Bliss Salon and Spa: A Review of Albuquerque’s Finest

Who could have known, when Bliss Salon and Spa first opened their doors in 2009, that they would grow to be one of Albuquerque’s most beloved one-stop beauty shops? Well… actually, most of their clients probably did. The family owned and operated business has been famed for its welcoming environment for 9 years now, and the quality of their services has only continued to evolve with each passing year.

Most often, when we highlight a local business or wedding professional, it’s because their products or services have taken the wedding world by storm. We’ll hear about them from locally engaged couples, other wedding vendors, wedding guests — you name it. This is true of Bliss, of course, but we also have personal experience with the salon and spa.

Not only does their team provide the hair and makeup for our models at the Diamond Dash and Wedding Gallery couture fashion shows, but recently I also had the opportunity to come in the shop for a pedicure. Let me tell you, my toes have never been happier. From the moment I walked in, I was greeted with the warmth of a regular, and treated with the utmost kindness. While their nail artist made my feet look like that of a princess, we chatted amicably about her time in cosmetology school, and how lucky she felt to work at Bliss Salon and Spa with her best friend and some of the most talented people in Albuquerque.

Then, as if the glorious pedicure wasn’t enough for me, I mentioned to the front desk receptionist that I needed a hair trim and that I should make an appointment for the following week. Before I could blink they had a chair open for me and a cape around my neck. The same lovely and talented nail artist pulled out her scissors and started trimming my hair.

Normally would have been hesitant, as I’ve only ever had my hair cut professionally one other time, but I remembered the raving reviews for Bliss Salon and Spa that litter their listing on the Perfect Wedding Guide site, and felt totally confident in their team’s abilities. I was right, too! She took my overgrown, mostly dead hair and transformed it into a chic bob with the perfect amount of messiness to match my personal style.

While it might not be on the visible horizon for me just yet, I know without a doubt which team of stylists I want there with me on my wedding day. {It’s Bliss Salon and Spa, if that wasn’t already abundantly clear.} After seeing so many brides, bridesmaids, and models have their natural beauty illuminated with care and consideration by their team, I know how comfortable and confident I’d feel having Carmen Joe, Bliss Salon‘s owner, and her team of incredible women styling me for such an important day.

Thank you to the whole team for working so diligently to provide Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s wedding parties with the best service our state has to offer! We’re so grateful for you.

{See the team in action at during the couture bridal fashion show at our next event — the Wedding Gallery Wedding Show! Grab your tickets here.}

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The women (and men) who make the Bliss Salon run are wonderful, sweet, and compassionate people. They work with your budget, accommodate your needs, and provide a great salon and spa experiences you can have in the city of Albuquerque.

-Courtney

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Real Wedding with Matt Blasing Photography: Instagram Takeover

If this wedding looks familiar, it’s not just because the love between Katie + George is so pure and comforting. {Though it totally is.} You’re probably remembering the incredibly thoughtful details from our Instagram story a couple weeks ago. Captured by the ever-talented Matt Blasing Photography, the local photography team allowed us a behind-the-scenes look at Katie + George’s celebration at Nature Pointe.
 
Taking all of us along on their journey to express the couple’s love story through the lens, Matt Blasing Photography showed us not only how stunning the day was, but also the magic that spawns from combining two unique lives into one. Now, with the final photos from the team, even more intimate details are clear. From the muted blue hues of the bridesmaids gowns, to the carefully considered features of their menus and invitations, Katie + George elucidated their values as a couples, and the intricate components of their love.
 
Blending their home states of New Mexico and Texas, Katie + George had a wedding logo created to represent their coalescence. Featured on their cake topper, paper products, and even some delicious cookies, the logo polka-dotted the details of the day, reminding guests and loved ones of just how special was this union.
 
Matt + Amy, of Matt Blasing Photography, were the first and only choice for Katie + George. After meeting the wedding professionals at a wedding show, the couple knew they were the perfect match. {They even booked Matt Blasing Photography before they had a venue!}
 

The morning after our wedding and we are still grinning ear to ear. The Blasing duo are the best wedding photography team any couple could dream of! […] Their kindness and friendliness from the start made us feel so comfortable! 

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And the feeling was mutual! Amy, when describing Katie + George’s wedding day, called it a labor of love.
 

Their families were both so supportive, and their wedding was truly a labor of the love of family and friends. Many pre- and post-wedding events were hosted by friends and family to celebrate their marriage.

We’re so grateful to have been a part of this wedding day, albeit only tangentially. Thank you Katie + George for allowing us a peak into your day of love, and to Matt Blasing Photography for capturing it so beautifully, as always!
 


