Scenes From a Backyard Wedding in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

We’ve been busy prepping our lawn and gardens for a wedding. Our daughter, Rebecca, married the love of her life, Dave Higgins, last weekend here in Ruidoso Downs. I had to post some photos, most of which are courtesy of family and our outstanding professional photographer and friend, Jessica Inman. See links to photo credits and local services at the end.

The happy couple settles in by the river. Photo courtesy of Jessica Inman Photography.
native grass for wedding setting
About a week before the event, we had plenty of rain, which greened up the native grasses.
outdoor wedding tent
The tent was situated near our xeric garden. We had to rent the tent from Albuquerque, about 3 hours away.
backyard wedding DIY repurpose
Repurposing saves money! In the background is our potting bench-turned-bar. And an old door served as a Polaroid guest book frame.
succulent centerpieces
Rebecca wanted succulents as part of her theme and color scheme. We used existing plants as centerpieces.
succulent centerpiece grandmother keepsakes
Here’s a closeup (courtesy of Jessica Inman) of the wooden base Dave brought and one of our succulents potted in a hollowed out fence post. The bride added keepsakes from her grandmothers to the bouquet.
succulent wedding favor
Guests received a succulent favor. We repotted these rosettes from the Succulent Source in California. Rebecca made the tags. Photo courtesy of Kyra Ducan, Small Town Chick.
cake with succulents
Live succulents decorated the beautiful (and delicious) cake from Laura Shirley at Le Chantilly in Albuquerque. Photo courtesy of Kyra Duncan.
succulent and topper groom cake Le Chantilly
And for a bit of whimsy — the groom’s cake, also from Le Chantilly.¬†Photo courtesy of Kyra Duncan.
ruidoso downs outdoor wedding
The weather in Ruidoso Downs was perfect the day of the wedding. Photo courtesy of Kyra Duncan.
bridal aisle two fathers grass
Both dads walked Rebecca down the grass-lined aisle. What a fun day of modern family unity. Photo courtesy of Shelby Von Norton.
succulents hair outdoor wedding
The ceremony, officiated by Randy Logan. Hair by Robin Shackelford and flowers by Lou McLeod. Photo courtesy of Jessica Inman.
succulent bouteniere
The perfect succulent boutenniere from Lou Mcleod of Ruidoso.
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The first kiss as a married couple. Tuxedos from Mr. Tux in Albuquerque, Rebecca’s makeup by Jazmine, Blue Lotus Day Spa and Yoga in Ruidoso. Photo courtesy of Kyra Duncan.
Take a seat escort card sign from barnwood
Time for the reception. Dave and Tim made the escort card sign from old ranch barnwood. Photo courtesy of Kyra Duncan.
native grass meadow
Signs made of barnwood and wooden stakes pointed to the ceremony. And we left some areas unmowed, like this small meadow near an old irrigation pump.
wedding Ruidoso downs
The morning after. Everybody had a fun time, thanks to great food from Can’t Stop Smokin BBQ and entertainment from DJ Pete.

Many thanks to all family and friends who helped us out, especially Jenny Ruiz, Kathy and Dave Toupal and Jeri Baker.

The following Ruidoso and Albuquerque businesses helped make the Higgins Ruidoso Downs wedding possible:

Flowers by Lou Mcleod of Alto. Lou also is a top wedding event planner for Ruidoso.

Hair by Robin Shackelford from  Bella Vita Salon in Ruidoso.

Bride’s makeup by Jazmine at Blue Lotus Day Spa and Yoga in Ruidoso.

Outstanding entertainment and ceremony sound from DJ Pete (Pete Davis) of Ruidoso.

Catering by Can’t Stop Smokin BBQ of Ruidoso.

Cake from Laura Shirley, owner of Le Chantilly Fine Pastries and Wedding Cakes in Albuquerque.

Local beer kegs from Rio Grande Grill and Tap Room in Ruidoso.

Tent, tables and chairs from AA Tents and Events in Albuquerque.

Professional photography by Jessica Inman Photography.

Additional photos courtesy of my sister-in-law, Kyra Duncan and her daughter Shelby Von Norton, both of Tatum, N.M.