Trending: Cake Designs to Take Your Breath Away

Most of us usually don’t think of the amount of skill and work it takes to create one these beautiful masterpieces when we think of wedding cakes. And yet, that’s exactly what they are — a masterpiece. Creating one of these modern marvels is like creating an edible work of art. Especially with the endless styles and designs people dream up, wedding cakes are no longer limited to the buttercream frosting and fake pearls of old.

Cakes have only become more intricate with modern trends including metallics, ruffles and polka dots, sprinkles, fruit and edible flowers and one of my favorites, hand-painted. Wherever you draw your inspiration, however, we have the best local wedding cakes artists who are always up for a challenge. To help you decide on a cake for your wedding, here are some of the trending masterpieces sweeping bakeries around the world.

I. Dripping & Metallic Cakes

Metallic and mouthwatering dripping cakes are perfect for brides and grooms who are trendy and all about modern design. These cakes are classy and edgy all wrapped into one delicious concoction!

Cake by Hansel & Gretel Cakes. Photo by Tennille Fink
Cake by Chocolate Maven, Photo by Alicia Lucia Photography

II. Ruffled & Polka Dot Cakes

For a softer touch, ruffles and polka dots are perfect for a romantic wedding with soft colors. No matter what trends come and go, these classic styles are always a beautiful option.

Cake by Chocolate Maven
Cake by Savory Fare, Photo by Maura Jane Photography

III. Fruit Topped & Edible Flower Cakes

Coinciding with the farm-to-table movement, cakes mounded with fresh fruit and edible flowers are perfect for those of us who prefer an organic-style cake inspired by nature.

Photo by We Are All Stardust
Cake by Chocolate Maven

IV. Sprinkle Cakes

You can never go wrong with sprinkles! With a modern twist on sprinkles these days, they are sophisticated and fun. Give your inner child the option to have sprinkles or not and you will always choose sprinkles!

Cake by Bespoke Bride
Cake by Style Sweet CA

V. Hand Painted Cakes

As an artist, it’s only natural for me to love hand-painted cakes. If Leonardo da Vinci were still alive, I’m certain his inbox would be flooded with requests for one of these original works of art!

Photo by Cake Ink
Cake by Bobbette & Belle, Photo by Vicki Bartel Photography
Cake by Olofson Design, Photo by Anneli Marinovich Wedding & Lifestyle Photography

As you can see, many of these cakes are a combination of modern trends and styles. Have fun and play with different styles to create your own original wedding cake masterpiece!

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Darling Backyard Wedding {Caren + Henry}

Caren and Henry’s love for traveling is one of the many things that drew this adorable couple together so it was no surprise that their early fall wedding would follow suit. The hidden details of their travel theme blended well with their gorgeous color scheme of pink, white, blue and gold.

Before the ceremony, the bride had the sweetest first-look like none I’ve seen before – with her parents. This moment was super sweet and seeing how tight this family is, it certainly added the perfect touch! Of course, she shared some romantic moments with her hubby-to-be, but the first-look with her parents is sure to be a trendsetter!

After some intimate family portraits captured by Arielei Kinzer Photography, it was off to the beautiful, outdoor ceremony that took place at Corrales Winery – the perfect setting for a September wedding. Sunglasses and dried lavender cones were prepared for the guests to partake in their celebration as man and wife.

Once they exchanged vows, they were whisked away in a classic car as their driver chauffeured Caren and Henry off into the sunset and faded into the horizon to their next adventure – their reception, that is. As they were greeted with cheers and well-wishes, they made their way to their backyard reception where they celebrated well into the night.

The reception was adorned with remnants and mementos of their travels around the world together with some of their favorite quotes, demonstrating their deep love for one another. And to top it off, the night was brought to a close as the new couple and their families sent lanterns in the night sky for all the world to see!
“Henry and Caren were married at the scenic Corrales Winery with their aunt as their officiant. They included a wine ceremony into their nuptials, which was a perfect pairing with their winery setting! Afterward, guests headed down the road to Henry’s grandparents’ house for a darling backyard reception where Henry spent many birthday and holiday celebrations as a child. The happy couple was greeted by a procession of guests who tossed lavender as they entered their reception! The day was full of personal touches — like a globe for a guest book and Caren’s furry best friend Honey as her flower girl.”

– Arielei, Arielei Kinzer Photography

Photos by Arielei Kinzer Photography

Congratulations, Caren and Henry!

September 24, 2016

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Ceremony Venue: Corrales Winery | Flowers: Stephanie Yardman | Photographer: Arielei Kinzer Photography | Makeup: Kata Baron | Hair: Britney-Rae Sanchez | Dress: Alvina Valenta | Videographer: Windswept Media

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Thank Heaven for The Chocolate Maven!

