Meet Albuquerque’s PWG Team

Since the rebirth of the Albuquerque + Santa Fe Perfect Wedding Guide team ten years ago, the driving motivation behind everything we do has been our local wedding community. Having a personal relationship with some of the most inspiring business owners makes the hard work we put in to every event, giveaway, and of course, our magazine, totally worth it.

Not only do we love being able to introduce local engaged couples to photographers, officiants, DJs that we know on a first name basis, but it’s important to us that we match up couples with vendors that we know can make their dreams come true. We can only do that by really getting to know each business — their goals and dreams, and even their personality quirks, which we find endearing.

So, why not share the same courtesy with our amazing readers and engaged couples?! Our team is tight-knit and we rely on each other a lot, but we’re also constantly learning more about one another too. We often do little games during our Monday morning meetings, and wanted to introduce ourselves to you with a particularly fun one. We made acronyms describing our personality using the letters in our names which, I must add, is much harder than it sounds if you have a “z” in your name.

Grab some tea or coffee and scroll on! Meet our team and comment your own acronym below.

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{Very, very thankful to the darling Jacqueline Vega Photography for rockin’ out our new headshots! Book her for your wedding here.}


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Create and Cultivate: Speed Networking at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

It’s that time again and we couldn’t be more excited! Our annual business-to-business speed networking event is taking place, once again, at the lovely Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. If you have not had a chance to visit Los Poblanos, this is the perfect opportunity to see and experience this hidden gem in the heart of the city! Not only will you bask in the beautiful surroundings, but you will also cultivate vital relationships with other local wedding professionals to take your business to the next level.


Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm | 4803 RIO GRANDE BLVD NW

Seating is limited to 100 and we only have a handful of seats left! Don’t wait, registration is required to attend this one-of-a-kind event. Not to mention, cost includes a complimentary cocktail and gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

PWG Member Registration | $25

Non-Member Registration | $40

Remember, business opportunities come from a variety of sources and referrals are certainly one of them. To gain referrals, however, you need to make meaningful face-to-face connections. So do yourself a favor and give your business a boost at this speed networking event unlike any other. And make sure to bring a networking buddy or wedding colleague!

By attending, you will:

  • Generate social media buzz about your brand.
  • Give your business a stronger presence in the wedding community.
  • Properly position yourself to stand out from your competitors.

More importantly, you will cultivate long lasting business relationships to:

  • Maximize your time by meeting a host of professionals in one setting.
  • Do more than just pass a card — chat one-on-one!
  • Expand your connections and increase your circle of influence.
  • Exchange ideas, contacts and share your vision!

Once all participants are seated, the speed networking sessions will begin. During each fast-paced session, participants will network face-to-face. At the end of each session, participants will quickly alternate their seating arrangements for their next networking opportunity. In just a few minutes, participants will share business cards, bios, history and offer new contacts with valuable information about their business.


  • Who do you know that might need their services?
  • Who has a similar client base and might refer engaged couples?
  • How might each company do business with one another?
  • Can you introduce them to anyone who can help them?



CHARCUTERIE | assorted imported & local cheeses | housemade crackers | grilled bread |roasted salted nuts | marinated olives | housemade pickles | seasonal fresh or dried fruit

BEET TARTAR | potato coin | crème fraîche | fresh herbs

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SKEWERS | seasonal spicy aioli


HOUSEMADE COOKIES |  lavender shortbread

S’MORES STICKS  |  homemade marshmallow dipped in decadent dark chocolate rolled in homemade graham cracker crumbs

We would like to thank Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm and Arielei Kinzer Photography for being so generous with your products and services and making last year’s speed networking event a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you and we are sure this year’s event is only going to be more fabulous!

— Perfect Wedding Guide Team

Photo by Arielei Kinzer Photography

Hope to see you there!

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PWG Meet-up at Classic Event + Tent Rentals {Casual Networking}

On the morning of April 21st, The Perfect Wedding Guide Team headed over to Classic Event + Tent Rentals for a casual networking event. We planned on having a simple get-together with coffee and some snacks, but we were pleasantly surprised with gorgeous table settings by Classic, charming arrangements by Charlotte’s Flowers, and a tasty breakfast from Lettuce Cater. It was so wonderful to walk into the space and see Classic’s staff’s talent. They transformed the space into a charming venue, making it so nice to sit down and discuss life with some of Albuquerque’s finest vendors. When we talked with them, we got to see how much they care for their clients and all the hard work that goes into making each couple feel uniquely special. This event was a blast, and it gave everyone the opportunity to not only discuss business, but build relationships.

Charming arrangement by Charlotte's Flowers!
Charming arrangement by Charlotte’s Flowers!


