What do you think of when you hear the word “elegance”? For us here at Wedding Collective, flowing, floor-length gowns, flower petals scattered everywhere, and timeless decor are just a few things that come to mind. However, we’ve recently found that elegance can take many forms and in this new age of innovative weddings, anything is possible. For Emilee + Ben, to describe their wedding as anything less than pure elegance would be an understatement.
This couple really knows how to celebrate love in the most New Mexican way – with the stunning views of the Sandia Mountains front and center! With the help of the phenomenal staff at their chosen venue, The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club, Emilee + Ben were able to pull off a wedding that embraced their personal love of timeless elegance and the breathtaking views of the New Mexican landscape. Although the the wedding looked like something straight out of a dream, it was far more than a fairytale, it was the most genuine and real testament to their love for each other.
Emilee + Ben carefully chose wedding vendors that shared their vision and style. It’s pretty obvious that they have good taste because everything turned out incredible – decor, photography, venue, and all! Every aspect of their wedding came together seamlessly and we’re fawning over all of the details. We want more!
Here at Wedding Collective, we know that planning a wedding can be a daunting task. It is especially difficult when there are so many incredible vendors to choose from here in the Land of Enchantment. It is our mission to take some of the weight off those gorgeous shoulders of yours and connect you with your ideal vendor, so we’re going to do just that!
It’s no secret that finding your venue is one of the most anticipated parts of the wedding planning process. Let’s be honest, though, you’ve probably already had a few places in mind even before you got engaged. We know because we’ve been there and done that!
It can be a challenge, especially during these unique times, to plan a wedding that requires you to travel. Although we love destination weddings, we also love staying close to home. There are so many fantastic venues scattered all around the state, but we want to focus solely on the city of Albuquerque and all of the hidden gems that are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Here are just a handful of Albuquerque’s best wedding venues (in no particular order + all loved just as equally):
You’ve dreamed of your wedding day: your loved ones, the food and most importantly the memories. Cue the happy tears! Our staff is well equipped and ready to guide you through every step, providing you with the ability to have a stress-free event. Our hotel is in a prime location, just minutes away from historic Old Town and centrally located between Albuquerque Convention Center and the University of New Mexico. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque is a one-stop wedding venue that can accommodate several different events.
With 24,000 square feet of rental space, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is more than a museum, we’re a full-service event venue rooted in culture and tradition, with the experience and abundance of unique options to make your dream wedding a reality. We’re in a convenient location just minutes from Old Town, Downtown Albuquerque, and the Albuquerque International Sunport.
You are assured beautiful views of the lush golf course, mature trees, and surrounding area—whether for a meeting, luncheon, reception, dinner, wedding or another occasion. Our Rio Grande Ballroom accommodates up to 200 guests, including a dance floor. For cocktail style events we can also overflow into our pre-function space. The Sandia Ballroom accommodates as many as 100 guests and has the addition of a beautiful balcony outside of the room and a Grand Piano. The Club’s Poolside Pavilion is yet another option from May through October and is available for up to 200 guests. And…most recently we are now featuring our “Range” weddings with a capacity of up to 200 on our driving range.
Design your dream wedding at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. With breathtaking views of the beautiful Sandia mountains, the Hyatt is located in the heart of downtown across from Civic Plaza. We are located only minutes away from the Albuquerque International Sunport, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. Our convenient location gives your guests the best entertainment options in Albuquerque during your entire wedding weekend. Our brand new wedding ceremony space is simplistic, modern, and elegant – a perfect canvas for you to put your unique touch on in this beautiful venue.
If you’re after the wedding of your dreams, it’s a pretty simple choice. Come and host your celebration here, in our Grand Ballroom! With nearly 8,000 sq ft. of pure elegance, the wonderfully dramatic space is the perfect setting for a wedding of any size. Modern, memorable, and marvelous, the Grand Ballroom can comfortably accommodate up to 420 of your guests and loved ones. Our Roxy and Baldwin Ballrooms have less space for more intimate celebrations, but are nevertheless just as magnificent and elegant!
