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bride to be:

You’ve dreamt of your wedding day your whole life. Now that you’re engaged, you may be wondering where to begin. Perfect Wedding Guide is your comprehensive guide to wedding and honeymoon services in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area. The wedding professionals listed in this book are some of the best in their fields. They are prepared to assist you in creating the wedding of your dreams.

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Hair & Makeup: C. Johnson Makeup | IG: @cjohnsonmakeup Flowers: Stephanie Yardman Floral Design | IG: @stephanieyardman Invitations: Funky Olive Design Studio | IG: @funkyolivedesign Model: April Esquibel & Adam Sanchez | IG: @Aprilmayesquibel Dress: Bridal Elegance by Darlene | IG: @bridalelegancenm Sweets: Little Sparrow Cookie Company | IG: @littlesparrowcc

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The sweetest day ALEX + CARLOS OCTOBER 8, 2016

“We couldn’t imagine an indoor wedding or a catalog wedding; we wanted the trees and the sky to stand witness to our love & we wanted the complete freedom to design our wedding day.” 50


real albuquerque wedding “It was a Saturday in the beginning of October: the perfect moment to celebrate a New Mexico Wedding. Carlos and I had met a year before, in Panama, when we least expected to meet our better-half. From the start, we recognized in each other “lifetime material.” It was only after a few months of dating that Carlos handmade our wedding rings out of silver-quarters. We couldn’t imagine an indoor wedding or a catalog wedding; we wanted the trees and the sky to stand witness to our love and we wanted the complete freedom to design our wedding day. For these reasons, we chose the historic Leslie Dietz Farmhouse. The Leslie Dietz Farmhouse, listed on the national register of historic places, was the perfect backdrop: Grand spaces of open yard surrounded by large old cottonwoods, pine trees lining the property, and a beautiful Victorian farmhouse. Although it is not an ofcial wedding venue, but a vacation rental that can host private parties, our decision to rent the historic Farmhouse allowed for our large Panamanian family to stay in the nine-bedroom house. We rented the house a week before the wedding, which gave us time to prepare for the big day and host many early festivities.” -Bride, Alex 51


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“A lifetime of loyalty, patience, and unhesitant love.”

“We planned our wedding with the help of Orange September an event company; they provided us with invaluable guidance and support through the months prior. We crafted and grew the oral designs ourselves: the centerpieces were succulents that we planted and nurtured for months before the wedding. The colours of Autumn were slowly creeping through the leaves of the cottonwoods and the pine trees were darkening their needles. We were fortunate: Big family, many friends, life-lasting memories. Carlos and I had written our vows together and in unison we joined our voices to promise a lifetime of loyalty, patience, and unhesitant love. We held hands and exchanged our silver-quarter rings surrounded by our dearest family and friends in a circular ceremony. I know it was perfect because Carlos and I danced the night through (and I hardly dance!)”- Bride, Alex Photography: Ashley Joyce Photography | IG: @ashleyjoycephotography Wedding Planner: Orange September an event company | IG: @orange_september Location: Historic Leslie Dietz Farmhouse | Caterer: Crimson Catering by Jordan Ruiz 55


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MR. + MRS. CHARTRAND OCTOBER 7, 2016

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real albuquerque wedding “Teresa and Chris’ wedding was the perfect combination of cozy meets industrial chic. Brides will totally jive with this wedding from their choice of an aged Railyard venue location, to their rad music selections (500 miles cover by sleeping at last, una palabra by carlos varela), the cozy details of all the different lounge areas, a late night taco truck and holy cow their cake! My goodness, that in itself was just a work of art. So many exquisite yet personal details that had their personality and quirkiness written all over it! Over 90% of their guests ew in from all over the country to celebrate with them, and it couldn’t have been at a more spectacular time for them to experience the unique beauty our state has to offer!” - Alicia Lucia Photography

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Photographer: Alicia Lucia Photography Wedding Coordinator: Alena Swanson LLC / Video: Avista Video Venue: Railyards / Makeup: Betty Rose by Alanna Hair: Genica Lee Makeup / Catering: Black Iron Catering Favors and Baked goods: Chocolate Dude / Veil: Forever Yours Bridal Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Tux / Dress Designer: Pronovias Dress store: Trudy’s Boutique / Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal Officiant: Roy Ricci / Photo booth: Shutterbooth ABQ Floral: Signature Sweets / Cake: The Cake Boutique Rentals: AA Events & Tents + Classic Event & Tent Rentals / Setup: ABQ Event Support

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The sweetest day MR. + MRS. GUTIERREZ DECEMBER 31, 2016

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Pop... ďŹ zz...clink! A wedding to celebrate a New Year, New Life, New Love... & The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club made sure it was an evening full of memories that will last for centuries to come.


