In a World of Peace and Love: A Styled Shoot with Lillabella Photography

No matter how uncertain these times may be, there are two things that can bring us hope: peace and love. Since the beginning of time, peace and love are what united human beings to create the world we know today – and that’s something to celebrate!

For the talented Bella Black of Lillabella Photography and Darling Clementine Illustration, celebrating the two ideas came in the form of an adorable styled shoot inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Bed-Ins for Peace” during the Vietnam War. If you’re unfamiliar with the movement, it is worth all of the details. Just over 50 years ago and immediately following their marriage, Lennon and Ono invited visitors and the press into their hotel rooms to view their peaceful, one-week “in-bed” protest of the war. Surrounded by flowers and romance, this intimate act was both a strong testament to their love for each other and their love for a more peaceful world.

It’s now half of a century later, and the people of the world continue to find beautiful ways to drive out darkness, hatred, and fear. Right now, we turn to our community for inspiration as they continue to create art and meaningful collaborations that remind us of why we’re all here: to make connections and live a life full of love.

When it comes to marriage, connection and love are at the heart of the matter. For Lillabella Photography, capturing the concept of peace and love came easy because of the connection that the couple share – and after a quick glance at the gallery, you’ll see what we mean. The bright tones and vibrant colors, while still evoking a sense of warmth, are a breath of fresh air. The couple celebrating their love in bed reminds us here at Wedding Collective that staying home, and even in bed all day, can be a beautiful thing if we simply shift our perspective. Bring on all of the bedroom wedding ceremonies and honeymoons laying in bed watching Netflix! Did we just start a new trend?

We’re loving the sweet little illustrations that call back to Lennon and Ono, and are especially fond of how well the semi-modern elements are able to act as a portal between the past and the present. Just look at that flower wall! And the records used as decor?! It’s no secret the Bella has a gift for creating pieces that transcend time with a charming little twist!

We ask you to use this time to find peace and love with yourself, your partner, and the world. Your wedding may be postponed, or possibly turned into a bedroom ceremony, but no matter what, you have each other. We have the ability to fill the world with the good things, so let’s do it together!

Photography Lillabella Photography Designed by Darling Clementine Illustration Florals The Flower Company ABQ Sweet Treats Rude Boy Cookies, LLC Clay Vessels  McCollom Clay Hair Nicole Kuhlmann Makeup Make-Up by Jacqueline C

Romance in Full Bloom: A Real Wedding with Briana Nicole Photography

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.

Katie, Bride

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!

“Andrew and I met 5 years ago through mutual family friends while at a party, started dating and then got engaged on Christmas 2017. It took us almost a year and a half to plan our wedding as we wanted it to be elegant and intimate while also being outdoors. Los Poblanos’s property is gorgeous, with the Sandias serving as a backdrop to their lavender fields and all of the giant cottonwoods lining the property.”

Katie, bride

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!

“Katie and Andrew’s wedding was a special one for me. It was the first time I got to shoot a wedding at Los Poblanos and it was during the best time, SPRING! All of the wisterias were in full bloom. Katie was such an easy-going bride which made the whole day flow perfectly. The details were simple and classic. I am so happy they chose me to be a part of their wedding day.” 

Briana, Briana Nicole Photography

Featured Photography: Briana Nicole Photography Venue: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm Hair: Bara and Sparrow Makeup Artist: Ashley of Betty Rose by Alanna Florals: Melba’s Flowers Bridal Gown: Bridal Elegance by Darlene Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Once Upon A Time: A Real Wedding with the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

“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.”

– Lauren Landavazo, Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

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.

Their special day had an enchanted atmosphere with whimsical touches everywhere. Their centerpieces included small birch trees, dripping with crystals, moss and clusters of floral. 

Lauren, the event center at sandia golf club

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.

As soon as we stepped foot on the patio I knew this was the place I needed to be to celebrate my wedding with the people I love. We couldn’t have asked for a more loving and exciting day to share with our families at a wonderful venue. It was truly amazing and will forever stay in our hearts as one of the best days of our lives. Thank you Sandia Golf Club for making my dream of a perfect wedding come true!”

– Rebecca, BRIDE

Check out the gallery photographed by Think Harris Photography to see all of the stunning details for yourself:

Featured Venue: Event Center at Sandia Golf Club Photography: Think Harris Photography Florals: Albuquerque Florist Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci Hair & Makeup: Green Reed Spa DJ: Complete Weddings + Events Decor: Black Swan Events

How to Have a Modern 20’s Themed Wedding

It’s official – we’re finally in the 20s again! Although, we have to say, they look a little different these days. That doesn’t mean that the decade won’t consist of flapper dresses, Art Deco, glam, and good music, though. Couples all over are planning their weddings for this year and the years to come, and we know the one thing they’ve been most excited about is the chance to play a little dress up.

