First Photoshoot of Fall: Black Bow Events

The season’s turn is a few weeks behind us now, but let’s be real. In our desert landscape, it takes a little while for summer to fully wane and for autumn to settle in. (Yes, it’s chilly this fine fall morning, but unfortunately, we’ll probably be regretting these cozy outfits when it goes back to being 80 degrees this afternoon!) Luckily for us though, we’re getting all the sweater-weather vibes from the shimmering golds, deep maroons and warm rose tones from one of Black Bow Events signature styled shoots.

If you’ve worked with Danessa, Black Bow Events founder, owner, and wedding expert,  then it’s no wonder she won our 2018 PWG Elite award for best wedding coordinator in Albuquerque + Santa Fe. Her vibrant passion for love and buoyant personality combine to make her not only a dedicated wedding planner, but a wonderful person to have on your team in general.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to  work with Black Bow Events just yet, then… It’s still no wonder! Because Danessa’s penchant for the divinely particular shine through in all her styled shoots.

Northern New Mexico is best known for its Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, mountainous landscapes, and countless art influencers. These are just a few of the reasons why I love New Mexico and everything it offers! Georgia O’Keefe said, “I found that I could see things with color and shapes that I couldn’t see any other way-things I had no words for.” —which describes perfectly why I choose to design and create such visions for my couples.

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And Georgia O’Keefe would be proud, because Danessa has totally mastered the art of bringing unique shapes into her collaborative shoots. Reminiscent of New Mexico’s famed mountainous landscape, Danessa and her team of local wedding vendors incorporated the sacred geometry of triangles into the deeply contrasted shoot in a way we’ve never seen before.

While we’re always inspired by Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s local wedding professionals, we’re especially touched by this teamwork from Black Bow Events, Jasper K Photography, Bridal Elegance by Darlene, Mr. Tux and more, to elevate the artistic efforts in New Mexico. So, brides-to-be, without further adieu, come and bask in the real-life inspo that is this incredible styled shoot. You can contact Danessa with Black Bow Events here, and bring some unparalleled magic into your wedding day too!

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Coordination + Design: Black Bow Events

Photographer: Jasper K Photography

Dresses: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Men’s Attire: Mr. Tux Formalwear

Flowers: The Flower Company

Makeup: Marisa Lux Makeup & Viva Grace

Desserts: Frank’s Eats & Sweets

Cake: Smallcakes

Jewelry: Lilly Barrack

Invitations: Cordially Invited Events

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Memorable Ways to Use Orchids in Your Wedding {Guest Post!}

It’s always a pleasure to share our little stage with wedding experts and business owners. Enjoy this delightfully informative guest post on orchids from our friends, Whole Blossom! 

 

Orchids are one of the most beautiful wedding flowers to be ever used in décor and floral arrangements. The flowers which belong to one of the largest flowering families extending up to almost 2000 varieties are a delight to watch in all sorts of wedding flower arrangements right from centerpieces and bridal bouquets to corsages and boutonnieres.  Right from the durability and natural beauty to versatility (in terms of shapes and sizes) and bright colors; the flowers tick all the right boxes when it comes to weddings and celebration décor. You could easily buy orchids online from a variety of floral services and they are easily available throughout the year for couples to help them welcome their wedding guests in more unique and delightful ways. 

Whether you’re getting married in a classic and traditional ceremony or you’re thinking about a more contemporary look, whether a tropical or a beach wedding is your pick or you want a ballroom nuptial event; the flower could serve the purpose perfectly well for all sorts of wedding styles, décor, venues, flower arrangements, color palettes, and themes. There are many varieties of these gorgeous petals but the most preferred varieties for weddings include; Phalaenopsis Orchids, Cymbidium Orchids (boat orchids), and Dendrobium Orchids (moth orchids). Right from white to pink orchids, there are enough bright colors to make every look and color palette work out with these exquisite blossoms. 

 According to the language of flowers, they symbolize – ‘you’re in my thoughts’ and this could be the perfect way to start the new life with your special one. The unique shapes and curved stems of these petals make sure that they make gorgeous flower arrangements both on their own and even as an assortment with various other wedding accents. Whether you want them to serve as the perfect pop of color or you’re thinking about adding textures to your wedding flower arrangements or even if you need them to serve as the perfect elements for adding the cascading shape to the floral arrangements; you give them the word and the flowers will comply. 

