Splendid Spring: Real Wedding at Los Poblanos

Perfect in every way.

That’s how Lauren, of Lauren Cherie Photography, describes Valeria + Brian’s wedding day. Looking at these incredible moments Lauren captured too, it’s easy to see why perfect is the adjective she choose! From Valeria’s lace-covered gown, to Brian’s bespoke gray suit, and all the tiny gold and purple details, this day truly was as effortlessly stunning and inspiring as the couple themselves.

Los Poblanos, famed lavender farm and historic inn here in Albuquerque, has been known for it’s world-class weddings for quite some time now. The venue stands so regal and beautiful, that inherently, little decor is needed. Adding delicate details that complimented the antique farmhouse vibe of the venue though… Well, Valeria + Brian took the space to a whole new level by doing so! Brush copper bottles lined the tables for their guests and held delicate sprigs of fresh floral arrangements, bringing beauty and life to the indoors.

Matching the coppery-gold belt Valeria paired with her gown too, the metallic motif carried on throughout the whole day, reflecting the light and love all around. Lauren Cherie Photography, a detail-oriented yet exceedingly creative team, encapsulated the tenderness and vibrance of the spring celebration through their dedicated craft.

The husband and wife duo, Lauren and Chris,  somehow manage to bring devotion to life for every one of their couples. How do you do it, y’all?! Actually, don’t reveal your secrets — we’re happy to just be admirers, and are so grateful to have your talent here in New Mexico.

Congratulations to Valeria + Brian — may your married life together be as splendid and bright as your wedding day!

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Photography + Videography | Lauren Cherie Photography, LLC
Venue | Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
Officiant | A Grand Beginning
Hair + Makeup | Genica Lee, Makeup Artist
DJ | Too Hot to Stop Dj
Bridal Gown | @jbridalboutique
Bridesmaids dresses |  Dillards + Amazon
Groom/Groomsmen Suits |  Men’s Wearhouse

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Real, Regal Wedding at the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

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There’s a distinctly magical quality about the Sandia Mountains here in New Mexico. Not fairytale-Disneyland type of magic, per se, but something like no other. If you live here, or have ever traveled through, you probably know what we’re talking about. {They don’t call it the Land of Enchantment for no reason!}

So it’s never really a surprise when an engaged couple, filled to the brim with love and excitement, wants to incorporate some of New Mexico’s scenery into their day of celebration. What better way to solidify your vows, than with the ever-regal, perpetually devoted Sandia Mountains as your backdrop?

And unless you want to hike up to the crest, the best place to get that scenic view is at the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club. {Which, let’s be real, mountain-top weddings are gorgeous, but how is your great Aunt Betty going to make that hike?!}

When Alyssa and Porfirio decided to take the leap, to spend the rest of their time on earth together, it was the easiest decision of their lives. Right behind that though, the second easiest choice was their venue — the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club.

It was clear to us why we would choose the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club as our reception venue. The view of the Sandia mountains and the view of the NM sunset is breathtaking. A lover of sunsets, I knew this venue was a “must-have.”

Alyssa, Bride

A lover of sunsets and a lover of love — the local vendors Alyssa and Porfirio chose to work with for their wedding day made sure that the only thing on their minds was sunsets, love, and each other.

We put our trust into the experts and they transformed our vision into a reality. From the candles and candelabras to the orchids and chiavari chairs, from the up-lighting and selfie mirror photobooth to the iridescent cake and bride/groom M&M’s, from the significance of the memory table to the significance of the ring-bearers pillow, it’s apparent that we not only incorporated meaningful symbolism within the smallest of details but ensured that the details also reflected “us.”

Alyssa, Bride

Their marriage began as anyone would hope, surrounded by beauty, family, friends, and dedicated local businesses, working behind the scenes. It never ceases to amaze us at how these intensely collaborative, uniquely special days come together so flawlessly — but we’re constantly grateful for weddings like these, to remind us why we do what we do.