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.
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.
“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”.
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.
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.
Featured Photography:Fender PhotographyCeremony Venue: Calvary Chapel Main Campus Reception Venue:Isleta Resort & CasinoBridal Gown: David’s Bridal DJ: Wayne Gallegos Hair: Ruth Lopez Makeup: Chelsea Lee Esthetics
Everybody wants an everlasting love that can withstand the trials and tribulations of life. That is what makes marriage such a beautiful thing. It is a promise, of the most genuine kind, between two living, breathing beings that happened to cross paths at the perfect time. Here at Wedding Collective, we love stunning gowns and enchanting venues, but even more so, we are here because we love connections.
For Michael + Angelica, their connection is magical. The lovely couple were middle school sweethearts, and yep, same. We’re also feeling a sudden onset of happy tears! Someone needs to bring us the tissues, please. If you think back to your middle school days, they were filled with excitement – your first locker, new crushes and the first real experiences of heartbreak. For these two, it was also the beginning of something unique and incredible that would last a lifetime.
For their wedding day, the couple chose to incorporate lots of warmth, which was fitting for such a unique and intimate union. Baby’s breath, lavender, white roses, and hints of sage green surrounded Michael + Angelica as they celebrated their love! From the details in the invitations to the bouquet, everything had hints of elegance and intimacy.
Michael + Angelica picked a photographer that would be able to capture the warmth, and without question chose Moon + Midnight Photo! Caroline of Moon + Midnight Photo knows exactly how to turn small moments into big ones that will never be forgotten. Her style was a perfect match for such a loving couple with an amazing history together, and just by looking at the gallery, you’ll feel the strength of their connection immediately.
Featured Photography:Moon + Midnight PhotoDJ:Mixx the Beat ProductionsVenue: NOAH’S Event Venue Outdoor Photo Location: Bachechi Open Space Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Sweet Treats: ABC Cake Shop & Bakery
These days we’re craving long drives through vast New Mexico landscapes that heal our souls and remind us of the massive amount of beauty that the world gifts us with. Plus, long drives allow us to find an abundance of hidden gems where local couples can celebrate their love stories and say their “I Dos”.
This mystical elopement between Alaina + Jack emphasizes this and so much more, hinting to us that you can find beauty all over New Mexico, if you’re willing to be adventurous! Their chosen location, Ghost Ranch, sits near the village of Abiquiú and has a rich history of art, culture, and education sweeping across the 21,000 acres of land. For many, it is known as the home of Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s no wonder this couple chose to travel from California to join hearts there!
“We’re from California, but we chose New Mexico for our elopement because of its gorgeous landscapes and laid back feel. We fell in love with the idea of a desert wedding and once we discovered Ghost Ranch we never looked back! We always say to each other that our wedding day was perfect and we wouldn’t do anything differently!”
– Alaina + Jack, Bride and Groom
The couple chose decor that went with their desert theme – cow skulls decorated with native florals, warm blankets, vibrant bouquets, and a touch of modern with a unique geometric arch. It was important that the elopement focus on their love for each other and their love of the desert, so the simplicity in their wedding complimented this perfectly. Ghost Ranch speaks for itself with all of it’s mystery + natural wonder.
“Ghost Ranch is one of our favorite places on the planet. And when Alaina and Jack got in touch with us and we learned that they were drawn to the New Mexico landscape because of its stark beauty, we knew we had found some like-minded friends. It was a joy to help them find and partner with some of our very favorite vendors here in New Mexico, and their elopement ended up being a testament to the beauty, uniqueness, and enchanting nature of our state, and the artists that work here.“
Without seeing this sunny elopement for yourself, it might be hard to imagine. Thankfully, the adventurous photographer duo, Carissa & Ben Photography, captured the day perfectly. From arrival until sundown, the magic never seemed to cease. Check it out for yourself below!
