Hotel Encanto Weddings | Las Cruces, New Mexico Chic and Classic Styled Wedding

Hotel Encanto Wedding

Popping in today to share about Hotel Encanto weddings! Back in June, I collaborated with some awesome vendors in Las Cruces, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, to put on a chic styled wedding at Hotel Encanto–and today, my favorites from that project are on the blog!


This chic, modern, blush and gold styled wedding was shot at the elegant Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, New Mexico–a stunning terrace and palm tree-lined oasis in our southwestern desert landscape!

I had two major objectives when designing and planning this shoot–first, I wanted to create something sophisticated that felt ‘on brand,’ in a market that is often more relaxed and casual; I wanted to showcase a different type of wedding and create a source of inspiration in our local market that illustrates another possibility for what a wedding can be. Second, I wanted to pull together an A-list team of local vendors who could be called upon for upscale chic and modern work.


The words I chose to describe this shoot during the planning stages were ‘modern’, ‘chic’ and ‘sophisticated’. I knew from the start that I wanted the groom to be in a black Michael Kors tux (provided by The Tux Shoppe and Boutique), complete with bowtie. The Allure Couture dress, provided by Ella Blu, has a champagne lining with an ivory lace overlay, as well as delicate beading throughout. The Harlene pumps by Badgley Mischka completed the look with sophisticated elegance.

The original color palette was primarily gold and mauve, which I absolutely loved. With the addition of other vendors and their creative processes, the mauve evolved into more of a blush, which worked very well with the chosen gold elements and the selected wedding attire. I asked our hair and make up artists, Meghan Avilucea and Lorraine Golucke, to keep the bride’s look on the sophisticated end of ‘natural’.


The flowers for this shoot were grown and arranged by Calhoun Flower Farms, a local and family-owned business. Susannah, our florist, drew her inspiration from the color palette we discussed and native flowers and plants, as well as the variety of flowers they’ve carefully cultivated on the farm. Queen Anne’s Lace and sage were used throughout, with the unique addition of creosote.

For the tablescape, I chose modern terrerium centerpieces and gold candlesticks, brushed gold chargers and blush pink ceramic plates. The table was intentionally kept simple to maintain a chic, modern feel. Gold Chiavari chairs and white pillar and taper candles added finishing touches.

Our cake was a five-tiered fondant foundation with a beautiful white-on-white quatrefoil design. Laura at Chantilly Cakes kept the cake neutral with the intention of finishing it with florals for a simple elegant look. The quatrefoil design was perfect and the cake looked like a masterpiece!

We also had a display tower of absolutely perfect macarons from our pastry chef, Stephanie with Hello Cakery and Macarons. She matched our color palette and brushed some with a single stroke of edible gold decorator’s paint, while writing ‘Love’ in gold on others. (Spoiler alert: They were delicious!).


The silks I sourced for styling details were hand-dyed to order. I sent a description and pictures to explain what I was looking for, and Scarlett at Thistle and Twill worked tirelessly to create the exact shade I was going for. The final color was a combination of natural dyes from Guinea impatiens, raspberry sorrel, black raspberries and blueberries. The silks she created added the perfect touch of softness and elegance to the details for this shoot!

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The wonderful team of vendors who made this project possible:

Photographer: @sunshinepictureco

Venue: @hotelencantolascruces

Models: @browsbyamaris and @aldouanz

Florals: @calhounflowerfarms

Dress Boutique: @ellabluep

Heels:  @badgleymischkabride

Tux: @thetuxshoppe

Event Organizer: @sunshinepictureco

Linens and Chairs: Enchanted Occasions

Hair: @meghanavilucea

Makeup: @luhreyn

Cake: @chantillyep

Macarons: @hellocakeryandmacarons

Videography: @palamoraevents

Stationary: @shinewedding

Styling Silks: @thistleandtwill

Ring Box: @amonieringboxes 

Thank you to Palamora Events for this video clip from the shoot!


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  1. Lauren says:

    Lovely photos!

  2. Brandy says:

    These are breathtaking!!

  3. And now, I need a macaron cake. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!!

  4. Tania Wicks says:

    The details are SO high end and classy!

  5. Mandy says:

    Erin these are stunning!!! I absolutely love the colour palette that you created for this shoot and the details, models, florals….just everything works so well! Fantastic job!! This was so well done.

    • Erin Richins says:

      Thank you, Mandy! I’m glad it came together–it’s such an interesting experience putting something like this together, with so many vendors collaborating–you really don’t know what to expect until you finally see it!

  6. Kristin says:

    These are beautiful!! You did a great job capturing everything!

  7. Jen says:

    The detail shots are soooo good the whole wadding is breathtaking!

  8. Everything came together so beautifully! Job well done in every regard!

  9. Tania Wicks says:

    so much elegance and style! Simply beautiful 🙂

  10. Michelle says:

    lovely set up and lovely couple! Great job!

  11. Jordyn says:

    Totally Stunning! Love all the lace details in her dress!

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