12 Months of Giveaways {Enter for your chance to win!}

As much as we love to make magic happen from behind our computer screens, the most fulfilling part of our Perfect Wedding Guide work is getting to make a real difference for one, lucky local couple. So… we do it 12 times a year!

{Which might seem indulgent, but it’s actually pretty easy when we have so many incredible business owners to help make it happen.}

If you haven’t heard of the 12 Months of Giveaways before, now is your chance to toss your name in the running. It’s a local-only, monthly wedding giveaway with prizes for you to choose from that are all valued at over $300!

{Out-of-state couples who are planning a wedding in New Mexico can apply too, of course, because we’re so happy to have you here in our gorgeous state.}

Okay, okay, on to the good part: the prizes from local vendors are listed below! You can register for your chance to win at the button below, or by clicking here. It’s as simple as that! You’ll receive a free copy of the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine, and have a chance to win every month of 2018.

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2018 Prize List

1.  Complimentary engagement session and 8×8 album book – valued at $395, courtesy of Tori Photography

2. A free bridal bouquet – valued at $325, courtesy of The Flower Co.

3. A personalized, and fully officiated wedding ceremony as well as preside over the rehearsal – valued at $250, courtesy of A Grand Beginning.

4. Complimentary filming of your love story (digital proposal story) – valued at $375, courtesy of Loving Image Videography.

5. A REVEAL boudoir experience gift card (The Bombshell Session) – valued at $325, courtesy of REVEAL.

6. Four hours of DJ and emcee services for a wedding reception – valued at $375, courtesy of Mixx The Beat Productions.

7. Gold photo booth package to include 4 hours of photo time, 2 full-time hosts, standard backdrop, unlimited color prints, prop box, and deluxe memory book – valued at $800, courtesy of Selfie Sensations by Wimberly Productions LLC.

8. Special edition keepsake photo album set includes three photo albums, one 12×12”, and two 6×8” albums – valued at $325, made by Peregrine Arts Bindery in Santa Fe.

9. 10 free centerpieces or 40 chair covers – valued at $400, courtesy of Simply Decor & Events, and $50 off the booking fee for The View Event Center.

10. Bride and Groom Bliss Spa Day package to include two 60 minute massages, two 60 minute facials and all day access to hot tub, sauna, and relaxation lounge – valued at $370, courtesy of The Remedy Day Spa.

11. One night complimentary stay in our bridal suite, including breakfast for two – valued at $300, courtesy of Hacienda Dona Andrea.

12. Bride To Be Package: includes an Essential Manicure; Pedicure; Signature Body Polish & Facial. 4 ½ hour of services – valued at $350 from Isleta Spa, courtesy of Isleta Resort and Casino.

 

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Choosing Seasonal Flowers for your Wedding

Spring has sprung, it’s true! And for you lucky engaged couples who are getting married this season, you’ve got a lot of choices for flowers. For every other couple though… the big day is still in its planning phases, and you might be wringing your hands trying to figure out what fresh florals you can incorporate into your wedding. So we did a little research for you! Because, let’s be real, you have enough on your plate.

Compiled below are the top three flowers that are in season for each of the other, well, seasons! As a little bonus too, we included samples from some of Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s finest vendors in the business of blossoms and bouquets.

{Plus, if you’re not into any of these seasonal delights, there’s a life hack you might not know about to get sensational stems any time of year — scroll on!}

 

Summer

 

 

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From left to right: Poppies, zinnias, and sunflowers. It’s no wonder summer weddings are so popular! With these bad boys in season, it’d be pretty hard to not have a stunning bouquet.

Luckily, there’s tons of greenery in season during summer too. So you can fluff up your bouquet with delicate additions like Queen Anne’s lace, yarrow, or solidago.

 

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{gorgeous summer bouquet from Albuquerque Florist}

 

Fall

 

 

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From left to right: rose, calla lily, orange gerbera. Ah, autumn. Not traditionally known for its blooming, but the colors are undeniable. Splashes of orange, red, and yellow in your bouquet add depth to any arrangement, and pay homage to the beautiful time of year. Pretty easy to do with these guys in season!

