Smallcakes, Big Hearts {Vendor Spotlight!}

Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, we don’t pick favorites when it comes to the incredible local wedding professionals in New Mexico. When every business contributes, in its own way, to the eclectic wedding market here in Albuquerque + Santa Fe, providing engaged couples with so many options for their big day… well, how could we?!

Actually, never mind. We can do it just like this: Smallcakes is our favorite cupcakery in New Mexico. 

Whew! Feels good to get that out in the open and, no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that Smallcakes is the only team of bakers and makers in New Mexico who have specifically dedicated their talents to becoming cupcake experts. Although, that is a pretty good reason to love them, too.

Smallcakes: A Cupcakery is our favorite cupcakery in New Mexico because they actually do so much more than just cupcakes. Whatever you’ve previously believed about bakeries, cupcakes, wedding cakes, and the like — throw it out the window, because Smallcakes transcends all the customary boundaries. We’re not just talking your typical customization options, either.

Custom, handmade cookies? Check. Bachelorette parties? You got it. If that’s not enough for you either, they also do groom cakes — which we haven’t seen anywhere else — smash cakes, and gluten-free cakes. The best part too, is they have over 120 flavor choices for you to taste, delight in, and choose from.

Oh, and get this. Did you know that if you order your sweet treats from Smallcakes for your wedding day, you’ll also receive a complimentary couple’s cake for your one year anniversary?! There. Your anniversary dinner is already taken care of for you.

The team at Smallcakes: A Cupcakery is ceaselessly working to improve and elevate the wedding community here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, so yes. They are our favorite cupcakery. This might be controversial to some, but with the flavors, fun, and friendly faces, how could they not be?

To schedule a tasting for your custom wedding sweets, you can contact Smallcakes: A Cupcakery here.

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Behind the Booth at Wedding Shows

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to attend one of Perfect Wedding Guide‘s several local wedding shows throughout the year, then you probably know they’re quite the production. Take our Diamond Dash show, for example, with it’s elaborate decor, fashion show, and signature cake-diving event. {Eep! The Diamond Dash on October 28th is right around the corner now, too!}

Our team can only take credit for a portion of the grandeur, because while it is a Perfect Wedding Guide event, the heart of the day comes from the local wedding professionals who fill up Hyatt Regency Albuquerque‘s ballroom with goodies, gifts, and great advice. Which isn’t always easy, and only comes to fruition with the hard work and dedication of these business owners. To make things a bit easier for our local wedding champions though, our team put together a few tips and tricks for local vendors to help their day run smoothly.

So hey there, wedding professionals, this one is for you! For our fellow wedding-lovers and engaged couples though, stick around and get a sneak peak into the love and determination from Albuquerque + Santa Fe wedding experts have cultivated in order to be there, for you, on your special day. {Plus you can check out some of our favorite booths from past shows too — it’s some serious, real-life wedding inspo!}

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Getting an edge on your next wedding show


 

  1. Arrive early.  Wedding shows are automatically one of the best places to rekindle old friendships, start new collaborations, grab breakfast together, and showcase your products/services to the active movers and shakers in the wedding community.  
  1. Stay late.  Some of the most serious brides/grooms will linger through to the end of the show (as well as stay after to chat it up with their fave connections).  Don’t pack up early! 
  1. Be the expert.  Don’t just showcase YOUR products and services but show that you’re well connected and knowledgeable by asking about the bride’s other chosen vendors, venue, and decisions about her wedding.  Comment, engage, and show your enthusiasm for her choices.

