5 New Mexico Wedding Vendors That Are Back in Business

Can you believe it’s already June? We can’t either! It’s been a unique past few months, and we’re ready to see more and more local couples reschedule their postponed weddings. The Wedding Collective team knows how hard it is to meet up with people again, spend money, and find the extra time to sit down and manifest your dream wedding – which is why we’re here to provide you with all of the resources you may need!

We have been anxiously awaiting the days where we can drop off a copy of our guide and exchange a sweet little elbow bump with our favorite super-star business owners, and we’re sure you have been too. Over the past couple of weeks, we heard the amazing news that a handful of local wedding vendors are slowly opening up again to serve couples like you. Cue the happy dances and put on your wedding planning gear!

The long road to opening up has finally begun, which means that wedding vendors are counting on awesome couples like you to reach out and start planning your big day. Here is a list of a few vendors in different categories that we’ve recently talked to that are open for business:

Venue: Los Poblanos

Finding a venue is probably one of the first items on your wedding planning checklist, so we’ll start by introducing you to this North Valley gem, Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm. Nestled behind enchanting trees and a lush field of lavender is this quiet and gorgeous venue. Take advantage of the courtyards, the farm shop, the inn, a beautiful pool, and the restaurant when you choose Los Poblanos as your ceremony and reception venue! Los Poblanos wants guests to know that their safety and health is of utmost importance, so they are taking extra sanitary measures on their grounds. You can learn more about booking here!

Photographer: Lauren Cherie Photography

From the day you said “yes”, or maybe even before then, you were thinking about those dreamy wedding day photos of you and your hubby. From all of the sweaty palms to tears of joy, your greatest memories should be captured by a photographer who knows “love” like the back of their hand. This is where the wonderful Lauren Cherie Photography comes in! Her priority is to provide beautiful and timeless memories for every bride and groom to remember for years to come. Lauren Cherie Photography is open to schedule shoots with your safety in mind, so contact them to book here!

Catering: Cafe Venture Catering

When you think about your wedding, you’ll think about walking down the aisle and seeing your future spouse right in front of you, and then you’ll think about how hungry you are after all of those nerves leave your body. You’ll want your guests to have the best meal so that they have energy to dance the night away, and Cafe Venture Catering has you covered. Cafe Venture Catering has plenty of menu options to serve a variety of dietary needs and lifestyles – including unconventional options like a taco bar and waffle bar! Okay, now we’re super hungry. If you are ready to book a caterer that is open for business, you can reach out to them here.

Dresses: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Briana Nicole Photography

The dress – need I say more? This is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding for a bride. Bridal Elegance by Darlene has an endless supply of dresses and gowns in all styles for you, your bridesmaids, and mothers. Darlene and her team make it a priority to give all brides + couples their undivided attention and care, which is what we love about this local business. In order to keep their beloved customers safe + health, Bridal Elegance by Darlene will be doing business by appointment only for the time being. You can schedule your appointment here!

Pampering: Paixao Beauty Bar & Event Boutique

You have a lot of planning to do, so having a salon that will take care of nails, hair, and makeup is a win. This is exactly what Paixao Beauty Bar offers! Talk about a beauty bar that does it all! Let’s face it, thinking about getting all glammed up seems otherworldly now that we’ve been rocking pajamas and messy buns for the past few months, but it can actually be super fun with the help of an expert beauty team. With your health in mind, Paixao Beauty Bar will be taking appointments, but has new guidelines that you can read here. Want to get beautified by their team? Schedule an appointment!

Family is Forever: A Real Wedding with Alicia Lucia Photography

Here at Wedding Collective, family is everything. Our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives, children and pets are our support system and livelihood! We like to think that our entire wedding community is our family, as well, which gives us this warm and fuzzy feeling in our hearts. No matter who you consider your family to be, you’ll want them to be by your side as you celebrate your marriage together.

Lauren + Andrew were thrilled to be gaining new families on their wedding day, and they absolutely made it one of the most memorable days of their lives. With family and friends traveling all the way to New Mexico from the East Coast, the couple wanted to show them the awe-inspiring views of the Southwest, so they chose La Mesita Ranch as their ceremony venue. The combination of blush florals, vintage furniture, and southwestern textures, while completely on trend, spoke to the couple’s unique personalities and love for each other.

