Everybody wants an everlasting love that can withstand the trials and tribulations of life. That is what makes marriage such a beautiful thing. It is a promise, of the most genuine kind, between two living, breathing beings that happened to cross paths at the perfect time. Here at Wedding Collective, we love stunning gowns and enchanting venues, but even more so, we are here because we love connections.
For Michael + Angelica, their connection is magical. The lovely couple were middle school sweethearts, and yep, same. We’re also feeling a sudden onset of happy tears! Someone needs to bring us the tissues, please. If you think back to your middle school days, they were filled with excitement – your first locker, new crushes and the first real experiences of heartbreak. For these two, it was also the beginning of something unique and incredible that would last a lifetime.
For their wedding day, the couple chose to incorporate lots of warmth, which was fitting for such a unique and intimate union. Baby’s breath, lavender, white roses, and hints of sage green surrounded Michael + Angelica as they celebrated their love! From the details in the invitations to the bouquet, everything had hints of elegance and intimacy.
Michael + Angelica picked a photographer that would be able to capture the warmth, and without question chose Moon + Midnight Photo! Caroline of Moon + Midnight Photo knows exactly how to turn small moments into big ones that will never be forgotten. Her style was a perfect match for such a loving couple with an amazing history together, and just by looking at the gallery, you’ll feel the strength of their connection immediately.
Featured Photography:Moon + Midnight PhotoDJ:Mixx the Beat ProductionsVenue: NOAH’S Event Venue Outdoor Photo Location: Bachechi Open Space Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Sweet Treats: ABC Cake Shop & Bakery
These days spent at home have reminded us to take moments to breathe and do all of the things we love. They’ve allowed us to really spend time with our families, pick up new books, and breathe in fresh air from our backyards. They’ve also made us really miss gathering to dance, sing and celebrate love stories.
We all know that one of the most anticipated moments of a wedding is the after party, also known as the reception, where everyone gets to have a good time and celebrate the happy couple. There are so many elements that go into making the reception a success, from the venue to the catering. However, the entertainment is one key component that tends to tie everything together and get the party going!
Wedding Collective is proud to be surrounded by so many local entertainers, but in this article, we want to show some love to the ones who were basically born to throw parties – DJs. Coming from all walks of life and with many years of experience behind them, these top 6 wedding DJs are sure to make your wedding one for the books.
If you haven’t heard of COMPLETE Weddings + Events yet, then you probably haven’t known what fun is! This all-in-one entertainment expert will provide you with everything you need to have a blast on your wedding day – but most importantly, unforgettable DJ + lighting services. You can get in contact with them here!
It would be impossible to have a boring wedding reception with this DJ hosting the party, hence the name! High quality service, guaranteed dancing, and budget-friendly price points are at the foundation of Good Times DJ Service and we’re so happy to have them as one of our newest members. You can get in contact with them here!
Sometimes it’s hard to get your guests up from their seats to dance, but that won’t be a problem with Cutmaster Music. With the ability to mix your music club-style and lighting that will transform the dance floor, the party will be a hit. You can get in contact with them here!
You can’t go wrong with a DJ whose mission statement simply states that everyone should have a good time. Mixx The Beat Productions offers personalized planning, lighting, quality sound, emceeing, and, of course, good times. You can get in contact with them here!
If you’re looking for a DJ that will join in on the fun, make everyone laugh, and create a genuine entertainment experience, look no further than King Mobile Music. This DJ pays close attention to detail in order to create a personalized and memorable experience for you and your guests. You can get in touch with them here!
Absolutely entertaining and an absolute blast. From the lighting to the DJ services, Absolute Entertainment provides a full experience that is sure to leave guests wishing that the party could go on forever! You can get in contact with them here!
So what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to get your party shoes on (just for funsies) and book a local DJ for your upcoming wedding!
These days we’re craving long drives through vast New Mexico landscapes that heal our souls and remind us of the massive amount of beauty that the world gifts us with. Plus, long drives allow us to find an abundance of hidden gems where local couples can celebrate their love stories and say their “I Dos”.
