Now is the perfect time to be planning your wedding – the sun is shining, the air is warm with a slight breeze, and you’ve got some extra time on your hands! Finally, you get to plan the big day without distractions, except maybe the urge to brew yourself a nice cup of coffee or check your Instagram feed.
Every year, Wedding Collective hosts an exciting evening specifically for local brides (and the grooms, too) to get out, have a good time, and meet local wedding vendors – the Bride’s Night Out. This year, the event was supposed to be held in May, but with the recent events that have transpired, we want to keep our community safe and save the event for more ideal days.
However, this doesn’t mean we forgot about you or your amazing weddings. In fact, we’re bringing all of the vendors that were going to participate in the evening right to your computer screen. We’re calling this rendition “Bride’s Night In” – cheesy, I know. We encourage you to make a little snack, pour yourself a fancy drink, and throw on your bride-to-be attire, paired with some cute pajama bottoms, while you dive into this article.
Alright, lovelies. Let’s get your virtual meet-and-greet started! Here’s how it’ll work:
Check out all of the vendors listed below
Fall in love with one of them? Click on the link to their vendor profile.
Learn a little more about them by perusing their photo gallery and their services.
Send them a little “hello” letting them know that you like what you see and that you are interested in their services, even if you’re still on the hunt. Let them know you found them on Wedding Collective so they know who sent them.
Ready to book already? Send them an inquiry or give them a call! They would love to hear from you while they have this extra time to chat!
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312 Mobile Bar & Liquor Service
Celebrity China & Crystal
Cello for Weddings
Courtney Faye’s Wedding & Event Planning
Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa
Enchanted Events Party Rentals
Glam by Jeet
Hilton Garden Inn Rio Rancho
Isleta Resort & Casino
King Mobile Music
Mary Kay Cosmetics, Melissa Frei
Matt Blasing Photography
Shutter Force Photography
Smallcakes A Cupcakery
T. Rayne Photography
Vixen Lips by Vangie
We hope you made some great matches and are on your way to booking your next wedding vendor! Before you go, since you don’t get a physical swag bag, we’ve built a digital one for you here:
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Be sure to grab a ticket for our Wedding Gallery show in August where you can meet some of these vendors + more in person! We hope you had fun and feel free to share with your friends, whether they’re getting married or not!
It’s finally warming up outside and the seasons aren’t the only thing making big changes. Wedding Collective has been anxiously waiting for the Spring/Summer copy of our guide to arrive at our doorstep so that we can share all of the new inspo with you! All of the recent changes made to our brand have us ready to take on new challenges, new content, and new springtime “I dos”.
If you’ve always dreamed that your “I do” moment would be straight out of a fairytale, then we have some really good news for you – your dreams can become a reality. Nestled in the mountains of Ruidoso, Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino sits proud and tall surrounded by greenery and gorgeous lakes. This fairytale-like venue offers more than just a beautiful backdrop, but also a complete Southern New Mexican experience, no matter the season.
The wedding turned out perfect! This is the best place to have a wedding if you love the outdoors and scenery! Everything was well planned and I could not have asked for a better wedding venue!!!
– Tammy, Bride
Finding the perfect venue can be challenging since there are so many options out there, from backyard weddings to luxurious gardens. It is possible, though, to find the venue that makes your heart say, “this is exactly where I am meant to be”. At Inn of the Mountain Gods, you’ll find your new favorite place where your love story will be in good hands. From start to finish, the venue ensures that you and your guests have everything you need to create the memories that will live on forever.
Inn of the Mountain Gods offers a wide range of services and you can tell just from their enthusiasm that caring for their clients’ needs is of utmost importance. Couples, just like you, want to choose a venue that is flexible and can provide a range of options, and the resort heard those requests and has exceeded expectations by offering indoor + outdoor ceremony spaces, set-up, seating + table arrangements, meals, cakes, and so much more. You want to check off as many items on your list as possible – and babe, we totally get it. That is why the Inn of the Mountain Gods should be number one on your venue list!
A lakeside wedding surrounded by trees and rolling hills awaits you, and we’re honestly a little bit jealous that we aren’t the ones getting married at such a dreamy location. If you want to get in contact with Inn of the Mountain Gods to learn more, you can visit them here.