“We chose La Mesita Ranch because we loved the beautiful property and breathtaking vistas and felt like it would really wow our mostly East Coast guests. If we were going to ask our friends and family to come all the way to New Mexico we needed to show them the #NewMexicoTrue beauty!”

– Lauren + Andrew, bride and groom

What made the day most special were the little touches that Lauren included to honor the life of her father. Like any great father-daughter duo, their love of sweet treats is what brought them together to make memories. Lauren remembered making biscochitos and eating oreos together, so she served those to her guests to keep his spirit alive. The sweetness doesn’t end there, though, because Lauren’s mother sewed her father’s wedding ring into her dress so that he could still walk her down the aisle.

As the evening carried on, the golden light washed over the couple and their guests like a wave of pixie dust, making for the most romantic views. Lauren + Andrew chose Alicia Lucia Photography to bring those raw moments to life – and let us tell you, it’s honestly hard to believe that they are real. For any and every wedding, the key ingredient to those incredible, movie-scene moments to be captured through the lens, is the love between people. Whether you are with your life partners, friends, or family, there is no greater memory than that of true happiness when you’re with the ones you love.

“We chose many of our vendors after seeing a lot of their work in Alicia’s photos and knowing that we would be in AMAZING hands with each of them – especially in that we were planning from afar. I feel most happy that we rushed to book Alicia and her team because we were floored by how well our pictures came out. It felt as if they captured every great moment and helped us to stay relaxed.”

– LAUREN + ANDREW, BRIDE AND GROOM

You can see the cinematic + intimate gallery provided by the talented Alicia Lucia Photography below:

Featured Photography: Alicia + Breanna of Alicia Lucia Photography Venue: La Mesita Ranch Estate Planning: Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning Rentals: Darling Details Vintage Rentals Florals: Albuquerque Florist Paper Goods: Protea Paper Hair: Genica Lee Makeup Artist: Betty Rose by Alanna Bridal Gown + Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection Groom’s Attire: Bonobos Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux Catering: Walter Burke Catering Cake: Chocolate Maven Band: Diamond Empire Band

A lifetime of Happiness: Real Wedding with Fender Photography

“Greg and Ashlee’s wedding was such a dream. It was a perfect New Mexico fall day and everything came together beautifully. Calvary Main Campus was absolutely breathtaking on the day they said: “I DO”. 

– CECILIA, FENDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Even though endless summer days are finally upon us, we can’t help but to look back on some of our favorite fall weddings. There’s just something about the crisp air and the warm colors of the leaves that leave us aching for more. It’s never too early or too late to obsess over autumnal sweetness. After all, you might be planning your upcoming fall wedding and need a little inspo, too!

For Ashlee + Greg, a fall wedding was an absolute must, and it couldn’t have been any more charming. The couple, having the warmest and gentle personalities, wanted to create an experience that celebrated both their love for each other and their spirituality. With the help of their chosen wedding vendors and the wedding venue, they made their ideal day, and so much more, possible.

Ashlee + Greg love the idea of simplicity and decided that this would be the perfect way to go about their wedding. Choosing the elements that would make up their wedding came easy, and they relied heavily on their faith to create a beautiful day for each other and their family + friends. Even though simple was the key for these two, there was certainly no lack of detail and memorable moments.

We’re a pretty simple couple, so it wasn’t surprising when we picked out details of our wedding, like colors, centerpieces, and yes even our wedding cake within 5 minutes. Needless to say, the Lord has put on our hearts as a couple and as individuals to focus our time and energy on bigger things in life. Things you can’t necessarily get back, things like moments and memories.

Ashlee, bride

We’re often used to seeing fall weddings with rich white and cream gowns, warm and luscious bouquets, and hints of orange and red everywhere. Ashlee’s pale pink wedding gown and the small, modest floral bouquets were an excellent example of the bride’s beautiful personality + unconventional take on a fall wedding. This is just a reminder: you get to pave your path, design your wedding, and do you – no matter what the current trends are!

The trees were glowing with color and the romantic lighting was the cherry on top. Working in the wedding industry you see so many wonderful wedding trends and one of my favorite things about this wedding was the trendy mismatched bridesmaid dresses. They complemented Ashlee’s stunning light pink wedding dress perfectly! All and all it was a perfect day and I am so thankful to have been a part of it. Congratulations to Greg and Ashlee, wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.”