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“I highly recommend The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club to anyone who is looking for a wedding venue. The food, views, and service are top notch. We couldn’t be happier with how our daughter’s reception turned out. The staff is very professional and met all of our needs. We had the best time ringing in the New Year!” - Father of the Bride

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1. Engagement session, includes the session and the edited, high-resolution images with personal use/print rights- valued at $400, courtesy of Matt Blasing Photography. 2. 10 free centerpieces or 40 chair covers + $50 off the booking fee for City View Event Center- valued at $400, courtesy of Simply DĂŠcor & City View Event Center. 3. Two Carat Bridal Package and a 60 minute massage for the groom- valued at $565, courtesy of The Remedy Day Spa. 4 .Complimentary ballroom space for your wedding- valued at $3,000, courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe. 5. Two free hours of the photobooth at your wedding reception and a discounted rate for a coverage upgrade- valued at $350, courtesy of Wedding Crashers Photo Booth. 6.Free engagement session and $400 off a wedding package- valued at $650, courtesy of Briana Nicole Photography. 7. Bride to be package including an essential manicure, pedicure, signature body polish & facial. 4 1/2 hours of services- valued at $350, courtesy of Isleta Resort & Casino.

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“There is an air of exclusivity due to the design of the new Ceremony Space, and the lavish thoughtfully designed ballroom spaces and furnishings make for an opulent, clean feel. The ballrooms feature unique spaces for wedding parties of 10 people through 700, and the catering features gourmet food that is a step above. Contemporary and Modern design, unique lighting and clean finishes provide beautiful backdrops. The Hyatt Regency Albuquerque has forever been a staple in the city skyline, and in the world of New Mexico hospitality. Create the most perfect and memorable wedding day by adding your own personal touch to this unique and beautiful venue!” -Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

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Venue: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque | IG: @hyattabq Photography : Blue Rose Photography | IG: @bluerosephotos Hair & Makeup: C. Johnson Makeup | IG: @cjohnsonmakeup Flowers: Albuquerque Florist | IG: @albuquerqueflorist Planning : Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning, LLC | IG: @justlovelyweddings Suits: Suits Unlimited | IG: @suitsunlimitednm Dress: Shop Gossamer | IG: @shopgossamer 75


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MR. + MRS. WEISENSEL OCTOBER 1, 2016

“I remember taking a peek at the ballroom the night before…it was 7:30pm and the banquet staff were still working hard to prepare for our special day the next day. The staff was very attentive and asked if I was happy with the setup and if there are any changes that needed to be made. I had no changes, but I was just so speechless at the time because it looked so beautiful. Cindy, herself was very responsive when I had questions or needed opinions. A bride and groom’s day should not be overwhelming with decisions on their wedding day, which Isleta made sure not to do because everything they needed from us and final touches were taken care of well in advance!”- Mrs.Weisensel 88


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Venue, Catering, Cake: Isleta Resort & Casino Photography: Alicia Lucia Photography Décor & Floral: Occasion Services & Events “I am so happy with Isleta Resort and Casino as our reception venue, I cannot thank them enough for the exceptional service.”-Mrs. Weisensel

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MORGAN + STUART OCTOBER 22, 2016

“When Morgan and Stu met at a bbq, sparks weren’t just flying on the grill that evening. The couple began to date casually and were forced into long distance when Stu moved across the world to New Zealand. They kept in touch with writing love letters and skyping and when he returned they had already figured out it was meant to be. Morgan, a wedding planner in Portland, sure knows how to throw a party. With a 1920’s Gatsby theme, guests were dressed to the nines as they attended the rooftop ceremony with a stunning view of the Sandia mountains and the city of Albuquerque. The evening commenced with a glamorous warehouse reception, full of twinkle lights, champagne and laughter. It was an evening to be remembered and we wish Morgan and Stuart nothing but the best.” - Maura Jane Photography 96


“There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice.” -F Scott Fitzgerald

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Beautiful Ways to Remember Those No Longer With You at Your Wedding by Susan Southerland

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Create a display with photos of your loved ones. Write a sweet and touching quote on a chalkboard.

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Set up a table at your ceremony or reception. Place framed photographs of your loved ones. You can decorate it with a pretty floral arrangement, maybe including sprigs of rosemary for remembrance.