Special thank you to the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club for providing a space for love to bloom, and for every magnificent vendor {listed below!} who helped manifest Alyssa and Porfirio’s dreams.

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Reception Venue: Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

{Coordination by Lauren Danielle Landavazo | IG: @sandia_golf_club}

Photography: Talitha Tarro Photography | IG: @talithatarro

DJ: Cutmaster Music | IG: @cutmastermusic

Decor: Occasion Services & Events | IG: @ose_events

Florist: Diamante Floral and Gifts

Cake: Simply Sweet By Darci

Video: Southwest Wedding Films | IG: @southwestweddingfilms

Wedding Party Formalwear: Forever Yours Bridal | IG: @foreveryoursbridalnm

Bride’s Dress: Ann Matthews Bridal | IG: @annmatthewsbridal

Ceremony: Church of the Incarnation, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Desert Elopement on White Mesa {Styled Shoot}

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At this point, you’d be hard pressed to find a local engaged couple that hasn’t yet been inspired by one of Maura Jane Photography‘s styled shoots or wedding photos. For 9 years, Maura has been capturing weddings in New Mexico and beyond, adding her signature touch of radiance to every shoot. Her sweet demeanor and dedication to the craft shines through her work — how lucky are we to have her here in our beautiful state?!

Constantly drawing inspiration from her Southwestern surroundings, Maura and her team effortlessly blend the ephemerality of a moment with the enduring grandeur of local landscapes. Pretty much every time she shares a shoot with us — from her Storybook Styled Shoot in the snow, to the Romantic Mountain Elopement in the Sandias — we all agree that this one is our favorite so far. But don’t let our obsession diminish what you’re about to read:

This one is our favorite so far. 

With the White Mesa as a focal point, each detail of this styled shoot both blends with and enhances the others. From Teresa Romero‘s Victorian-inspired gown, to Darling Details‘ vintage couch, it’s clear that Maura’s talent extends past photography and makes her a master of collaboration as well.

Quite frankly, we’re floored by what local wedding professionals are creating with just a little bit of inspiration and a whole lot of teamwork.

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Its so easy to find inspiration in the beautiful landscape that surrounds us in our state of New Mexico. From the pink Sandia mountains that tower over Albuquerque’s city to the unique white mesa’s that wind through the Land of Enchantment’s desert.

Maura, Maura Jane Photography

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Photography + Concept | Maura Jane Photography

Gown | Teresa Romero Atelier 

Floral | Table and Vase

Hair + Makeup | Genica Lee, Makeup Artist

Furniture | Darling Details

Ribbon | Desert Garden Silk 

 

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Emily + Michael’s Vibrant Vibes {Real Wedding}

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In our last post, we talked a little bit about a new trend we’ve noticed here in New Mexico: incorporating the state’s opulent and inspiring history into wedding celebrations. Now, we have another gorgeous New Mexican wedding that did just that! (We told you it was an up and coming trend!)

We seriously couldn’t believe how well this darling couple, Emily + Michael executed their New Mexican/Southwest style wedding. Bursts of bright, warm colors in Emily’s bouquet, paired with Michael’s orange tie and deep blue suit — seeing them standing together is like watching the New Mexican sunset over the Sandias.

In the sweet heat of the perfect July day, Emily + Michael brought their family and friends together in Santa Fe to celebrate a love as unique and alive as the city they stood in. Without getting lost in the Southwestern vibes of their wedding either, the couple slipped in some special, personal details to really make the day their own.

The familiar sight of prickly pear cacti, air plants, and miniature ristras are just a few of the little details that came together, with the help of some incredible local vendors, to make Emily + Michael’s remarkable love solidified in memory with a remarkable day. You can try to not tear up at the photos Elizabeth Wells Photography captured, or the beautiful greenery courtesy of Floriography Flowers, but we won’t tell anyone if you do…

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Emily and Michael’s wedding was inspired by the rich  and colorful landscape of northern New Mexico in the summer. They wanted their wedding to reflect the vibrant New Mexican culture while also being deeply personal. Thoughtful and fun touches included a “flow chart” escort card by the genius EJD Designs and mini chile ristras for their out of town guests to take home.

