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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Enchanting Desert Wedding {Will+ Karina}

With gorgeous weather, rich culture, stunning landscapes and breathtaking sunsets, New Mexico is a destination wedding location like no other. One look at Will and Karina’s gorgeous, southwest-style wedding last fall, and it’s easy to see why so many couples flock to our enchanting desert to make their lifelong commitment to each other. After living thousands of miles apart, these two lovebirds were finally reunited in the historic village of Corrales, New Mexico to say, “I do.” Taking place at the Chocolate Turtle Bed & Breakfast, Karina and Will planned an intimate wedding with their closest family and friends.

 

From the invitations and wedding dress, to the southwest decor and ombre sunset everything blended effortlessly to form a beautiful aesthetic throughout the day. The soft pinks and muted greens were the perfect compliment to the desertscape and made the turquoise accents pop. While Maura, of Maura Jane Photography, is the bee’s knees when it comes to wedding photography, Karina and Will certainly made it easy to capture these stunning photos that belong in a high-fashion wedding editorial.

 

Starting the day in this peaceful desert setting, Will’s anticipation grew as he awaited the first look with his wife-to-be. Once her raven tress was skilfully set in place and her flowing gown carefully buttoned by her lovely mother, the wait for Karina’s knight in shining armor was finally over. Their first look made them feel as though they were falling in love for the very first time. Queued for the ceremony, they reluctantly parted ways only to be regathered together in Holy Matrimony. To set the stage, the Sandia Mountains were in full display while Karina and Will exchanged vows in front of the small audience of doting witnesses.

 

Overjoyed with their new marriage, they snuck away to secretly celebrate their new life together. As they made their way back to the patio reception, the sound of cicadas and other desert creatures performed in unison with the entertainment creating a mellow undertone for the evening. After partaking in a traditional wedding dinner, they and their guests indulged in sweet confections from New Mexico Pie Company, including Linzer Heart Cookies and Caramel Apple Green Chile Pie. By the nights end, Will and Karina slow danced beneath the twinkling stars of the desert night sky. As time stood still, Will and Karina felt like the only people on earth.

Karina and Will traveled all the way from Virginia Beach and Italy, where each of them were stationed, to be married in the Land of Enchantment. Their wedding was full of stunning details that wowed their guests and made their wedding truly unique. Beautiful roses and succulents filled Karina’s bouquet and centerpieces, accented by sage linens and gold silverware. Karina made mini potted succulents for guests to take home and served an array of yummy desserts from New Mexico Pie Company for everyone to enjoy. As they sipped the couple’s signature drink of pink lemonade and lime margaritas, guests took in the stunning mountain views. Even when the rain clouds rolled in, it didn’t stop Karina and Will from having the time of their lives and it even brought us a stunning rainbow and sunset at the end of the night.

— Maura, Maura Jane Photography

Photos by Maura Jane Photography
Congratulations, Will and Karina!
October 9, 2016
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Trending: Cake Designs to Take Your Breath Away

Most of us usually don’t think of the amount of skill and work it takes to create one these beautiful masterpieces when we think of wedding cakes. And yet, that’s exactly what they are — a masterpiece. Creating one of these modern marvels is like creating an edible work of art. Especially with the endless styles and designs people dream up, wedding cakes are no longer limited to the buttercream frosting and fake pearls of old.

Cakes have only become more intricate with modern trends including metallics, ruffles and polka dots, sprinkles, fruit and edible flowers and one of my favorites, hand-painted. Wherever you draw your inspiration, however, we have the best local wedding cakes artists who are always up for a challenge. To help you decide on a cake for your wedding, here are some of the trending masterpieces sweeping bakeries around the world.

I. Dripping & Metallic Cakes

Metallic and mouthwatering dripping cakes are perfect for brides and grooms who are trendy and all about modern design. These cakes are classy and edgy all wrapped into one delicious concoction!

Cake by Hansel & Gretel Cakes. Photo by Tennille Fink
Cake by Chocolate Maven, Photo by Alicia Lucia Photography

II. Ruffled & Polka Dot Cakes

For a softer touch, ruffles and polka dots are perfect for a romantic wedding with soft colors. No matter what trends come and go, these classic styles are always a beautiful option.

Cake by Chocolate Maven
Cake by Savory Fare, Photo by Maura Jane Photography

III. Fruit Topped & Edible Flower Cakes

Coinciding with the farm-to-table movement, cakes mounded with fresh fruit and edible flowers are perfect for those of us who prefer an organic-style cake inspired by nature.

Photo by We Are All Stardust
Cake by Chocolate Maven

IV. Sprinkle Cakes

You can never go wrong with sprinkles! With a modern twist on sprinkles these days, they are sophisticated and fun. Give your inner child the option to have sprinkles or not and you will always choose sprinkles!