Gourmet Table Catering offers the most unique experience ever: DIY meals at your very own table. They’re taking “do-it-yourself” to a whole new level by providing guests with their own mini stove tops, pans, and supplies to cook a meal at the comfort of their seat–and what’s the best part? You can cook the food to your liking! Not only is this loads of fun, but the menu is delicious, too! Want to take a peak at the menu? Check it out here.
Jamie + Matt founded Gourmet Table Catering, and their story is a special one for sure because the business came to life on the day of their own wedding. Jamie wanted to find a way to combine the table-top DIY meal experiences she had as a child with unique and affordable catering, thus this incredible business was born. If we could describe GTC in three words, it would be: creative, unique, and affordable.
Their home base is in Las Cruces, but that doesn’t mean they are limited to that area. They offer a wide range of services to local couples all around New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. That’s one little perk when it comes to prepping your own meal at the location of your wedding–the food can travel longer distances than traditional catering!
If you’re looking for catering for your wedding and want to have an unforgettable meal experience, look no further than Gourmet Table Catering. With years of experience and plenty of praise, you can’t go wrong. To learn more and get in contact, you can check them out here.
Wedding Collective is all about community, and we are so fortunate to work with wedding vendors in all different specialties and interests. When we receive wedding photos from local couples and wedding experts, we celebrate, because photos are the magical little gift that allows us to see how all of the vendors and their work come together to create something incredible.
We know how important wedding photos are to you, too, which is why we’ve compiled a list of our must-have wedding photos. Sometimes during the wedding planning process, it gets crazy deciding on food, venues, and decor, and it’s easy to completely forget about working with your photographer on what you really want captured on your big day. We’ll expedite the process for you a little bit by providing you with 20 great photo ideas to ask your photographer for:
1. Getting Ready
These are some of our favorite kinds of photos because of the intimacy they reveal. Those small moments of excitement before putting on the dress and going out in front of beloved family and friends are the most raw–which is what makes them so beautiful.
2. Detail Shots
Even though everyone else will be able to stare in awe of your good looks on the day of the wedding, you might want to remember what you looked like as well. Sometimes the small details get buried in the chaos of the day, and having photos to look back on makes all the difference.
3. The Dress
The wedding dress is hand-picked by the bride herself, putting all of her personality, love, and care into the process. The dress is perfectly shaped to her form, creating the most lovely sight you’ll ever see–so a photo is essential!
4. First Look
The “first look” is a moment unlike any other, the moment when you first see each other and the first moment of the rest of your lives together. A photo beautifully captures the emotions and genuine love between two people.
5. Bridesmaids Celebrating
Grab your lady friends and celebrate! These fun photos always make great memories and take the stress out of the wedding day. Your girls will cherish these photos forever, too.
Guys, don’t worry. We didn’t forget about you! Your dude group is just as good-looking as the bride tribe, so you will love to look back on these photos of you and the people who will always be on your side.
7. Invitations & Save the Dates
Just as we said before, the small details have so much thought put into them that it would be a shame if they weren’t captured! We love invites and Save the Dates because they’re all so unique.
8. The Groom’s Reaction
Similar to the “first look”, capturing the groom’s reaction as the bride walks down the aisle brings out that vulnerable and pure love that the couple feel for each other as they prepare to say “I do”. After all, the lovebirds are about to spend the rest of their lives together, and who wouldn’t shed happy tears?!
9. The Moment They Kiss
This one is a no-brainer, but we are putting it in our top 20 faves because, well, we love it so much. This celebratory moment has everyone clapping, tearing up, shouting, jumping for joy, and in some cases, throwing flower petals in the air.
10. The Ring
Oh, do we ADORE wedding rings! The gorgeous photos of the elegant details in a wedding ring are always a treasure. Accenting the photo by holding florals is just one way to capture this sentimental piece of jewelry.
11. The Bouquet
This is a wedding photo that has been trending lately, and we’re about it. Wedding flowers are an essential part of every wedding, and with their natural beauty, deserve every chance they can get to be photographed. Get the bridesmaids together and snap some photos of the bouquets together.
12. Decor + Tablescapes
The possibilities are endless when it comes to wedding decor. The colors, textures, and designs are all too magical to be seen only once. This is where photos come in! You’ll want to remember all of the beauty that surrounded you on your wedding day.