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  1. Have a strategy.  Not only do you want to have a follow up strategy for AFTER the show, but you want to have a good strategy for obtaining “hot” leads DURING the show.  Are you taking notes?  Are they filling out a short form with you? Instead of mass “it was nice to meet you” emails, try to personalize your follow up with special details you’ve noted about their wedding.  
  1. Share away.  Be sure to announce in the weeks leading up to the show that you’ll be there (via emails to your brides, announce it on your website, and share on your social platforms).  It’s a great way to encourage couples to stop by your booth…especially for any potential clients that haven’t solidified their contract with you. And, what a great way to show your potential and current clients that you specialize in weddings and are well-connected amongst the wedding community. 
  1. Be interested.  Ask questions, be engaging, and create memorable conversations. 
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  1. Set the stage.  Don’t sit down….stand and engage with clients at eye level.  Don’t put your table at the front of your booth…put it behind you to create a more inviting experience and less of a barrier for conversation. 
  1. Do contests.  Create fun social media tagging contests for all guests (not just the bride) to engage in with universal gifts as the reward for the winner (such as a Target gift card).  What a great way to elevate your social media experience and magnify your exposure to not just the bride’s friends, but to the bride’s guest’s friends too!   
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Why Your Photographer Thinks You Should Hire a Wedding Planner {Guest Post!}

A very special thank you to Beth Waldron Photography, a New Mexico photographer based in Corrales, for sharing her wedding expertise with us + allowing us to pass it on to our local engaged couples in this guest post!

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4 Reasons to Hire a Planner — from a Photographer’s Perspective

Planning your wedding can be really fun. It can also be a source of stress in what should otherwise be a joyful time. If you have room in your budget for a wedding planner, then here are four reasons to hire one, from a photographer’s perspective. 

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Your decor – This might be the first thing you think of when you hear “wedding planner.” A well dressed person running around with material swatches and flower arrangements.

They do so much more than this, but the gorgeous decor part is definitely true.

When you want your wedding decorations to be on point and everything to look amazing, hiring a planner is a great way to do that. They’ll get to know you and take everything you hope and dream about your wedding and make magic with your ideas to turn them into reality. It’s what they do. Especially if you have a vision of a wedding that is uniquely you. They work tirelessly behind the scenes and at all hours…building and crafting and designing and ironing. They create magic.

Truthfully, all weddings can be photographed beautifully. But if you read wedding magazines and blogs and you love how beautiful and styled everything is in the articles, and want your wedding to be like that … that wedding styling is generally the genius of a wedding planner. They make everything, including photographers, look good.

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Your timeline – Your wedding day needs a timeline. And your wedding planning needs a timeline too. The reasons for this could fill another blog post. There are a lot of details to get done for your day to happen and run smoothly. Wedding planners know when things have to happen in order to get everything done in time for your wedding day. When do you need to have all of your ideas finalized so everything can be ordered or made in time? When do you need to order everything? When do you start making decor items you can’t buy somewhere? Anyone can be organized, so while the organization is great, it’s the experience and knowledge of a planner that makes them worth the expense.
A planner will help you build a realistic timeline for your wedding day. How much time do you need for getting ready? How much time will your wedding party need? Will you really have enough time to get from location A to location B? What will your guests do while you’re taking portraits with the photographer? Who will decide when to do toasts and cake cutting?

It’s true that your vendors can help you with your timeline. Your photographer can suggest you pad certain areas with more time and estimate how much time you’ll need for portraits. Your DJ can suggest when to have your toasts and when to cut the cake. Your hair and makeup team can estimate how long it will take to get everyone ready. But a wedding planner will have a vision for the day, pull all of the pieces together, and keep everyone to it as well as they can, while also handling any crisis that comes their way.

If you contract a wedding planner for day of services, then they’ll be there setting things up and keeping things running all day and you get to relax and be present. And then they clean up, which is awesome. Some wedding planners have a day of only service as well.

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Your budget – Your planner will keep you on budget. A good planner evaluates what details  are most meaningful to you in your ideas. They’ll see where you can spend and where you should think about being more thrifty. And they keep you on track in your contracts and payments with vendors.

Your planner will have the hard discussions with you and manage your expectations. If your dreams don’t align with your budget, then your planner can help you find areas to spend less for more or where things can be made instead of purchased.