This mystical elopement between Alaina + Jack emphasizes this and so much more, hinting to us that you can find beauty all over New Mexico, if you’re willing to be adventurous! Their chosen location, Ghost Ranch, sits near the village of Abiquiú and has a rich history of art, culture, and education sweeping across the 21,000 acres of land. For many, it is known as the home of Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s no wonder this couple chose to travel from California to join hearts there!
“We’re from California, but we chose New Mexico for our elopement because of its gorgeous landscapes and laid back feel. We fell in love with the idea of a desert wedding and once we discovered Ghost Ranch we never looked back! We always say to each other that our wedding day was perfect and we wouldn’t do anything differently!”
– Alaina + Jack, Bride and Groom
The couple chose decor that went with their desert theme – cow skulls decorated with native florals, warm blankets, vibrant bouquets, and a touch of modern with a unique geometric arch. It was important that the elopement focus on their love for each other and their love of the desert, so the simplicity in their wedding complimented this perfectly. Ghost Ranch speaks for itself with all of it’s mystery + natural wonder.
“Ghost Ranch is one of our favorite places on the planet. And when Alaina and Jack got in touch with us and we learned that they were drawn to the New Mexico landscape because of its stark beauty, we knew we had found some like-minded friends. It was a joy to help them find and partner with some of our very favorite vendors here in New Mexico, and their elopement ended up being a testament to the beauty, uniqueness, and enchanting nature of our state, and the artists that work here.“
Without seeing this sunny elopement for yourself, it might be hard to imagine. Thankfully, the adventurous photographer duo, Carissa & Ben Photography, captured the day perfectly. From arrival until sundown, the magic never seemed to cease. Check it out for yourself below!
“If we could live on Ghost Ranch, we would! Ben’s grandparents visited often and painted scenes from it’s stunning landscape. Ben even wore his grandpa’s bolo tie that he got from the ranch in the 1960s as a little nod to the artists who have come before us to enjoy the beauty of this place. Alaina and Jack’s day was absolute magic, thanks especially to the incredible state we call home.”
You’ve picked up some new skills like gardening, yoga, watercoloring, and breaking the record for “most trips to the refrigerator in one day”, or maybe that’s just us. But nonetheless, you’ve used this downtime to do all of the things you never had time to do, because let’s face it, normal every day life gets busy. Here at Wedding Collective, we’re thankful that we get this extra time to find new and exciting ways to inspire you + the entire local wedding community.
In fact, we’ve pulled together something special for you today – the first vendors you should reach out to as you plan your New Mexico wedding from home during quarantine! We even made you a downloadable PDF guide that you can use as you embark on your planning journey – yay, free stuff! Now that businesses are slowly starting to re-open, it’s the perfect time to think about your wedding and all of the incredible vendors that will make it happen. Despite some storefronts being closed, vendors are still working hard to plan local weddings and they want to hear from inspired engaged couples like you.
Since it’s springtime, and we’re absolutely LOVING the gorgeous outdoors, we are featuring Casa Perea Art Space, LLC as one of your many stunning ceremony venue options. With elegant garden vibes and stunning lush greens, this romantic spot will create memories that last forever.
This venue is a treasure both in its beauty and historical value to this community. From the office gals to the grounds keeper, the care and service over our wedding event was impeccable, professional and most importantly, personal. Their flexibility is a blessing during sometimes stressful decisions.
After a breathtaking ceremony, it’s time to have some fun! We’re highlighting The Venue at The Salt Yard WEST as your go-to reception option. This venue is brand new filled with all of the fun and games you could ever ask for – including the only soccer pool table in New Mexico!
The Venue at Salt Yard WEST is the most unique event space in Albuquerque. The airy, industrial-chic indoor/outdoor space takes advantage of natural light through roll-up garage doors and large patio. It features a full game room with the only Soccer Pool tables in NM, cushy lounge, private bar, oversized dance floor, and dual large-screen projection system for all A/V needs.
