A Jump-Start on Planning: 2018’s First Wedding Show

This year, we decided to make a New Year’s Resolution list as a team. Want to know the very first item on the agenda for 2018? Attend more wedding shows! 2017 was an incredible year for wedding shows, it’s true — from Bride’s Night Out to the Diamond Dashes — but we’ve shaken off the holiday sleepiness and we’re already excited for more!

First up on the calendar is a spectacular one, too. (Might as well hit the ground running, right?) The Wicked Wedding Show at the Albuquerque Sheraton Uptown is right around the corner: Friday, January 12th at 6-8pm. If you’ve been to one of the annual Wicked shows, you know too that they are one of the most unique + fun-filled events of the year. We’re still finding glitter in our files from last year’s Wicked Shimmer theme even!

For 2018, the amazing New Mexico Wedding Professional‘s team is pulling out all the stops. Shades of Gray Will Make You Blush is the central motif, and it’s sure to delight all the senses. From the sparkling champagne and lavish hors d’ouvres, to the Sheraton’s extravagant ballroom, to the absolutely fantastic {local!} fashion show, no bride or groom will leave uninspired.

Grab your tickets here before it’s too late!

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Photos courtesy of Bryan’s Photography.

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Spilling the Beans: Wedding Vendors’ Best Kept Secrets

One of the most fabulous parts of working with incredible, local wedding vendors is having the inside scoop on all things wedding planning. The downside? No one on our team is currently engaged (yet!), so what can we do with all these amazing tips and tricks?

Well, share them with you, of course! Whether it’s local deals and promotions, wedding budget calculators, or upcoming wedding shows, we always try to pass on these goodies to all the lovely brides in our sphere and around the world.

{Some say we’re terrible at keeping secrets, but really we’re just wedding enthusiasts.}

This time around, we asked some of our favorite local vendors to divulge their best kept secrets of the industry. So read on, bride-to-be! Check out these four ways to make the most of your wedding day.

 

Photo + Gown: Maggie Sottero

Remember to keep an open mind in terms of designer and style. A dress always looks different on the body than it does on the rack! Choose your consultation party wisely. When deciding who to bring, limit it to those whose opinions matter the most. Make sure to start looking for and order a dress early on! It can take can up to 3-9 months, especially for big designers, for a dress customized to your specifications to come in. If you’re a bride on a budget, don’t hesitate to ask your dress shop for discontinued dresses. You will almost always receive a bargain on those kinds of gowns.

– Darlene, with Bridal Elegance by Darlene

 

 

 

 

One of the thriftiest wedding cake hacks out there and one that can give you the biggest bang for your buck is here!  Instead of creating one extravagant cake that can feed all of your guests, have your baker create a small cake, which is meant for the cake-cutting, pictures, & feeding a few guests. Then, have a simpler, easy to cut sheet cake that can be hidden in the kitchen and cut up afterwards for all your wedding guests to enjoy. You can also utilize a dummy tier out of foam. Many bakeries can help achieve the look of a multi-tiered wedding cake for less by substituting decorated foam tiers in between real tiers of cake. This will be a huge blessing to your bank account… trust us!”

Birdie, with The Cake Boutique

 

…the general advice you will get is to think about the basics:  the price and thecapacity. However, the process of selecting a venue can really make or break your planning experience. Once you have selected one, it should be a place that leaves you feeling completely confident about your big day, not frustrated or depleted. Once all of the planning is done, everything will come together and it will center around the venue,  so ask the tough questions and make sure that you trust the venue to execute your vision.

Lauren, The Event Center at Sandra Golf Club

 

 

 

 

Remember, this is the time in your life that you will be the most photographed.  Why not make the most of it and be camera ready at all times? When booking your wedding trial run with your hair and makeup artist, book your engagement pictures after. Or perhaps plan it to be done on the morning of your bridal shower, that way you can be camera ready for the shower.

Ric Kent, Hair and Makeup Artist

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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

Plan Your Dream Wedding at Hacienda Vargas

Britianie Tyler Photography

Located along the Rio Grande Valley between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Hacienda Vargas has been the only bed and breakfast on the Camino Real since the 17th century. With thick adobe walls, genuine saltillo tile floors, authentic folk art by local artisans and breathtaking natural surroundings, you won’t be disappointed with Hacienda Vargas. Whether you’re a traveler passing through, newlyweds looking for a romantic honeymoon stay or an engaged couple planning a wedding, look no further!

From elopements to full scale weddings, Hacienda Vargas has all you need for an authentic New Mexico wedding in their historic facilities. They can do everything from small weddings for up to 15 guests in their gorgeous chapel to large weddings for up to 150 guests. If you’re planning to elope, however, their elopement package starts as low as $575 and includes an intimate ceremony in their historic chapel or location of your choice, a wedding officiant and witnesses, a honeymoon suite and gourmet breakfast.

For convenient and cozy lodging for your wedding party, friends and family, or even out-of-town guests, Hacienda Vargas has seven unique rooms to accommodate up to 20 guests a night. Each room at Hacienda Vargas is fully decorated with original southwestern furniture and comfy bedding to make you and your guests feel right at home. Plan your wedding at Hacienda Vargas and welcome your guests to an unforgettable experience immersed in New Mexico’s rich history, vibrant culture and unique cuisine.Britianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler Photography

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Photos by Britianie Tyler Photography

As you can see, Hacienda Vargas is an obvious choice for a New Mexico wedding. To see more photos of this gorgeous wedding at Hacienda Vargas take a look at Ted and Dena’s Old Adobe Wedding on our local Perfect Wedding Guide Blog.

Catherine & Mikael’s Rainy & Romantic Los Poblanos Wedding

From the first sign of sunshine peaking over the Sandias, the rain drizzled at a slow and steady pace throughout the day to grace their wedding with luck and good fortune. The air was crisp and the weather calm. Perfect for Catherine and Mikael’s wedding last fall.

With photos captured by Elizabeth Wells Photography and Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm for the venue, you know it’s bound to be magical — and magical it was. From the first rain drop to the final farewell, everything came together perfectly and seamlessly.

Unlike traditional weddings, Catherine and Mikael walked down the aisle side by side as a symbol of their unwavering commitment to each other. In honor of their new life together, they both took on a new last name, Ayele, which means, “becoming stronger.”

Although they say rain is a sign of good luck on your wedding day, it is obvious that the love between these two is much more lasting, binding and true. Their dreamy and romantic, yet completely unique wedding was simply a grand display of true love.

If rain at a wedding is a sign of good fortune, then consider us lucky! Despite waking up to dark clouds and the first wet weather of the season, we had nothing to worry about — not only because we were in the capable hands of Los Poblanos, but also because nothing could diminish the natural beauty and tranquility of this venue.

As most of our guests were attending from out of state or overseas, many visiting New Mexico for the first time, we wanted to offer an authentic, unique and memorable introduction to our beautiful state. Not only did Los Poblanos deliver, they exceeded our expectations with unparalleled cuisine, rich character and seamless coordination.

Even though it was the biggest party we’ve ever thrown, it was also the most intimate and romantic. Los Poblanos kept us warm and dry while accommodating our multicultural celebration in a way we never could have imagined and will never forget.

— Catherine, Bride

Photos by Elizabeth Wells Photography

Congratulations, Catherine and Mikael! May your love “become stronger” with each new year together!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm | Photographer: Elizabeth Wells Photography | Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee | Cake: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm | Photo Booth: Pink Mustache

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