Cecilia, fender photography

One of the most important elements that Ashlee + Greg knew they wanted for their special day was a photographer that could freeze moments in time that could be looked back on for decades to come. If you are in the wedding planning process, you know that choosing your photographer is no easy task, so the couple definitely had their hands full. At the end of the day, there was one photographer that stood out above them all, and it was a no-brainer. They chose the wildly talented Cecilia of Fender Photography – the perfect match for their warm, charming, fall wedding! You can check out the gallery below to see how the magic came to life for the adorable couple.

The Lord has truly blessed Cecilia Fender with the gift to capture those moments. It wasn’t until we received our wedding photos that I was blown away that Cecilia not only captured the highlight moments we wanted, but she captured moments that we forgot about, or had a faint memory of. And because of her, we will always have those memories to look back on. She was the absolute best decision we made for our wedding.” 

Ashlee, bride

Featured Photography: Fender Photography Ceremony Venue: Calvary Chapel Main Campus Reception Venue: Isleta Resort & Casino Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal DJ: Wayne Gallegos Hair: Ruth Lopez Makeup: Chelsea Lee Esthetics

Stress-free DIY Beauty at Home with Glam by Jeet

Here at Wedding Collective, despite the freedom that comes with wearing cozy clothes all day, one thing that we really miss is getting dolled up, makeup and all. We know that you stunning brides might feel the same and are using this time to find a skin-care routine to prepare for your wedding day. This is why we’ve teamed up with a local beauty expert, Glam by Jeet, to give you all of the guidance you need to feel beautiful without leaving the house. We can’t wait to get started on this exclusive makeover (while also wearing our adorable jammies, of course)!

Let’s create a routine

Hi ladies! My name is Jeet Bahra and I own Glam by Jeet, a mobile beauty business that brings all of your makeup and hair styling needs to your doorstep! One of the special services that I offer is my Shop and Learn class – a personal shopping experience where you and I go shopping at one of my favorite stores, Target, to get customized skincare, makeup products and hair tools that work for your complexion, features and needs! Afterwards, we go back to your home to go over how to use everything effectively and how to create a simple, work-appropriate look that can be turned into a date night look easily! I would love to share some of the helpful tips I’ve learned over the years to help you get ready at home, stay stress free, as well as inspired during this unprecedented time!

 Let’s go over a few things you can do at home to relax, feel beautiful, and take care of yourself during quarantine. These tips can also help you doll up for that FaceTime date you have with your fiancé on Friday night as well! 


A simple change every woman can make in general AND during quarantine is to develop a skincare routine. It gives you a chance to start and end your day with self-care and you can work in a facial + neck massage twice a day as well! There are many affordable products out there that are available at Target like I mentioned above (thank goodness for their Pick Up Option!) or Amazon Prime if you don’t live near one. 
Part one of a simple skincare routine that you can implement is washing your face twice a day, in both the morning and at bedtime. A simple cleanser such as Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Facial scrub which is gentle on everyone ($5-$6 on Amazon Prime) or Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash ($6-7 on Amazon Prime) is great! As a rule of thumb, if you tend to have dry skin, you will want to find a creamy, gentle, foam-free cleanser, and conversely if you tend to have oily skin, you want a gentle foaming cleanser! I do not believe in using harsh products on the skin. On days that you wear makeup, double cleanse your face + neck, and make sure that your makeup comes off in the first round of washing and your skin is being cleansed in the second round. 

For part two of this simple skincare routine, you should invest in a daytime moisturizer with at least SPF 15 in it (especially with our New Mexico sunshine!), and a nourishing night cream. Again, I love the skincare lines that Aveeno carries and recommend the Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($12-13 on Amazon Prime) and the Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream ($13-14 on Amazon Prime) because they are gentle on everyone and work on most complexions. If you have the budget for more, they sell eye cream, serum, and more! They also have acne fighting and age defying lines if you prefer those- so take some time for yourself and pick the line that works for you the best! Feel free to mix and match radiance for daytime and age defiance for night time for example.

After washing your face in the morning, take the time to massage your face + neck in gentle circles and apply your daytime moisturizer until it melts into your skin, and do the same thing with face wash and night cream before bedtime! Cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing your skin guarantees that makeup goes on smoother, so it’s well worth the investment!


