All The Pretty Flowers {Local Florist Spotlight}

Is it too much to ask of our local vendors to be, at once, professional, personable, committed, and creative in their craft? Maybe, but that’s what makes Albuquerque + Santa Fe wedding vendors unlike any others in the world — they juggle it all so well. In the case of All The Pretty Flowers though, it’s not enough to be the perfect blend of friend and expert. They’re exceedingly mindful in their practice, too.

For Amanda Schutz, of the famed Santa Fe floral company All The Pretty Flowers, having happy couples comes first. Directly behind this devotion, though, is a parallel dedication to mindfulness in her craft. For 5 years, Amanda has been working with flowers with respect by sourcing their blooms with careful consideration, recycling all product packaging, and prioritizing locally sourced flowers as often as possible.

Amanda’s degree, which focused on architecture, art history and interior decoration, complements her natural penchant for floral beauty perfectly, ensuring her arrangements are cultivated with care. When the process of creation is done with such meticulous deliberation, it’s no wonder the end result is of such a high caliber!

Of her methods, Amanda says:

Color, shape, size, smell, longevity and personality, among other things, must be considered, and I love that.  All of this is exciting and enticing and provides me with never-ending thoughts and ideas. The possibilities are endless! It’s truly wonderful, and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.  When it comes to flowers, the skies the limit!

And we couldn’t agree more! How exceedingly fortunate are we to have a florist like All The Pretty Flowers in New Mexico, exploring possibilities and pushing boundaries to offer local engaged couples only the best for their wedding day?

There are no words to adequately express our gratitude, but we will say this: Thank you, All The Pretty Flowers. To book their team for your celebration of love, you can contact them here.

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Casi Sueno: Elegance in Action

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A lifetime of beautiful memories starts with a beautiful beginning.

When we first had the pleasure of working with Genevieve, of Casi Sueno Weddings + Events, it was at our 2017 Wedding Gallery wedding show. We had asked our participating business owners to style their booths and space with “greek chic” in mind, and, yes, everyone brought their A-game and we’re truly, eternally grateful… But Casi Sueno‘s takeover of one of Sandia Resort and Casino’s ballrooms had us floored.

Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to see the Casi Sueno team bring love to life for their couples all over Albuquerque. But honestly? I’m still not quite over their Wedding Gallery design.

Not only did they bring our wildest, greek-related fantasies to life, but their team far surpassed what we imagined possible for a wedding show here in New Mexico. {Because, as everyone knows, trends usually take a little longer to sweep the Albuquerque + Santa Fe wedding world than in other places like New York, Denver, L.A., etc.}

Casi Sueno Weddings + Events, ever-devoted to creating unforgettable moments, did exactly that for our Perfect Wedding Guide team, and all the incredible local brides who attended the show. It was hard to not feel spoiled! But, not only are they committed to excellence, and proudly known for their service-oriented work — Genevieve and her team bring both an otherworldliness here to Albuquerque, and a genuine love for celebration and design. Being motivated by a pure passion for what they do, there’s no need to feel spoiled when the Casi Sueno team transforms your wedding day, only grateful.

From start to finish, Casi Sueno Weddings + Events ushers your perfect wedding into existence. To bring your dream to life, you can contact their team for packages + availability here.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be reliving the Wedding Gallery show with the stunning photos from Casi Sueno Wedding + Events‘ design below.

{Shot by the ceaselessly talented Photographic Perspectives.}

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More photos from our 2017 Wedding Gallery wedding show here.

 

To grab tickets for our 2018 Wedding Gallery wedding show — click here!

 

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Choosing Seasonal Flowers for your Wedding

Spring has sprung, it’s true! And for you lucky engaged couples who are getting married this season, you’ve got a lot of choices for flowers. For every other couple though… the big day is still in its planning phases, and you might be wringing your hands trying to figure out what fresh florals you can incorporate into your wedding. So we did a little research for you! Because, let’s be real, you have enough on your plate.

Compiled below are the top three flowers that are in season for each of the other, well, seasons! As a little bonus too, we included samples from some of Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s finest vendors in the business of blossoms and bouquets.

{Plus, if you’re not into any of these seasonal delights, there’s a life hack you might not know about to get sensational stems any time of year — scroll on!}

 

Summer

 

 

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From left to right: Poppies, zinnias, and sunflowers. It’s no wonder summer weddings are so popular! With these bad boys in season, it’d be pretty hard to not have a stunning bouquet.

Luckily, there’s tons of greenery in season during summer too. So you can fluff up your bouquet with delicate additions like Queen Anne’s lace, yarrow, or solidago.