You might think you can do it all on your own, but it’s always a good idea to consult a wedding planner in the beginning stages to relieve some of that stress. One of our newest additions to the wedding planning family is All You Girl! LLC– an extraordinarily talented planner to help you bring your ideal wedding to life.
All YOU Girl’s mission is to do all we possibly can to help your day be everything you have ever dreamed of! There are countless little details that go into making your wedding day stress-free and extra special. I am passionate about providing services to couples to make their day as enjoyable, fun and stress free as possible.
The photographer is going to freeze your beautiful moments in time, so it’s important that you find the one that speaks to your heart. We’re obsessing over one of our newest members, DBK Photography, and her jaw-dropping work.
For the couple who intends to laugh their faces off together all day, every day.
And last, but not least, it’s time to find the filmmaker that will capture your day so that it can be viewed by generations to come! We welcome Jar and Crys Films as a new member and talented duo! This dynamic pair knows how to bring your love story to life as if it were on the big screen.
I can’t say enough how incredible they are! They captured every moment from our engagement to our wedding day! Jar & Crys invest themselves not only with their talent but with their heart. We were so blessed to have them not only capture these precious moments for us but it was also such a joy to share it with them as well! We highly highly recommend reaching out and connecting with Jar & Crys Films!
– Micaela G.
Lovebirds, you’ve got this. Your wedding planning journey starts now, and we’re here to help.
Relax those shoulders and unclench that jaw – it’s treat yo’ self day.
You’ve been working so very hard and it’s not out of the ordinary to feel a little restless during these times. Between working from home and planning your upcoming wedding, we know that sometimes it can feel like there is no escape. However, there are plenty of great ways to give yourself a well-deserved break from the “Four Big Cs” of the household (Children, Cell Phones, Computers, and Chores) and we’re going to introduce you to a few of them with the help of our friends at K and C Naturals.
K and C Naturals is one of our own local vendors that always seems to have the answers to our self-care questions. Perhaps it’s the all-natural ingredients or the massive variety of options, but their products will give you the R&R you crave. We reached out to K and C Naturals directly to ask them for their tips on how to have a simple spa day without leaving the house!
Draw a Bath & De-Stress
Create a self-care/spa day to relax and unwind with one of the many Bath Salts from K and C Naturals. It will help to reduce anxiety, stress, and increase relaxation to help lighten your mood.
Make a playlist of your favorite music that calms your soul
Light your favorite candles for a serene angelic environment
Immerse yourself in the water. Read your book, enjoy your wine, close your eyes. Let yourself drift away to that inner peace. You won’t want to leave the tranquil environment for hours.
Exfoliate & Moisturize
After you de-stress, take some time to treat those areas of your body that you normally don’t have time for. It’s that time of the year where dry, cracked skin makes a quick comeback, and after so much hand-washing, you’ll want to make your skin feel healthy againwith scrubs + moisturizers.
Rinse your face to remove all makeup, sweat and dirt
Gently massage your face with clean hands to release tension
Jump on K and C Naturals’ website to take 20% of EVERYTHING right now and you can get the goodies delivered right to your doorstep.
We hope you find that relaxation you deserve and bask in the glory of at-home spa treatments. We promise you – with a little help from your significant other in keeping themselves and/or the children distracted – you’ll feel like you’ve just been treated at a high-end spa. When it comes to your wedding day, don’t forget to break out these goodies again the day before to keep those nerves down. You can also give them as wedding favors so your guests can create their own spa day, too!
BRB. We’re going to run a bath and enjoy a little “treat yo’ self” ourselves!
“Our wedding day was quite literally, the perfect date (April 25th Miss Congeniality). We couldn’t have asked for a better day. All of our vendors were amazing, but we have to give a special shoutout to Briana and her magic behind the camera. Because of her, we get to relive our wedding day every time we look at our wedding album.“
There is something so magical about weddings that take place during spring. The weather is perfect, the flowers start to bloom, and there is the fresh scent of rejuvenation lingering throughout the air. It’s no wonder so many local couples choose to have their weddings during some of our favorite warm weather months – April, May, and June! If you planned a springtime wedding, then your big day is just around the corner! And for those of you that postponed your April and May weddings till next year, not to worry, here’s to finding more inspiration to create your ideal wedding day.
