There’s No Place Like Home: A Fall Wedding with Maura Jane Photography

There’s No Place Like Home: A Fall Wedding with Maura Jane Photography

The tall cottonwood trees arched all the way over the long paved Los Poblanos driveway as we made our way to Lauren and Andrews wedding. The leaves were already changing and several of the trees here and there were really showing off their colors. The couple had traveled all the way from New York City for their big day in the Land of Enchantment, and they were excited that fall was beginning to appear. 

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As many New Mexicans know by now, it is hard not to return back home when you leave our lovely state. We hear stories all of the time about couples who move away for various reasons, but decide to have their wedding here in the Land of Enchantment because it truly stole their hearts. We totally get it. There is something so captivating about the landscape and the people – it really is a gem.

Lauren & Andrew seemed to both agree that New Mexico was the ideal place for their fall wedding, even though they live all the way on the East coast in New York City. When you live all the way on the other side of the country, sometimes you need to call the family back home to ask for a little wedding planning help, and that is just what Lauren did. Lauren’s mom knew just the location to celebrate the marriage between her daughter and to-be-son-in-law – Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm! The couple booked the venue without hesitation. And who wouldn’t after seeing the stunning backdrops of lavender fields and rustic farmhouse chic decor?

The couple chose different shades of burgundy and blush for their colors, which complimented the fall foliage perfectly. Lauren wore her hair low and side-swept in a perfect bun and donned a stunning lace dress that fell off her shoulders softly. Perhaps our favorite detail was her pointed Bella Belle heels that matched her dainty belt perfectly.

The Perfect Wedding Guide crew is swooning over the small details from this perfect autumnal wedding. The rose gold ring, the pastel invitations, the perfectly fitting gown, and their absolutely radiant love for each other are just a few of the things that have us struck with awe. Not to mention that this day was captured by the one and only Maura Jane Photography whose style fits seamlessly with the warm + pastel fall vibes.

They exited the ceremony with a dried rose petal toss before joining their guests for cocktail hour on the back lawn. White pumpkins, candles and eucalyptus decorated the tables as guest toasted the newlyweds and sipped lavender gin cocktails and champagne. We finished the evening with a quick photo in front of the old historic building that hosted their reception as the couple kissed while being surrounded by farolitos.

We are so honored to have been sent the gallery from Lauren & Andrew’s wedding day. Take a peek & let the feeling of pure bliss come over you as you immerse yourself in the beautiful photos taken by Maura and her team!

Congratulations Lauren and Andrew, we are so happy for you both!

Venue: Los Poblanos Inn and Historic Farm
Planner/Designer: Chelsea Martinez
Florist:  Bagel's Florals
Hair and Makeup: Mark Pardo Salon
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Dress store: David's Bridal
Dress Designer: Melissa Sweet
Ties and Pocket Squares: The Tie Bar
Cake/Desserts: Los Poblanos
DJ: Cutmaster Music
Invitations: Minted
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Photography: Maura Jane Photography

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Waves of Love: A Real Wedding with Kayla Kitts Photography

Waves of Love: A Real Wedding with Kayla Kitts Photography

“The weather was beautiful, and the scenery to die for, but most of all it was so perfect because of all of the love.

The Perfect Wedding Guide team just got back from the 2019 Wedding MBA conference where we were able to sit in on some pretty amazing talks from professionals in the industry, meet other like-minded wedding business owners, and develop new skills. We are always looking for ways to ensure that we stay up to date with the fast-paced and ever-changing world of weddings, because we love what we do. We will talk a little bit more about what we learned later this month when we recap the event.

Something that we hear all of the time at big wedding talks is that every bride and groom should plan our their wedding and make sure that they set achievable goals for the big day, with the help of talented local vendors of course. When Azaira & Matthew were planning their wedding, they had one very important goal in mind: have the the best beach wedding ever– and they did just that!

Though we will always have a special place in our hearts for New Mexico weddings, destination weddings are just as alluring. This sandy beach wedding captured by Kayla Kitts Photography truly makes us want to put winter on hold, book a flight out of town, and throw on our swimsuits to get our party on! Just by looking through the gallery and seeing all of the smiles and laughter, we can tell that love was in the salty air.

Kayla has a way of not only capturing a moment in time, but also composing the shot perfectly to where it appears timeless. We can’t get enough!

