Historic Farmhouse Wedding: Alex + Carlos

On the National Register of Historic Places, the Robert Dietz Farmhouse was quite the exception when it came to this early October wedding last fall. Located off of Rio Grande Boulevard, just north of Griegos, this historic landmark was the perfect choice for Alex and Carlos, who visited all the way from Panama to celebrate this momentous occasion.

As a north valley resident, I have passed by this beautiful Victorian residence in admiration many times. To my delight, I actually remember driving by with my husband the night of this gorgeous wedding as I looked on in curiosity. Though I never dreamed in a million years I’d get to see first hand what had taken place that calm October night at the historic Robert Dietz Farmhouse.

Like archaeologists with a new discovery, you and I get to partake in this special occasion with a personal tour by Ashley Joyce Photography. She did a tremendous job capturing this love story that sprouted in Panama and came to full bloom in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Renting this beautiful vacation home to get married was like returning to a childhood home for the holidays.

On the day of the wedding, all the preparations and festivities came together perfectly. The experts at Orange September made the happy couple’s vision come to life. From the elegant floral arrangements to the hidden mementos that take you back in time, every detail of this farmhouse wedding was a stunning combination of modern style and historic ambiance.

Welcome to the Historic Robert Dietz Farmhouse Wedding, North Valley, Albuquerque

It was a Saturday in the beginning of October — the perfect time to celebrate a New Mexico wedding. Carlos and I had met a year before in Panama, when we least expected to meet our better-half. From the start, we recognized in each other “lifetime material.” It was only after a few months of dating that Carlos handmade our wedding rings out of silver-quarters. We couldn’t imagine an indoor wedding or a catalog wedding. We wanted the trees and the sky to stand witness to our love and we wanted the complete freedom to design our wedding day.

For these reasons, we chose the historic Robert Dietz Farmhouse. The Robert Dietz Farmhouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the perfect backdrop. Grand open spaces surrounded by large old cottonwoods, pine trees lining the property and a beautiful Victorian farmhouse. Although it is not an official wedding venue, but a vacation rental that can host private parties, our decision to rent the historic farmhouse allowed for our large Panamanian family to stay in the nine-bedroom house. We rented the house a week before the wedding, which gave us time to prepare for the big day and host many early festivities.

— Alex, Bride

We planned our wedding with the help of Orange September, an event company. They provided us with invaluable guidance and support through the months prior. We crafted and grew the floral designs ourselves. The centerpieces were succulents that we planted and nurtured for months before the wedding. The colors of autumn were slowly creeping through the leaves of the cottonwoods and the pine trees were darkening their needles.

We were fortunate: big family, many friends, life-lasting memories. Carlos and I had written our vows together and in unison we joined our voices to promise a lifetime of loyalty, patience and unhesitating love. We held hands and exchanged our silver-quarter rings surrounded by our dearest family and friends in a circular ceremony. I know it was perfect because Carlos and I danced the night through — and I hardly dance!

— Alex, Bride

Photos by Ashley Joyce Photography

Congratulations, Alex and Carlos!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Photographer: Ashley Joyce Photography | Venue: Robert Dietz Farmhouse | Planner + Designer: Orange September | Caterer: Crimson Catering by Jordan Ruiz

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South Valley Wedding: Chaniece + Isaac

Just about this time last year, Chaniece and Isaac made it official under the soaring branches of cottonwoods in the south valley. Skillfully captured by Matt Blasing Photography, we are so excited to share these gorgeous photos of their wedding in celebration of the Doyle’s one year anniversary.

Taking place at his parents’ residence, it was the perfect location to show off the beautiful landscape of New Mexico and snap some gorgeous photos of this adorable pair on their big day. The vast fields and surrounding forest provided the perfect backdrop for their rustic inspired wedding.

Starting out with a beautiful backyard ceremony, Chaniece walked down the aisle in the same dress her grandmother wore for her wedding. The elegant vintage lace fit her perfectly. And to top it off, the bride and groom said “I do” beneath the arch Isaac lovingly built for his wife-to-be.

