Bride’s Night Out 2018

Well folks, engagement season is finally wrapping up! It’s been such a wonderful time to watch adorable local couples take the next step in their relationship. From snowy mountaintop engagements pictures, to the most fantastically festive holiday proposals, it truly has been one of the best seasons yet.

So what’s the next step for freshly bloomed brides-to-be? Wedding shows of course! And we totally have you covered. The Diamond Dash is right around the corner, on March 4th from 12-4pm, but if you can’t break away from your busy schedule during the day, there’s always the famed Bride’s Night Out.

This year, on May 18th, your favorite local vendors are bringing their A-game for the BNO. It’s hard to pick favorites when every wedding show leaves our team feeling so inspired by our community, but Bride’s Night Out is definitely one of my personal faves. Boutique vibes, delicious cocktails + treat, all in one of Albuquerque’s most uniquely stunning venues: Hotel Andaluz. How could you not love it?!

{PLUS! The first 50 brides get a swag bag totally free, that’s totally jam-packed with goodies from local vendors. Right?!}

So come join us! For now you can live vicariously through these stunning photos from last year, courtesy of Matt Blasing Photography. Tickets to this event fly off the shelves pretty fast though, so lock yours down here!

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Can’t wait to see you there!

Grab your tickets here.

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Wedding Photography Grant + Nicole Bradshaw Photography

As you must know by now, we’re a little bit obsessed with giveaways. What can we say? We love to spoil local brides (and even local vendors too!). From the 12 Months of Giveaways, to free copies of the guide, to our free engagement announcements… So when we heard that one of our favorite local wedding photographers had a gift of her own to pass on, we were ecstatic!

The darling Nicole Bradshaw, of Nicole Bradshaw Photography, is hosting a Wedding Photography Grant!

Here’s what that means: any lovely + local couple who has demonstrated a personal commitment to community service is invited to apply for the Wedding Photography Grant. In exchange for the efforts they’ve made to better the community we all live in, one couple will be awarded free wedding photography service, courtesy of Nicole Bradshaw.

{We’re so inspired by Nicole’s generosity, we wanted to jump in too! As an added little bonus, the winner of Nicole Bradshaw’s Wedding Photography Grant will also be awarded 3 free tickets to our March 4th Diamond Dash Wedding Show, and a free wifey tank top!}

Throughout the years, we’ve met many, many admirable brides and grooms, from school teachers, doctors, to volunteers — Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s best of the best. We’re so proud of Nicole Bradshaw Photography for generously donating her one-of-a-kind talent to give back to a local couple, and can’t wait to see the magic they create together.

{Details on applying + some of our favorite photos from Nicole below!}

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For more information and to apply for the Wedding Photography Grant, click here!

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For the Love of Flowers: Vendor Spotlight

Since 2000, Lynette and Sara — the dynamic duo behind For the Love of Flowers — have been working tirelessly to bring their expertly curated floral arrangements to local brides. That’s a full 17 years, and we are so grateful to have them sticking around our community. Not only is their amazing team classically trained, but they’re constantly adjusting for growth and staying on top of current trends for their engaged couples.

If their floral expertise isn’t enough to sell you, Lynette and Sara both have event coordinating experience as a foundation for their team’s work too. So they understand. Not only do they know the in’s and out’s of the wedding planning process, but they’re also aware of how stressful it can be at times. Which means they work hard to make sure  the couples they work with leave their consultations feeling excited about this part of the planning, not overwhelmed.

Really though, what makes Lynette and Sara stand out is their pure, unbridled appreciation for what they do. As their name might suggest, the lifeblood of their business is love of flowers, love of celebrations, love of making people happy. For their team, floral arrangements from bouquets to centerpieces to aisle decorations, are all so much more than just their products and creations. They’re the details that, while not always appreciated separately, coalesce and manifest as a bride’s dream come true. How beautiful is that?

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It is an absolute honor that couples choose us to be part of their day. It is something we take pride in, something we enjoy, and something you will absolutely notice. We work with and coordinate with you, your wedding coordinator and other vendors to ensure everything is perfect.

-Lynette + Sara, For the Love of Flowers

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Contact For the Love of Flowers for your consultation today!

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Expert Tips for Glowing Skin at Your Winter Wedding

Nothing says cold weather in New Mexico like green chile roasting over an open flame and luminarias framing walkways. Unfortunately, another telltale sign of cold weather in our dry desert climate, is dull, dry skin. The only thing worse than chilly temperatures, is the dry skin that accompanies it — especially, when you’re planning a winter wedding.

Not to worry, however, the experts at Bliss Salon & Spa and Gypsy Trail Makeup & Hair gave us some great tips to help you look your best for your winter wedding. Once you get started with these exclusive tips, you’ll be well on your way to glowing skin after a summer spent at the beach. But first, we want to get you started with a few easy tips of our own.