Love poured through every part of the day; from the getting ready rooms, to the vows they recited to each other, and the toasts made by family and friends. Every bit of the day was filled with excitement, celebration, and happy tears, and it was so wonderful. 

They promised to forever on the edge of the sunny beach, and celebrated with an epic dance party as the moon glistened on the water – and if you asked any of us if we wanted to do that day again, we’d say HECK YES!

Photographer | Kayla Kitts Photography
Venue | Grand Caribe Belize
Dress | XO
Bridal Shoes | David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Rings | Zales
Cake | Grand Caribe Belize

Pizza in Santa Fe AKA The Best Engagement Session Ever

Pizza in Santa Fe AKA The Best Engagement Session Ever

In September of this year, Meghan and Ryan will be married at the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe. There will be llamas. Llamas, people!

Quite frankly, these facts and the photos from their engagement session below are all you really need to know in order to make you fall in love with Meghan and Ryan. But of course, the story doesn’t end there, and it gets even better with every turn.

We first met Meghan digitally, via email, when she reached out to thank Perfect Wedding Guide for being Perfect Wedding Guide. (So yeah, we liked her right off the bat!) Meghan had been using some PWG-exclusive resources to plan their wedding and engagement session from afar, which would have tickled us either way, but then she told us she was an event planner, too. An expert in our midst!

Which means she was able to, and is proud of, the creative ways she’s conserved their wedding budget and found vendors. She lamented over how much of the New Mexico wedding community thrives on just word-of-mouth, and how often styled shoots are beautiful, inspirational, magical, and completely impossible to accomplish for a real wedding, and we totally agreed.

(Except for Perfect Wedding Guide styled shoots, of course, because we only feature local vendors who could, if you want, literally recreate the exact shoot for your wedding with all the other wedding professionals they collaborated with originally.)

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I love when bridal resources feature real weddings — and none of that Martha Stewart Real Weddings because we all know that’s not really real!

So, despite the wall of exclusivity created by non-digital, word-of-mouth businesses, despite the fact they were planning a wedding and engagement from afar, and despite the fact Meghan and Ryan have impeccable style and couldn’t settle for just any wedding business, they have done it. They have planned a perfect fall wedding in Santa Fe.

Meghan’s parents are immigrants from the Philippines, and Ryan’s family is old-school New Mexican — back to the Don Victor Ortega days. So, as Meghan says, this September wedding will be an explosion of culture, family, and joy! Plus, remember the llamas? There are going to be llamas. Not to mention, most of the couple’s wedding vendors are non-profits, or give back to the local wedding community in some way, too.

An engagement session full of pizza, impenetrable love, and laughter, paired with a wedding rich in color and culture and kindness and llamas, booked solely with wedding businesses who work to make our state better…Well, we warned you that you’d fall in love with these two!

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6 Reasons to Consider a Destination Wedding

Destination weddings offer a number of benefits as an alternative wedding option. From adventure seekers to beach bums, these out-of-town nuptials can offer a tailored romantic excursion for every couple’s personality. Here, six reasons why brides and grooms are forgoing the traditional ceremony and reception for destination wedding experiences to last a lifetime.

1. Destination weddings can take place anywhere
Contrary to popular belief not all destination weddings have to take place at the beach. “Destinations” are considered anywhere away from where the bride and groom live. When booking your DW, consider locations that you and your groom would enjoy visiting most-the scenic landscape of a mountain range, the rustic feel of the woods or even on the grounds of a fairytale castle. A destination is anywhere the imagination takes you.

2. Destination weddings can actually save you money
Sticking to a proposed budget is often a major stressor for wedding planning. But the affordability of destination weddings has made this option increasingly popular for many budget-conscious couples. All-inclusive resorts combine accommodations with all meals provided. And an added benefit of booking at a resort or island location-no additional traveling for the honeymoon (you’re already there!).

3. Destination weddings are a growing trend (which means plenty of options)
Out of 2.4 million weddings that take place each year, 17 percent are destination weddings. Due to its increase in popularity, a number of hotels and resorts offer special romance packages and have on-site romance concierge services to schedule couples-themed activities for destination wedding guests.
For more ideas on destination weddings, visit PerfectWeddingGuide.com. Check out our links to the left to find additional wedding services in your area.