Look Your Best with Gypsy Trail Makeup & Hair

Don’t make the mistake of commissioning your little sister or hiring an amateur makeup artist for the biggest day of your life. After all, you want to look your absolute best when you walk down the aisle. To help you get on the right trail, we would like to introduce you to Macey, the beauty and the brains behind Gypsy Trail Makeup & Hair.

Macey has been creating works of art with hair and makeup for years and her expertise is unequaled. And with quality makeup, you can be confident your look will last. Aside from her amazing work, however, there is no one with a better personality. Not only does she love her craft, but she truly loves her clients which sets her standard for excellence.

Whether you’re preparing for a wedding, a prom or any special occasion you want to look your best, Gypsy Trail Makeup & Hair is definitely your top choice! Not to mention, Macey offers custom packages with affordable prices so everyone can be pampered with professional hair and makeup regardless of their budget.

We are absolutely blown away by Macey’s professionalism, creativity and stunning designs that truly showcase her talent. We are thrilled to have her be a part of our wedding community and we are proud to endorse Gypsy Trail Makeup & Hair to every bride, mother and bridesmaid who wants to look and feel amazing inside and out!

— Perfect Wedding Guide Team

Accentuate your natural beauty with Gypsy Trail Makeup & Hair, where you can be sure you will look and feel beautiful on your big day. If you would like to get your name in the books, contact Macey today!

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Romance in the Rain: Lauren Cherie Photography

Last month we introduced you to one of our favorite photographers with our post: Cherish Your Memories: Lauren Cherie Photography. Recently, Lauren and a talented gang of wedding professionals got together for a beautiful styled shoot in the quaint Village of Corrales. This lovely group of gals found a stunning bank along the Rio Grande that was simply perfect.

With a good balance of bright New Mexico sunshine and dark rain clouds rolling in, the lighting was just right and the natural setting couldn’t have been more gorgeous. Once their models were pampered by Lavender + Rose Hair & Makeup Studio, Lauren and the team set off for their secret spot hidden among the majestic cottonwood trees of the bosque (forest).

Like an enchanting fairy tale, the desert creatures were happy to bear witness to their beautiful styled shoot creation. Along with the elegant iron bed and accent table they used as props, the ladies from Floral Fetish and She’s Got Cake added the final touches with their beautiful flower arrangements and mouthwatering wedding cake.

We had so much fun with this photo shoot! We knew we wanted to do something in the bosque with the big beautiful trees. And this Corrales, NM location did not disappoint. We had some golden sunlight at the beginning and then some light rain at the end.

We wanted something pretty and romantic, but also fun and different. Along with a pretty cake and gorgeous florals, we decided to bring a bed to the bosque — talk about different! We captured some beautiful, romantic moments and also super fun, silly moments.

— Lauren, Lauren Cherie Photography

Photos by Lauren Cherie Photography

Meet the professionals who helped make this styled shoot possible:

Photographer: Lauren Cherie Photography | Florist: Floral Fetish | Hair + Makeup: Lavender + Rose Hair & Makeup Studio | Cake: She’s Got Cake | Models: Ryan and Ashlie Bustamante

Behind the scenes with Lauren Cherie Photography:

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Haute Pink Wedding: Brooke + Mitch

If you follow our Blissful Bridal Blog, I’m sure most of you had a peek of Brooke and Mitch’s Haute Downtown Engagement. In case you haven’t, be sure to take a look at this stunning shoot! For the rest of us anticipating the theme of their gorgeous wedding, however, here’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for…

Kate Spade New York!

Their Kate Spade inspired wedding was so chic, it might as well be a spread in the next Vogue! Everything worked so well together from the black and white stripes and the grooms polka dot tie to the hot pink flowers and golden accents. It was classy meets edgy with a dash of sparkle and a whole lotta haute!

Taking place at the elegant NOAH’S Event Venue, Brooke and her crew started out by getting pampered in the luxurious bridal suite. And what better way to get dolled up with all your BFFs, than by watching the hilarious Bridesmaids movie? Aside from it’s keen accuracy on comedic bridesmaid drama, a lighthearted film like this does well to set the tone and ease the nerves.

Once they were ready for their close up, the couple met outside for their first look and gorgeous photos before making it official at the LDS Temple. And later on at their reception, the biggest surprise of the night came when Brooke’s brother serenaded the couple and then surprised his sis with a mariachi band!

Brooke couldn’t be happier with this unforgettable moment, but more importantly, the couple couldn’t be happier about their new life together. To bring the night to a close, their friends and family showered them with a sea of sparklers — certainly a symbol of their bright future together.

