So it was a little windy, but it didn’t last long. Shortly after Ragnar and Zach tied the knot on her parent’s property in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico they made their way to Taos Art Museum in Zach’s grandfather’s old Volvo, where guests clearly had more to worry about than the weather – like drinking wine and dancing. “… the party of our lives”, says Ragnar.

Although they met through mutual friends in Chicago, the mystery and beauty of the Southwest was something that had inspired Ragnar and Zach ever since their first road trip there one spring, and thanks to Free the Bird Photography we can understand why. “Zach is from El Paso, and I have family in New Mexico, and we’ve both long loved the landscape. It was a beautiful backdrop, and provided colors, smells, shapes, foods and all sorts of inspiration for the special day”, says Ragnar.

Surrounded by playful pets and an abundance of native flora, Ragnar and Zach took some time to admire their DIY efforts. “We designed our invites, and website, built a stone circle in the middle of the desert, wrote our own ceremony, made bolo ties, made up our first dance, addressed invitations, designed wedding gifts, the menu, and more! We also have wonderful friends who are so talented. They lent their services as florists, wedding planners, DJs, party hosts, drivers, dancers and more”, says Ragnar, whose advice to other couples is this: “It can be stressful, so be sure to be totally 100% in love! Ask people for help, they often really want to. And breathing circles!”

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CREDITS Photos Free the Bird Photography // Bridal gown Morgane Le Fay // Hair piece Viktor Van Bramer // Shoes Sole Society // Flowers Hidden Folk // Jewellery Laura Lombardi // Bridesmaids dresses J. Crew and Helmut Lang // Grooms suit J. Crew // Ceremony private property, New Mexico // Reception Taos Art Museum, New Mexico // Catering and cake Brigita Lacovara and Matt Thomas // Hair and makeup Eliza Lowther Hadley McCarty // Music Wedding Party DJs // Wedding planner Viva Max Weddings.