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KYM AND JOSEPH'S WEDDING

August, 2009 in El Paso

"Our wedding was a great celebration and family/friend gathering! Getting married in El Paso in August was not too bad and it was actually cooler than usual. Prices were reasonable and most things could be negotiated. Having welcome bags for out of town guests with maps and local goodies is a good idea but you have to find out from those where they will be staying. Write their names on the bags and Registration should give them to them upon arrival. A wedding web site and Wedding Mapper were great resources to share with our guests and to be able to refer to when they asked about accommodations, things to do and registry info. We'd highly recommend using it but you have to really encourage folks to use it if they are not the first to go to the computer for information.


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Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Reception: Grace Gardens

Vendors

Venues

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Band:

Manny Flores Band

El Paso, TX, USA

"great 5-7 piece Bossanova band that can play a variety of Latin jazz and other music. Very reasonable and accomodating."

Band:

Trio Brioso

El Paso, TX, USA

"A family of 3 musicians, supposed accomplished symphony musicians but they seemed disorganized and not as on point as I would have liked. They entry music was delayed and choppy, which the balcony setting could have attributed to but they should be professional enough to be able to improvise and make it work. Not impressed."

Beverages Vendor:

Zin Valle Vineyards

7315 S Highway 28
Canutillo, TX 79835, US

"Great wines and they can work on pricing with you or your venue. Very nice to have a local winery be part of the mix, not mention it is the most 'green' way to contribute to the local economy, production and good business."

Beverages Vendor:

Costco Liquor Store

6101 Gateway Blvd
El Paso, TX, United States

"Great prices on liquor and can order additional items upon request."

Cakes/Candies Vendor:

Elite Events on Mesa

El Paso, TX, USA

"Very moist, scrumptous cakes. Go in advance for a tasting. We loved the champagne-pear and orange-cranberry. We ate some the next day and it was just as delicious. They also have very creative designs for toppers and have a very high quality standard and clientele."

Cakes/Candies Vendor:

Sonny's Cakes for biscochos

El Paso, TX, USA

"Great variety of Mexican wedding cookies, good price and delicious!!"

Florist:

Executive Flowers

El Paso, TX, USA

"Very creative and eager to work with you on color palette and scheme--beautiful job! Discuss budget before hand and you do not have to pay for vases if you do not wish and they can make the arrangements so that they can be removed easily by guests. In addition the venue can be sure that guests leave the vases behind. It can be costly and even more so dangerous to be carrying large glass items across the floor or parking area."

Photographer:

Lewis Woodyard

El Paso, TX, USA

"Stellar and well regarded. He may have an assistant or two to make sure he gets it all. He also has videographers he can recommend."

Ceremony:

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church - Ceremony - 118 N Campbell St, El Paso, TX, 79901

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

118 N Campbell St
El Paso, TX 79901

"Lovely historic setting, oldest in El Paso, after the Missions. Church is without full-time priest so administrative tasks and planning can be burdensome. Also there is no bride's room for changing but can use the office which sufficed."

Reception:

Grace Gardens - Reception - 6701 Westside Dr, El Paso, TX, United States

Grace Gardens

6701 Westside Dr
El Paso, TX, United States

"Absolutely beautiful natural setting on El Paso's westside in the upper valley. There is both an indoor ballroom or tent which is quite large. We preferred the outdoor setting as it had a more natural feel to it those mosquitos in the summer can be a bear. They are very accommodating and willing to work with you though wine purchased from them is almost double the cost which needs some negotiating. Zin Valle wines just up the road have some great wines and should be used more often there--our favorite was the Man's Best Friend Merlot which proceeds go to the Animal Rescue."

Reception:

Rehearsal dinner: Plaza Theater of El Paso - Reception - 1 Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX, 79901

Rehearsal dinner: Plaza Theater of El Paso

1 Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901

"Lovely venue but a terrible headache dealing with the City bureaucracy and contracting. Would not want to go through the hassle of having an event there. Have someone especially designated to deal with them and catering."

Hotel:

Camino Real Hotel

101 S El Paso St
El Paso, TX, United States

Hotel:

Comfort Suites West (opened Dec. '08)

5034 N. Desert Blvd
El Paso, TX, United States

"Best value."

Hotel:

Doubletree Hotel (opened March '09)

600 S El Paso St
El Paso, TX, United States

Hotel:

Hampton Inn-West (to open Spring '09)

6411 S Desert Blvd
El Paso, TX, United States

"more pricey than most Hampton Inns"

Restaurant:

Ardovino's Desert Crossing

1 Ardovinos Dr
Sunland Park, NM, United States

"Old El Paso family, varied southwestern-Italian cuisine in a relaxing desert-setting."