Time to get glammed up

A basic makeup routine includes cleansing, moisturizing, applying a base, mascara, bronzer and blush, and lip product. Of course some wear more, and some wear less – but this is a very condensed version of my makeup application process on every client, so I highly recommend it! If you’re looking for quick coverup and don’t mind sheer coverage, a great tip is to put a quarter or half the amount of your daily foundation into your moisturizer in the morning for a quick, easy, DIY BB cream! You can layer more foundation on the areas where you need some extra coverage such as the under eye or a blemish if you’d like. If you’re prone to creasing or shine, you can lightly set your problem areas with translucent powder and a fluffy, big brush or damp beauty sponge. 


Pro Tip: If your under eyes give you issues, apply some eye cream or moisturizer in that area, and then apply a peach corrector in a sheer layer for lighter skin tones, and orange corrector if you have deeper skin tones and see how big of a difference it makes! It’s truly magical. 


Another great tip for minimalism and turning makeup products into multi-use tools is to use your bronzer and blush as eyeshadow and lip color in addition to contour and cheek color! This method creates a beautiful monochromatic look that is fresh, clean and does the job! Powder or liquid blush looks great on the lips if you layer a clear gloss on top as well! If you have time or feel like playing with a little more makeup than this, you can smudge some black or brown eyeliner along your lash line for a beautiful enhancement, and lightly fill in your brows with some brow powder that is a shade lighter than your hair color! 

This tip is a blessing during these times – a beauty trend that is taking the makeup world by storm right now is bushy, thick brows. This means that your brows being grown out more than usual is not a bad thing at all! If you’re afraid to butcher your eyebrows that your esthetician has spent so much time shaping for you- do not worry. Consider plucking only stray hairs and then use brown mascara on your lashes AND your brows to fill them in and set them! Just gently brush the brow hair upward and let them dry. It’s a fun, different look worth trying and is all over celebrity beauty pages on Instagram!  Check out @nikki_makeup for some inspiration and amazing Sunday tutorials! When quarantine is over, you can decide to keep the natural, full, bushy look going or you can go right back to your esthetician with your head held high – butcher free! 

I wanted to show you some past clients with different skin and hair tones that are examples of very light makeup application using moisturizer, foundation + concealer only where necessary (under eyes and blemishes), light brow powder or eyeshadow to enhance brows, liquid blush on the lips/cheeks/eyes, bronzer or bronzer toned shadows to enhance bone structure and eye shape, smudged pencil eyeliner along the lashline, and light false lashes because the makeovers were done for photo shoots or weddings- however to modify for our current situation, a couple of layers of good mascara look gorgeous and will do the trick for a beautiful every day look. 

Feel free to schedule a one-on-one FaceTime consultation with me on my website contact form (www.glambyjeet.com) if you’d like a personalized lesson or help shopping on amazon! I’d love to help you feel your best! 


Stay safe and hope these tips make you feel beautiful! 

You can learn more about Glam by Jeet by visiting her here.

How to Have a Modern 20’s Themed Wedding

It’s official – we’re finally in the 20s again! Although, we have to say, they look a little different these days. That doesn’t mean that the decade won’t consist of flapper dresses, Art Deco, glam, and good music, though. Couples all over are planning their weddings for this year and the years to come, and we know the one thing they’ve been most excited about is the chance to play a little dress up.

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“A little party never killed nobody” – so let’s get planning! We’ll walk you through our favorite trends and give you a little inspo along the way from the gorgeous styled shoot by Black Bow Events. Here are our top tips for planning a modern 20s wedding:

1. Create the perfect mix of textures, colors, and patterns.

Lavel Marie Photography

Adding elements of modern styles, like this trending pastel pink, with textures and patterns from the 20s will give you the perfect blend of new and old. Your guests will feel less like they’re at a costume party and more like they’ve transported in time without leaving the comfort of their modern lives!

2. Choose 20s themed hairstyles + attire paired with modern accessories.

Lavel Marie Photography

We’re obsessed with classic hairstyles from the 20s, and we know that a local beauty expert is dying to get you all glammed up. To tame your roaring 20s look, pair it with modern accessories + styles, like acrylic nails or minimal or modern jewelry. For the guys – try wearing some sneakers to create a more casual look.

3. Gold + silver themed everything.

Lavel Marie Photography

We’re not kidding when we say “glam it up”. The more shiny the better! Gold and silver are the perfect pair for any 20s themed party – try mixing it with classic elements of your wedding like florals or tableware for modern chic vibes.

4. Choose a venue with history behind it.

Lavel Marie Photography

The venue is what makes every aspect of your wedding come together and creates the mood for your whole event. When it comes to a decades themed wedding, it’s essential that the venue has some elements of the 20s – whether it is in the architectural design or the history of the place itself.

