Sanctuary on the River: The Perfect Venue to Say, I Do

If you haven’t found the right venue for your wedding ceremony and reception, chances are you haven’t found Sanctuary on the River. This amazing and very unique wedding venue is one of New Mexico’s best kept secrets. About a three hour drive southeast of Albuquerque, this exclusive getaway is the ideal location for a wedding unlike any other.

Surrounded by the picturesque mountain landscape of Ruidoso, Sanctuary on the River is naturally beautiful and perfect for that woodland style wedding. With the fresh smell of pine blowing through the cool mountain air and the soothing sound of the Ruidoso River in the background, Sanctuary on the River is the ultimate setting for a romantic outdoor wedding.

Even better, their all inclusive packages make it easy to plan the wedding of your dreams without all the added stress of conventional venues. From Spa Botanica and Hair We Are, their onsite spa and salon, to their talented wedding planners and gorgeous facilities, Sanctuary on the River has everything you need to make your wedding come to life.

Look no further than Sanctuary on the River. Our lovely indoor and outdoor spaces offer couples a variety of options that are guaranteed to make your wedding day an event to remember.

— Sanctuary on the River

Photos by Sanctuary on the River

Check out this clip of Tara + Logan’s wedding by Gray’s Studio at Sanctuary on the River:

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Relax with a Romantic Spa Date Before You Say, “I Do”

In the midst of all the wedding planning excitement, it is always a good idea to slow down and remember what’s really important — your love for each other and your soon-to-be new life together. One of the ways couples are staying grounded is with a relaxing spa date or “pre-moon,” if you will.

Depending on your idea of relaxation, however, there are many ways to recharge in New Mexico, and some at little to no cost. For instance, you can go for a hike at one of our beautiful national preserves like the Valles Caldera or melt your cares away in one of our crystal clear hot springs.

Of course, a luxurious day at the spa is always a convenient option to slip away for a romantic mini getaway and perfect for pampering pre-wedding day! If you would like to unwind before your big day, slip away to one of these beautiful spas right here in the city or just a short drive away.

Photo by La Fonda on the Plaza

Five of Our Favorite Spas Across the State

  1. Green Reed Spa at Sandia Resort & Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  2. The Spa at La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  3. Spa Botanica at Sanctuary on the River, Ruidoso, New Mexico
  4. The Spa at Isleta Resort & Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  5. Bliss Salon & Spa, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Photo by Sanctuary on the River

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Dark & Moody Woodland Beauty: A Northern New Mexico Styled Shoot

Danessa Gonzales, of Black Bow Events, did what she does best for this stunning styled shoot. After her imagination took off and the planning and design stage started to take shape, Danessa recruited some of her favorite experts to bring her vision to life, including Jasper Kay Photography, Bridal Elegance by Darlene, The Flower Company and even Rebel Donut.

At the pleasure of Danessa’s parents, these lovelies set up in the back yard of the Gonzales family residence in the beautiful mountain town of Questa, New Mexico. Everything about the property and surrounding landscape was the perfect setting for the dark and moody color palette paired with dusty pink accents to compliment our legendary pastel sunsets.

As you can see, their hard work paid off and the finished product came together so naturally. Every contribution and design element added the perfect touch, including the place settings by Nambé and the unique jewelry by Lilly Barrack. With a little inspiration and collaboration, the team you hire can make your ideas a dream come true.

My vision for this styled shoot was to showcase the beautiful and opulent lands of northern New Mexico, while going bold with all of the designs. My goal as a planner and designer is to broaden the visions of engaged couples and remind them that nothing is impossible and every vision is worth creating — big or small.

At the heart of my design was the lacy black wedding dress, which perfectly complimented the woodland vibe. From the donut tower to the mountainous backdrop and intimate table setting, there was nothing mundane about this styled wedding shoot. Adorned with thousands of twinkle lights and candles, it was the perfect amount of glimmer and romance.

— Danessa R. Gonzales, Black Bow Events

Photos by Jasper Kay Photography

Meet the professionals who made this styled shoot possible:

Planning, Styling & Décor: Black Bow Events | Photographer: Jasper Kay Photography | Gown: Bridal Elegance by Darlene | Makeup: Edgar Campos | Hair: IG @hmiram + @finessebarberstudio | Jewelry: Lilly Barrack | Suit: Dillard’s | Floral Design: The Flower Company | Beverages: Nuevo Cerveza + Bloody Maria | Place Settings: Nambé | Dessert: Rebel Donut | Venue: Gonzales Residence, Questa, NM

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Make it Official with Kayla Kitts Photography

It’s true, these adorable couples have made it official and we get to make the announcement, thanks to Kayla Kitts Photography. Whether you want to announce your engagement with gorgeous photos in a natural setting like Tent Rocks, on the field at a baseball game or beside a soaring saguaro in Phoenix, Arizona, Kayla is your girl — she’s fun, natural and oh so talented.

Meet the couples who made it official with Kayla Kitts Photography!

Bryanna + Dustin

Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico

 

Celeste + Brandon

Baseball Field, Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Erin + Zach

Phoenix, Arizona

Congratulations, all you love birds!

If you would like to announce your engagement, we’d love to hear from you!

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Earthy Autumn Inspo at El Nido Farm

Nestled in the charming and agricultural landscape of the south valley, the old world architecture and natural elements of the Rio Grande fashioned the perfect setting for this earthy styled shoot at El Nido Farm. Captured by our very own Briana Nicole Photography, I can’t think of a better place to inspire true love than El Nido Farm — which literally means “the nest.”