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Phalaenopsis Orchids:

The most recognized orchids of all time have got to be Phalaenopsis Orchids. They are a unique combination that has both versatility and natural beauty to make delightful wedding flower arrangements right from wedding centerpieces to bridal bouquets. The petals could be easily incorporated in all kinds of wedding décor and floral arrangements irrespective of the theme, color palette, venue or wedding style. Consider tall centerpieces featuring lush cream and lavender roses along with hydrangeas to be complemented by descending white Phalaenopsis Orchids and you could easily get a winning combination that is as timeless and elegant as anything. A bridal bouquet featuring the bold violet blossoms with burgundy and red roses could be the perfect combination for your special day. The traditional white wedding cakes could easily be topped with these beautiful blossoms in cascading forms to radiate charm and elegance for the ceremony. 

Dendrobium Orchids:

The flowers which are also known as moth orchids have an appearance that strikingly resembles the fluttering shape of the wings of a moth. The whimsy and sophisticated blossoms could easily be used in all kinds of wedding décor and flower arrangements. If the beach wedding is your pick, the bridal bouquet featuring the white blossoms along with some tropical greenery is perfect to make a statement when it comes to the ceremony. If you’re looking for a centerpiece arrangement for a romantic wedding theme, consider towering centerpieces incorporating a spray of dendrobium orchids with calla lilies. They could also be a part of a chuppah arrangement (made of curly willow branches) when used as embellishments along with some delphinium blossoms for saying the I do’s.

Cymbidium Orchids:

The flowers which are also known as boat orchids have a striking resemblance with the shape of a boat when it comes to their appearance. The flirty and dynamic elements make them an ideal choice for all sorts of tropical and beach themed weddings. A bridal bouquet containing the varying hues of pink cymbidium orchids is both feminine and bold to make a statement for the wedding ceremony. When it comes to centerpieces, you could easily get away with using a single blossom with submerged greenery and think of Hawaii. They are also good to go as a boutonniere arrangement when used against a dark blue suit.

Cattleya Orchids:

The strikingly beautiful flowers have ruffled petals and impeccable visual splendor to take expressive forms when it comes to wedding décor and floral arrangements. You could make a perfect wedding bouquet for the ceremony by using white cattleya orchids and lush peonies for an all-white or classic wedding theme. For a romantic theme, you could work out the white hues of these blossoms along with some greenery and gold floral to make the perfect statement. Consider decorating your white wedding cakes with the embellishments of cattleya orchids to create a striking and dazzling effect for the ceremony.    

 Are you getting married this season and want some orchids flower arrangements ideas for making a difference in terms of the big day décor – well you’re lucky and just in time. Here are few orchids wedding ideas for your inspiration:

Take a look at these perfect orchids flower arrangements and please share with us what you feel!

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Chair decorations:

Chair decorations are one of the most important elements or detailing of a wedding décor. If you want, you could easily get purple orchids to play the part by decorating the back of the chairs by using either an orchid garland or even a bunch of stems secured by a purple silk ribbon in a bow pattern. The look could work out pretty stunning if the wedding theme of the event is purple and you could make the perfect statement by decorating the chairs with the arrangement. 

Use the petals to throw on the wedding couple:

Orchids with their perfume, natural beauty and elegance could be the perfect element to shower the newlyweds with when they are walking down the aisle. You could easily give a much-needed break to rose petals for the showering tradition and instead use orchid petals for the same. The flowers could be arranged in a cone shape filler for giving it to the guests so that they can shower the petals on the new couple on the block and give them their blessings and good wishes.  

Aisle decoration:

Orchids could make delightful aisle decorations. You could easily use orchid petals in varying shades of orange, peaches, and whites to line up the wedding ceremony aisle just along the white ceremony chairs to create an exquisite and charming look. You could also decorate the back of the chairs with coral LED lights for maximum effect. 

Floating candles:

Filing tall and slim cylindrical glass vases with water and using floating red or blue orchids in them is such an exquisite idea. The arrangement is to be topped with tea candles for making any wedding reception shine in all its glory. You could also use some glass votives holding tea candles to encircle the whole arrangement for maximum effect.

Wedding favors:

You could use single and colorful orchid blossoms on top of the wedding favors or gifts packs to increase their appeal and overall look. The flower petals could also be used in various designs and patterns to decorate the wedding gifts and favors. 

For the grooms:

The grooms or the whole groomsmen attire could be accentuated well with using a boutonniere arrangement consisting of these glorious petals.  You could easily use a single yellow orchid bloom or even purple flower to give the perfect finishing touch to your wedding suits. You could also match the boutonniere color with that of the bouquet carried by the bride for the ceremony.