5. Make it feel warm and intimate.

Lavel Marie Photography

It is the celebration of your love, after all. Remind your guests of why they are there – to celebrate the union of two unique and beautiful people. Pull the reigns on the party by bringing in some elements of warmth and romance, like candles, pillows, and subtle colors.

If you need help planning your wedding, sign up for a free planning coaching session here!

We can’t wait to see what you create, so be sure to submit your 20s themed wedding for us to see and showcase with the rest of the wedding community. If you’re dying to see the rest of this gorgeous styled shoot, you can check it out below:

Concept, Design + Coordination: Black Bow Events Second Coordinator: D Events & Weddings Photographer: Lavel Marie Photography Floral Design + Arch: The Flower Company Venue: Hotel Parq Central Cake: Cake Fetish Table + Candlesticks: My Beloved Vintage Rentals Hair + Makeup Artists: The Honeycomb Beauty Studio + Beauty Therapy by Kim Bridal Gowns + Headpieces: Bridal Elegance by Darlene Jewelry: Ooh! Aah! Jewelry Invitations: The Wild Rose Creative Groom’s Attire: Mr. Tux Formalwear Videography: Zelda Deeds

Timeless Romance with Coryn Kiefer Photography

“Life without love, is no life at all.” – Leonardo da Vinci

With springtime so gracefully happening all around us, vibrant colors and incredible new beginnings steal the show. It is no wonder local couples choose this time of year to have their jaw-dropping New Mexico weddings. Since we’re now learning to live with these unexpected changes, couples must reschedule their weddings. We want you to know that it’s 100% okay to be sad, and maybe even really angry, since you’ve been preparing for this moment your whole life. Good news, though! You now have plenty of time to get back to the drawing board, without any distractions, and get inspired.

We’ve said it before and we will say it again – one of our favorite ways to get inspiration for weddings is local styled shoots. New Mexico wedding vendors from all over the bring their talents together to create something magical. Our lovely Coryn Kiefer Photography wanted to bring her vision for timeless romance to life, so she did just that through incredible colors, textures, and scenery.

“While love remains timeless, traditional weddings are changing. Weddings today break free of monotony and add unique elements that tell the couple’s story and personality more than ever before. This styled shoot aimed to embrace the modern wedding while keeping the simplicity of love in the forefront.”

Coryn Kiefer Photography

The models are wearing a modern take on wedding attire – a pantsuit for the bride and a mismatched suit for the groom. While these elements of fashion are unconventional, they compliment each other and are a perfect match for the ornate decor that surrounds them. The decor + florals are fit for a queen. We get some serious fairytale vibes and all of our little girl dreams are coming true.

As we like to say, it’s all in the details. The hand lettering, the jewelry, and the cake are all exquisite. Check out the gallery below to see how Coryn + her team brought this fairytale to life:

“Tessa’s Rime Arodaky pantsuit was the epicenter. Pairing this modern fashion with the Old World style of the El Rey Court was the perfect fit. Elements of Mustard and Sage were added to highlight the whites and add a punch of color to the setting.”

coryn kiefer photography

Photography + Styling: Coryn Kiefer Photography Venue: El Rey Court Decor + Rentals: Darling Details Rentals Floral: Desert Flower Co. Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee Hand Lettering: Hello Jori Cake: Honey & Salt Cake Co. Jewelry: Ooh! Aah! Jewelry Bridal Attire: Rime Arodaky Groom’s Attire: J Crew Styling Assistant: Krissy Williams Models: Tessa & Deangelo

Let’s Plan a Party!

The Perfect Wedding Guide team loves, and I mean loves, a good party. We’re always ready to gather up our friends and loved ones to go have a good time, whether it’s gearing up for a wedding show, or attending a super fun murder mystery dinner. We can pretty much make a party out of every exciting occasion. There are certain parties that we don’t get to attend often, but help couples like you plan all of the time–bachelorette parties & bridal showers!