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“My hopes for this styled wedding shoot is to show future brides in the southwest that the desert can be such a beautiful place to incorporate on your wedding day. I feel like sometimes it can be overlooked because other areas have beautiful trees and greenery--I wanted to show new brides that New Mexico is a beautiful place to call home. The elements in this shoot showcase some of the beautiful local culture as well as the art and to me, that’s why it stands out.” -Briana Nicole Photography

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Meet the 2016 New Mexico Bride’s Select Winners! Best Wedding Coordinator | Alena Swanson, LLC Best Beauty Expert | D’ette Tesso-Kellner Best Spa | Bliss Salon & Spa Best Place to Order Wedding Cake | The Cake Boutique Best Catering | Cooperage & Scarpa’s Catering Best Party Venue | Sandia Resort & Casino Best Rehearsal Dinner Location | St. Clair’s Winery & Bistro Best Reception Location | Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town Best Ceremony Location | Casas de Suenos Best Officiant | Amor Ceremonies Best Rental Company | Classic Event & Tent Rentals Best Floral Designer | Something Special with Flowers Best Bridal Gown Shop | Bridal Elegance by Darlene Best Men’s Formalwear | Suits Unlimited Best Guest Accommodations | Sheraton Uptown Best Place to Order Wedding Invitations | Differently Designed Best Disc Jockey | Dream Factory Productions Best Local Band | Entourage Jazz Best Photographer | Matt Blasing Photography Best Cinematographer | Emily Joanne Wedding Films & Photography Best Photobooth | Shutterbooth Best Gift Registry | CK Hall, Pampered Chef Best Unique Service | Simply Décor Best Ceremony Music | Empire Strings 105


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Most people think of wedding planning as a lengthy process. For a number of reasons, such as needing to spread out payments, or certain venues and vendors booking up well in advance, having months to plan your wedding is almost a must. If you’re a couple who ½nds yourself in a situation where you’re planning a lastminute wedding (due to military deployment, for example), here are some tips to help you with your planning: 113


Establish the budget. Set your overall budget and make sure you’re clear on any parameters set by ½nancial contributors, such as speci½c guests they want invited. Make the guest list. Narrow the list down as much as possible and don’t second-guess yourself. It’s time to make quick decisions. Invite your wedding party. Try a personal invitation or set up a lunch date with the attendants you’d like to invite and ask them there. Find the venue and set the date. Start with venues that ½t the look you want to achieve. Be ¾exible with the date and time.

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We’re looking at what’s hot now and what’s on the horizon in men’s wedding fashion. Whether you’re a groom or a guest, you’re sure to get inspired by this list. Find more fashion trends at Head Over Heels. 116


Who says the bride is the only one who should wear white to the wedding? Today’s fashion experts urge grooms to do the same. psalm 27 creative

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Light facial hair or scruff has become quite fashionable for grooms and groomsmen.

3. Powder blue accents.

Powder blue has been one of the most popular accent colors for grooms. If you’re gravitating towards a powder blue suit, we recommend going with just the blue jacket and pairing it with black pants for a more timeless look.

4. Bow ties.

Bow ties have been a trend for a few years now and we don’t see that changing any time soon. This enduring neckwear offers either a formal or fun look depending on the fabric and pattern you choose.

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It has become more fashionable for grooms to forgo their neckties and wear collared shirts paired with vests or a jacket. This look is best suited to more casual weddings. Stick to ties for formal affairs.

6. Satin lapels.

In a nod to proms and formals of yesteryear, wedding fashion designers have introduced suits pairing more than one fabric, such as wool jackets with satin lapels.

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“The beautiful city of Santa Fe is truly unique. The rich culture displayed throughout this city is completely captivating and brings in hundreds of destination brides each year. They admire the adobe buildings throughout the town and the plethora of turquoise displayed on the windows and doors and the beautiful native jewelry. Magnolia Event Company incorporated turquoise accents and stunning agate stone napkin rings next to gold rimmed glasses. Golden succulents were used as a nod to the desert flowers of this beautiful town and were used to hold up the agate and gold leaf escort cards made by Funky Olive Design. A messy bouquet of silver dollar eucalyptus and roses was held by the bride Amanda with her hair swept back to show off her Alexis Bittar turquoise earrings. American Pie made a three tier wedding cake with gold leaf and turquoise sugar flowers tying in the elegant theme perfectly.” -Maura Jane Photography 119


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Wake up, it’s your wedding day! Set the mood while playing throwbacks, classics and new hits as you and your wedding party get ready. This pre-wedding playlist is all you need to warm up your dancing shoes before you hit the dance oor with your soon-to-be spouse. Pair this playlist with a glass of bubbly to put some added pep in your step for the big day ahead.

