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Victoria & Chris, September 2022 - Alto Lakes Country Club in Alto, New Mexico

Music-loving, kind couples are my favorite clients, and they have the most meaningful weddings. Chris and Victoria's New Mexico mountain wedding was a shining example of why I love my job.


I'm so glad they found me from Texas, and then chose me for their destination wedding in Alto, New Mexico (a beautiful mountain town a few miles north of Ruidoso). Their wedding day was a rainy early afternoon that cleared into gorgeous sunshine. It was magical.


I never take wedding days for granted. You feel the love between the couple, their friends, and their families. It's always an honor and a joy to be part of the special energy of weddings. My excitement for weddings also inspires me when I'm creating songs, and as I'm helping couples create ceremony music plans.


Victoria and Chris's passion for music, and their kindness, were apparent from the first moment we talked on the phone. They asked if I would arrange a special song for their ceremony Recession. The song was "At Last" by Etta James.


I knew it would be a giant project, but I was more than happy to do it! The video below features the arrangement I created.



In the planning stage, they listened to all my songs at their leisure, and using my helpful tips created an amazing wedding ceremony playlist for their semi-formal wedding theme:


Pre-Ceremony Ambience: Classical / Pop mix

Processionals: a medley of Canon in D + Thousand Years

Victoria's Entrance: Can't Help Falling in Love

Unity Cross Ceremony: The Swan

Recessional: At Last

Cocktail Hour music: Pop / Classic songs


After their cocktail hour and the amazing dinner they treated us to, I remember driving back to Albuquerque feeling absolutely great. I was so happy that I got to talk with them at the reception. They were friendly and so nice. Yes, this wedding was a shining example of why I love what I do for a living!


And, several months later, it was awesome to see these kind words from the happy couple. I especially loved hearing that the variety of music in my catalog connected with their wedding day vision so perfectly.


"Ryan was such a beautiful addition to our day. From day one of getting in contact with him, to the end of our big day. Ryan was one of the most professional vendors we worked with. His musical styles added the most perfect scenario to our wedding. All of our guests including my husband and I have nothing but positive reviews from working with him. If you ever need a musician to add elegance to your wedding Ryan is the perfect musician to hire."


- Victoria and Chris


Photography: Ciara Foust Photography

Videographers: Jar and Crys Films

Venue: Alto Lakes Gold and Country Club

Floral: Blossoms Floral Design and Artistry

HMUA: Hair by Miranda

HMUA: Ciera Rojo

HMUA: Michelle Mendiola

Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: Ryan Smith Cello Music

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