Don’t be fooled by its name. While they are experts in the field of chocolate, their expertise goes well beyond the realm of cocoa into a realm all its own. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this charming bakery and cafe known as The Chocolate Maven serves up savory eats and sweet treats that are absolutely heavenly. With a wide variety of options to choose from, they literally have something for everyone – including gluten-free! – I can’t wait to try their blue corn blueberry pancakes.

Whether you want a hardy breakfast, a quick lunch or simply want to treat yourself to a coffee and pastry, you will fall in love with The Chocolate Maven. For one, the staff is just as warm and inviting as a batch of their famous cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven! Aside from the amazing team of mavens, however, it’s all about their delicious food and desserts. One look at their menu and I am certain you will find something that is sure to satisfy. A traditional and personal favorite of mine… the chilaquiles, of course!

Not to mention, they make the most beautiful wedding cakes the Queen of England would be proud to eat! And trust me, they taste as divine as they look! If you want something a little different for your wedding, not to worry. At The Chocolate Maven, you are not limited to cake. You can have pie, pastries, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies or just about anything you can dream of. Whatever you decide, you can be confident that every confection will be done with excellence. Take a look at these delectable treats!

Photo by Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo by Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo by Alicia Lucia Photography

Quality is never compromised at The Maven. Ingredients are never skimped on. Everything is done with an eye to integrity and excellence.

– Chocolate Maven

Drop by The Chocolate Maven or give them a call to get your wedding on the schedule. At The Chocolate Maven, not a single sprinkle is ever out of place!

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How to Survive Your First Bridal Appointment

It can be a daunting task. Choosing the perfect wedding gown, that is. After all, picking out your wedding dress is the second most important decision to picking out your fiancé! To help you survive this fun, but sometimes overwhelming task, we compiled a short list of tips to get you on your way.

Don’t worry, you can thank us later!

Photo by The Dressing Room West, Santa Fe

Tip #1

Don’t Get Frustrated with Your Consultant’s Nosiness

She’ll probably ask about your venue, the proposal, your theme, the colors you’ll be using and even your budget. Just keep your cool. Especially when it comes to your budget. They just want to make sure they’re on the same page as you. And they certainly don’t want you to waste 90 minutes of your precious planning time looking at gowns you hate.

Tip #2

Bring Photos

Your Pinterest wedding board (or boards, if you’re a crazy planner like we are) is quite handy! You can show your consultant gowns you like, or even gown silhouettes for a general idea. Photos will help your consultant see your vision and guide you to specific designers and dresses that will fit the bill!

Tip #3

Come Prepared

In this case, we’re not talking about your typical, “Make sure you bring a camera and a bottle of champagne!” No. What we’re talking about is underwear. Don’t get us wrong, going commando is a personal preference and we respect that. But if you don’t wear underwear, unfortunately, they can’t let you try on their gorgeous gowns.

Save yourself the headache and a trip to Victoria’s Secret. And just remember to wear full-coverage underwear to your first, second, third, fourth, and hundredth bridal appointment. We’re not joking about this.

Tip #3 1/2

Cover Up the Goods

Building on that thought, full-coverage underwear is always a very, very good idea. Consultants don’t necessarily mind what kind of underwear you wear, but they do want you to be comfortable. They will be in the dressing room with you to help you try on gowns and if you don’t want them to see you in anything revealing, take the necessary steps to cover up.

As always, you’re welcome to the disposable underwear they keep in store, though they aren’t very flattering! The upside, however, is that their disposable underwear option also saves yours from getting caught in the zipper, which tends to happen with lacy and stringy underwear. And they don’t want your expensive undies to get ripped any more than you do.

Tip #4

Leave the Entourage at Home

Because your wedding is going to be absolutely amazing, a lot of people will want to accompany you every step of the way. But it’s okay to say no! In fact, our tip number four is to actually limit the number of people you bring to your bridal appointment.

Not only can it get crowded in the store, but it can be really, really overwhelming for you as the bride (and your consultant!). Keeping your entourage to one or two trustworthy, honest and supportive peeps is the best thing to keep the experience fun and fruitful — as it should be.

Plus, if your loudly opinionated Aunt Betty insists on coming with you, simply make a separate appointment after you decide on a gown. That way, she’ll still get a sneak peak and feel included. You can even make 200 appointments just to try on the same gown, they don’t mind at all.

Tip #5

EAT BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

Our last tip probably should have been #1 because it is very, very important. And we get it, we really do. You don’t want to be bloated, or sluggish while you’re trying on gowns, but please trust us when we say you must eat. You’ll be in and out of heavy gowns very quickly and it can get pretty warm beneath all those layers of tulle. In fact, some consultants have actually had girls pass out mid-appointment, because all they had that day was a venti caramel macchiato. Don’t be that girl!

