Catherine & Mikael’s Rainy & Romantic Los Poblanos Wedding

From the first sign of sunshine peaking over the Sandias, the rain drizzled at a slow and steady pace throughout the day to grace their wedding with luck and good fortune. The air was crisp and the weather calm. Perfect for Catherine and Mikael’s wedding last fall.

With photos captured by Elizabeth Wells Photography and Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm for the venue, you know it’s bound to be magical — and magical it was. From the first rain drop to the final farewell, everything came together perfectly and seamlessly.

Unlike traditional weddings, Catherine and Mikael walked down the aisle side by side as a symbol of their unwavering commitment to each other. In honor of their new life together, they both took on a new last name, Ayele, which means, “becoming stronger.”

Although they say rain is a sign of good luck on your wedding day, it is obvious that the love between these two is much more lasting, binding and true. Their dreamy and romantic, yet completely unique wedding was simply a grand display of true love.

If rain at a wedding is a sign of good fortune, then consider us lucky! Despite waking up to dark clouds and the first wet weather of the season, we had nothing to worry about — not only because we were in the capable hands of Los Poblanos, but also because nothing could diminish the natural beauty and tranquility of this venue.

As most of our guests were attending from out of state or overseas, many visiting New Mexico for the first time, we wanted to offer an authentic, unique and memorable introduction to our beautiful state. Not only did Los Poblanos deliver, they exceeded our expectations with unparalleled cuisine, rich character and seamless coordination.

Even though it was the biggest party we’ve ever thrown, it was also the most intimate and romantic. Los Poblanos kept us warm and dry while accommodating our multicultural celebration in a way we never could have imagined and will never forget.

— Catherine, Bride

Photos by Elizabeth Wells Photography

Congratulations, Catherine and Mikael! May your love “become stronger” with each new year together!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm | Photographer: Elizabeth Wells Photography | Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee | Cake: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm | Photo Booth: Pink Mustache

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Our Hacienda is Your Hacienda: Hacienda Doña Andrea De Santa Fe

One of my absolute favorite things about my job is discovering and writing about beautiful places to get married in New Mexico — places I didn’t know existed and I’m sure many of you probably didn’t know existed either. And best of all, I get to share my discoveries with all of you!

One look at Hacienda Doña Andrea and I was speechless! I thought, “Where has this amazing venue been hiding all these years!?” Hacienda Doña Andrea is a grand nine bedroom vacation home, perfect for a completely private and authentic Spanish wedding. With the capacity to accommodate 150 guests and 30 overnight guests, it’s perfect for large families or out-of-town guests.

With a spectacular view as far as the eye can see, Hacienda Doña Andrea is the picture perfect venue for local and destination weddings alike. About 50 miles north of Albuquerque, this beautiful hacienda sits majestically atop Montaña Del Oro surrounded by a natural picturesque landscape of piñon, juniper and cedar. Not to mention, the interior is quite spectacular as well!

Depending on your style, there are so many lovely venues to choose from in Albuquerque and Santa Fe — but I have to say, Hacienda Doña Andrea is definitely one of my personal favorites!

Hacienda Doña Andrea offers a multitude of old-world inspired space for relaxation, contemplation or celebration. Whatever your mood or special event, the hacienda will leave you refreshed and inspired.

— The Team at Hacienda Doña Andrea

Wedding Photos by Ashley Davis Photography, Cover Photo by Hacienda Dona Andrea

For a virtual tour with captivating photos and more information on booking Hacienda Doña Andrea for your wedding or next event, be sure to visit their website!

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The Perfect Venue to Say, I Do: Albuquerque Marriott

Located near the lively ABQ Uptown, the Albuquerque Marriott has been making dreams come true for happy couples in the southwest, making it a top spot for weddings in the Duke City. With beautiful facilities and expert wedding planners, it’s easy to see why so many choose the Albuquerque Marriott for their wedding reception venue and honeymoon stay.

With 21 event rooms and almost 24,000 square feet of event space, the Albuquerque Marriott is sure to have what you’re looking for! And if you’re planning a large wedding, the Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 900 guests with a reception style banquet. Not to mention, the spectacular view of the Sandia Mountains sets the stage for breathtaking wedding photos.

Now offering a variety of packages to suit your needs, to include custom menus, cake cutting, champagne toast, ballroom setup, and a honeymoon suite for your wedding night. And to ensure your wedding is everything you dreamed and more, the Albuquerque Marriott offers a Marriott Certified Wedding Planner to plan and coordinate every detail of your big day.