As the evening progressed, they celebrated well into the night with family and friends at their backyard reception along the Rio Grande. With a final dance beneath the twinkle lights and desert stars, Issac and Chaniece began their new life together as Mr. and Mrs. Doyle.

The wedding colors were mint and grey with accents of blush and cream. Their rustic theme was perfect for their private venue as it included quaint gardens, sweeping fields, an antique truck and even farm animals. Isaac and his father not only hand built the altar this couple was married under, but they also custom built a deck complete with a ramp so family members with mobility limitations would have easy access and a great view of the ceremony.

The importance of family was evident throughout the day. Chaniece’s dress was originally her grandmother’s and her wedding band was originally her other grandmother’s. Isaac’s uncle served as the officiant and Chaniece’s brother provided live music during the ceremony. Details and decor were meticulously planned by the bride and this wedding was a wonderful example that it is possible to have a gorgeous event with many DIY features.

— Matt and Amy, Matt Blasing Photography

Photos by Matt Blasing Photography

Congratulations, Chaniece and Isaac! — and Happy Anniversary!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: Private Residence | Photographer: Matt Blasing Photography | Videographer: Ethan Hinkley | Makeup: Jess Trujillo | Officiant: Ernie Chavez | DJ: Styles DJ Services | Floral + Decor: Bride, Family and Friends

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Basic Invite: Your Colors, Your Style, Instantly

At Perfect Wedding Guide, we are all about local. We love to promote our local professionals and hook them up with brides and grooms to-be. Every once in a while, however, we come across a hidden gem that we can’t help but share with all of you! Located in Saint George, Utah, we are so excited to show some love to our Four Corners neighbors at Basic Invite.

Basic Invite offers a wide range of invitation and stationery options, unlike any other online invitation or stationery store. Basic Invite is truly a professional, high-quality and, of course, trendy online stationery boutique. And best of all, you can have custom invitations delivered right to your door!

Seriously! I perused through their wedding stationery and they offer everything from cool save the dates, invites and programs to menus and table place cards — you name it, they have it! And if your maid of honor is planning your bridal shower, they also carry cheap bridal shower invitations.

Not to mention, they also carry Pinterest worthy invitation styles including gold, rose gold and silver foil, real wood (yes, I said real wood) and their newest addition, clear! With countless customization options, you can be certain your invitation will truly be as unique as you! Take a look at some of their darling designs and custom options.

Almost Unlimited Colors

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card with over 180 mix and match color options. You can make sure your card is exactly how you want it — down to the smallest detail.

Instant Preview & Custom Samples

Basic Invite also allows customers the ability to instantly preview and order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how their unique design will look before they ever place their order. Once you receive your sample, you can make any changes to order exactly what you want.

Modern + Fine Script Fonts

Basic Invite has developed new technology to preview complex script fonts with all of the swirls and swashes you love. They offer high-quality fonts like those we see all over Pinterest (for a fraction of the price). And you can preview the text on your invite in any font instantly.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes

Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors so that they can make their invites stand out before they are ever opened. All envelopes are peel and seal so your envelopes can be quickly and easily secured.

Over 200 Wedding Invitation Sets

For your convenience, each of their wedding invitations are part of a set. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards! You can easily design a cohesive look throughout your entire wedding stationery.

Free Address Collection Service

What’s worse than ordering beautiful invitations, only to have the presentation ruined by placing your recipients names and addresses on the envelopes with ugly labels or sloppy handwriting? Thankfully, Basic Invite offers free address collection service with just three simple steps: share a link, collect addresses and get free envelope printing!

Keepsake Guest Books

Perfectly personalized wedding guest books are the perfect addition to your wedding day stationery. Don’t settle for a mass-produced guest book from your local craft store. With a sophisticated cover and well-designed pages, it’s the perfect opportunity for your guests to leave sweet words and well-wishes with style in a custom wedding guest book.

Start designing your custom wedding invitations at Basic Invite today. You can quickly and easily create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind invitation at your convenience and from the comfort of your own home.

Did I mention? Basic Invite also has lots of freebies! Under printables, you can find gift tags, place cards and so much more. All for FREE!

For all your wedding stationery needs, be sure to visit Basic Invite!

