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,


{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} New Year’s Eve Inspired Decor

Do you need a little sparkle in your life?  How about a gorgeous New Year’s Eve wedding!  From a little glitz and glam, to ringing in the new year with the ones you love, celebrate with shades of green and gold.

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green-gold-new-years-107Photos: shewanders

 We’re loving the confetti glitter in the photo ops, the simple and festive wedding cake, the lush green centerpieces atop of the glittery table linens, and you can’t go wrong with decadent cupcakes doubling as place holders for your invited guests.

Scentsy warmer: accent your Valentines Day wedding perfectly.

Brides, incorporate some delightful (long-lasting) scents into your wedding décor with a scentsy warmer. The below warmer is 10% off during the month of January and would be the perfect addition to a heart or Valentines Day themed nuptial! Check out https://Roadrunner.Scentsy.Us for pricing and ordering information.


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30 Awesomely Modern First Dance Songs


We’ve scoured our iTunes, Pandora and Spotify playlists to come up with 30 of our most favorite modern love songs. From obscure indie tunes to top 40 chart toppers, these songs will have everyone feeling the love as soon as you hit the dancefloor.

1. Ho Hey- The Lumineers

2. Marry Me – Jason Derulo

3. Just the Way you are- Bruno Mars

4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

6. Banjolin Song- Mumford and Sons

7. Our Love Comes Back – James Blake

8. Let’s Stay Together – Maroon 5

9. All Better – Mayer Hawthorne

10. Love on Top – Beyonce

11. Sweater Weather- The Neighborhood

12. All of Me – John Legend

13. Come What May- Moulin Rouge (Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor)

14. Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg

15. Somewhere Only We know- Keane

16. U + Me – Dan Black

17. Us – Regina Spektor

18. Luck – Jason Mraz, Colbie Callait

19. We Found Love –Rihanna

20. Make You Feel my Love – Adele

21. Fool For You – Cee Lo

22. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

23. Sade – By Your Side

24. Alice Smith – With You

25. Bloc Party – So Here We Are

26. Alabama Shakes – Be Mine

27. Wilco feat. Feist – You and I

28. Robin Thicke – The Sweetest Love

29. Chrisette Michele – A Couple of Forevers

30. Kelly Rowland – This Is Love

Got a song you want to add to this list? Leave a comment for us here at the wedding blog below!


Meet Alicia Lucia with Alicia Lucia Photography

We are very excited to be working with the incredibly talented Alicia Lucia.

Check out some of her work and learn a little bit about her as a photographer, as a person, and what her passion and focus is!


“My name is Alicia and I document life + love. I have a passion for capturing beautiful moments and am constantly humbled to be able to call this my job!”


“I am a mother to the most beautiful little girl and a dedicated wife to a wonderful and talented man.”


 “I graduated from the University Of New Mexico with a double bachelors in Psychology and Family Studies in 2009 – so when saying that I ADORE people and studying them is fascinating to me, it is actually a complete understatement.”


“I was always drawn to photography and at 14 I picked up a Canon35mm film camera and ran with it.

I’m a self-taught photographer who took a soulful passion for photography that was paved within me many moons ago, the enrichment of a college concentration in people and families and turned it into the wonderful Alicia Lucia Photography!”


“I believe that photography is 100% worth the investment and in turn consider it a true gift to be given the opportunity of capturing you and your sweet moments!”


“For more information on wedding coverage and lifestyle sessions, please contact me directly, I would love to help you tell your story!”


Daytime phone 505.459.7791

Perfect Wedding Guide web profile: Alicia Lucia Photography 

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Sneak Peak- Wedding Collective Feature

Here is another sneak peak of one of the inclusions that you can expect to see in the Winter issue of the Perfect Wedding Guide!

Savon Cash & Carry Flowers creates hundreds of weddings every season and takes pride in the quality, service and attention to detail for each and every one. From the simplest backyard wedding to grand events- Savon can meet your needs.  Call Carly Robertson, their events coordinator, for a FREE personalized consultation!

505. 884.1963 | 3520 Candelaria Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

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Albuquerque Engagement- Check out this adorable PWG engagement announcement!

Congratulations on your engagement- we know you want to share this amazing news with your friends and family! Here at Perfect Wedding Guide we offer the opportunity for engaged couples to submit their engagement photo (along with there wedding date and location)  to be printed in each new issue of our guide. If you do not currently have any photos done we can also help coordinate a photo session with one of our preferred photographers. See below for details.  We had an awesome group of couples that submitted photos to be printed in our upcoming  winter issue of the Perfect Wedding Guide. Here is a sneak peak at one of the announcements done by Kevin’s Photography (they always do such a great job).

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Engagement Announcement

The engagement announcement will be published in the Perfect Wedding Guide and will include a photo of the couple, the couple’s first and last names and the wedding date. The engagement announcement costs $50+tax and will be featured in 7,000- 8,000 copies of our high quality, full color guide to be distributed to over 340 locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe over the course of four months.

Free Engagement Photo Session

Perfect Wedding Guide will arrange a free engagement photo session with one of our preferred photographers
prior to the deadline. We will contact you to confirm the actual date and time of your session.  The
photo session is complimentary and optional prints can be purchased from the photographer if desired.
Perfect Wedding Guide will be responsible for obtaining the digital photo from the photographer to be
used in the guide.

Love Story
We are also offering a full page engagement and/or wedding story features that will be focused all around
the couple. The one time cost of this feature is $100+tax.  This includes up to three photos of the couple
and a write up about the wedding plans and/or engagement story.  The couple can provide up to three
photos, or Perfect Wedding Guide can arrange a free photo session.

Call 505.797.2749 for more information and to reserve you spot in our next issue!

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