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Amy & Ana: A Rustic Wedding in Pinos Altos, NM

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Amy & Ana in Pinos Altos, NM
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The couple chose the space for its Southwestern details, including this typical wreath of red chilis strung with hay that was hanging from the gallery’s ceiling.
Gallery 400, Silver City, NM
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To focus guests’ attention on the stunning location, the couple opted for minimal reception decor: white linens and chairs, and white plates rimmed with a rustic gold to match the color of the building’s ivy-covered exterior. The tree shading the table enhanced a backyard picnic-like feel.
Garcia Tents & Events, Albuquerque, NM
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Amy and her brother picked up these potted orchids, a perfectly simple addition to the reception tables, on their way to the wedding. Each cost a fraction of the price of a traditional centerpiece!
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Jars of pear-ginger and peach-rum jam served as both escort cards and favors. Amy made the jam while her mother wrapped jars with red-and-white straw ribbon and wrote each guest’s name in calligraphy on top.
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The hotel’s classic Southwestern chairs were made of locally sourced saguaro cactus ribs and bright-red leather. The Gila House, a hotel annex of the gallery where Amy and Ana held their reception, featured suites and private gardens for guests to enjoy.
Gallery 400, Silver City, NM
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The couple’s designer created the ceremony programs with the same faded orange-and-blue colors and lettering she used on the invitations. The diamond-patterned background gave the covers a vintage, Southwestern feel.
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Amy carried a bouquet of cream-colored roses and white daisies accented with red berries, which recalled the desert setting.
Broadway Boutique, Silver City, NM
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Guests accessorized their outfits with Western cowboy boots -- a perfect casual style for the laid-back location.
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Amy and Ana's designer asked them to find vintage post cards from the area to inspire their invites and produce an authentic southwestern feel. She used a few that looked faded by the desert sun, using fonts to characterize both New Mexico and New York. They created “Go West” save-the-dates card to prepare guests for the trek to their wedding, whic ...
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Guests waited for the ceremony to start outside of the local opera house, a nineteenth-century relic built of white bricks and time-worn wood. A tiny town straight from the pages of a Western novel, Pinos Altos has just an opera house and neighboring saloon, a mini local history museum, an ice cream shop, and a church.
Pinos Altos Opera House, Pinos Altos, NM
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Built in the 1860s, the Pinos Altos Opera House is a treasure of the New Mexico hills, featuring a rustic, wood-paneled stage, lime-green curtains, and antique lime wallpaper. Ana and Amy added a white aisle runner and vases of white calla lilies, white tea candles, and giant red candles at the altar.
Pinos Altos Opera House, Pinos Altos, NM
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A gallery and bed-and-breakfast in one, the cozy reception space had several airy rooms for the night’s various events -- one for the cocktail hour bar, another for the buffet, and a final room for dancing, which featured a balcony, the work of local artists on the arched walls, and traditional Southwestern leather couches.
Gallery 400, Silver City, NM

Amy & Ana in Pinos Altos, NM

Amy was living in Brooklyn, New York, when her roommate’s friends from New Mexico -- including Ana -- moved into an apartment next door. They were instantly drawn to each other, even though their relationship was slow to build. Three years later, when Amy was living in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Ana was doing a concert tour in the States, they met up for a weekend at a friend's ranch in Austin, Texas. The night before Amy flew back to Europe, Ana dropped down to her knees and proposed -- making the time they then spent apart pass much more quickly! The Bride Amy Foote, 32, documentary film editor The Bride Ana Egge, 33, singer, songwriter, musician The Date October 18 Ana crafted Amy’s engagement ring using her own grandfather’s wedding band, learning how to solder on an anthill garnet, Amy’s birthstone, just for the occasion. The couple legally married in Boston a few weeks before their ceremony -- but the celebration with their friends and family really tied the knot for them on the most important levels. They held their wedding in Silver City, New Mexico, where Ana grew up, because they wanted to share the beauty of the high desert with their friends and family. A simple, white palette with plenty of candles highlighted the landscape’s natural beauty, along with the rustic charm of the opera house and gallery.
- Colleen Canney
Their Ingredients
  • Gallery 400
  • Gallery 400, Silver City, NM
  • Garcia Tents & Events, Albuquerque, NM
  • Trader Joe’s, Tucson, AZ
  • ShannonCurren.com
  • Broadway Boutique, Silver City, NM
  • Pinos Altos Opera House, Pinos Altos, NM

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