13. The Flower Girl
She’s adorable. ‘Nuff said.
Catering, drinks, and baked goods always look like works of art. Food, in general, is a work of art, so a photo of the beautiful plates being served to your guests is always a good idea. Plus, unique ideas like the pie bar pictured above are fun to share with other couples looking for inspiration.
15. Time Alone Together
After all of the festivities of the ceremony have calmed down and the guests are heading to the reception, it’s always a good idea to sneak off and have some alone time together. It’s time to relax, have some fun, and get silly. The photographer is there to capture your intimate moments, whether they’re tears or smiles.
16. The Cake
Cakes are a big part of the wedding day and a lot of work goes into making them beautiful and uniquely yours. The gorgeous colors and embellishments make for the best photos.
17. The Bride
The bride’s reactions and laughter are going to be the highlight of her day, and she will want to see how cute she looked later on. The makeup, the hair, the dress, and the love between the couple are all so deserving of great photographs.
18. The Dances
The first dance, the father-daughter dance, and so may others, are all tradition. These moments are emotional and entertaining for everyone to watch. The photographs of these special moments will be passed down for generations to come.
19. Bouquet/Garter Toss
The bride and groom don’t get to see the expressions on their guest’s faces as a bouquet or garter comes hurdling at them, and trust us, their priceless. This is a moment that you’ll love to look back on after the wedding day for a good laugh!
20. The Scenery
Last, but definitely not least, the ceremony and reception venues are always the perfect backdrop for couple’s photos. Whether you choose Los Poblanos’ lavender fields or the Sandia Mountains, the scenery will bring out the beauty of your wedding venue.
We’re always filled with excitement when we see the sweetest emails pop up in our inbox from local couples that want to share their special day with us. It really is one of the best things about being part of Perfect Wedding Guide! The incredible thing about weddings is that no matter how small or how big, there is always a unique and beautiful love story to go along with it. We live for these stories.
For Kirsten + Justin, their story began a lot like many other love stories–love at first sight. Kirsten had just started a new job at Safelite Autoglass in March of 2014. She was introduced to everyone in the office, but there was one particular employee that caught her eye: Justin Bowie. She was only working there for two weeks when Kirsten was offered an internship at Sandia National Laboratories. We can imagine it would be hard to pass up that opportunity, so she put in her two weeks. Despite her excitement to start a new job, Justin was still on her mind. They had talked a few times during her short time at Safelite, and she felt like they had a spark. On her last day, April 25, she emailed Justin her phone number (he wasn’t around when she was leaving for the day to give it to him in person). He sent her a text later that night, and exactly a month later on May 25, he asked her to be his girlfriend. Four years later, on May 25, 2018, Justin asked Kirsten to marry him and the rest is history. Yup, it’s the perfect love story and they’re pretty much adorable.
Kirsten + Justin are big fans of DIY projects and spending time together, and this didn’t change when it came to their wedding. They handmade all of the decor themselves in order to put as much of their personalities as possible into their wedding day. Between working on the decor together and planning, the whole process helped them bond even more than they could have ever imagined. Justin does home construction for a living and Kirsten has a DIY & Home Decor blog (A Bowie Project), so creating the beautiful decor that they shared with family and friends on their wedding day made them even more excited to see what they could do with future projects as husband and wife. And we can’t wait to see what they do, as well!
We were so thrilled to see that their day was captured flawlessly by the incredible Arielei Kinzer Photography. Check out the gallery below!
Congratulations to Kirsten + Justin! The Perfect Wedding Guide team sends our best wishes to you both and cheers to your new life together.
Bride and Groom: Kirsten and Justin Bowie Photographer: Arielei Kinzer Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Assumption Church Reception Venue: El Nido Farm Florist: Agave Florist Tables, chairs, tent & dance floor: American Tent Rentals Bar & Connect Four Game: My Beloved Vintage Rentals Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes: Mr. Tux Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal My dresses: ballgown is Justin Alexander and mermaid is Grace Loves Lace Decor: Mostly DIY Couples IG handles: @kirstenmbowie and @justin.bowie.562
Chic, glamorous, simple, boho, elegant. These are just some of the words that come to mind when thinking about wedding rentals & decor. No two people are the same, and this is especially true when it comes to planning your big day. Some people are lovers of all things that shimmer, while some prefer the minimalistic approach. Full disclosure, wedding decor is one of our favorites because it can be the most necessary, exciting and enjoyable aspect of planning. The possibilities have no limit. This year, the 20’s are back in style and jewel tones are on-trend, and if you love both of those ideas, why not try out a mix of both? It’s your day, design it with passion.
