In a World of Peace and Love: A Styled Shoot with Lillabella Photography

No matter how uncertain these times may be, there are two things that can bring us hope: peace and love. Since the beginning of time, peace and love are what united human beings to create the world we know today – and that’s something to celebrate!

For the talented Bella Black of Lillabella Photography and Darling Clementine Illustration, celebrating the two ideas came in the form of an adorable styled shoot inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Bed-Ins for Peace” during the Vietnam War. If you’re unfamiliar with the movement, it is worth all of the details. Just over 50 years ago and immediately following their marriage, Lennon and Ono invited visitors and the press into their hotel rooms to view their peaceful, one-week “in-bed” protest of the war. Surrounded by flowers and romance, this intimate act was both a strong testament to their love for each other and their love for a more peaceful world.

It’s now half of a century later, and the people of the world continue to find beautiful ways to drive out darkness, hatred, and fear. Right now, we turn to our community for inspiration as they continue to create art and meaningful collaborations that remind us of why we’re all here: to make connections and live a life full of love.

When it comes to marriage, connection and love are at the heart of the matter. For Lillabella Photography, capturing the concept of peace and love came easy because of the connection that the couple share – and after a quick glance at the gallery, you’ll see what we mean. The bright tones and vibrant colors, while still evoking a sense of warmth, are a breath of fresh air. The couple celebrating their love in bed reminds us here at Wedding Collective that staying home, and even in bed all day, can be a beautiful thing if we simply shift our perspective. Bring on all of the bedroom wedding ceremonies and honeymoons laying in bed watching Netflix! Did we just start a new trend?

We’re loving the sweet little illustrations that call back to Lennon and Ono, and are especially fond of how well the semi-modern elements are able to act as a portal between the past and the present. Just look at that flower wall! And the records used as decor?! It’s no secret the Bella has a gift for creating pieces that transcend time with a charming little twist!

We ask you to use this time to find peace and love with yourself, your partner, and the world. Your wedding may be postponed, or possibly turned into a bedroom ceremony, but no matter what, you have each other. We have the ability to fill the world with the good things, so let’s do it together!

Photography Lillabella Photography Designed by Darling Clementine Illustration Florals The Flower Company ABQ Sweet Treats Rude Boy Cookies, LLC Clay Vessels  McCollom Clay Hair Nicole Kuhlmann Makeup Make-Up by Jacqueline C

Stress-free Spa Day at Home with K and C Naturals

Relax those shoulders and unclench that jaw – it’s treat yo’ self day.

You’ve been working so very hard and it’s not out of the ordinary to feel a little restless during these times. Between working from home and planning your upcoming wedding, we know that sometimes it can feel like there is no escape. However, there are plenty of great ways to give yourself a well-deserved break from the “Four Big Cs” of the household (Children, Cell Phones, Computers, and Chores) and we’re going to introduce you to a few of them with the help of our friends at K and C Naturals.

K and C Naturals is one of our own local vendors that always seems to have the answers to our self-care questions. Perhaps it’s the all-natural ingredients or the massive variety of options, but their products will give you the R&R you crave. We reached out to K and C Naturals directly to ask them for their tips on how to have a simple spa day without leaving the house!

Draw a Bath & De-Stress

Create a self-care/spa day to relax and unwind with one of the many Bath Salts from K and C Naturals. It will help to reduce anxiety, stress, and increase relaxation to help lighten your mood.

  1. Make a playlist of your favorite music that calms your soul
  2. Light your favorite candles for a serene angelic environment
  3. Grab your favorite book to read
  4. Pour yourself a glass of wine
  5. Enhance your bathing experience with the De-stress Bath Salts
  6. Turn on the music

Immerse yourself in the water. Read your book, enjoy your wine, close your eyes. Let yourself drift away to that inner peace. You won’t want to leave the tranquil environment for hours.

Brides can become overwhelmed with not knowing when things will return to normal or if it will be the new normal. It is important to remember that we cannot change the things we cannot see or have no control over. It is important to still take care of yourself even at home. K and C Naturals has many wonderful products to help you do that. A Spa Day is a wonderful way to get you inspired and remain as stress-free as possible.

– Carol, K and C Naturals

Exfoliate & Moisturize

After you de-stress, take some time to treat those areas of your body that you normally don’t have time for. It’s that time of the year where dry, cracked skin makes a quick comeback, and after so much hand-washing, you’ll want to make your skin feel healthy again with scrubs + moisturizers.

  1. Rinse your face to remove all makeup, sweat and dirt
  2. Gently massage your face with clean hands to release tension
  3. Use a lip scrub of your choice from K and C Naturals to remove dead skin
  4. Grab some lotion or Restore to moisturize your skin

You’ll feel like your glowing!

