A lifetime of Happiness: Real Wedding with Fender Photography

“Greg and Ashlee’s wedding was such a dream. It was a perfect New Mexico fall day and everything came together beautifully. Calvary Main Campus was absolutely breathtaking on the day they said: “I DO”. 

– CECILIA, FENDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Even though endless summer days are finally upon us, we can’t help but to look back on some of our favorite fall weddings. There’s just something about the crisp air and the warm colors of the leaves that leave us aching for more. It’s never too early or too late to obsess over autumnal sweetness. After all, you might be planning your upcoming fall wedding and need a little inspo, too!

For Ashlee + Greg, a fall wedding was an absolute must, and it couldn’t have been any more charming. The couple, having the warmest and gentle personalities, wanted to create an experience that celebrated both their love for each other and their spirituality. With the help of their chosen wedding vendors and the wedding venue, they made their ideal day, and so much more, possible.

Ashlee + Greg love the idea of simplicity and decided that this would be the perfect way to go about their wedding. Choosing the elements that would make up their wedding came easy, and they relied heavily on their faith to create a beautiful day for each other and their family + friends. Even though simple was the key for these two, there was certainly no lack of detail and memorable moments.

We’re a pretty simple couple, so it wasn’t surprising when we picked out details of our wedding, like colors, centerpieces, and yes even our wedding cake within 5 minutes. Needless to say, the Lord has put on our hearts as a couple and as individuals to focus our time and energy on bigger things in life. Things you can’t necessarily get back, things like moments and memories.

Ashlee, bride

We’re often used to seeing fall weddings with rich white and cream gowns, warm and luscious bouquets, and hints of orange and red everywhere. Ashlee’s pale pink wedding gown and the small, modest floral bouquets were an excellent example of the bride’s beautiful personality + unconventional take on a fall wedding. This is just a reminder: you get to pave your path, design your wedding, and do you – no matter what the current trends are!

The trees were glowing with color and the romantic lighting was the cherry on top. Working in the wedding industry you see so many wonderful wedding trends and one of my favorite things about this wedding was the trendy mismatched bridesmaid dresses. They complemented Ashlee’s stunning light pink wedding dress perfectly! All and all it was a perfect day and I am so thankful to have been a part of it. Congratulations to Greg and Ashlee, wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.”

Cecilia, fender photography

One of the most important elements that Ashlee + Greg knew they wanted for their special day was a photographer that could freeze moments in time that could be looked back on for decades to come. If you are in the wedding planning process, you know that choosing your photographer is no easy task, so the couple definitely had their hands full. At the end of the day, there was one photographer that stood out above them all, and it was a no-brainer. They chose the wildly talented Cecilia of Fender Photography – the perfect match for their warm, charming, fall wedding! You can check out the gallery below to see how the magic came to life for the adorable couple.

The Lord has truly blessed Cecilia Fender with the gift to capture those moments. It wasn’t until we received our wedding photos that I was blown away that Cecilia not only captured the highlight moments we wanted, but she captured moments that we forgot about, or had a faint memory of. And because of her, we will always have those memories to look back on. She was the absolute best decision we made for our wedding.” 

Ashlee, bride

Featured Photography: Fender Photography Ceremony Venue: Calvary Chapel Main Campus Reception Venue: Isleta Resort & Casino Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal DJ: Wayne Gallegos Hair: Ruth Lopez Makeup: Chelsea Lee Esthetics

Hiring a Wedding Photographer: Guest Blog with T. Rayne Photography

These days it seems like everyone is a photographer with the rise of smartphone technology and social media. You might be questioning if you really even need a photographer for your wedding, and we’re going to stop you right there–because you definitely do. After all, you want your guests to be watching you say “I do” without distraction, and not from their iPhone screens.

In order to provide you with all of the reasons why it’s so important to hire a wedding photographer, we’ve asked an expert. Taylor of T. Rayne Photography went above and beyond to give you all the inside scoop, so sit back, sip on that soothing cup of coffee, and get ready to be on the search for your fave photographer.

Why should I book a local wedding photographer? Do I really need a wedding photographer?

Hiring local is key when planning your day. As a wedding community, we work together to make sure your day runs smoothly. We gather for events to learn and grow together and get to know each other. We also know the gorgeous New Mexico scenery best! Your wedding day is one of those BIG moments in your life and for most, only happens one time. You spend months gathering details and meeting with vendors to make your wedding your dream wedding. The day comes and goes so so quickly and soon all you will have left are the photos to remind you of the moments throughout your day. When you reach your 50th anniversary you will have a beautiful gallery to cherish…and when you are gone, your grandbabies will continue to cherish those memories and pass them down for generations to come. Hiring a photographer is a huge part of keeping the memory of your day alive and all of the stress and hard work that went into it worth it.

What should I keep in mind when hiring a wedding photographer?

What should I keep in mind when hiring a wedding photographer?
Each wedding photographer has their own style in editing, photographing and their own personalities. It’s important to make sure you are choosing someone who you work well with, who you get along with and have a good time with. Afterall, they spend the most time with you on your wedding day compared to any other vendor. You want to make sure they are someone you don’t mine spending the day with. It’s also important to choose a photographer whose style you are most attracted to. If you are looking for
moodier photographs, you should only be talking with photographer that have moodier galleries. We are each our own artist. We paint the photograph differently. The last big thing I think is important when choosing your photographer is deciding if you value formal photographs that are posed, or if you value more natural moments captured. Be
sure to notice patterns in each of our styles all around and choose the one that stands out to you the most!

