The 5 Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in New Mexico
As a new year begins and couples are getting engaged every day (yay!), I thought I’d share some of my favorite outdoor wedding venues in New Mexico. In the 5 years I’ve lived here, I’ve photographed over 100 weddings and been to nearly every venue in the area. These five venues (in no particular order) are the best of the best, and here’s why!
El Monte Sagrado
El Monte Sagrado is a resort unlike any other I’ve visited. It has lush, green grounds with willow trees and streams, and the interior details are just as beautiful. It’s seriously one of the most romantic spots to get married in Taos, and even all of New Mexico! The venue is beautiful year round, which you can see from Gina + Alan’s summer El Monte Sagrado wedding as well as Curt + Blair’s snowy intimate wedding. Oh, and the rooms are fantastic and incredibly relaxing. You won’t want to leave, trust me!
La Mesita Ranch
Just north of Santa Fe, La Mesita Ranch is an incredibly beautiful expanse of over 400 acres. With that much space, the photo possibilities are endless and the indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options are many. Ty + Jill had an amazing outdoor fall wedding under lakeside Cottonwood trees. Your guests can stay in the ranch’s casitas and enjoy a full weekend of festivities. The ranch even has its own stables, pool, and tennis courts!
Hyde Memorial State Park
I may be a little biased on this one, but I think Hyde State Park is definitely one of Santa Fe’s best wedding venues. I chose it for my own wedding because of its rustic woodsy vibes. Up a winding mountain road you’ll find the lodge at Hyde amidst the Pine and Aspen trees. Pick the perfect ceremony spot – up on the hill overlooking the park, on the back patio, or even the lodge’s front porch. The rustic stone and beam lodge interior is a great place for guests to enjoy eats and treats. The woods around the lodge bring a natural beauty to the whole affair. There’s even a small stream and old log bridge a short walk down the hill. Avery + Mark’s Hyde State Park wedding is a perfect example of how beautiful it is!
Los Poblanos Inn + Farm
Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Farm is widely known as one of Albuquerque’s best wedding venues. The historic 1930s architectural charm of the inn paired with beautiful gardens and lavender fields creates a romantic and truly unique venue. Los Poblanos has a number of outdoor ceremony spots, a veranda for receptions, and a small ballroom. You and your guests can even stay in the Inn’s beautiful rooms on the grounds. Not to mention that there are photo opportunities everywhere with gardens, courtyards, a tree-lined road, and a rustic farm. Seriously gorgeous!
An oasis in the desert, Washington Ranch is one of New Mexico’s best kept wedding venue secrets. The ranch is located just outside of Carlsbad and boasts beautiful trees, a small lake, and even a creek. Couples have the option of celebrating outdoors on the ranch’s beautiful grounds or inside the ranch’s main house and greenhouse. Guests can also opt to lodge in one of the property’s stone cabins.
Hey, friend! I’m Julie – an adventure wedding & elopement photographer who loves the outdoors and traveling! My photography is fun and heartfelt while highlighting the beauty of love and nature. I’m based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but wedding photography takes me throughout the southwest, to national parks, and all over the world! To find out more about destination wedding photography, check out my travel page. And if you want to get some great elopement planning tips, check out planning and advice section of the blog.