The Sandia Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was in mid-construction when Victoria Salazar, 31, and Fermin Aguilar, 30, booked it for their September 2006 wedding. But choosing the locale was hardly a gamble for the pair, who live just miles from the resort and, for three years, had watched the property rise slowly over the majestic Sandia mountains.
After the vows, the sun set, lending a crimson glow to the photo session and highlighting the persimmon-and-fuchsia color scheme that infused many of the day’s details: the bridesmaids’ dresses, the flowers, the wedding cake and even the home-baked wedding cookie favors called bischochitos. Guests hopped into the resort’s golf carts for a ride to the ballroom. To the strains of P.M. Dawn’s "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," the pair entered the reception and were overwhelmed. "Everyone was standing up and cheering," Victoria recalls. "It was surreal."—Hillary Quinn
Our Favorite Things
Comic Relief: The couple, who met at a comedy club called Laughs, had plenty of them during the ceremony, especially when Fermin kept nervously bungling his lines.
Duly Noted: In place of a guest book, Victoria created a "wedding wishes bowl," into which guests dropped personal notes.
Sugar, Sugar: Victoria’s mom, with the help of a family friend, baked the Mexican cookie favors in the shape of a heart; each handwritten label read "A Sweet Thank-You."
Destined to Dance: When the pair heard Sade’s romantic "By Your Side" six years earlier, they pegged it as their first-dance song. "Hearing it at the wedding made me cry for the first time that evening," says the bride.
Jenny Yoo, jennyyoo.com
Perry Ellis, perryellis.com
Ceremony and Reception Site
Sandia Resort and Casino, sandiacasino.com
Unique Cakes by Karyn, uniquecakesbykaryn.com
Brett Butterstein, brettbuttersteinphotography.com