Royal Wedding, New Mexican Style

If you’ve picked up on anything from reading our little New Mexico Perfect Wedding Guide blog here, then you know a couple things. First, we love love. Like, a lot. Second, we’re obsessed with high-quality, jaw-dropping weddings and styled shoots that prove our state is on par with coastal trends, despite being oh so landlocked. And third, we have a special affinity for weddings with super strong New Mexican vibes, for obvious reasons.

So when a photo comes across our desks that combines all three of those elements…well, let’s just say we do a lot of happy dancing in our office. And happy dance we did, the moment we saw this collab between a few of our very favorite local wedding businesses. Housed by the undeniably southwestern, yet luxuriously curated Hacienda Dona Andrea, Shayla Edenfield Photography came together with some incredible local vendors like Mr. Tux and The Flower Company to create a shoot that rivals royal weddings, with an added New Mexican flair.

Hacienda Dona Andrea, a traditional adobe structure, began as a 9-bedroom home to the Contreras in the 16th century. The home, which is actually more castle than townhome, is imposingly venerable in the best possible way, and now generously hosts weddings for New Mexican natives, and those otherwise enchanted from far-off places. With impeccably carved furniture around every bend, and of course debuting within the shoot itself, and hand-crafted fixtures hanging from above, the hacienda made the perfect venue for this dignified and colorful styled shoot.

Bright florals enhanced the already-bursting colors of the venue, from the traditional Spanish art and hand painted tiles, to the oriental rugs. It would all have been for naught, of course, if there weren’t any turquoise jewelry; luckily the darling bride wore the traditional stone across her neck. And thank goodness for Shayla Edenfield‘s light and bright style — as sunshine-y and heartwarming as the personality behind the lens — which captured it all in its shining, regal glory.

To book Hacienda Dona Andrea for your wedding, you can contact their team of dedicated creatives here.









Photographer: Shayla Edenfield Photography

Floral: The Flower Company

Tux: Mr. Tux Formalwear

Dress:  Borrowing Magnolia

Makeup: Betty Rose by Alanna

Cake: Cake Fetish

Turquoise Jewelry: Turquoise Direct

Furniture: Hacienda Dona Andrea

Stationery: Cordially Invited Events LLC

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Wedding Day Skincare {Guest Post!}

Tis the season for rejuvenation, fine-tuning, self-care, and feeling beautiful in your skin. That’s why we’re so excited to share these expert tips from Marisa Lux Makeup on long-term skin care for feeling your absolute best on your wedding day.

Marisa has been doing makeup for 13 years, and she’s also a licensed esthetician with 10 years of experience. Marisa Lux Makeup specializes in doing makeup for wedding parties here in Albuquerque + Santa, and in particular, professional airbrush application. Which is perfect for weddings because it provides all-day stay, flawless finish, and minimal makeup that results in a lovely, natural look. Thank you Marisa for sharing your vast amount of beauty knowledge!

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Many brides start thinking about their skin and skincare a bit more once the wedding date is approaching, and I am here to help you with that. I will guide you through what you should and should not do leading up to your wedding. 

Some brides decide 6-12 months out that they want to start a regular skincare routine or upgrade their current skin regimen.  Some start by getting regular facials. Some brides may have problematic skin (i.e. acne or light acne, post inflammatory pigmentation, acne scarring, rosacea, discoloration or extremely dry or oily skin) and want to learn how to best take care of it. Other brides decide they will just get a facial a week or a few days before their wedding. Since getting a facial right before the wedding is one of the more common things brides think of doing, let me tell you why, from an esthetician’s point of view, that is NOT a good idea. You are probably thinking, wait, what?!? Let me explain.

I always recommend brides start working on their skin anywhere from a few months to a year before their wedding. I know some people can’t afford to get facials monthly which is why a consultation with a professional can help you learn what your options are. For example, if a person has very problematic skin and they find a great esthetician in New Mexico who can assist them in choosing the correct products and treatments, it can be life changing, especially for brides. 

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I have had many brides who struggled with acne and/or could not get control of dark spots on their face from acne in the past. With the appropriate professional skincare products and applying the best treatments, I have literally transformed peoples’ skin. I will explain a little more about treatments and products later.

Now, why shouldn’t you just get a facial a week or a couple of days before your wedding? You will most likely just choose a spa that maybe sounds relaxing or you heard offers good facials. The issue is that you are exposing your skin to products you have never used before; you are receiving a facial treatment you have never had before; and you are working with an esthetician who doesn’t really know your skin. Now don’t misunderstand me, I respect people in my profession, but I can tell you from first hand experience not all estheticians are created equal. The first thing that can go wrong is some products used during the facial or even the skincare line used might not agree with your skin. Yes, I  acknowledge the odds of this happening are not high, but it is possible. What IF you have some sort of reaction to the products used? What IF the facial makes you break out? What IF you have an allergic reaction? What IF your skin gets red or itchy afterwards? What IF the esthetician uses too strong of an exfoliant and your skin starts flaking?  Although the likelihood is low, do you want to risk any of these things happening right before your wedding day?

