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Real Weddings- Maya & Ryan

In searching for a wedding venue, Maya knew there were two things she had to have. She wanted to get married outdoors surrounded by beautiful scenery, and the venue needed to be large enough to accommodate all of her friends and family. The Event Center provided Maya with the breathtaking views she was looking for and the space to accommodate all of her guests. From the bride, "Although the venue was still under construction when I booked it, I had full confidence that it would turn out to be the perfect venue - and it was!"

Ryan and Maya both attended the University of New Mexico, but their paths didn’t cross until they met at the Baptist Student Union. The immediately were drawn to each other’s personalities and it didn’t take long before they became good friends. After a year of friendship Ryan found the courage to ask Maya if he could pursue a relationship with her. Needless to say, she said YES! One year later Ryan popped the question. Maya recalls that in that moment "I had found the one that I would spend the rest of my life with and I was so excited to start our life together."


There were so many special moments throughout the day, but the most significant being when Maya and Ryan shared their first kiss at the alter. Maya and Ryan chose not to kiss until their wedding day, which made that moment even more memorable for them and their guests.  "I couldn't have imagined a more perfect first kiss than at the base of the beautiful Sandia's."- Maya

Maya wanted to incorporate some of her Lebanese culture throughout the evening, she specifically requested that her DJ, Too Hot to Stop play traditional Arabic music that would be sure to get their guests on their feet. During the reception one of Maya's relatives took over the dance floor by playing a few songs on a traditional middle eastern drum. Although many of the couple’s guests were not accustomed to this type of music, they all joined in the dancing!

Maya's advice to future brides selecting their venue, "The right venue is our there - just keep looking! Choosing the venue was the hardest decision for me during the wedding planning process. I knew I wanted an outdoor wedding, but I couldn't seem to find the perfect venue. I was about to give up on my dream of an ourdoor wedding and settle for something else. Needless to say, I continued my search and fell in love with the beautiful scenery at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club had to offer.

Maya and Ryan, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day!

Ceremony & Reception Site: The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club
Photographer: Blue Rose Photography  / / Florsit: Albuquerque Florist
Cake: Dough- Re-Mi Bake Shop DJ: Too Hot To Stop