Emily, owner of Floriography Flowers

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Thank you to all the magnificent vendors who worked together on this day!

Floral Design: Floriography | IG: @floriography_flowers

Photography: Elizabeth Wells Photography | IG: @elizabethwellsphoto

Planner: Alena Swanson, LLC | IG: @therealalenabard

Venue: Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe | IG: @fssantafe

Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci

Entertainment: Dream Factory Productions | IG: @dreamfactoryproductionsabq

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Whimsical Wedding from Lauren Cherie Photography’s Instagram Takeover

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Did you know social media has actually been around for 40 years!? Whew, I didn’t. It seems like Facebook and Instagram just came out of nowhere and took the world by storm, like, a decade ago! Growing so fast, now it’s hard to imagine a life and even a world without social media.

And we’re glad for that! Aren’t you? Media platforms and profiles have totally opened up the way brides and grooms can communicate and connect with local vendors. Now, vendors also have an opportunity to showcase their personality along with their talent. Which means engaged couples have the opportunity to connect with vendors who will not only do a good job, but will get along with them personally and understand their vision while they do.

One of our very favorite ways to connect local, engaged couples with Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s loveliest wedding professionals is through our own social media channels. From vendor highlights, videos, countdowns and giveaways, we’re basically always throwing something at the local wedding community. To take a break sometimes, we let some of our most exciting, endearing, and hardworking business owners {like Lauren Cherie Photography!} take over our Instagram and Snapchat.

Lauren, the creative heart and name behind Lauren Cherie Photography, has cultivated her love and penchant for visual storytelling since she was a little girl, and it shows. If you didn’t get the chance to watch her takeover this last month, then have no fear! You’ll still miss the behind-the-scenes thrill of being a wedding photographer, but we have eye candy from the breathtaking and whimsical wedding at Los Poblanos to make up for it. Don’t forget to check out the gorgeous wedding film included below too!

Congratulations to the stunning couple, Marisa + Caleb! It’s obvious how full of love your day was, and we wish you a lifetime of happy companionship.

{And thank you Lauren, for stealing our socials for a day, and for being a part of this big, beautiful, Perfect Wedding Guide family!}

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To book Lauren Cherie Photography for your wedding, you can contact her here!

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Hot Air Balloon Styled Shoot with Tori Photography

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The pre-spring winds here in New Mexico aren’t the only thing blowing us away today! Mimicking the buoyancy and uninhibited joy that is riding in a hot air balloon, this inspired shoot by Tori Photography has swept us off our feet. {Puns always intended.}

We have always been impressed with Tori, the creative behind Tori Photography of course, and her attention to detail… But this shoot has us stuck in a summer daydream! Splashes of vibrant primary colors contrasts energetically with the serene landscape of Tanoan Country Club, and the bursting bouquet frames the lighthearted couple perfectly.

Red, blue, and yellow pop off Tori Photography‘s stunning photos, Differently Designed‘s invitations, and Black Bow Event‘s tablescape. You can practically smell the honeysuckle that was surely blooming just out of frame, and feel the gentle summer breeze. Pairing Tori’s keen eye and innate ability to make her models comfortable, this shoot proves something we’ve known all along: Albuquerque + Santa Fe‘s creative collaborations always result in magic.

That, and that there is no wrong way to do a wedding! Straying from the traditional muted hues, lace edges, and sprigs of baby’s breath, this shoot stands out with it’s unapologetic vivaciousness and vitality. Now, there’s no need to throw out the lace entirely yet — because, c’mon, it’s beautiful — but let this out-of-the-box shoot change the way you think about your own future wedding. You can have anything your heart desires, no matter the theme, color palette, or style, and know that there are wedding professionals here in New Mexico who will make your dreams come true with elegance and perseverance.

