Delight the Senses with Table Occasions

Like so many other success stories with humble beginnings, the gals at Table Occasions got their start with a small batch of tablecloths and the rest is history. Table Occasions soon blossomed into a successful event planning and design business with convenient locations in three major cities throughout the southwest including Santa Fe, Las Cruces and El Paso.

The thing that sets Chia and Claudia apart from the rest, however, is their remarkable eye for design and their custom made décor. Unlike the competition, this dynamic duo designs and manufactures their linens from sketch to event. Creating their own unique linens not only frees them from the ordinary styles of conventional designs, but it also sets Table Occasions above the rest as a chic and luxurious design brand.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday, anniversary, corporate event or thanksgiving dinner, leave it to Table Occasions to transform your special day into a stunning soiree to delight the senses. From event planning, design and management services to fine furniture and décor rentals, you can be sure your event will be exquisite, inspiring and unforgettable.

The best get together should be as fun to prepare as they are to attend. At Table Occasions, our goal is to incite your creative spirit and to translate your color and vision into a one-of-a-kind event — fit for a Gatsby Party and Royal enough for a King or Queen.

— Chia and Claudia, Table Occasions

Photos by Table Occasions

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Dark & Moody Woodland Beauty: A Northern New Mexico Styled Shoot

Danessa Gonzales, of Black Bow Events, did what she does best for this stunning styled shoot. After her imagination took off and the planning and design stage started to take shape, Danessa recruited some of her favorite experts to bring her vision to life, including Jasper Kay Photography, Bridal Elegance by Darlene, The Flower Company and even Rebel Donut.

At the pleasure of Danessa’s parents, these lovelies set up in the back yard of the Gonzales family residence in the beautiful mountain town of Questa, New Mexico. Everything about the property and surrounding landscape was the perfect setting for the dark and moody color palette paired with dusty pink accents to compliment our legendary pastel sunsets.

As you can see, their hard work paid off and the finished product came together so naturally. Every contribution and design element added the perfect touch, including the place settings by Nambé and the unique jewelry by Lilly Barrack. With a little inspiration and collaboration, the team you hire can make your ideas a dream come true.

My vision for this styled shoot was to showcase the beautiful and opulent lands of northern New Mexico, while going bold with all of the designs. My goal as a planner and designer is to broaden the visions of engaged couples and remind them that nothing is impossible and every vision is worth creating — big or small.

At the heart of my design was the lacy black wedding dress, which perfectly complimented the woodland vibe. From the donut tower to the mountainous backdrop and intimate table setting, there was nothing mundane about this styled wedding shoot. Adorned with thousands of twinkle lights and candles, it was the perfect amount of glimmer and romance.

— Danessa R. Gonzales, Black Bow Events

Photos by Jasper Kay Photography

Meet the professionals who made this styled shoot possible:

Planning, Styling & Décor: Black Bow Events | Photographer: Jasper Kay Photography | Gown: Bridal Elegance by Darlene | Makeup: Edgar Campos | Hair: IG @hmiram + @finessebarberstudio | Jewelry: Lilly Barrack | Suit: Dillard’s | Floral Design: The Flower Company | Beverages: Nuevo Cerveza + Bloody Maria | Place Settings: Nambé | Dessert: Rebel Donut | Venue: Gonzales Residence, Questa, NM

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Earthy Autumn Inspo at El Nido Farm

Nestled in the charming and agricultural landscape of the south valley, the old world architecture and natural elements of the Rio Grande fashioned the perfect setting for this earthy styled shoot at El Nido Farm. Captured by our very own Briana Nicole Photography, I can’t think of a better place to inspire true love than El Nido Farm — which literally means “the nest.”

Like an all-star cast, it is a treat to see these local wedding professionals merge with a kaleidoscope of creativity and talent to design this modern, yet romantic styled shoot to compliment our iconic New Mexico surroundings. This lovely group of ladies who collaborated on this one-of-a-kind shoot are among our faves here at Perfect Wedding Guide.

From the mouthwatering cake by Small Cakes to the antique-style stationery by Funky Olive, the moody color palette is so romantic and timely for this time of year. As we embrace the darker colors of fall, the stained walnut tones of the vintage decor by Darling Details, paired with fig and golden accents against a forest green backdrop creates the perfect mood for autumn inspo.

The inspiration for the cake was vintage romance. We chose a cream and rose gold color palette with a classic design to compliment the warm earth tones of El Nido Farm.

