Pure Elegance: A Real Wedding at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

“The wedding of Emilee and Ben can be described by one word: stunning! Their wedding was truly one of pure elegance, mixed with timeless decor elements and floral arrangements. Their reception decor filled the ballroom with a soft and romantic ambiance.”

– Lauren, event center at sandia golf club

What do you think of when you hear the word “elegance”? For us here at Wedding Collective, flowing, floor-length gowns, flower petals scattered everywhere, and timeless decor are just a few things that come to mind. However, we’ve recently found that elegance can take many forms and in this new age of innovative weddings, anything is possible. For Emilee + Ben, to describe their wedding as anything less than pure elegance would be an understatement.

This couple really knows how to celebrate love in the most New Mexican way – with the stunning views of the Sandia Mountains front and center! With the help of the phenomenal staff at their chosen venue, The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club, Emilee + Ben were able to pull off a wedding that embraced their personal love of timeless elegance and the breathtaking views of the New Mexican landscape. Although the the wedding looked like something straight out of a dream, it was far more than a fairytale, it was the most genuine and real testament to their love for each other.

Emilee + Ben carefully chose wedding vendors that shared their vision and style. It’s pretty obvious that they have good taste because everything turned out incredible – decor, photography, venue, and all! Every aspect of their wedding came together seamlessly and we’re fawning over all of the details. We want more!

“There’s no better feeling than marrying your best friend. To be able to do that in such a beautiful setting as the Event Center, with staff that made the day flawless, feels like a dream come true. As an Albuquerque native, having the Sandia Mountains a part of our day was important to me and being able to host all our friends and family was a must. The Event Center and their staff went above and beyond to make our big day perfect and to make us feel like royalty. I wish I could relive the day over 100 more times!” 

– Emilee, bride

When you marry your best friend, you know it’s going to be the party of a lifetime. The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club, along with a number of other talented New Mexico wedding vendors, made sure that Emilee + Ben had a celebration that nobody would forget.

Want inspiration from this jaw-dropping real wedding? You can check out the gallery from Alicia Lucia Photography below + visit with the wedding vendors involved:

Featured Venue: Event Center at Sandia Golf Club Photography: Alicia Lucia Photography Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci Decor + Decorative Florals: Black Swan Events DJ: Cutmaster Music Paper Goods: Funky Olive Invitations + Stationery Groom’s Attire: Icon Suit Bridal Gown: Schaffer’s Bridal Wedding Party Florals: People’s Flowers Hair: D’Ambrosia Designs Hair Studio Groomsmen’s Attire: Mr. Tux Formalwear

5 of Albuquerque’s Best Wedding Venues

Here at Wedding Collective, we know that planning a wedding can be a daunting task. It is especially difficult when there are so many incredible vendors to choose from here in the Land of Enchantment. It is our mission to take some of the weight off those gorgeous shoulders of yours and connect you with your ideal vendor, so we’re going to do just that!

It’s no secret that finding your venue is one of the most anticipated parts of the wedding planning process. Let’s be honest, though, you’ve probably already had a few places in mind even before you got engaged. We know because we’ve been there and done that!

You might have been driving down Rio Grande and admired the gorgeous architectural features of the Hotel Albuquerque, or maybe you were exploring the foothills and found yourself entranced by the scenery of The View Event Center. No matter what, you’re ready to book that ideal spot for you and your guests to enjoy your unforgettable day.

It can be a challenge, especially during these unique times, to plan a wedding that requires you to travel. Although we love destination weddings, we also love staying close to home. There are so many fantastic venues scattered all around the state, but we want to focus solely on the city of Albuquerque and all of the hidden gems that are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Here are just a handful of Albuquerque’s best wedding venues (in no particular order + all loved just as equally):

1. Embassy Suites Albuquerque

You’ve dreamed of your wedding day: your loved ones, the food and most importantly the memories. Cue the happy tears! Our staff is well equipped and ready to guide you through every step, providing you with the ability to have a stress-free event. Our hotel is in a prime location, just minutes away from historic Old Town and centrally located between Albuquerque Convention Center and the University of New Mexico. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque is a one-stop wedding venue that can accommodate several different events.

