Diamond Dash Bridal Show November 16th

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The next Perfect Wedding Guide Diamond Dash is only a month away!

Before the bridal show on November 16th you will have the opportunity to sit in on an exclusive, complimentary forum where you will learn some insider secrets to planning the perfect wedding, brought to you by the New Mexico Wedding Professionals from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Click here to register for our Insider Secrets To Your Wedding Seminar.

Be one of the first 200 to check into the show and you will receive $500 in PWG Bucks to be used towards products and services with participating wedding professionals. Let’s make the wedding of your dreams a reality!
You could be chosen as one of the 5 lucky participants to cake dive in search of FREE diamond jewelry.
You will be automatically entered in to win a honeymoon trip to Jamaica, among many other generous giveaways! After all this wedding planning you’re going to need it.
For more information about wedding and bridal events in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Wedding Venue Spotlight} The Banque Lofts/Studio 23 Events

Take in the scenery and mountain views while you plan your next special event at the rooftop of the Banque Building at The Banque Lofts.  The view from this 8,000 square foot deck will take your breath away.  Accommodating up to 150 guests on our rooftop and up to 250 guests on our 8th floor loft, this venue is the perfect setting for wedding receptions.  This spectacular rooftop deck features an expansive wet bar with catering kitchen, and adjoining bathroom facilities.

8th Floor Loft Wedding Reception at the Banque Lofts.  Photo Credit: A Contrast in Light, LLC.
8th Floor Loft Wedding Reception at the Banque Lofts.
Photo Credit: A Contrast in Light, LLC.
Lounge Area on the 8th Floor.  Photo Credit: J. Fierro Photography
Lounge Area on the 8th Floor.
Photo Credit: J. Fierro Photography
The Banque Lofts Wedding Reception. Photo Credit: A Contrast In Light, LLC.
The Banque Lofts Wedding Reception.
Photo Credit: A Contrast In Light, LLC.

“I always dreamed of having my fairytale wedding and my dream came true. The staff went above and beyond for my special day. So professional and made my family and friends feel welcomed. I would highly recommend this wedding venue.” -Denneca, A Banque Lofts Bride

Rooftop Ceremony. Photo Credit: Kevin's Photography
Rooftop Ceremony.
Photo Credit: Kevin’s Photography
Banque Lofts Rooftop Bar Photo Credit: The Banque Lofts
Banque Lofts Rooftop Bar
Photo Credit: The Banque Lofts
The Banque Lofts. 3rd and Central Banque Building.
The Banque Lofts. 3rd and Central Banque Building.

The Banque Lofts

219 Central Ave. NW

Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 219-3107

For more great wedding venues, and for everything else you need to plan your wedding, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

2014 Bride’s Select Awards Winners

Our Santa Fe and Albuquerque brides have spoken and all the votes are in for this year’s Bride’s Select Awards!

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Congratulations to the 2014 Bride’s Select Awards Winners:

Best Wedding Coordinator: Alena Swanson, LLC Wedding and Event Planning

Best Hairstylist or Salon: Bliss Salon & Spa

Best Spa or Place To Relax: Betty’s Bath & Day Spa

Best Place to Order A Wedding Cake: ABC Cake Shop and Bakery

Best Catering or Restaurant: Mon Amis Personal Chefs

Best Place to Have a Bachelorette Party: Sandia Casino & Resort

Best Place to Have a Rehearsal Dinner: El Pinto Restaurant

Best Place to Have a Wedding Reception: Hotel Albuquerque

Best Place to Have a Wedding Ceremony: Nature Pointe

Best Wedding Officiant: Amor Ceremonies

Best Transportation Company: Star Limo

Best Pre-Marital Education: The Family Lifeline

Best Rental Company: Classic Party Rentals

Best Floral Designer: Albuquerque Florist

Best Bridal Gown Shop: David’s Bridal

Best Men’s Formalwear Shop: Men’s Wearhouse

Best Hotel For Guest Accommodations: Hotel Andaluz

Best Place to Order Invitations: Differently Designed

Best Disc Jockey: Dream Factory Productions

Best Ceremony Musician and/or Company: Dream Factory Productions

Best Photographer: Kevin’s Photography

Best Videography: Loving Image Wedding Videography & Music

Best Photobooth Rental: Kevin’s Photography

Best Gift Registry: Bed Bath & Beyond

Best Unique Wedding Service: Amor Ceremonies

For more information about next year’s Bride’s Select Awards, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

2014 Denim & Diamonds Client Appreciation Party

Our 2014 Client Appreciation Party was a heck of a shindig this year! All of the best wedding professionals of Santa Fe and Albuquerque and their friends and  families came together for a night of country line dancing, laughs, great food, and celebrating the recipients of this year’s Bride Select Awards.