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Photography: Tori Photography
Video: Avid Pictures
Planner: Black Bow Events, LLC
Location: Tanoan Country Club
Flowers: Lavish Floral Boutique
HMU: C. Johnson Makeup
Invitations: Differently Designed
Couches: Darling Details Vintage Decor Rental Co.
Crown: Wild Grace Boutique
Cupcakes: Amanda J Moore & Smallcakes: A Cupcakery ABQ

 

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Pro-Tip: Wedding Day Hair Care

We know wedding planning is not always a walk in the park. Sure, it’s magical and wonderful and leading you toward the day you say I do! to the love of your life. But sometimes all the details, vendors, prices, fabrics, taste-testings, dress-fittings start to pile up, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Lucky for you, we’re about to add one more thing to your yard-long to-do list! Yes, you read that right, but here’s the thing: it’s fun.

{Surely you’ve read the title of this post by now and, with your super-sleuth skills, have figured out we’re talking about hair care with pro-tips from one of the loveliest of Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s Hair + Makeup Artists.}

But we’re also talking about self care in general, because you probably have a lot on your plate right now. It’s easy to get caught up in planning your wedding day and accidentally put yourself on the back burner. A little self-care in the weeks or months leading up to your wedding can go a long way for your mental health, and if you pair it with these pro-tips too, also your physical health! Well, your hair’s physical health. Same thing, right?

So scroll on for the wisest of words from Macey, Gypsy Trail Hair + Makeup‘s magnificent owner, and be keeping in mind how you can incorporate these little hair-care rituals into your own life. They’re simple, little ways you can bring your hair to its fullest potential, and also carve out some me-time in your busy schedule.

Arielei Kinzer Photography {full shoot here!}

1. Get a good hair oil!

One of the easiest + most life saving tips. After every wash apply hair oil from mid hair down.

2. Deep condition hair once a month.

Remember those self-care rituals we mentioned? Here’s the perfect one! Wrap those locks up in a deeply moisturizing conditioner, pop on a re-run of Friends, and maybe even do a face mask too. If anyone asks: you’re planning your wedding!

3. Get rid of those split ends.

Remember the vigor with which you cut people from your guest list to save on catering? Do that to your split ends. And — keep up the trimming every 6 weeks, says our beauty expert Macey. Sounds like a perfect excuse to grab some coffee and vent to your stylist if you ask me, and that is truly the epitome of modern-day self care.

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4. Avoid washing hair daily.

Now this one might raise some eyebrows, but Macey swears by it. Your hair loves its natural oils! Stripping them with your shampoo every day is pretty harsh, so try washing every other day to start. For those prone to greasy hair, try using dry shampoo between washes, says Macey. Your hair will thank you, and if you shower in the morning like I do, you can use that extra time to lay in bed with your fiancé before work. Who doesn’t want that?

5. Avoid using hot tools daily.

Now, after your wedding, you’re absolutely welcome to do whatever pleases you with your hair. I’m emotionally attached to my blow dryer, I could never give it up cold-turkey, so I get it. But in the months leading up to your wedding, it’s a good idea to cut back. Opt for a cute braid or messy bun, Macey suggests, and if you’re going to use heat, always use a heat protectant first. And again, less time spent on your hair in the morning = more time snuggling and/or eating breakfast with your love.

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One last note:

If coloring or highlighting your hair for your wedding, go to your regular stylist you trust. Schedule your appointment one to two weeks prior to your wedding. This will give you time to ‘live in’ your color and time for any touch ups.

Macey Robinson, Gypsy Trail Makeup + Hair 

A very, very special thank you to Macey for allowing us to share her expertise! We hope these easy-peasy tips inspired you to indulge in a little self-care hair maintenance. To book Macey’s sweet + talented self for your own big day, you can contact her here.

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{Psst… Got a useful or unique hair tip of your own? Comment below!}