Wedding planners keep everything in one place. There’s a list of vendors working on the wedding with a timeline for when they get payment for their services.

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Your vendors – Planners can recommend vendors to work with, which is a great thing. But even when you choose your own vendors, a planner keeps them informed about everything. Who’s doing what? Where do they go? When are they supposed to be there? What’s happening when? Who to talk to about what details? Are they delivering what they promised? Are they where they’re supposed to be? They might feel like they herd cats.

A planner is also a single point of contact for all of your vendors, and they defuse any situations that may arise, vendor and personal. And for any of you thinking, “It’s a wedding, what situations could there be?” Oh, it happens. It could be anything from “the bus arrived late to get the bride from the cabin where she’s getting ready with her bridesmaids and the bride will be at least 45 minutes late to the ceremony” (yes…this one is real) to a disagreement between vendors or an overly rowdy guest/family member.

As a vendor, it’s very helpful to have a point of contact for the entire wedding. Planners keep you informed and send you information you don’t even know you need until you need it. Amazing. If you want this level of detail, definitely hire a wedding planner and let your friends and family relax with you on your wedding day while someone else takes care of everything.

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If you’ve ever had the thought, “Do I really need a wedding planner? What do they do anyway?” or wished that someone who isn’t a wedding planner give you some real talk for why you should spend your money on a wedding planner, there it is. A good wedding planner is going to make sure your wedding is gorgeous and everything goes smoothly for you and your wedding vendors. Worth every penny.

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Memorable Ways to Use Orchids in Your Wedding {Guest Post!}

It’s always a pleasure to share our little stage with wedding experts and business owners. Enjoy this delightfully informative guest post on orchids from our friends, Whole Blossom! 

 

Orchids are one of the most beautiful wedding flowers to be ever used in décor and floral arrangements. The flowers which belong to one of the largest flowering families extending up to almost 2000 varieties are a delight to watch in all sorts of wedding flower arrangements right from centerpieces and bridal bouquets to corsages and boutonnieres.  Right from the durability and natural beauty to versatility (in terms of shapes and sizes) and bright colors; the flowers tick all the right boxes when it comes to weddings and celebration décor. You could easily buy orchids online from a variety of floral services and they are easily available throughout the year for couples to help them welcome their wedding guests in more unique and delightful ways. 

Whether you’re getting married in a classic and traditional ceremony or you’re thinking about a more contemporary look, whether a tropical or a beach wedding is your pick or you want a ballroom nuptial event; the flower could serve the purpose perfectly well for all sorts of wedding styles, décor, venues, flower arrangements, color palettes, and themes. There are many varieties of these gorgeous petals but the most preferred varieties for weddings include; Phalaenopsis Orchids, Cymbidium Orchids (boat orchids), and Dendrobium Orchids (moth orchids). Right from white to pink orchids, there are enough bright colors to make every look and color palette work out with these exquisite blossoms. 

 According to the language of flowers, they symbolize – ‘you’re in my thoughts’ and this could be the perfect way to start the new life with your special one. The unique shapes and curved stems of these petals make sure that they make gorgeous flower arrangements both on their own and even as an assortment with various other wedding accents. Whether you want them to serve as the perfect pop of color or you’re thinking about adding textures to your wedding flower arrangements or even if you need them to serve as the perfect elements for adding the cascading shape to the floral arrangements; you give them the word and the flowers will comply. 

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Phalaenopsis Orchids:

The most recognized orchids of all time have got to be Phalaenopsis Orchids. They are a unique combination that has both versatility and natural beauty to make delightful wedding flower arrangements right from wedding centerpieces to bridal bouquets. The petals could be easily incorporated in all kinds of wedding décor and floral arrangements irrespective of the theme, color palette, venue or wedding style. Consider tall centerpieces featuring lush cream and lavender roses along with hydrangeas to be complemented by descending white Phalaenopsis Orchids and you could easily get a winning combination that is as timeless and elegant as anything. A bridal bouquet featuring the bold violet blossoms with burgundy and red roses could be the perfect combination for your special day. The traditional white wedding cakes could easily be topped with these beautiful blossoms in cascading forms to radiate charm and elegance for the ceremony. 

