Sacred Wedding Celebrations with Sacred Life Photography

Aside from deciding who you’re going to marry and what you’ll wear, there is one more extremely important decision you’ll make for your wedding: Who will be your photographer? The decor, venue, reception, and all else are temporary, but photos are what make the memories last a lifetime. So choosing a photographer to integrate into your wedding day, to capture candid moments hidden in the day, and to encapsulate your love into visual, tangible photos, is no easy feat.
 
Which is why we’re so happy to feature local photographers, like Sacred Life Photography, here! We have the honor and pleasure of working with Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s finest wedding professionals, and connecting them with local engaged couples is what we love to do.
 
Emma, of Sacred Life Photography, is a candid photo expert. She knows that on your big day, the details, schedule, and excitement can swallow you up. With her though, the one thing you don’t have to worry about is missing all the tiny, special moments that pass by in a dreamy haze as you celebrate your love. Imagine her as a fly on the wall, who happens to have a wonderful photographic eye and dedication to your wedding day.  She lovingly documents — her words, not ours! — all of these ephemeral, once-in-a-lifetime moments, so that you can revisit them time and time again.
 
But don’t take our word for it — revisit with us just a few of the many weddings Sacred Life Photography has cemented in memory.

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These photos are from an elopement at Hacienda Vargas — I just love the smile on the groom’s face as he looks at his bride. This was one of her favorite photos from the set, she jokingly refers to it as “Ben, and my hair.” In addition to the beautiful outdoor setting all around the grounds, the ceremony itself was magical, held in an old chapel, lit by candlelight.

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This bride was such a fun lady to work with! She definitely was not nervous on her big day (or at least she didn’t show it!). She and many of her guests all worked together at a salon, so they did all the makeup and hair themselves – it was amazing!! This is her, showing off her great sense of humor, as she puts the finishing touches on her daughter/flower girl’s hair. Taken at the ever elegant Casa Rondena Winery.

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The themes for this backyard wedding was “fairytale” and “sustainability.” It was incredible! They built as huge structure out of branches to be married under, and hung a swing from one of the trees for some of their post-wedding shots. So pretty, and so much love went into the whole event. Friends and family from all over came together to make it happen. Very sweet!
To book Sacred Life Photography for your wedding day, contact the team here!
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Real, Regal Wedding at the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

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There’s a distinctly magical quality about the Sandia Mountains here in New Mexico. Not fairytale-Disneyland type of magic, per se, but something like no other. If you live here, or have ever traveled through, you probably know what we’re talking about. {They don’t call it the Land of Enchantment for no reason!}

So it’s never really a surprise when an engaged couple, filled to the brim with love and excitement, wants to incorporate some of New Mexico’s scenery into their day of celebration. What better way to solidify your vows, than with the ever-regal, perpetually devoted Sandia Mountains as your backdrop?

And unless you want to hike up to the crest, the best place to get that scenic view is at the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club. {Which, let’s be real, mountain-top weddings are gorgeous, but how is your great Aunt Betty going to make that hike?!}

When Alyssa and Porfirio decided to take the leap, to spend the rest of their time on earth together, it was the easiest decision of their lives. Right behind that though, the second easiest choice was their venue — the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club.

It was clear to us why we would choose the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club as our reception venue. The view of the Sandia mountains and the view of the NM sunset is breathtaking. A lover of sunsets, I knew this venue was a “must-have.”

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A lover of sunsets and a lover of love — the local vendors Alyssa and Porfirio chose to work with for their wedding day made sure that the only thing on their minds was sunsets, love, and each other.

We put our trust into the experts and they transformed our vision into a reality. From the candles and candelabras to the orchids and chiavari chairs, from the up-lighting and selfie mirror photobooth to the iridescent cake and bride/groom M&M’s, from the significance of the memory table to the significance of the ring-bearers pillow, it’s apparent that we not only incorporated meaningful symbolism within the smallest of details but ensured that the details also reflected “us.”

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Their marriage began as anyone would hope, surrounded by beauty, family, friends, and dedicated local businesses, working behind the scenes. It never ceases to amaze us at how these intensely collaborative, uniquely special days come together so flawlessly — but we’re constantly grateful for weddings like these, to remind us why we do what we do.

Special thank you to the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club for providing a space for love to bloom, and for every magnificent vendor {listed below!} who helped manifest Alyssa and Porfirio’s dreams.