Restaurant:

Avila's Mexican Food Restaurants

6232 N Mesa St
El Paso, TX, United States

"A Westside favorite, among others."

Restaurant:

Cattleman's Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch http://www.cattlemanssteakhouse.com/

Fabens, TX, United States

"Approximately 35 minutes from downtow El Paso--one of the best steakhouses in Texas in a peaceful dwelling on the outskirts of town where you can enjoy also visit a movie set, zoo, snake pit, walk through an Indian maze or old fort, and get a close up view of desert wildlife."

Restaurant:

G & R Mexican Restaurant

401 E Nevada Ave
El Paso, TX, United States

"A Favorite and family-owned!!"

Restaurant:

State Line BBQ Restaurant

1222 Sunland Park Dr
El Paso, TX, United States

"It’s the Texas-New Mexico State Line for legendary Texas BBQ served up in a relaxed roadhouse setting. Touted for years as one of the places to take out-of-town guests, this casual but nice restaurant has remained one of El Paso’s most popular for over 25 years. Order the country-style platter—heaps of ribs, brisket and sausage (all you can eat) with all the trimmings. Lunch and dinner continuously served 7 days a week. All major credit cards. Near Sunlad Park Racetrack at 1222 Sunland Park Drive, 1 mile west of I-10. Call 915 581-3371."

Entertainment:

Cafe Central - Six-time Wine Spectator Award Winner

109 N Oregon St # 1
El Paso, TX, United States

"Known for its understated elegance and simplicity, Café Central blends extraordinary contemporary cuisine, an expansive award-winning wine list with a relaxing mood-setting atmosphere in ambient lighting, handsome furnishings and soft jazz music. ."

Attraction:

Chamizal National Memorial http://www.nps.gov/cham/

800 S San Marcial St
El Paso, TX, United States

"The Chamizal Convention of 1963 was a milestone in diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States. Chamizal National Memorial was established to commemorate this treaty, which resulted in the peaceful settlement of a century-long boundary dispute. The Memorial provides visitors with an opportunity to better understand the culture of our borderland."

Attraction:

El Paso Convention & Tourism www.visitelpaso.com

1 Civic Center Plz
El Paso, TX, United States

"Visit El Paso info"

Attraction:

El Paso Museum of Art http://www.elpasoartmuseum.org/

1 Arts Festival Plaza
El Paso, TX, United States

"The El Paso Museum of Art is the fine arts museum of the city of El Paso and is a major cultural and educational resource for the surrounding region. Located on the boundary of Texas, Mexico and New Mexico, the museum is situated within the world's largest international border community with a metropolitan population of approximately three million people. The museum houses a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works of art, including the Samuel H. Kress Collection of European art from the 13th-18th centuries, American art from the 19th-20th centuries, Mexican colonial art and retablos from the 18th-19th centuries, works on paper and contemporary art from the Southwestern United States and Mexico. In addition to displaying works from its holdings, the museum presents a diverse schedule of temporary exhibitions, films, lectures, concerts and other educational programs for the public. Admission is free. Hours: Closed Mondays and holidays. Tue-Sat., 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Sunday, Noon to 5:00 pm."

Attraction:

Fort Bliss Military Base

Fort Bliss, Texas
TX, US

"Fort Bliss is immersed in the biggest transformation in our 160-year history, with a projected 300% increase in our population by 2012. Fort Bliss is at the forefront of the Army’s Transformation plan, with USAADASCH set to move to Fort Sill in 2009, and the post transitioning from a TRADOC to a FORSCOM installation. The Army is investing $5 billion in construction for new, top-of-the-line facilities for the incoming personnel and their Families. Construction of new training ranges, offices, barracks and housing has begun. We’re also increasing services such as child care and youth programs, expanding on-post shopping and entertainment facilities, adding medical and dental clinics and more so we can meet the needs of our growing community. There’s no shortage of space to expand. With 1.1 million acres, the post is larger than the state of Rhode Island and can accommodate every weapon system in the Army. In fact, every other TRADOC post could fit inside our gates. Nestled at the base of the rugged Franklin Mountains, Fort Bliss was established in 1848 to support settlers and act as a liaison to the Native American population and the Mexican government, making it one of the oldest Army posts. Times have certainly changed since its days as a remote outpost, and now Fort Bliss is part of the metropolitan city of El Paso. More than 700,000 people live in El Paso, with 2.2 million living in the metro-area, making it the fourth most populous city in Texas. El Paso is the third fastest growing city in the nation, and it’s easy to see why. El Paso has mild to hot weather year-round, a low crime rate, state-of-the-art educational and medical facilities, an international airport, a wealth of cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities, and an economical cost of living. Beautiful Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a little less than an hour’s drive from El Paso, and also offers a wide variety of activities and sites."

