Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

The place and atmosphere were pure fun and joy. I enjoyed every part of the place. I will definitely go back again and tell my family and friends of the place and what fun and joy. Thank you for such a great time.

– Terry, local to Albuquerque

It’s no secret to the locals that Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel lives to treat each and every one of their guests. But did you know that you can actually marry your sweetheart in their venue space too? We’re so excited to welcome Santa Ana Star on to the Perfect Wedding Guide team as our newest venue + member!

As long term fans of the space, we can’t help but be a little biased. It’s just that we always have such a wonderful time there, and now we get to direct our local brides there to celebrate their big day! I mean, the conference space + ballroom, which are flexible and accommodating, has over 30,000 square feet of space. Can you believe that?!

It’s not just for the bigger bridal parties either — “From 20 to 3,000 guests, our creative, knowledgeable and friendly staff will personalize YOUR event to perfection!” says their team, and we can attest to that.

Thank you, Santa Ana Star, for being a part of our family of Albuquerque + Santa Fe wedding professionals. We appreciate you!

For more information on booking the venue, chat with the Santa Ana Star team here!

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Emily + Luke’s Blue Hues

You’d think that after seeing and being a part of so many beautiful local weddings, we’d start to get used to all the raw love and emotion in the air around here. But, nope! Emily + Luke’s gorgeous wedding at Casas de Suenos brought happy tears to our eyes, even after all these years. It’s couples like these, Emily and Luke, that remind us of why we do what we do.

Captured by the always incredible Kayla Kitts Photography, it was the little details of this celebration that really plucked away at our heart strings. From the bride’s wide-as-the-Sandias grin, to the flowing, happy tears from the groom, every sentimental and exciting moment of this magnificent day was captured by Kayla’s lens and unique talent.

Blue hues, reminiscent of New Mexico‘s wide open skies, swirled around Emily and Luke’s ceremony, offering guests a hopeful sort of joy as they celebrated man and wife. Also present was their love for travel and adventure — which is almost as deep as their love for each other. From the little flags made of maps, to the suitcases full of goodies for attendees, the couple’s personality truly encompassed the day.

Scroll on to hear the couple’s love story, read a note from our darling Kayla Kitts, and to see for yourself just how inspiring this moment in time was.

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To say Emily + Luke’s wedding day was an epic celebration…well that would be putting it lightly.  You see, Emily and Luke are teachers that live in the Philippines.  But, it hasn’t always been that way – they met in Egypt, when Luke landed a job where Emily’s parents were his bosses!  He says he was excited about the new job, but even more excited about Emily.  If you ask him – he knew he’d marry her the moment he saw her.  He was head over heels for her, and I’d say that hasn’t changed a bit.  As time passed, they fell in love, and since then have continued their exploration of the world – but now, as they begin the school year in Manila, they’re officially Mr + Mrs!

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A big thank you to the talented vendors who made this day possible for Emily + Luke.

Photography | Kayla Kitts Photography

Venue | Casas de Suenos 

Dress | Ann Cuantico

Shoes |  Ecco

Hair | Kayla Chory with Heart + Soul

Makeup  |  Nina Simbana

Florist  |  Ansely

Rings  |  Tiffanys + Jared Jewlers

Suit  |  Ann Cuantico

Officiant  |  Hany Salam

Cake  |  Laura Keen

DJ  |  TJ

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Catherine & Mikael’s Rainy & Romantic Los Poblanos Wedding

From the first sign of sunshine peaking over the Sandias, the rain drizzled at a slow and steady pace throughout the day to grace their wedding with luck and good fortune. The air was crisp and the weather calm. Perfect for Catherine and Mikael’s wedding last fall.

With photos captured by Elizabeth Wells Photography and Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm for the venue, you know it’s bound to be magical — and magical it was. From the first rain drop to the final farewell, everything came together perfectly and seamlessly.

Unlike traditional weddings, Catherine and Mikael walked down the aisle side by side as a symbol of their unwavering commitment to each other. In honor of their new life together, they both took on a new last name, Ayele, which means, “becoming stronger.”

Although they say rain is a sign of good luck on your wedding day, it is obvious that the love between these two is much more lasting, binding and true. Their dreamy and romantic, yet completely unique wedding was simply a grand display of true love.

If rain at a wedding is a sign of good fortune, then consider us lucky! Despite waking up to dark clouds and the first wet weather of the season, we had nothing to worry about — not only because we were in the capable hands of Los Poblanos, but also because nothing could diminish the natural beauty and tranquility of this venue.

