Have you ever heard of the Quarai Ruins of Central New Mexico? Neither had we! But the moment we saw this 70s-inspired shoot at this amazing location, we had to research!
The Quarai encompasses the archeological remains of prehistoric Native American settlements, along with the remains of an abandoned pueblo from the Spanish colonial period, the ruins of a 17th-century Spanish mission, and 19th-century ranch artifacts. The whole place is seeping with history, incredible views, and gorgeous rock, and clay.
It was here that photographer Elizabeth Wells + event designer, For The Love Events, set up their styled shoot, in honor of this real life couple’s first year of marriage! We can’t get over the macramé backdrop, all the boho-inspired details, and the magenta + orange-hued florals… Let’s take a peek at all the 70s-inspired details and explore the ruins!
Styled with incense + an assortment of illustrated florals, this desert-inspired invitation suite was crafted by Letterpress Made.
HOLY SMOKES, that macramé backdrop is just too good!! Rope and Root, you truly outdid yourself — not only is the backdrop for the ceremony seriously dreamy, but she crafted other small macramé add-ons for the rest of the day.
A dusty rose colored smoke bomb + the surrounding clay color?! TALK ABOUT AMAZING!!
Florals, everywhere. From one incredible bouquet brimming with magenta, purple, and orange hues, to this floral mandala — Floriography brought serious *flower child* vibes to the desert.
Isn’t this a killer lounge? We could definitely see a few of these pieces in our backyard…
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We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention THAT DRESS! Off-the-shoulder and with glamorous bell sleeves, this Dreamers & Lovers definitely speaks to the boho bride.
Instead of letting the stems do their thang, the team opted for the fringe macramé cover… So cute, right?!
Onto the sweetheart table: large peacock chairs, plush throws, a blue-hued rug, tall orange candles, drift wood, succulents, and copper mugs.
The call of autumn is fast approaching… And so is that cheese board!!
We’ve seen many of naked cakes in our day and this one by Planty Sweet has got to be one of the most spectacular!! Topped with a slight icing to reveal the layers, and tons of florals, we’re pretty darn smitten.
Layered in gems + jewels, all the bride’s gilded accoutrements are from Genuine & Ginger.
So STUNNING. We’d love to hear what places are near you that would make for epic photo locations — let us know in the comments below!
Thank you to the talented team behind this dreamy desert editorial!
photography: Elizabeth Wells Photography // venue name: Quarai Mission Ruins, Mountainair, New Mexico, USA // event design: For The Love Events // florals: Floriography // wedding dress: Dreamers & Lovers // bride's ring: Genuine & Ginger (all jewelry) // hair stylist: Santiago Romero // makeup artist: Kata Baron // groom attire: J.Crew and Chad Barela // paper goods: Letterpress Made // calligraphy: Hello Jori // handmade details: Rope & Root // cake: Planty Sweet // furniture rentals: Rust Vintage