— Brigid, Small Cakes

Photos by Briana Nicole Photography

Meet the professionals who made this styled shoot possible:

Venue: El Nido Farm | Photographer: Briana Nicole Photography | Decor: Darling Details | Planner: Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: 21 Flowers | Cake: Small Cakes | Stationery: Funky Olive | Hair + Makeup: Gypsy Trail Makeup and Hair | Attire: Forever Yours

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Romantic Desert Wedding Inspiration

Our enchanting desert landscape has long been a source of inspiration for artists of all kinds, including our talented friends in the wedding industry like photographers, designers and florists. For those of us who have become accustomed to our local landscape, it’s easy to take the desert for granted, but the earthy tones are the perfect canvas for a desert wedding masterpiece.

From the whimsical desert plants like yucca and cholla cactus, to the hidden elements of turquoise and burgundy clay, the possibilities are endless and this amazing styled shoot, captured by Briana Nicole Photography, is the perfect example of just how beautiful a desert southwest wedding can be. With a spin on local culture, this collaboration came together effortlessly.

For instance, the custom wedding stationery by Funky Olive Design Studio, showcased local symbols like the Zia and red chile. The amazing bouquet by Stephanie Yardman Floral Design was the perfect touch with cascading pheasant tail feathers and a mini barrel cactus. And the perfectly decorated sugar cookies by Little Sparrow Cookie Co. were everything but ordinary.

My hope for this styled wedding shoot was to show brides in the southwest that the desert can be such a beautiful place to incorporate into your wedding day. I feel like sometimes it can be overlooked because other areas have beautiful trees and greenery — I wanted to show brides that New Mexico is a beautiful place to call home. The elements in this shoot showcase some of the beautiful local culture as well as the art and to me, that’s why it stands out.

— Briana Nicole Photography

Photos by Briana Nicole Photography

Meet the professionals who helped make this styled shoot possible:

Photographer: Briana Nicole Photography, IG: @briananicolephoto | Hair + Makeup: C. Johnson Makeup, IG: @cjohnsonmakeup | Flowers: Stephanie Yardman Floral Design, IG: @stephanieyardman | Invitations: Funky Olive Design Studio, IG: @funkyolivedesign | Models: April Esquibel + Adam Sanchez, IG: @aprilmayesquibel | Dress: Bridal Elegance by Darlene, IG: @bridalelegancenm | Dessert: Little Sparrow Cookie Co., IG: @littlesparrowcc

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Romance in the Rain: Lauren Cherie Photography

Last month we introduced you to one of our favorite photographers with our post: Cherish Your Memories: Lauren Cherie Photography. Recently, Lauren and a talented gang of wedding professionals got together for a beautiful styled shoot in the quaint Village of Corrales. This lovely group of gals found a stunning bank along the Rio Grande that was simply perfect.

With a good balance of bright New Mexico sunshine and dark rain clouds rolling in, the lighting was just right and the natural setting couldn’t have been more gorgeous. Once their models were pampered by Lavender + Rose Hair & Makeup Studio, Lauren and the team set off for their secret spot hidden among the majestic cottonwood trees of the bosque (forest).

Like an enchanting fairy tale, the desert creatures were happy to bear witness to their beautiful styled shoot creation. Along with the elegant iron bed and accent table they used as props, the ladies from Floral Fetish and She’s Got Cake added the final touches with their beautiful flower arrangements and mouthwatering wedding cake.

We had so much fun with this photo shoot! We knew we wanted to do something in the bosque with the big beautiful trees. And this Corrales, NM location did not disappoint. We had some golden sunlight at the beginning and then some light rain at the end.

We wanted something pretty and romantic, but also fun and different. Along with a pretty cake and gorgeous florals, we decided to bring a bed to the bosque — talk about different! We captured some beautiful, romantic moments and also super fun, silly moments.

— Lauren, Lauren Cherie Photography

Photos by Lauren Cherie Photography

Meet the professionals who helped make this styled shoot possible:

Photographer: Lauren Cherie Photography | Florist: Floral Fetish | Hair + Makeup: Lavender + Rose Hair & Makeup Studio | Cake: She’s Got Cake | Models: Ryan and Ashlie Bustamante

Behind the scenes with Lauren Cherie Photography:

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Celebrate Freedom! Five Benefits of Hiring a Wedding Planner

Wedding planners and designers don’t always get the credit they deserve. I suppose it comes with the territory when providing a service that is predominantly behind-the-scenes, so we want to show some love to our amazing planners and designers right here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

As you get inspo from this elegant Americana styled-shoot, celebrate freedom from planning your wedding with one of these exquisite planners. They have the creativity and expertise to make your wedding unforgettable. In fact, they are so good, your ideas will come to life right before your eyes.