 

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{And if you’re going for more of a muted palette, there’s a rose for every shade. At least there is when you choose Arranged Elegance!}

 

Winter

 

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From left to right: carnations, star of Bethlehem, tulips. Personally, I don’t believe there’s any wrong way to do a winter bouquet. Recalling the warmth of the rest of the year, any little bloom is sure to dazzle.

Greenery is still abundant during the colder months too, why not get a little creative with it? Pull down a branch from that juniper tree in your front yard! Or better yet, let your florist choose which evergreen stalk to add. After all, they do know what they’re doing.

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{Dusty shades + seed pods are the perfect supplements, as you can see from this bunch from Albuquerque Florist.}

 

A promise was made at the beginning of this post to reveal one of the tip top secrets wedding vendors, photographers, designers alike employ for styled shoots and wedding days. So here it is:

 

Silk flowers.

Confined by no season or place, long-lasting silk flowers are not only budget-friendly, reusable {environmentally friendly? Perhaps!}, and stunning, but we promise your guests won’t notice the difference.

Just ask Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s silk flower expert, Charlotte, of Charlotte’s Flowers. She even encourages couples to reuse the floral arrangements for home decor after the fact. It really doesn’t get better than that.

 

These are just a few of Charlotte’s incredible silk flowers in action, from one of our all-time favorite weddings.

To book Charlotte’s Flowers for your wedding, you can contact her here.

 

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Desert Elopement on White Mesa {Styled Shoot}

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At this point, you’d be hard pressed to find a local engaged couple that hasn’t yet been inspired by one of Maura Jane Photography‘s styled shoots or wedding photos. For 9 years, Maura has been capturing weddings in New Mexico and beyond, adding her signature touch of radiance to every shoot. Her sweet demeanor and dedication to the craft shines through her work — how lucky are we to have her here in our beautiful state?!

Constantly drawing inspiration from her Southwestern surroundings, Maura and her team effortlessly blend the ephemerality of a moment with the enduring grandeur of local landscapes. Pretty much every time she shares a shoot with us — from her Storybook Styled Shoot in the snow, to the Romantic Mountain Elopement in the Sandias — we all agree that this one is our favorite so far. But don’t let our obsession diminish what you’re about to read:

This one is our favorite so far. 

With the White Mesa as a focal point, each detail of this styled shoot both blends with and enhances the others. From Teresa Romero‘s Victorian-inspired gown, to Darling Details‘ vintage couch, it’s clear that Maura’s talent extends past photography and makes her a master of collaboration as well.

Quite frankly, we’re floored by what local wedding professionals are creating with just a little bit of inspiration and a whole lot of teamwork.

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Its so easy to find inspiration in the beautiful landscape that surrounds us in our state of New Mexico. From the pink Sandia mountains that tower over Albuquerque’s city to the unique white mesa’s that wind through the Land of Enchantment’s desert.

Maura, Maura Jane Photography

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Photography + Concept | Maura Jane Photography

Gown | Teresa Romero Atelier 

Floral | Table and Vase

Hair + Makeup | Genica Lee, Makeup Artist

Furniture | Darling Details

Ribbon | Desert Garden Silk 

 

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Elōisa Catering: Santa Fe’s Finest

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It’s no secret that hiring wedding vendors can be tricky business. While Albuquerque + Santa Fe have a wealth of incredible business owners who are dedicated to making your wedding special as can be, finding the right vendors who understand your vision isn’t always the easiest step. Which is why we’re here! Bridging the gap between local engaged couples, and the vendors — or friendors, as we like to call them — is the lifeblood of Perfect Wedding Guide.

So when our team first connected with Elōisa Catering, we were over the moon. Not only is their food delectable and their team delightfully devoted to their craft, but the flexibility and professionalism that exudes from Elōisa Catering is absolutely unparalleled. It’s no wonder they were nominated for James Beard’s Best New Restaurant in 2016 and are overflowing with happy reviews from local couples and foodies alike.

