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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Darling Backyard Wedding {Caren + Henry}

Caren and Henry’s love for traveling is one of the many things that drew this adorable couple together so it was no surprise that their early fall wedding would follow suit. The hidden details of their travel theme blended well with their gorgeous color scheme of pink, white, blue and gold.

Before the ceremony, the bride had the sweetest first-look like none I’ve seen before – with her parents. This moment was super sweet and seeing how tight this family is, it certainly added the perfect touch! Of course, she shared some romantic moments with her hubby-to-be, but the first-look with her parents is sure to be a trendsetter!

After some intimate family portraits captured by Arielei Kinzer Photography, it was off to the beautiful, outdoor ceremony that took place at Corrales Winery – the perfect setting for a September wedding. Sunglasses and dried lavender cones were prepared for the guests to partake in their celebration as man and wife.

Once they exchanged vows, they were whisked away in a classic car as their driver chauffeured Caren and Henry off into the sunset and faded into the horizon to their next adventure – their reception, that is. As they were greeted with cheers and well-wishes, they made their way to their backyard reception where they celebrated well into the night.

The reception was adorned with remnants and mementos of their travels around the world together with some of their favorite quotes, demonstrating their deep love for one another. And to top it off, the night was brought to a close as the new couple and their families sent lanterns in the night sky for all the world to see!
“Henry and Caren were married at the scenic Corrales Winery with their aunt as their officiant. They included a wine ceremony into their nuptials, which was a perfect pairing with their winery setting! Afterward, guests headed down the road to Henry’s grandparents’ house for a darling backyard reception where Henry spent many birthday and holiday celebrations as a child. The happy couple was greeted by a procession of guests who tossed lavender as they entered their reception! The day was full of personal touches — like a globe for a guest book and Caren’s furry best friend Honey as her flower girl.”

– Arielei, Arielei Kinzer Photography

Photos by Arielei Kinzer Photography

Congratulations, Caren and Henry!

September 24, 2016

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Ceremony Venue: Corrales Winery | Flowers: Stephanie Yardman | Photographer: Arielei Kinzer Photography | Makeup: Kata Baron | Hair: Britney-Rae Sanchez | Dress: Alvina Valenta | Videographer: Windswept Media

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Trending: Suspended Wedding Decor

It’s easy to see why suspended wedding decor has become so popular in the recent years. If you have ever seen these delightful decorations, you know exactly what I’m talking about! They add a magical touch that simply can’t be accomplished any other way. With a little creativity, the possibilities for suspended wedding decorations are endless.

For example, you can use chandeliers, jars with candles or flowers, balloons, lanterns, leaves, umbrellas and so on. One of the most popular options for hanging decor, however, are light bulbs. The clusters of hanging Edison bulbs give the impression of sitting beneath the stars. They’re super romantic and perfect for adding a modern touch to any venue.

The obvious and most beautiful option, however, are flowers! Suspended flowers are super gorg and even more tempting over an altar or dinner table. And because they are so versatile, you can create a look that’s prim and proper or wild and whimsical. I personally prefer the latter with flowers and greenery draping over the edges like nature intended.

Finally, if you have a tight budget the good news is that many of the of the options for suspended decor are DIY friendly. Making paper flowers, for instance, is a budget friendly option to have suspended decor at your wedding. Not to mention, they look just as beautiful and you can easily create a focal point over the bride’s and groom’s dinner table.

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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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Industrial Chic Wedding {Chris + Teresa}

On a cool October morning (typical weather for the balloon fiesta), Chris had a surprise up his sleeve to turn the page on the next chapter of his life. Aboard the gondola of a hot air balloon, October 7, 2014, Chris popped the question to his beautiful bride-to-be. As they floated above the city, Chris and Teresa were on cloud nine as they anticipated the adventure of their new life together waiting just beyond the horizon.
Taking place at The Yards, downtown Albuquerque, one of the coolest venues our city has to offer, Chris and Teresa became Mr. and Mrs. Chartrand on the anniversary of their romantic gondola engagement. As the warm New Mexico sunshine pierced through the stained-glass windows of the historic rail yards gone modern chapel, Chris and Teresa made it official at their industrial chic wedding, October 7, 2016.
Captured by Alicia Lucia Photography, everything from the invitations and twinkle lights to the favors and games were completely C + T. And before the night came to a close, they made sure to treat their guests to a perfect pairing of street tacos and local brew for a late night snack. With all the amazing details, words can’t express the industrial wedding of Chris and Theresa last fall. You will just have to get a taste of the Chartrand wedding for yourself!
Chris and Teresa’s wedding was the perfect combination of cozy meets industrial chic. Brides will totally jive with this wedding from the rail yard as their venue, to their rad music selections (including 500 Miles by Sleeping at Last, Una Palabra by Carlos Varela), the cozy details of all the different lounge areas, a late night taco truck and holy cow their cake! My goodness, that in itself was a work of art. So many exquisite yet personal details that had their personality and quirkiness written all over it! Over 90% of their guests flew in from all over the country to celebrate with them, and it couldn’t have been at a more spectacular time for them to experience the unique beauty our state has to offer! — Alicia Lucia Photography

Photos by Alicia Lucia Photography
Rugged Glam: it’s a little less sequins, a little more industrial scintillations. It’s new love dancing under an aged roof. It’s cozy meets quirky meets exquisite — and it’s never been done so well.
Congratulations, Chris and Teresa!
Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:
Photographer: Alicia Lucia Photography | Wedding Planner: Alena Swanson | Video: Avista Video | Venue: The Yards | Makeup: Betty Rose by Alanna | Hair: Genica Lee | Catering: Black Iron Catoring Company | Favors and Baked Goods: Chocolate Dude | Veil: Forever Yours | Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Tux | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Dress store: Trudy’s Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Officiant: Roy Ricci | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Flowers: Signature Sweets & Flowers | Cake: The Cake Boutique | Rentals: AA Events & Tents and Classic Party Rentals | Setup: ABQ Event Support
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Behind-the-Scenes: Diamond Dash Wedding Show

While most of us were still counting sheep the morning of the Diamond Dash Wedding Show (earlier this month), the Perfect Wedding Guide crew was busy with all the preparations by the time we rolled out of bed and shuffled our way to the kitchen for our morning java. Lucky for me, I had the great pleasure of joining my comrades later in the day for a behind-the-scenes look at our Diamond Dash Wedding Show. As you might imagine, setting up for a wedding show takes lots of hard work, but the PWG crew doesn’t mess around! To maintain the well-oiled machine of the Diamond Dash, it took countless cups of coffee to keep up with all its moving parts. By the end of the day, however, the caffeine hangover was definitely worth it!

It was such a pleasure to see and participate in all the action of the Diamond Dash. As the wedding show came underway, I got to mingle with happy brides-to-be and explore the various displays and vendors throughout the showroom. Among them were the gals from Pennysmiths Paper, who specialize in the most beautiful wedding stationery this side of the Mississippi! In addition, Charlotte’s Flowers was present with their elegant silk flower arrangements. At the same time, some lucky ladies were pampered by Bliss Salon & Spa. And who could forget the amazing fashion show by Bridal Elegance? Darlene’s dresses were absolutely breathtaking!

Pennysmiths Paper
Charlotte’s Flowers
Bliss Salon & Spa
Bridal Elegance by Darlene
Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Don’t miss out on our next wedding show, Bride’s Night Out, coming up this June at Hotel Andaluz!

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