What questions should I ask my wedding photographer?

I think this depends on what you value most as far as what you want photographed for your big day. Be vocal with your expectations and what you value hen meeting with photographers. We may not all be the right fit for you, but the more you tell us, we know the community best and can guide you to a photographer that is right for you. Your wedding is unique to you and your story, the more we know about your story and your vision for the day, the better! I love to get to know couples before I even begin talking about pricing and packages because I want them to feel comfortable with me as a person and friend.

Give us a rundown of what a typical wedding day looks like through the lens of a photographer.

What does a typical wedding day look like through my lens? Full of raw moments. From the time I arrive and begin testing lighting all the way through the end of the night, my focus is always to capture the wedding day as it was, the laughs, the tears, the embarrassing moments, all of it. By the time your wedding day arrives, I have been noting all of the most important parts of your day to you and your spouse and am constantly on the look out for them. If your grandparents play a huge role in your day, I am always on the look out for moments shared with them. If having a first touch is important to you, we will do everything to make sure it happens, even if that means gathering the groomsmen to build a secret service circle around you to get you to your groom without being seen by your guests who have begun arriving. During the ceremony we look out for the moments of emotion and laughter. We capture your day from every angle for you to experience and remember the day from different perspectives, perspectives that not a single other person in the room will every have without the photograph. Most importantly, on your wedding day you have a goofy
friend who is just excited to be freezing this day for you forever.

If you want to get in contact with T. Rayne Photography to book her for your next wedding, you can learn more here!

New Mexico History & Culture: Lucas Stein Designs

Good photography starts with a trained eye and technical skills, great photography comes from the connection developed between photographer and subject.

Lucas Mathew Stein

We love everything about New Mexico, from the sunsets to the authentic and delicious cuisine. There is something that really stands out, though – the people. We are fortunate enough to live in one of the most unique states in the whole country where our communities are close-knit and utterly diverse. This is why so many eager couples travel from all over the world just to come experience a wedding in the Land of Enchantment.

For one particular local, New Mexico is both home base and canvas. Enter Lucas Stein Designs, one of the newest additions to our Perfect Wedding Guide family! We love to welcome local vendors that are passionate about their work and our state, and we are especially thrilled when they’re making big moves in the industry. Lucas Stein has made his mark countless times while working on local film sets in many departments, and now he is focusing his energy on capturing stunning photos of couples. Yeah, he can pretty much do everything.

Lucas Mathew Stein has worked on movie sets and television shows for the past 21 years. He has served as a Director, an Executive Producer, Assistant Director, Production Coordinator, Transportation Captain, Personal Assistant, Medic/Massage & Bodymind Therapist to celebrities and crew; he is now focusing his energies towards the art of photography.

In every bit of his work, he makes sure to use New Mexico as his canvas to create authentic and high quality images. Something that we enjoy so much about his photography is the unique stylistic choices he makes. Unlike many of the recent trends in wedding photography, vibrant colors and editorial style poses make everything come together perfectly, all while making sure that the couple and their love for each other is still at the forefront.

If you are looking for a professional wedding photographer that will take your photos to the next level, then Lucas Stein Designs should be your go-to. With an outstanding portfolio, years of experience, and super friendly and adventurous personality, you’ll be in good hands!

Want to get in contact with Lucas? Learn more here.

Rock Cabin Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re putting together the final pieces of a V-Day scavenger hunt for your lover, or hibernating until the 15th when all the candy goes on sale, we have a little something for you. Come enjoy some of this visual deliciousness in honor of Valentine’s Day! We promise, this isn’t your typical holiday shoot.

Coryn Kiefer Photography, an East-coaster whose fallen in love with the Southwest, brought her 20+ years of photography experience and her unparalleled artistic visions together for this out-of-the-box Valentine’s shoot. Collaborating with some incredible local creatives to manifest a modern look on their model, the sequins and bursting blooms contrasted with their location perfectly. Shooting in the Juan Tabo Rock House, the combination of the two elements seemed to reflect Albuquerque as a whole: tied to a deep, rich history, but forward-thinking and always evolving.

Everything we do here at Perfect Wedding Guide is done for love, and we adore watching local businesses keep love at the forefront of their practices as well. So thank you, Coryn + team, for the sweetest peak into a shoot which helped to remind us how lucky we are to live and work here in New Mexico with Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s most magnificent vendors. 

Wishing a wonderful Valentine’s Day to all of New Mexico’s darling engaged couples, business owners, and single-pringles too! Enjoy!

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Bringing a bit of sparkle to the rustic New Mexico landscape with our Rock Cabin Valentine’s Day inspired shoot. With blankets on hand we hiked up through the snow to one of the remaining rock cabins nested amongst boulders in the Foothills of the Sandia Mountains. The modern bridal fashion of a rose gold sequin dress and brilliant blooms brought warmth to the abandoned cabin built over 90 years ago. It is believed that the name Sandia, which is Spanish for watermelon, was given to the mountains for the pinkish color they turn at sunset which our dress and blooms complemented beautifully.

Coryn, Coryn Kiefer Photography

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Thank you to each + every vendor who turned this vision into a reality!

Photography | Coryn Kiefer Photography

Floral | Stephanie Yardman

MUA | Betty Rose by Alanna

Hair | Joshua Halladay 

Rings | Shelton Jewelers 

Dress | Honey Qiao

 

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