Just by reading the title of this blog, you can probably guess what it’s all about. We won’t explain every tiny detail of party planning, but we will get you on the right track with a local vendor that will help you nail your party… no pun intended. We want to introduce you to one of our newest members and one of Albuquerque’s up and coming event vendors, Paixao Beauty Bar & Event Boutique. These wedding party experts are unlike any other, providing a range of services to fit you and your needs, from nails to hairstyling services. The event space itself is chic, clean and just absolutely stunning. The entire boutique can be reserved for you and your friends to enjoy an exclusive experience. To top it all off, Paixao provides fresh flowers with every service. Who wants a day of pampering, an exclusive space, and fresh flowers? Um, we do! Get a sneak peek of the space located on San Mateo below:

We know you’re probably ready to go over to their website to book your party, but before you go, we want to give you a few party planning tips that apply to any kind of party you might be throwing–even you, dudes.

Tip #1 | Let someone else do the work for you, this is your time to have fun! Hire a local wedding planner who offers party planning services, or ask friends and family for some help planning.

Tip #2 | There’s no dress code when it comes to having a good time, whether that means you want to kick back and relax with your friends in your sweats or go out feeling the energy in your dancing shoes.

Tip #3 | Get creative, this is all about you, so put your personality into it! Love fishing? Take your friends out to the river and bring some food and drinks. Love being pampered? Book a spa day with your besties! Movie buff? Plan a movie night with popcorn and champagne.

No matter what you plan, it’s all about you, my friend. Have some fun!

Wedding Makeup Tips: A Guest Blog with Mesa Makeup

Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, we get to see countless stunning photographs of brides and grooms sharing their special moments together. Everything is always picture perfect, from the venue to the gown, but there is something that absolutely emphasizes the radiance of couples in love: wedding day makeup. We’ve asked one of our newest members, Mesa Makeup, to give you some tips + tricks when it comes to looking fabulous for your wedding day. Summer and Erica share a bit about who they are, what they do, and what you can do to make your makeup experience the best yet! Read what they have to say below.

Mesa makeup puts makeup on a bride.
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Meet Mesa Makeup

Hi lovely NM brides! We are Summer and Erica of Mesa Makeup and are super excited to be a part of the Perfect Wedding Guide family! Before we get into our top 10 dos and don’ts of wedding makeup, we wanted to tell you a little bit about our business and what we think sets us apart. 

When we decided to pool our talents into Mesa Makeup, we wanted to create an experience for our brides rather than just a makeup service. In order to do that, we spend a little more time on skin prep so that everyone feels relaxed and pampered before the makeup magic begins! We are also the only makeup artists in New Mexico to offer a full makeup and skincare application using only clean cosmetics – meaning those products are free from chemicals such as parabens, sulfates, and other potentially unsafe ingredients. We have spent a lot of time researching and testing different “clean” products to ensure that these items meet our standards for long lasting, gorgeous makeup! In addition, we can assist you in creating a gift package for your bride tribe containing some of our favorite New Mexico-made skincare, spa, and beauty products!

FUN FACTS | Before we started Mesa Makeup, we both were students at the University of Minnesota at the same time but didn’t actually meet until makeup school! Summer is fluent in Spanish and Erica is a polymer scientist. 

Now For Our Top Ten!

  1. DO start a skincare routine as soon as possible! Makeup will look better and last longer if your skin is healthy and well cared for. We recommend figuring out your skin type (normal, dry, oily, or combo) and concerns (fine lines, acne, age spots, etc.) and talking to an esthetician to help you get a skincare routine established. 
  2. DON’T try out any new products within a few weeks of your wedding date. Sometimes an ingredient in a new product may irritate your skin. We also recommend avoiding any harsh skincare treatments (e.g. chemical peel, waxing) within a week or two of your wedding for the same reason. Remember MUAs can cover discoloration but we can’t get rid of texture!
  3. DO have a trial makeup run beforehand. This lets you get to know your artist and their makeup style to see if you vibe well. Plus, it’s one less thing to worry about the day of if you already know your makeup is going to be perfect! It’s also nice to schedule this before an engagement shoot so you can see how the makeup photographs. 
  4. DON’T worry about changing your mind about your makeup on the day of your wedding! It happens frequently and we promise it won’t hurt our feelings if you want something changed!
  5. If you aren’t doing a trial DO bring pictures of makeup styles you like. This also goes for anyone in your bride tribe or bridal party having makeup done. It helps get you and your artist on the same page from the beginning so there are no surprises at the end!
  6. DON’T be afraid to wear a little more makeup than you usually wear on your wedding day. We want you to look good both in person and in your photos so we may suggest a deeper eyeshadow or lip color than you originally thought so you don’t look washed out in photos. 
  7. DO respect the timeline you and your MUA establish. No one likes to be running late so ensuring you and your party are on time and ready to start at their allotted times!
  8. DON’T be afraid to try fake eyelashes. We have a ton of different styles to choose from and can customize any lash to you! We also have lashes that work well for first timers that are very comfortable to wear. 
  9. DO ask us about our clean cosmetics package, what our favorite products are, and where we get them! Also DO pick Erica’s brain on ingredient safety and where you can learn more about it. 
  10. DO leave your vendors a review. It lets us know how we did, helps us improve, and also helps other brides in their search to find professionals best suited to their styles/needs!