“If we could live on Ghost Ranch, we would! Ben’s grandparents visited often and painted scenes from it’s stunning landscape. Ben even wore his grandpa’s bolo tie that he got from the ranch in the 1960s as a little nod to the artists who have come before us to enjoy the beauty of this place. Alaina and Jack’s day was absolute magic, thanks especially to the incredible state we call home.”
“Our wedding day was quite literally, the perfect date (April 25th Miss Congeniality). We couldn’t have asked for a better day. All of our vendors were amazing, but we have to give a special shoutout to Briana and her magic behind the camera. Because of her, we get to relive our wedding day every time we look at our wedding album.“
There is something so magical about weddings that take place during spring. The weather is perfect, the flowers start to bloom, and there is the fresh scent of rejuvenation lingering throughout the air. It’s no wonder so many local couples choose to have their weddings during some of our favorite warm weather months – April, May, and June! If you planned a springtime wedding, then your big day is just around the corner! And for those of you that postponed your April and May weddings till next year, not to worry, here’s to finding more inspiration to create your ideal wedding day.
Spring weddings are special because they can take on a number of different styles – from high-fashion elegance to farmhouse chic. For Katie + Andrew, their April wedding was a combination of both! The couple chose to have their wedding at the incredible Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm, which always makes for the perfect setting. With the lavender beginning to bloom, cottonwood trees surrounding the property, and stunning florals sweeping the grounds, there couldn’t have been a more ideal time to celebrate the couple’s love. It was like something straight out of a dream!
We have to take a moment to tell you that we are completely obsessed with the color palette they chose – blues and greens that complimented the foliage and the wardrobe. Everything was so thoughtfully put together by the couple and the local wedding community. We always love to see the magic that comes from the collaboration between couples and the vendors that bring their visions to life.
When it came to style, there was no shortage of exquisiteness. Katie wore a jaw-dropping floor-length gown from Bridal Elegance by Darlene and Andrew chose a sharp suit from Men’s Wearhouse… cue the red-carpet paparazzi. Take a look at the gallery below, so wonderfully captured by Briana Nicole Photography, to get inspiration for your springtime wedding!
“We believe that all little girls dream of having their fairytale wedding and we believe that all little girls deserve to feel like a princess on their wedding day! The wedding of Becky and Christopher was truly what fairytales are made of.”
Many little girls really do grow up hoping to become a princess one day, and for us ladies at Wedding Collective, we can’t say that we didn’t wish for the same! From the elegant ballgowns to Prince Charming, everything is ideal and dreamy. Fairytale themed weddings are without a doubt some of our most favorite weddings of all time because they bring all of these childhood dreams to life. Also, who doesn’t love a little magic?
For the wedding of Rebecca + Christopher, magical is an understatement. The decor set the stage for an enchanted forest, filled with small, but meaningful, touches of intimacy and romance. From the moment their guests walked into the ballroom, it was like opening the crisp pages of their favorite childhood story. The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club provided a warm and welcoming space where Rebecca + Christopher could bring their visions to life.
The wonderful thing about weddings is that you get to add personalized touches wherever you desire, and no matter how small, big, goofy, or serious, they will tell the story of you and your partner like nothing else can. For Rebecca + Christopher, they added little planes dangling from the tree centerpieces to commemorate Christopher in his Air Force pilot training, which was an important milestone in their lives. These are the small details that you will remember forever, so don’t shy away from doing all of the extras, even if it strays away from your theme. Bring on the sweet details for everyone to see! I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Like every good love story, the place where you meet is at the center of your foundations. For this lovely couple, New Mexico was home and meeting place. There was no need to look off to distant magical lands to find this fairytale love. After all, we’re called the Land of Enchantment for a reason, right? Rebecca + Chris wanted to have their wedding in a place that encompassed the culture and beauty of the state, so the views at the Event Center sold them immediately.
