Andrea + Rebecca’s Real + Rosy Wedding

In Albuquerque alone, there’s an estimated 5,000 marriage licenses given out every single year. Which, if you’re ever feeling down about the state of the world, is a beautiful statistic to consider. (5,000 couples pledging their love to each other!) But it’s also a little overwhelming. How can we possibly give the attention and recognition that each wonderful marriage deserves?!

Realistically, we can’t. Luckily though, weddings like Andrea + Rebecca’s make us forget about all others. Not because it was a wedding from the royal family or America’s equivalent — the Kardashian’s — but because there’s something distinctly universal about the love that emanates from Andrea + Rebecca.

Maybe it’s the full-bellied laughter that accompanied the misty eyes during their ceremony, or the secret lover’s dance captured by Matt Blasing Photography, or just a combination of all the tiny, exquisite moments from their day. Whatever it may be, Andrea + Rebecca’s wedding calls to mind the memory of a pure, unbridled kind of joyous love.

Though, not everything about their celebration was universal. Sidestepping tradition, Rebecca + Andrea walked down the aisle hand in hand, with Rebecca in a bright red dress that accentuated both brides’ rosy cheeks and Andrea’s tie, of course. {Plus the day took place at the unparalleled venue, Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm, which is truly a one-of-a-kind space.}

Somehow, as always, the husband and wife duo that is Matt Blasing Photography managed to capture the couple in all their uniqueness and wholeness. Through their lens we’re able to participate, albeit from a distance, as two distinct individuals come together in a brand-new, unique union, while also recognizing the ubiquitous nature of their love and how it mirrors all the love that came before them.

Thank you, Andrea + Rebecca, and Matt Blasing Photography, for sharing this special day with us so we could, in turn, share it with our lovely readers.

{To book Matt Blasing Photography for your wedding, contact them here!}

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Coffee Culture for ABQ Brides

What does coffee have to do with wedding planning, you ask? Well, actually, it’s an integral part of the entire process. First, coffee calls us all into the living world. No great wedding was ever planned without some sort of caffeine to boost motivation and research skills. {Don’t fact check us on that one.}

Then there’s the meetings. Meetings with florists, officiants, DJs, oh my! Sure a lot of wedding professionals will have brick and mortar offices for you to come explore their services or products — a gown shop, for example — but many vendors operate on the fly, like some freelance makeup artists. What better place to meet and chat than one of Albuquerque’s several darling coffee shops?

{Not to mention, both local coffee shops below carry the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine. So, really, you can do all your wedding planning in one spot!}

And just to make things a little easier for you — ’cause wedding planning is genuinely hard work — we decided to visit a coffee shop or two and give you our honest opinion. Because we love our local engaged couples, and because we love coffee, of course. So stay tuned for more ratings and ravings on coffee and tea, and check out our critique of Breve and Trifecta Coffee below!

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Breve

I was instantly drawn to the fact that Breve had doddle notebooks and chalk on their tables for guests to use while they enjoyed their delicious coffee or crepes. The manager was super friendly and accommodating to my preference in iced chai tea, although it was not on the menu. It was the perfect space to gather for any planning, hang outs or to work on some homework. I will definitely be back!
Imyraly

Breve has a welcoming and open environment full of creative spaces such as doodle pads open to anyone. I enjoyed a Thai Tea, something that was new to me. This was a wonderful blend of spices and sweetness that did not disappoint!
Bellah

Teddy (the manager) took great care of us with quickly capturing our orders without affecting the quality…and my Vietnamese Coffee (coffee made with sweetened condensed milk poured over with ice) was the best way to start the day!  It’s rich, cold, sweet goodness didn’t need any added cream or sugar….was perfect the way it was.

Shauna


Breve has been set up for distribution for a while and are always so accommodating, friendly and kind! They just switched to a wire rack for distribution because they are such a popular place to pick up a guide. When we went there for coffee, I had the white mocha with coconut milk and no whip and it was amazing!!

Jennifer

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 Trifecta Coffee

I got their hot version of the White Cin. It was warm and delicious with the perfect touch of sweetness from the cinnamon! I never knew I loved cinnamon in my coffee so much until I had this coffee!

Jenna


Trifecta coffee served a delicious “White Cin” coffee — sweet, but not too sweet. The space was decorated with super cool paintings of all of the countries where there coffee beans were from; it was a great unique touch! The baristas there were nothing but sweet and welcoming!