Dendrobium Orchids:

The flowers which are also known as moth orchids have an appearance that strikingly resembles the fluttering shape of the wings of a moth. The whimsy and sophisticated blossoms could easily be used in all kinds of wedding décor and flower arrangements. If the beach wedding is your pick, the bridal bouquet featuring the white blossoms along with some tropical greenery is perfect to make a statement when it comes to the ceremony. If you’re looking for a centerpiece arrangement for a romantic wedding theme, consider towering centerpieces incorporating a spray of dendrobium orchids with calla lilies. They could also be a part of a chuppah arrangement (made of curly willow branches) when used as embellishments along with some delphinium blossoms for saying the I do’s.

Cymbidium Orchids:

The flowers which are also known as boat orchids have a striking resemblance with the shape of a boat when it comes to their appearance. The flirty and dynamic elements make them an ideal choice for all sorts of tropical and beach themed weddings. A bridal bouquet containing the varying hues of pink cymbidium orchids is both feminine and bold to make a statement for the wedding ceremony. When it comes to centerpieces, you could easily get away with using a single blossom with submerged greenery and think of Hawaii. They are also good to go as a boutonniere arrangement when used against a dark blue suit.

Cattleya Orchids:

The strikingly beautiful flowers have ruffled petals and impeccable visual splendor to take expressive forms when it comes to wedding décor and floral arrangements. You could make a perfect wedding bouquet for the ceremony by using white cattleya orchids and lush peonies for an all-white or classic wedding theme. For a romantic theme, you could work out the white hues of these blossoms along with some greenery and gold floral to make the perfect statement. Consider decorating your white wedding cakes with the embellishments of cattleya orchids to create a striking and dazzling effect for the ceremony.    

 Are you getting married this season and want some orchids flower arrangements ideas for making a difference in terms of the big day décor – well you’re lucky and just in time. Here are few orchids wedding ideas for your inspiration:

Take a look at these perfect orchids flower arrangements and please share with us what you feel!

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Chair decorations:

Chair decorations are one of the most important elements or detailing of a wedding décor. If you want, you could easily get purple orchids to play the part by decorating the back of the chairs by using either an orchid garland or even a bunch of stems secured by a purple silk ribbon in a bow pattern. The look could work out pretty stunning if the wedding theme of the event is purple and you could make the perfect statement by decorating the chairs with the arrangement. 

Use the petals to throw on the wedding couple:

Orchids with their perfume, natural beauty and elegance could be the perfect element to shower the newlyweds with when they are walking down the aisle. You could easily give a much-needed break to rose petals for the showering tradition and instead use orchid petals for the same. The flowers could be arranged in a cone shape filler for giving it to the guests so that they can shower the petals on the new couple on the block and give them their blessings and good wishes.  

Aisle decoration:

Orchids could make delightful aisle decorations. You could easily use orchid petals in varying shades of orange, peaches, and whites to line up the wedding ceremony aisle just along the white ceremony chairs to create an exquisite and charming look. You could also decorate the back of the chairs with coral LED lights for maximum effect. 

Floating candles:

Filing tall and slim cylindrical glass vases with water and using floating red or blue orchids in them is such an exquisite idea. The arrangement is to be topped with tea candles for making any wedding reception shine in all its glory. You could also use some glass votives holding tea candles to encircle the whole arrangement for maximum effect.

Wedding favors:

You could use single and colorful orchid blossoms on top of the wedding favors or gifts packs to increase their appeal and overall look. The flower petals could also be used in various designs and patterns to decorate the wedding gifts and favors. 

