoor New Mexico wedding! Set in the beautiful rocky desert landscape, they exchanged vows and danced the night away with only their immediate family by their side. The couple’s laid-back vibe was present in every detail that For the Love Events created, from the Moroccan-inspired accent decor to the fire pit lounge area at the reception to the al fresco dining that included mismatched place settings, mismatched chairs, and a canopy of cafe lights. We love how the couple kept their styles relaxed, as well, with the bride donning a flowing, long-sleeved dress from Lulus and the groom wearing a patterned brown suit. Elizabeth Wells Photography did a beautiful job capturing every dreamy moment of this enchanting desert wedding!

The Couple:

Andrea and BC

The Wedding:

Private Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico

It was most important to us to absolutely focus our energy on what the day was about, marrying each other! Above all we wanted to be truly present on our big day. Not distracted by details, schedules, to-dos or even other people. So we did what we could to plan in advance for what was most important to us: location, food and drinks, the band and overall vibe. Once those were taken care of, we didn’t stress about smaller details. 

As a child I spent time around Taos and Santa Fe, NM camping and exploring with my family. Ever since I have been drawn to this area of our country. I wanted a venue that embodied all that I love there – the striking landscapes, southwestern/boho style, and good energy. When I found a private ranch that had a beautiful adobe home, horses, a donkey named Pepe, and overlooked the Chama River and stunning rust-colored mountains, I was sold! Since this wasn’t a traditional venue, we also had much more freedom.

My dad passed away a couple of years before our wedding. I knew this was going to be really tough for me on that day. His best friend, Don of over 50 years was our officiant and that meant the world to me. We know my dad was a happy guy that day.

I can’t say enough good things about our photographer, Elizabeth Wells. We were lucky to not only have her but also her husband shooting for us. They both exude a sense of calm that is infectious and important on a day filled with excitement and nerves! Our wedding photos turned out amazing and we will treasure them always!

Against my natural instinct, I decided early on that my wedding wasn’t the day for me to go all out on DIY projects. I DIYed our bar menu signage, dinner menus, ordered a custom neon sign by Brite Lite Tribe, and left the rest up to our amazing wedding coordinator. Our cake was suspended from the ceiling by a macrame cake hanger, which my sister made.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Elizabeth Wells Photography
Event Planning – For the Love Events
Floral Design – Floriography
Catering – Walter Burke Catering
Cake – Maggie’s Wedding Cakes
Live Music – The Dave Bowen Orchestra
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – Genica Lee
Wedding Dress – Lulus
Neon Sign – Brite Lite Tribe


Congratulations to Andrea and BC, and a special thanks to Elizabeth Wells Photography for sharing this New Mexico wedding with Junebug! Planning a southwestern-inspired wedding? Take a peek at these 33 southwestern wedding decor ideas!

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