Bellah


From the moment I walked into the coffee shop, I was warmly greeted and immediately noticed the yummy array of baked goods. One of the employees noticed me eyeing the scones and told me that all their baked goods were baked fresh daily. Of course, I was sold once she mentioned that! I had the lemon cake which was super moist! The icing had a strong lemony zest to it. I also ordered The White Cin, which you can order hot or cold. I ordered mine cold. It contained two shots of espresso, white mocha, milk and is topped with cinnamon. If you love strong coffee, this is your place! I was also able to try, The Reload which is blended with ice and hot, provided by the local personal trainers, espresso, coconut milk, banana, cocoa powder, egg white protein and vanilla. I will definitely be back for that one! I love supporting local shops because they are always so happy to greet their customers!
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So pick up a copy of the guide, grab a White Cin or iced chai, and get to wedding planning! Breve + Trifecta Coffee will both welcome you with open arms.
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Meet Albuquerque’s PWG Team

Since the rebirth of the Albuquerque + Santa Fe Perfect Wedding Guide team ten years ago, the driving motivation behind everything we do has been our local wedding community. Having a personal relationship with some of the most inspiring business owners makes the hard work we put in to every event, giveaway, and of course, our magazine, totally worth it.

Not only do we love being able to introduce local engaged couples to photographers, officiants, DJs that we know on a first name basis, but it’s important to us that we match up couples with vendors that we know can make their dreams come true. We can only do that by really getting to know each business — their goals and dreams, and even their personality quirks, which we find endearing.

So, why not share the same courtesy with our amazing readers and engaged couples?! Our team is tight-knit and we rely on each other a lot, but we’re also constantly learning more about one another too. We often do little games during our Monday morning meetings, and wanted to introduce ourselves to you with a particularly fun one. We made acronyms describing our personality using the letters in our names which, I must add, is much harder than it sounds if you have a “z” in your name.

Grab some tea or coffee and scroll on! Meet our team and comment your own acronym below.

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{Very, very thankful to the darling Jacqueline Vega Photography for rockin’ out our new headshots! Book her for your wedding here.}

 

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Create and Cultivate: Speed Networking at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

It’s that time again and we couldn’t be more excited! Our annual business-to-business speed networking event is taking place, once again, at the lovely Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. If you have not had a chance to visit Los Poblanos, this is the perfect opportunity to see and experience this hidden gem in the heart of the city! Not only will you bask in the beautiful surroundings, but you will also cultivate vital relationships with other local wedding professionals to take your business to the next level.

WEDNESDAY,  JULY 12 | 6-8 PM

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm | 4803 RIO GRANDE BLVD NW

Seating is limited to 100 and we only have a handful of seats left! Don’t wait, registration is required to attend this one-of-a-kind event. Not to mention, cost includes a complimentary cocktail and gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

PWG Member Registration | $25

Non-Member Registration | $40

Remember, business opportunities come from a variety of sources and referrals are certainly one of them. To gain referrals, however, you need to make meaningful face-to-face connections. So do yourself a favor and give your business a boost at this speed networking event unlike any other. And make sure to bring a networking buddy or wedding colleague!

By attending, you will:

  • Generate social media buzz about your brand.
  • Give your business a stronger presence in the wedding community.
  • Properly position yourself to stand out from your competitors.

More importantly, you will cultivate long lasting business relationships to:

  • Maximize your time by meeting a host of professionals in one setting.
  • Do more than just pass a card — chat one-on-one!
  • Expand your connections and increase your circle of influence.
  • Exchange ideas, contacts and share your vision!

Once all participants are seated, the speed networking sessions will begin. During each fast-paced session, participants will network face-to-face. At the end of each session, participants will quickly alternate their seating arrangements for their next networking opportunity. In just a few minutes, participants will share business cards, bios, history and offer new contacts with valuable information about their business.

FOR EXAMPLE

  • Who do you know that might need their services?
  • Who has a similar client base and might refer engaged couples?
  • How might each company do business with one another?
  • Can you introduce them to anyone who can help them?

CREATE & CULTIVATE MENU

HORS D’OEUVRES

CHARCUTERIE | assorted imported & local cheeses | housemade crackers | grilled bread |roasted salted nuts | marinated olives | housemade pickles | seasonal fresh or dried fruit

BEET TARTAR | potato coin | crème fraîche | fresh herbs

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SKEWERS | seasonal spicy aioli

DESSERT STATION

HOUSEMADE COOKIES |  lavender shortbread

S’MORES STICKS  |  homemade marshmallow dipped in decadent dark chocolate rolled in homemade graham cracker crumbs

We would like to thank Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm and Arielei Kinzer Photography for being so generous with your products and services and making last year’s speed networking event a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you and we are sure this year’s event is only going to be more fabulous!