For the grooms:

The grooms or the whole groomsmen attire could be accentuated well with using a boutonniere arrangement consisting of these glorious petals.  You could easily use a single yellow orchid bloom or even purple flower to give the perfect finishing touch to your wedding suits. You could also match the boutonniere color with that of the bouquet carried by the bride for the ceremony.

For the brides:

The bridal wardrobe could really use the beauty of these flowers to make the perfect statement for the wedding ceremony. You could use them in flower pins, hairstyles, wedding hair band, garlands for hair, crowns or even various other accessories. The flowers could also be used to adorn wedding trousseau or even bridal shoes.

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Overhang décor:

You could easily make a whimsical and fairytale ambiance by using strings of white orchids to hang loose just a few feet from your reception tables. Just string along a few dozens of strands of orchid blossoms and crystals and hang them over the reception table and you’re good to go.

Curved centerpieces:

Use white orchids in curved centerpiece arrangements to make an ethereal and stunning ambiance for the reception. You could easily create delicate arches over the reception table by arranging two multi-flower stems in glass vases with tall narrow necks.

Fireplace décor:

If your wedding venue has a fireplace, you could easily use orchids to make dreamy arrangements straight out of a fairytale book. Just imagine a fireplace decorated with suspended orchids from long ribbons and some pretty candles all around to accompany them; some on the pedestal, some on the ground and we promise you’d be amazed to the core. 

Cupcake and cake toppers:

The flowers (real or fondant) could also be used to decorate cakes and cupcakes for a dazzling and charming effect. If you’re looking for adding that perfect tropical touch to your wedding cake tables or even desserts for the day; the flowers could easily serve the purpose. 

Thank you cards:

When the celebration ends, people just tend to throw their flowers away. How about recycling them for keeping as a keepsake or souvenir of memories and also giving them away to the guests? They could be easily embedded in thank you cards to serve as a perfect gift for your guests and relatives. 

Orchids wall décor:

Wall decorations with orchids could make a delightful ambiance for your wedding ambiance. All you’re going to need is some cork bark, hanging wire, and sphagnum moss. The look could be easily achieved by attaching the wire to the wall and by nestling orchid roots inside the moss. 

They could also be used to decorate escort cards holders, altars chandeliers or even in terms of wreaths, necklaces, garlands and various other flower arrangements. 

While some orchids are beautifully uniform in color, others are stripped or speckled too. The biggest advantage of working with these petals is, of course, their versatility and natural beauty. There are not many accents in the wedding circles that are as durable, versatile and beautiful as these flowers and that too at the same time. The flowers also combine well with other wedding flowers to make amazing wedding flower arrangements. You could easily buy orchids online at the majority of floral services or even at your favorite florist for the décor and flower arrangements of the big day. 

With the latest trend of DIY flower arrangements and wholesale flowers; these amazingly beautiful flowers could easily serve as a boon for making all sorts of unique and crafty wedding flower arrangements for your big day. The flowers are also quite affordable when you compare them with the likes of other expensive wedding accents like; peonies, garden roses, and various others. The brides all around the world love these blossoms and want to have them at all costs in their wedding bouquet arrangements. While roses and peonies are the more traditional forms of wedding accents but you could always give them a break and make unorthodox and beautiful flower arrangements with orchids instead. 

Orchids have the range, variety, and quality to transform any wedding space with its unique shapes, amazing fragrance, and natural beauty. You could also get inspired by asking out your friends as to how did they use orchids in their wedding décor and flower arrangements or even get professional in terms of a wedding florist. People in large numbers use DIY orchid flower arrangements for their weddings and the results that they get are even better than ever expected.   

Have any better ideas to use orchids flower arrangements for your special day? How did you use orchid flowers in your wedding décor and floral arrangements? Please share with us!

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Get $500 Off Your Wedding at the Diamond Dash!