You can see why this venue is considered a local wedding hotspot for romance + comfort by reading all about Adrian + Pablo’s wedding here: Simply Glowing: A Real Wedding at Embassy Suites Albuquerque

2. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

With 24,000 square feet of rental space, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is more than a museum, we’re a full-service event venue rooted in culture and tradition, with the experience and abundance of unique options to make your dream wedding a reality. We’re in a convenient location just minutes from Old Town, Downtown Albuquerque, and the Albuquerque International Sunport.

3. The Canyon Club at Four Hills

You are assured beautiful views of the lush golf course, mature trees, and surrounding area—whether for a meeting, luncheon, reception, dinner, wedding or another occasion. Our Rio Grande Ballroom accommodates up to 200 guests, including a dance floor. For cocktail style events we can also overflow into our pre-function space. The Sandia Ballroom accommodates as many as 100 guests and has the addition of a beautiful balcony outside of the room and a Grand Piano. The Club’s Poolside Pavilion is yet another option from May through October and is available for up to 200 guests. And…most recently we are now featuring our “Range” weddings with a capacity of up to 200 on our driving range.

You can see why this venue is considered a local wedding hotspot for charm + elegance by reading all about this styled wedding here: Simply Sweet Summer Styled Shoot

4. Hyatt Regency ABQ

Design your dream wedding at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. With breathtaking views of the beautiful Sandia mountains, the Hyatt is located in the heart of downtown across from Civic Plaza. We are located only minutes away from the Albuquerque International Sunport, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. Our convenient location gives your guests the best entertainment options in Albuquerque during your entire wedding weekend. Our brand new wedding ceremony space is simplistic, modern, and elegant – a perfect canvas for you to put your unique touch on in this beautiful venue.

You can see why this venue is considered a local wedding hotspot for fun + beauty by reading all about this styled wedding here: Dennis + Michelle’s Real Wedding

5. Albuquerque Sheraton Uptown

If you’re after the wedding of your dreams, it’s a pretty simple choice. Come and host your celebration here, in our Grand Ballroom! With nearly 8,000 sq ft. of pure elegance, the wonderfully dramatic space is the perfect setting for a wedding of any size. Modern, memorable, and marvelous, the Grand Ballroom can comfortably accommodate up to 420 of your guests and loved ones. Our Roxy and Baldwin Ballrooms have less space for more intimate celebrations, but are nevertheless just as magnificent and elegant! 

If you like what you see but want even more venue inspiration, you can see more venues here!

5 New Mexico Wedding Vendors That Are Back in Business

Can you believe it’s already June? We can’t either! It’s been a unique past few months, and we’re ready to see more and more local couples reschedule their postponed weddings. The Wedding Collective team knows how hard it is to meet up with people again, spend money, and find the extra time to sit down and manifest your dream wedding – which is why we’re here to provide you with all of the resources you may need!

We have been anxiously awaiting the days where we can drop off a copy of our guide and exchange a sweet little elbow bump with our favorite super-star business owners, and we’re sure you have been too. Over the past couple of weeks, we heard the amazing news that a handful of local wedding vendors are slowly opening up again to serve couples like you. Cue the happy dances and put on your wedding planning gear!

The long road to opening up has finally begun, which means that wedding vendors are counting on awesome couples like you to reach out and start planning your big day. Here is a list of a few vendors in different categories that we’ve recently talked to that are open for business:

Venue: Los Poblanos

Finding a venue is probably one of the first items on your wedding planning checklist, so we’ll start by introducing you to this North Valley gem, Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm. Nestled behind enchanting trees and a lush field of lavender is this quiet and gorgeous venue. Take advantage of the courtyards, the farm shop, the inn, a beautiful pool, and the restaurant when you choose Los Poblanos as your ceremony and reception venue! Los Poblanos wants guests to know that their safety and health is of utmost importance, so they are taking extra sanitary measures on their grounds. You can learn more about booking here!