— Perfect Wedding Guide Team

Photo by Arielei Kinzer Photography

Hope to see you there!

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

Bridal Board & Vendor Mixer

Join us next Thursday for our annual Bridal Board & Vendor Mixer! If you’re a local wedding professional, you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to get firsthand insight into the mind of your customer. We will have a panel of recent brides and grooms to answer all your pressing questions.

Thursday, April 13th | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Isleta Resort & Casino, 11000 Broadway Blvd SW

$25 PWG Members | $40 Non Members

PWG MEMBERS REGISTER HERE

 NON MEMBERS REGISTER HERE

Be sure to bring a networking buddy or wedding colleague. Seating is limited to 100, so don’t wait! You don’t want to miss it!

After you help yourself to some delicious food, participants will take a seat and the panel will begin. Our emcee will start by asking the couples a series of questions, encompassing everything from customer-vendor relations to their top wedding priorities.

Each question will include time for open and honest discussion. As we come to a close, professionals will have an opportunity to ask their most pressing questions. To conclude, we will re-locate to the Jar Spa for more treats, cocktails, pampering and networking!

Photos by Matt Blasing Photography

CALL FOR BRIDES AND GROOMS!

Are you engaged or recently wed? We are still looking for brides and grooms to join our panel and we would love to have you! Register HERE!

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

Save the Date: Speed Networking Luncheon 2017

Get out your calendars ladies and gents, it’s that time of year again! Time to cultivate long lasting business relationships with other local wedding professionals at our Speed Networking Luncheon!

Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, it’s our mission to foster powerful connections between the local wedding community and engaged couples… all for the love.

One of the many ways we like to fulfill our mission is with our annual speed networking event, organized just for you! If you had the opportunity to attend last year, you know it was a huge success!

This year it will take place at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico and we would love for you to join us! Here are all the details:

Save the Date: Santa Fe Speed Networking Luncheon

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 11am -1pm

Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe

$25 for PWG members | $40 for future members

Kindly RSVP by January 13, 2017

Seats are limited, register here!

To celebrate, we are also giving away two reservations to this amazing gourmet luncheon. If you are interested in participating in the giveaway, visit our Instagram page to get all the details!

In the meantime, take a look at these amazing pics from last year’s speed networking event at the beautiful Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm!

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Arielei Kinzer Photography

A special thanks to Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm and Arielei Kinzer Photography for being so generous with your products and services and making last year’s Speed Networking Event a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Hope to see you there!

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

PWG Meet-up at Classic Event + Tent Rentals {Casual Networking}

On the morning of April 21st, The Perfect Wedding Guide Team headed over to Classic Event + Tent Rentals for a casual networking event. We planned on having a simple get-together with coffee and some snacks, but we were pleasantly surprised with gorgeous table settings by Classic, charming arrangements by Charlotte’s Flowers, and a tasty breakfast from Lettuce Cater. It was so wonderful to walk into the space and see Classic’s staff’s talent. They transformed the space into a charming venue, making it so nice to sit down and discuss life with some of Albuquerque’s finest vendors. When we talked with them, we got to see how much they care for their clients and all the hard work that goes into making each couple feel uniquely special. This event was a blast, and it gave everyone the opportunity to not only discuss business, but build relationships.

Charming arrangement by Charlotte's Flowers!
Charming arrangement by Charlotte’s Flowers!

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Tasty AND good-looking quiches by Lettuce Cater
Tasty AND good-looking quiches by Lettuce Cater
The Perfect Wedding Guide and a great cup pf coffee make a flawless morning
The Perfect Wedding Guide and a great cup of coffee make for a wonderful morning…
Just a sample of Classic's talent!
Just a sample of Classic’s talent!
More of Charlotte's Flowers!
More of Charlotte’s Flowers!

This little meet-up was so much fun. The unexpected effort from the different businesses just went to show how much our advertisers care. They go above and beyond to make everything they participate in look and feel special.

Special thanks to these vendors, we couldn’t have done this without you:

Venue and Tables/Linens: Classic Event + Tent Rentals

Catering: Lettuce Cater

Flower Samples: Charlotte’s Flowers

 

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