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Six Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Officiant

Recently, the team at Perfect Wedding Guide met with a group of local wedding professionals in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The meeting turned out to be quite fruitful and one of the topics that came from the meeting was the importance of hiring a professional officiant.

Unfortunately, the officiant isn’t always a big deal to the bride and groom so this very essential part of the wedding is often overlooked. After discussing this important topic, however, this inspiring group came up with a list of major reasons you definitely want to hire a professional.

De Novo Pastoral Services, Photo by Think Harris Photography

Six Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Officiant

  1. Hiring a professional officiant to create a ceremony for you, as opposed to asking your uncle Jim (who just got his reverend certificate on the internet), will prove to be a good investment. Professionals offer a guiding hand through this transitional time in your life. Essentially, they are the compass at the start of your new journey together.
  2. If you wouldn’t want uncle Jim holding your hand while you give birth to Junior (or some other significant life event), you probably don’t want him to officiate the wedding because this event is just as important.
  3. Almost every wedding officiant is going to be over the moon to create a custom ceremony for you and your fiancé. Incorporating pieces of your love story, sense of humor, religion and personalities into a beautiful ceremony is what they do best.
  4. The officiant’s energy sets the tone for the entire ceremony and you want one who makes your guests feel inspired and full of joy — sans awkward moments and embarrassing stories from uncle Jim.
  5. Most officiants will want to meet with you a handful of times before the wedding in order to craft the perfect ceremony. Establishing a relationship of trust and friendship with your officiant ensures that you will be comfortable for your wedding. Not to mention, many offer premarital counseling including De Novo Pastoral Services, to ensure you get off on the right start.
  6. Professional officiants not only know how to coordinate the ceremony but also to collaborate with photographers and wedding planners to ensure every moment is smooth and perfect.
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Professional officiants know to step away when the big kiss happens so they don’t accidentally photobomb the special moment.

— Arielei, Arielei Kinzer Photography

De Novo Pastoral Services, Photo by Maura Jane Photography

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Haute Pink Wedding: Brooke + Mitch

If you follow our Blissful Bridal Blog, I’m sure most of you had a peek of Brooke and Mitch’s Haute Downtown Engagement. In case you haven’t, be sure to take a look at this stunning shoot! For the rest of us anticipating the theme of their gorgeous wedding, however, here’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for…

Kate Spade New York!

Their Kate Spade inspired wedding was so chic, it might as well be a spread in the next Vogue! Everything worked so well together from the black and white stripes and the grooms polka dot tie to the hot pink flowers and golden accents. It was classy meets edgy with a dash of sparkle and a whole lotta haute!

Taking place at the elegant NOAH’S Event Venue, Brooke and her crew started out by getting pampered in the luxurious bridal suite. And what better way to get dolled up with all your BFFs, than by watching the hilarious Bridesmaids movie? Aside from it’s keen accuracy on comedic bridesmaid drama, a lighthearted film like this does well to set the tone and ease the nerves.

Once they were ready for their close up, the couple met outside for their first look and gorgeous photos before making it official at the LDS Temple. And later on at their reception, the biggest surprise of the night came when Brooke’s brother serenaded the couple and then surprised his sis with a mariachi band!

Brooke couldn’t be happier with this unforgettable moment, but more importantly, the couple couldn’t be happier about their new life together. To bring the night to a close, their friends and family showered them with a sea of sparklers — certainly a symbol of their bright future together.

Since Brooke’s family is in the land of enchantment, the wedding took place at the LDS temple here in Albuquerque with the reception at NOAH’S Event Venue. Brooke, who is quite the fashionista, loves all things Kate Spade and knew she had to incorporate it into her wedding. From the darling black and white Kate Spade heels with accent bows that graced her feet to the striped table clothes that hung on the tables, every detail was executed perfectly.
Brooke wore a stunning long sleeve lace dress from Alta Moda Bridal and held beautiful bright pink peonies in her hand. Aubrey, of Aubrey’s Petals filled the ballroom full of gold candles, orange roses and, of course, the bright colored peonies flown in from Israel. Guests were served some of Brooke’s favorite New Mexican dishes while they sipped yummy and unique sodas created especially for the couple and devoured the delicious cupcakes brought in by Smallcakes.
Perhaps our most favorite part of the evening is when Brooke’s brother sang a traditional Mexican song and surprised the couple with a Mariachi Band who joined in. The expression on Brooke’s face was priceless! This unique wedding was definitely one to be remembered and we wish the newlyweds nothing but the very best!

