McKinney, Texas Wedding at The Cotton Mill: Amanda + James

Returning to the Lone Star State for their April wedding was a no-brainer for Amanda and James. And what better place to say “I do” than a historic landmark like The Cotton Mill in McKinney, Texas? With so many gorgeous details and settings to capture throughout this stunning venue, Maura Jane Photography was the perfect choice!

With an eye for detail, illustrious talent and a unique perspective, they knew Maura would deliver — and deliver, she did. Capturing everything from the beautiful landscapes and distinctive architecture of The Cotton Mill to the intimate moments shared between the lovely pair in hidden portals and secret garden courts with flowing angelic fountains.

Their romantic color palette, with various shades of purple and grey, was the perfect tribute to the industrial tones of The Cotton Mill. The soft purple hues of the bridesmaids’ dresses and the natural pastels of the wild and whimsical garden bouquets by Dream Petals Floral added the perfect finishing touches for a dreamy spring wedding.

Amanda and James came back to Texas to tie the knot in the beautiful town of McKinney at the stunning Cotton Mill. Every detail was executed perfectly and looked flawless against The Cotton Mill’s industrial meets rustic backdrop. James’ favorite color of purple was used in different shades throughout the decor as well as the bridesmaids’ mismatched gowns and the eclectic bouquet Amanda carried down the aisle by Dream Petals Floral.

The couple put such thought into each and every detail. Adorable signs with love quotes were scattered throughout the entire venue and metal hoops adorned with flowers were hung above the head table. Amanda made sure the dance floor was fit to accommodate her fun loving guests who let loose the entire evening. It was only fitting, as Amanda and James met on the dance floor at a dance hall saloon where James two-stepped his way right into her heart.

To capture their love story was such an honor.

— Maura, Maura Jane Photography

Photos of Maura Jane Photography
Congratulations, Amanda and James!
Check out this amazing video of their wedding by Motion Blur Films:
 Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:
Venue: The Cotton Mill | Photographer: Maura Jane Photography | Dress: LeeAnne’s Bridal | Flowers: Dream Petals Floral | DJ: Uptown Sound | Catering: Pappasito’s | Cake: Bliss Cupcakes & Confections | Hair + Makeup: Beauty By Erica | Video: Motion Blur Films
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Pretty in Pink + White Wedding: Vanessa + Jaimé

Earlier this year, Vanessa and Jaimé tied the knot with a romantic ceremony and gorgeous reception at Isleta Resort & Casino on April 29, 2017, for a perfectly pastel spring wedding. Everything was simple, yet classy and oh so posh. Vanessa chose blush pink and white for her color pallet with a touch of lace and sparkles and a whole lotta glam!

The entire family was dressed to the nines with dusty pink dresses for the ladies and dashing grey suits for the gents from our favorite, Suits Unlimited. And did I mention the dress!? — oh my, the dress! The long, cascading train fanned out to create the most dramatic and stunning effect as Vanessa walked down the aisle.

The amazing photographer to capture this picture perfect wedding was Sandra Tafoya of Photographic Perspectives. As usual, Sandra did an incredible job of capturing and documenting Vanessa and Jaimé’s love story from start to finish. Shining through in every photo, their love for each other and their family is the perfect recipe for a happily ever after.

When we think of weddings, we typically picture a happy couple, which Vanessa and Jaime definitely are. But when I think of this special day, I can’t help but remember the joy on their daughters’ faces as their parents said I do! My favorite pics are of them dancing and the two of them on the golf course.

— Sandra, Photographic Perspectives

Photos by Photographic Perspectives

Congratulations, Vanessa and Jaimé!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Isleta Resort & Casino | Photographer: Photographic Perspectives | Men’s Attire: Suits Unlimited | Flowers: Bride

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Destination Wedding at La Fonda on the Plaza: Lucy + Jeremy

The same time last year, Lucy and Jeremy were happily wed at the beautiful La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Traveling all the way from Minnesota to join hands is quite the compliment to our gorgeous state, but it was quite the honor for La Fonda on the Plaza to be the ceremony and reception venue these two would choose for their destination wedding more than 1,200 miles away from home.