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We hope you find that relaxation you deserve and bask in the glory of at-home spa treatments. We promise you – with a little help from your significant other in keeping themselves and/or the children distracted – you’ll feel like you’ve just been treated at a high-end spa. When it comes to your wedding day, don’t forget to break out these goodies again the day before to keep those nerves down. You can also give them as wedding favors so your guests can create their own spa day, too!

BRB. We’re going to run a bath and enjoy a little “treat yo’ self” ourselves!

Stress-free DIY Beauty at Home with Glam by Jeet

Here at Wedding Collective, despite the freedom that comes with wearing cozy clothes all day, one thing that we really miss is getting dolled up, makeup and all. We know that you stunning brides might feel the same and are using this time to find a skin-care routine to prepare for your wedding day. This is why we’ve teamed up with a local beauty expert, Glam by Jeet, to give you all of the guidance you need to feel beautiful without leaving the house. We can’t wait to get started on this exclusive makeover (while also wearing our adorable jammies, of course)!

Let’s create a routine

Hi ladies! My name is Jeet Bahra and I own Glam by Jeet, a mobile beauty business that brings all of your makeup and hair styling needs to your doorstep! One of the special services that I offer is my Shop and Learn class – a personal shopping experience where you and I go shopping at one of my favorite stores, Target, to get customized skincare, makeup products and hair tools that work for your complexion, features and needs! Afterwards, we go back to your home to go over how to use everything effectively and how to create a simple, work-appropriate look that can be turned into a date night look easily! I would love to share some of the helpful tips I’ve learned over the years to help you get ready at home, stay stress free, as well as inspired during this unprecedented time!

 Let’s go over a few things you can do at home to relax, feel beautiful, and take care of yourself during quarantine. These tips can also help you doll up for that FaceTime date you have with your fiancé on Friday night as well! 


A simple change every woman can make in general AND during quarantine is to develop a skincare routine. It gives you a chance to start and end your day with self-care and you can work in a facial + neck massage twice a day as well! There are many affordable products out there that are available at Target like I mentioned above (thank goodness for their Pick Up Option!) or Amazon Prime if you don’t live near one. 
Part one of a simple skincare routine that you can implement is washing your face twice a day, in both the morning and at bedtime. A simple cleanser such as Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Facial scrub which is gentle on everyone ($5-$6 on Amazon Prime) or Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash ($6-7 on Amazon Prime) is great! As a rule of thumb, if you tend to have dry skin, you will want to find a creamy, gentle, foam-free cleanser, and conversely if you tend to have oily skin, you want a gentle foaming cleanser! I do not believe in using harsh products on the skin. On days that you wear makeup, double cleanse your face + neck, and make sure that your makeup comes off in the first round of washing and your skin is being cleansed in the second round. 

For part two of this simple skincare routine, you should invest in a daytime moisturizer with at least SPF 15 in it (especially with our New Mexico sunshine!), and a nourishing night cream. Again, I love the skincare lines that Aveeno carries and recommend the Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($12-13 on Amazon Prime) and the Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream ($13-14 on Amazon Prime) because they are gentle on everyone and work on most complexions. If you have the budget for more, they sell eye cream, serum, and more! They also have acne fighting and age defying lines if you prefer those- so take some time for yourself and pick the line that works for you the best! Feel free to mix and match radiance for daytime and age defiance for night time for example.

After washing your face in the morning, take the time to massage your face + neck in gentle circles and apply your daytime moisturizer until it melts into your skin, and do the same thing with face wash and night cream before bedtime! Cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing your skin guarantees that makeup goes on smoother, so it’s well worth the investment!


Time to get glammed up

A basic makeup routine includes cleansing, moisturizing, applying a base, mascara, bronzer and blush, and lip product. Of course some wear more, and some wear less – but this is a very condensed version of my makeup application process on every client, so I highly recommend it! If you’re looking for quick coverup and don’t mind sheer coverage, a great tip is to put a quarter or half the amount of your daily foundation into your moisturizer in the morning for a quick, easy, DIY BB cream! You can layer more foundation on the areas where you need some extra coverage such as the under eye or a blemish if you’d like. If you’re prone to creasing or shine, you can lightly set your problem areas with translucent powder and a fluffy, big brush or damp beauty sponge. 


Pro Tip: If your under eyes give you issues, apply some eye cream or moisturizer in that area, and then apply a peach corrector in a sheer layer for lighter skin tones, and orange corrector if you have deeper skin tones and see how big of a difference it makes! It’s truly magical. 


Another great tip for minimalism and turning makeup products into multi-use tools is to use your bronzer and blush as eyeshadow and lip color in addition to contour and cheek color! This method creates a beautiful monochromatic look that is fresh, clean and does the job! Powder or liquid blush looks great on the lips if you layer a clear gloss on top as well! If you have time or feel like playing with a little more makeup than this, you can smudge some black or brown eyeliner along your lash line for a beautiful enhancement, and lightly fill in your brows with some brow powder that is a shade lighter than your hair color! 