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This is why I always suggest starting facial treatments at least a few months before your wedding. Or, if you are just wanting to get a facial right before your wedding, my recommendation is this: instead of getting a facial a few days before your wedding, get the exact same facial a month or two before your wedding as a trial run to make sure your skin does well with it. Also see the same esthetician both times. That way they will have notes on your skin and products they used so they can use all the same products or make adjustments, if necessary. Doesn’t that make sense? 

I am not trying to scare anyone, but, trust me, I have heard stories of brides getting facials or waxing for the first right before their wedding and their skin freaked out. So my advice is to find a reputable esthetician (you can always look up estheticians in your area on Yelp and Perfect Wedding Guide to see who has the best reviews) and choose wisely based on someone’s education and experience in the field. Some of us estheticians have many years of experience and are vastly knowledgable about specific products, and, especially, active ingredients that will work to treat your specific skin concerns or just the most appropriate products for your skin type. Some of us take continuing education and trainings to stay up to date with all the new advancements in the skincare world. This is the type of esthetician you want. Someone who has vast knowledge of the skin and how it works.

Now regarding different facial treatments, let me give you general information regarding some of the more popular treatments. A regular or custom facial is good for all skin types. The esthetician will analyze your skin, perform a gentle, hydrating facial and talk to you about what products you are currently using and probably make some suggestions on products or skin regimens that would be beneficial for your specific skin. A deep cleansing facial with extractions is good for people who may have a bit of a more oily skin type, larger pores and possibly some acne. Typically these facials will include steam, cleansing, appropriate exfoliation; maybe a light enzyme exfoliant that will help with cell turn over and can soften the pores to help with extractions.  This is usually followed with an appropriate mask, serums and moisturizers. 

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If you have severe acne you may want to start with an esthetician and work with her and her skincare product recommendations. Depending on the type of acne, certain active ingredients sometimes you can get it under control. Sometimes you make also need to look into things like diet, supplements, bad habits like not washing your face at night, or maybe other culprits. If you are not getting the desired improvement, the esthetician may also refer you to a dermatologist for prescription recommendations, but most good estheticians can really help with acne.  Some other treatments that can be highly beneficial are microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, hydrafacials and possibly even peels that can even out skin clarity and lessen light scarring and discolorations. 

I will do a more in-depth post on treatments and what is most beneficial for different skin issues. If you don’t know what any of the treatments are or you are thinking, “OMG a peel; I don’t want my face to turn beet red and have my skin fall off,” I promise I will go into more detail about what each one of these entails. 

My recommendation for the best facial you can do before your wedding (keeping in mind you want to do one at least a month or two prior to make sure your skin does well) is an oxygen facial. Some people have heard of them or heard the name while other people have never heard of them.  Let me explain why this is my go-to facial for brides. It is calming, soothing, extremely hydrating, meant to plump the skin and make it look flawless. 

These are what many people refer to as “The Red Carpet” facial because many celebs like to get this facial before they attend an event like the Academy Awards. The reason is no super strong exfoliants or aggressive products are used. The main thing that sets this facial apart is that an airbrush dispenser is used to mist a highly active serum onto the skin and then uses compressed oxygen to drive the ingredients into the skin. It is a very cool, relaxing experience, with zero discomfort and no downtime. You walk out and your skin looks beautiful and results typically last up to a week.

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If you would like any more information about facials and what I might recommend for your skin type, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I absolutely love skin care and helping people learn how to get the skin they want. I offer facials at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, if you would like to come see me. AND, yes, I offer my favorite facial “The Oxygen Facial” there. I will work with you and your skin needs to get you where you want to be with your skin so that your wedding makeup will look gorgeous because your skin will be in the best shape possible. 

I hope this is all helpful information. Follow me on Instagram to see photos of some of my clients and how I helped make their wedding day even more special.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Have the most beautiful wedding by looking and feeling your best.

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Celebrity Gown Inspiration: Kaley Cuoco in Petal Pink

2014 Wedding Gown Color Inspiration: Petal Pink

The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco married Ryan Sweeting on New Year’s Eve wearing a gorgeous petal pink gown by Vera Wang. From Jessica Biel  to Reese Witherspoon, pink was the pretty and unexpected show-stopping wedding gown color of choice for celebrity brides in 2013. With the top designers such as Vera Wang and Maggie Sottero introducing their Fall 2014 bridal gown collections full of color, The Perfect Wedding Guide believes the petal pink trend will continue on well into the new year.

Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang and Groom Ryan Sweeting Photo Credit:
Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang and Groom Ryan Sweeting
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This dreamy Maggie Sottero petal pink gown can be found at Bridal Elegance by Darlene in Albuquerque.  Photo Credit: Maggie Sottero
Maggie Sottero petal pink gown can be found at Bridal Elegance by Darlene in Albuquerque.
Photo Credit: Maggie Sottero
Another pretty in pink Maggie Sottero gown found at Bridal Elegance by Darlene Photo Credit: Maggie Sottero
Another pretty in pink Maggie Sottero gown found at Bridal Elegance by Darlene
Photo Credit: Maggie Sottero
Try the petal pink gowns Brides by Demetrios for yourself in Albuquerque! Photo Credit: Brides by Demetrios
Try the petal pink gowns Brides by Demetrios for yourself in Albuquerque!
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Structured gowns in petal pink are going to be huge in 2014! This gorgeous gown can be found at Brides by Demetrios in Albuquerque.
Structured gowns in petal pink are going to be huge in 2014! This gorgeous gown can be found at Brides by Demetrios in Albuquerque. Photo Credit: Brides by Demetrios

You don’t have to be a celebrity to pull of this pretty trend! To find the latest petal pink wedding gowns in Albuquerque and Santa Fe visit these wonderful bridal shops:

Brides by Demetrios, 1405- B Renaissance Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, (505) 342-9850

Laura Sheppherd Bridal, 65 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, (505) 986-1444

Bridal Elegance by Darlene, 4100 Menaul Blvd. Suite 1 B, Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 830-2110

Nicole’s Boutique, 8001 Wyoming Blvd. NE C-5, Albuquerque, NM 87113, (505) 797-2442

Happy New Year from The Perfect Wedding Guide! For everything you need to plan your wedding in 2014, please visit The Guide!

Celebrity Wedding Inspiration: Vanessa Carlton

Photo Credit: VanessaCarlton/Twitter
Photo Credit: VanessaCarlton/Twitter

Vanessa Carlton married Deer Tick’s lead singer and guitarist John McCauley on Friday, Dec. 27. The legendary Stevie Nicks officiated their casual backyard wedding. Vanessa Carlton looked lovely in a long-sleeved clingy white dress with a plunging neckline and wore a crown of purple flowers. Her groom kept it casual in green corduroy pants and a brown blazer.

Photo Credit: Vanessa Carlton/Instagram
Photo Credit: Vanessa Carlton/Instagram
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Photo Credit: VanessaCarlton/Twitter
Photo Credit: VanessaCarlton/Twitter
Photo Credit: VanessaCarlton/Twitter

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Kim Kardashian Wedding Gown by THEIA

If you haven’t already heard the news, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are officially engaged! West popped the question last week during the reality stars birthday celebration in San Francisco. With Bridal Fashion Week still on our minds- designers are predicting what Kim K will wear down the aisle. Don O’Neill, Creative Director of THEIA, shared with us his design for the Bride-to-Be!



” I chose this silhouette as it will flatter her amazing curves and fit like a second skin. It has lavish attention to detail with its intricate Swarovski crystal, silver lined glass bead embroidery and miniature handmade silk flowers, a confection of silk organza but on a simple and dramatic silhouette. The crystal and handmade silk organza flowers and petals create rich texture on the bodice flowing down on to the dramatic mermaid skirt.

Having gone the traditional route with her last wedding, she can now feel free to try color. The skirt has a blush pink lining, and the ivory flowers on the skirt are delicately tipped with blush pink”

If you missed THEIA’s Spring 2014 collection, take a look at our runway coverage here!



70 years of continuous love

Hello brides! I know it has been a while since I have posted as we have been diligently working on a new blog project .   However, I thought today would be a perfect day to post this amazing story I came across on

“Ninety-one years after meeting, they’re still in love.

Ron and Eileen Everest never knew a world without each other. They were born in the same hospital – he in 1921, she in 1922 – and were friends practically from birth.

As 4-year-olds, they posed as bride and groom in a pretend wedding at a carnival. Later, barely out of their teens, they married for real.

And this year, 87 years after that old photo was taken – the one they fondly refer to as their first wedding rehearsal – the British couple are celebrating their platinum anniversary after 70 years of marriage.”

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Behind every elaborate, stunning wedding should be a relationship built on a firm foundation and love like that of Ron and Eileen. Congratulations to them for their 70 years of marital bliss.  For more on everything wedding and wedding planning visit


Vera Wang shocks bridal fashion week with black dresses

One of the most well-known wedding dress designers stunned New York’s bridal fashion week this past Sunday by sending one beautiful wedding dress after the other down the runway – but in the color black, according to the Daily Mail.

The dresses were made of traditional gown materials including organza, tulle and chiffon but none were any shade of white. However, some nude-colored dresses with dramatic styling did make it down the runway, according to the news source.

Wang has continually influenced the wedding industry and has pushed boundaries by creating dove grey and pail mint dresses, but this is the first time that she has produced black gowns, according to the news provider.

Wang has designed for various celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham and Chelsea Clinton, the media outlet reports.

According to the Huffington Post, even though the collection was far from traditional, it did not disappoint. Many raved about the collection, and it leaves people wondering if these black and nude dresses will be walking down the aisle in coming years.