Since Brooke’s family is in the land of enchantment, the wedding took place at the LDS temple here in Albuquerque with the reception at NOAH’S Event Venue. Brooke, who is quite the fashionista, loves all things Kate Spade and knew she had to incorporate it into her wedding. From the darling black and white Kate Spade heels with accent bows that graced her feet to the striped table clothes that hung on the tables, every detail was executed perfectly.
Brooke wore a stunning long sleeve lace dress from Alta Moda Bridal and held beautiful bright pink peonies in her hand. Aubrey, of Aubrey’s Petals filled the ballroom full of gold candles, orange roses and, of course, the bright colored peonies flown in from Israel. Guests were served some of Brooke’s favorite New Mexican dishes while they sipped yummy and unique sodas created especially for the couple and devoured the delicious cupcakes brought in by Smallcakes.
Perhaps our most favorite part of the evening is when Brooke’s brother sang a traditional Mexican song and surprised the couple with a Mariachi Band who joined in. The expression on Brooke’s face was priceless! This unique wedding was definitely one to be remembered and we wish the newlyweds nothing but the very best!

— Maura, Maura Jane Photography

Photos by Maura Jane Photography

Congratulations, Brooke and Mitch!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: NOAH’S Event Venue | Dress: Alta Moda Bridal | Dress Designer: Jean & Jewel | Shoes: Kate Spade New York | Cake: Smallcakes | Bridesmaids: New York & Company | Florist: Aubrey’s Petals | Hair + Makeup: Monica Gallegos | Photography: Maura Jane Photography | Entertainment: Mariachi Nuevo Sonido | Video: Jordee Arvin Pictures

And a special shout out to Brooke’s bridesmaids!

For more on everything Wedding + Wedding Planning, visit us at: PerfectWeddingGuide.com

Valentine’s Day Inspo for Your Bridal Shoot

Today we want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with inspiration from the experts in the business! Some very talented local wedding vendors got together to bring you this one-of-a-kind styled bridal shoot with a wild, urban vibe just in time for all you newly engaged ladies!

Each of these vendors put together a few tips and tricks to help brides think outside the box of traditional bridal. Styling this look around a tea colored gown with lace details by Free People — the epitome of modern bridal. It’s modern without sacrificing a bit of feminine and Arielei Kinzer Photography did an amazing job of capturing this look!

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When selecting bridal jewelry, it’s important to pick something that expresses your personal style. We like the idea of being able to take the jewelry you wore on your wedding day and infusing it into your everyday style. Too often people select jewelry that doesn’t represent their personal taste and it ends up in a drawer never to be worn again.

In fact, the best wedding accessories are usually not considered “bridal.” So before you buy, talk to a designer about creating a custom piece. There are so many talented, non-traditional jewelry designers out there who love creating one-of-a-kind pieces. And the same goes for the groom when selecting tie clips, cuff links, or lapel pins. — Genuine and Ginger

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For the nontraditional bride, embrace everything that makes you beautiful and unique. Don’t worry about trends or the advice of others. Focus on what makes you feel beautiful, confident and truly comfortable. — C. Johnson Makeup

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When creating a mood with flowers it’s best to provide your florist with a color pallet, pictures, textures and specific words describing the feeling you want to achieve. For instance, you might use descriptions like romantic, soft, lots of texture, wild and so on.

Also, if you give your florist freedom and allow them to choose the blooms that fit within your vision, it will be designed much easier than if you’re adamant about specific flower types. More importantly, find a florist whose style you love and trust them! — Stephanie Yardman

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Ultimately, bridal styling should be based on the bride and her personality. The idea that something is bridal or not bridal is all a myth. We want to encourage brides to rock whatever they love on their wedding day and embrace their adventurous, non-traditional side!

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Photography: Arielei Kinzer Photography, IG: @arieleikinzer | Hair and Makeup: C. Johnson Makeup, IG: @cjohnsonmakeup | Flowers: Stephanie Yardman Floral Design, IG: @stephanieyardman  | Jewelry Design and Styling: Genuine and Ginger, IG @genuineandginger  | Model: Sierra Champion, IG: @sierraemilie | Dress: Free PeopleIG: @freepeople

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Elegant Americana inspired shoot by Arielei Kinzer Photography

elegantIt’s America’s Birthday and we are celebrating in true PWG style with a stylized shoot that is ABSOLUTELY gleaming with patriotism +  rustic fierceness! It’s a given, anytime Arielei Kinzer is behind the camera you know pure perfection is sure to ensue and she delivered on that promise with this one. Y’all… scrolling through the images of this shoot seriously made my heart beat faster!  Here’s what Arielei had to say about bringing her vision for this stylized shoot to fruition:
 “The sun is bright, summer is in full force, and it’s time to break-out the pies and fireworks. Americana- that lovely red, white, and blue! It brings us all together to celebrate something we all share. It’s a uniting holiday, a holiday full of fun, and full of iconic patterns and pallets.
We love the classic blue and white farmhouse dinnerware,  the all-american pies with a modern twist (we made them mini and put them on a pie-bar), and the way this vintage hairstyle and red lipstick goes perfectly with patriotic elegance. All set against our beautiful Southwest background in Santa Fe, NM and topped with a faded, old flag (which by the way, makes the perfect wedding photo prop!)  Not to mention a bombshell blonde in a Justin Alexander wedding dress and some gorgeous calligraphy to tie it all together.
If you love the red, white, and navy, and you love a little classic meets farmhouse, ranch meets elegant, then this Americana wedding inspiration is perfect for you!”