Photographer: Lauren Cherie Photography

From the day you said “yes”, or maybe even before then, you were thinking about those dreamy wedding day photos of you and your hubby. From all of the sweaty palms to tears of joy, your greatest memories should be captured by a photographer who knows “love” like the back of their hand. This is where the wonderful Lauren Cherie Photography comes in! Her priority is to provide beautiful and timeless memories for every bride and groom to remember for years to come. Lauren Cherie Photography is open to schedule shoots with your safety in mind, so contact them to book here!

Catering: Cafe Venture Catering

When you think about your wedding, you’ll think about walking down the aisle and seeing your future spouse right in front of you, and then you’ll think about how hungry you are after all of those nerves leave your body. You’ll want your guests to have the best meal so that they have energy to dance the night away, and Cafe Venture Catering has you covered. Cafe Venture Catering has plenty of menu options to serve a variety of dietary needs and lifestyles – including unconventional options like a taco bar and waffle bar! Okay, now we’re super hungry. If you are ready to book a caterer that is open for business, you can reach out to them here.

Dresses: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Briana Nicole Photography

The dress – need I say more? This is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding for a bride. Bridal Elegance by Darlene has an endless supply of dresses and gowns in all styles for you, your bridesmaids, and mothers. Darlene and her team make it a priority to give all brides + couples their undivided attention and care, which is what we love about this local business. In order to keep their beloved customers safe + health, Bridal Elegance by Darlene will be doing business by appointment only for the time being. You can schedule your appointment here!

Pampering: Paixao Beauty Bar & Event Boutique

You have a lot of planning to do, so having a salon that will take care of nails, hair, and makeup is a win. This is exactly what Paixao Beauty Bar offers! Talk about a beauty bar that does it all! Let’s face it, thinking about getting all glammed up seems otherworldly now that we’ve been rocking pajamas and messy buns for the past few months, but it can actually be super fun with the help of an expert beauty team. With your health in mind, Paixao Beauty Bar will be taking appointments, but has new guidelines that you can read here. Want to get beautified by their team? Schedule an appointment!

The Best Places to Take Engagement Photos in New Mexico

Congrats, lovebirds – you’re engaged! Or maybe we’ve jumped the gun and you’re in the process of planning an upcoming proposal for the love of your life. Either way, you’re looking for the perfect spot to capture your tender moments together to celebrate your love, and we have been dying to share our favorite suggestions with you.

Every couple is different, which is why one of our main focuses is providing you with a wide variety of options for vendors in each stage of planning your wedding. The same is true for photography locations and venues! Some couples enjoy a lush garden filled with flowers, while others are more into urban-scapes filled with tall buildings and busy city life – and thank goodness that in New Mexico there are locations galore for every type of person.

Your wedding + engagement photographer is a great source for figuring out a location because they’ll have the background knowledge and experience to ensure that you’re photos come out perfect, all while guiding you on your location scouting journey. However, we know that it can be fun to scout out the locations for yourself first, because who are we kidding, our years of pinning cute pics on Pinterest weren’t for nothing! If you want to find some locations without leaving the house, we’re going to drop some pins for you.

THE URBAN

Here are some of our favorite photography spots where the city life comes alive!

THE CULTURE RICH

Experience New Mexico and beautiful history + culture that it has to offer.

THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE

The vast landscapes, clear blue skies, and stunning Sandia Mountains will set the scene for your love story.

We wish you luck on your photographic adventures around the state, and remember to keep your eyes open along the way because you never know when the New Mexican landscape will surprise you and set the stage for gorgeous images.

Header image by T. Rayne Photography

A lifetime of Happiness: Real Wedding with Fender Photography

“Greg and Ashlee’s wedding was such a dream. It was a perfect New Mexico fall day and everything came together beautifully. Calvary Main Campus was absolutely breathtaking on the day they said: “I DO”. 