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Reception Venue: Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

{Coordination by Lauren Danielle Landavazo | IG: @sandia_golf_club}

Photography: Talitha Tarro Photography | IG: @talithatarro

DJ: Cutmaster Music | IG: @cutmastermusic

Decor: Occasion Services & Events | IG: @ose_events

Florist: Diamante Floral and Gifts

Cake: Simply Sweet By Darci

Video: Southwest Wedding Films | IG: @southwestweddingfilms

Wedding Party Formalwear: Forever Yours Bridal | IG: @foreveryoursbridalnm

Bride’s Dress: Ann Matthews Bridal | IG: @annmatthewsbridal

Ceremony: Church of the Incarnation, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

A Love That Feels Like Home: Celeste + Brandon’s Real Wedding

Maybe it’s the precious details of Celeste + Brandon’s elegant wedding day, maybe it’s the simple way spring ushers all things out of dormancy, or maybe a combination of both. I’m not quite sure, but something about this specific union of love, of all the beautiful and awe-inspiring weddings we’ve seen through Perfect Wedding Guide, has me in tearing up. {Seriously.}

Revisiting this incredible day vicariously through Kayla Kitts Photography‘s lens and highly trained eye, especially during this time of year, is an absolute treat. The delicate vibrancy of Celeste’s wedding gown is reminiscent of new spring blossoms, and yet there is a familiarity surrounding Celeste + Brandon’s devotion to each that comforts one as does the end of winter.

I’m not alone in my adoration of this particular wedding, either. Kayla, despite her years of experience with so many beautiful couples, was choked up during their ceremony as well.

Time has passed, but I can still hear Celeste saying in her vows, “This may seem like the start of a new journey, but to me…it feels like coming home.”  My heart almost burst, and the lump came to my throat quickly as I held back tears.  When you’re marrying your soul mate, your best friend, it’s home.  She couldn’t have said it better.

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And then, of course, Hotel Albuquerque lent itself to the day so well. Delightful pops of turquoise and lavender framed Celeste + Brandon as they celebrated the beginning of the rest of their lives together in one of Albuquerque’s most wonderful and accommodating venues, and in the company of their loved ones and the local vendors they collaborated with.

Words can only go so far as to describe their celebration though, so we’re eternally grateful to Kayla for sharing this wedding with us. Her photography always encapsulates invaluable moments so well, and this wedding was no exception.

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Venue  |  Hotel Albuquerque
Coordinator  |  Found Hearts Event Planning
Dress  |  Melissa Sweet by David’s Bridal
Hair + Makeup  |  C. Johnson Makeup
Florist  |  Eco Flower
Shoes  |  Blue by Betsey Johnson
Rings  |  Zales
Suit  |  Men’s Wearhouse
Officiant  |  Kelly Atkin with Amor Ceremonies
Cake  |  Cake Fetish
DJ  |  Too Hot to Stop

 

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12 Months of Giveaways {Enter for your chance to win!}

As much as we love to make magic happen from behind our computer screens, the most fulfilling part of our Perfect Wedding Guide work is getting to make a real difference for one, lucky local couple. So… we do it 12 times a year!

{Which might seem indulgent, but it’s actually pretty easy when we have so many incredible business owners to help make it happen.}

If you haven’t heard of the 12 Months of Giveaways before, now is your chance to toss your name in the running. It’s a local-only, monthly wedding giveaway with prizes for you to choose from that are all valued at over $300!

{Out-of-state couples who are planning a wedding in New Mexico can apply too, of course, because we’re so happy to have you here in our gorgeous state.}

Okay, okay, on to the good part: the prizes from local vendors are listed below! You can register for your chance to win at the button below, or by clicking here. It’s as simple as that! You’ll receive a free copy of the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine, and have a chance to win every month of 2018.

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2018 Prize List

1.  Complimentary engagement session and 8×8 album book – valued at $395, courtesy of Tori Photography

2. A free bridal bouquet – valued at $325, courtesy of The Flower Co.

3. A personalized, and fully officiated wedding ceremony as well as preside over the rehearsal – valued at $250, courtesy of A Grand Beginning.

4. Complimentary filming of your love story (digital proposal story) – valued at $375, courtesy of Loving Image Videography.

5. A REVEAL boudoir experience gift card (The Bombshell Session) – valued at $325, courtesy of REVEAL.

6. Four hours of DJ and emcee services for a wedding reception – valued at $375, courtesy of Mixx The Beat Productions.

7. Gold photo booth package to include 4 hours of photo time, 2 full-time hosts, standard backdrop, unlimited color prints, prop box, and deluxe memory book – valued at $800, courtesy of Selfie Sensations by Wimberly Productions LLC.

8. Special edition keepsake photo album set includes three photo albums, one 12×12”, and two 6×8” albums – valued at $325, made by Peregrine Arts Bindery in Santa Fe.

9. 10 free centerpieces or 40 chair covers – valued at $400, courtesy of Simply Decor & Events, and $50 off the booking fee for The View Event Center.

10. Bride and Groom Bliss Spa Day package to include two 60 minute massages, two 60 minute facials and all day access to hot tub, sauna, and relaxation lounge – valued at $370, courtesy of The Remedy Day Spa.

11. One night complimentary stay in our bridal suite, including breakfast for two – valued at $300, courtesy of Hacienda Dona Andrea.

12. Bride To Be Package: includes an Essential Manicure; Pedicure; Signature Body Polish & Facial. 4 ½ hour of services – valued at $350 from Isleta Spa, courtesy of Isleta Resort and Casino.

