Albuquerque’s Most Beloved Bakery: The Cake Boutique

Florists, officiants, and DJs, oh my! We say this a lot, but planning your wedding really is quite the task. You’ve got vendors to meet and book, aunts and uncles to invite (or not invite — we don’t judge), shoes to find, makeup trials, gowns to get fitted — and that’s not even the half of it all. So if you’re feeling inundated, we understand. And we’re here to offer you some relief, as there’s one delicious treat waiting for you in your near future: your wedding cake!

When you choose The Cake Boutique for your cake, the whole process is even sweeter, too. For over 5 years, The Cake Boutique has been serving Albuquerque + Santa Fe locals the most delectable confections for their special day, knowing full well that your wedding celebration is one of the most important moments of your life. Creating custom wedding cakes (or cupcakes and cookies!) is The Cake Boutique‘s speciality, and working with every couple’s budget is of the utmost importance to their team.

Which is why we value Birdie, a wedding cake expert from The Cake Boutique, and her advice so highly, and over the years, we’ve compiled some incredible tips and tricks from her. Luckily for you, we aren’t in the business of hoarding industry secrets. Remember when we said we understand what an incredible feat it is to plan your wedding? We truly meant it, so we’re here to share everything we’ve learned, with some gorgeous cake inspo to boot!Andaluz-16

The best advice I can give to those blushing brides is to prioritize where the wedding cake will fit into her perfect day. Hopefully she can then create a budget for what she would like to spend on the cake. For example, if flowers are not high on the list of where she wants to make the most lasting impression from her day, she can then allocate fewer funds towards the purchasing of flowers to allow her more design options for her wedding cake!

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Here’s one of the thriftiest wedding cake hacks ever:

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, and 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 of your wedding guests to enjoy.

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And another wallet-saving tip!

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!

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And some final words for all couples, regardless of cake preferences:

My words of wisdom for brides out there would be to just be a little bit selfish when planning her wedding. I’ve met with so many brides who get caught up in trying to please all of the different people in their lives. Trying to consider everyone else’s thoughts and opinions when it comes down to what will be right for them will only lead to undue stress.

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Casi Sueno: Elegance in Action

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A lifetime of beautiful memories starts with a beautiful beginning.

When we first had the pleasure of working with Genevieve, of Casi Sueno Weddings + Events, it was at our 2017 Wedding Gallery wedding show. We had asked our participating business owners to style their booths and space with “greek chic” in mind, and, yes, everyone brought their A-game and we’re truly, eternally grateful… But Casi Sueno‘s takeover of one of Sandia Resort and Casino’s ballrooms had us floored.

Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to see the Casi Sueno team bring love to life for their couples all over Albuquerque. But honestly? I’m still not quite over their Wedding Gallery design.

Not only did they bring our wildest, greek-related fantasies to life, but their team far surpassed what we imagined possible for a wedding show here in New Mexico. {Because, as everyone knows, trends usually take a little longer to sweep the Albuquerque + Santa Fe wedding world than in other places like New York, Denver, L.A., etc.}

Casi Sueno Weddings + Events, ever-devoted to creating unforgettable moments, did exactly that for our Perfect Wedding Guide team, and all the incredible local brides who attended the show. It was hard to not feel spoiled! But, not only are they committed to excellence, and proudly known for their service-oriented work — Genevieve and her team bring both an otherworldliness here to Albuquerque, and a genuine love for celebration and design. Being motivated by a pure passion for what they do, there’s no need to feel spoiled when the Casi Sueno team transforms your wedding day, only grateful.

From start to finish, Casi Sueno Weddings + Events ushers your perfect wedding into existence. To bring your dream to life, you can contact their team for packages + availability here.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be reliving the Wedding Gallery show with the stunning photos from Casi Sueno Wedding + Events‘ design below.

{Shot by the ceaselessly talented Photographic Perspectives.}

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The Most Blissful Bed+Breakfast: Hacienda Vargas

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There’s a new theme emerging among all the incredible weddings of the world, especially here in New Mexico… Have you noticed it yet, brides and wedding lovers?

We’ve taken note, from our little perch between local wedding professionals and engaged couples, that brides and grooms are putting more and more emphasis on the cultural and historical beauty of their hometowns and states when planning their wedding. And we are so here for it!

