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!]


Exclusive Interview with Dream Factory Productions

I had the opportunity to dive into some behind the scene details from team leader and owner of Dream Factory Productions.  This is what Patrick Milligan shared about his length in business and what drives his passion every day:

“We have been in business now for 13 years as of December 27th. What drives my passion every day is that when I’m a part of someone’s special day for the 4-5 hours that the reception takes place, the couple and their guest get to forget about all their life’s troubles with work, money, health, and every other one of life’s troubles and live in that moment. Everything for that moment in time doesn’t matter anymore and they can just be a part of the celebration forgetting everything without any stress of everyday life. There is just something magical about playing the right set of music and bringing two families together as one. I have always said that we are in the business of making dreams come true and making memories for everyone. By being honored to be a part of that magic is what drives my passion day in and day out. ” Clouds 3

Shumakolowa Gifts, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

This Southwestern Gift Is a Meaningful Symbol of Love

Shumakolowa Gifts, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

File this under wedding gifts you haven’t thought of! Here in the Southwest we’re surrounded by nature’s gifts and get to experience the art of many cultures every day. The Pueblo Indian people have been making pottery by hand for hundreds of years, and one of their most meaningful and popular forms is the wedding vase. The vases were traditionally used in Pueblo wedding ceremonies, but today they’ve become a moving symbol of love and celebration of marriage. They are also a wedding gift favorite in New Mexico!

1_Marcella Yepa Wedding VaseMarcella Yepa (Jemez Pueblo),

In Pueblo wedding ceremonies, the groom’s parents provide the wedding vase, and on the day of the wedding, the vase is filled with holy water and given to the bride. She drinks from one side and the groom drinks from the other. It’s not so different from the exchanging of rings ceremony.

The two spouts represent the separate spirits of the bride and groom and the handle represents their union. We love the symbolism!

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We’ve learned there’s a wedding vase for every style. For the traditionalist, choose a vase in the traditional style of Santa Clara Pueblo, like this one handmade by legendary artist Mida Tafoya.

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For the nature lover, choose something whimsical and colorful like this contemporary vase made by Carolyn Concho of Acoma Pueblo.

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These inspiring, symbolic works of art make a beautiful and valuable gift that will absolutely stand out from the crowd!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and at Shumakolowa Gifts we’re offering a special gift to celebrate the season of love. With any jewelry purchase of $200 or more at Shumakolowa Gifts now through February 14th, 2015 you will receive a complimentary wedding vase handcrafted by one of the great Acoma Pueblo artists, Judy Lewis.

Here’s to love, art and gifts that truly last forever!

Shumakolowa Gifts is located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104). 505-724-3506.

To view special gift features online, please visit: (please note: complimentary wedding vase with jewelry purchase available in-store only)

Author: Dyannah Byington of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

{Bold and Beautiful Real Wedding} Albuquerque Marriott

Andrea and Peter Konidas held their wedding reception with the Albuquerque Marriott on September 27, 2014 and Kyla was able to share her experience working with this adorable couple.   Andrea Dountas0032  Andrea Dountas0807

“The bride, Andrea, and her mother, Helen Dountas, were an absolute PLEASURE to work with! I love my job, but when you have a bride and family members that are pleasant, and fun in this case to work with, it makes the experience for both you and them so much more wonderful!” – Kyla Montano, Albuquerque MarriottAndrea Dountas0085Along with the hotel, they also paired up with Maria Socha of Sealed with a Kiss as their wedding planner, Nancy Enns from Albuquerque Florist for their flowers, and Blue Rose Photography to make this an unforgettable wedding.  Andrea Dountas0629

Tying the Knot

Relationships Matter! And in your relationship, your wedding day matters most of all. Your wedding day is not simply another step in your relationship, and it even goes beyond remembering a milestone each year. Your wedding day is the day you will mark as THE special moment you joined with family and friends to move your relationship to the ultimate level of love and commitment!  Welcome to our newest Perfect Wedding Guide member, Pastor Paul F. Martinez, with De Novo Pastoral Services.

We are so excited to have De Novo Pastoral Services as a member of our guide and team of wedding experts, and are sure you will enjoy working with him as you plan your future, milestones and other events.

Create a Wedding Website

Our new wedding websites are here! They are a great way to keep friends and family up-to-date with important information about your wedding day!

weddingtool-landing-wedding-website2With our wedding websites you can:

  • Choose from over 100 gorgeous design templates to fit your wedding’s theme
  •  Document your wedding planning experience and solicit advice with a personal blog
  • Show love to your wedding party with photos and stories
  • Chronicle your life’s events with photos

Plus give guests the 411 on important details such as accommodations, local attractions, wedding registry info and more!

Click  here to get started!

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} New Year’s Eve Inspired Decor

Do you need a little sparkle in your life?  How about a gorgeous New Year’s Eve wedding!  From a little glitz and glam, to ringing in the new year with the ones you love, celebrate with shades of green and gold.

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 We’re loving the confetti glitter in the photo ops, the simple and festive wedding cake, the lush green centerpieces atop of the glittery table linens, and you can’t go wrong with decadent cupcakes doubling as place holders for your invited guests.