We can’t wait to meet you and we hope you have a Happy New Year!

Want to get in touch with Mesa Makeup? You can visit their page here.

2019 Diamond Dash Wedding Show: The Recap

The time has finally come! The photos from our November Diamond Dash Wedding Show at the Hyatt Regency are in and we just can’t wait to share them with all of you. This year we were so fortunate to have so many bright and beautiful faces at the show. The decor was dazzling, the laughter echoed throughout the ballroom, and the energy was incredible! We love a good wedding show, and this year’s Diamond Dash was one for the books.

If you don’t know what Diamond Dash is and want to know more about it, keep on reading because you’re in for a treat. This recap is going to go into a little bit more detail on what the event is all about, how the whole day plays out, and how the show can benefit a soon-to-be-married bride and/or groom like you!

What is Diamond Dash?

Well, the name comes from the cake dive for diamond jewelry that happens later during the wedding show–but we will cover that bit later. The show itself is put on by yours truly, the local Perfect Wedding Guide team. This show is an opportunity for local couples to get out and have some fun with wedding planning. When the couples arrive, our team will give you a bag of goodies and $500 of PWG Bucks to spend on participating vendors inside the ballroom. Get there early and enjoy the VIP Pre-Party, which we will tell you more about right now.

VIP Pre-Party

The VIP Pre-Party is an exclusive gathering that happens just before the wedding show begins. Join other couples while sipping mimosa’s and getting pampered by local wedding professionals. This year, we had an amazing DJ, Dream Factory Productions, and a top-notch expert wedding panel. Bridal Elegance by Darlene provided a veil try-on station, Blo Blow Dry Bar provided a braid bar, Photo Booth Rentals of New Mexico provided a photo booth, Charlotte’s Flowers brought some gorgeous flower stems, and The Cake Boutique set up a DIY dessert station. How fun is that?! Make sure to get your ticket as an add-on to the main show for next year’s Diamond Dash if you want to be part of the excitement!

Fashion Show + Giveaways

Another unique and truly entertaining aspect of the Diamond Dash Wedding Show is the fashion show that, literally, takes center stage for the majority of the event. The latest trends and styles are modeled by local models of every gender and age for you to find inspiration. And guess what? This year, all of the styling was done locally by Bridal Elegance by Darlene, Suits Unlimited, and Blo Blow Dry Bar! Throughout the show, our fave wedding show MC, Brad King of King Mobile Music, announces the winners of our unique door prizes provided by local wedding vendors.

Vendors

This is really what the show is all about–providing you with all of the best resources to plan your perfect wedding. We invite the best of the best local wedding vendors to set up a booth and meet with prospective brides and grooms. This provides you with a wide variety of wedding photographers, stylists, cake shops, venues, and beyond! We would be lying if we said it will be easy to pick out a vendor, so come with an open heart and be ready to note your best conversations and options.

The Diamond Dash Cake Dive

And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for–the reason for the name! Toward the end of every Diamond Dash Wedding Show, all of the guests and vendors gather around the stage to watch as 5 lucky brides/grooms are chosen to put on a cute apron, tie back their hair, and prepare to get a little messy. These lucky folks have been selected to dig into a cake all at once for the chance to find the box with diamond jewelry inside. Everyone will win a prize, but only 1 of the 5 will walk away with brand new diamond jewelry! This year’s stunning cake was hand-crafted by Honey & Salt Cake Co. and we were absolutely in love with it–even after it was smashed into pieces by eager brides.

This past Diamond Dash was one of our favorites, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and talent of our sponsors. The Perfect Wedding Guide gals are so grateful for those who participated and came out to enjoy all of the vendors and the fun! We want to give a special thank you to our videographers, Journey Home Media, and our photographers that provided all of the amazing photos in this recap, Photographic Perspectives!

