Our handsome brother, Matt, and our beautiful sister-in-love, Alexa, got married on New Year’s Eve at The Sanctuary on the River in Ruidoso, New Mexico. “What made them choose to get married there?” is the question we were asked when we told people where they were getting married. There are so many reasons why they chose that little mountain town as their wedding destination, but one main reason was that they wanted a snow-covered, winter wonderland. We begged them to let us shoot their wedding (because what a DREAM!) but instead, they gave us the honor of standing by their side, and that was so much more important to us than standing behind our cameras! HOWEVER, we did get them to agree to let us take them up on the mountain the day after their wedding, all dressed up in their wedding duds.
At first, we weren’t sure if it was going to happen. It hadn’t snowed the entire time we were there, not even on their wedding day. We prayed and prayed for snow! As we neared the turnoff for the winding road that leads up the mountain, we watched before our eyes as the rain turned into snow, and everything around us started turning white! We didn’t drive long before the road was blocked from going up any further. At first, we were totally bummed, but as we looked to our left, we spotted the most beautiful wooded area, and the adventure really began! We walked down a snowy hill, crossed a creek via a bridge made out of a log, and started shooting away as the snow came pouring down. We shot for 20 minutes before we all were completely drenched!
Most of you probably don’t know this, but these two are a HUGE reason why Flat 18 Photography exists. Fun Fact: Matt and Alexa’s engagement shoot was our very first shoot when we moved back to Texas from the U.K. We posted a couple of pictures on social media, and our business *snowballed* from there. We are SO thankful for all of the families and couples who have trusted us to capture their beautiful memories and milestones since then, but these two will always be extra special to photograph, not just because they are a stunning couple, not just because their chemistry is insane, and not just because they are our family, but because every time we do a shoot with them, we are reminded of how far we’ve come as photographers and as a business.
Matt and Alexa,
The only thing more beautiful than these snowy images is your love for one another. Thank you for trusting us to capture it in pictures. We love you both beyond words!
XO, Mal & Bry
White Fur: Eliza J from Nordstrom
Grey Fur: Forever 21
Hair and Make-Up: Mallory and Alexa (Heck ya we did! 🙂
Suit: Calvin Klein
Boots: Rios of Mercedes
Special thanks to my mom for being an amazing assistant during this shoot, and for my dad, who kept the getaway car warm! 🙂