For the brides:

The bridal wardrobe could really use the beauty of these flowers to make the perfect statement for the wedding ceremony. You could use them in flower pins, hairstyles, wedding hair band, garlands for hair, crowns or even various other accessories. The flowers could also be used to adorn wedding trousseau or even bridal shoes.

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Overhang décor:

You could easily make a whimsical and fairytale ambiance by using strings of white orchids to hang loose just a few feet from your reception tables. Just string along a few dozens of strands of orchid blossoms and crystals and hang them over the reception table and you’re good to go.

Curved centerpieces:

Use white orchids in curved centerpiece arrangements to make an ethereal and stunning ambiance for the reception. You could easily create delicate arches over the reception table by arranging two multi-flower stems in glass vases with tall narrow necks.

Fireplace décor:

If your wedding venue has a fireplace, you could easily use orchids to make dreamy arrangements straight out of a fairytale book. Just imagine a fireplace decorated with suspended orchids from long ribbons and some pretty candles all around to accompany them; some on the pedestal, some on the ground and we promise you’d be amazed to the core. 

Cupcake and cake toppers:

The flowers (real or fondant) could also be used to decorate cakes and cupcakes for a dazzling and charming effect. If you’re looking for adding that perfect tropical touch to your wedding cake tables or even desserts for the day; the flowers could easily serve the purpose. 

Thank you cards:

When the celebration ends, people just tend to throw their flowers away. How about recycling them for keeping as a keepsake or souvenir of memories and also giving them away to the guests? They could be easily embedded in thank you cards to serve as a perfect gift for your guests and relatives. 

Orchids wall décor:

Wall decorations with orchids could make a delightful ambiance for your wedding ambiance. All you’re going to need is some cork bark, hanging wire, and sphagnum moss. The look could be easily achieved by attaching the wire to the wall and by nestling orchid roots inside the moss. 

They could also be used to decorate escort cards holders, altars chandeliers or even in terms of wreaths, necklaces, garlands and various other flower arrangements. 

While some orchids are beautifully uniform in color, others are stripped or speckled too. The biggest advantage of working with these petals is, of course, their versatility and natural beauty. There are not many accents in the wedding circles that are as durable, versatile and beautiful as these flowers and that too at the same time. The flowers also combine well with other wedding flowers to make amazing wedding flower arrangements. You could easily buy orchids online at the majority of floral services or even at your favorite florist for the décor and flower arrangements of the big day. 

With the latest trend of DIY flower arrangements and wholesale flowers; these amazingly beautiful flowers could easily serve as a boon for making all sorts of unique and crafty wedding flower arrangements for your big day. The flowers are also quite affordable when you compare them with the likes of other expensive wedding accents like; peonies, garden roses, and various others. The brides all around the world love these blossoms and want to have them at all costs in their wedding bouquet arrangements. While roses and peonies are the more traditional forms of wedding accents but you could always give them a break and make unorthodox and beautiful flower arrangements with orchids instead. 

Orchids have the range, variety, and quality to transform any wedding space with its unique shapes, amazing fragrance, and natural beauty. You could also get inspired by asking out your friends as to how did they use orchids in their wedding décor and flower arrangements or even get professional in terms of a wedding florist. People in large numbers use DIY orchid flower arrangements for their weddings and the results that they get are even better than ever expected.   

Have any better ideas to use orchids flower arrangements for your special day? How did you use orchid flowers in your wedding décor and floral arrangements? Please share with us!

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One Last Sweet Summer Wedding from Kayla Kitts Photography

Happy Fall, wedding-lovers! Are you ready for crisp mornings, warm wedding colors, and the changing of leaves? We definitely thought we were. Seems like we’ve been waiting all summer for the temperatures to finally drop, and now that the solstice is just behind us, we’re already missing the long, sunny days!

In honor of the bountiful summer months — or as wedding experts know it as, wedding season — we’re swooning over this shimmering gold wedding from Kayla Kitts Photography. Monica + Andrew’s beautiful day is the perfect testament to New Mexican summers: baked in the celebration of love, laughter shining through the air, and a rich history of friendship and triumph that paved the way to this union.

Andrew and Monica are high school sweethearts, and a couple who are filled to the brim with fun, laughter, and a whole lotta awesomeness. Something about them makes you feel so comfortable, so happy – like you could chit-chat and hang with them all day.