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Special Thanks to these vendors
Venue: Nature Pointe Weddings and Events
Photography: www.mattblasing.com
Video: Southwest Wedding Films
DJ: Nathan Duran with Too Hot to Stop DJ Service
Floral: Shannon Loves Flowers
Wedding stationary, programs, and menus: Funky Olive Invitations + Stationery
Hair/Makeup: Genica Lee, Makeup Artist
Officiant: Stephen Nickle
Catering: Mike Tafoya
Cake/Desserts: Le Chantilly Fine Pastries, Rude Boy Cookies, and Mike Tafoya
Dress Provided By: The Dressing Room West
Suit Provided By: Mr. Tux Formal Wear
Live Music: Hillary Smith and Chill House


 

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PWG Elite Awards: Vote Now!

While it’s true that we, the Perfect Wedding Guide team, do have some authority when it comes to showcasing Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s local wedding professionals, we fully admit to not knowing everything. To stay humble, each year we reach out to hundreds of local engaged — or recently married couples — to get the full scoop on what it’s like to work with vendors like Matt Blasing Photography, Amor Ceremonies, or Prairie Star.

{Because, if we could get to see these professionals in action by having a wedding every weekend, we totally would. Unfortunately, half our team is already married.}

Then we take all this incredible info from real couples, and we bestow the Perfect Wedding Guide Elite Awards to the hardest working, kindest, and most deserving wedding vendors! And guess what?

Voting for 2018 is open NOW!

Here’s your chance to, with a few clicks, pass on all you learned while planning your own wedding, to other engaged couples! Your vote is essentially your recommendation to all the amazing love-birds of Albuquerque + Santa Fe. So if you really vibed with or were impressed by a wedding professional who worked to make your day special, here’s a super simple way to pass back some of the love they showed you!

{Not married yet? That’s alright too — feel free to vote for any vendors who have made your planning process a little more enjoyable, because that’s just as important too.}

You can vote for your favorite business owners HERE

Then, keep an eye peeled for the winners who will be announced later this year, and see if your fave team made the cut!

Oh yeah, and those amazing vendors we mentioned at the beginning of this post? {Matt Blasing Photography, Amor Ceremonies, and Prairie Star} They’re just a few of last year’s venerable winners. You can check out the rest of 2017’s PWG Elite Award Winners here, and follow the links included to book them for your wedding, too!

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Less Stress, More Fun with NJR Event Planning

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We do what we can to ease the stress of planning your wedding. With Perfect Wedding Guide’s online budget calculator, wedding checklists, and inspiration boards on your side, you’re pretty much set… as long as you have loads of free time dedicated to planning.

But, for most engaged couples, spending every day researching local vendors isn’t possible — no matter how fun it sounds! Your life, job, family, and friends have to come first, we know. Which is why there are dedicated people like Naomi J. Romero, of NJR Event Planning, whose expansive knowledge of weddings is here to do the hard work for you.

Naomi is an incredible combination of creative & critical! She comes up with imaginative themes & works to make sure that every detail is in place. Besides that Naomi is upbeat & such a positive person to be around. She’s fun!

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For the lucky few who are able to manage every detail of a giant celebration, the internet is your best friend. For the rest of us, we have Naomi.

With 30 years of experience, NJR Event Planning has been evolving to meet the needs of brides for decades. Though wedding trends may come and go, Naomi’s eye for design remains timeless and classic. The locally operated business also offers event decor for their couples, from altar and arch arrangements, to barware, chair covers, chocolate fountains, glassware, furniture, linens and china. Oh my!

Having a expert on your team who knows the ins and outs of the industry from start to finish means you can feel completely confident releasing some creative control to NJR Event Planning. Which, let’s be honest, you deserve to do! Giving yourself space to breathe and live while planning your wedding only means the big day will be that much sweeter and stress-free.

To ensure your day of love — no matter how big or small — is as seamless and beautiful as you dream, you can book NJR Event Planning for your wedding here.

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Elōisa Catering: Santa Fe’s Finest

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It’s no secret that hiring wedding vendors can be tricky business. While Albuquerque + Santa Fe have a wealth of incredible business owners who are dedicated to making your wedding special as can be, finding the right vendors who understand your vision isn’t always the easiest step. Which is why we’re here! Bridging the gap between local engaged couples, and the vendors — or friendors, as we like to call them — is the lifeblood of Perfect Wedding Guide.

So when our team first connected with Elōisa Catering, we were over the moon. Not only is their food delectable and their team delightfully devoted to their craft, but the flexibility and professionalism that exudes from Elōisa Catering is absolutely unparalleled. It’s no wonder they were nominated for James Beard’s Best New Restaurant in 2016 and are overflowing with happy reviews from local couples and foodies alike.