Dream weddings don’t just happen, they’re planned. Marriott Certified Wedding Planners are trained to make your dream a reality. After completing demanding coursework, each Marriott Certified Wedding Planner is qualified to coordinate weddings of all types, including ethnic and military weddings. From setting a budget and deciding on a menu to table settings and coordinating florists, photographers and entertainment, our Marriott Certified Wedding Planners can help you determine a vision for your wedding and execute every detail.

— Albuquerque Marriott

Photos by Albuquerque Marriott

The breathtaking views and all-inclusive packages, truly make Albuquerque Marriott the perfect venue to say, “I do!”

For more on everything Wedding + Wedding Planning, visit us at: PerfectWeddingGuide.com

Isleta Resort & Casino Wedding {Garrett + Jeri Ann}

Planning a wedding has never been easier, thanks to Isleta Resort & Casino. With all inclusive packages, they literally take care of every detail of your wedding with ease and all you have to do is enjoy the happiest day of your life. In fact, Garrett and Jeri Ann Weisensel can attest to the amazing job the team at Isleta did on their gorgeous wedding last fall.

Starting with Jeri Ann’s bridal shower, which took place at the Isleta Golf Club, the team went above and beyond to make sure the bride and her guests felt at home. On the wedding day, they had everything ready to go long before the bride and groom returned for their reception. After posing for some beautiful photos at the Jar Spa, they proceeded to the reception hall, where their guests were awaiting their grand entrance.

With over 400 guests to accommodate for their reception, the Grand Ballroom was just perfect. Their reception included a cocktail hour along with dinner and dancing. They chose the “Honeymoon in Italy” dinner package and their wedding cake was made by Isleta’s in-house assistant Pastry Chef, Casey Trent — who makes all of Isleta’s custom wedding cakes.

Isleta Resort & Casino is really something special! From my bridal shower to my wedding day the service, staff, food and atmosphere was astounding! I could not be happier with the quality and professionalism of the services provided by the event staff, banquet staff, reservation staff, bell/valet service, and staff at the golf course, where my bridal shower took place. Cindy and all the staff who assisted her did a job well done to make sure our day was special. On our wedding day and my bridal shower we had full confidence that they would ensure that each moment was most memorable.

I remember taking a peek at the ballroom the night before, it was 7:30 in the evening, and the banquet staff were still working hard to prepare for our wedding the next day. The staff was very attentive and asked if I was happy with the setup and if there were any changes that needed to be made. I had no changes, but I was just speechless because it looked so beautiful. The wait staff were very nice and attentive to all of our guests, which I appreciate! The bell service the day after the wedding to assist with loading our vehicles with gifts were amazing. They handled our goods with care and took their time when loading. We truly appreciated their patience and helpfulness.

Cindy, herself, was very responsive when I had questions or needed opinions. A bride and groom should not be overwhelmed with decisions on their wedding day, which Isleta made sure not to do because everything they needed from us and final touches were taken care of well in advance! I am so happy with Isleta Resort & Casino as our reception venue, I cannot thank them enough for the exceptional service.

— Jeri Ann, Bride

Photos by Alicia Lucia Photography

Congratulations, Garrett and Jeri Ann!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: Isleta Resort & Casino | Caterer: Isleta Resort & Casino | Cake: Isleta Resort & Casino | Décor: Occasion Services & Events | Photographer: Alicia Lucia Photography

If you are planning a wedding anytime soon, look no further! Now through June 30th, Isleta Resort & Casino is running a sweet deal on their Tres Vintage Glamour package. Click here for details!

For more on everything Wedding + Wedding Planning, visit us at: PerfectWeddingGuide.com

La Fonda on the Plaza: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Plan your dream wedding at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. La Fonda is the only hotel on the historic plaza, making it a sought-after venue for local and destination weddings alike! And with a four-hundred-year history, this luxury hotel has definitely earned its top stop among the best in the nation. If you want to have a truly authentic southwest wedding, La Fonda is the way to go! From the the luxurious Bridal Suite to La Terraza, everything about La Fonda beautifully and effortlessly showcases the best New Mexico has to offer.