— Maura, Maura Jane Photography

Photos by Maura Jane Photography

Congratulations, Brooke and Mitch!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: NOAH’S Event Venue | Dress: Alta Moda Bridal | Dress Designer: Jean & Jewel | Shoes: Kate Spade New York | Cake: Smallcakes | Bridesmaids: New York & Company | Florist: Aubrey’s Petals | Hair + Makeup: Monica Gallegos | Photography: Maura Jane Photography | Entertainment: Mariachi Nuevo Sonido | Video: Jordee Arvin Pictures

And a special shout out to Brooke’s bridesmaids!

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Haute Downtown Engagement: Brooke + Mitch

Growing up in the Duke City it’s no surprise that Brooke would want to announce her engagement with photos from the heart of her city. Although our bustling metro is quite popular for engagement photos, no two shoots are ever alike — especially, with the different styles and personalities of every couple. As you can see, Brooke and Mitch are no exception!

And with a photographer like Maura Jane Photography, you can’t expect nothing less than photos that make you feel like you were a part of the crew. At the sight of these captivating images, the sound of traffic zooming by, the chatter of passerby as they look on in wonder and the shuttering of the camera beneath the orchestra of city life burst from every photo.

Starting out on the street of gold — Gold Avenue, that is — Maura snapped stunning photos of the pair against the pearly-white columns of the oh-so popular Occidental Life Building. As they explored the area hand in hand, Maura captured candid moments of the couple at the foreground of a cityscape rich with culture, making sure to stop at buildings strewed with street art and local favorites like Deep Space Coffee.

As they made their way to Route 66, their final stop was at the historic KiMo Theater, where Brooke and Mitch made arrangements to display their names overhead, announcing their engagement in style. If you can’t get enough of Brooke and Mitch, stay tuned for their stylish, haute pink wedding. Want a hint? The theme of their wedding: the fashion namesake of an iconic brand!

Brooke and Mitch met at the gym in Utah where they attend college. He proposed by cutting a diamond ring into a pumpkin to signify their second and most memorable date at a pumpkin patch. Brooke grew up in Albuquerque so she really wanted to display her love for her city and her hubby-to-be with a downtown engagement shoot.

While visiting her family for Christmas, Brooke and Mitch managed to squeeze their engagement session between wedding planning and the chaos of the holidays. We walked all around the bustling metro, exploring alleys and coffee shops and stopping in front of fun and unique buildings such as the KiMo Theater.

This sweet couple recently got married in Albuquerque at Noah’s Event Venue and we are so excited to share this gorgeous wedding with all of you!

— Maura, Maura Jane Photography

Photos by Maura Jane Photography

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Cherish Your Memories: Lauren Cherie Photography

Finding the right photographer for your wedding can be a difficult task. But not for reasons you might think. With so many amazing photographers in Albuquerque to choose from, we do our best to help you narrow your search by highlighting the best of the best. If your in search of the perfect photographer, we want to introduce you to one of the finest the city has to offer — Lauren Cherie Photography.

Lauren has always had a passion for photography — thankfully for us, her passion became official after the birth of her daughter. Although Lauren Cherie Photography is a young business, her photos speak volumes among the sea of seasoned photographers in New Mexico. As you look through her photos, you will be captivated by the love she pours into every session and the personal touch evident in every photo.

Furthermore, not only is Lauren talented, but she is super sweet and easy to work with. In fact, all of Lauren’s clients have raved about how pleased they are with her products and services. As you can see, Lauren is ready to capture all of life’s special moments from marriage to carriage, including weddings, maternity and newborn, children and family, high school seniors and head shots. Take a look for yourself!

I absolutely love capturing sweet, beautiful, meaningful, timeless images for families to cherish forever!

— Lauren, Lauren Cherie Photography

Photos by Lauren Cherie Photography

Cherish your memories with Lauren Cherie Photography

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