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 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