A Relaxed Southwestern Wedding at Gutierrez-Hubbell House in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Kathryn Peters (31 and an educator and a qualitative researcher) met Thommy Thompson (31 and a cartographer) at a lecture at the University of New Mex

Kathryn Peters (31 and an educator and a qualitative researcher) met Thommy Thompson (31 and a cartographer) at a lecture at the University of New Mexico. Their love for the state came through beautifully in their wedding, which took place at Gutierrez-Hubbell House in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Our theme was eclectic and laid-back. We wanted to be married outside, surrounded by New Mexico’s natural beauty,” Kathryn says. “The location has a view of the Sandia Mountains and features giant cottonwoods and skillfully farmed plots of vegetables, corn and flowers.” Many locally grown flowers and plants were used in Kathryn’s bouquet as well as the reception centerpieces. After the outdoor ceremony, Kathryn, Thommy and their 100 guests made their way to tented tables for beer, locally made brut champagne and a casual dinner from local vendor Street Food Institute. “We chose their food truck because of their educational mission and delicious tacos,” says Kathryn, who also advises couples to keep a healthy perspective on their big day. “Host a great party for your family and friends. But ultimately, know that this is just one day of many in your life together.” —Carolyn Meers

For her bouquet and those of her bridesmaids, Kathryn asked Floriography Flowers to "incorporate as many local plants as possible to showcase the beauty of the desert."
Kathryn's two-piece crocheted dress was fashioned by Daughters of Simone. Her bridesmaids wore deep jewel-toned turquoise dresses and carried bouquets of locally grown flowers and succulents.
For a gift, Thommy gave his groomsmen bolo ties to wear to the wedding at Gutierrez-Hubbell House in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Kathryn and Thommy said their vows at Gutierrez-Hubbell House in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Host a great party for your family and friends," Kathryn says. "But ultimately, know that this is just one day of many in your life together.”
"I inherited a bolo tie that my mom had bought my grandfather as a gift when she first moved to New Mexico," Thommy says. "The bolo tie was sentimental and incorporated some Southwestern flavor into my wedding day outfit."
Before their ceremony, Kathryn and Thommy were handed flowers by their family and friends, which they then placed on a Pronghorn skull, which was situated as a kind of wedding arch.
Kathryn and Thommy said their vows under a wedding arch made with a Pronghorn skull.
“Our theme was eclectic and laid-back. We wanted to be married outside, surrounded by New Mexico’s natural beauty,” Kathryn says. “The location has a view of the Sandia Mountains and features giant cottonwoods and skillfully farmed plots of vegetables, corn and flowers.”
Instead of a guest book, attendees signed a clay pot with their names.
A casual dinner was provided by local vendor Street Food Institute. “We chose their food truck because of their educational mission and delicious tacos,” Kathryn says.
Postceremony drinks were served under a tented area on the grounds of the Gutierrez-Hubbell House in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"The cake was made by Walter Cloud, a talented friend of ours and a student and teaching assistant in the Culinary Arts at Navajo Technical University," Kathryn says. "Walter incorporated a myriad of disparate ingredients, including ginger to honor Thommy's Japanese heritage and red chile and blue corn to honor our Southwestern home. Guests went crazy for Walt's delicious creation!"
Kathryn and Thommy's love for Albuquerque came through beautifully in their wedding, which took place at Gutierrez-Hubbell House. “Our theme was eclectic and laid-back," Kathryn says. "We wanted to be married outside, surrounded by New Mexico’s natural beauty.”