Red: A Storybook Styled Shoot

The first time we saw these photos from magic-maker, Maura Jane Photography, our jaws quite literally dropped. That’s because when we hear the words “winter wedding styled shoot,” we think muted hues, cozy cups of hot chocolate, and maybe a faux fur shawl or two. We were totally unprepared for this striking, fairytale-esque shoot straight from wedding heaven!

(Although, we shouldn’t have been surprised that Maura Jane gave life to such a remarkable concept. She has a way of enchanting everything she photographs.)

From the perfect plum lip to the balanced-yet-wild bouquet, Maura and her dream team of local vendors truly brought their A-game to this sophisticated and invigorating shoot. We’re expecting to see this deep contrast and bold color scheme popping up in winter weddings everywhere this 2018 because, well, how could you not be inspired to do the same?!




Inspired by the beautiful winter weather and the moodiness of the red riding hood fairy tale we decided to put together a winter bridal portrait session with a little bit of a fairy tale twist. Using the deep color of Marsala as opposed to bright red, we wanted to add more mood to the shoot as well as inspire brides getting married in colder months. Protea and berries were added to the bouquet complete with long feathers for something unique.

-Maura Jane, Owner of Maura Jane Photography 





Meet the vendors who made this fairytale possible:

Concept + Photography: Maura Jane Photography | Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee

Gown: Bridal Elegance by Darlene | Floral: The Flower Company 

Model: Jaiden Mazon

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Kaelee + Stetson {Shabby-Chic Texan Ranch Wedding}

Awe – oh my gosh- you guys,  this next celebration is the shabby-chic Texan Ranch wedding of my dreams! Truly warmed my soul to peruse through the photos and thoughtful details on this cold, dreary winter afternoon. Where in the world would we be without Alena Swanson LLC? She is always there to make sure each detail is perfectly planned + coordinated from beginning to end. Here is what she had to say about being a part of this gorgeous celebration:

[Alena Swanson LLC] ” I’m in love with all the creative DIY decor Christy, the mother of the bride, made for her daughter’s wedding! Check out their handmade signs, photo booth lounge, tables and place settings, burlap chandeliers, wood coasters, and shelving for drink-ware and the candy bar! Although it was hot and then rainy at this Ft. Davis wedding in July, the couple had a dream wedding under the Texas stars, made complete by a sparkler dance.”

Enjoy! -A

One of our FAVORITE local silk flower professionals also makes a debut, Charlotte’s Flowers ladies + gents! Check her out :

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Professionals that helped pull this wedding full circle:

Charlotte’s Flowers– all the artificial boutonnieres, corsages, bouquets, and centerpieces. (from ABQ)
Thanks to Joshua Ratliff Photography  (from Texas) for the stunning photos of Kaelee & Stetson’s Shaby-Chic Texan Ranch Wedding!
Emily Joanne– Wedding Films (from ABQ): They were there capturing some film, can’t wait to see it!
HE Sproul Ranch 
David’s Bridal

And of course: Alena Swanson LLC: Wedding + Event Planning 

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Holiday Inspired Engagement Photos

The holiday season is just around the corner and if you are in the market for getting your engagement photos done soon- a great idea is to have them function also as a great holiday card image. Here is some cute, holiday engagement photo shoot inspiration for you!

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The Bach- The Ultimate Bachelorette Planning Tool



If you have a large group of girlfriends, chances are you have attended a number of bachelorette parties, and they are starting to feel repetitive. Coming up with new and exciting themes can be a challenge. Luckily, our friends at the The Bach have tons of tips and tricks just for your. The Bach is an online resource that provides unique bachelorette party ideas, curated venue recommendations, and the tools necessary to simplify the planning process. Check out their chick flick inspired party themes:

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Cyndi Lauper sings the truth! Get the girls together and dress up head to toe in 80’s gear. Don’t forget to crimp your hair and rock bright blue eye shadow. Head to the closest bar featuring an 80’s night and get your groove on with the bride-to-be.

A League of Their Own
If the bride is more into sports than dancing in heels, get tickets to a ballgame. Whether your splurge on box seats or sit in the nosebleeds, she will love rooting for her team while bonding with the girls over beer and hotdogs. Personalized t-shirts or baseball hats will help your group standout and may even get everyone on the Jumbotron!

Moulin Rouge
Was your group in awe of the costumes and performances in Moulin Rouge? If so, take the girls to see a live burlesque show. Want to do something a little more active? Then book a private burlesque class for just your bachelorette party group and master some new moves.

Pitch Perfect
Do you catch the bride humming these a cappella hits under her breath? Then be sure to add a karaoke bar to your bachelorette party itinerary. You and the girls can be the bride’s backup singers and help her belt out all of her favorite tunes. Consider reserving a private room so that even the shyest members of your group can let loose.

The Great Gatsby
Nothing says glitz n’ glam like The Great Gatsby. Throw the bride a swanky bachelorette party straight out of the Roaring Twenties. Dress up in flapper outfits, feather boas, and bright lipstick and sip on classic cocktails at your closest speakeasy themed bar.


Rainy Wedding Day Inspiration

Due to all of the recent rainy weather here in NM- I thought today would be a perfect day to post some rainy wedding day inspiration photos. You can always try to predict the weather but it is ultimately out of your control. Always remember when life gives you lemons you must make lemonade and when life gives you rain on your wedding day, accessorize with some cute rubber boots and an elegant lace umbrella!


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“Fall Perfect” Diamond Dash – October 2013

See below our inspiration for our next October Diamond Dash event. Our color scheme will include  vibrant shades of coral and pale green coupled with neutral and fall inspired tones.

What do you all think? Comment below we love feedback!


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Real Wedding: Brittany & Tofer – Married at Los Poblanos- Photographed by local photographer Joni Bilderback

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When you first begin your wedding planning it can be hard to envision the final product and that is why I think its nice and helpful to see all aspects of a wedding from start to finish.When I saw this series of  wedding photos, recently done by local photographer Joni Bilderback – I knew I had to share them . Hopefully these photos will not only incite excitement for your big day, but will also give you an idea of the details you may want captured.  You can tell that Brittany and Tofer genuinely enjoyed  their big day , and that’s how it should be!  Take a look at these awesome photos.





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