Like an all-star cast, it is a treat to see these local wedding professionals merge with a kaleidoscope of creativity and talent to design this modern, yet romantic styled shoot to compliment our iconic New Mexico surroundings. This lovely group of ladies who collaborated on this one-of-a-kind shoot are among our faves here at Perfect Wedding Guide.

From the mouthwatering cake by Small Cakes to the antique-style stationery by Funky Olive, the moody color palette is so romantic and timely for this time of year. As we embrace the darker colors of fall, the stained walnut tones of the vintage decor by Darling Details, paired with fig and golden accents against a forest green backdrop creates the perfect mood for autumn inspo.

The inspiration for the cake was vintage romance. We chose a cream and rose gold color palette with a classic design to compliment the warm earth tones of El Nido Farm.

— Brigid, Small Cakes

Photos by Briana Nicole Photography

Meet the professionals who made this styled shoot possible:

Venue: El Nido Farm | Photographer: Briana Nicole Photography | Decor: Darling Details | Planner: Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: 21 Flowers | Cake: Small Cakes | Stationery: Funky Olive | Hair + Makeup: Gypsy Trail Makeup and Hair | Attire: Forever Yours

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Mark Your Calendars for the Diamond Dash Wedding Show!

We hope you are planning to join us at the last EPIC
ABQ Wedding Show of the year!

Diamond Dash Wedding Show

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras NW

VIP Pre-Party, Chapel | 11:30-12:30

Wedding Show, Main Ballroom | 1-4

The Wedding Show as well as the VIP Pre-Party are each $5 online, but prices will go up to $10 at the door!

Make sure to get your tickets here>

This is your chance to see the hottest trends in bridal and men’s formalwear, score giveaways galore and possibly get picked to be one of the 5 lucky ladies to dive into a wedding cake for FREE diamond jewelry from our local Shelton Jewelers, all while planning your wedding with the best — the VERY best!

Here are 5 reasons you don’t want to miss out on the Diamond Dash!

  1. VIP Insider Secrets Pre-Party is happening from 11:30-12:30 in the brand new, beyond amazing, Hyatt Regency ABQ Chapel.
  2. The first 200 engaged couples to check into the show will receive $500 in PWG Bucks to spend toward your dream wedding.
  3. An elite assortment of the most preferred wedding professionals in Albuquerque, all ready to meet you under one roof!
  4. Breathtaking displays sure to inspire and help you envision the perfect celebration for your big day.
  5. Wedding swag and phenomenal specials that can help you maximize your budget and book today’s top wedding professionals.

Click here for tips to get the most out of the Diamond Dash!

Check out our spring Diamond Dash video by Photographic Perspectives:

A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS:

Hyatt Regency | Photographic Perspectives | Cake Fetish | New Mexico Wedding Professionals | King Mobile Music | Bliss Salon & Spa | Suits Unlimited |  | Bridal Elegance by Darlene | Simply Decor & Events

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Anniversary Session at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument: Sarah + Jeremy

It’s very typical to see lots of engagement sessions and real weddings here at Perfect Wedding Guide and we can’t get enough of them! But we don’t always get to see the happy couple post nuptials, so we are just giddy to see this stunning anniversary shoot and share it with all of you!

As usual, our lovely Maura, of Maura Jane Photography, hit a home run with this stunning anniversary photo session at Tent Rocks National Monument. The iconic rock formations of Tent Rocks were the perfect backdrop for Sarah and Jeremy, who hiked the monument when they were dating.

The name Kasha-Katuwe means “white cliffs,” which offered gorgeous ombre hues to compliment the desert color pallet they chose for their photo session. With shades of blue, periwinkle and other natural tones, this photo shoot couldn’t have turned out more enchanting!

Jeremy and I met through a mutual friend on Facebook. I was hesitant to talk to him at first (stranger danger), but he pursued — for 5 years. We finally became friends and then he eventually came out to visit me while I was in school in Oklahoma. We had our first date on New Years Eve and we hit it off right away. Jeremy had me laughing the entire night. It was just natural.

Fast forward a couple of months and I came to visit him for the first time in Albuquerque. I am big into hiking so I begged him to take me to Tent Rocks. It looks so cool in pictures! We hiked all the way to the top to a beautiful overlook where Jeremy leaned over and asked me to be his girlfriend. I was a little stressed, because I thought I already was. This just made it official, I guess.

We wanted to do our anniversary shoot there because it was such a meaningful location to both of us. We didn’t get wedding pictures, so this was the first time we had our professional photos done! We couldn’t have picked a better spot!

— Sarah, Bride

For Sarah and Jeremy’s anniversary session, we hiked the Tent Rock Monument to a location dear to their heart. Sarah wore a flowy tulle blue skirt contrasting perfectly with the pink and white rocks. She carried a gorgeously messy bouquet from Floriography, full of desert flowers, pomegranates and roses. Sarah wanted her bouquet to have native flowers since New Mexico is where their love truly bloomed. Her hair and makeup by Genica Lee was simple yet truly complimented Sarah’s natural beauty. We tried to capture the effortlessness of Sarah and Jeremy’s love for each other as they danced and ran through the mountains hand in hand.

— Maura, Maura Jane Photography

Photos by Maura Jane Photography
Happy Anniversary, Sarah and Jeremy!
Meet the professionals who helped make their anniversary session possible:
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