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1. “Drunk in Love” by Beyonce ft. Jay Z 2. “Lucky” by Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat 3. “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Chicks 4. “Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors 5. “Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera 6. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper 7. “2 Become 1” by Spice Girls 8. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls 9. “Oops!…I Did It Again” by Britney Spears 10. “You and I” by Lady Gaga 11. “Party for Two” by Shania Twain ft. Billy Currington 12. “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” by Shania Twain 13. “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce ft. Jay Z 14. “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce 15. “Love on Top” by Beyonce 16. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars 17. “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland 18. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston 19. “You’re the One That I Want” by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta 20. “As Long As You Love Me” by Backstreet Boys Check out Head Over Heels to listen to the entire playlist! 123


The sweetest day MR. + MRS. DOYLE JULY 16, 2016

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real albuquerque wedding “The wedding colors were mint and grey with accents of blush and cream, and their theme was rustic, which was perfect for their chosen venue as it included quaint gardens, sweeping elds, an antique truck, and even some farm animals. Isaac and his father not only hand built the altar this couple was married under, but also custom built a deck with a ramp so family members with mobility limitations would have easy access (and a great view of the ceremony). The importance of family was evident throughout the day. Chaniece’s dress was originally her grandmother’s, and her wedding band was originally her other grandmother’s. Isaac’s Uncle served as the ofciant, and Chaniece’s brother provided live music during the ceremony. Details and decor were meticulously planned by the Bride, and this wedding was a wonderful example that it is possible to have a gorgeous event with many DIY features.” -Matt Blasing Photography 125


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The sweetest day

DR. SHARMIN S. DHARAS + MR. SHAMS MEHRI AUGUST 27, 2016

Shams Mehri and Sharmin Dharas didn’t just get married, they got “mehried” — and they pulled out all the stops for their late August, multicultural extravaganza! From the proposal to the Nikah (wedding ceremony), it is obvious Shams and Sharmin have great taste and rich culture. With a combined multicultural heritage — including Arab, African, Indian, Persian & Spanish — it is no surprise that their theme would follow suit, making for an explosion of ancient traditions, vibrant colors and, of course, delicious food. This celebration was truly the crème de la crème! Day One: Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna. Mehndi & Pithi // Day Two: 1001 Arabian Nights Puro, Attan & Sangeet Day Three: Piyar Ka Nikah THE WEDDING NIKAH & Aina Mosaf + The Reception // Day Four: Salaam-e-Ishq, Shinda

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Venue: Casa Villa Rosa & Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Tent, Chairs and Dancefloor: Classic Party Rentals Décor & Floral: Black Swan Events / Tables & Skirting: Eventful Photography and Videography: Hanif Jaffer Photography, LLC Catering: Family, Namaste, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Cake and Macaroons: Biadora Bakery / Hair: San Marle Salon Entertainment: 505 Kahns, Erik and Phrank, Belly Dancers: Dawn Stradford and Majdah Dphrepaulezz, National Institute of Flamenco Henna: Fatima Visram / Invitations: G-Land Sound and Lighting: Albuquerque Production

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WHAT IS A SAVE THE DATE? SAVE THE DATE is a pre-invitation that officially announces your wedding date and lets guests know that they will, in fact, be invited to the celebration.

REASONS YOU SHOULD SEND SAVE THE DATES PLENTY OF NOTICE Sending out save the dates will make it easier for your wedding guests to plan accordingly with their schedules, jobs, reservations and rentals. UP-TO-DATE DETAILS Save the dates are a great place to include your wedding website. Doing so will keep your outof-town guests up-to-date on hotel blocks, transportation details, local recommendations, etc. SHOW OFF YOUR ENGAGEMENT You’ve had your engagement photos done, now share them with your guests. Select your FAV photo and use it on your save the date. This way your wedding guests will have all the information they need, plus a fabulous photograph to look at on their fridge.

If you send out a save the date and a wedding guest already has something happening that day, there is a good chance they will call and let you know.