In planning their wedding, Jeremy and Lucy took great care to keep the theme of their wedding in step with the southwestern style of Santa Fe. But one thing they did New Mexico style without any help from locals was bring the whole family. With everyone in tow their gorgeous wedding made for a momentous occasion spent with all the people they love most — and it wouldn’t have been complete without every member!

With cozy and charming accommodations at La Fonda on the Plaza, this lovely couple and their families felt completely at home every night of their stay. Come the morning of the big day, Lucy and her bridesmaids were pampered in her spacious bridal suite by Monica Stark of Makeup Santa Fe, while the team at La Fonda were busy with all the preparations. And with their in-house wedding planner, not a petal was out of place.

The ceremony took place on La Terraza (the terrace) overlooking the historic city. In the background, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi peeked overhead creating the perfect altar for any Santa Fe wedding. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests retired to the reception area where they were served cocktails and gourmet appetizers before partaking of the traditional Santa Fe dinner, prepared especially for the occasion.

To the sound of live music and celebration, they danced the night away to commemorate their happy union. Late into the night, Lucy and Jeremy stole away for some final romantic photos captured by Twin Lens Images beneath the twinkling stars of the desert southwest. Since their return to Minnesota, they haven’t forgot their picture perfect wedding at La Fonda on the Plaza, where people and place will be waiting to welcome them home.

Jeremy and I live in Minnesota so when we decided on New Mexico for our wedding, we knew we had to show a bunch of Minnesotans what Santa Fe was all about. From the venue and decor to food and drinks, we wanted to emphasize the unique charm of Santa Fe.

La Fonda on the Plaza was the ideal spot — it exudes history, culture, and style with kiva fireplaces, hammered tin chandeliers, ornate beams, terra cotta accents and original folk art. In keeping with the southwestern theme, we had lots of bright flowers, succulents, spicy food and margaritas.

We also chose La Fonda because we wanted a relaxed, outdoor ceremony. La Terraza at La Fonda was the perfect place. The private outdoor patio space overlooks the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the heart of downtown Santa Fe. We were spoiled with a beautiful, sun-filled, early September day that couldn’t be beat.

After the ceremony, we wanted a big party where our guests could have as good of a time as we were having. It started with drinks and appetizers on the patio and ended with a live band and dancing. In the end, we got our party — it took us over a week to recover and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

— Lucy, Bride

Photos by Twin Lens Images

Congratulations, Lucy and Jeremy! From the team at Perfect Wedding Guide, we wish you a Happy Anniversary!

September 3, 2016

Check out this amazing video of their wedding by Luminance Wedding Films:

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Photographer: Twin Lens Images | Videographer: Luminance Wedding Films | Cake: American Pie Bakery | Floral: Margaret Bost Floral Design | Makeup: Makeup Santa Fe | Venue: La Fonda on the Plaza | Wedding Planner: In-House Wedding Planner, Samie Doerfler, La Fonda on the Plaza

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Rustic Vineyard Wedding: Elizabeth + Lawrence

Finding a beautiful and romantic setting was a top priority for Elizabeth and Lawrence when looking for the perfect venue to celebrate their wedding last June. One look at Casa Rondeña Winery and their search was over. The beautiful Tuscan style estate overlooking the scenic vineyard is like escaping to a Spanish villa off the coast of the Mediterranean— the perfect choice for a couple who wants something unique and charming.

In planning their wedding, Elizabeth and Lawrence kept it simple and classic with an unconventional approach. They wanted to make it a point to keep their love for each other the focus of their big day, making sure not to get caught up in the stress of planning a wedding. After a few particulars like the venue and the photographer, they gave their planner the reigns and they delivered! Orange September gave Elizabeth and Lawrence the wedding of their dreams.

Come the big day, it couldn’t have been more perfect. Beautifully captured by Matt Blasing Photography, the photos take us on a beautiful journey through Casa Rondeña Winery to tell the story of Elizabeth and Lawrence. Surrounded by picturesque landscapes, rustic wine barrels and acres of bountiful grape vines, the need for extravagant decor was immaterial in light of the naturally beautiful surroundings.