A very special thank you to all of our unbelievably talented clients who came to celebrate another fantastic year with The Perfect Wedding Guide. Thank you to Blue Plate Special for providing all of the delicious food, A Cake Odyssey for providing all of the delectable desserts, S.Strine Photography for capturing the party, Nature Pointe for hosting our party at their gorgeous venue, Brad King of King Mobile Music for keeping everyone dancing and laughing all night,  Simply Décor for the gorgeous royal blue table linens,  Finishing Touches for the cute and trendy burlap table runners and Forever Folded  for the super unique western inspired centerpieces. You all made this event possible… and so much fun!

Nature Pointe Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography

Nature Pointe
Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography

Denim and Diamonds Decor by Black Swan Events Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
Denim and Diamonds Decor by Black Swan Events
Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
2014 Bride Select Awards Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
2014 Bride Select Awards
Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
2014 Bride Select Award Winners! Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
2014 Bride Select Award Winners!
Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
Catering by Blue Plate Special Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
Catering by Blue Plate Special
Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
Catering by Blue Plate Special.  Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
Catering by Blue Plate Special.
Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
Photo Credit: S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Desserts by A Cake Odyssey. Photo by S.Strine Photography
Desserts by A Cake Odyssey. Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Brad King of King Mobile Entertainment. Photo by S.Strine Photography
Brad King of King Mobile Entertainment.
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography
Photo by S.Strine Photography

To learn how to become a Perfect Wedding Guide vendor and become part of the family, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Local Venue Spotlight} Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill & The Lemoni Lounge

Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill & The Lemoni Lounge  located in the heart of the hip Nob Hill area of Albuquerque boasts award-winning Greek cuisine for the past 20 years and is available as a wedding reception venue, wedding reception catering, or for wedding showers and parties. Voted Best Greek Restaurant by Albuquerque The Magazine and Best Albuquerque Restaurant by The Alibi, Yanni’s offers a truly unique dining experience that is a treat not only for the palate but for the eyes and ears as well.

Yanni's Mediterran Grill & The Lemoni Lounge
Yanni’s Mediterran Grill & The Lemoni Lounge

Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill & The Lemoni Lounge offers a sense of intimacy and airiness with its multiple room floor plan, separate full-service banquet and private dining facility, and the chic Lemoni Bar.

Yanni's Banquet Room Photo Credit: Yanni's Mediterranean Grill
Yanni’s Banquet Room
Photo Credit: Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill

“Our elegant, private dining room features a wall of windows that overlooks the vibrant Nob Hill district and a separate entrance area. It is the perfect place to host your intimate wedding reception or shower, rehearsal dinner, engagement or anniversary party. Experience the best food, service and atmosphere there is! Total privacy for up to 100 guests.” –Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill

Yanni's Mediterranean Grill. Photo Credit: Yanni's
Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill.
Photo Credit: Yanni’s
The Lemoni Lounge
The Lemoni Lounge

Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill offers award-winning Greek cuisine featuring Greek traditional dishes, outstanding pasta options, pizzas, fresh seafood and the finest steaks and chops.

Yanni's Mediterranean Grill Catering
Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill Catering
Yanni's Mediterranean Grill Catering
Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill Catering
Yanni's Mediterranean Grill
Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill
Yanni's Mediterranean Grill Catering
Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill Catering

Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill & The Lemoni Lounge

3109 Central NE

Albuquerque, NM 87106

505-268-9250

For more fantastic wedding venues in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque area, and for everything else you need to plan your wedding, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration}Guys Just Wanna Have Fun, Too!

Let the guys unleash their dramatic side with fun groomsmen group photos inspired by their favorite show or pastime to really let them let loose and let their personalities shine through in your wedding photography.