This tip is a blessing during these times – a beauty trend that is taking the makeup world by storm right now is bushy, thick brows. This means that your brows being grown out more than usual is not a bad thing at all! If you’re afraid to butcher your eyebrows that your esthetician has spent so much time shaping for you- do not worry. Consider plucking only stray hairs and then use brown mascara on your lashes AND your brows to fill them in and set them! Just gently brush the brow hair upward and let them dry. It’s a fun, different look worth trying and is all over celebrity beauty pages on Instagram!  Check out @nikki_makeup for some inspiration and amazing Sunday tutorials! When quarantine is over, you can decide to keep the natural, full, bushy look going or you can go right back to your esthetician with your head held high – butcher free! 

I wanted to show you some past clients with different skin and hair tones that are examples of very light makeup application using moisturizer, foundation + concealer only where necessary (under eyes and blemishes), light brow powder or eyeshadow to enhance brows, liquid blush on the lips/cheeks/eyes, bronzer or bronzer toned shadows to enhance bone structure and eye shape, smudged pencil eyeliner along the lashline, and light false lashes because the makeovers were done for photo shoots or weddings- however to modify for our current situation, a couple of layers of good mascara look gorgeous and will do the trick for a beautiful every day look. 

Feel free to schedule a one-on-one FaceTime consultation with me on my website contact form (www.glambyjeet.com) if you’d like a personalized lesson or help shopping on amazon! I’d love to help you feel your best! 


Stay safe and hope these tips make you feel beautiful! 

You can learn more about Glam by Jeet by visiting her here.

Three wedding steps to a dream wedding

When it comes to wedding planning, many brides- and grooms-to-be quickly get frazzled when they look at their massive to-do list. However, it is possible to have a dream wedding. It is important to come to terms with the budget before anything else, because once that is decided, the bride and groom are one step closer to their ideal big day.

Determine the style
When guests arrive at a wedding, the event should be a reflection of the couple. Everything from the beautiful wedding dress to the centerpieces can emulate the personalities of the bride and groom, so it is key for couples to identify which aspects of their personalities and relationship they want to convey at the affair.

Create a planning scrapbook
Brides- and grooms-to-be may want to create a scrapbook-style binder once they start wedding planning. Not only will this keep them more organized, but they can add things they both like to the binder. When it comes to decision time, they will have a basis to go off of to get the perfect invitations, bridesmaids dresses, centerpieces and venue. Plus, those who are having a tough time determining their style can quickly find it after they start pulling things they like together.

Tradition is just an outline
Some couples can get wrapped up in traditions, but just because a bride and groom are tying the knot, it doesn’t mean they have to stay within the lines of tradition. In addition, there are certain aspects of a wedding that can be left out. If the couple likes pie more than they do cake, than they should serve that for their dessert. Bottom line – as long as a couple shows who they are, they will be successful in planning the party of a lifetime

7 Common Wedding Disasters (And How to Avoid Them)

Everyone knows your wedding is supposed to be the happiest day and most stress-free day of your life. So rest assured, because we’ve listed seven of the most common wedding day dilemmas and how you can avoid them.

Wedding Dilemma #1: Wedding Pro No Show
The last thing you’ll want to do on the day of your wedding is track down a missing wedding cake or put out an APB for your florist. Days before your wedding, be sure to give your wedding pros the correct names and addresses of your venues to deliver the goods. Be sure to submit accurate contact information for the vendors to your wedding planner or day-of coordinator, and your wedding coordinators should also have a document with cell phone numbers and ETAs of your wedding professionals to communicate as necessary.

Wedding Dilemma #2: Hairdo Horrors
It’s never a good idea to experiment with a new hairdo or cut right before your wedding. Schedule a trial run with your stylist a month prior to the wedding date to stagger cut and color services. Also, take a camera and any wedding hair accessories with you to the trial appointments to keep record of the looks you’re considering, and to get the best idea of the look that will be recreated on the day of.

Wedding Dilemma #3: Faulty Fittings

Always schedule wedding dress fittings in an appropriate timeframe. The first fitting usually takes place six weeks before the wedding day, with subsequent fittings closer to the wedding date as needed. Remember to bring in accessories such as shoes and foundation/ undergarments to get an accurate fit. Your final fitting should take place a couple weeks before the wedding, and should include pressing/steaming any wrinkles and a discussion on dress care tips should you (God forbid) accidently spill something on the gown.

To read on for our complete list of wedding day dilemmas, visit PerfectWeddingGuide.com. Also, check out our wedding blog for hot wedding trends and ideas, and view our links to the left to find additional wedding services in your area!