No matter your style, there are so many fantastic options available to you that will fit your personality perfectly! No need to rely solely on your adorable Pinterest boards and lose sleep wondering if your guests will have a place to sit, because there is a decor expert ready to make your dreams a reality. Luckily for you, there are some right here in New Mexico and we already have a couple experts in mind. P.S. They’re the best of the best.
Colorado Party Rentals
Although their home-base is in Colorado, this vendor has a dream-team located in Santa Fe. Specializing in all times of wedding decor, it is no doubt that you will fall in love with every scene they create. Just look at these photos–they look like something straight out of a fairytale! Offering everything from table linens, aisle runners, dance floors, and tenting, to china and glassware to create gorgeous tablescapes, there will be no lack of gems to choose from. Colorado Party Rentals has quite the list of services from 3-D renderings to set up/break down. Want to learn more about these decor experts? You can get in contact here.
Social Collective, FKA Occasion Services & Events, is a team of highly experienced designers and planners offering rentals and designs that know how to bring a wedding to the next level–and we’re not exaggerating. This team of experts knows how to create a perfect wedding for any couple, no matter the style, location, or arrangement. Social Collective is on-trend and well-prepared with everything you need, from the initial concept planning, to tables and chairs, to lighting and floral design. It’s safe to say that we’re in love with every single event they put together. If you want to learn more and get in touch, you can visit them here.
This can be a lot of information, but don’t get discouraged. Wield your Pinterest boards as your shield and your decor expert as sword and absolutely slay your wedding! If you want to read about more of our decor experts, click here.
Every bride and groom wants to find a wedding venue that is both practical and perfect. As you’ve been searching, possibly very overwhelmed by all of the options available to you, there may have been moments where you felt that finding the practical and perfect option was impossible. We are here to reassure you that, first of all, anything is possible, and secondly, we have your back.
When deciding on a wedding venue, there are always quite a few things to keep in mind, such as the time of year, capacity, catering options, services, etc. The best thing to do right before you start your search, or halfway through when you’ve given up hope, is to pick up that notebook dedicated just to your wedding, and make a list of your wedding venue NEEDS, WANTS, and NOPES. This will help you narrow down your search and give you a clear path toward the perfect and practical venue.
There is a special kind of venue that we, your Perfect Wedding Guide team, absolutely love because of it’s well-roundedness–country clubs! Rain or shine, big or small, country clubs are the ideal place for weddings. Not super familiar with the benefits of choosing country clubs? Here are some reasons why they are great:
1. They’re unique, exclusive, and classy
Since country clubs are local, the event venue is unique and centered around the views of the city! Country clubs are often perceived as being unattainable because they are typically member-based, but this doesn’t always apply to weddings. Most clubs are willing to host guests who are not members, you just have to ask. Country clubs are always clean, well-maintained, and classy! Just take a look at this beautiful indoor set-up at Tanoan Country Club here in Albuquerque.
2. They’re Accommodating
Aside from all of the beauty of country clubs, their accommodations are incredible. Whether you’re having a small or large wedding, there are plenty of options indoor and outdoor. Most country clubs offer multiple ballrooms for ceremonies and receptions, depending on the size of your party. The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club has the most wonderful set-up, a large ballroom with Lanai Doors that lead to a heated/cooled patio and out to an outdoor gazebo. This is the perfect all-in-one experience!
3. They’re All-Inclusive
Since country clubs host many events all year, they are often fully inclusive when it comes to providing food, drinks, tables, chairs, etc. Many country clubs don’t allow outside food and drinks because of their full service kitchens and cleanly grounds. The Canyon Club at Four Hills is one of the venues that can provide just about everything you need for your wedding, from food and bar services to elegantly arranged seating in the ballroom.
We hope you’re sold by now on our favorite country clubs–and if you’re not, don’t fret. Just like everything in life, they’re not for everyone. There are more options for you! Simply check out our local venues here.