Groomsmen photography by A Contrast In Light, LLC
Groomsmen photography by A Contrast In Light, LLC
Groomsmen Photography by A Contrast In Light, LLC.
Groomsmen Photography by A Contrast In Light, LLC.
“When we met with the groom and bride we emphasized that we really want to capture what they are into. We got up to Taos and the groomsman had gone shooting that morning and one of them mentioned that they felt like characters from Breaking Bad and they had a lot of fun shooting some cans. Then, The idea came up… so we made sure all the guns were cleared and then double checked to make sure they were extra clear and had them walk down a dirt road and do their thing. It was so much fun. Fun ideas really help to get away from a cookie cutter wedding photo. We loved every second of it!” -Brad Tillotson, A Contrast In Light, LLC.
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
505-417-7706
For more wedding inspiration from real Albuquerque and Santa Fe weddings, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

PS Party Outfitters Has A New Location!

PS Party Outfitters has moved to 309 Rio Grande Blvd.!

Wedding table decor and dinnerware provided by PS Party Outfitters.  Photo Credit: Bryan's Photography
Wedding table decor and dinnerware provided by PS Party Outfitters.
Photo Credit: Bryan’s Photography
Wedding table rentals by PS Party Outfitters. Photo Credit: Bryan's Photography
Wedding table rentals by PS Party Outfitters.
Photo Credit: Bryan’s Photography

PS Party Outfitters is your one-stop-shop for wedding and event rentals. From linens to glassware and chairs and DJ services, PS Party Outfitters has you covered for your big day.

Stop by and visit them at their new location:

PS Party Outfitters

309 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

Albuquerque, NM, 87107

For everything you need to plan your wedding in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

 

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} Southwestern Sweethearts

Adding a Southwestern flare to your wedding has never been so sweet. Wedding Coordinator Maria Socha of Sealed With A Kiss, LLC. wedding planning provided us with these amazing photos from two dream  Southwestern themed weddings that she helped become a reality. From cowboy hats to turquoise touches, this weekend wedding inspiration might inspire you to add a little New Mexico flavor into your wedding as well.

Photography by Talitha A. Tarro Photography
Photography by Talitha A. Tarro Photography
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Photography Credit: Seth Goodman Photography

Sealed With A Kiss, LLC

Albuquerque, NM 87109

(505)363-5176

For more wedding inspiration, and for everything else you need to plan your wedding, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Wedding Venue Spotlight} Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz is a beautifully unique historical downtown Albuquerque hotel that opened in 1939 as the first hotel in New Mexico constructed by New Mexico native Conrad Hilton. Hotel Andaluz is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel in Albuquerque and is one of only two GOLD Leed certified hotels in the US. Along with unmatched boutique hotel amenities and service for your wedding guests in an ideal downtown location, the rich architecture and wedding venue options offered at Hotel Andaluz makes it the ideal venue for a chic wedding in Albuquerque.

Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz prides itself on being the venue of choice for exquisite wedding ceremonies, dramatic ballroom celebrations, and exceptional food and service in a glamorous location.

Hotel Andaluz' Barcelona Ballroom.  Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
Hotel Andaluz’ Barcelona Ballroom can seat up to 200 guests and is ideal for both wedding ceremonies as well as receptions.
Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
Hotel Andaluz Lobby Wedding Ceremony. Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
Hotel Andaluz Lobby Wedding Ceremony.
Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
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Hotel Andaluz’ Casablanca room accommodates 200 cocktail reception guests or up to 70 formally seated guests. The hotel provides custom configurations for each event, hardwood floors and LED accent lighting. Custom up-lighting packages are available. Chiavari chairs and three centerpiece options are also available.

“My wedding was perfect and Hotel Andaluz was an amazing venue picture perfect. Nancy was super accommodating. Not to mention when I got to my room they came up with a tray of chocolate covered strawberries and champagne.” -Mindy, Hotel Andaluz Bride

Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
Photo Credit: Blue Rose Photography
Photo Credit: Blue Rose Photography
Photo Credit: Blue Rose Photography
Photo Credit: Blue Rose Photography
Hotel Andaluz
Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz

125 Second Street

Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 923-9056

For more amazing wedding venues, and for everything else you need to plan your wedding, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} Shabby Chic Romance

This week’s Weekend Wedding Inspiration is for the romantics out there. Wedding coordinator and magic maker Alena Swanson helped make  Leah & Jared’s vision of a shabby chic blush pink and gray wedding come to life at the beautiful Hotel Albuquerque earlier this year.

Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Alena Swanson

Photography by: Bryan’s Photography

Wedding Venue: Hotel Albuquerque

Suits by: Suits Unlimited

For more wedding inspiration and for everything you need to plan your wedding, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.