Cake by Bespoke Bride
Cake by Style Sweet CA

V. Hand Painted Cakes

As an artist, it’s only natural for me to love hand-painted cakes. If Leonardo da Vinci were still alive, I’m certain his inbox would be flooded with requests for one of these original works of art!

Photo by Cake Ink
Cake by Bobbette & Belle, Photo by Vicki Bartel Photography
Cake by Olofson Design, Photo by Anneli Marinovich Wedding & Lifestyle Photography

As you can see, many of these cakes are a combination of modern trends and styles. Have fun and play with different styles to create your own original wedding cake masterpiece!

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Thank Heaven for The Chocolate Maven!

Don’t be fooled by its name. While they are experts in the field of chocolate, their expertise goes well beyond the realm of cocoa into a realm all its own. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this charming bakery and cafe known as The Chocolate Maven serves up savory eats and sweet treats that are absolutely heavenly. With a wide variety of options to choose from, they literally have something for everyone – including gluten-free! – I can’t wait to try their blue corn blueberry pancakes.

Whether you want a hardy breakfast, a quick lunch or simply want to treat yourself to a coffee and pastry, you will fall in love with The Chocolate Maven. For one, the staff is just as warm and inviting as a batch of their famous cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven! Aside from the amazing team of mavens, however, it’s all about their delicious food and desserts. One look at their menu and I am certain you will find something that is sure to satisfy. A traditional and personal favorite of mine… the chilaquiles, of course!

Not to mention, they make the most beautiful wedding cakes the Queen of England would be proud to eat! And trust me, they taste as divine as they look! If you want something a little different for your wedding, not to worry. At The Chocolate Maven, you are not limited to cake. You can have pie, pastries, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies or just about anything you can dream of. Whatever you decide, you can be confident that every confection will be done with excellence. Take a look at these delectable treats!

Photo by Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo by Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo by Alicia Lucia Photography

Quality is never compromised at The Maven. Ingredients are never skimped on. Everything is done with an eye to integrity and excellence.

– Chocolate Maven

Drop by The Chocolate Maven or give them a call to get your wedding on the schedule. At The Chocolate Maven, not a single sprinkle is ever out of place!

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Isleta Resort & Casino Wedding {Garrett + Jeri Ann}

Planning a wedding has never been easier, thanks to Isleta Resort & Casino. With all inclusive packages, they literally take care of every detail of your wedding with ease and all you have to do is enjoy the happiest day of your life. In fact, Garrett and Jeri Ann Weisensel can attest to the amazing job the team at Isleta did on their gorgeous wedding last fall.

Starting with Jeri Ann’s bridal shower, which took place at the Isleta Golf Club, the team went above and beyond to make sure the bride and her guests felt at home. On the wedding day, they had everything ready to go long before the bride and groom returned for their reception. After posing for some beautiful photos at the Jar Spa, they proceeded to the reception hall, where their guests were awaiting their grand entrance.

With over 400 guests to accommodate for their reception, the Grand Ballroom was just perfect. Their reception included a cocktail hour along with dinner and dancing. They chose the “Honeymoon in Italy” dinner package and their wedding cake was made by Isleta’s in-house assistant Pastry Chef, Casey Trent — who makes all of Isleta’s custom wedding cakes.

Isleta Resort & Casino is really something special! From my bridal shower to my wedding day the service, staff, food and atmosphere was astounding! I could not be happier with the quality and professionalism of the services provided by the event staff, banquet staff, reservation staff, bell/valet service, and staff at the golf course, where my bridal shower took place. Cindy and all the staff who assisted her did a job well done to make sure our day was special. On our wedding day and my bridal shower we had full confidence that they would ensure that each moment was most memorable.

I remember taking a peek at the ballroom the night before, it was 7:30 in the evening, and the banquet staff were still working hard to prepare for our wedding the next day. The staff was very attentive and asked if I was happy with the setup and if there were any changes that needed to be made. I had no changes, but I was just speechless because it looked so beautiful. The wait staff were very nice and attentive to all of our guests, which I appreciate! The bell service the day after the wedding to assist with loading our vehicles with gifts were amazing. They handled our goods with care and took their time when loading. We truly appreciated their patience and helpfulness.

Cindy, herself, was very responsive when I had questions or needed opinions. A bride and groom should not be overwhelmed with decisions on their wedding day, which Isleta made sure not to do because everything they needed from us and final touches were taken care of well in advance! I am so happy with Isleta Resort & Casino as our reception venue, I cannot thank them enough for the exceptional service.

— Jeri Ann, Bride

Photos by Alicia Lucia Photography

Congratulations, Garrett and Jeri Ann!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: Isleta Resort & Casino | Caterer: Isleta Resort & Casino | Cake: Isleta Resort & Casino | Décor: Occasion Services & Events | Photographer: Alicia Lucia Photography

If you are planning a wedding anytime soon, look no further! Now through June 30th, Isleta Resort & Casino is running a sweet deal on their Tres Vintage Glamour package. Click here for details!