Photographic Perspectives
Journey Home Media

EVENT SPONSORS | Blo Blow Dry Bar, Bridal Elegance by Darlene, Charlotte’s Flowers, Enchanted Events, Honey & Salt Cake Co., Hyatt Regency, King Mobile Music, NMWP, Photographic Perspectives, Skinny Secrets, and Suits Unlimited

Embracing the Beauty of Change: Meghan’s Rainy Day Wedding Story

When everything is falling apart, or at least it feels like it is, sometimes it’s so hard to keep spirits high–especially when it comes to your wedding day. Months, and sometimes even years, go into careful searching, planning, and preparing to celebrate the first day of the rest of your lives together. To be honest, it really never all goes completely according to plan. And that’s just life.

Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, we see just about every perfect wedding out there, because every wedding is perfect in our eyes with the help of local New Mexico vendors. However, perfection is subjective and it isn’t necessarily measured by how successful we are in meeting our goals. It is truly measured by how we adapt and react to change.

For our sweet, kind, and radiant bride Meghan, her meticulously planned Santa Fe wedding didn’t go quite according to plan, but she embraced it like a queen. Aside from holes in Meghan’s wedding gown, their venue had to make some quick adjustments when the moody New Mexico skies decided to rain all over the outdoor ceremony space at the Museum of International Folk Art. Luckily for the couple, the museum has a spacious and artistic interior where they were able to pronounce their love for each other in front of friends and family without everyone getting soaking wet.

Meghan sent us the most incredible testimonial after she was able to process all of the chaos that ensued, and we would be crazy not to share something so powerful for the rest of our brides who fear the rain on their wedding day. Read her statement below:

Everyone hopes that it doesn’t rain at their outdoor wedding, but that’s not what the clouds had in store for us. A classic New Mexico monsoon was in full throttle right as we were taking our photos (outside) and everyone just started running. Having a full panic attack in front of all 160 of your guests isn’t ideal… but my husband held me, helped me breathe, and I looked at him, like really looked at him, and realized all of this didn’t matter: it’s me and him and it’s that simple. Then the power went out! In the moment, I was wrecked. I spent this entire year meticulously planning every detail to reflect my husband and me, researching vendors who aligned with both our values and budget, and all I could do was fake smile through the rest of the photos (and cry in-between every snap… my makeup didn’t budge a bit thanks to the amazing work of Genica). With time and perspective, I realized that while I was having my meltdown every single one of our guests mobilized. With our amazing day-of-coordinator (Symone of Simply Done Events) at the helm, cousins moved chairs, family friends brought wads of paper towels from the bathroom to wipe the floor, aunties arranged florals inside… all to make sure that Ryan and I had our day. I still some sometimes feel sad that this wasn’t the “best day ever” and it’s easy to be consumed with the negatives. And I think it’s important to share with couples that however you feel, even if it’s sad, that’s okay. But then I remember all the overwhelmingly beautiful things: my sweet husband’s vows promising to feed me forever, the hundreds of biscochitos Ryan’s cousins baked for us, our family and friends spanning continents and countries to celebrate with us namely my grandmother and uncle flying from the Philippines, the magical elote and amazing pies (Street Food Institute and Emerald Pie Bar), a friend composing a beautiful processional song, our DJ (Too Hot to Stop) throwing Burger King crowns during “Dancing Queen”, our parents’ love and support, oh, and of course the llamas passing out White Claw. There was so much of that day that was good. There was so much of that day that was us. So it wasn’t the best day, but it was our day, and that’s what makes a perfect wedding.

– Meghan Montelibano-Gorman, Bride

We are so grateful to Meghan and all of the amazing vendors who were able to tell such a wonderful love story. And that is what it is all about–the love.

Photos by Kady McKeehan Photography

Catering: Street Food Institute
Florals: Barton's Flowers
Venue: Museum of International Folk Art
Photographer: Kady McKeehan Photography
DJ: Too Hot to Stop
Pies: Emerald Pie Bar
Day of Planner: Simply Done Events
Rentals: American Tent Rentals
Booze/Bar: Kelly's Liquors
Llamas: Lllamas Del Sol
Hair/Makeup: Genica Lee MUA
Videography: Clay Carlson Films
Photo booth: Wedding Crashers
Groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse
Bridesmaids attire: Lulu's
Suit: Suit Supply
Wedding gown: Altar Bridal
Emergency alterations: Bella Tailor
Mariachi Mestizo: Absolute Entertainment
Heels: Nine West
Tennies: Kate Spade for Keds