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

Bride’s Night In: Meet Your Favorite Wedding Vendors

Now is the perfect time to be planning your wedding – the sun is shining, the air is warm with a slight breeze, and you’ve got some extra time on your hands! Finally, you get to plan the big day without distractions, except maybe the urge to brew yourself a nice cup of coffee or check your Instagram feed.

Every year, Wedding Collective hosts an exciting evening specifically for local brides (and the grooms, too) to get out, have a good time, and meet local wedding vendors – the Bride’s Night Out. This year, the event was supposed to be held in May, but with the recent events that have transpired, we want to keep our community safe and save the event for more ideal days.

However, this doesn’t mean we forgot about you or your amazing weddings. In fact, we’re bringing all of the vendors that were going to participate in the evening right to your computer screen. We’re calling this rendition “Bride’s Night In” – cheesy, I know. We encourage you to make a little snack, pour yourself a fancy drink, and throw on your bride-to-be attire, paired with some cute pajama bottoms, while you dive into this article.

Alright, lovelies. Let’s get your virtual meet-and-greet started! Here’s how it’ll work:

  1. Check out all of the vendors listed below
  2. Fall in love with one of them? Click on the link to their vendor profile.
  3. Learn a little more about them by perusing their photo gallery and their services.
  4. Send them a little “hello” letting them know that you like what you see and that you are interested in their services, even if you’re still on the hunt. Let them know you found them on Wedding Collective so they know who sent them.
  5. Ready to book already? Send them an inquiry or give them a call! They would love to hear from you while they have this extra time to chat!

— Ready, set, go! —

312 Mobile Bar & Liquor Service

312 is a Mobile Bar Service with over 20 years of experience crafting drinks + cocktails and making memories along the way. We’ve been growing at a rapid rate since inception, growing the number of our loyal clients and leading the beverages industry forward. It is our mission to provide you with top-notch service.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Celebrity China & Crystal

Handcrafted china, crystal cutlery, and tableware is what Celebrity China loves to do, and does best. Whether you’re engaged, happy newlyweds, or celebrating your 50th anniversary, Celebrity China’s multitude of offerings ensures there’s the perfect addition to your kitchen collection every time.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Cello for Weddings

With Cello for Weddings & Events, you will know you are working with a true professional who makes the entire process fun and simple, yet tailored to your particular style and vision! As a Classically-trained cellist, composer, and music producer, Ryan has a giant resume including performance in nearly all genres.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Courtney Faye’s Wedding & Event Planning

At Courtney Faye’s Wedding and Event Planning, everyone is family. With that in mind, it’s my mission to make sure that your special event is stunning, memorable, and, above all, stress-free.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Dinner4Two

Since 1959 Hy Cite Enterprises has been providing Newlyweds and the home cook with superior performance minimum moisture cookware and kitchen tools.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa

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.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Enchanted Events Party Rentals

Tent rentals are great for any occasion when enjoying an outdoor event. Enchanted Events LLC is a new upcoming company with brand new equipment. It does not matter if your event is a small gathering to a large wedding we can handle it.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Glam by Jeet

Glam By Jeet specializes in on-location hair and makeup for weddings, special occasions, boudoir and editorial photo shoots in the greater Albuquerque area and beyond.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Hilton Garden Inn Rio Rancho

Hilton Garden Inn knows how important your big day is and we can help. From room blocks for your guests to on-site catering and space to hold your wedding, we are here to help ensure your biggest day is a successful one. Hilton Garden Inn Rio Rancho has everything you need for a successful wedding offering a ballroom at 1700 square feet.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Hotel Andaluz

With a passion for superior service and one breathtaking location, Hotel Andaluz is proud to be Albuquerque’s pinnacle of luxury. Proving exquisite ceremonies, majestic ballroom celebrations, and a stunning rooftop bar for all our couples and guests, we strive to make simply stepping foot in our historic venue a magnificent experience. 

VISIT THEM HERE!

Isleta Resort & Casino

Simply put, our team of wedding professionals are proudly dedicated to your special day. From the earliest planning stages, all the way through to your vows, you can rest assured that your wedding day will be just as you’ve imagined. From over-the-top, unforgettable extravaganzas to cherished, intimate gatherings with your loved ones, there is an accommodating space waiting for you here, at Isleta Resort.

VISIT THEM HERE!

King Mobile Music

At King Mobile Music, our wedding DJ services in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico are designed to provide you with enjoyable entertainment that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Mary Kay Cosmetics, Melissa Frei

I help women look their best by selling Mary Kay skin care and makeup.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Matt Blasing Photography

For me, photography is to see the world with brand new eyes every time I pick up my camera. Every couple is unique with a love story all their own, and our job is to tell your story the best way we know how.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Pennysmith’s Paper

At Pennysmiths Paper we also love to create custom invitations to reflect a bride’s personal style. We offer the full Envelopments line of papers and pockets and many other papers, ribbons and embellishments to create customer wedding invitations. We have also created our own line of Southwestern Wedding Invitations and have the ability to do completely custom designs.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Shutter Force Photography

By building strong relationships with our couples, we craft genuine and memorable images to best illustrate the heart and soul of your wedding day. There’s a magic that evolves from the combination of shared emotions, specific moments in time and beautiful custom details. 