Spring weddings are special because they can take on a number of different styles – from high-fashion elegance to farmhouse chic. For Katie + Andrew, their April wedding was a combination of both! The couple chose to have their wedding at the incredible Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm, which always makes for the perfect setting. With the lavender beginning to bloom, cottonwood trees surrounding the property, and stunning florals sweeping the grounds, there couldn’t have been a more ideal time to celebrate the couple’s love. It was like something straight out of a dream!
We have to take a moment to tell you that we are completely obsessed with the color palette they chose – blues and greens that complimented the foliage and the wardrobe. Everything was so thoughtfully put together by the couple and the local wedding community. We always love to see the magic that comes from the collaboration between couples and the vendors that bring their visions to life.
When it came to style, there was no shortage of exquisiteness. Katie wore a jaw-dropping floor-length gown from Bridal Elegance by Darlene and Andrew chose a sharp suit from Men’s Wearhouse… cue the red-carpet paparazzi. Take a look at the gallery below, so wonderfully captured by Briana Nicole Photography, to get inspiration for your springtime wedding!
Here at Wedding Collective, despite the freedom that comes with wearing cozy clothes all day, one thing that we really miss is getting dolled up, makeup and all. We know that you stunning brides might feel the same and are using this time to find a skin-care routine to prepare for your wedding day. This is why we’ve teamed up with a local beauty expert, Glam by Jeet, to give you all of the guidance you need to feel beautiful without leaving the house. We can’t wait to get started on this exclusive makeover (while also wearing our adorable jammies, of course)!
Let’s create a routine
Hi ladies! My name is Jeet Bahra and I own Glam by Jeet, a mobile beauty business that brings all of your makeup and hair styling needs to your doorstep! One of the special services that I offer is my Shop and Learn class – a personal shopping experience where you and I go shopping at one of my favorite stores, Target, to get customized skincare, makeup products and hair tools that work for your complexion, features and needs! Afterwards, we go back to your home to go over how to use everything effectively and how to create a simple, work-appropriate look that can be turned into a date night look easily! I would love to share some of the helpful tips I’ve learned over the years to help you get ready at home, stay stress free, as well as inspired during this unprecedented time!
Let’s go over a few things you can do at home to relax, feel beautiful, and take care of yourself during quarantine. These tips can also help you doll up for that FaceTime date you have with your fiancé on Friday night as well!
A simple change every woman can make in general AND during quarantine is to develop a skincare routine. It gives you a chance to start and end your day with self-care and you can work in a facial + neck massage twice a day as well! There are many affordable products out there that are available at Target like I mentioned above (thank goodness for their Pick Up Option!) or Amazon Prime if you don’t live near one. Part one of a simple skincare routine that you can implement is washing your face twice a day, in both the morning and at bedtime. A simple cleanser such as Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Facial scrub which is gentle on everyone ($5-$6 on Amazon Prime) or Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash ($6-7 on Amazon Prime) is great! As a rule of thumb, if you tend to have dry skin, you will want to find a creamy, gentle, foam-free cleanser, and conversely if you tend to have oily skin, you want a gentle foaming cleanser! I do not believe in using harsh products on the skin. On days that you wear makeup, double cleanse your face + neck, and make sure that your makeup comes off in the first round of washing and your skin is being cleansed in the second round.
For part two of this simple skincare routine, you should invest in a daytime moisturizer with at least SPF 15 in it (especially with our New Mexico sunshine!), and a nourishing night cream. Again, I love the skincare lines that Aveeno carries and recommend the Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($12-13 on Amazon Prime) and the Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream ($13-14 on Amazon Prime) because they are gentle on everyone and work on most complexions. If you have the budget for more, they sell eye cream, serum, and more! They also have acne fighting and age defying lines if you prefer those- so take some time for yourself and pick the line that works for you the best! Feel free to mix and match radiance for daytime and age defiance for night time for example.
