Simply Sweet Summer Styled Shoot

When vendors come together to let someone’s dream become a reality, that is what a wedding is.

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We couldn’t agree more, Tori. One thing though, are sure you didn’t accidentally make our wedding dreams a reality? Because this styled shoot is giving us all the feels. From our collaboration dreams for local wedding professionals, to wedding-day fantasies, this shoot fulfilled all our hopes and expectations.

A delicate floral backdrop for the sweetheart table, perfectly paired silk florals from Charlotte’s Flowers, all captured by the perpetually creative Tori Photography. Really though, what more could you ask for? Tiffany Burke Events, event planner extraordinaire, coordinated the styled shoot between a fabulous handful of local wedding vendors, and all the magic took place in one of Albuquerque’s favorite venues, The Canyon Club.

As for the sweethearts themselves, two lovely local models, cruised around The Canyon Club with an adorable golf cart and love in their eyes. Punctuated by splashes of sparkles and lace, no detail of this shoot went unnoticed, and all came together to create such a wonderfully delicate and elegant moment in time. Fashioned by the veteran vendor Mr. Tux, the groom wore a light gray suit — the perfect fresh and airy fit for the southwestern sun. And the bride… well, you’ll just have to see the photos for yourselves. Her gown was breathtaking, and it’s better we try not to describe it with words.

A very special thank you to these wedding professionals, who worked together to manifest this wedding-day fantasy, showcasing their incredible talent and offering local brides some IRL inspiration. For a full list of the participating vendors, scroll on! Links to contact and book the professionals included.

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Photography | Tori Photography

Decor & Planning | Tiffany Burke Events

Venue |The Canyon Club

Cake | The Cake Boutique

Hair + MUA | C. Johnson Makeup

Suit | Mr. Tux Formalwear

Dress | David’s Bridal

Floral | Charlotte’s Flowers

Invitations | Pennysmiths Paper

Decor | Simply Decor and Events

Ceremony Chairs | America Tent Rentals 

 

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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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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?!

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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 

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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.”

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

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

And until next time lovelies, for more on everything wedding + wedding planning please visit us online at PerfectWeddingGuide.com

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

 

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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.

 Source: http://www.perfectweddingguide.com/wedding-blog/

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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