VISIT THEM HERE!

Smallcakes A Cupcakery

A core value of Smallcakes is to make not only BEAUTIFUL looking cakes and cupcakes, but DELICIOUS tasting ones as well! With over 120 cake flavors to choose from, and award-winning decorators who can bring your ideas to life, the possibilities are endless! We even offer more than just cupcakes.

VISIT THEM HERE!

T. Rayne Photography

Freezing time and capturing life’s special moments. T. Rayne Photography is here to provide you with a fun and comfortable photography experience. With our natural style, we will have fun activities for all to capture the best smiles.

VISIT THEM HERE!

Vixen Lips by Vangie

Senegence is an amazing line that carries make-up, skin care, and hair care. The products are long lasting, smudge proof, water proof, kiss proof, and food proof. I also love the fact that they are chemical free. All products are Vegan, GMO free, Gluten free, wax free, lead free, made in the USA, and not tested on animals. 

VISIT THEM HERE!

We hope you made some great matches and are on your way to booking your next wedding vendor! Before you go, since you don’t get a physical swag bag, we’ve built a digital one for you here:

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Be sure to grab a ticket for our Wedding Gallery show in August where you can meet some of these vendors + more in person! We hope you had fun and feel free to share with your friends, whether they’re getting married or not!

9 of Albuquerque’s Best Hotels & Resorts

With record-breaking visitors to our city every year, it’s no surprise that we have some of the most beautiful and classy hotels and resorts in the country. Between the beloved Balloon Fiesta in October and incredible weather during the Spring and Summer, an Albuquerque wedding is bound to be on the wishlist for many couples. Whether you are planning a destination wedding here in the Land of Enchantment or simply inviting your friends and family from out of state, you’re going to need a welcoming place to house you and your guests – and we know just exactly how to make everyone feel right at home!

The Perfect Wedding Guide team is very familiar with the hotels in this city because we work closely with them to curate and host wedding shows and events all throughout the year. Without fail, they always know how to make guests feel like their top priority while incorporating the New Mexican culture and landscape. This is why we trust these hospitality professionals with all of our hearts and we know that you will too upon seeing what they have to offer.

Book a night for your wedding party in the heart of downtown at the Hotel Andaluz for outstanding city views or, if you want to experience the outskirts of town, stay at the Isleta Resort & Casino for pure relaxation. These wedding hospitality professionals know how to make the bride and groom feel ready for their big day, while also ensuring the happiness and comfortability of their loved ones.

If you are looking for a place for your parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, and/or best friends to stay during your Albuquerque wedding, or even just want to find the perfect ceremony or reception venue, we have collected some of the best hotels and resorts in all parts of the city, from the North to the South! Let’s check them out…

1. Albuquerque Marriott 

2. Embassy Suites Albuquerque

Photographic Perspectives

3. Hotel Andaluz

Matt Blasing Photography

4. Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

5. Isleta Resort & Casino

Photographic Perspectives

6. Marriott Pyramid North

7. Sandia Resort & Casino

Matt Blasing Photography

8. Sheraton Uptown

Blue Rose Studio
Photographic Perspectives

9. Route 66 Casino Hotel

Albuquerque’s 6 Best Ballrooms

When outdoor weddings first started gaining popularity several years ago, no one in New Mexico was surprised. Why wouldn’t we, especially here in our home state, have outdoor weddings?! With a myriad of differing landscapes — all responsible for inspiring countless artists — and a mild, predictable desert climate, there’s not much else you need for a fantastic al fresco celebration here.

Even with all the perks and predictability though, New Mexico isn’t immune to the forces of nature. It’s true our springs are a bit windy, and yes, temperatures do drop in the evenings and during the winter months. So while barnyard, fresh field, and riverside weddings stayed in vogue, the quiet and classic champion of weddings — ballrooms! — persisted.

And thank goodness they did! The timeless elegance of a grand ballroom has come back en vogue, and the indoor spaces across Albuquerque still stand proudly. Hosting receptions, ceremonies, and celebrations of all kinds, the ballrooms in our city easily make all who enter forget about the world outside their doors. With the comfort and ease of an indoor space with dedicated event staff, a hefty amount of wedding-day jitters and stress can be relieved as well.

So for the winter weddings, urban vibes, and modern brides alike, we’ve compiled 6 of Albuquerque’s most loved indoor ballroom spaces. While varying decor and aesthetics differentiate these local wedding venues, the uniting factor between all 6 is their impeccable attention to detail and on-staff wedding experts available for each celebration. You can’t go wrong!

