Shams + Sharmin {a fusion of 5 cultures: wedding sneak peak}

We have had the pleasure of getting to know this beautiful couple lately and am honored to share a sneak peak of their unique story and wedding taking place over 4 days in August 2016.

Bride: Dr. Sharmin Dharas, Groom: Shams Mehri

Wedding dates: August 24-28, 2016

“Our theme for our save the dates was to join the two cultures where we were born. My fiance was born in Kabul, Afghanistan so his mom sent me their traditional clothes as a gift to wear for the photo shoot at Casa Rondena Winery. The architecture at the winery really gave the image of us being in Afghanistan. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and in order to depict the new Mexican flavor in our pictures we went the flamenco way and took pictures in Madrid New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexico and Sandia mountains. Our photographer really knows how to capture the moment and is very familiar with our cultures! The wedding is a 5 day 8 event wedding that will include 5 different cultures that exhibit who we are and how we were raised. Its been tough but well worth the experience!”

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Photographer:  Hanif Jaffer,

Check out their neat wedding website:


Renee + Jerod { Bold Urban-Chic Rooftop Elopement}

What would you do if your wedding photographer stood you up on your wedding day? Unfortunately our next couple experienced this true life wedding nightmare first hand and holy cow, I am getting a rash just thinking about it!  Lucky for them a couple years down the road they became good friends with one of the top wedding planners in Albuquerque, NM- Alena of Alena Swanson LLCRenee often discussed what she “wished their wedding would have been”, and Alena listened. Incorporating their original wedding colors of pink, cream and white, she was inspired to gather the best wedding pros in ABQ and create their dream wedding elopement shoot. This shoot was a total surprise to the model bride, who only found out days before.

From the planner, Alena:  “Using an ombre of pink and rose gold, the bling, glitter and boldness of black reflect their classy but quirky personalities. Together, they love books and reading; and every detail reflects this as well, through scrabble tiles, ampersands, and stacked book centerpieces– all the bride’s favorite things!

To get just the right color, every detail was hand crafted by wedding pros, from her pink hair to her glittery heels. The pros were so thoughtful in remaking their dream wedding- they are even eating pink strawberry cake! This unique couple loves the rare and unusual, yet beautiful things in life, so I kept this in mind when choosing pink ginger flowers, the industrial location, rose gold jewelry, and a blush wedding dress.

This type of stylized shoot sincerely emulates the spirit of the wedding industry as we bless others on their special day and do our best to go above and beyond.”

The joy of this once in a lifetime experience is real in these stunning photos, a huge thanks to  Emily Joanne Wedding Films & Photography


The amazing wedding professionals responsible for pulling this gorgeous celebration full circle.

Coordination: Alena Swanson, LLC Wedding & Event Planning

Photography & Film: Emily Joanne Wedding Films & Photography

Venue: The Banque Lofts

Beauty Professional: C. Johnson Makeup

Rentals: Classic Events + Tent Rentals

Dessert: New Mexico Pie Company  +  The Cake Boutique

Bridal Attire: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Formalwear: Suits Unlimited

Floral Design: Something Special with Flowers

Print Products: Differently Designed

Jewelry: Shelton Jewelers

Music & Entertainment: Dream Factory Productions

And that ladies and gents, is how you properly celebrate a lifetime of love and this gorgeous couple deserves it all!  For more on everything wedding and wedding planning visit,

Enchanting Wedding Hair

Take a glimpse at some stunning hair inspiration for any type of wedding…from romantic to rustic.

via Etsy 

For more wedding inspiration and to connect with local Albuquerque + Santa Fe beauty experts, visit

Romance on the Farm

We were blown away by the recent stylized wedding shoot that took place at Old Town Farm.  After featuring the details that took place previously through our blog (click here to check out the other post), we just had to share these romantic photos from Arielei Kinzer Photography.

PhotographyArielei Kinzer Photography

Styling: Just Lovely Wedding & Events

Florals: Stephanie Yardman Floral Design

Cake + Desserts: Desire & Consequence

Dresses: Nicole’s Boutique

Makeup: Makeup by Jacqueline C.

