The Sweetest Day: Dennis + Michelle’s Real Wedding

Just a few months ago, as spring was beginning it’s transition into yet another sunny New Mexican summer, a parallel transition was happening at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Albuquerque. Michelle + Dennis, whose love began a long time ago, ushered in the evolution of their relationship from fiancées to newlyweds, while framed by the pristine, white chapel at the Hyatt Regency.

There to capture the once-in-a-lifetime moment was Albuquerque’s very own, Bryan’s Photography, and we’re so glad. Michelle + Dennis have a love story that matches their wedding — timeless, exuberant, elegantly celebratory — and with Bryan’s Photography there to preserve each special moment in time, we’re able to relive the joyous occasion as if we were there with the couple.

Though the details of the wedding — splashes of gold, luxurious white bouquets, full-bellied laughter, undeniable fun — jump out from the photos, perhaps the most endearing and inspiring part of Dennis + Michelle’s story is exactly that: their story. Which, luckily for us, Michelle wrote about for our Fall/Winter edition of the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine, and now, we get to share with you!

Scroll on to read about how Dennis + Michelle came to be husband and wife {spoiler, it’s incredible} and to contact the local wedding professionals who made their celebration possible. {Spoiler, they’re also incredible.}

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Dennis and I dated 14 years ago, and when we realized that fate had brought us back together after a long journey of searching for that happiness that people so rarely find, we knew it had to be special. We wanted to host an evening of fun and elegance for our friends and family to celebrate our reunion and our love. The Hyatt Regency Downtown was the perfect venue for our ceremony and reception, providing a backdrop of modern elegance. Nothing spoke to our dream wedding more than the classics like the black tux with bow tie and stunning décor. We kept it modern and trendy by incorporating items like ahi poke (a tribute to our favorite place Kauai), champagne Jello squares studded with flecks of 14k gold and a casino night, making the evening uniquely us! It was very important to me to bring on my very own “dream team” of wedding professionals that I have had the pleasure of working with for several years. The evening was exactly how I imagined, it was full of love, laughter and the beginning of my life with the man that I know I am meant to be with.

-Michelle, Bride

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Venue: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

Photographer: Bryan’s Photography

Bridal Gown: Suzanne’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Men’s Attire: Mr. Tux Formalwear

Jewelry: Shelton Jewelers

Flowers: Something Special with Flowers

Décor: Occasion Services and Events

Wedding Cake: Casey Trent

DJ: Complete Weddings + Events

Photobooth: ABQ Amusements

Lighting: Heritage Audio Visual

Casino Night Vendor: On the Go Casino

Reception Place Cards: Differently Designed

 

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Rebekah + Julio’s Unforgettable Albuquerque Wedding

With so many weddings every year, it’s easy to get lost in the bustling world of planning, budgeting, hiring wedding professionals, choosing venues, themes, and color schemes. But, a wedding day is, at its core, a ritual used to symbolize the coalescence of two lives into one. With all the precious details of Rebekah + Julio’s effortlessly elegant union, the couple reminded guests of this message hidden within the celebratory day.

Thanks to Chrisi K Photography, we’re also able to relearn the deeper meaning behind the tradition. Behind her lens, the famed Albuquerque photographer captured every moment — including, of course, when the bridesmaids walked down the aisle. As they made way for the bride, darned in muted hues to complement the venue {Casas de Suenos} and vibes, the message became clear. When each woman came to the outdoor altar, they removed one flower from their personal bouquet and added it to a vase which sat, front and center at the end of the aisle.

Representing both the support each couple had from their loved ones, and the coming together of their separate lives, the vase grew larger and more beautiful with each bridesmaid’s floral addition. The end result was an arrangement to rival all others — bursting with color and life, it represented the happy future each guest envisioned for Rebekah + Julio together.

Even more lively and awe-inspiring than the bouquet though, was the couple themselves. When Rebekah joined her soon-to-be husband in front of their guests, the joy and harmony that surrounded the couple was quickly the center of attention. Rebekah’s sleek gown combined vintage details with a modern elegance through its empire waist and high neckline. Julio’s tux, traditional and impeccably-pressed, complemented her attire perfectly, just as they do for one another in their relationship. Though they were essentially there, on a stage of sorts, it seems as if the two were in a world of their own.

How Chrisi K Photography manages to preserve each special second of the ephemeral day, we’ll never know. We can say though, with absolute certainty, that any engaged couple would be lucky to have her on their team for their big day.

To book Chrisi K Photography for your celebration, you can contact her here.

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Where Are They Now? {Celeste + Brandon}

You might remember Celeste + Brandon from this blog post a couple weeks ago. You know, the love so gorgeous and devoted this blogger was crying over it? Their wedding, which was last October, tugged at our heartstrings in a really special way. Yes, yes — we do love all married and engaged couples, but something about Celeste + Brandon’s celebration inspired us.

Which is why we decided to catch up with them! We love when our local vendors share special days with us, but…We’ve always wondered how the beautiful couples from our posts fair after the whirlwind of a wedding day settles down. Now we don’t have to! Celeste + Brandon motivated us to reach out to our local couples and ask: Where Are You Now? 

 

Where Are They Now? {Celeste + Brandon}

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Wedding Photo: Kayla Kitts Photography

 

I will never forget the day we met. We met at a baseball game in the town I was attending college. He happened to show up too and there wasn’t a huge crowd. So we sat by each other in the warm March day. I was there to watch the cute guys, he was there for the baseball. I pretended to understand what was happening and he probably knew that I had no clue! But he stuck around until the end of the game with me, even though I had felt my legs burning in the sunshine, I didn’t want to part with him yet. I asked him over to play with my dog and my dog immediately loved him. That’s when I knew he was different. He made me laugh and feel beautiful from the moment we met. I’ll never forget the feeling of butterflies and couldn’t stop smiling. It was worth the sunburn!

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Celeste and Brandon have cozied right up to life as a married couple. In the spirit of equality and love, so clearly seen in their wedding day, they split the day-to-day responsibilities of their lives together right down the middle. {Taking turns cooking and doing the dishes, with Celeste usually doing the laundry, and Brandon usually taking out the trash.} Full of respect for each other!

For the fun stuff: every day feels like a celebration now that they’re married! But still, getting out of the routine is healthy. Their favorite married-life tradition is going out on the town together a few times a month. Sometimes just to a movie — what matters is getting dressed up, getting out, and getting to enjoy each other’s company!

Celeste and Brandon made a fun trip up to Colorado recently, for a wedding nonetheless! “It was so fun to watch others tie the knot and be so happy on their big day. We reminisced of our own big day and loved just being able to be together to enjoy this amazing adventure with others!!” Celeste says. 

No major life changes have ricocheted through their life together yet, but emphasis on yet. They’re moving to a different state soon, and buying their first house together! New Mexico will be sad to see them go, but we’re grateful to have had them here this long.

Thank you to you both for sharing your wedding day, post-vows life, and for spreading love wherever you go!

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Engagement Photo: Cristy Cross Photography

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