After washing your face in the morning, take the time to massage your face + neck in gentle circles and apply your daytime moisturizer until it melts into your skin, and do the same thing with face wash and night cream before bedtime! Cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing your skin guarantees that makeup goes on smoother, so it’s well worth the investment!
Time to get glammed up
A basic makeup routine includes cleansing, moisturizing, applying a base, mascara, bronzer and blush, and lip product. Of course some wear more, and some wear less – but this is a very condensed version of my makeup application process on every client, so I highly recommend it! If you’re looking for quick coverup and don’t mind sheer coverage, a great tip is to put a quarter or half the amount of your daily foundation into your moisturizer in the morning for a quick, easy, DIY BB cream! You can layer more foundation on the areas where you need some extra coverage such as the under eye or a blemish if you’d like. If you’re prone to creasing or shine, you can lightly set your problem areas with translucent powder and a fluffy, big brush or damp beauty sponge.
Pro Tip: If your under eyes give you issues, apply some eye cream or moisturizer in that area, and then apply a peach corrector in a sheer layer for lighter skin tones, and orange corrector if you have deeper skin tones and see how big of a difference it makes! It’s truly magical.
Another great tip for minimalism and turning makeup products into multi-use tools is to use your bronzer and blush as eyeshadow and lip color in addition to contour and cheek color! This method creates a beautiful monochromatic look that is fresh, clean and does the job! Powder or liquid blush looks great on the lips if you layer a clear gloss on top as well! If you have time or feel like playing with a little more makeup than this, you can smudge some black or brown eyeliner along your lash line for a beautiful enhancement, and lightly fill in your brows with some brow powder that is a shade lighter than your hair color!
This tip is a blessing during these times – a beauty trend that is taking the makeup world by storm right now is bushy, thick brows. This means that your brows being grown out more than usual is not a bad thing at all! If you’re afraid to butcher your eyebrows that your esthetician has spent so much time shaping for you- do not worry. Consider plucking only stray hairs and then use brown mascara on your lashes AND your brows to fill them in and set them! Just gently brush the brow hair upward and let them dry. It’s a fun, different look worth trying and is all over celebrity beauty pages on Instagram! Check out @nikki_makeup for some inspiration and amazing Sunday tutorials! When quarantine is over, you can decide to keep the natural, full, bushy look going or you can go right back to your esthetician with your head held high – butcher free!
I wanted to show you some past clients with different skin and hair tones that are examples of very light makeup application using moisturizer, foundation + concealer only where necessary (under eyes and blemishes), light brow powder or eyeshadow to enhance brows, liquid blush on the lips/cheeks/eyes, bronzer or bronzer toned shadows to enhance bone structure and eye shape, smudged pencil eyeliner along the lashline, and light false lashes because the makeovers were done for photo shoots or weddings- however to modify for our current situation, a couple of layers of good mascara look gorgeous and will do the trick for a beautiful every day look.
Feel free to schedule a one-on-one FaceTime consultation with me on my website contact form (www.glambyjeet.com) if you’d like a personalized lesson or help shopping on amazon! I’d love to help you feel your best!
Stay safe and hope these tips make you feel beautiful!
“We believe that all little girls dream of having their fairytale wedding and we believe that all little girls deserve to feel like a princess on their wedding day! The wedding of Becky and Christopher was truly what fairytales are made of.”
Many little girls really do grow up hoping to become a princess one day, and for us ladies at Wedding Collective, we can’t say that we didn’t wish for the same! From the elegant ballgowns to Prince Charming, everything is ideal and dreamy. Fairytale themed weddings are without a doubt some of our most favorite weddings of all time because they bring all of these childhood dreams to life. Also, who doesn’t love a little magic?
For the wedding of Rebecca + Christopher, magical is an understatement. The decor set the stage for an enchanted forest, filled with small, but meaningful, touches of intimacy and romance. From the moment their guests walked into the ballroom, it was like opening the crisp pages of their favorite childhood story. The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club provided a warm and welcoming space where Rebecca + Christopher could bring their visions to life.