Tasty AND good-looking quiches by Lettuce Cater
Tasty AND good-looking quiches by Lettuce Cater
The Perfect Wedding Guide and a great cup pf coffee make a flawless morning
The Perfect Wedding Guide and a great cup of coffee make for a wonderful morning…
Just a sample of Classic's talent!
Just a sample of Classic’s talent!
More of Charlotte's Flowers!
More of Charlotte’s Flowers!

This little meet-up was so much fun. The unexpected effort from the different businesses just went to show how much our advertisers care. They go above and beyond to make everything they participate in look and feel special.

Special thanks to these vendors, we couldn’t have done this without you:

Venue and Tables/Linens: Classic Event + Tent Rentals

Catering: Lettuce Cater

Flower Samples: Charlotte’s Flowers


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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, or fax it in to us! Fax # 505.821.3668

rsvp link

Wedding MBA Brunch

Shauna Pointer
Photo by Julianne Nichols
Photo by Julianne Nichols

Shauna Pointer and Melanie Martinez of Perfect Wedding Guide Albuquerque/ Santa Fe ventured off to the Wedding MBA conference in Las Vegas Nevada this past October. While there, they picked up some very important ideas, tips and tricks in terms of not only running a successful business but also, how to stay relevant in the ever changing and evolving wedding market.They thought most of the information would also be helpful to many New Mexican PWG advertisers as well. They put their notes together in an effort to share this important information with others. They touched on everything from how to address good and bad internet reviews to the importance of staying up to date with technological advances. These ideas are somewhat common however, need to be reiterated day to day as vital business practices.  The Hyatt Regency Albuquerque generously offered their space and also provided a delicious brunch for the meeting.Who doesn’t like a good frittata? Not to mention delicious yogurt with fresh fruit , straight out of the oven spinach danishes and out- of- this- world gingerbread scones. 50 plus advertisers of Perfect Wedding Guide came together on 12-12-12 for the  informative recap of the event and it was refreshing to be in the presence of such strong minded individuals. It was not only a presentation but moreover a time for discussion and insights as well. Overall It was a very fun and enlightening morning!

Photo by Julianne Nichols

Diamond Dash – A Huge Success!

Photo Credit: Kevin’s Photography

Perfect Wedding Guide’s Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show on Sunday, October 21, at the Albuquerque Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa was a huge success! The day consisted of a very enlightening Q&A session from local wedding experts, a New York fashion week worthy fashion show, and five lucky brides diving into a wedding cake in search of a diamond necklace. We’ve never had so many competitive brides.  It even turned into a cake fight!

This show simply would not have been possible without the help of our amazing sponsors. A big thank you goes out to Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa who hosted the event. Their professional and dedicated staff was very accommodating and assisted us in every way possible. From an intimate group of 10 to parties of 900, Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa will work with you to create the ideal setting for any occasion.

We were very lucky to have the New Mexico Wedding Professionals at the event schooling us on the ins and outs of planning the perfect wedding.  Empire Strings (a local string quartet) were music to our ears. They set the lively tone of the event by playing during registration.

The fashion show was styled by Darlene with Bridal Elegance  and Mr. TuxFormal Wear. Each piece showcased remarkable examples of the hottest wedding trends to date. The looks were topped off with gorgeous bridal bouquets provided by Charlotte’s Flowers, stunning hair and makeup provided by Bliss Salon & Spa, and dazzling jewelry provided by Premier Designs by Kris. Classic Party Rentals provided the stage draping and upgraded linens, which gave the space a very alluring feel.

King Mobile Musicwas at the event keeping us all very entertained and informed during the Great Diamond Dash. I have to admit it was hard to watch five lucky ladies

Photo Credit: Kevin’s Photography

demolish a truly delectable looking cake provided by ABC Cake shop and Bakery but it was all in great fun, especially for bride –to- be, Samantha Wintermute, who was lucky enough to discover the diamond necklace! None of the lucky ladies left empty handed as the cake also contained a $200 gift certificate to Bridal Elegance by Darlene, a manicure and pedicure courtesy of Bliss Salon and Spa, a $500 gift certificate to King Mobile Music, and a gift certificate for a complimentary engagement session and one 8 x10 print courtesy of Kevin’s Photography– who was also there to capture the fun and excitement of the afternoon.

