Renee + Jerod { Bold Urban-Chic Rooftop Elopement}

What would you do if your wedding photographer stood you up on your wedding day? Unfortunately our next couple experienced this true life wedding nightmare first hand and holy cow, I am getting a rash just thinking about it!  Lucky for them a couple years down the road they became good friends with one of the top wedding planners in Albuquerque, NM- Alena of Alena Swanson LLCRenee often discussed what she “wished their wedding would have been”, and Alena listened. Incorporating their original wedding colors of pink, cream and white, she was inspired to gather the best wedding pros in ABQ and create their dream wedding elopement shoot. This shoot was a total surprise to the model bride, who only found out days before.

From the planner, Alena:  “Using an ombre of pink and rose gold, the bling, glitter and boldness of black reflect their classy but quirky personalities. Together, they love books and reading; and every detail reflects this as well, through scrabble tiles, ampersands, and stacked book centerpieces– all the bride’s favorite things!

To get just the right color, every detail was hand crafted by wedding pros, from her pink hair to her glittery heels. The pros were so thoughtful in remaking their dream wedding- they are even eating pink strawberry cake! This unique couple loves the rare and unusual, yet beautiful things in life, so I kept this in mind when choosing pink ginger flowers, the industrial location, rose gold jewelry, and a blush wedding dress.

This type of stylized shoot sincerely emulates the spirit of the wedding industry as we bless others on their special day and do our best to go above and beyond.”

The joy of this once in a lifetime experience is real in these stunning photos, a huge thanks to  Emily Joanne Wedding Films & Photography


The amazing wedding professionals responsible for pulling this gorgeous celebration full circle.

Coordination: Alena Swanson, LLC Wedding & Event Planning

Photography & Film: Emily Joanne Wedding Films & Photography

Venue: The Banque Lofts

Beauty Professional: C. Johnson Makeup

Rentals: Classic Events + Tent Rentals

Dessert: New Mexico Pie Company  +  The Cake Boutique

Bridal Attire: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Formalwear: Suits Unlimited

Floral Design: Something Special with Flowers

Print Products: Differently Designed

Jewelry: Shelton Jewelers

Music & Entertainment: Dream Factory Productions

And that ladies and gents, is how you properly celebrate a lifetime of love and this gorgeous couple deserves it all!  For more on everything wedding and wedding planning visit,


Kathleen + Jason {Gorgeous Winter White Wedding}

Kathleen Easter0087We are so thankful for Alena Swanson Wedding & Event Planning. Alena always keeps us stocked up on amazing wedding celebrations that she has worked her magic on, to share with our readers.  You are in for a real treat with this next wedding and with summer coming just around the corner,  it is the perfect time to reminisce on all the memories and joy winter brought this year.

Kathleen and Jason decided to take advantage of the cold and themed their wedding around the winter season. Here is a look at their traditional Jewish ceremony and some of the warm moments their love brought them in the chilly weather.

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From the planner, Alena Swanson Wedding & Event Planning: “Kathleen & Jason got married at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum this past December. Their Winter Wedding was highlighted with Navy Blue, Winter White, and pops of Mint Green. It was filled with rich details, personal touches, & traditions that honored their Jewish roots.”

Here are some more wedding professionals that had their hand in pulling together this perfect day:

Location: Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Blue Rose Photography  
C Johnson Makeup
Shannon Loves Flowers
The Cake Boutique
Emily Joanne
Ceremony Music:
Sandi Ludescher, Ya Gottta Have Harp
Dream Factory Productions
Follow the Sun Tours

Kathleen Easter0086Such a great way to spend the winter months. Wishing all the happiness in the world to Kathleen and Jason! And always sending brides, grooms, and our readers s’more love! For more on wedding and wedding plan visit!

Sweet Wedding Cake Advice From The Cake Boutique

Choosing your wedding cake has got to be one of the most fun (and delicious!) wedding planning tasks to check off of your to-do list. However, with so many recent wedding cake trends it is difficult to know where to start. Local wedding cake expert Birdie Mathis with The Cake Boutique recently sat down with us at The Perfect Wedding Guide to share her advice and words of wisdom with brides and grooms who are searching for their perfect wedding cake. Here is her insightful interview into the world of wedding cakes:

Photo Credit: The Cake Boutique
Photo Credit: The Cake Boutique

Perfect Wedding Guide: As a leader in the local wedding cake industry, what would be your advice to brides and grooms just starting to research bakeries to find their perfect wedding cake?

The Cake Boutique: The best advice I can give to those blushing brides is to prioritize where the wedding cake will fit in to 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.  This way she shouldn’t have to “settle” for a cake design because her money went towards flowers that weren’t as important to her.

Photo Credit: The Cake Boutique
Photo Credit: The Cake Boutique

PWG: Please tell us a little more about The Cake Boutique. How long have you been in business here in Albuquerque?

The Cake Boutique: The Cake Boutique will officially be in business 1 whole year on May 6th.  Although the business itself is new, Monica and I collectively have been decorating cakes well over 20+ years. We provide wedding cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or almost any type of custom cake imaginable.

Photo Credit: The Cake Boutique
Photo Credit: The Cake Boutique

PWG: In your professional opinion, what do you believe are going to be the big wedding cake trends for 2014?

The Cake Boutique: I believe the trend that will take off in the coming years is a smaller wedding cake for the bride and groom, and individual cakes as the centerpiece for guest tables allowing the guests to serve themselves as well as sample and trade different cake flavors from one table to the next.

PWG: We have heard about your fantastic new program called “Dancing Off Dollars”. Can you tell our readers a little more about it?

The Cake Boutique: I am also a Jazzercise aerobic instructor, and we have teamed up with the local Jazzercise centers to promote a program called “Dancing Off Dollars.”  Our offer is $5.00 off the total cost of their wedding cake for every pound the bride loses 3 months or more, prior to her wedding.   The center I teach at will give the brides who would like to participate a discount membership rate and no joining fee for booking their wedding cake at The Cake Boutique. Please tell your readers to give me a call if they would like more information about “Dancing Off Dollars”!

Photo Credit: The Cake Boutique
Photo Credit: The Cake Boutique

PWG: Do you have any additional words of wisdom for our brides and grooms when it comes to choosing their wedding cake?

The Cake Boutique: 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 when it comes to making the final choices for their day.  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.

Photo Credit: The Cake Boutique
Photo Credit: The Cake Boutique

The Cake Boutique

(505) 833-1170

 3250 Coors Blvd. NW Ste C, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Thank you so much, Birdie, for your sweet words of wisdom!

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