Prairie Star: The Total Package for a Fairy Tale Wedding

As you head north on I-25 toward Santa Fe, the 20 minute drive from Albuquerque to Prairie Star is totally worth every second of the short but beautiful commute. Located in the heart of Santa Ana Pueblo, Prairie Star is truly a wedding venue with the total package, including gorgeous landscapes, indoor and outdoor options, and mouthwatering cuisine.

At Prairie Star you can have the wedding of your dreams with a perfect view of the Sandia Mountains in the background and majestic cottonwoods overhead. For an outdoor ceremony or reception you and your guests will be surrounded by the pristine rolling hills of the Santa Ana golf course. If you prefer an indoor wedding, travel back in time in the old adobe mansion turned restaurant and event venue.

Aside from the amazing views and historic facilities at Prairie Star, the food is absolutely divine. Their gourmet menu will delight your senses and leave a memorable impression on each and every guest for years to come. And with the capacity to accommodate up to 170 guests indoors and 400 outdoors, your guests will feel right at home.

Don’t take my word for it, however, the proof is in the pudding! Prairie Star has earned countless five-star ratings across all platforms and was voted Best Catering or Restaurant in 2017 by local brides and grooms just like you!

Check out these amazing photos of a real wedding at Prairie Star beautifully captured by Maura Jane Photography

Photos by Maura Jane Photography

To book your dream wedding at Prairie Star, visit their website or contact the amazing team at Prairie Star today!

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Krazy Lizard Taqueria & Taco Cart

Looking for a fun and unique catering experience for your wedding or event? Located off of Jefferson, just south of Balloon Park Road, Krazy Lizard Taqueria and Taco Cart is the perfect choice! Serving up authentic taqueria style tacos and other gourmet delights, Krazy Lizard Taqueria will have your guests coming back for more.

To get a sampling of their authentic Mexican fare, their unique catering menu offers a variety of delicious street tacos with your choice of carne asada, chipotle chicken, carnitas, ground beef, shredded beef or chile shrimp. Not to mention, vegetarian options are also available for those of you who would prefer to go meatless. Top one of their juicy tacos with any one of their legendary salsas, made fresh from old heirloom recipes, and you will be hooked!

Best of all, they use locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. For instance, the tortillas, tortas and hoagies are made fresh daily with organic flour, their pinto beans are straight from Estancia, New Mexico, and most of their tender meats are imported all the way from the south valley. By these standards, not only will you give the local economy a boost, you can be sure that your friends and family will enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine that is both delicious and healthy!

For your convenience, Krazy Lizard Taqueria makes it easy for you to have your Pinterest worthy taco bar with their one-of-a-kind taco cart, which provides its very own power source to keep your food hot and fresh! Free from electric outlets and extension cords, it gives you the freedom to arrange the food service anywhere in your wedding reception floor plan.

Specializing in traditional Mexican tacos with a gourmet twist, we are sure to dazzle your guests with our made-to-order tacos, incredible salsas and outstanding side dishes.

— The Team at Krazy Lizard Taqueria

Get a taste for Krazy Lizard Taqueria with this mouthwatering video!

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Come One, Come All! Witness the Incredible 2017 Bride’s Select Award Winners!

Last night was a circus — literally! Thanks to all of you who took the time to vote, we had the amazing opportunity to show our appreciation and celebrate the accomplishments of our favorite wedding professionals in Albuquerque and Santa Fe for our annual Bride’s Select Awards at NOAH’s Event Venue.

More than 650 local brides, grooms and newlyweds voted in over 20 categories and the results are in! Covering everything from Best Beauty Expert and Best Floral Designer to Best Ceremony Venue and Best Photographer, we are pleased to present you with the best of the best!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to see the amazing, the talented 2017 Bride’s Select Award winners!

Best Unique Wedding Service: Frost Gelato

Best Photo Booth Rental: Cutmaster Music

Best Cinematographer: Southwest Wedding Films

Best Photographer: Matt Blasing Photography

Best Local Band: Entourage Jazz

Best Disc Jockey: Dream Factory Productions

Best Place to Order Invitations: Funky Olive Invitations + Stationery

Best Hotel for Guest Accommodations: Hotel Andaluz

Best Men’s Formal Wear Shop: Mr. Tux Formal Wear

Best Bridal Gown Shop: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Best Floral Designer: Floriography

Best Rental Company: Simply Décor and Events

Best Event Decor: Black Swan Events

Best Wedding Officiant: Amor Ceremonies

Best Location to have a Ceremony: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Best Place to Have a Reception: Hotel Albuquerque

Best Place to Have a Rehearsal Dinner: El Pinto

Best Place to have a Bachelorette Party: Uptown Funk

Best Catering or Restaurant: Prairie Star

Best Place to Order Wedding Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci

Best Spa or Place to Relax: Bliss Salon & Spa

Best Bridal Beauty Expert: Genica Lee

Best Wedding Coordinator: Alena Swanson, LLC

Congratulations, 2017 Bride’s Select Award Winners!

