Minted Real Wedding: Leah & Mike in Albuquerque, NM

Today’s stunning Minted Real Wedding takes place at Los Poblanos, a historic inn and lavender farm in Albuquerque, where San Francisco-based couple Leah and Mike (who first met as roommates via Craigslist!) hosted a stylish, black-tie destination wedding for their 135 guests.

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Bride and groom: Leah and Mike
Based in: San Francisco
Wedding date: July 27, 2014
Los Poblanos, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Number of guests: 135
Minted wedding invitation: “Charming Go Lightly” (letterpressed) by Cheree Berry Paper
Photographer: Pat Furey

How did you and Mike meet?
We were roommates in San Francisco—Craigslist!

Tell us about the proposal!
It happened in the garden at my parents’ house.

How did you find your wedding venue?
My family went to Los Poblanos on vacation and fell in love with it. We’re from California and New York, and decided to have a destination wedding there.

Click through to see more details from Leah and Mike’s beautiful wedding

How did you hear about Minted?
Several of our friends have used Minted for their beautiful wedding invitations and holiday cards, which is how we knew about the company.

How did the invitation you chose tie in to the wedding’s overall look and feel?
We were inspired by the New Mexico landscape and the historic architecture of Los Poblanos.

Did you add any extra touches to your wedding invitations?
The envelopes were calligraphed by Helen Gershen of Calligraphy West, and we added envelope liners from Lola Louie Paperie—they were great to work with.

Did you have a wedding theme and/or color palette?
Not really—neutrals, greens, and white—we wanted to let the beauty of the venue shine. It’s also a working lavender farm, so the bridesmaids carried bouquets of hand-tied lavender.

Who made your wedding dress?
J. Mendel

Love that your bridesmaids wore different dresses—did you give them any color or style guidance?
I asked them to wear long dress and no pastels. I work for a jewelry company, WHITLEY, and we designed turquoise jewelry for the bridesmaids that would tie all the looks together.

What were some of your favorite wedding-day details?
The flowers by Amy Balsters, the incredible dinner the chef prepared for us, the silent disco after-party that our bridal party surprised us with.

What were some of your fondest memories from the day?
It’s too hard to choose – every minute was amazing.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Tulum, Mexico

Any advice for brides who are starting to plan their wedding?
Involve the groom in the planning process. We designed these Minted invitations together, and spent an afternoon adding the liners and stamps – it was one of our favorite experiences in the entire planning process.

More Minted Real Weddings:
• Grace & Michael at Reif Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
• Julia & Deric at Escala, Seattle
• Shelby & Douglas at Castle Hill, Keswick, VA

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