 

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{gorgeous summer bouquet from Albuquerque Florist}

 

Fall

 

 

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From left to right: rose, calla lily, orange gerbera. Ah, autumn. Not traditionally known for its blooming, but the colors are undeniable. Splashes of orange, red, and yellow in your bouquet add depth to any arrangement, and pay homage to the beautiful time of year. Pretty easy to do with these guys in season!

 

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{And if you’re going for more of a muted palette, there’s a rose for every shade. At least there is when you choose Arranged Elegance!}

 

Winter

 

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From left to right: carnations, star of Bethlehem, tulips. Personally, I don’t believe there’s any wrong way to do a winter bouquet. Recalling the warmth of the rest of the year, any little bloom is sure to dazzle.

Greenery is still abundant during the colder months too, why not get a little creative with it? Pull down a branch from that juniper tree in your front yard! Or better yet, let your florist choose which evergreen stalk to add. After all, they do know what they’re doing.

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{Dusty shades + seed pods are the perfect supplements, as you can see from this bunch from Albuquerque Florist.}

 

A promise was made at the beginning of this post to reveal one of the tip top secrets wedding vendors, photographers, designers alike employ for styled shoots and wedding days. So here it is:

 

Silk flowers.

Confined by no season or place, long-lasting silk flowers are not only budget-friendly, reusable {environmentally friendly? Perhaps!}, and stunning, but we promise your guests won’t notice the difference.

Just ask Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s silk flower expert, Charlotte, of Charlotte’s Flowers. She even encourages couples to reuse the floral arrangements for home decor after the fact. It really doesn’t get better than that.

 

These are just a few of Charlotte’s incredible silk flowers in action, from one of our all-time favorite weddings.

To book Charlotte’s Flowers for your wedding, you can contact her here.

 

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Desert Elopement on White Mesa {Styled Shoot}

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At this point, you’d be hard pressed to find a local engaged couple that hasn’t yet been inspired by one of Maura Jane Photography‘s styled shoots or wedding photos. For 9 years, Maura has been capturing weddings in New Mexico and beyond, adding her signature touch of radiance to every shoot. Her sweet demeanor and dedication to the craft shines through her work — how lucky are we to have her here in our beautiful state?!

Constantly drawing inspiration from her Southwestern surroundings, Maura and her team effortlessly blend the ephemerality of a moment with the enduring grandeur of local landscapes. Pretty much every time she shares a shoot with us — from her Storybook Styled Shoot in the snow, to the Romantic Mountain Elopement in the Sandias — we all agree that this one is our favorite so far. But don’t let our obsession diminish what you’re about to read:

This one is our favorite so far. 

With the White Mesa as a focal point, each detail of this styled shoot both blends with and enhances the others. From Teresa Romero‘s Victorian-inspired gown, to Darling Details‘ vintage couch, it’s clear that Maura’s talent extends past photography and makes her a master of collaboration as well.

Quite frankly, we’re floored by what local wedding professionals are creating with just a little bit of inspiration and a whole lot of teamwork.

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Its so easy to find inspiration in the beautiful landscape that surrounds us in our state of New Mexico. From the pink Sandia mountains that tower over Albuquerque’s city to the unique white mesa’s that wind through the Land of Enchantment’s desert.

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Photography + Concept | Maura Jane Photography

Gown | Teresa Romero Atelier 

Floral | Table and Vase

Hair + Makeup | Genica Lee, Makeup Artist

Furniture | Darling Details

Ribbon | Desert Garden Silk 

 

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Grandeur + Magic: A Refined Real Wedding

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Seems like we’ve been feeling particularly affectionate towards Santa Fe this week, but how could we not? Not only is spring finally reaching it’s delicate tendrils up to our Northern counterpart, but locals and visitors are slowly realizing how perfect the city is for weddings. From our last feature’s vibrant vibes, to the stunningly tranquil and exquisite celebration below, both remind us just why we love Santa Fe so!

Grace + Jack were married at La Fonda on the Plaza on September of this past year, and we still aren’t over how gorgeous and welcoming the couple + their special day was. Captured by the ever-talented Blue Rose Photography, Grace’s delicate lace gown, muted bouquet, and Jack’s sky-blue accents completely encapsulate the couple’s favorite things about Santa Fe. As the bride says,

There is something healing, therapeutic and uniquely romantic about the city and we wanted all of our closest friends and family members to witness it’s grandeur and magic as well.

Though they aren’t New Mexico natives, Grace + Jack are very familiar with the state, and we love hearing that their affinity for the historic city parallels our own. Hailing from Memphis originally, both parts of the duo visited Santa Fe frequently as children and Grace even toured the entire state as a singer songwriter!