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“A little party never killed nobody” – so let’s get planning! We’ll walk you through our favorite trends and give you a little inspo along the way from the gorgeous styled shoot by Black Bow Events. Here are our top tips for planning a modern 20s wedding:

1. Create the perfect mix of textures, colors, and patterns.

Lavel Marie Photography

Adding elements of modern styles, like this trending pastel pink, with textures and patterns from the 20s will give you the perfect blend of new and old. Your guests will feel less like they’re at a costume party and more like they’ve transported in time without leaving the comfort of their modern lives!

2. Choose 20s themed hairstyles + attire paired with modern accessories.

Lavel Marie Photography

We’re obsessed with classic hairstyles from the 20s, and we know that a local beauty expert is dying to get you all glammed up. To tame your roaring 20s look, pair it with modern accessories + styles, like acrylic nails or minimal or modern jewelry. For the guys – try wearing some sneakers to create a more casual look.

3. Gold + silver themed everything.

Lavel Marie Photography

We’re not kidding when we say “glam it up”. The more shiny the better! Gold and silver are the perfect pair for any 20s themed party – try mixing it with classic elements of your wedding like florals or tableware for modern chic vibes.

4. Choose a venue with history behind it.

Lavel Marie Photography

The venue is what makes every aspect of your wedding come together and creates the mood for your whole event. When it comes to a decades themed wedding, it’s essential that the venue has some elements of the 20s – whether it is in the architectural design or the history of the place itself.

5. Make it feel warm and intimate.

Lavel Marie Photography

It is the celebration of your love, after all. Remind your guests of why they are there – to celebrate the union of two unique and beautiful people. Pull the reigns on the party by bringing in some elements of warmth and romance, like candles, pillows, and subtle colors.

If you need help planning your wedding, sign up for a free planning coaching session here!

We can’t wait to see what you create, so be sure to submit your 20s themed wedding for us to see and showcase with the rest of the wedding community. If you’re dying to see the rest of this gorgeous styled shoot, you can check it out below:

Concept, Design + Coordination: Black Bow Events Second Coordinator: D Events & Weddings Photographer: Lavel Marie Photography Floral Design + Arch: The Flower Company Venue: Hotel Parq Central Cake: Cake Fetish Table + Candlesticks: My Beloved Vintage Rentals Hair + Makeup Artists: The Honeycomb Beauty Studio + Beauty Therapy by Kim Bridal Gowns + Headpieces: Bridal Elegance by Darlene Jewelry: Ooh! Aah! Jewelry Invitations: The Wild Rose Creative Groom’s Attire: Mr. Tux Formalwear Videography: Zelda Deeds

Hello, Spring: An Intimate Elopement with Maura Jane Photography

We’ve been given a little blessing in disguise as we are forced to stay home to keep the world safe. We can spend time in our backyards enjoying the springtime blooms and ideal weather, catching some rays + planning weddings. Even though lovely 2020 springtime weddings are to be rescheduled, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them from the comfort of your jammies!

Thankfully, our wedding vendors are always providing us with the best inspirational content to share with all of you. When we need a pick-me-up, and we know you do too, an expert sends in a feature that fills us with positivity and happiness. When all of the chaos hit, our own lovely Maura Jane Photography did just this! We’re about to share with you one of our favorite springtime elopements that will make you feel the love of the season.

“Stacey and Manny met online, with Stacey immediately being attracted to Manny’s big, bright smile. As they dated, they began to realize more and more that they were simply made for each other. They even joked to us that they discovered they had complimentary OCD tendencies. On Valentine’s Day, he invited her to his house and then proposed after dinner. Of course, she was elated!…”

Maura jane photography

A breathtaking location, meaningful details, and true love set the stage for this marriage story. These are three ingredients that are guaranteed to make an awe-inspiring elopement. Really, these are the only things you DO need – but this couple took it even further. Stacey + Manny wanted to create memories that would last forever, so they manifested their best day yet. All of this came to life with the help of local vendors and was beautifully captured by Maura Jane Photography.