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An array of pinks and peaches, ranging from dusty to delicate, adorned Monica’s bridesmaids, framing her in the familiar hues of an early desert sunrise. Eucalyptus, fresh as always and reminiscent of summer nights, sprouted out from their bouquets offering little slivers of greenery between the roses.

No metaphor truly encapsulates the jovial vitality of Monica + Andrew’s June wedding, though. Luckily, not many are needed as Kayla Kitts Photography‘s dedicated documentation of the day transcends your typical photographs. We can practically smell the ephemeral summer rain, which graced their Albuquerque venue briefly, and feel the love between the couple.

To book Kayla Kitts Photography + her keen creative eye for your wedding, you can contact her here. Book the local wedding professionals who manifested Monica + Andrew’s dream wedding in to a reality below.

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Their special day was full of excitement, support…and, a little bit of a road bump; the forecast predicted rain throughout the entire day. But, as I knew they would – Andrew and Monica rolled with it. They took deep breaths, crossed fingers hard, and hoped for the best. And the best is what we got! The clouds parted at just the right moment – and gave us the most perfect portrait time until it started sprinkling and A + M snuggled under the umbrella, and all was absolutely dreamy.

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This wedding’s magic-makers:

Photographer: Kayla Kitts Photography 

Ceremony: San Felipe de Neri 

Reception: Hyatt Regency Downtown Albuquerque

Dress: Bridal Elegance by Darlene 

Hair & Makeup: Lucy Garcia with Honeycomb 

Florist: Enchanted Garden 

Invitations: Pennysmiths 

Shoes: Dillards 

Jewelry & Rings: Enchanted Jewelers 

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse 

Officiant: Andy Pavlak 

Cake: Bizzy B Cakes 

DJ: Cutmaster Music

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Announcing the 2018 PWG Elite Award Winners!

Ah yes, the morning after an incredible night. It seems like we spend all year long waiting for our favorite event, the Vendor Appreciation Party, and then suddenly it’s here and over far too quickly. Luckily our henna tattoos and memories of gold + glam will last a lifetime, even if the Bollywood-themed night couldn’t!

A very special thank you to The View Event Center by Simply Decor for truly tantalizing the senses with authentic chai, stunning performances, and a breathtaking space for us to celebrate and appreciate all of Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s best, local wedding professionals.

In the midst of all the glitz, we also awarded some particularly dedicated local wedding experts with well-deserved awards in categories like Best Floral Designer, Best Bridal Gown Shop, and Best Photographer. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to take our word for it that these vendors were worthy of awarding — they were chosen by local, engaged or recently married couples just like you!

So without further adieu, scroll on to get the scoop on the best wedding vendors Albuquerque + Santa Fe has to offer, as chosen by real local couples!

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2018 PWG Elite Award Winners:

Best Wedding Coordinator | Black Bow Events

Best Bridal Beauty Expert | Makeup by Kim Fisher

Best Spa or Place to Relax | Bliss Salon and Spa

Best Place to Order a Wedding Cake | Cake Fetish

Best Catering or Restaurant | Blue Plate Special

Best Place to Have a Bachelorette Party | Duke City Pedaler

Best Place to Have a Reception | The View Event Center by Simply Decor

Best Location to Have a Ceremony | Casa Rondena Winery

Best Wedding Officiant | Amor Ceremonies

Best Floral Designer | All The Pretty Flowers

Best Event Decor | Simply Decor & Events

Best Rental Company | Occasion Services & Events

Best Bridal Gown Shop | Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Best Men’s Formalwear Shop | Suits Unlimited

Best Place to Order Invitations | Funky Olive Design Invitations & Stationery

Best Disc Jockey | Dream Factory Productions

Best Live Ceremony Musician | Cello for Weddings

Best Local Band | Absolute Entertainment

Best Photographer | Matt Blasing Photography

Best Cinematographer | Southwest Wedding Films

Best Photo Booth Rental | Snapshot Selfies

Best Unique Wedding Service | Bombshell Fitness

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Our sincerest gratitude to the magnificent sponsors, who made our Vendor Appreciation Night the speculator party it was!