Elōisa Catering earned its name from Chef John Rivera Sedlar’s extremely talented grandmother, Elōisa Rivera. Elōisa was the first person who taught him to cook, and we’re so grateful she did! By passing on her traditional knowledge and culinary expertise, she paved the way for engaged couples to enjoy her recipes years later.

Paying homage to her, and New Mexico’s heritage, Chef Sedlar creates and cultivates each dish with a deep respect for the women who came before him and refined these incredible recipes. Sedlar describes his approach, and New Mexican cooking in general, as elemental. “Fiery chiles. Earthy beans. Ethereal corn. Celestial water from the acequias that irrigate the rancho.”

Simply put, we adore the Elōisa Catering team, and just know you will too. Stop in the restaurant for a special Mother’s Day meal, or even just to treat yourself after a long work week — you won’t regret it.

To book Elōisa Catering + ensure your wedding day lives on in delicious memory, contact their team here.

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To book Elōisa Catering for your wedding, you can contact their team here.

 

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Wedding Balloons Done Right

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Forget everything you know about balloons. Well, not everything… They’re still the same helium-filled delights we all used to make silly voices, but they’ve matured. No longer are they reserved for high school reunions, quinceañeras, or the side of used car lots. Wedding decor professionals are bringing balloons into the current era of elegant, timeless wedding celebrations.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Vendors are proving to us time and again how you can avoid the nylon look and use balloons to add an element of fancy and fun to your big day. From backdrops to chair accessories, we’ve picked out our five favorite ways to incorporate balloons into your wedding decor — and as a bonus, we have Albuquerque + Santa Fe‘s own Urban Balloons by Dawn to make all your custom balloon dreams come true!

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First up is perhaps my personal favorite balloon design inspiration — alter framing.

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Does it get more whimsical than that?! {Spoiler alert: it does.} Sticking with one color ensures your balloons don’t steal the show, but instead frame you and your future partner with little bursts of happiness.

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Reception decor! A budget-friendly alternative to hundreds of mason jars filled with baby’s breath, and just as fairytale-esque.

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Pull in a few more colors to accent your wedding palette. By emulating clouds and pairing them with delicate greenery, you can add an element of the great outdoors to your indoor reception. {Plus, are you and your lover high school sweethearts? Rig up a balloon drop as a throwback to prom — it’s all the fun of being young without any of the teenage angst.}

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Nylon lettering — a little more oomph than your traditional wedding signage.

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Balloon letters aren’t reserved for your 21st birthday! Plugging in custom letters to your wedding ceremony or reception makes any desert table, photo op, or dance floor truly pop. And, by the end of the night, when you’re still riding the high of marrying the love of your life, you can pop those babies and use the helium to say your vows again. In sickness and in health, but in a Mickey Mouse voice.

{Not the helium type? No worries. These particular balloons are amazingly long-lasting, and can serve as home or party decor for months to come!}

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Modern twist on the timeless trend — balloon garland!

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If the size of balloons isn’t quite your style, and you’re looking for something a little daintier — look no further. These teensy balloons all wrapped together make the most unique and amusing garland details for your tablescapes. We can’t promise your wedding guests won’t eventually pop a couple, but we can promise they’ll be blown away by this innovative design hack. {Puns always intended}

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Last but most certainly not least: wedding photo shoots!

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I take back what I said before — this is my personal favorite way to utilize balloons in your wedding planning! From the creative geniuses over at Urban Balloons by Dawn comes balloon frames like this beauty here. There really isn’t a more perfect way to make your engagement, wedding, bridal shower, or reception photos stand out from the vast milieu of wedding shoots.

If these amazing balloon designs haven’t got you feeling inspired by now, try sucking in some helium and reading this post again but out loud this time. Did that work? Great.

To book a local balloon expert for your big day, you can contact the team at Urban Balloons by Dawn here!