“…This couple traveled from Houston, having chosen the quaint and beautiful Santa Fe for their mountain-desert themed intimate wedding. A few members of friends and family joined them as well for a small ceremony, along with a close-knit dinner party in favor of a large reception. The wedding party consisted of her best friend, his brother, and most importantly to the couple, Manny’s lovely daughter…”

Like many couples tempted by our enchanting state, Stacy + Manny made the journey from Houston to Santa Fe to celebrate their love. They didn’t celebrate alone, either! The couple were surrounded by the people who mattered to them most and were able to take in all of the rich culture that welcomed them to the State Capitol. We’re loving the details of the wedding, but they’re best expressed through images. So, please, fall in love all over again and enjoy the gallery by Maura below!

“…We loved that Stacey chose to have mariachi serenade her down the aisle as she carried a bouquet of ranunculus, daffodils and roses. We also loved that Renegade Floral incorporated daffodils into her wedding flowers as it was such a nod towards spring being upon us and saying goodbye to winter.”

Venue:  Four Seasons Santa Fe Photography: Maura Jane Photography Invitations: Minted Planner: Stephan Miller Florist: Renegade Floral Hair and Makeup: Genica Lee, Makeup Artist Dress Store: Princess Bridal, Texas Dress and Designer: Leandra Blue by Enzoani Cake: Four Seasons Santa Fe

Bride’s Night In: Meet Your Favorite Wedding Vendors

Now is the perfect time to be planning your wedding – the sun is shining, the air is warm with a slight breeze, and you’ve got some extra time on your hands! Finally, you get to plan the big day without distractions, except maybe the urge to brew yourself a nice cup of coffee or check your Instagram feed.

Every year, Wedding Collective hosts an exciting evening specifically for local brides (and the grooms, too) to get out, have a good time, and meet local wedding vendors – the Bride’s Night Out. This year, the event was supposed to be held in May, but with the recent events that have transpired, we want to keep our community safe and save the event for more ideal days.

However, this doesn’t mean we forgot about you or your amazing weddings. In fact, we’re bringing all of the vendors that were going to participate in the evening right to your computer screen. We’re calling this rendition “Bride’s Night In” – cheesy, I know. We encourage you to make a little snack, pour yourself a fancy drink, and throw on your bride-to-be attire, paired with some cute pajama bottoms, while you dive into this article.

Alright, lovelies. Let’s get your virtual meet-and-greet started! Here’s how it’ll work:

  1. Check out all of the vendors listed below
  2. Fall in love with one of them? Click on the link to their vendor profile.
  3. Learn a little more about them by perusing their photo gallery and their services.
  4. Send them a little “hello” letting them know that you like what you see and that you are interested in their services, even if you’re still on the hunt. Let them know you found them on Wedding Collective so they know who sent them.
  5. Ready to book already? Send them an inquiry or give them a call! They would love to hear from you while they have this extra time to chat!

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312 Mobile Bar & Liquor Service

312 is a Mobile Bar Service with over 20 years of experience crafting drinks + cocktails and making memories along the way. We’ve been growing at a rapid rate since inception, growing the number of our loyal clients and leading the beverages industry forward. It is our mission to provide you with top-notch service.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Celebrity China & Crystal

Handcrafted china, crystal cutlery, and tableware is what Celebrity China loves to do, and does best. Whether you’re engaged, happy newlyweds, or celebrating your 50th anniversary, Celebrity China’s multitude of offerings ensures there’s the perfect addition to your kitchen collection every time.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Cello for Weddings

With Cello for Weddings & Events, you will know you are working with a true professional who makes the entire process fun and simple, yet tailored to your particular style and vision! As a Classically-trained cellist, composer, and music producer, Ryan has a giant resume including performance in nearly all genres.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Courtney Faye’s Wedding & Event Planning

At Courtney Faye’s Wedding and Event Planning, everyone is family. With that in mind, it’s my mission to make sure that your special event is stunning, memorable, and, above all, stress-free.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Dinner4Two

Since 1959 Hy Cite Enterprises has been providing Newlyweds and the home cook with superior performance minimum moisture cookware and kitchen tools.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa

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.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Enchanted Events Party Rentals

Tent rentals are great for any occasion when enjoying an outdoor event. Enchanted Events LLC is a new upcoming company with brand new equipment. It does not matter if your event is a small gathering to a large wedding we can handle it.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Glam by Jeet

Glam By Jeet specializes in on-location hair and makeup for weddings, special occasions, boudoir and editorial photo shoots in the greater Albuquerque area and beyond.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Hilton Garden Inn Rio Rancho

Hilton Garden Inn knows how important your big day is and we can help. From room blocks for your guests to on-site catering and space to hold your wedding, we are here to help ensure your biggest day is a successful one. Hilton Garden Inn Rio Rancho has everything you need for a successful wedding offering a ballroom at 1700 square feet.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Hotel Andaluz

With a passion for superior service and one breathtaking location, Hotel Andaluz is proud to be Albuquerque’s pinnacle of luxury. Proving exquisite ceremonies, majestic ballroom celebrations, and a stunning rooftop bar for all our couples and guests, we strive to make simply stepping foot in our historic venue a magnificent experience. 