Attraction:

Historic Old Mesilla & La Posta Restaurant www.oldmesilla.org

2410 Calle De San Albino
Mesilla, NM, United States

"Mesilla is located south of Las Cruces on Avenida de Mesilla. www.oldmesilla.org Mesilla is a small town by today's standards but, 150 years ago it was the major stop for travelers going between San Antonio and San Diego. Mesilla hasn't changed much over the years, allowing visitors to see what an 1800’s border town looked like. Western Legend Billy the Kid once stood trial for murder in a Mesilla courtroom, and the Mesilla Plaza was once a major stop for the Butterfield Stagecoach. Originally, Mesilla was part of Mexico, but with the signing of the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, the village became part of the United States. Today, Mesilla offers a wide range of historical and cultural events, shopping and dining on the town's plaza. Enjoy a meal at the famous Double Eagle or La Posta restaurants, where patrons can experience a wide variety of cuisine and history while they visit one of the most historical locations in New Mexico. Another important landmark in Mesilla is the San Albino Church on the plaza. The church, originally built of adobe in 1855, still offers masses today, both in English and Spanish. Outside the church is a memorial to parishioners who died in combat."

Attraction:

University of Texas-El Paso

500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX, United States

"Commonly known as UTEP, has been an important part of the El Paso community since it was founded as the Texas School of Mines and Metallurgy more than 90 years ago. As of Fall 2008, UTEP offers 81 undergraduate degrees, 65 master's-level degrees and 16 doctoral degrees. The university ranked, in 2006, second in federal research spending among UT System academic institutions, and in fiscal year 2006 reported $45.7 million in total research spending. Hispanic Business magazine has twice ranked UTEP as the number one graduate engineering school for hispanics. The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has called the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) "a model for other engineering institutions who say that today's minority young people from low-income families can't succeed in a rigorous math- or science-based discipline." The National Science Foundation has designated UTEP as a Model Institution for Excellence, one of only six in the country. UTEP is one of only 11 universities nationwide to receive a $5 million Teachers for a New Era (TNE) research grant from the Carnegie Corporation. The campus architecture is a rare example of the dzong style-Bhutanese architecture modeled after Bhutanese monasteries seen outside the Himalaya mountains - and fits in the foreground of the Franklin mountains. The university hosts the Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso. Initial phases were designed by El Paso architect Henry Trost, and later phases have continued in the same style."

Scenic :

Scenic Drive overlook - Rim Road

Scenic Dr
El Paso, TX, US

"The best view of the city accessible by car. You can see all of El Paso and Juarez, plus some of New Mexico. From downtown, take Stanton St. north, then go right on Rim Rd."

Scenic Outdoors:

Hueco Tanks State Park 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No 1

Hueco Tanks Rd
El Paso, TX, US

"http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/hueco_tanks/ Hueco Tanks State Historic Site, is located 32 miles northeast of El Paso in El Paso County. It was obtained from the county by special deed on June 12, 1969, and by purchase of 121 additional acres on August 10, 1970. This site was opened to the public in May of 1970. This 860.3-acre park is named for the large natural rock basins or "huecos" that have furnished a supply of trapped rain water to dwellers and travelers in this arid region of west Texas for millennia. A unique legacy of lively and fantastic rock paintings greets the visitor at the "tanks." From Archaic hunters and foragers of thousands of years ago to relatively recent Mescalero Apaches, Native Americans have drawn strange mythological designs and human and animal figures on the rocks of the area. The site's notable pictographs also include more than 200 face designs or "masks" left by the prehistoric Jornada Mogollon culture. Hueco Tanks was the site of the last Indian battle in the county. Apaches, Kiowas, and earlier Indian groups camped here and left behind pictographs telling of their adventures. These tanks served as watering places for the Butterfield Overland Mail Route."

Scenic Outdoors:

McKelligon Canyon hiking

McKelligon Canyon
, US

"This 90-acre park, located in El Paso’s Franklin Mountains, is open to hikers and picnickers. A special feature of the park is the 1,500-seat amphitheatre, surrounded on three sides by dramatic canyon walls."

