Closure of wedding venue leaves couples embarrassed

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A popular wedding venue north of Santa Fe abruptly closes, leaving many couples at a dead end as they scramble to find a new venue in a late market.

La Mesita Ranch Estate staff confirmed that the venue will close on October 26, but declined to answer further questions about the reasons for the venue’s closure. The venue is managed by the Pueblo de Pojoaque, and neither Governor Jenelle Roybal nor Lieutenant Governor Rafaela Sanchez responded to requests for comment.

On the pueblo website it still lists La Mesita as the wedding venue, but the venue website has been taken down.

Steve Blamer, co-owner of Blame Her Ranch, a wedding venue south of Santa Fe in Ribera, said he’s getting calls from couples whose weddings have been called off in La Mesita. He said he tried to help couples he could, but his ranch is typically booked for 18 months – a situation that has only worsened during the pandemic.

He said he is currently booking weddings in 2023 and 2024 and has worked to find space for couples whose marriages have been called off during the pandemic.

Blamer said he believes venues shouldn’t cancel weddings without warning and should treat their customers with understanding.

Cancellations from La Mesita affect not only weddings, but other on-site services as well. The ranch has also notified one of its longtime tenants, Invicta Farms, to vacate the property. The farm has been rented to the Pueblo for 12 years.

When contacted, Invicta Farms staff said they could not comment on the move at this time.

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