 Here is what some of the attendees had to say about the event-

“The Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show has a great variety of brides and vendors without being overwhelming.” –Bridal Elegance by Darlene

“Perfect Wedding Guide’s bridal shows are much more impressive than past experiences with other bridal shows. We enjoyed the high traffic and continuous fashion show.” -Forever & Eternity Photography


“Great show! Thanks for all of the hard work. Seemed very successful and we met a lot of great couples. Very well put together and organized.” –Ansley Event Design

“This was our first bridal show and it was a great experience.” –Brazilian Waxing Boutique

“LOVED the show!! Thank you so much!! Booked 6 appts from the show alone. Such a nice smooth pace, was actually able to talk to the clients. Great Experience!” – Sara Heffern, Inn at Rio Rancho

“We received two great appointments from the show.  This is one of the better events that we’ve done in a long time.” – James, Pennysmiths Paper

“Attendance was wonderful and the vendors being there were all such nice people.  The staff was SUPER helpful.  Having friendly competent staff was wonderful.  The staff at the event made sure any needs I had are hard to remember now. That is the kind of service that’s really on their game.  The way the space was set up made the flow really work!  There wasn’t an overwhelming congestion area and I heard several brides remark that they thought the space set up really worked.” – ABC Cake Shop & Bakery

Photo credit: Kevin’s Photography

“The show was beautiful, and I couldn’t have been more pleased. That is what a bridal show should be like. It greatly exceeded my expectations, and I was delighted to have been a part of it. The snack bags were very nice and very helpful, thank you.” – Jasmin Saxton- Forever & Eternity Photography

“Yesterday’s bridal show was great, thanks for letting me be a part of it.”

– Sarah Ansley,  Ansley Event Design

“Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the wedding show on Sunday! It was a great experience and everyone was a pleasure to work with! I look forward to joining you for many more events!” 

– Kris Viseur Wright, Premier Designs by Kris

“I just wanted to drop you a note about how nice the wedding show was on Sunday.  From the initial information, the loading and unloading, the continental and water stations throughout, to the great service.  I think this was one of the best shows I’ve worked in a long time.  So thank you!” – Cherie Jacob, Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel


Thank you again to everyone who was able to participate in New Mexico’s most exciting Bridal Show. We had such a wonderful time meeting you all and hope to see you at the next Great Diamond Dash!

Photo Credit: Kevin’s Photography
Check out the You Tube Video of the Event Below!

Networking was wonderful!

Shauna and I had a great day time at our wedding professionals networking event at the Desert Greens Golf Course.  Every single seat was filled and our the bridal board gave very valuable information to the attendees. We would like to thank all of our sponsors who worked so well together to make this event a success (listed below). Photos by Bryan’s Photography are posted below.  The video of our luncheon will be posted soon, stay tuned!

Feedback from luncheon attendees:

“The input that was given by the panel was very informative” – Better Health

“Another great luncheon, Thank you” – Dave Doyle of Abundant Blessings

“You always have a great facility for the luncheons. It was very informative and well done event.” – Naomi Romero of Garcia’s Tents

“I learned that what is important to the bride is to be personal and take an interest in them. Please have more bridal boards, this was a great luncheon.” – ABC Cake Shop & Bakery

“I appreciated hearing how important relationships are between vendors and brides.” – ABQ Trolley Co.

“We enjoyed the interaction with the bridal board. We were able to learn about qualities that the brides are looking for in vendors.” – Hyatt Tamaya

“I loved hearing what the brides had to say about personality and quality.” – Inn at Rio Rancho

“The reviews by the bridal board will help us so much. We learned that everyone working in the company needs to polite and joyful.” – Akshay Patel of Simply Décor & Events

“I enjoyed learning what turns brides off when it comes to wedding vendors.” –Rancho de Corrales Event Center

“The bridal board was very informative. I learned that they want people who are sincere.” – Patricia Reyes of Just Love Songs

Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography
Photo by Bryan's Photography

Thank you to the following sponsors:

Desert Greens Golf Course, venue, food, chocolate fountain, and ceiling draping

Bryan’s Photography, photography services

Just Love Songs, entertainment

Differently Designed, invitations

Garcia’s Tents & Events, linens and table runners

Finishing Touches, chair covers & ties

Forever Folded, centerpieces

King Mobile Music, Sound System

Silver Swirl Studios, place cards

Albuquerque Wedding Guild

In an effort to provide educational and networking opportunities for our industry partners, we host occasional luncheons to bring everyone together.  Our luncheon for weddding businesses will be held this Thursday, November 6th at Tanoan Country ClubTammy Elliott, president of the Perfect Wedding Guide franchises will be flying in from Atlanta, GA to present on the topic of “The Truth about Brides & Budgets”.  She will be discussing specific statistics for our New Mexico market on how much couples are spending on their weddings these days and how that can affect the way that businesses may need to adjust their vision and focus to be able to obtain YOUR business.  Did you know that only approximately 60% of brides actually claim to even have a budget? 

Here’s a great quote from Sylvia Weinstock:

” Brides usually tell their families and grooms it cost less than it does and she tells her friends it cost more than it DID!”

As the publisher of the New Mexico Perfect Wedding Guide, I want to ensure that our affiliates understand our market and are doing their best to serve YOU no matter what your budget is.   – Shauna Pointer

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