From Albuquerque to Iceland: Real Winter Wedding

With the winter chill covering our Sandia Mountains in crisp, white snow, but not gracing the city with the same, it’s no wonder we’re feeling a bit envious of this real wedding from local couple, Sara-Irene + Alex. Can we all just pack up our things and hitch it over to Iceland, like the lovebirds did for their wonderfully intimate, wintery wedding?

Alas, there’s much to do in here in New Mexico, so we’ll have to live vicariously through the photos of their breathtaking ceremony. Luckily Maura Jane Photography was there to capture every detail and darling moment between the couple. With her magic-making gear in tow, Maura hopped on a plane to Iceland with just the couple and their officiant after they decided to switch up their plans.

Sara-Irene and Alex had originally planned a large local wedding here in Albuquerque. After a month of planning, they realized that the upcoming wedding didn’t portray the two of them very well. It didn’t feel like they thought their wedding should. It didn’t take long for them to flirt with the idea of an elopement. After all, Sara-Irene already had her dress and none of the invites had been sent. After scouring Pinterest for ideas, they fell in love with and settled on Iceland. One quick phone call and they changed their plans and dates to head to the land of fire and ice.

Maura Jane Photography

While we don’t advocate for ever leaving our Land of Enchantment — why would you ever want to?! — we’d be lying if we didn’t say it was the perfect move for Sara-Irene + Alex. Ultimately, each wedding serves as a reflection of the values and love between its respective couple, in all their deeply unique and incomparable ways.

It may have been cold but the wind blew Sara’s bouquet ribbons in the most beautiful fashion adding to the ethereal look of all their photos. It also made it so only they themselves could hear each other say their vows, adding to the intimacy of the day. Afterwards we traveled around the island to some of the most picturesque locations for photos that you have ever seen. From the black sand beaches in Vik to the icy glaciers on the south side of the island, we were all completely awestruck by its beauty. Sara-Irene and Alex could not have picked a more ideal place to say I do. With their adventurous hearts and desire to keep their wedding intimate, it all fell together perfectly.

Maura Jane Photography

A hearty and warm congratulations to Sara-Irene + Alex for leaping together into the evolution of their love story. And, of course, thank you to Maura Jane Photography for ensuring that the moment will be preserved in their hearts, and ours, for lifetimes to come.

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Photographer: Maura Jane Photography Venue: Reynisfjara, and Jökulsárlón Dress Store: A Dressy Occasion Dress Designer: Mon Cheri Veil: Bridal Elegance by Darlene Ring: Heidi Gibson Ribbons: Table and Vase Flowers: Upplifun, Be Inspired – bækur, blóm og gjafavara Desserts: Alchemy Confections Invitations: Funky Olive Invitations + Stationery Officiant: Tryggvi Gunnarsson of  Sidmennt

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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

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} An Elegant Elopement

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Wedding Photography by Tony Gambino Photography

Maria Socha of Sealed With A Kiss, LLC explained the inspiration of this stunning styled wedding shoot for The Perfect Wedding Guide:

“The inspiration [for this styled shoot] was an elegant elopement.  We wanted to use masculine materials like dark tones and wooden accents contrasted with the softness and femininity of the bridal elements like the baby’s breath bouquet and ethereal white dress.” -Maria Socha, Sealed With A Kiss, LLC

What a great style inspiration for your own wedding!

Sealed With A Kiss, LLC provides complete wedding planning and coordinating services for weddings in the Albuquerque area. Maria offers many wedding packages to suit your individual wedding planning needs.

Photography by Tony Gambino Photography. Location is White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.

For more wedding inspiration, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} Viva La Vida New Mexican Elopement Shoot

Viva La Vida New Mexican Elopement

This winter Alicia Lucia Photography teamed up with Orange September event company and Hacienda Vargas in Algodones, New Mexico, to create this absolutely gorgeous New Mexican elopement stylized photo shoot. From the traditional chapel to the cowgirl boots and gold pinatas, this shoot is overflowing with inspirational wedding ceremony and reception details.

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Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
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Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography

Photography by: Alicia Lucia Photography

(505) 459-7791

Rancho, NM

Chapel and Venue: Hacienda Vargas

(505) 867-9115

1431 Highway 313, Algodones, NM 87001

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