At the end of the day, people are not going to remember every song you played or the exact design of your cake. They will remember two things: how the wedding made them feel and the photos. So, we chose the most beautiful venue we could find. It was worth the extra cash and the venue was so beautiful, we barely had to decorate! We also chose an amazing photographer who captured every moment of our wedding. With those two things in place, our event planner helped everything else come together. As a full-time teacher working on my master’s degree, Vicki was a life saver.

Our wedding day was perfect because I chose people that I liked to work with! That may not seem important, but I found that the positive energy of Matt and Amy (the photographers), Vicki and Jerry (the wedding planners), and everybody else we hired made it all so much more relaxing. For example, we hired good friends to do our cake (Susan and David Bongers), and I feel that it was the perfect choice for us. In addition, my DJ had no problem playing my unique list of wedding songs, which are probably never played at weddings, but those songs meant a lot to us.

My favorite memory was our first dance. We chose an extremely beautiful song (Excuses by The Morning Benders), and there is just something about the song starting with outstanding violins that will stick with me forever. I would not change anything about my wedding day. It was a beautiful, perfect day. As cliché as it sounds, we knew it was not about the wedding itself, but our relationship and the special connections with family and friends. My advice: do not get caught up in the crazy “wedding culture.” Make your wedding day about your love and connection and let it shine through every detail.

— Elizabeth, Bride

Photos by Matt Blasing Photography

Congratulations, Elizabeth and Lawrence!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Photographer: Matt Blasing Photography | Venue: Casa Rondeña Winery | Wedding Planner: Orange September, An Event Company | Officiant: Jerry Newsom | Floral: Something Special with Flowers | Hair + Makeup: The Vanity Studio | Catering: Firenze Mobile Pizza | DJ: DN&G Entertainment

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Make History at the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel

As you and so many other college students get ready for back-to-school, you may be trying to figure out how you’re going to manage your homework and plan your wedding all at the same time. In case you didn’t know, the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel is a charming wedding ceremony venue for any student, staff member or alumni of the University of New Mexico.

Adorned with traditional retablos and rustic iron candelabras, the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel will take your guests back in time as you exchange vows. With such a rich history, the UNM Chapel is not only beautiful, but it is also affordable. It’s true ladies and gents, you can have the traditional New Mexico ceremony you’ve always dreamed of, without breaking the bank!

Several years ago, I had the great honor of standing in a friend’s wedding that took place at the chapel and it was absolutely gorgeous. Another wedding that truly captured the old-world charm of the UNM Chapel was that of Paige and Nathan, last winter. Captured by Maura Jane Photography, these photos are truly an inspiration for anyone planning a wedding at the chapel.

From the quaint dressing room decorated with elegant, antique furniture to the carved altar pieces and wooden pews, every detail of the UNM Chapel is the perfect backdrop for any wedding ceremony. Not to mention, the outdoor areas surrounding the chapel are just as gorgeous for memorable photos. At the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel, your wedding will be a part of history.

Built in 1962 as a memorial to alumni killed in the nation’s wars, the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel has served the campus community in joyful and trying times… Thousands of weddings and numerous memorials have taken place within its walls.

— UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel (Website)

Photos by Maura Jane Photography

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Historic Farmhouse Wedding: Alex + Carlos

On the National Register of Historic Places, the Robert Dietz Farmhouse was quite the exception when it came to this early October wedding last fall. Located off of Rio Grande Boulevard, just north of Griegos, this historic landmark was the perfect choice for Alex and Carlos, who visited all the way from Panama to celebrate this momentous occasion.

As a north valley resident, I have passed by this beautiful Victorian residence in admiration many times. To my delight, I actually remember driving by with my husband the night of this gorgeous wedding as I looked on in curiosity. Though I never dreamed in a million years I’d get to see first hand what had taken place that calm October night at the historic Robert Dietz Farmhouse.

Like archaeologists with a new discovery, you and I get to partake in this special occasion with a personal tour by Ashley Joyce Photography. She did a tremendous job capturing this love story that sprouted in Panama and came to full bloom in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Renting this beautiful vacation home to get married was like returning to a childhood home for the holidays.

On the day of the wedding, all the preparations and festivities came together perfectly. The experts at Orange September made the happy couple’s vision come to life. From the elegant floral arrangements to the hidden mementos that take you back in time, every detail of this farmhouse wedding was a stunning combination of modern style and historic ambiance.