The View Event Center by Simply Decor | King Mobile Music | Tori Photography | Little Bear Media | Cafe Venture Catering | Funky Olive Invitations | The Acre Restaurant | Hacienda Del Rio | Jaz Catering | Magic Mirror NM Photo Booth | Tully’s Catering | Simply Decor

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Pili + Sienna’s Albuquerque Engagement Session {Chrisi K Photography}

If you’ll recall, we recently posted our thoughts on the time-old debate: Should you have an urban or natural setting for your engagement photos? With New Mexico’s impressive and historically rich architecture on one hand, and the unrivaled mesas, mountains, deserts, rivers, and forests on the other, it’s a nearly impossible choice for local engaged couples.

But what if you didn’t have to choose? 

Yes, it’s true. We’re here with delightful information for the cosmopolitan mountain-fanatics and city-loving forest dwellers alike… You can have both! Or at least you can according to Albuquerque’s new favorite engaged couple, Pili + Sienna. Instead of compromising, the fiancées opted to have a two-part engagement session with Chrisi K Photography — one of New Mexico’s leading wedding photographers.

Starting in Zendo, Chrisi K Photography and the gorgeous couple graced the whitewashed coffee shop walls with their unbridled laughter and love. Using the industrial-chic interior as their backdrop, Pili + Sienna sipped coffee from matching mugs and stole kisses in front of the exposed brick, which always features local art. Complete with polaroids and shots of their tattoos, the first half of their engagement session with Chrisi K Photography is everything we could hope for in an urban love story.

Then, traversing up to the more northern parts of our lovely state, Chrisi K Photography shot the couple’s happy news in the mountainous desert landscape for which New Mexico is famed. Dancing in the open air, blowing bubbles, and just enjoying each other’s presence, Pili + Sienna’s devotion nearly jumps off the photos here.

We feel extremely spoiled to have the best of both worlds in this one, gorgeous engagement session. So hey, thank you Chrisi K Photography, for capturing Pili + Sienna’s pronouncement of love in all its wonder and glory! And to all other engaged couples, feel free to follow in suit Pili + Sienna — if you want urban and natural landscapes for your photos, don’t settle. Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s wedding experts are here to make sure you can have it all.

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Timeless Touches: A Styled Shoot

As a wedding photographer, I strive to create images and memories for my clients that they can look back on years from now and still love. This was the main motivation behind this photoshoot. Creating something that we can still appreciate 10, 20, 30 years from today.

-Maura, Maura Jane Photography

 

We’re total wedding-trend groupies, and honestly, we’re not afraid to admit it. Following along the perpetual evolution of decor, floral arrangements, and gowns while each facet of the wedding world grows and adapts to fit the needs of current trends is ceaselessly inspiring. Especially when we get to watch up-close as Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s local wedding professionals match — and even exceed! — trends from New York and L.A. without charging New York or L.A. prices.

But there is one downside to the ephemerality of wedding trends, and it’s simply that: they’re ephemeral! Think of your parents’ wedding photos — what with their sepia tones and overabundance of taffeta. The endlessly evolving trends are exciting to keep up with, it’s true, but it also means certain styles and details can carbon-date your wedding photos, and might warrant teasing from your future grandchildren.

So there’s something to be said for choosing to work with what is classic, like Maura Jane Photography did with this shoot at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Lavender Farm. Rather than limiting the creative possibilities by skirting around current trends, the restriction offers talented local professionals — like A Beautiful Theme, who designed this shoot — the opportunity to showcase their innovative problem-solving skills.

Together, this team of Albuquerque’s best wedding experts manifested a dusty-blue dream and we’re willing to place bets on the fact we’ll still love this shoot in 10 years time. How could we not?!

{Check out the vendors, details, and more from Maura Jane Photography below!}

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Wedding trends have always come and gone, from mason jars and burlap, to dresses with puffed sleeves, and cakes with fountains. However, a wedding that is timeless can always be appreciated. We wanted to create an inspiration photoshoot with a classic and elegant theme. A wedding with timeless touches that also incorporates certain trends that are popular now with some of the most beautiful and stylish weddings of today. We used the popular color of dusty blue throughout the shoot, from the yummy macaroons on the dessert table to beautiful earrings that graced the bride’s ears and the pumps on her feet. She wore her hair in a classic chignon while the groom looked equally as dashing in a navy suit. Exquisite peonies and eucalyptus hung from the mint blue classic getaway car and down the long wooden tables. Ornate mirrored signs with effortless calligraphy decorated the entrance to the reception area and the dessert table.

-Maura, Maura Jane Photography

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Design + Decor + Planning | A Beautiful Theme
Jewelry | Ooh Aah Jewelry
Invitations | Funky Olive Design
Bouquet Ribbons | Desert Garden Silk
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