Photo by Bridal Elegance By Darlene, K. Mari Photography

To recap, here’s what you need for your appointment: food, underwear, your two best friends and an idea of what you want. Yes, that is in descending order of importance. In fact, if all you do is eat a full meal and wear underwear, you’ll probably have a pretty successful shopping trip.

Good luck! And make sure to try the amazing bridal shops we have right here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe!

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Plan Your Dream Wedding with Found Hearts Event Planning

With Found Hearts Event Planning — your premier wedding planner in the 505 — not a single detail of your wedding will be overlooked. It’s true ladies, you can have the wedding of your dreams and actually enjoy it! Serving New Mexico and southern Colorado, this young business is growing rapidly and it’s easy to see why. Found Hearts Event Planning has been planning gorgeous, Pinterest worthy weddings for three years and yours could be next.

Located in Los Lunas, New Mexico the dynamic team of wedding planners at Found Hearts works hard to make your vision a reality. With a personal approach to their planning method, they truly listen to every client, ensuring that their wedding is the most important event on their calendar. And throughout the process, they make sure to add personal touches that are unique to the couple and tell their story in a way that will be unforgettable!

Photos by Matt Blasing Photography, Casa Rondena Winery

There is nothing more fantastic than the outcome of your event. From start to finish, you will experience a whirlwind of smiles and memorable moments. Let us do all the planning so you can enjoy the event.

— Found Hearts Event Planning

Photo by Lyndsey Garber Photography

Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding or large soiree, Found Hearts Event Planning offers a variety of packages to suit your needs and they can handle it with ease. With Found Hearts you can be sure to have a quality event at an affordable price. Start planning the wedding of your dreams with Found Hearts Event Planning!

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Red Doc Farm Engagement {Manny + Melinda}

Located in Belen, New Mexico, about 35 miles south of Albuquerque, Red Doc Farm was the perfect location for Manny and Melinda’s picturesque engagement shoot. After all, this vast cattle ranch is where they first met. And as fellow kin of the farming and ranching community, announcing their engagement any other way would be downright unnatural.

Captured by Maura Jane Photography, with large green pastures and the famous sunset of the southwest landscape as their makeshift studio, their engagement shoot was picture perfect. And seeing how these two lovebirds look at each other, makes it obvious that they are head over heels. As you can see, these two are literally a match made in ranching heaven!

Manny and Melinda both grew up with the farm and ranching lifestyle and decided there was no better place to take their engagement pictures then at Red Doc Farm, where they met and fell in love. One special day Melinda’s dad asked Manny to go pick up some bales of hay he had left on the field at her grandparents farm. After some of the bales had been picked up Manny asked Melinda to check the tool box in the truck for some gloves. Upon opening the took box, Melinda found a bouquet of flowers inside. Confused, she asked everyone why her dad had flowers in the tool box. Manny took her hand and led her to the tailgate of the truck where he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. We are so excited to share their adorable engagement session! Congrats Manny and Melinda!

— Maura, Maura Jane Photography

Photos by Maura Jane Photography

Congratulations, Manny and Melinda! We can’t wait to see your wedding!

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Trending: Bars Beyond Cocktails

We’ve all seen them. You know what I’m talking about… the plethora of this, that and the other “bar” on Pinterest. They’re everywhere screaming at you to have one at your wedding. And, well, you should! Bars beyond cocktails are one of the things your guest will love the most. They go beyond the traditional, yet delicious wedding cake (which you still need to have by the way). That is, unless you want to start a riot!

Not to worry, bars have come such a long way since the days of boxed wine and Shirley Temples. In fact, the skies the limit when it comes to bars and the more creative the better! I recently had the pleasure of attending a friend’s wedding and she had a mouthwatering popcorn bar with all kinds of different flavors I never knew existed, even green chile cheese! And to be quite honest, I don’t think I enjoyed popcorn more than I did that day.

Aside from popcorn, however, there are so many options when it comes to bars. Like I said the skies the limit, so be creative! They’re just so much fun and certainly leave a lasting impression. Here’s a list of popular bar ideas to get your bar juices flowing: s’mores, popcorn, candy, coffee, ice-cream, fruit, pie, donuts, bake-off (bar meets contest). Just remember to put your own spin on your bar and you’ll be golden!

Photo by Lauren Rae Photography
Photo by Novel Hill Studio
Photo by Novel Hill Studio
Photo by Lauren Kirkbride Photography
Photo by This Love of Yours Photography

For some reason treats taste so much better from a “bar.” Having the freedom to choose the flavors you want and going back for seconds and thirds without any judgement is what makes bars so amazing. After all they’re pretty much the fancy equivalent to an all-you-can-eat buffet!

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