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The sweetest day MR.+ MRS. SANTACROCE AUGUST, 2016

“Sami and Matt Santacroce were married in August of 2016. Planning their wedding while they were both attending college out of state was a challenge, so these two had lots of help from their mothers who coordinated many of the planning details. Their colors were mint green and a soft pink, which were demonstrated beautifully in their gorgeous floral which combined roses, succulents, and sunflowers. The Botanical Garden was a beautiful setting for their wedding. Sami was a stunning bride, the epitome of classic beauty.” - Matt Blasing Photography 138


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Photographer: Matt Blasing Photography Ceremony Venue: Albuquerque Biopark, Botanical Gardens Reception Venue: Albuquerque Biopark, Aquarium/Shark Reef Cafe Floral: Shannon Loves Flowers / Hair &Makeup: Genica Lee DJ: Complete Weddings and Events / Officiant: Boyd Hamlin Cake: ABC Cake Shop / Catering: Taste of the Wild Bridal Gown: Brides by Demetrios / Suit: Men’s Wearhouse

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The vendors who work with you on your wedding assume most of the responsibility of making sure you and your future spouse have the most amazing day of your lives. They spend a lot of time before - and sometimes after - the wedding seeing that everything comes together perfectly for you. If you’d like to thank one or more of your wedding vendors for their hard work with a tip but you’re not sure how much or when to tip them, here’s a guide to help you:

• STYLING SERVICES.

It’s customary to tip your stylist or barber 15 to 20 percent of their fee, and the tip should be added to their payment at the time of service.

• OFFICIANT.

If you’re using an officiant at your house of worship, you would most commonly make a contribution to that place of worship ($100-$250 is average). If you’re using a private officiant, they’re usually paid a direct fee and tipping is optional. $50- $100 is the recommended range.

• WEDDING PLANNER.

If you’d like to recognize exceptional service by your wedding planner, either present the tip to him or her at the end of the wedding day or in a thank you note after your honeymoon. The recommended range is $100-$500 (depending on how long the wedding planner is working with you beforehand and on the big day). 141


• MUSICIANS.

If you have a band, the average tip is $25-$35 per musician. DJs and emcees average a tip of $50-$100. Tips are typically presented to them at the end of the reception.

• PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS.

Tips for vendors who work for themselves may vary from those who work for a big company (because the individuals tend to earn more per event). An average tip for individuals is $50-$100 and the average for employees is a little higher at $100-$200.

• CATERER AND SETUP TEAMS.

These behind-the-scenes staff members are typically tipped in the contracts you sign for them. Review all of your contracts to see which include gratuities and which don’t so you know whether or not to tip someone.

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CHANGING

NAME If you plan to change your name, be sure to contact:

Driver’s license

Contact your local DMV. Inform them you have changed your name and need the records to reflect the change.

Social Security

Call 800-772-1213, or visit www.ssa.gov for information.

Federal income taxes

Fill out your tax return with your new name. Social Security should forward the information you filed with them regarding your name change to the IRS, so confirm the IRS received the information.

Passport

Go to http://travel.state.gov/passport

State taxes (if applicable)

Contact your local tax offices. Inform them of your old name, new name and Social Security number.

Don’t forget to check:

• bank accounts • investments • credit cards • insurance • legal documents • other bills • other places your name is listed

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If a modern song at your wedding ceremony isn’t your cup of tea - you have plenty of classics to select from. Picking the perfect music for your ceremony is very important, as it sets the mood for the day. Here are a few classic options that will be perfect for your walk down the aisle:


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1. “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner

2. “Canon in D” by Pachelbel

3. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

4. “Turning the Page” (Instrumental) by Sleeping at Last

5. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (piano version ) by Lily Allen or Keane

6. “Tale as Old as Time”

(piano version ) by Hirohashi Makiko

RECESSIONAL 7. “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn

8. “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” b by Handel

To find more ceremony and reception songs, check out the Head Over Heels wedding blog. Everything from modern to country to classic can be found there.

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10. “Let Your Love Flow” by Bellamy Brothers

11. “Make My Dreams ms C Come om TTrue” uuee” by Hail and Oats

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If you have someone in mind for your MOH, be sure they have the following qualities: Organized. There are a lot of events that your MOH will be in charge of, it’s important that she is organized and keeps all of the details in order. Thoughtful. Your MOH needs to put your wants before her own. Understanding. You need a MOH that will be there to listen and guide you through the rough times. Dependable. Your MOH will keep everyone up-to-date with events, make sure girls are ordering their dresses and playing their part on your wedding day. Responsible + Fun. Your MOH will keep things running smoothly, while keeping everyone safe.

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Military couples face some unique challenges when it comes to planning their weddings. They’re also eligible for some unique advantages not available to everyone. To show our appreciation, here are some tips for our military couples out there.