1. Isleta Resort & Casino

Alicia Lucia Photography

See more of what Isleta Resort has to offer for engaged couples here!

 

2. Albuquerque Sheraton Uptown

The Youngrens Photography

See more of what Sheraton Uptown has to offer for engaged couples here!

 

3. Embassy Suites

Photography by Patti Cooke and Francisco Roybal

See more of what Embassy Suites has to offer for engaged couples here!

 

4. Sandia Casino and Resort

Matt Blasing Photography

See more of what Sandia Casino & Resort has to offer for engaged couples here!

 

5. Hyatt Regency Downtown 

Briana Nicole Photography

See more of what Hyatt Regency Downtown has to offer for engaged couples here!

 

6. Hotel Andaluz

Tori Photography 

See more of what Hotel Andaluz has to offer for engaged couples here!

 

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PWG’s Very First Bride’s Night Out

This April, Perfect Wedding Guide kicked off our first ever Bride’s Night Out! Cocktails, food, dancing, and tons of vendors showing off their products with free give aways made this night out one for the books. Hotel Andaluz hosted the event, and it was the perfect place for a relaxing and entertaining night out! With such a gorgeous and unique interior design, the beautiful outdoor balcony over looking the city was just icing on the cake.

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Thanks to Kevin’s Photography for capturing all the fun. Make sure join in on all the fun by registering for our next Bride’s Night Out in June! For more on wedding and wedding planning visit PerfectWeddingGuide.com!

Coat Party at Hotel Andaluz Thanksgiving Eve

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Hotel Andaluz  is throwing their Coat Party on their Ibiza Patio on November 26th where they will be collecting coat donations and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to New Day Foundation in support of National Runaway Prevention Month. Spread holiday cheer and help those in need this Thanksgiving!

Hotel Andaluz

125 2nd Street, Albuquerque NM

505-923-9080

For everything you need to plan your wedding, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Wedding Venue Spotlight} Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz is a beautifully unique historical downtown Albuquerque hotel that opened in 1939 as the first hotel in New Mexico constructed by New Mexico native Conrad Hilton. Hotel Andaluz is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel in Albuquerque and is one of only two GOLD Leed certified hotels in the US. Along with unmatched boutique hotel amenities and service for your wedding guests in an ideal downtown location, the rich architecture and wedding venue options offered at Hotel Andaluz makes it the ideal venue for a chic wedding in Albuquerque.

Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz prides itself on being the venue of choice for exquisite wedding ceremonies, dramatic ballroom celebrations, and exceptional food and service in a glamorous location.

Hotel Andaluz' Barcelona Ballroom.  Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
Hotel Andaluz’ Barcelona Ballroom can seat up to 200 guests and is ideal for both wedding ceremonies as well as receptions.
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Hotel Andaluz Lobby Wedding Ceremony. Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
Hotel Andaluz Lobby Wedding Ceremony.
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Hotel Andaluz’ Casablanca room accommodates 200 cocktail reception guests or up to 70 formally seated guests. The hotel provides custom configurations for each event, hardwood floors and LED accent lighting. Custom up-lighting packages are available. Chiavari chairs and three centerpiece options are also available.

“My wedding was perfect and Hotel Andaluz was an amazing venue picture perfect. Nancy was super accommodating. Not to mention when I got to my room they came up with a tray of chocolate covered strawberries and champagne.” -Mindy, Hotel Andaluz Bride

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Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz

125 Second Street

Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 923-9056

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

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} Courtney and Basil’s Magical Harry Potter Themed Wedding

Real Albuquerque wedding couple Courtney and Basil were married at Hotel Andaluz, a historic downtown boutique hotel. Their gorgeous wedding had a unexpectedly elegant and fun literary theme, Harry Potter!

Photography by: Blue Rose Photography

Cake by: A Cake Odyssey

Venue: Hotel Andaluz

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Blue Rose Photography Studio

(505) 266-5291

201 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

A Cake Odyssey

(505) 268-2998

6920 4th Street, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107

Hotel Andaluz

(505) 923-9019

125 Second Street, Albuquerque, NM 87102

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

Diamond Weddings for Diabetes | November 14th at Hotel Andaluz

 

Diamond Weddings for Diabetes

Sunday, November 14th, 2010
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Hotel Andaluz

An elegant bridal show brought to you through UNM in collaboration with Perfect Wedding Guide featuring New Mexico’s best inspirations for modern brides.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the American  Diabetes Association.

Photo by Dry Heat Photography
Meet Wedding Professionals

 

Giveaways and More

Free Valet Parking

Free Champagne and Hors d’ oeuvres

Register online in advance for a buy one get one
free ticket offer ($10.00 Value)
www.PerfectWeddingGuide.com
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