Renee + Jerod { Bold Urban-Chic Rooftop Elopement}

What would you do if your wedding photographer stood you up on your wedding day? Unfortunately our next couple experienced this true life wedding nightmare first hand and holy cow, I am getting a rash just thinking about it!  Lucky for them a couple years down the road they became good friends with one of the top wedding planners in Albuquerque, NM- Alena of Alena Swanson LLCRenee often discussed what she “wished their wedding would have been”, and Alena listened. Incorporating their original wedding colors of pink, cream and white, she was inspired to gather the best wedding pros in ABQ and create their dream wedding elopement shoot. This shoot was a total surprise to the model bride, who only found out days before.

From the planner, Alena:  “Using an ombre of pink and rose gold, the bling, glitter and boldness of black reflect their classy but quirky personalities. Together, they love books and reading; and every detail reflects this as well, through scrabble tiles, ampersands, and stacked book centerpieces– all the bride’s favorite things!

To get just the right color, every detail was hand crafted by wedding pros, from her pink hair to her glittery heels. The pros were so thoughtful in remaking their dream wedding- they are even eating pink strawberry cake! This unique couple loves the rare and unusual, yet beautiful things in life, so I kept this in mind when choosing pink ginger flowers, the industrial location, rose gold jewelry, and a blush wedding dress.

This type of stylized shoot sincerely emulates the spirit of the wedding industry as we bless others on their special day and do our best to go above and beyond.”

The joy of this once in a lifetime experience is real in these stunning photos, a huge thanks to  Emily Joanne Wedding Films & Photography

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The amazing wedding professionals responsible for pulling this gorgeous celebration full circle.

Coordination: Alena Swanson, LLC Wedding & Event Planning

Photography & Film: Emily Joanne Wedding Films & Photography

Venue: The Banque Lofts

Beauty Professional: C. Johnson Makeup

Rentals: Classic Events + Tent Rentals

Dessert: New Mexico Pie Company  +  The Cake Boutique

Bridal Attire: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Formalwear: Suits Unlimited

Floral Design: Something Special with Flowers

Print Products: Differently Designed

Jewelry: Shelton Jewelers

Music & Entertainment: Dream Factory Productions

And that ladies and gents, is how you properly celebrate a lifetime of love and this gorgeous couple deserves it all!  For more on everything wedding and wedding planning visit, PerfectWeddingGuide.com

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A Fanciful Fall Wedding {Kate + Eric}

0223It is always a hit-or-miss when it comes to New Mexico weather, but lately it has been especially unsteady! Take me back to the cool breezes and clear skies of fall, and all the beautiful colors of the changing leaves… Kate and Eric had their wedding during the fall season. Let’s take this moment to flashback and appreciate all the magnificence of their day.  0017 0018 0032 0060 0066 0085 0086 0150 0156 0162 0171 0175 0193 0204 0210 0217 0230 0234 0240 0333 0350 0372 0405 0411 0414 0437Wedding details:

Couple: Kate Lenzer and Eric Dehghan

Location: Casa Rondena Winery

Florist: Shannon Loves Flowers

Pie: NM Pie Company

Planner/Coordinator: Alena Swanson, LLC

Caterer: Firenze Pizzeria

Officiant: Kelly Atkins Amor Ceremonies

Gown: Bridal Elegance by Darlene0082

From the photographer:  “Once in a while, the aspects of a wedding really line up. For me, what made this wedding so photographically special was two things: The couple …and the light. I loved the carrot they used as the ring pillow and the light/shots in the barrel room turned out better than we could’ve ever hoped! Top that all off with an amazing evening sky and a couple willing to go the extra mile to be creative and you get some truly wonderful photo ops! Kate and Eric, THANK YOU!”

Thank you Fizelwink Photography, all these pictures make for a great way to appreciate the beauty of true love and reminisce on the delicacy of fall. But now, back to reality and the ever-changing and unpredictable weather of New Mexico… For more on wedding and wedding planning visit PerfectWeddingGuide.com!

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

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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.

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} Shabby Chic Romance

This week’s Weekend Wedding Inspiration is for the romantics out there. Wedding coordinator and magic maker Alena Swanson helped make  Leah & Jared’s vision of a shabby chic blush pink and gray wedding come to life at the beautiful Hotel Albuquerque earlier this year.

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Wedding Coordinator: Alena Swanson

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Wedding Venue: Hotel Albuquerque

Suits by: Suits Unlimited

For more wedding inspiration and for everything you need to plan your wedding, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.