November 20, 2014

“Ryan and Mariam’s engagement session took place in Albuquerque, NM down near the Rio Grande river. They are getting married at the stunning La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe New Mexico this coming January!” – Tony Gambino Photography

Engagement champagne picnic

How did you find your photographer?

I found Tony Gambino through Facebook and Instagram. I had seen several of my friends post their engagement/wedding photos that Tony had taken. I instantly was drawn to the creativity and beauty of their photos. We went to his website and looked through his albums and blogs and instantly knew that when it was time for us to get married, we wanted Tony to take our photos. The day after we were engaged I called Tony and set up a meet and greet with him! We took our engagement photos a few weeks ago and we are in LOVE with them. All of our friends and family cannot stop talking about how great the photos came out and how well he captured the love we share. We couldn’t be happier with his work!

What are you DIY-ing for your wedding?

I am Persian and we will be having a Persian-American wedding. Our ceremony is a little different than the traditional wedding and involves a Persian setting that you sit in front of as you say your vows. The setting is called a “sofreh” and contains many different things that represent a happy, healthy, strong marriage. My mom and I are hand-making all of the pieces that will be placed in the setting. Most of my friends and most all of my fiancés family have never been to a Persian wedding. We have created little programs that will explain the Persian ceremony so everyone will be engaged and understand what is going on. I am excited to share this part of my life with all of our loved ones. It is truly going to be so special for us both.

What are you looking forward to the most?

When do you ever get the chance to have all of your close friends and family under one roof? We both are very much looking forward to dancing and celebrating with our loved ones and we hope everyone will enjoy themselves and have a night to remember! – Mariam, the bride

Shoot Credits

Photographer: Tony Gambion Photography // Location: Albuquerque- Bosque // Bride outfit: BCBG // Ring: James Allen // Groom outfit: Nordstroms Jacket. Express Jeans // Hair: Nicole Graham with Alchemy Hair Studio // Make-up: Heidi Anderson


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