– CECILIA, FENDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Even though endless summer days are finally upon us, we can’t help but to look back on some of our favorite fall weddings. There’s just something about the crisp air and the warm colors of the leaves that leave us aching for more. It’s never too early or too late to obsess over autumnal sweetness. After all, you might be planning your upcoming fall wedding and need a little inspo, too!

For Ashlee + Greg, a fall wedding was an absolute must, and it couldn’t have been any more charming. The couple, having the warmest and gentle personalities, wanted to create an experience that celebrated both their love for each other and their spirituality. With the help of their chosen wedding vendors and the wedding venue, they made their ideal day, and so much more, possible.

Ashlee + Greg love the idea of simplicity and decided that this would be the perfect way to go about their wedding. Choosing the elements that would make up their wedding came easy, and they relied heavily on their faith to create a beautiful day for each other and their family + friends. Even though simple was the key for these two, there was certainly no lack of detail and memorable moments.

We’re a pretty simple couple, so it wasn’t surprising when we picked out details of our wedding, like colors, centerpieces, and yes even our wedding cake within 5 minutes. Needless to say, the Lord has put on our hearts as a couple and as individuals to focus our time and energy on bigger things in life. Things you can’t necessarily get back, things like moments and memories.

Ashlee, bride

We’re often used to seeing fall weddings with rich white and cream gowns, warm and luscious bouquets, and hints of orange and red everywhere. Ashlee’s pale pink wedding gown and the small, modest floral bouquets were an excellent example of the bride’s beautiful personality + unconventional take on a fall wedding. This is just a reminder: you get to pave your path, design your wedding, and do you – no matter what the current trends are!

The trees were glowing with color and the romantic lighting was the cherry on top. Working in the wedding industry you see so many wonderful wedding trends and one of my favorite things about this wedding was the trendy mismatched bridesmaid dresses. They complemented Ashlee’s stunning light pink wedding dress perfectly! All and all it was a perfect day and I am so thankful to have been a part of it. Congratulations to Greg and Ashlee, wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.”

Cecilia, fender photography

One of the most important elements that Ashlee + Greg knew they wanted for their special day was a photographer that could freeze moments in time that could be looked back on for decades to come. If you are in the wedding planning process, you know that choosing your photographer is no easy task, so the couple definitely had their hands full. At the end of the day, there was one photographer that stood out above them all, and it was a no-brainer. They chose the wildly talented Cecilia of Fender Photography – the perfect match for their warm, charming, fall wedding! You can check out the gallery below to see how the magic came to life for the adorable couple.

The Lord has truly blessed Cecilia Fender with the gift to capture those moments. It wasn’t until we received our wedding photos that I was blown away that Cecilia not only captured the highlight moments we wanted, but she captured moments that we forgot about, or had a faint memory of. And because of her, we will always have those memories to look back on. She was the absolute best decision we made for our wedding.” 

Ashlee, bride

Featured Photography: Fender Photography Ceremony Venue: Calvary Chapel Main Campus Reception Venue: Isleta Resort & Casino Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal DJ: Wayne Gallegos Hair: Ruth Lopez Makeup: Chelsea Lee Esthetics

Warming Hearts & Hands: Real Wedding at Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm

It ended up being 25 degrees on our wedding day, and we spent 2 hours taking photos and walking the grounds. Those 2 frigid hours were the most intimate part of our wedding. Los Poblanos was absolutely gorgeous in winter, and despite the cold weather, we could not be happier to be outside together before our ceremony.

– Kayla, Bride

We’re getting closer and closer to that highly anticipated time of the year full of pumpkin scented candles and that delightful crisp morning air! We can’t wait for the cold weather to make it’s grand entrance so that we may bring out our oversized sweaters and those cherished cups of hot cocoa. There seems to be something so special about the colder seasons, maybe it’s just because we get to cuddle up close with our loved ones to keep warm. It’s always nice to get that extra dose of love and intimacy to keep our hearts beating and a sense of joy flowing throughout the world.