Check out the gallery photographed by Think Harris Photography to see all of the stunning details for yourself:
Jason and Natalie met about four years ago and even though Natalie cancelled their first date, Jason was persistent and the two of them finally met. After an eight hour date walking around Lake Michigan, these babes knew they were meant for one another…
During these times of uncertainty and chaos, there is one thing that remains strong and mighty in the face of fear: love. No matter how many bridges we must build to cross wild waters or stores we must visit to find toilet paper, we still have beautiful love stories that deserve to be heard. That’s right, it’s that time of year again where we share our favorite “Real Weddings” with all of you!
Love is our universal language. No matter where in the world you might be, we all have this in common. Here in the great Land of Enchantment, love is buried deep within the dirt we stand on and can be seen in our beautiful sunsets. It makes sense that many couples want to travel from far and wide to celebrate their wedding day amongst their loved ones in such a special place.
For Jason + Natalie, this couldn’t be any more true. The stunning couple live in Chicago with their black lab/collie mix, Bartlet, but knew that their hearts were meant to join as one in the southwest. We love when couples choose to have a destination wedding in our charming state because we get to meet new people with the most incredible + unique personalities.
On a very lovely Santa Fe day, Jason and Natalie said “I do” with the most spectacular, southwestern-boho wedding ever! These lovers came all the way from Chicago to celebrate the start of forever and they pulled out all the stops.
We’re always filled with excitement when we see the sweetest emails pop up in our inbox from local couples that want to share their special day with us. It really is one of the best things about being part of Perfect Wedding Guide! The incredible thing about weddings is that no matter how small or how big, there is always a unique and beautiful love story to go along with it. We live for these stories.
For Kirsten + Justin, their story began a lot like many other love stories–love at first sight. Kirsten had just started a new job at Safelite Autoglass in March of 2014. She was introduced to everyone in the office, but there was one particular employee that caught her eye: Justin Bowie. She was only working there for two weeks when Kirsten was offered an internship at Sandia National Laboratories. We can imagine it would be hard to pass up that opportunity, so she put in her two weeks. Despite her excitement to start a new job, Justin was still on her mind. They had talked a few times during her short time at Safelite, and she felt like they had a spark. On her last day, April 25, she emailed Justin her phone number (he wasn’t around when she was leaving for the day to give it to him in person). He sent her a text later that night, and exactly a month later on May 25, he asked her to be his girlfriend. Four years later, on May 25, 2018, Justin asked Kirsten to marry him and the rest is history. Yup, it’s the perfect love story and they’re pretty much adorable.
Kirsten + Justin are big fans of DIY projects and spending time together, and this didn’t change when it came to their wedding. They handmade all of the decor themselves in order to put as much of their personalities as possible into their wedding day. Between working on the decor together and planning, the whole process helped them bond even more than they could have ever imagined. Justin does home construction for a living and Kirsten has a DIY & Home Decor blog (A Bowie Project), so creating the beautiful decor that they shared with family and friends on their wedding day made them even more excited to see what they could do with future projects as husband and wife. And we can’t wait to see what they do, as well!
We were so thrilled to see that their day was captured flawlessly by the incredible Arielei Kinzer Photography. Check out the gallery below!
Congratulations to Kirsten + Justin! The Perfect Wedding Guide team sends our best wishes to you both and cheers to your new life together.
Bride and Groom: Kirsten and Justin Bowie Photographer: Arielei Kinzer Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Assumption Church Reception Venue: El Nido Farm Florist: Agave Florist Tables, chairs, tent & dance floor: American Tent Rentals Bar & Connect Four Game: My Beloved Vintage Rentals Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes: Mr. Tux Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal My dresses: ballgown is Justin Alexander and mermaid is Grace Loves Lace Decor: Mostly DIY Couples IG handles: @kirstenmbowie and @justin.bowie.562