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MEET THE TEAM

we play a little
and plan a lot!

Come get to know us!

A group photo of the planners, coordinators, and assistants for La Luz Weddings and Events. La Luz Weddings and Events a wedding planning business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and service Santa Fe, the southwest, and destination weddings.

TAYLOR RAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY

Shelby and Courtney, the owners and lead planners for La Luz Weddings and Events working on a table set-up at a wedding.. The wedding was planned by La Luz Weddings and Events a wedding planning business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and service Santa Fe, the southwest, and destination weddings.

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about la luz

Founded in 2010, we have rebranded and expanded into what we now know and love as La Luz Weddings & Events. During our 20+ years of combined experience, La Luz has had the honor of planning and coordinating events throughout the United States and abroad- can you say destination wedding in Belize?! We pride ourselves on building personal relationships with vendors, guests, wedding parties, and most importantly our treasured clients to provide effortless and stress-free coordination for everyone!

Your wedding day (or quinceñera, baby shower, bat mitzvah, company holiday party, AGM, or any celebration) should be incredibly enjoyable for your guests and magically unforgettable for you. We can make that happen by turning your event dreams into reality. No dream is too far out of reach for La Luz! There’s nothing like reminiscing about your special day and feeling such a sense of love and joy- with absolutely no stress attached. We want that for you! Your love deserves to be immortalized in beautiful, joy-filled, and stress-free memories.

meet your full-time planners (the “boss babes”)

Hi there!  I’m Shelby Wolfe, founder of La Luz.  As a certified international wedding and event planner, I have over 10 years of private and corporate experience and my past clients attribute the success of their weddings and events to my personable, enthusiastic, organized, detail-oriented, and creative skill sets. (Be sure to read their testimonies here and five-star reviews on Google, The Knot & Wedding Wire!)  Consults bring us together as strangers, but by the time the big day comes, a beautiful and natural relationship has grown throughout the planning process. Thank goodness, or else you’d probably be really weirded out when you receive my family’s annual goofy Christmas card.

When I’m not creating wedding and event magic, you can find me having a PJ dance party with my four littles (5, 3.5, 2, & 6mo) and hubby in our living room. I cry during cute animal videos, laugh during fragrance commercials, and hide under a blanket during scary movies- JK. I. DO. NOT. watch scary movies. Zumba is my exercise- well, that and taking care of four bambinos. I love dry wines, margaritas (rocks, no salt, please), and my creamer with a little bit of coffee. Let me buy YOU a drink so that I can get to know all about you and your wedding or special event dreams!

Hellooo, I’m Courtney Graham! Honesty is one of my key values. With that in mind, I’ll let you know up front that the most important part about choosing your wedding and event planner is their personality. So why would you choose me?

I love to be relaxed, friendly, and, at times, sarcastic with my clients. If we are chatting via email or text, please be aware, I like to break professional decorum and send an emoji or GIF. This helps us create a fun working relationship and allows you to feel comfortable asking me anything. By the time that we get to your wedding day, I want our relationship to be easy. After all, I may have to climb underneath your dress to help with the bustle!

I have been in the wedding industry for 10+ years learning the ropes in a variety of positions from sales manager to venue director. This wide knowledge base gives me foresight in the event planning process helping to alleviate any potential stressors along the way.

Outside of weddings, I’m a mom of a very smiley baby, two doggos, and am married to the love of my life. Believe it or not, we are high school sweethearts and even “dated” in middle school. We love to go on hikes, play at the lake, and generally enjoy all things outdoors!

So, that’s me in a nutshell. I’d love to meet in person and start talking about you.

Headshot of Shelby Wolfe the lead planner and owner of La Luz Weddings and Events. La Luz Weddings and Events a wedding planning business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and service Santa Fe, the southwest, and destination weddings.

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Headshot of Courtney Graham the lead planner and owner of La Luz Weddings and Events. La Luz Weddings and Events a wedding planning business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and service Santa Fe, the southwest, and destination weddings.

TRISHA BOLINGER PHOTOGRAPHY

meet your day-of-coordinator

Hello there, my name is Lauren Ott! I have spent the last three years planning my own wedding and simply cannot wait to make your wedding or special event simply amazing.

I know that planning a large event can be stressful and overwhelming, I want to make the experience as fun and memorable as possible. I am easy going, personable and friendly but I can be sarcastic and funny. I want to make you feel comfortable from the beginning so your big event can be as fun as possible!

Outside of helping you plan your big day, I enjoy spending time with my family and five (yes five!) dogs. In the summer you can find me at Sawmill or any of the amazing local breweries and in the fall you can find me in front of whatever screen is playing football (Preferably the Philadelphia Eagles) from 11am- 8pm. I am from Bucks County, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and miss soft pretzels on a daily basis. I have been married to my husband, Red for almost two years now. I love music festivals, breweries and “the birds”. I have been in New Mexico for going on five years and have made Albuquerque our home.

Headshot of Lauren Ott the day-of-coordinator of La Luz Weddings and Events. La Luz Weddings and Events a wedding planning business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and service Santa Fe, the southwest, and destination weddings.

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Our sweet Raquel is a force to be reckoned with!  She is a workhorse at every event and certainly in her home with her two sassy girls.  If your DJ plays any Selena song, Raquel will be groovin’ out on the dance floor, probably teaching your guests how to Bidi Bidi Bom Bom!  She’s there for anything you ask for and everything you didn’t know you needed.  Having Raquel on our La Luz team makes every event super fun to be at!

meet your assistants

Virginia is a bright and extremely talented (ask her to sing or play one of the 3 instruments she plays) event assistant.  She is a creative soul with a keen eye for detail. This mama of 2 is a goofball who can brighten any mood and knows just when and how to get down to business.  Having Virginia on our La Luz team makes each event unique, memorable, and above all- stress-free!

Jade has traveled the world and always find her way back to us in time for wedding season.  She’ll bring great life experience and an amazing eye for detail to your team!  She’s a self-starter and is intrinsically motivated to make your event beautiful and enjoyable. She loves a good margarita and will make sure you have one in your hand all night (if that’s your drink of choice, that is!)! 

Tabatha, oh Tabatha!  If anyone is dedicated, it’s this girl right here and you’re lucky she’s on your team!  As a true artist and amazing vocalist that she is, she embodies the idea that no matter the hiccup, “the show must go on” (even if she totaled her car on her way to your wedding!)! She will go above and beyond for you, anticipating your needs before you even realize them.  

Headshot of Raquel an assitant for La Luz Weddings and Events. La Luz Weddings and Events a wedding planning business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and service Santa Fe, the southwest, and destination weddings.

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Headshot of Jade an assitant for La Luz Weddings and Events. La Luz Weddings and Events a wedding planning business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and service Santa Fe, the southwest, and destination weddings.

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Headshot of Tabatha an assitant for La Luz Weddings and Events. La Luz Weddings and Events a wedding planning business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and service Santa Fe, the southwest, and destination weddings.

TRISHA BOLINGER PHOTOGRAPHY

Headshot of Virginia an assitant for La Luz Weddings and Events. La Luz Weddings and Events a wedding planning business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and service Santa Fe, the southwest, and destination weddings.

TRISHA BOLINGER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Image of wedding details including shoes, the invitation, and rings. The wedding was planned by La Luz Weddings and Events a wedding planning business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and serving the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Southwest Weddings, and Destination Weddings.

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Now, it’s time for us to get to know more about you!

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