Scenic Outdoors:

Organ Mountains hiking

Las Cruces, NM

"Overlooking Las Cruces to the east are the Organ Mountains, a haven for hikers and adventure seekers alike. The Organs offer two main recreational areas, Aguirre Springs and Dripping Springs/La Cueva. Aguirre Springs features hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and camping at one of the most scenic areas in southern New Mexico. From the campsites there are two trails; Baylor Pass and Pine Tree Trail, both listed as part of the National Recreation Trail System. Baylor Pass is a six-mile trail starting on the east side of the mountain and ascending to the top of Baylor Pass, approximately 5,500 feet. From the top, you can see the Rio Grande Valley to the west and the shimmering dunes of White Sands National Monument to the east. This trail can only accommodate hiking and horseback riding. The Pine Tree Trail is a four-mile loop that takes about three hours to complete and is for hiking only. Located 14 miles east of Las Cruces, on east side of Organ Mountains. The second area for hiking and camping is Dripping Springs and La Cueva Campground. Hikers can choose between the trail leading to the ruins of the old Dripping Springs Resort, a former hotel and sanctuary for people suffering from tuberculosis and the trail leading to La Cueva, a mountain cave believed to be a shelter for prehistoric Mogollon Indians. Both trails are approximately one mile long. Located 10 miles east of the intersection of University and Telshor."

Scenic Outdoors:

White Sands National Monument www.nps.gov/whsa

PO Box 1086, U.S. Highway 70 -15 miles 24 km southwest of Alamogordo, Alamogordo
NM, United States

"White Sands National Monument is located roughly 45 miles east of Las Cruces on U.S. Highway 70 between White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base. The magnificent pure white gypsum dunes provide excellent recreation opportunities; visitors can picnic, "white sand surf" or just stroll through a portion of the 275 square-mile national monument. Additionally, the monument offers tours and activities such as the Sunset Stroll Nature Walk, Friday Night Star Talks, the evening and full moon night program and tours of Lake Lucero. The monument is located 45 miles east of Las Cruces on Highway 70. (575) 479-6124."

Winery:

Zin Valle Vineyards http://www.zinvalle.com/

7315 Highway 28
Anthony, TX, United States

"Near Grace Gardens reception hall - Tasting room will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday or by appointment Tuesday through Thursday. Nestled between the majestic Franklin Mountains and the high plains where the Rio Grande cuts a lush green valley through the desert creating the Mesilla Valley Appellation are family-owned Texas wine makers Zin Valle Vineyards. The cool river valley brings together traditions, passions and inspiration. It is this union of emotions and a way of life that inspired their wine.. "Our Texas wines are more than a reflection of our personal dedication to making world-class wines. They represent our culture and desire to share all that means in one of life’s finer pleasures. Handcrafted wines with true Texas spirit. Zin Valle — made in the place where the star touches the mountain. Salud!""

Nightlife:

Aceitunas

5200 Doniphan Dr
El Paso, TX, United States

"Popular local watering hole with outdoor patio."

Nightlife:

O 2 Lounge & other bars

2700 N Mesa St
El Paso, TX, United States

"Several bars around UTEP on N. Mesa"

Nightlife:

Sunland Park Race Track - Home of '09 Kentucky Derby Winner http://www.sunland-park.com/

1200 Futurity Dr
Sunland Park, NM, United States

"Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino opened its doors in 1959 as just a racetrack. In the 90’s, horse racing around the nation was a declining industry, so New Mexico designed legislation allowing racetracks to incorporate slot machines into their business as an effort to save New Mexico horse racing. Twenty six percent of Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino’s revenue goes to taxes, which in turn go to New Mexico’s general fund. An additional twenty percent of revenue goes towards the horseman’s account. All monies in the horseman’s account contributes to horse racing purses at Sunland Park and has had a profound effect on the quality of their live race meet. Our casino is open Sunday through Thursday from 9:30am to 1:00am and 9:30am to 2:00am on Friday and Saturday with the hottest slots in the Southwest. They offer free membership to the players club and weekly promotions to fill your pockets with extra cash."

Shopping:

La Placita Marketplace & Magic Pan Restaurant

5034 Doniphan Dr # 13
El Paso, TX, United States

"Lots of cute shops and artisans and craft work. At The Magic Pan Restauraunt of El Paso, not only are the culinary talents of Annette Lawrence a magical experience that your palettes will not soon forget, but you will also feel the ?magic? once you pass through the gate of The Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe, where the Magic Pan is located. The lush outdoor patio blends into the historic hacienda setting. The interior decor includes southwestern antiques, jewelry and gifts. Dining tables are nestled between potted plants full of exotic flowers in the patio, and inside tables are surrounded by works of art just as original as the works of art created in the kitchen. Lunch at the Magic Pan Restaurant are Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and dinners are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM ? 10:00 PM (or until we say so). Reservations welcome for dinner only at (915)581-2121."

Shopping:

Sunland Park Mall

750 Sunland Park Dr
El Paso, TX, United States

"Several Dept stores and shops across from Target, Marshall's and Barnes and Nobles."

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