Wedding Words of Wisdom

A jewel of New Mexico, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is a "quiet and special place" and a unique setting for weddings and celebrations

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Situated in a unique setting along the Rio Grande, beneath the shadows of the Sandia Mountains, lies Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.  Renowned for nationally ranked championship golf and recreational activities, the 500-acre inclusive resort offers a diverse landscape of unspoiled beauty highlighting Native American artwork and culture.  This luxury resort features the architecture and ambiance of a New Mexico pueblo community and the service, amenities, and recreational facilities of a world-class destination.

This unique New Mexico resort showcases the rich history of the original inhabitants of the land, the Tamayame. Blending modern amenities and historic grandeur, the New Mexico hotel and and resort offers luxurious pueblo-style guestrooms and suites, a soothing spa and inspired restaurants.


What makes this resort unique is it spirituality and authentic hospitality which comes from the blend of Pueblo Santa Ana with the legendary Hyatt Regency service and quality.  And there is so much more – views of Sandia mountains and the cottonwoods, award-winning Tamaya Mist Spa, Twin Warriors Championship Golf Club with the nationally ranked Gary Panks-designed course, horse-back riding and hot air ballooning.  Executive Chef Cheryl Scantlebury infuses local grown and produced products and flavors into her cuisine, using herbs planted at the Resort in honor of Earth Day.

The Hyatt Regency Tamaya staff caringly oversee every detail, so that the bride and groom can relax, have fun and enjoy every moment.


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Darren Matsumoto

Director of Catering and Convention Services

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa



Darren works with catering and convention clients including weddings, meeting and group events, holiday gatherings, and more.  Darren began with the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in November 2010.

Originally from Honolulu, HI, Darren has been with Hyatt for 14 years and began his career as a Corporate Management Trainee at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa.  He has held the positions of Assistant Restaurant Manager, Restaurant Manager, Catering Manager, Group Sales Manager, and Associate Director of Catering & Convention Services at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki and most recently at the Grand Hyatt Seattle.  He graduated with his bachelor's degree in English from Boston College in Boston, MA in 1996.


Jena Marquez

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa



Jena is responsible for managing and executing public relations and marketing strategies locally, regionally and nationally.  Jena joined the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in 2007 as a corporate management trainee.  Upon her completion of the program, she was honored with an Awards of Excellence achievement and was invited to join the sales team as a small meeting sales manager.  Thereafter, she was promoted to public relations and marketing manager.  Jena has served in this position for four years.

In 2010, the New Mexico Chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) awarded Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa The Cumbre Gold Award for Campaign Reputation Management.  Jena was instrumental in receiving this honor. 

Jena’s involvement in outside organizations and volunteer efforts is quite extensive.  She is a member of The Junior League of Albuquerque (JLA) and currently serves as the marketing and media chair.  In 2010, she was committee chair for Red Wine & Blues, A Taste of Albuquerque; JLA’s largest annual fundraising event.  The event raised $35,000 benefiting the projects of the Junior League, including APS Title 1 and Project Share; feeding the homeless children of Albuquerque. 

Jena also enjoys volunteering for Animal Humane NM and is a member of the Tail Date committee, a social club for dog lovers.  She also volunteers for New Day Youth & Family Services and currently serves on the Green Team at Hyatt Regency Tamaya; committed to promoting green efforts and recycling practices at the resort.