Just imagine, you and your bridal party getting dolled up in your luxurious Bridal Suite atop La Fonda, while your beau and his crew get spiffy across the way. Before you make it official, however, you sneak up on your hubby-to-be for your intimate first look in front of The Terrace fountain. After you part ways, you reunite with your bridal party to await your grand entrance. While you wait, your heart starts to race as the live music signals your cue. You slowly walk down the aisle with all eyes on you as your soon-to-be hubby tries to hold back tears.

After what seems like an eternity, you finally make it to the altar on The Terrace overlooking the Loretto Chapel, where you say, “I do.” Once you’re officially announced Mr. and Mrs., you exit hand in hand to the sound of cheers and well wishes. And like so many happy coupes before, you parade around the plaza announcing your union to the masses, complete with a musical procession as well as friends and family in tow. As you make your way back to La Fonda you lead your parade of guests to La Terraza Event Room, where you proceed to celebrate over your first gourmet dinner as man and wife.

At La Fonda on the Plaza, we believe that each Santa Fe wedding is special and unique, deserving the utmost attention and care. Timeless and elegant, with a touch of Southwestern flair, the wedding venues at La Fonda feature classic examples of New Mexican architecture. Some venues feature breathtaking skylights or handcrafted fireplaces, complimented by custom designed tin chandeliers that exude old world elegance, creating the most romantic aura for your wedding. Whether you envision an intimate occasion or a grand event, the wedding reception venues at La Fonda will comfortably  accommodate your party. Meticulous attention to detail by our wedding planner will ensure that each celebration is a reflection of the couple. Our seasoned wedding specialists will consult with each couple, assisting in planning everything from catering to entertainment to insure that your wedding day is the one you dreamed.

— La Fonda on the Plaza

Photos by Alicia Lucia Photography

As you can see, a wedding at La Fonda on the Plaza is like no other.

For more on everything Wedding + Wedding Planning, visit us at: PerfectWeddingGuide.com

{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

Photo Credit: Hotel Andaluz
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Photo Credit: Blue Rose Photography
Photo Credit: Blue Rose Photography
Photo Credit: Blue Rose Photography
Photo Credit: Blue Rose Photography
Hotel Andaluz
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.

{Wedding Venue Spotlight} Albuquerque Marriott at Uptown

The Albuquerque Marriott is ideally located in the uptown Albuquerque area. The Albuquerque Marriott offers a spectacular venue and a Marriott Certified Wedding Planner to create your dream day. Wedding packages include: cake cutting, custom menus, champagne toast, ballroom setup, and bridal suite for your wedding night.

Are you still searching for your ideal wedding venue? The Albuquerque Marriott is offering a 20% Discount for wedding related events (rehearsal, luncheon, brunch, etc.) when you mention the hotel’s Perfect Wedding Guide page. The hotel is also offering discounted rates for Friday and Sunday events!

Photo Credit: Albuquerque Marriott
Photo Credit: Albuquerque Marriott
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You can trust the professionals at the Albuquerque Marriott to help you create your dream wedding day. Photo Credit: Albuquerque Marriott

“Dream weddings don’t just happen, they’re planned. Marriott Certified Wedding Planners are trained to help. After completing demanding coursework, each Marriott Certified Wedding Planner is qualified to coordinate weddings of all types, including ethnic and military weddings. Relying on experience, training, tradition and old-fashioned intuition, Marriott Certified Wedding Planners can help you determine an overall vision for your wedding and help you execute each detail. That includes setting an event budget; deciding on a menu; arranging table settings; and finding florists, photographers, a band and other entertainment for the big day.” –Albuquerque Marriott

The Albuquerque Marriott provides these amazing incentives for weddings in Albuquerque:

  • Host up to 1,100 cherished guests in their gorgeous Albuquerque wedding venues and ballrooms.
  • Browse the hotel’s exclusive Albuquerque wedding venues near Nob Hill to find one that suits your style.
  • Say “I do” against a backdrop of spectacular mountain panoramas at their wedding venue in Albuquerque.
  • Indulge with carefully crafted event menus designed with your nuptials in mind at our wedding venue.
  • Trust their certified wedding coordinator with details great and small for your big day.
  • Choose from an array of indoor and outdoor event spaces ideal for your pre-wedding events.
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Photo Credit: Albuquerque Marriott

Albuquerque Marriott

2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87110

(505) 837-6687

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Photo Credit: Albuquerque Marriott

For more exceptional wedding venues in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.