 

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Grandeur + Magic: A Refined Real Wedding

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Seems like we’ve been feeling particularly affectionate towards Santa Fe this week, but how could we not? Not only is spring finally reaching it’s delicate tendrils up to our Northern counterpart, but locals and visitors are slowly realizing how perfect the city is for weddings. From our last feature’s vibrant vibes, to the stunningly tranquil and exquisite celebration below, both remind us just why we love Santa Fe so!

Grace + Jack were married at La Fonda on the Plaza on September of this past year, and we still aren’t over how gorgeous and welcoming the couple + their special day was. Captured by the ever-talented Blue Rose Photography, Grace’s delicate lace gown, muted bouquet, and Jack’s sky-blue accents completely encapsulate the couple’s favorite things about Santa Fe. As the bride says,

There is something healing, therapeutic and uniquely romantic about the city and we wanted all of our closest friends and family members to witness it’s grandeur and magic as well.

Though they aren’t New Mexico natives, Grace + Jack are very familiar with the state, and we love hearing that their affinity for the historic city parallels our own. Hailing from Memphis originally, both parts of the duo visited Santa Fe frequently as children and Grace even toured the entire state as a singer songwriter!

The coolest part about that? Grace wrote a song for Jack and serenaded her new hubby with an electric guitar borrowed from the live band at the bar their party ended up at. In her wedding dress. To the entire bar.

And the coolest couple award for 2017 goes to….. Just kidding! We love all weddings too dang much to pick favorites. But you can, if you’d like. Scope out these gorgeous photographs from Blue Rose Photography and tell us: On a scale from 10 to 10, how much do you love this wedding?

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Featured Venue: La Fonda on the Plaza | IG: @lafondasantafe

Photographer: Blue Rose Photography | IG: @bluerosestudiosnm

Cake: Chocolate Maven | IG: @chocolatemaven

Floral: Margaret Bost Floral

Officiant: Naomi Fiske

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Emily + Michael’s Vibrant Vibes {Real Wedding}

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In our last post, we talked a little bit about a new trend we’ve noticed here in New Mexico: incorporating the state’s opulent and inspiring history into wedding celebrations. Now, we have another gorgeous New Mexican wedding that did just that! (We told you it was an up and coming trend!)

We seriously couldn’t believe how well this darling couple, Emily + Michael executed their New Mexican/Southwest style wedding. Bursts of bright, warm colors in Emily’s bouquet, paired with Michael’s orange tie and deep blue suit — seeing them standing together is like watching the New Mexican sunset over the Sandias.

In the sweet heat of the perfect July day, Emily + Michael brought their family and friends together in Santa Fe to celebrate a love as unique and alive as the city they stood in. Without getting lost in the Southwestern vibes of their wedding either, the couple slipped in some special, personal details to really make the day their own.

The familiar sight of prickly pear cacti, air plants, and miniature ristras are just a few of the little details that came together, with the help of some incredible local vendors, to make Emily + Michael’s remarkable love solidified in memory with a remarkable day. You can try to not tear up at the photos Elizabeth Wells Photography captured, or the beautiful greenery courtesy of Floriography Flowers, but we won’t tell anyone if you do…

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Emily and Michael’s wedding was inspired by the rich  and colorful landscape of northern New Mexico in the summer. They wanted their wedding to reflect the vibrant New Mexican culture while also being deeply personal. Thoughtful and fun touches included a “flow chart” escort card by the genius EJD Designs and mini chile ristras for their out of town guests to take home.

Emily, owner of Floriography Flowers

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Thank you to all the magnificent vendors who worked together on this day!

Floral Design: Floriography | IG: @floriography_flowers

Photography: Elizabeth Wells Photography | IG: @elizabethwellsphoto

Planner: Alena Swanson, LLC | IG: @therealalenabard

Venue: Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe | IG: @fssantafe

Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci

Entertainment: Dream Factory Productions | IG: @dreamfactoryproductionsabq

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