A Grand Beginning: Where Happily Ever After Begins

Meeting and building relationships with Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s local vendors is, by far, one of the most wonderful parts of being on the Perfect Wedding Guide team. Not only does it mean that I get to drink a lot of coffee with really inspiring business owners, but means that I get to meet and support people like Lynn Grand, with A Grand Beginning.

When I first met Lynn, her warmth and vitality were the first things I noticed. Next, was her amazing organization skills, of which I’m still extremely jealous. As an officiant, her ceremonies, which she tailors to fit the needs of each individual couple, are already written in a sample format (and packaged up in the most darling, color-coordinated binder). This makes it super easy + super seamless for engaged couples to pick and choose each line of their ceremony.

“You can tell that this is more than just a job for Lynn,” one of her brides, Jennifer, says. And it’s true — Lynn is big on customization because she herself had a slightly-less-than-traditional wedding ceremony. Her and her hubby, Warren, were married in their home by a local officiant on New Years Eve, surrounded by their family and children. Incorporated into their ceremony too, was the Unity “Family” Candle ceremony that their children all participated in, to represent the divine union of two people into one family.

She recognizes that each couple values different aspects of the customary ceremony format, and that some want to pull in puzzle pieces from their cultures or traditions, and that some want something completely new. The malleability of her ceremonies is matched too, but only by her unwavering support and dedication to crafting the perfect combination of words to symbolize a union of love.


Lynn was just amazing. I couldn’t have walked down the aisle if it wasn’t for her. She not only delivered an incredibly beautiful ceremony but she treated my husband and I, and our entire family, with love and respect. Our guests couldn’t stop talking about her and the ceremony she gave us.

-Liz, recently married




[Lynn] really made the process a breeze and the end result was extremely beautiful. We received so many compliments on how unique and personalized the ceremony was. I would highly recommend Lynn to anyone looking for an officiant. She is the perfect combination of warmth and professionalism and she’s affordable, too!

-Jennifer, recently married

To chat with Lynn about dates and availability, you can reach her here.


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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 : 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!
HE Sproul Ranch 
David’s Bridal

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

Sneak Peak- Differently Designed-Wedding Collective Feature

Here is another sneak peak of one of the inclusions that you can expect to see in the Winter issue of the Perfect Wedding Guide!




Celebrations are the highpoint of so many of our life experiences.
Whether you plan on knocking their socks off or keeping it simple, it is about the quality that will make the biggest impact.
Differently Designed’s objective is to create swoon-worthy designs for your upcoming event with a look that your guests will soon not forget, and make your event personal.

Differently Designed offers custom invitations, save the dates, programs, thank you cards and a variety of other custom printed materials.
Quality service, unique custom designs and the ability to keep it simple or make a grand entrance is precisely where Differently Designed shines.


Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123

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Sneak Peak- Wedding Collective Feature

Here is another sneak peak of one of the inclusions that you can expect to see in the Winter issue of the Perfect Wedding Guide!

Savon Cash & Carry Flowers creates hundreds of weddings every season and takes pride in the quality, service and attention to detail for each and every one. From the simplest backyard wedding to grand events- Savon can meet your needs.  Call Carly Robertson, their events coordinator, for a FREE personalized consultation!

505. 884.1963 | 3520 Candelaria Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

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Sneak Peak – Wedding Collective Feature


Our 2013/2014 winter issue of the Perfect Wedding Guide will be featuring wedding “artists” of all mediums including designers, bakers, florists and more. Here is a sneak peak of a couple of the vendors that we plan to feature!


At Peregrine Arts Bindery in Santa Fe, hand bookbinder Katherine Loeffler designs and creates handmade custom photo albums, clamshell photo boxes and all occasion guest books using the highest quality book cloths and decorative papers from around the world.
These photo albums are perfect for your beloved wedding photos and her one-of-a-kind guestbooks will give your wedding a very personalized touch.

Choose beautiful colours, textures and patterns from a large selection of book coverings, decorative papers and embellishments to design your handmade keepsake.

Visit the bindery studio by appointment or explore the online shop anytime.



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Meet & Mingle Luncheon – July 10th La Fonda on the Plaza


When planning networking luncheons for our clients we have a very clear objective- we want vendors to know each other well and enjoy working together . We feel that this will ensure that  your special day is pulled off without a hitch. By continuously connecting wedding based businesses, we feel that we are helping to reinforce good relationships among them.  Our networking luncheons would not be possible without the help of our fabulous sponsors.

Our next luncheon is being held at the beautiful La Fonda on the Plaza on July 10th from 11:30am-1pm and we are lucky to have so many awesome sponsors to help make this event a memorable one.


La Fonda on the Plaza

Heather Chapman Hair

The Vanity Makeup Studio

Absolute Entertainment

Margaret Bost Floral Design

Blue Rose Photography Studio

Here are a couple of images of our past networking luncheons and also video links so you can see first

hand what they are all about!

Networking Luncheon_SAT
Photo by: Bryan’s Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan’s Photography


Giving away door prizes- Photo: The Photography Studio
Giving away door prizes- Photo: The Photography Studio

Click here to view video footage from past networking events.

If you are a wedding vendor and you would like to RSVP to our upcoming event at La Fonda on the Plaza, either give call us a call at  505.797.2749 or click link below to download the RSVP form and feel free to e.mail it to albq@pwg.com, julianne.nichols@pwg.com or fax it in to us! Fax # 505.821.3668

rsvp link

Made in New Mexico

While planning your wedding, I believe it is important to incorporate a little bit of where you are from, especially when you are from somewhere that has as much culture and spunk as New Mexico. We have a really exciting new feature in mind for our Fall 2013 issue called Made in New Mexico where we plan to highlight very talented local businesses providing all things New Mexico. We are really excited to promote some of these businesses not only because New Mexico as a whole is so unique but also because we are so proud to be New Mexican! We work with a lot of businesses that create products and more specifically wedding products right here in New Mexico. By supporting local business you are also supporting entrepreneurship, product diversity and you are keeping dollars in your local community. Here is an example of what the feature will look like!



Do you know of a business that would be perfect for the feature? Comment below and let us know. We love feedback!