Hair: Mandy Salazar

Venue: Old Town Farm


Golden Hour on Old Town Farm

Romantic + Metallic with a Touch of Whimsical

Blooming with dynamic hues of coral in the form of fabulous florals, paired with metallic shades to create a romantic and ethereal scene.  It is almost impossible not to be inspired by the golden sparkles throughout this styled wedding, creating a sophisticated take on rustic romance.

PhotographyArielei Kinzer Photography

Styling: Just Lovely Wedding & Events

Florals: Stephanie Yardman Floral Design

Cake + Desserts: Desire & Consequence

Dresses: Nicole’s Boutique

Makeup: Makeup by Jacqueline C.

Hair: Mandy Salazar

Venue: Old Town Farm

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Steal Worthy Wedding Makeup + Hair

Are you looking for some gorgeous inspiration for your upcoming wedding?  Here are a few ideas that we’ve come across that’s swoon-worthy.  We are also amazed at how many local hair and makeup artists in Albuquerque and Santa Fe can truly work magic with texture, style, color, and keep you looking gorgeous and natural throughout the wedding day.


The 8th Day of August {Alisha + Jonathan’s Magical Villa Hispana Wedding}

Weddings are absolutely GUSHING with emotion and once-in-a-lifetime moments, so much so that you always hear from newlyweds that their day flew by like a dream, a blur of pure happiness. This is exactly why we here at the PWG, firmly believe in the importance of hiring a skilled videographer to capture all of the small details of your momentous occasion.

Alisha + Jonathan were incredibly smart to enlist Brad Tillotson, owner of     A Contrast In Light, LLC to capture their day. I say this because everything I have ever seen him produce has been done with an incredible amount of thought and detail. Cinematography is NOT Brad’s job, it’s his passion and you can feel it through his work. If you asked Alisha + Jonathan today if they are glad they invested in this service, I bet their answer would be a million times YES! Grab your tissues and check out their incredibly sweet + special day below.

The Wedding of Alisha + Jonathan. 

From the videographer: Brad, Owner of A Contrast in Light LLC : Every day the sunrises and on this 8th day of August, I awoke early to get this particular one. There will never be a sunrise like it ever again and I want the couple to be able to see it. I want this day to blow the couple’s minds away. I get nervous every wedding and call me old fashioned but, I pray for the bride, groom and their families and for the vendors working to make this day extraordinary for them. It takes 20 minutes for the sun to peak out wherever I am shooting and after that… IT’S GO TIME!

This day, in particular, turned out to be an analogy for this life and I wanted to show it in a unique way.  I am all about the journey and telling a story if I can. That’s what engages me and gets my mind on fire but, some things are just out of our control in life. You have plans and hopes and things can change on a dime. On this beautiful day a monsoon swept over the venue and made a mess of things. Everything ran late and everyone was worried about the bride and groom. But, if you look carefully through the storm there was amazing beauty in it. A drop of water on a leaf, water falling from the sky over a lamp post is quite beautiful indeed and I was going to show them how amazingly gorgeous this day truly was. Finally, the storm left, the air was refreshed and everyone was able to celebrate this amazing couple. What I saw was unbelievable. The amazement of new love, the tunnel vision and giddiness of uniting as a team. I was blown away!

From the couple: “Our wedding day turned out to be more magical than we ever imagined it could be. Everything from the smallest details on the tables to our last dance was perfect! We thought the day had taken a turn for the worst when it started pouring, but it ended up making the day more memorable and special. All of our vendors did an amazing job and we feel like we got the absolute best from each one. We couldn’t be more pleased with how our special day turned out.”

More amazing professionals that helped pull this celebration full circle:

Photography: Sweet William Photography

Desserts: NM Pie Company

Coordination: Creative Encore Events

Venue: Expo NM- Villa Hispana

Floral Designs:  Enchanted Garden

Catering:  Mon Amis Personal Chefs

Harpist:  Sandi Ludescher, Ya Gotta Have Harp

Live band: Bandalegre

Get in touch with A Contrast in Light LLC!

Bonus Clip! Check out the behind the scenes editing enthusiasm [We love this!]