VISIT THEM HERE!

Isleta Resort & Casino

Simply put, our team of wedding professionals are proudly dedicated to your special day. From the earliest planning stages, all the way through to your vows, you can rest assured that your wedding day will be just as you’ve imagined. From over-the-top, unforgettable extravaganzas to cherished, intimate gatherings with your loved ones, there is an accommodating space waiting for you here, at Isleta Resort.

VISIT THEM HERE!

King Mobile Music

At King Mobile Music, our wedding DJ services in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico are designed to provide you with enjoyable entertainment that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Mary Kay Cosmetics, Melissa Frei

I help women look their best by selling Mary Kay skin care and makeup.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Matt Blasing Photography

For me, photography is to see the world with brand new eyes every time I pick up my camera. Every couple is unique with a love story all their own, and our job is to tell your story the best way we know how.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Pennysmith’s Paper

At Pennysmiths Paper we also love to create custom invitations to reflect a bride’s personal style. We offer the full Envelopments line of papers and pockets and many other papers, ribbons and embellishments to create customer wedding invitations. We have also created our own line of Southwestern Wedding Invitations and have the ability to do completely custom designs.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Shutter Force Photography

By building strong relationships with our couples, we craft genuine and memorable images to best illustrate the heart and soul of your wedding day. There’s a magic that evolves from the combination of shared emotions, specific moments in time and beautiful custom details. 

VISIT THEM HERE!

Smallcakes A Cupcakery

A core value of Smallcakes is to make not only BEAUTIFUL looking cakes and cupcakes, but DELICIOUS tasting ones as well! With over 120 cake flavors to choose from, and award-winning decorators who can bring your ideas to life, the possibilities are endless! We even offer more than just cupcakes.

VISIT THEM HERE!

T. Rayne Photography

Freezing time and capturing life’s special moments. T. Rayne Photography is here to provide you with a fun and comfortable photography experience. With our natural style, we will have fun activities for all to capture the best smiles.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Vixen Lips by Vangie

Senegence is an amazing line that carries make-up, skin care, and hair care. The products are long lasting, smudge proof, water proof, kiss proof, and food proof. I also love the fact that they are chemical free. All products are Vegan, GMO free, Gluten free, wax free, lead free, made in the USA, and not tested on animals. 

VISIT THEM HERE!

We hope you made some great matches and are on your way to booking your next wedding vendor! Before you go, since you don’t get a physical swag bag, we’ve built a digital one for you here:

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Be sure to grab a ticket for our Wedding Gallery show in August where you can meet some of these vendors + more in person! We hope you had fun and feel free to share with your friends, whether they’re getting married or not!

Timeless Romance with Coryn Kiefer Photography

“Life without love, is no life at all.” – Leonardo da Vinci

With springtime so gracefully happening all around us, vibrant colors and incredible new beginnings steal the show. It is no wonder local couples choose this time of year to have their jaw-dropping New Mexico weddings. Since we’re now learning to live with these unexpected changes, couples must reschedule their weddings. We want you to know that it’s 100% okay to be sad, and maybe even really angry, since you’ve been preparing for this moment your whole life. Good news, though! You now have plenty of time to get back to the drawing board, without any distractions, and get inspired.

We’ve said it before and we will say it again – one of our favorite ways to get inspiration for weddings is local styled shoots. New Mexico wedding vendors from all over the bring their talents together to create something magical. Our lovely Coryn Kiefer Photography wanted to bring her vision for timeless romance to life, so she did just that through incredible colors, textures, and scenery.

“While love remains timeless, traditional weddings are changing. Weddings today break free of monotony and add unique elements that tell the couple’s story and personality more than ever before. This styled shoot aimed to embrace the modern wedding while keeping the simplicity of love in the forefront.”