Elōisa Catering earned its name from Chef John Rivera Sedlar’s extremely talented grandmother, Elōisa Rivera. Elōisa was the first person who taught him to cook, and we’re so grateful she did! By passing on her traditional knowledge and culinary expertise, she paved the way for engaged couples to enjoy her recipes years later.

Paying homage to her, and New Mexico’s heritage, Chef Sedlar creates and cultivates each dish with a deep respect for the women who came before him and refined these incredible recipes. Sedlar describes his approach, and New Mexican cooking in general, as elemental. “Fiery chiles. Earthy beans. Ethereal corn. Celestial water from the acequias that irrigate the rancho.”

Simply put, we adore the Elōisa Catering team, and just know you will too. Stop in the restaurant for a special Mother’s Day meal, or even just to treat yourself after a long work week — you won’t regret it.

To book Elōisa Catering + ensure your wedding day lives on in delicious memory, contact their team here.

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To book Elōisa Catering for your wedding, you can contact their team here.

 

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The Most Blissful Bed+Breakfast: Hacienda Vargas

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There’s a new theme emerging among all the incredible weddings of the world, especially here in New Mexico… Have you noticed it yet, brides and wedding lovers?

We’ve taken note, from our little perch between local wedding professionals and engaged couples, that brides and grooms are putting more and more emphasis on the cultural and historical beauty of their hometowns and states when planning their wedding. And we are so here for it!

So here’s a tip: Hacienda Vargas is the perfect wedding venue for engaged couples who are looking to incorporate some of New Mexico’s rich culture and history into their celebration. With traditional adobe structure to reflect New Mexico’s famous sunsets, walls covered in authentic local art, and vast, pristine land surrounding the inn, Hacienda Vargas emanates all the things that make our state so wonderful. Plus, The Land of Enchantment, aptly named, has enraptured so many of its inhabitants, it only makes sense to draw from the vibrant colors and unique history for some wedding inspo!

Tucked just between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the historical bed + breakfast has been welcoming weary travelers and locals in need of relaxation since the 17th century. Yes, you read that right! For four centuries, Hacienda Vargas has dazzled every guest who passes through with the inn’s traditional architecture, and the owner’s — Cynthia and Richard — delicious, homemade breakfast.

Wrapped in a familiar sort of comfort, the bed and breakfast invites engaged couples to an intimate, yet rural, space to celebrate their union. Hacienda Vargas is happy to hold up to 150 of you and your partner’s loved ones. So whether you two are looking for a small elopement or you’re planning to invite everyone you hold dear, the inn is here with open doors.

To book Hacienda Vargas for your wedding here in New Mexico, contact their team here!

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More on the wedding featured above here!

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Trend Alert! Snow in Spring with Cutmaster Music

Happy spring equinox, you beautiful brides-to-be! This winter was pretty mild here in New Mexico, but we can still celebrate the warmer weather coming, right? Right. Unfortunately though, with such a pleasant holiday season behind us, our chances for seeing one of the most magnificent natural occurrences is behind us now.

{Snow!}

It’s true! Even if you’re not a fan of the cold, like me, you have to admit that snow, with all its delicate glistening glory, is unlike anything else. Nothing beats watching your whole city wake up softened and calmed by a blanket of powder, all from the haven of your toasty warm bed. Plus, if you’re living in the desert like we are, it’s rare presence is all the more special.

{Getting a little carried away here, can you tell we’ve been feeling very snow deprived?}

So thank goodness for Cutmaster Music! As if their team wasn’t already known for the unparalleled fun they bring to every wedding, party, and event, now they’re offering falling snow. Yes, you read that right — falling snow for your wedding!

No matter the time of year now, with the help of Cutmaster Music, you can beckon the ephemeral elegance of a gentle winter snow to celebrate your union of love. Does it get anymore romantic than that?

{But wait — is it messy? That was my first thought too. Well, second thought — my first was “That’s amazing, can I hire them to just make it snow outside my bedroom window?” But the answer is no — it’s not even a little messy! Instead of pieces of plastic, paper, or anything else that might leave a trace, this snow evaporates before it even hits the floor. No cleaning, just dreamy.}

Cutmaster Music team, thank you so much for this. The Albuquerque + Santa Fe wedding community had no idea we what we were missing.

Contact Cutmaster Music for your wedding or celebration here, and get a little taste of the snowflakes below! Videography by Emily Joanne.

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Venue: Nature Pointe Weddings

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