As most of our guests were attending from out of state or overseas, many visiting New Mexico for the first time, we wanted to offer an authentic, unique and memorable introduction to our beautiful state. Not only did Los Poblanos deliver, they exceeded our expectations with unparalleled cuisine, rich character and seamless coordination.

Even though it was the biggest party we’ve ever thrown, it was also the most intimate and romantic. Los Poblanos kept us warm and dry while accommodating our multicultural celebration in a way we never could have imagined and will never forget.

— Catherine, Bride

Photos by Elizabeth Wells Photography

Congratulations, Catherine and Mikael! May your love “become stronger” with each new year together!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm | Photographer: Elizabeth Wells Photography | Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee | Cake: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm | Photo Booth: Pink Mustache

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The Best DJs to End Your Wedding with a Mic Drop!

After the dress, the reception entertainment may well be the most important part of your wedding celebration. A boring officiant will soon be forgotten after the nuptials are exchanged, and mediocre food will be forgiven with a good old-fashioned piece of cake, but bad reception entertainment will be hard to recover from.

That, my friends, is exactly why you need to hire someone who knows what they’re doing! — someone who can get the party started, someone who can get your guests off their seat and on their feet, someone with skills! Lets face it, brides and grooms want their wedding to be epic and that can only be accomplished with good entertainment.

If your guests slowly make their escape because they would rather be counting sheep, chances are you don’t have good entertainment, but if you have to kick them out because your contract with the venue just expired, you probably aced it. To ensure your wedding is the latter, we’ve compiled an exclusive list of our favorite DJs just for you!

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Our Favorite DJs in Albuquerque + Santa Fe

  1. COMPLETE Weddings + Events
  2. Cutmaster Music
  3. Absolute Entertainment
  4. Bad Dog! Multimedia
  5. King Mobile Music
  6. Dream Factory Productions
Photo by Bad Dog Multimedia

A mic drop is the gesture of intentionally dropping one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech to signal triumph. Figuratively, it is an expression of triumph for a successful event and indicates a boastful attitude toward one’s own performance.

— Wikipedia

Photo by Absolute Entertainment

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Delight the Senses with Table Occasions

Like so many other success stories with humble beginnings, the gals at Table Occasions got their start with a small batch of tablecloths and the rest is history. Table Occasions soon blossomed into a successful event planning and design business with convenient locations in three major cities throughout the southwest including Santa Fe, Las Cruces and El Paso.

The thing that sets Chia and Claudia apart from the rest, however, is their remarkable eye for design and their custom made décor. Unlike the competition, this dynamic duo designs and manufactures their linens from sketch to event. Creating their own unique linens not only frees them from the ordinary styles of conventional designs, but it also sets Table Occasions above the rest as a chic and luxurious design brand.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday, anniversary, corporate event or thanksgiving dinner, leave it to Table Occasions to transform your special day into a stunning soiree to delight the senses. From event planning, design and management services to fine furniture and décor rentals, you can be sure your event will be exquisite, inspiring and unforgettable.

The best get together should be as fun to prepare as they are to attend. At Table Occasions, our goal is to incite your creative spirit and to translate your color and vision into a one-of-a-kind event — fit for a Gatsby Party and Royal enough for a King or Queen.

— Chia and Claudia, Table Occasions

Photos by Table Occasions

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Sanctuary on the River: The Perfect Venue to Say, I Do

If you haven’t found the right venue for your wedding ceremony and reception, chances are you haven’t found Sanctuary on the River. This amazing and very unique wedding venue is one of New Mexico’s best kept secrets. About a three hour drive southeast of Albuquerque, this exclusive getaway is the ideal location for a wedding unlike any other.

Surrounded by the picturesque mountain landscape of Ruidoso, Sanctuary on the River is naturally beautiful and perfect for that woodland style wedding. With the fresh smell of pine blowing through the cool mountain air and the soothing sound of the Ruidoso River in the background, Sanctuary on the River is the ultimate setting for a romantic outdoor wedding.

Even better, their all inclusive packages make it easy to plan the wedding of your dreams without all the added stress of conventional venues. From Spa Botanica and Hair We Are, their onsite spa and salon, to their talented wedding planners and gorgeous facilities, Sanctuary on the River has everything you need to make your wedding come to life.

Look no further than Sanctuary on the River. Our lovely indoor and outdoor spaces offer couples a variety of options that are guaranteed to make your wedding day an event to remember.

— Sanctuary on the River

Photos by Sanctuary on the River

Check out this clip of Tara + Logan’s wedding by Gray’s Studio at Sanctuary on the River:

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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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