Ah yes, our most popular event of the year has come around again. It’s the Diamond Dash! Famed for the apex of the event — the actual diamond dash, where a lucky few engaged couples get the chance to dive into a giant wedding cake to hunt around for diamond jewelry that’s baked inside — this year, it’s the very last wedding show of 2018, on October 28th.

Typically, the opportunity to win diamond jewelry, tons of other prizes + giveaways, all while enjoying cocktails and conversations with Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s local wedding experts is enough to draw in all of New Mexico’s gorgeous engaged couples. But, there’s one more hidden little perk to doing your wedding planning in person at a Perfect Wedding Guide wedding show, and it only happens at the Diamond Dash

PWG Bucks.

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What are PWG bucks exactly? They’re essentially free wedding service coupons, except they’re totally customizable. So the power is totally in your hands and you get to choose what service to use them on. All participating vendors have special packages or services available that you can take up to $500 off of!

The best part is the PWG Bucks come in increments of $100. Which means you can spend five on five different wedding services, three on one big package, two on two, etc., etc. Big decisions, we know!

This next part is an important one though — how do you get the most bang for your PWG Buck?

Our advice is to start planning out your PWG Bucks budget the moment you register for the event. That way, you can come to the show already knowing which types of wedding professionals you still need to connect with. Then, when you walk in the door of the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, you’ll already know which booths to spend your $500.

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Perusing through the myriad of wedding vendor booths with your $500 in hand, you can absorb some IRL (in real life) wedding inspiration, chat with local professionals, and even snag some snacks and freebies from all the experts. Each professional who is currently participating in the PWG Bucks deal will have an adorable little sign on there table that clearly indicates that they will accept your PWG Bucks as a form of payment. Some more advice: if you see the sign, don’t be shy!

Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s vendors are wonderfully talented, it’s true, but they’re actually not mind-readers, if you can believe it! If you’re connecting with a local professional and want to use some of your $500 of free money, just let them know and get the conversation started. They’ll be happy to direct you to the packages available to you and let you know how many hundreds of dollars you can save.

Essentially, the PWG Bucks are your icebreakers and your wallet-savers in one.

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Lastly, remember that PWG Bucks themselves expire at 4pm, when the wedding show finally begins winding down and reaching a close. Luckily, because the local wedding professionals are constantly so considerate, most of them will allow you to redeem them up to a week — or even a month! — after the show. It’s all about the communication, so if you feel a connection with a vendor, but maybe need to talk it over with your partner before you book, just let your vendor know!

Ready to get started? Grab your tickets and secure your $500 by registering for the event here.

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Announcing the 2018 PWG Elite Award Winners!

Ah yes, the morning after an incredible night. It seems like we spend all year long waiting for our favorite event, the Vendor Appreciation Party, and then suddenly it’s here and over far too quickly. Luckily our henna tattoos and memories of gold + glam will last a lifetime, even if the Bollywood-themed night couldn’t!

A very special thank you to The View Event Center by Simply Decor for truly tantalizing the senses with authentic chai, stunning performances, and a breathtaking space for us to celebrate and appreciate all of Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s best, local wedding professionals.

In the midst of all the glitz, we also awarded some particularly dedicated local wedding experts with well-deserved awards in categories like Best Floral Designer, Best Bridal Gown Shop, and Best Photographer. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to take our word for it that these vendors were worthy of awarding — they were chosen by local, engaged or recently married couples just like you!

So without further adieu, scroll on to get the scoop on the best wedding vendors Albuquerque + Santa Fe has to offer, as chosen by real local couples!

