|I'm all BRIDED up for the wedding|
|The mountains and mesas around Raton, New Mexico|
My Cousin K moved to New Mexico when she was 10 years old. THAT was before I was born. She was a typical Cali Gurl before then. But she loved horses and loved loved loved visiting her GRANDPA'S ranch in northern New Mexico. She blended right in and grew up loving the ranching lifestyle and the people who live there. It is a very different and very beautiful state. There is a lot of variety in NM - mountains, desert, mesas and verdant farmlands on wide open plains. Where she lived it is mesas and mountains. There are ranches - predominantly cattle - everywhere. And critters abound - antelope, deer, skunk, cows, horses, coyotes, and so on.
|This is a barn that looks normal from the front but from the back|
you can see a whole wall is almost gone
Cousin K met NOW Cousin HC when she was in school. They were friends from the start. They even went to PROM together although they were not boyfriend and girlfriend. As luck would have it, that prom date was a premonition - many years and many OTHER boy/girl friends later, they found each other and fell in love. That is a pretty cool story, huh? They had their wedding ON TOP OF A MESA in a church that Cousin K's great-great grandfather helped build. It is a very old building. It is a small little church - The Johnson Family Church on Johnson Mesa.
|Johnson Family Church|
Inside the church it is small and cozy which was good because out on the mesa it was cool and very very windy. What a beautiful day for a wedding, though. You wouldn't have known that it was stormy just two days before. The wedding was performed by a family friend - someone Cousin K and NOW Cousin HC grew up with. I think that is so cool. It was very unconventional in some ways and very traditional in others. Perfect for Cousins C and HC.
|Her colors were teal and purple which is unconventional|
but really made church interior dazzle