Simply Sweet Summer Styled Shoot

When vendors come together to let someone’s dream become a reality, that is what a wedding is.

Tori, Tori Photography

We couldn’t agree more, Tori. One thing though, are sure you didn’t accidentally make our wedding dreams a reality? Because this styled shoot is giving us all the feels. From our collaboration dreams for local wedding professionals, to wedding-day fantasies, this shoot fulfilled all our hopes and expectations.

A delicate floral backdrop for the sweetheart table, perfectly paired silk florals from Charlotte’s Flowers, all captured by the perpetually creative Tori Photography. Really though, what more could you ask for? Tiffany Burke Events, event planner extraordinaire, coordinated the styled shoot between a fabulous handful of local wedding vendors, and all the magic took place in one of Albuquerque’s favorite venues, The Canyon Club.

As for the sweethearts themselves, two lovely local models, cruised around The Canyon Club with an adorable golf cart and love in their eyes. Punctuated by splashes of sparkles and lace, no detail of this shoot went unnoticed, and all came together to create such a wonderfully delicate and elegant moment in time. Fashioned by the veteran vendor Mr. Tux, the groom wore a light gray suit — the perfect fresh and airy fit for the southwestern sun. And the bride… well, you’ll just have to see the photos for yourselves. Her gown was breathtaking, and it’s better we try not to describe it with words.

A very special thank you to these wedding professionals, who worked together to manifest this wedding-day fantasy, showcasing their incredible talent and offering local brides some IRL inspiration. For a full list of the participating vendors, scroll on! Links to contact and book the professionals included.



Photography | Tori Photography

Decor & Planning | Tiffany Burke Events

Venue |The Canyon Club

Cake | The Cake Boutique

Hair + MUA | C. Johnson Makeup

Suit | Mr. Tux Formalwear

Dress | David’s Bridal

Floral | Charlotte’s Flowers

Invitations | Pennysmiths Paper

Decor | Simply Decor and Events

Ceremony Chairs | America Tent Rentals 


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Wedding Spotlight: Alena and Jeffrey Bard

What spectacular details do real wedding planners create for themselves when it is their turn to walk down the aisle?

Now we know. Albuquerque Wedding and Event Planner and Coordinator Alena Swanson got married in August and we are featuring her wedding in our Wedding Spotlight for our Winter Issue of The Perfect Wedding Guide!

Here are the details that Alena shared with us about her big day:

“Jeff and I wanted to create our theme from memories and previous milestones. Our first date was over Starbucks, so we served Pike’s and placed a personalized Starbucks cup at every seat with a thank you note telling our love story. We fell in love under the stars, so we chose the night sky ombre colors: navy and silver under a clear tent. Our guests now describe the night as mystical, like a fairy tale.” -Alena Swanson

Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography
Photo Credit: Fizelwink Photography

Wedding Date: August 30, 2014

Wedding Venue: Private Residence in Tres Lagunas, NM

Wedding Design, Theme, and Decor: Alena Swanson, LLC.

Photography: Fizelwink Photography

Cinematography: Emily Joanne Wedding Films & Photography

DJ: Dream Factory Productions

Signs and Invitations: Differently Designed

Wedding Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Florals: Shannon Loves Flowers

Makeup: C Johnson Makeup

Catering: Walter Burke Catering

Wedding Cake: The Cake Boutique

To be one of the first to see Alena and Jeffrey’s Wedding Spotlight in our Winter Issue, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

Are You A Do It Yourself Bride?

Join us on Saturday, April 24 at the Sheraton Uptown to discover tips and tricks from the pros to help make your wedding fabulous!

Are You A Do It Yourself Bride?

Saturday, April 24th, 2010
1:00PM – 3:00PM
Sheraton Uptown
2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE

A 2 hour seminar filled with information to help you decide if you want to “Do It Yourself.” Topics that will be covered include:

  • Tips and Tricks the Pros Use
  • Deciding Which Items To Take On Yourself
  • Decor-Which Is Better, Buying or Renting
  • What Do Wedding Planners Really Do
  • Understanding Pricing

Tips and Tricks

  • Flowers – fresh vs. silk?
  • What is a good silk flower?
  • Keeping those fresh flowers fresh!
  • Great design vs. bargain basement design?

What Items to Take on Yourself?

  • Papery
  • Flowers/decor
  • Food
  • Cake
  • Favors
  • Music

Decor- Buying vs. Renting

  • When is it best to buy?
  • What is the best time to buy?
  • When is it best to rent?

What Do Wedding Planners Really Do?

  • Coordinator or Planner
  • Planner or Designer

Understanding Pricing

  • Food & Cakes
  • Wedding Professionals
  • Venues

Question & Answer

To pre-register:

Email Joann Balwdin at
Call (505) 263-6519

The cost is $10.00 for the attendee & one guest. Cash & Checks will be accepted at the door.

Joann Baldwin is owner of A Personalized Affair, and also the winner of Perfect Wedding Guide’s Vendor’s Choice Award.  The Vendor’s Choice Award was voted on by participating vendors at our Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show this past January and is based on the overall style and decor of the booth!

Joann and A Personalized Affair are also featured on our blog, here.

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