  1. Stay Hydrated: First and most obvious, drink lots of water. If you’re not keeping hydrated from the inside, it’s going to be more difficult to keep your skin healthy and hydrated on the outside.
  2. Eat Healthy: Eat a balanced diet rich in plant based foods and healthy fats. Foods like these help to plump the skin from the inside out. And avoid processed and sugary foods as much as possible
  3. Switch Moisturizers: Like the seasons, our skin changes and has different needs throughout the year. Use a richer moisturizer during the winter to help combat dryness. If you’re like me and don’t like the feeling of heavy moisturizers on your face during the day, find one you can use at night.
  4. Keep Moving: We tend to slow down during the winter, but it will do your skin wonders if you continue to workout. Fight the winter blues and get out of your warm bed to go for a morning run or yoga session before you get pampered on your big day. Exercise will open your pores and get your blood flowing for a natural, radiant glow.
  5. Avoid Hot Water: While steamy-hot showers feel good during the winter, the hot water actually does more to dry out your skin than anything else. Shower with warm water to avoid stripping your skin of natural oils.
  6. Cover-Up & Stay Warm: If you’re going to spend a long stretch of time outdoors this winter, do your best to keep your face protected. The cold air drys up your skin, and if exposed for long periods of time, it can also get chapped.

Now for some tips from the experts…

First up, Bliss Salon & Spa

Start off with a hydrating facial including a microdermabrasion treatment and hydrating mask. Follow with alternating a glycolic or lactic cleanser and a cream cleanser. Exfoliate three times a week and make sure to use a richer moisturizer.

— Angelique, Bliss Salon & Spa

Finally, a few tips from Gypsy Trail Makeup & Hair

  1. Moisturize: Every skin type needs to be moisturized. Regardless of how oily you are, your skin still needs moisture.
  2. Protect: Wear sunscreen everyday! Sun does so much damage to our skin — even under our makeup. It’s hard to accomplish a great glow when your body is fighting battles beneath your skin.
  3. Avoid Tanning Beds: They suck the moisture right out of your skin, which takes away that beautiful, natural glow. There are some great spray tans out there — that aren’t orange! Get a lavender based spray and you’ll save your skin now and in the future.
  4. Exfoliate: And not once the night before your wedding. Months before, to assure your skin won’t react with a harsh breakout. Exfoliation is a process. You want your best skin to shine through!
  5. Routine is Key: Find a skincare regimen you love the moment you become engaged and stick to it. Discipline and consistency results in glowing bridal skin.

— Macey, Gypsy Trail Makeup & Hair

Photos by Blue Rose Photography

To get started on your skincare regimen, get in touch with one of these amazing beauty experts today!

Smallcakes: The Only Way to Celebrate Everything!

What better way to celebrate the holidays, or any occasion for that matter, than with delicious, mouthwatering cupcakes!? But not just any cupcakes, the one and only Smallcakes in all of Albuquerque!

As you may know, Smallcakes is a nationwide franchise with national recognition, including The View, Food Network and USA Today. Lucky for us, we have our very own Smallcakes right here in the Duke City.

With more than 120 flavors to choose from, the possibilities are endless! From Pink Chocolate and Lemon Drop to Peaches & Cream and Birthday Cake, you are sure to find the flavor of your cupcake dreams.

Aside from their amazing cupcakes, however, they also make the most beautiful wedding cakes. Check out this gorgeous cake the folks at Smallcakes made for a recent Earthy Autumn styled shoot.

Photos by Briana Nicole Photography

More deliciousness from Smallcakes…

Check out this brief history of our local Smallcakes

Can’t get enough of Smallcakes!? Stop by to get your fix today! 🙂

Lori & Trevor’s Dîner en Blanc Wedding at ABQ BioPark

Dîner en Blanc is a worldwide event spanning six continents, in which people flash-gather in a public space and set up a temporary, chic dining area. Guests attend in white attire to enjoy gourmet food and wine and, of course, a once in a lifetime experience. Dîner en Blanc comes to Albuquerque each year, but this was Albuquerque’s first ever Dîner en Blanc wedding!

Once they arrived to the Dîner en Blanc event, family and friends received invites at their seats instructing them to head to the ceremonial garden at a certain time. It was only when the ceremony started that they realized it was a wedding! With a starry night, a magical venue, and thousands of new friends around you, anything is possible at a Le Dîner en Blanc event!

Best of all, two of our nearest and dearest wedding professionals were there to contribute to this amazing wedding in their areas of expertise. King Mobile Music created a truly electric atmosphere with their expert use of lighting and state-of-the-art equipment in the lawn area while Matt Blasing Photography was there to capture it all with impeccable skill and detail.

Photos by Matt Blasing Photography

Congratulations, Lori and Trevor!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Photographer + Ceremony Lighting: Matt Blasing Photography | Lawn Lighting Equipment + Electric Atmosphere Specialist: King Mobile Music | Venue: ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden | DJ Services + Ceremony Lighting: A Perfect Night DJ Services | Event Producers: Dîner en Blanc