For the Perfect Wedding Guide team, the colder seasons mean that the end of the year is upon us, and thus we are gearing up for our final big wedding show of the year in November, Diamond Dash! The show is incredibly exciting filled with the latest trends in fashion, wedding professionals, giveaways, and our favorite moment, the chance to dive into a cake to find FREE diamond jewelry. Aside from all of the show planning, we also get to reflect on the real weddings that are featured in our recent issue of the magazine. This wedding encompassed the ideal Fall/Winter vibes that we are so eagerly waiting for.

For our beloved couple Kayla & Roman, the cold brought them closer to each other on their wedding day than they had expected since they weren’t only warming their hearts, but also their hands. The bride and groom chose Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm for its rustic farm aesthetic that is simply magical year-round and it was a great match for their winter theme. Can we take a moment to talk about how much we love that our vendors offer a variety of options throughout the seasons? Every couple is looking for a location that is going to reflect their interests, because no two love-birds are the same! Whether you love the indoors, outdoors, rain, shine, snow, or any combination of all of these, we know that you’ll find a venue that speaks to your heart and soul. It is no doubt that Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm spoke to Kayla and Roman, and we are sure glad that they are able to share the day with all of us!

The varying shades of brown, subtle hints of auburn, and icy blues perfectly reflect the intimate vibes that the couple were hoping to find for their Winter wedding. Kayla wore a dazzling, snow-white wedding gown and Roman donned a black tux with a dapper bowtie– the two looked like they were ready to attend the most exclusive red carpet event. Kayla even threw on an adorable fur coat to keep warm for the outdoor sessions. Functional and stylish!

If you’re not convinced that Kayla & Roman had the best winter wedding ever, then see for yourself by checking out the gallery of dreamy photos captured by the incredible Elizabeth Wells Photography.

Featured Venue: Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm
Photographer: Elizabeth Wells Photography
Cake + Catering: Los Poblanos Historic Inn + Organic Farm
Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee
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Casa Perea Art Space: Historic Adobe Abode Spotlight

Let’s take a moment on this lovely morning to stop, breathe, and flex our brain’s inherent storytelling abilities. You are hereby given permission to pause whatever work you’re doing to indulge in the following: Imagine your wedding guests, many of whom will have traveled far and wide for your celebration, being greeted by your venue with a bubbling fountain, the comforting sight of traditional adobe, and a luscious garden of fruit trees, sweet-smelling herbs, and wildflowers. Sounds lovely, right? It gets better.

Casa Perea Art Space, established in the 19th century by the Perea family, is so excellently preserved, the State Register of Cultural Properties describes the wedding venue as an apt example of New Mexico Territorial Architecture. Beyond its fountain and wrought iron gates lies a 100-foot-long pergola, crawling with trumpet vines, climbing roses, and the ever-fantastical wisteria.

Within the adobe abode, the Casa Perea team describes the space as “New Mexican and Spanish Colonial antiques that evoke historic New Mexico architecture and style.” Which, if you know anything about the Perfect Wedding Guide team, then you know we go absolutely nuts for everything traditional New Mexico. Casa Perea Art Space might be the most historical New Mexican venue too, considering the fact it served as the Sandoval County Courthouse following our home’s statehood in 1912. We only freaked out a little bit when we found that out. Or maybe a lot.

There’s nothing to fear for engaged couples though, the venue is used only for romantic courting now. With every inch of the space already carefully cultivated by hand, minimal additional decor is required, especially if your desires are centered around incorporating your home state’s rich cultural history into your celebration — which we highly recommend.

To book Casa Perea Art Space for your wedding celebration, you can contact their team here. In the meantime, feel free to extend the dream and swoon over this styled shoot from Tiffany Burke Events + Carissa and Ben Photography at the historical venue.

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