 

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Spilling the Beans: Wedding Vendors’ Best Kept Secrets

One of the most fabulous parts of working with incredible, local wedding vendors is having the inside scoop on all things wedding planning. The downside? No one on our team is currently engaged (yet!), so what can we do with all these amazing tips and tricks?

Well, share them with you, of course! Whether it’s local deals and promotions, wedding budget calculators, or upcoming wedding shows, we always try to pass on these goodies to all the lovely brides in our sphere and around the world.

{Some say we’re terrible at keeping secrets, but really we’re just wedding enthusiasts.}

This time around, we asked some of our favorite local vendors to divulge their best kept secrets of the industry. So read on, bride-to-be! Check out these four ways to make the most of your wedding day.

 

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Remember to keep an open mind in terms of designer and style. A dress always looks different on the body than it does on the rack! Choose your consultation party wisely. When deciding who to bring, limit it to those whose opinions matter the most. Make sure to start looking for and order a dress early on! It can take can up to 3-9 months, especially for big designers, for a dress customized to your specifications to come in. If you’re a bride on a budget, don’t hesitate to ask your dress shop for discontinued dresses. You will almost always receive a bargain on those kinds of gowns.

– Darlene, with Bridal Elegance by Darlene

 

 

 

 

One of the thriftiest wedding cake hacks out there and one that can give you the biggest bang for your buck is here!  Instead of creating one extravagant cake that can feed all of your guests, have your baker create a small cake, which is meant for the cake-cutting, pictures, & feeding a few guests. Then, have a simpler, easy to cut sheet cake that can be hidden in the kitchen and cut up afterwards for all your wedding guests to enjoy. You can also utilize a dummy tier out of foam. Many bakeries can help achieve the look of a multi-tiered wedding cake for less by substituting decorated foam tiers in between real tiers of cake. This will be a huge blessing to your bank account… trust us!”

Birdie, with The Cake Boutique

 

…the general advice you will get is to think about the basics:  the price and thecapacity. However, the process of selecting a venue can really make or break your planning experience. Once you have selected one, it should be a place that leaves you feeling completely confident about your big day, not frustrated or depleted. Once all of the planning is done, everything will come together and it will center around the venue,  so ask the tough questions and make sure that you trust the venue to execute your vision.

Lauren, The Event Center at Sandra Golf Club

 

 

 

 

Remember, this is the time in your life that you will be the most photographed.  Why not make the most of it and be camera ready at all times? When booking your wedding trial run with your hair and makeup artist, book your engagement pictures after. Or perhaps plan it to be done on the morning of your bridal shower, that way you can be camera ready for the shower.

Ric Kent, Hair and Makeup Artist

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Make it Official with Kayla Kitts Photography

It’s true, these adorable couples have made it official and we get to make the announcement, thanks to Kayla Kitts Photography. Whether you want to announce your engagement with gorgeous photos in a natural setting like Tent Rocks, on the field at a baseball game or beside a soaring saguaro in Phoenix, Arizona, Kayla is your girl — she’s fun, natural and oh so talented.

Meet the couples who made it official with Kayla Kitts Photography!

Bryanna + Dustin

Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico

 

Celeste + Brandon

Baseball Field, Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Erin + Zach

Phoenix, Arizona

Congratulations, all you love birds!

If you would like to announce your engagement, we’d love to hear from you!

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Mark Your Calendars for the Diamond Dash Wedding Show!

We hope you are planning to join us at the last EPIC
ABQ Wedding Show of the year!

Diamond Dash Wedding Show

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras NW

VIP Pre-Party, Chapel | 11:30-12:30

Wedding Show, Main Ballroom | 1-4

The Wedding Show as well as the VIP Pre-Party are each $5 online, but prices will go up to $10 at the door!

Make sure to get your tickets here>

This is your chance to see the hottest trends in bridal and men’s formalwear, score giveaways galore and possibly get picked to be one of the 5 lucky ladies to dive into a wedding cake for FREE diamond jewelry from our local Shelton Jewelers, all while planning your wedding with the best — the VERY best!

Here are 5 reasons you don’t want to miss out on the Diamond Dash!

  1. VIP Insider Secrets Pre-Party is happening from 11:30-12:30 in the brand new, beyond amazing, Hyatt Regency ABQ Chapel.
  2. The first 200 engaged couples to check into the show will receive $500 in PWG Bucks to spend toward your dream wedding.
  3. An elite assortment of the most preferred wedding professionals in Albuquerque, all ready to meet you under one roof!
  4. Breathtaking displays sure to inspire and help you envision the perfect celebration for your big day.
  5. Wedding swag and phenomenal specials that can help you maximize your budget and book today’s top wedding professionals.

Click here for tips to get the most out of the Diamond Dash!

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A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS:

Hyatt Regency | Photographic Perspectives | Cake Fetish | New Mexico Wedding Professionals | King Mobile Music | Bliss Salon & Spa | Suits Unlimited |  | Bridal Elegance by Darlene | Simply Decor & Events

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