La Mesita Ranch Estate: A wedding site fit for royalty
May 17, 2018 07:05 PM
NORTH OF SANTA FE, N.M. – Behind a set of iron gates sits a hidden gem. La Mesita Ranch Estate isn't just a beautiful property. It boasts a rich history.
In the 1930s, it belonged to a wealthy businessman who – as the story goes – built the first polo fields west of the Mississippi River. In 2008, the Pueblo of Pojoaque bought its ancestral land back.
It's a place so tempting, it's hard to say no.
"We've spent many, many years renovating, fixing, creating, embellishing, trying to create sort of a Garden of Eden here," said Deborah Newman, the executive director of the estate.
People will search for the perfect place to have their wedding day, one of the biggest moments of their lives. Some choose to make it a New Mexico moment.
"One is coming from Germany. One's coming from Ireland. I have a bride coming from Scotland," Newman said.
It sounds like word of mouth sure travels far because the advertising is minimal. Even Newman admits the place is still pretty undiscovered. Native New Mexicans don't even realize it's right in their backyard.
One couple is sure glad they found it. They're gearing up to say "I do" in a place practically fit for royalty.
Yvette Lopez and Lewis Biscamp are like New Mexico's own Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. They plan to have a vintage horse and carriage. She's even got a ring that looks just like Markle's.
"This was the only place," Lopez said. "We didn't look at any other place.
They don't need England to be enchanted. New Mexico can do all that on a daily basis, and these two are proud to show it off come wedding day.
"The history of the property is pretty amazing, and obviously it's a property that draws people from all over the world to come here," Biscamp said. "So we're pretty fortunate being from here."
So how much do weddings at a property like this cost? Well, that depends.
It can be grandiose. With a three-night minimum stay at the ranch for up to 22 people plus the cost of the actual wedding, the food and the music, it can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars at times.
If you're thinking walking down the aisle at a place that sounds that lavish is impossible for the average person on a more conservative budget, think again.
"So we book Wednesday weddings and it's not for sleeping over. It's for using the property for one day. One night from 8 in the morning until 1 in the morning, it's yours," Newman said.
But it turns out you don't need the crown or the title of prince or princess to step inside this world. It can also be affordable. “Wedding Wednesdays” and out-of-season weddings are a cost-conscious way to go. Newman said anything from November 1 through May 15 is always up for negotiation.
"We're hoping to not be so unknown because we are very unknown," she said.
With five eclectic homes filled with Native art, world-class equestrian center and stunning views of its own mesa, La Mesita Ranch Estate can't stay a secret forever.
Updated: May 17, 2018 07:05 PM
Created: May 16, 2018 09:02 PM
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