When we see weddings and styled-shoots like these, it seems so easy to pull off, but wedding planners and designers — usually one in the same — are the glue that pull and keep everything together. To help you decide if a wedding planner is right for you, keep reading to find our list of five major things your planner does so you don’t have to.

Five Things Your Wedding Planner Does So You Don’t Have To

  1. Book and coordinate all vendors
  2. Maintain order and organization of all the moving parts
  3. Meticulously carry out logistics
  4. Creatively design and execute the details
  5. Make your dream a reality!

We want your wedding to be everything you imagine and more. With a variety of wedding planners in and around the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas to help you plan your big day, you can be sure to have the wedding you have always dreamed of.

— Perfect Wedding Guide Team

Photos by Arielei Kinzer Photography

Meet the professionals who helped make this styled-shoot possible:

Venue: Falcon Ranch | Photography: Arielei Kinzer Photography | Wedding Planner: Magnolia Event Company | Flowers: Floriography | Dress: Borrowing Magnolia | Desserts: American Pie Bakery | Calligraphy: Ashley Rose Hamilton | Makeup Artist: Makeup Santa Fe | Hair: Mandy Salazar

From all of us at your local Perfect Wedding Guide, Happy Fourth!

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Styled Shoot: Romantic Mountain Elopement

Styled photo shoots are one of the best ways to get unique ideas and inspiration for your wedding. And I don’t know about you, but I get lost in the details of each photo and I can’t help but feel a tug on my own heart strings to get creative and plan my wedding all over again!

With the Sandia Mountains in the background, this romantic elopement, captured by Maura Jane photography, is no exception. The earthy shades of pink and gold stand out perfectly against the muted backdrop of the southwest desertscape – typical of our beautiful New Mexico sunsets.

To give you inspiration for your own wedding, local experts in the business got together to bring you a fresh spin on the moody trend taking the wedding industry by storm. As you get lost in the details of this romantic shoot, remember to hit the drawing board for your own wedding plans!

We ventured deep into an untouched field with the snowcapped Sandia Mountains in the distance for this romantic elopement. Drawing inspiration from the dusty rose colored vintage couch, Maura Jane Photography and Just Lovely Weddings came together to create this inspirational photo shoot. Stephanie Yardman designed stunning florals with an eclectic bouquet of ranunculus and roses full of moody magentas, pinks and creams. Using a nontraditional, dusty rose colored, lace gown from K2 Boutique we matched it with a delicate vintage veil from Teresa Romero and fun statement earrings by Betsy Johnson. Julianne looked stunning with her hair swept to the side by Lavender + Rose Studio while she walked hand in hand with our makeshift groom, Isaac. Paired with a rose colored bow tie, Isaac’s charcoal grey tux by The Black Tux matched Julianne’s dress perfectly. This photo shoot all started with a couch and turned into so much more, all to inspire brides with its romantic and moody color scheme. – Maura, Maura Jane Photography

The inspiration for this shoot was based around a lovely vintage couch that I had recently purchased. Maura and I had discussed using it for a photo shoot in the spring, but then came up with the idea of using it for a moody love inspired shoot. I thought this was a great fit, since vintage decor already feels very romantic to me because of the timeless beauty that it offers, much like a long lost love.We decided that for flowers we wanted deeper, moodier colors. Maura had the brilliant idea of having greenery frame the couch, and I think it fit in so well. For the table, I wanted lots of candles to add to the theme of romance. At first we had looked at traditional wedding dresses, but ended up loving the dress that was used because of the vintage aesthetic and how nontraditional it was. We wanted the hair and makeup to be soft and romantic, and I think that the artist did an incredible job achieving the look we wanted. The veil was an essential touch to keeping the look bridal, while still being nontraditional. While planning this shoot we hoped for sunshine, but in the end I am so grateful for the weather that we got. Seeing the clouds rolling over the mountains in the background added so much to the essence of the photo shoot. As much as brides want to avoid it on their wedding day, rain really does symbolize cleansing and good luck. Besides, what is more romantic than kissing in the rain? – Lauren, Just Lovely Weddings

Photos By: Maura Jane Photography
Photography: Maura Jane Photography @maurajanesphoto | Planning: Just Lovely Weddings | Decor: Darling Details | Floral: Stephanie Yardman Floral Design | Ribbons: Honey Silks & Co. @honeysilksco | Dress: K2 Boutique @kii_boutique | Suit: The Black Tux | Veil: Teresa Romero | Jewelry: Betsy Johnson | Hair & Makeup: Lavender + Rose Hair and Makeup Studio @lavendarroseabq | Models: Julianne Montano & Isaac Herrera
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