Coryn Kiefer Photography

The models are wearing a modern take on wedding attire – a pantsuit for the bride and a mismatched suit for the groom. While these elements of fashion are unconventional, they compliment each other and are a perfect match for the ornate decor that surrounds them. The decor + florals are fit for a queen. We get some serious fairytale vibes and all of our little girl dreams are coming true.

As we like to say, it’s all in the details. The hand lettering, the jewelry, and the cake are all exquisite. Check out the gallery below to see how Coryn + her team brought this fairytale to life:

“Tessa’s Rime Arodaky pantsuit was the epicenter. Pairing this modern fashion with the Old World style of the El Rey Court was the perfect fit. Elements of Mustard and Sage were added to highlight the whites and add a punch of color to the setting.”

coryn kiefer photography

Photography + Styling: Coryn Kiefer Photography Venue: El Rey Court Decor + Rentals: Darling Details Rentals Floral: Desert Flower Co. Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee Hand Lettering: Hello Jori Cake: Honey & Salt Cake Co. Jewelry: Ooh! Aah! Jewelry Bridal Attire: Rime Arodaky Groom’s Attire: J Crew Styling Assistant: Krissy Williams Models: Tessa & Deangelo

Southwestern Dreams: A Real Wedding with Alicia Lucia Photography

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…

Alicia Lucia Photography

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.

Alicia Lucia Photography

We’re loving the details of these lovebirds’ boho Santa Fe wedding. Hand-painted florals, a cake with pink watercolor cacti, and the most charming save-the-dates + invites from Funky Olive Invitations + Stationery simply stole the show. And that’s not all. Natalie + Jason chose the dreamiest venue imaginable – La Fonda on the Plaza. If this doesn’t inspire you to start planning your perfect southwestern wedding, I don’t know what will.

If you want to see all of the beauty for yourself, check out the lovely gallery from Alicia Lucia Photography below with sneak peeks from Jason + Natalie’s dreamy day.

Featured Photography: Ashley + Breanna of Alicia Lucia Photography Venue: La Fonda on the Plaza Planning: For the Love Events Rentals: Rust Vintage Florals: Renegade Floral Invitations + Paper Goods: Funky Olive Invitations + Stationery Hair: Jewel Hair Design Makeup Artist: Kata Baron Bridal Gown: Ines di Santo Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Grooms Attire: ESQ Clothing Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux Cake: Maggie’s Wedding Cakes Music: Absolute Entertainment

Give the Gift of Love with The Recognition Place

First and foremost, Happy Galentine’s Day to all of you lovely ladies out there! We hope you’re ready to spend this day embracing some self-care and your favorite gal pals. If you don’t know what to do for your loved ones to celebrate Galentine’s/Valentine’s Day, keep reading because we’re about to introduce you to a vendor who might just be your new go-to gift guru.

When it comes to wedding gifts, it can be hard to think of something unique that the bride and groom don’t already have. Even when presented with the help of a gift registry, sometimes a new toaster oven just doesn’t seem to say how much you love them as a couple. We get it, you want something exciting that they will receive graciously and want to display with pride. How about something engraved with love? Enter The Recognition Place, a locally owned and operated engraving shop and a new member of Perfect Wedding Guide!

A sublimated puzzle | via The Recognition Place

The Recognition Place, also known as TRP, is a one-of-a-kind shop where you can personalize just about anything, from groomsmen gifts like lighters and flasks, to cake servers and knives. When you walk through the door, you will be greeted by a small team of knowledgable professionals who will give you their undivided attention in order to create a high-quality gift. Jason and Thomas, the owners of the shop, have been working in the engraving and awards business for 15 years, so they know their stuff. If anyone understands how important your wedding gifts are, it’s them.

Laser engraved wood cutting board | via The Recognition Place

Not only do they provide items to be engraved, but they can also engrave most items that you bring into the store, if the material permits, of course. Jason and Thomas are already ready to help you find an awesome gift, or even decor for the wedding, because they’ve given us a list of ideas just for you:

For the wedding | champagne flutes, knife + server set, picture frame, photo album, guest book + pen, lock + key, wood cake topper cutouts, USB drives, wooden hangers, and more

For the couple | cutting board, picture frame, mugs, wine glasses, drink coasters, watches, cutlery, and more

For the bridesmaids + groomsmen | keepsake boxes, flasks, mason jars + glasses, thermos, tote bags, wine stoppers, pocket knives, money clips, bottle openers, compacts, key chains, and more

Want to get in contact? Visit them here!

The Bowie Wedding

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