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2018 PWG Elite Award Winners:

Best Wedding Coordinator | Black Bow Events

Best Bridal Beauty Expert | Makeup by Kim Fisher

Best Spa or Place to Relax | Bliss Salon and Spa

Best Place to Order a Wedding Cake | Cake Fetish

Best Catering or Restaurant | Blue Plate Special

Best Place to Have a Bachelorette Party | Duke City Pedaler

Best Place to Have a Reception | The View Event Center by Simply Decor

Best Location to Have a Ceremony | Casa Rondena Winery

Best Wedding Officiant | Amor Ceremonies

Best Floral Designer | All The Pretty Flowers

Best Event Decor | Simply Decor & Events

Best Rental Company | Occasion Services & Events

Best Bridal Gown Shop | Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Best Men’s Formalwear Shop | Suits Unlimited

Best Place to Order Invitations | Funky Olive Design Invitations & Stationery

Best Disc Jockey | Dream Factory Productions

Best Live Ceremony Musician | Cello for Weddings

Best Local Band | Absolute Entertainment

Best Photographer | Matt Blasing Photography

Best Cinematographer | Southwest Wedding Films

Best Photo Booth Rental | Snapshot Selfies

Best Unique Wedding Service | Bombshell Fitness

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Our sincerest gratitude to the magnificent sponsors, who made our Vendor Appreciation Night the speculator party it was!

The View Event Center by Simply Decor | King Mobile Music | Tori Photography | Little Bear Media | Cafe Venture Catering | Funky Olive Invitations | The Acre Restaurant | Hacienda Del Rio | Jaz Catering | Magic Mirror NM Photo Booth | Tully’s Catering | Simply Decor

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The Sweetest Day: Dennis + Michelle’s Real Wedding

Just a few months ago, as spring was beginning it’s transition into yet another sunny New Mexican summer, a parallel transition was happening at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Albuquerque. Michelle + Dennis, whose love began a long time ago, ushered in the evolution of their relationship from fiancées to newlyweds, while framed by the pristine, white chapel at the Hyatt Regency.

There to capture the once-in-a-lifetime moment was Albuquerque’s very own, Bryan’s Photography, and we’re so glad. Michelle + Dennis have a love story that matches their wedding — timeless, exuberant, elegantly celebratory — and with Bryan’s Photography there to preserve each special moment in time, we’re able to relive the joyous occasion as if we were there with the couple.

Though the details of the wedding — splashes of gold, luxurious white bouquets, full-bellied laughter, undeniable fun — jump out from the photos, perhaps the most endearing and inspiring part of Dennis + Michelle’s story is exactly that: their story. Which, luckily for us, Michelle wrote about for our Fall/Winter edition of the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine, and now, we get to share with you!

Scroll on to read about how Dennis + Michelle came to be husband and wife {spoiler, it’s incredible} and to contact the local wedding professionals who made their celebration possible. {Spoiler, they’re also incredible.}

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Dennis and I dated 14 years ago, and when we realized that fate had brought us back together after a long journey of searching for that happiness that people so rarely find, we knew it had to be special. We wanted to host an evening of fun and elegance for our friends and family to celebrate our reunion and our love. The Hyatt Regency Downtown was the perfect venue for our ceremony and reception, providing a backdrop of modern elegance. Nothing spoke to our dream wedding more than the classics like the black tux with bow tie and stunning décor. We kept it modern and trendy by incorporating items like ahi poke (a tribute to our favorite place Kauai), champagne Jello squares studded with flecks of 14k gold and a casino night, making the evening uniquely us! It was very important to me to bring on my very own “dream team” of wedding professionals that I have had the pleasure of working with for several years. The evening was exactly how I imagined, it was full of love, laughter and the beginning of my life with the man that I know I am meant to be with.

-Michelle, Bride

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Venue: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

Photographer: Bryan’s Photography

Bridal Gown: Suzanne’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Men’s Attire: Mr. Tux Formalwear

Jewelry: Shelton Jewelers

Flowers: Something Special with Flowers

Décor: Occasion Services and Events

Wedding Cake: Casey Trent

DJ: Complete Weddings + Events

Photobooth: ABQ Amusements

Lighting: Heritage Audio Visual

Casino Night Vendor: On the Go Casino

Reception Place Cards: Differently Designed

 

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