The wonderful thing about weddings is that you get to add personalized touches wherever you desire, and no matter how small, big, goofy, or serious, they will tell the story of you and your partner like nothing else can. For Rebecca + Christopher, they added little planes dangling from the tree centerpieces to commemorate Christopher in his Air Force pilot training, which was an important milestone in their lives. These are the small details that you will remember forever, so don’t shy away from doing all of the extras, even if it strays away from your theme. Bring on the sweet details for everyone to see! I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Like every good love story, the place where you meet is at the center of your foundations. For this lovely couple, New Mexico was home and meeting place. There was no need to look off to distant magical lands to find this fairytale love. After all, we’re called the Land of Enchantment for a reason, right? Rebecca + Chris wanted to have their wedding in a place that encompassed the culture and beauty of the state, so the views at the Event Center sold them immediately.
Check out the gallery photographed by Think Harris Photography to see all of the stunning details for yourself:
Pastor Paul was everything you want in a wedding officiant! He made everyone feel comfortable, had great advice for our vows, showed up on time, laughed with us, and made the day so perfect! His wife is also a gem!!! She helped with making the day run smoothly! From the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you Paul! You touched our hearts and made our special day even more special!
Beyond their wildly friendly + professional service, De Novo provides a range of resources for local couples that are getting married. Unlike many other officiants, Paul offers pre-marriage counseling for couples who want to enter their marriage feeling like they have plenty of guidance and strength to get the most out of their relationship. Paul is a certified SYMBIS (“Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts”) facilitator, which is the foundation for his coaching methods. With SYMBIS, couples will take a short assessment that paves the path to understanding their relationship dynamics.
When it comes to officiating your wedding, Paul and the team of concierge pastors will work with you from start to finish, making sure that you have everything you need during the rehearsal and ceremony. They’re no strangers to beautiful love stories and great celebrations, so you can trust that they will handle everything perfectly. Wedding officiants are your guide toward your life together, so it is important that they bring out the best in you and your guests. There will be nothing but sweet smiles, laughter, and maybe quite a few happy-tears, during your ceremony – and that’s just how it should be.
We love seeing our vendors become famous within the wedding community, so check out this interview with Paul that has been posted up on the Wedding Report’s page! After viewing and eager to learn more, you can get connected with De Novo Concierge Pastorshere.
It’s official – we’re finally in the 20s again! Although, we have to say, they look a little different these days. That doesn’t mean that the decade won’t consist of flapper dresses, Art Deco, glam, and good music, though. Couples all over are planning their weddings for this year and the years to come, and we know the one thing they’ve been most excited about is the chance to play a little dress up.
“A little party never killed nobody” – so let’s get planning! We’ll walk you through our favorite trends and give you a little inspo along the way from the gorgeous styled shoot by Black Bow Events. Here are our top tips for planning a modern 20s wedding:
1. Create the perfect mix of textures, colors, and patterns.
2. Choose 20s themed hairstyles + attire paired with modern accessories.
3. Gold + silver themed everything.
4. Choose a venue with history behind it.
5. Make it feel warm and intimate.
If you need help planning your wedding, sign up for a free planning coaching session here!
We can’t wait to see what you create, so be sure to submit your 20s themed wedding for us to see and showcase with the rest of the wedding community. If you’re dying to see the rest of this gorgeous styled shoot, you can check it out below:
Concept, Design + Coordination:Black Bow EventsSecond Coordinator:D Events & WeddingsPhotographer: Lavel Marie Photography Floral Design + Arch: The Flower Company Venue: Hotel Parq Central Cake: Cake Fetish Table + Candlesticks: My Beloved Vintage Rentals Hair +Makeup Artists: The Honeycomb Beauty Studio + Beauty Therapy by KimBridal Gowns + Headpieces:Bridal Elegance by DarleneJewelry: Ooh! Aah! JewelryInvitations: The Wild Rose Creative Groom’s Attire: Mr. Tux Formalwear Videography: Zelda Deeds