Welcome to the Historic Robert Dietz Farmhouse Wedding, North Valley, Albuquerque

It was a Saturday in the beginning of October — the perfect time to celebrate a New Mexico wedding. Carlos and I had met a year before in Panama, when we least expected to meet our better-half. From the start, we recognized in each other “lifetime material.” It was only after a few months of dating that Carlos handmade our wedding rings out of silver-quarters. We couldn’t imagine an indoor wedding or a catalog wedding. We wanted the trees and the sky to stand witness to our love and we wanted the complete freedom to design our wedding day.

For these reasons, we chose the historic Robert Dietz Farmhouse. The Robert Dietz Farmhouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the perfect backdrop. Grand open spaces surrounded by large old cottonwoods, pine trees lining the property and a beautiful Victorian farmhouse. Although it is not an official wedding venue, but a vacation rental that can host private parties, our decision to rent the historic farmhouse allowed for our large Panamanian family to stay in the nine-bedroom house. We rented the house a week before the wedding, which gave us time to prepare for the big day and host many early festivities.

— Alex, Bride

We planned our wedding with the help of Orange September, an event company. They provided us with invaluable guidance and support through the months prior. We crafted and grew the floral designs ourselves. The centerpieces were succulents that we planted and nurtured for months before the wedding. The colors of autumn were slowly creeping through the leaves of the cottonwoods and the pine trees were darkening their needles.

We were fortunate: big family, many friends, life-lasting memories. Carlos and I had written our vows together and in unison we joined our voices to promise a lifetime of loyalty, patience and unhesitating love. We held hands and exchanged our silver-quarter rings surrounded by our dearest family and friends in a circular ceremony. I know it was perfect because Carlos and I danced the night through — and I hardly dance!

— Alex, Bride

Photos by Ashley Joyce Photography

Congratulations, Alex and Carlos!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Photographer: Ashley Joyce Photography | Venue: Robert Dietz Farmhouse | Planner + Designer: Orange September | Caterer: Crimson Catering by Jordan Ruiz

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South Valley Wedding: Chaniece + Isaac

Just about this time last year, Chaniece and Isaac made it official under the soaring branches of cottonwoods in the south valley. Skillfully captured by Matt Blasing Photography, we are so excited to share these gorgeous photos of their wedding in celebration of the Doyle’s one year anniversary.

Taking place at his parents’ residence, it was the perfect location to show off the beautiful landscape of New Mexico and snap some gorgeous photos of this adorable pair on their big day. The vast fields and surrounding forest provided the perfect backdrop for their rustic inspired wedding.

Starting out with a beautiful backyard ceremony, Chaniece walked down the aisle in the same dress her grandmother wore for her wedding. The elegant vintage lace fit her perfectly. And to top it off, the bride and groom said “I do” beneath the arch Isaac lovingly built for his wife-to-be.

As the evening progressed, they celebrated well into the night with family and friends at their backyard reception along the Rio Grande. With a final dance beneath the twinkle lights and desert stars, Issac and Chaniece began their new life together as Mr. and Mrs. Doyle.

The wedding colors were mint and grey with accents of blush and cream. Their rustic theme was perfect for their private venue as it included quaint gardens, sweeping fields, an antique truck and even farm animals. Isaac and his father not only hand built the altar this couple was married under, but they also custom built a deck complete with a ramp so family members with mobility limitations would have easy access and a great view of the ceremony.

The importance of family was evident throughout the day. Chaniece’s dress was originally her grandmother’s and her wedding band was originally her other grandmother’s. Isaac’s uncle served as the officiant and Chaniece’s brother provided live music during the ceremony. Details and decor were meticulously planned by the bride and this wedding was a wonderful example that it is possible to have a gorgeous event with many DIY features.

— Matt and Amy, Matt Blasing Photography

Photos by Matt Blasing Photography

Congratulations, Chaniece and Isaac! — and Happy Anniversary!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: Private Residence | Photographer: Matt Blasing Photography | Videographer: Ethan Hinkley | Makeup: Jess Trujillo | Officiant: Ernie Chavez | DJ: Styles DJ Services | Floral + Decor: Bride, Family and Friends

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