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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Three wedding steps to a dream wedding

When it comes to wedding planning, many brides- and grooms-to-be quickly get frazzled when they look at their massive to-do list. However, it is possible to have a dream wedding. It is important to come to terms with the budget before anything else, because once that is decided, the bride and groom are one step closer to their ideal big day.

Determine the style
When guests arrive at a wedding, the event should be a reflection of the couple. Everything from the beautiful wedding dress to the centerpieces can emulate the personalities of the bride and groom, so it is key for couples to identify which aspects of their personalities and relationship they want to convey at the affair.

Create a planning scrapbook
Brides- and grooms-to-be may want to create a scrapbook-style binder once they start wedding planning. Not only will this keep them more organized, but they can add things they both like to the binder. When it comes to decision time, they will have a basis to go off of to get the perfect invitations, bridesmaids dresses, centerpieces and venue. Plus, those who are having a tough time determining their style can quickly find it after they start pulling things they like together.

Tradition is just an outline
Some couples can get wrapped up in traditions, but just because a bride and groom are tying the knot, it doesn’t mean they have to stay within the lines of tradition. In addition, there are certain aspects of a wedding that can be left out. If the couple likes pie more than they do cake, than they should serve that for their dessert. Bottom line – as long as a couple shows who they are, they will be successful in planning the party of a lifetime

$100K Fantasy Wedding Winner Announced

The $100K Fantasy Wedding Winner was chosen and was awarded her prize on Friday, December 18, 2009!

Jaclyn Binder from Gardner, KS

We are pleased to let you know that the winner is Jaclyn Binder from Gardner, KS. Jaclyn is a middle school teacher and coach and as she wrote in her entry – they have had to, “Scrimp and save as well as work various extra duty assignments. Having this financial strain has caused some stress in our relationship that we had never expected before. If we had even $25,000 to work with we would be overjoyed and so relieved. I’d love to win this prize to surprise my fiancé and family with the fairy tale wedding I’ve always dreamed about. Please, Perfect Wedding Guide, choose me and my fiancé to win this prize!”

To watch the video footage of Jaclyn being announced as the winner, click here.

Visit http://www.perfectweddingguide.com to see more giveaways and contests to help create your dream wedding! To enter in our local “I Do Giveaway Crew” contest, click here. The I Do Giveaway Crew Contest awards one lucky couple fabulous prizes from local New Mexico Wedding Businesses. To view photographs of last season’s winners, Chris and Michelle, visit our Facebook page, Facebook.com/pwgnm.