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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Kathleen + Jason {Gorgeous Winter White Wedding}

Kathleen Easter0087We are so thankful for Alena Swanson Wedding & Event Planning. Alena always keeps us stocked up on amazing wedding celebrations that she has worked her magic on, to share with our readers.  You are in for a real treat with this next wedding and with summer coming just around the corner,  it is the perfect time to reminisce on all the memories and joy winter brought this year.

Kathleen and Jason decided to take advantage of the cold and themed their wedding around the winter season. Here is a look at their traditional Jewish ceremony and some of the warm moments their love brought them in the chilly weather.

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From the planner, Alena Swanson Wedding & Event Planning: “Kathleen & Jason got married at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum this past December. Their Winter Wedding was highlighted with Navy Blue, Winter White, and pops of Mint Green. It was filled with rich details, personal touches, & traditions that honored their Jewish roots.”

Here are some more wedding professionals that had their hand in pulling together this perfect day:

Location: Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Blue Rose Photography  
C Johnson Makeup
Shannon Loves Flowers
The Cake Boutique
Emily Joanne
Ceremony Music:
Sandi Ludescher, Ya Gottta Have Harp
Dream Factory Productions
Follow the Sun Tours

Kathleen Easter0086Such a great way to spend the winter months. Wishing all the happiness in the world to Kathleen and Jason! And always sending brides, grooms, and our readers s’more love! For more on wedding and wedding plan visit!

A Mini-Guide to Wedding Day Lipstick by C. Johnson Makeup

Choosing Your Wedding Day Lipstick guest post by Christy Johnson of C. Johnson Makeup.

Your perfect wedding day lip color by C.Johnson Makeup. Photo by S. Strine Photography
Your perfect wedding day lip color by C.Johnson Makeup. Photo by S. Strine Photography

Your lip color is vital to your overall bridal look and smudged, smeared, and faded lipstick is the last thing you’ll have time for on your wedding day. Here are a few tips for lip color that lasts from the moment you step down the aisle to the last kiss of the night.

Choosing a Product Type:

Lip stains tend to last the longest, especially with all of the kiss-tested and food and drink-tested, long-wearing formulas available. Try out a few different varieties in advance to find your perfect formula. Remember, some long-lasting lip colors can have a sticky or overly dry feeling and may cause irritation. The wrong lip product could have you picking at or licking your lips all night so it’s worth spending some time to find one that works for you.

Choosing your Signature Color:

Reds are classic and can be a little bit vintage, plums are trendy and gorgeous for fall weddings, and pinks and nude shades are great for a soft, natural look. For a very natural lip color that will define your lips and photograph beautifully, find a shade that is just slightly darker than your natural lip color.

For a Flawless Application:

For a precise application avoid using product directly from the tube and use a lip brush instead. Using the lip brush, trace along the outline of your lips with small, smooth strokes. Avoid painting outside your natural lip shape. Using the tube now, fill in your lips with color. Blot with a tissue to remove any excess.

Apply your lipstick with a lip brush for flawless application and longer lasting color.
Apply your lipstick with a lip brush for flawless application and longer lasting color. Photo by S.Strine Photography

Glossy Lips:

If you like a glossy look, layer on a clear lip gloss. A small dab to the fullest part of your bottom lip is all you’ll need for a fuller looking pout. Keep in mind that gloss will cause your lip color to fade faster and will have to be reapplied more often than a matte lip product. Gloss also transfers more easily, so be prepared to wipe bits of gloss off of anyone you kiss.

Matte Lips:

Matte lipstick is this season’s biggest makeup trend and is perfect for upcoming fall and winter weddings. To get a sultry matte lipstick look, blot your lips after applying your lip color.  Then lightly dust your lips with a slight layer of translucent powder before adding a second coat of color.

For more help finding your perfect lipstick shade during a private makeup lesson, or to book our professional makeup and hair services visit  We’d love to hear from you!

C. Johnson Makeup

Albuquerque & Santa Fe, NM


For more wedding beauty inspiration and to view our brand new Fall Issue, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} Bridal Makeup For Your Big Day

C. Johnson Bridal Makeup. Photo Credit: K. Mari Photography
Stunning natural C. Johnson bridal makeup.
Photo Credit: K. Mari Photography

Great news, brides! Christy Johnson of C.Johnson Makeup is offering a free bridal touch-up kit (value $35) if you mention that you found her on The Perfect Wedding Guide! Kits include 5 items to help the bride stay “picture perfect” all day & night. Give Christy a call this weekend to start discussing your big day beauty!

C. Johnson Makeup

Albuquerque & Santa Fe , NM


Find more wedding inspiration by visiting The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Wedding Beauty Inspiration}Pair A Luscious Floral Headpiece With Colorful Lips

Makeup by C.Johnson Makeup. Photography by S.Strine Photography. Location Casa Rondena Winery.
Makeup by C.Johnson Makeup. Photography by S.Strine Photography. Location Casa Rondena Winery.
Makeup by C.Johnson Makeup. Photography by S.Strine Photography. Location Casa Rondena Winery.
Makeup by C.Johnson Makeup. Photography by S.Strine Photography. Location Casa Rondena Winery.

C.Johnson Makeup: Christy Johnson is a certified makeup artist with experience in bridal beauty, airbrush makeup, & all-natural mineral makeup. C.Johnson Makeup is available for in-studio or on-location appointments and offers all-natural, custom blended mineral makeup  foundation specifically blended for you based on your skin tone, color & complexion concerns.

S.Strine Photography:  S.Strine Photography is led by award-winning portrait and landscape photographer Stephanie Schonberger, who loves natural light, the beauty of film, and the awe-inspiring New Mexico landscape. Her studio offers simple, modern, elegant imagery as unique as each couple she photographs and cherishes every client, building relationships that last far beyond the wedding day.

Location: Casa Rondena Winery

Event Stylist: Orange September

Florist: Floriography

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


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