So here’s a tip: Hacienda Vargas is the perfect wedding venue for engaged couples who are looking to incorporate some of New Mexico’s rich culture and history into their celebration. With traditional adobe structure to reflect New Mexico’s famous sunsets, walls covered in authentic local art, and vast, pristine land surrounding the inn, Hacienda Vargas emanates all the things that make our state so wonderful. Plus, The Land of Enchantment, aptly named, has enraptured so many of its inhabitants, it only makes sense to draw from the vibrant colors and unique history for some wedding inspo!

Tucked just between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the historical bed + breakfast has been welcoming weary travelers and locals in need of relaxation since the 17th century. Yes, you read that right! For four centuries, Hacienda Vargas has dazzled every guest who passes through with the inn’s traditional architecture, and the owner’s — Cynthia and Richard — delicious, homemade breakfast.

Wrapped in a familiar sort of comfort, the bed and breakfast invites engaged couples to an intimate, yet rural, space to celebrate their union. Hacienda Vargas is happy to hold up to 150 of you and your partner’s loved ones. So whether you two are looking for a small elopement or you’re planning to invite everyone you hold dear, the inn is here with open doors.

To book Hacienda Vargas for your wedding here in New Mexico, contact their team here!

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Photos by Britianie Tyler Photography.

More on the wedding featured above here!

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Whimsical Wedding from Lauren Cherie Photography’s Instagram Takeover

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Did you know social media has actually been around for 40 years!? Whew, I didn’t. It seems like Facebook and Instagram just came out of nowhere and took the world by storm, like, a decade ago! Growing so fast, now it’s hard to imagine a life and even a world without social media.

And we’re glad for that! Aren’t you? Media platforms and profiles have totally opened up the way brides and grooms can communicate and connect with local vendors. Now, vendors also have an opportunity to showcase their personality along with their talent. Which means engaged couples have the opportunity to connect with vendors who will not only do a good job, but will get along with them personally and understand their vision while they do.

One of our very favorite ways to connect local, engaged couples with Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s loveliest wedding professionals is through our own social media channels. From vendor highlights, videos, countdowns and giveaways, we’re basically always throwing something at the local wedding community. To take a break sometimes, we let some of our most exciting, endearing, and hardworking business owners {like Lauren Cherie Photography!} take over our Instagram and Snapchat.

Lauren, the creative heart and name behind Lauren Cherie Photography, has cultivated her love and penchant for visual storytelling since she was a little girl, and it shows. If you didn’t get the chance to watch her takeover this last month, then have no fear! You’ll still miss the behind-the-scenes thrill of being a wedding photographer, but we have eye candy from the breathtaking and whimsical wedding at Los Poblanos to make up for it. Don’t forget to check out the gorgeous wedding film included below too!

Congratulations to the stunning couple, Marisa + Caleb! It’s obvious how full of love your day was, and we wish you a lifetime of happy companionship.

{And thank you Lauren, for stealing our socials for a day, and for being a part of this big, beautiful, Perfect Wedding Guide family!}

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To book Lauren Cherie Photography for your wedding, you can contact her here!

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Real Moments with Jacqueline Vega Photography

Photography is the story I fail to put into words.

– Jacqueline Vega

Before we welcome a local wedding professional to the Perfect Wedding Guide team, we usually have the pleasure of meeting with them and getting to know their business practices first. Rather than vetting, it’s our way of building a personal relationship with the magnificent people who make up Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s community.

With Jacqueline Vega, or Jackie, it was no different. {Although, I’ll admit, I definitely stalked her Instagram account before we met because, well, it’s beautiful.} Jackie’s sweet and amicable demeanor made the connection with our team almost instant, and we already can’t imagine our PWG photographer family without her. Not only did she take our new team headshots (blog on those coming soon!), but she even took family portraits of our publisher’s beautiful family.

Jackie’s love for photography came at a young age, and her talent at capturing real, authentic moments has been cultivated ever since. This natural inclination paired with her devotion to storytelling emanates from each of her photos, reminding us that photography is an art, not just a business. Though if you ask her, she’ll just say she feels blessed to be living her dream.

And well, we feel blessed to have her on our team! Did that rhyme? Guess her wild + whimsical vibes has me feeling a little poetic today.

I think I’ve gushed about her enough for now, so I’ll let her photos do the rest of the talking. Contact Jackie for questions, booking, and even more eye-candy 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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