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Final thoughts: Such thoughtful + classic elegance well represented by an amazing execution. We couldn’t be more in awe of all the professionals that pulled this stylized shoot full circle:

Venue: Falcon Ranch // Photography: Arielei Kinzer Photography // Wedding Planner: Magnolia Event Company // Flowers: Floriography Flowers // Dress: Borrowing Magnolia // Catering: American Pie Bakery // Calligraphy on pie flags: Ashley Rose Hamilton // Makeup Artist: Makeup Santa Fe // Hair: Mandy Salazar

We can’t thank you enough, Arielei for sharing with us this exclusive wedding inspiration!


For more on everything wedding + wedding planning, visit us at PerfectWeddingGuide.com and as ALWAYS, much love being sent to you + yours!

2016 Bride’s Night Out {Re-living the Fun}

This year’s Bride’s Night Out was definitely an event to remember. When it comes to wedding planning, you want the best people on the job, so we connected you to local vendors who care. We loved hosting this event and seeing all of our brides and grooms having a crazy, fun time planning their perfect wedding. We couldn’t have made this event happen with out our vendors, sponsors, and our soon-to-be-married couples. We adore working with all of you and cannot wait to hang out with all of you again for next year’s Bride’s Night Out!

Much thanks to Hotel Andaluz and their staff for letting us use their gorgeous space! It is perfect for all things wedding!
Much thanks to Hotel Andaluz and their staff for letting us use their gorgeous space! It is perfect for all things wedding! (Via: Matt Blasing)
Gorgeous table décor by Sandia Casino & Resort
Gorgeous table décor by Isleta Resort and Casino
Gorgeous hairpiece by Bridal Elegance by Darlene!
Gorgeous hairpiece by Bridal Elegance by Darlene
Gorgeous Jewelry by Silpada Jewelry by Lisa Lipke...
Gorgeous Jewelry by Silpada Jewelry by Lisa Lipke…
Adorable wedding-themed berries at the Nature Pointe booth!
Adorable wedding-themed berries at the Nature Pointe booth!
Gorgeous flowers by Estella Floral Design
Gorgeous flowers by Estella Floral Design
Totally adoring this display by Dinner 4 Two
Totally adoring this display by Dinner 4 Two (Via: Matt Blasing)
Fantastic décor at the Strawberries and More booth
Charming setting by Classic Party Rentals
Charming setting by Classic Party Rentals

We loved this event so much. The relaxed vibes helped everyone unwind and enjoy each other, and we couldn’t have accomplished any of it without these vendors and sponsors:

Venue: Hotel Andaluz

Photography: Matt Blasing Photography

Videography: 2U Films

Linens: Classic Party Event + Tent Rentals

MC/DJ: Complete Weddings and Events 

For more wedding planning tips and inspiration, head on over to perfectweddingguide.com! Much love, xoxo- PWG

Be Unique! {Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses}

Everybody is looking for that little something that will make their wedding special and unique. Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, we think we have just the trend, and it just screams variety – mismatched bridesmaid dresses! We think it may be time to move away from the usual uniformity of your bridal party and embrace each girl’s unique style and flair. Whether you have a huge wedding or an intimate ceremony, this adorable idea is sure to make your big day different and extraordinary.  Here are a dozen bridal parties that totally rocked this trend for your viewing pleasure…

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2. Bohemian At Its Best

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3. Fashion with Character

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4. Elegant Neutral Palette

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5. Gorgeous Off-Whites

This bridal crew totally rocks these classic pastels and off-whites!
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6. The Holy Grail of Print!

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7. Fun, Casual, Nautical

These dresses give off a fun, nautical vibe...
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8. Variety in Bloom

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9. Bright, Bold, and Beautiful

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10. Flawless Coordination

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11. Gorgeous Texture

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12. Extraordinary Color

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We hope that now you have recognized the genius behind this trend. You will never forget your wedding with your bridal party bringing their individual beauty and character to it. Their personalities have contributed to your life and your relationship with your future spouse, so why not let their individuality shine through their dresses?

If you are looking for the perfect dresses for your wedding, we have some places for you to check out!

Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Brides by Demetrios

Irma’s Bridal

Laura Sheppherd Bridal

L. Thomas Custom Dress Design

Much love and inspiration from the PWG Team. For more wedding planing inspiration, visit us at perfectweddingguide.com!