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New Year’s Wedding Bash {Dominic + Erin}

What better way to ring in the New Year than saying, I do? You have all the trimmings, the bubbly and someone to kiss at midnight. Sounds like a match made in heaven! Like their personalities, everything about their wedding sparkled into the night — from Erin’s ring and sparkling shoes to the twinkle lights in the reception hall. And from the look of their wedding photos, it’s easy to see that these two like to have fun!

Once they got hitched, Dominic and Erin boarded a party bus to celebrate their new adventure together! As they drove off into the sunset and made there way to the reception venue at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club, the newlyweds and their crew partied like it was 1999 aboard their sweet ride. All the while, the teams from The Event Center and Black Swan Events already had everything decked out for their arrival!

After a romantic photo shoot on the greens with Alexander Photography, it was time to par-tay! And to make sure their guests had enough energy to dance the night away, they served up their gorgeous wedding cake covered in purple and silver confetti by Simply Sweet by Darci. And when the clock struck midnight, they not only started a new year together, but a new life — truly a match made in heaven!

I highly recommend The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club to anyone who is looking for a wedding venue. The food, views, and service are top notch. We couldn’t be happier with how our daughter’s reception turned out. The staff is very professional and met all our needs. We had the best time ringing in the New Year!

— Father of the Bride

Pop… fizz…clink! A wedding to celebrate a New Year, New Life, New Love… and The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club made sure it was an evening full of memories that will last for centuries to come.

Alexander Photography

Congratulations, Dominic & Erin!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club, IG: @sandia_golf_club | Photographer: Alexander Photography, IG: @alexanderphotographynm | Décor: Black Swan Events, IG: @yourblackswanevent | Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci

Disclaimer: while writing this blog and looking at these photos, I could hear this song in the background of my mind and I thought it would be fitting to include.

Enjoy at your own risk!

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Roaring Rooftop Wedding {Stuart + Morgan}

Overlooking the city on the rooftop of the luxurious Banque Lofts, Stuart and Morgan said “I do” at their stunning Gatsby inspired wedding. As a successful and experienced wedding planner, you can’t expect nothing less than the best from Morgan Burman, who planned her recent Albuquerque wedding all the way from the mountainous cityscape of Portland, Oregon.

Starting out in the boho-chic lobby of Hotel Andaluz, Stuart and Morgan had their first introduction as Mr. and Mrs. Burman to-be, which Morgan explains was one of her favorite moments of the day. After their intimate first look, they retired to the streets of downtown Albuquerque where they proceeded with glamorous photos captured by Maura Jane Photography.

At their rooftop ceremony, their love warmed their souls and the bright New Mexico sun warmed their bones that cool October afternoon as they made their declaration to each other with the Sandia Mountains as their witness. Celebrating with friends and family at their roaring reception and sharing a piece of their dreamy cake, truly made October 22 the sweetest day.

My wedding day was more than I could have ever asked for. I’m a wedding coordinator in Portland, Oregon so I know how important it is to have an amazing team of vendors and friends working with you on your big day. My team was the A team! From my bridesmaids and mom and all of the work they put in to keep me sane and set up, my husband’s family for throwing a gorgeous rehearsal dinner, to my photographer and DJ who kept things moving and documented the day beautifully, everyone did their part! I am eternally grateful for their support. I felt like a queen the entire day and was able to celebrate with my family and friends without worrying.

My favorite parts of the day were seeing my husband for the first time at our first look, hearing his vows at our ceremony and our first dance. My husband doesn’t typically wear suits so he looked amazing and doesn’t usually like to dance, but got out there and spun me around like a natural. We were the only two people in the world during those moments and I will remember them forever.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of our wedding. I am so full of love thinking about it, even now. — Morgan, Bride

When Morgan and Stu met at a barbecue, sparks weren’t just flying on the grill that evening. The couple began to date casually and were forced into long distance when Stu moved across the world to New Zealand. They kept in touch with writing love letters and skyping and when he returned they had already figured out it was meant to be.

Morgan, a wedding planner in Portland, sure knows how to throw a party. With a 1920’s Gatsby theme, guests were dressed to the nines as they attended the rooftop ceremony with a stunning view of the Sandia mountains and the city of Albuquerque. The evening commenced with a glamorous warehouse reception, full of twinkle lights, champagne and laughter.  It was an evening to be remembered and we wish Morgan and Stuart nothing but the best. — Maura, Maura Jane Photography

There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Photos By: Maura Jane Photography

Congratulations, Stuart and Morgan!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Photographer: Maura Jane Photography | Venue: The Banque Lofts | Planner: M H Events | Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee | Caterer + Cake: Savory Fare | DJ: Dream Factory Productions | Florist: Anthony’s at the Delta | Dress: Charlotte’s Weddings & More | Accommodations: Hotel Andaluz

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