The coolest part about that? Grace wrote a song for Jack and serenaded her new hubby with an electric guitar borrowed from the live band at the bar their party ended up at. In her wedding dress. To the entire bar.

And the coolest couple award for 2017 goes to….. Just kidding! We love all weddings too dang much to pick favorites. But you can, if you’d like. Scope out these gorgeous photographs from Blue Rose Photography and tell us: On a scale from 10 to 10, how much do you love this wedding?

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Featured Venue: La Fonda on the Plaza | IG: @lafondasantafe

Photographer: Blue Rose Photography | IG: @bluerosestudiosnm

Cake: Chocolate Maven | IG: @chocolatemaven

Floral: Margaret Bost Floral

Officiant: Naomi Fiske

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Emily + Michael’s Vibrant Vibes {Real Wedding}

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In our last post, we talked a little bit about a new trend we’ve noticed here in New Mexico: incorporating the state’s opulent and inspiring history into wedding celebrations. Now, we have another gorgeous New Mexican wedding that did just that! (We told you it was an up and coming trend!)

We seriously couldn’t believe how well this darling couple, Emily + Michael executed their New Mexican/Southwest style wedding. Bursts of bright, warm colors in Emily’s bouquet, paired with Michael’s orange tie and deep blue suit — seeing them standing together is like watching the New Mexican sunset over the Sandias.

In the sweet heat of the perfect July day, Emily + Michael brought their family and friends together in Santa Fe to celebrate a love as unique and alive as the city they stood in. Without getting lost in the Southwestern vibes of their wedding either, the couple slipped in some special, personal details to really make the day their own.

The familiar sight of prickly pear cacti, air plants, and miniature ristras are just a few of the little details that came together, with the help of some incredible local vendors, to make Emily + Michael’s remarkable love solidified in memory with a remarkable day. You can try to not tear up at the photos Elizabeth Wells Photography captured, or the beautiful greenery courtesy of Floriography Flowers, but we won’t tell anyone if you do…

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Emily and Michael’s wedding was inspired by the rich  and colorful landscape of northern New Mexico in the summer. They wanted their wedding to reflect the vibrant New Mexican culture while also being deeply personal. Thoughtful and fun touches included a “flow chart” escort card by the genius EJD Designs and mini chile ristras for their out of town guests to take home.

Emily, owner of Floriography Flowers

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Thank you to all the magnificent vendors who worked together on this day!

Floral Design: Floriography | IG: @floriography_flowers

Photography: Elizabeth Wells Photography | IG: @elizabethwellsphoto

Planner: Alena Swanson, LLC | IG: @therealalenabard

Venue: Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe | IG: @fssantafe

Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci

Entertainment: Dream Factory Productions | IG: @dreamfactoryproductionsabq

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Hot Air Balloon Styled Shoot with Tori Photography

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The pre-spring winds here in New Mexico aren’t the only thing blowing us away today! Mimicking the buoyancy and uninhibited joy that is riding in a hot air balloon, this inspired shoot by Tori Photography has swept us off our feet. {Puns always intended.}

We have always been impressed with Tori, the creative behind Tori Photography of course, and her attention to detail… But this shoot has us stuck in a summer daydream! Splashes of vibrant primary colors contrasts energetically with the serene landscape of Tanoan Country Club, and the bursting bouquet frames the lighthearted couple perfectly.

Red, blue, and yellow pop off Tori Photography‘s stunning photos, Differently Designed‘s invitations, and Black Bow Event‘s tablescape. You can practically smell the honeysuckle that was surely blooming just out of frame, and feel the gentle summer breeze. Pairing Tori’s keen eye and innate ability to make her models comfortable, this shoot proves something we’ve known all along: Albuquerque + Santa Fe‘s creative collaborations always result in magic.

That, and that there is no wrong way to do a wedding! Straying from the traditional muted hues, lace edges, and sprigs of baby’s breath, this shoot stands out with it’s unapologetic vivaciousness and vitality. Now, there’s no need to throw out the lace entirely yet — because, c’mon, it’s beautiful — but let this out-of-the-box shoot change the way you think about your own future wedding. You can have anything your heart desires, no matter the theme, color palette, or style, and know that there are wedding professionals here in New Mexico who will make your dreams come true with elegance and perseverance.

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Photography: Tori Photography
Video: Avid Pictures
Planner: Black Bow Events, LLC
Location: Tanoan Country Club
Flowers: Lavish Floral Boutique
HMU: C. Johnson Makeup
Invitations: Differently Designed
Couches: Darling Details Vintage Decor Rental Co.
Crown: Wild Grace Boutique
Cupcakes: Amanda J Moore & Smallcakes: A Cupcakery ABQ

 

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