Photos by Sacred Life Photography

And, of course, a special thanks to our AMAZING sponsors! You made our Bride’s Select Awards Circus a huge success!

Ringmaster Brad of King Mobile Music | NOAH’S Event Venue | Occasion Services & Events | Conchita’s Creations | Bombshell Fitness | Sacred Life Photography | Charlotte’s Flowers | High Noon Restaurant & Saloon | Wise Fool New Mexico

Every year, your local Perfect Wedding Guide reaches out to hundreds of New Mexico brides, grooms and newlyweds just like you to get your feedback on your favorite local wedding businesses.

Stay tuned for dates to cast your vote for our 2018 Bride’s Select Awards!

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Plan Your Dream Menu with High Noon Restaurant & Saloon

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s historic Old Town district, High Noon Restaurant & Saloon is the perfect venue to host a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception with the authentic rustic charm of the surrounding area. And if you’re planning on having guests from out of town, High Noon Restaurant & Saloon is centrally located with guest accommodations including hotels and tourist attractions, all within walking distance.

With three beautiful rooms to choose from, they can accommodate anywhere from 28 guests to 150 guests. For instance, if you prefer an intimate setting with the capacity for up to 28 guests, the Santos Room is just for you. If you’re planning on something a little bigger, The Gallery can accommodate up to 45 guests. Approximately double in size, The Kiva Room has the capacity for up to 80 guests. Or you can rent the entire restaurant for 100-150 guests.

Aside from the various options, versatility and the beautiful historic settings, it’s really all about the food. Their traditional and delicious menu is what brings people back to High Noon time and time again. If you already have a wedding reception venue picked out for your big day, you can still hire High Noon Restaurant & Saloon for all your catering needs. Their large and customizable menu gives you the freedom to plan your perfect spread.

The distinctive difference of High Noon Restaurant & Saloon Catering is our dedication to executing our clients’ ideas no matter how conceptually complicated. Whether a signature cocktail, stunning hors d’oeuvres, a contemporary buffet or a five-star gourmet plated event, you can be sure our mission is to provide exceptional food and exceptional service.

— The Villa Family, High Noon Restaurant & Saloon

Join the growing list of satisfied couples who have booked High Noon Restaurant & Saloon for their big day by visiting their website or contacting the team today!

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Trending: Bars Beyond Cocktails

We’ve all seen them. You know what I’m talking about… the plethora of this, that and the other “bar” on Pinterest. They’re everywhere screaming at you to have one at your wedding. And, well, you should! Bars beyond cocktails are one of the things your guest will love the most. They go beyond the traditional, yet delicious wedding cake (which you still need to have by the way). That is, unless you want to start a riot!

Not to worry, bars have come such a long way since the days of boxed wine and Shirley Temples. In fact, the skies the limit when it comes to bars and the more creative the better! I recently had the pleasure of attending a friend’s wedding and she had a mouthwatering popcorn bar with all kinds of different flavors I never knew existed, even green chile cheese! And to be quite honest, I don’t think I enjoyed popcorn more than I did that day.

Aside from popcorn, however, there are so many options when it comes to bars. Like I said the skies the limit, so be creative! They’re just so much fun and certainly leave a lasting impression. Here’s a list of popular bar ideas to get your bar juices flowing: s’mores, popcorn, candy, coffee, ice-cream, fruit, pie, donuts, bake-off (bar meets contest). Just remember to put your own spin on your bar and you’ll be golden!

Photo by Lauren Rae Photography
Photo by Novel Hill Studio
Photo by Novel Hill Studio
Photo by Lauren Kirkbride Photography
Photo by This Love of Yours Photography

For some reason treats taste so much better from a “bar.” Having the freedom to choose the flavors you want and going back for seconds and thirds without any judgement is what makes bars so amazing. After all they’re pretty much the fancy equivalent to an all-you-can-eat buffet!

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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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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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