• Embrace the military theme. • Wear those uniforms. • You’ll likely pay less on base. • Display the nation’s colors. • Ask about military discounts. • Be aware of cancellation and change fees. • The MWR can be a great resource. • Follow military protocol. For more details on each of these tips, visit Head Over Heels Wedding Blog. 149


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BLISS SALON & SPA

“Bringing Inner and Outer Beauty Together as One”. We offer a full range of services to beautify and soothe you from head to toe, inside and out. From tanning, waxing, and massage, to hair, nails, and make-up, our talented and experienced staff are here to provide you with complete BLISS. Bliss welcomes bridal parties for spa days or mani/pedi parties. Don’t fret! Our beauty team is available for on location services.

505-898-9707 3741 Hwy 528 NW • Albuquerque www.blisssalonabq.com blissinfo@blisssalonabq.com 152


RIC KENT HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST

Let Ric create a stunning, celebrity quality look for your wedding. Offering high def/ camera ready makeup. Choose from traditional or airbrush application. Performed in studio or on location. Ric can create anything from a soft romantic up-do to a sexy loose cat walk look. Great Lengths hair extensions, clip in hair extensions, and hair pieces are available. All to create that awless look that every bride dreams of.

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BEAUTY FOR LASHES & SPECIALIZED MAKEUP Beauty for Lashes offers Beautiful Semi-Permanent Eyelash extensions to extend your beauty with no need for mascara from your rehearsal dinner through your honeymoon. We also offer personalized makeup at your doorstep the day of your wedding to give you the “Bridal Glow” every bride desires. 505-264-3294 100 Sun Ave. NE Ste 647 • Albuquerque www.beautyforlashes.com beautyforlashes@gmail.com

RIVERSIDE DENTAL It is your day. A day you want to remember for the rest of your life. You want your smile to be perfect! Riverside Dental takes great pleasure and pride in perfecting the smile of the bride and groom. Through both whitening and cosmetic smile makeovers, we can provide your dream smile permanently or just for the day! Bridesmaids, maid of honor and mothers and fathers are also welcome. 505-922-6000 6330 Riverside Lane NW #165 • Albuquerque riversidedentalnm.com barbaraheywood527@hotmail.com 154


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THE CAKE BOUTIQUE

At The Cake Boutique, we specialize in creating the perfect cake for your special day. We can work with any style and budget to make sure your wedding day is uniquely yours. Locally owned and operated we are the one stop boutique for decorating your sweet dreams. Consultations are by appointment only, call to schedule yours today. 505-833-1170 3250 Coors Blvd. NW Ste. F • Albuquerque thecakeboutiqueabq.com admin@thecakeboutiqueabq.com 156


THE SASSY APRON & DELISH

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It’s about two coming together with hope, love and dreams. The Sassy Apron understands the importance of your unique style and we will customize a menu as unique as you are. Whether your wedding is elegant or casual, The Sassy Apron can help make it special. Delish is the perfect spot to host your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, bachelorette party, bridesmaid luncheon, or even the day after brunch.

505-225-9293 3705 Ellison Street Ste B • Albuquerque mysassyapron.com rachel@mysassyapron.com 157


CAKES BY NICOLE ABQ All Wedding, Bridal Shower, Bachelor, Special Occasion cakes and treats are made to order. Nicole enjoys meeting with each couple to discuss and plan the design of the cake for your special day. We can work with any budget and ideas to make your day as special as can be. Call today to schedule an appointment. Stay in touch with us through Instagram and Facebook @cakesbynicoleabq 505-903-2003 cakesbyabqnicole.com cakesbynicoleabq@gmail.com

THE CHOCOLATE MAVEN The Chocolate Maven’s World Class Wedding Cakes combine visually stunning designs and workmanship with old-fashioned gourmet taste. We use only the finest ingredients, never mixes or shortenings. Vegan and Gluten-free available. From a traditional design to something from your wildest dreams, a wedding cake from the Chocolate Maven will bring rave reviews from your guests. 505-984-1980 821 W. San Mateo Rd. • Santa Fe chocolatemaven.com weddings.maven@gmail.com 158


GENESIS DECORATIONS AND CAKES Genesis offers a wide range of cake and filling flavors to satisfy every taste. One of the most memorable days of your life will be your wedding; this special occasion needs a sweet touch. Bring your wedding cake ideas to us and we will help you design it to match your event. 505-450-3845 4322 4th Street NW Ste C • Albuquerque genesisdecorations.com lupearmendarizabq@yahoo.com

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ABQ PARTY SPACE

. Are you concerned that you won’t be able to have the incredible wedding you’ve been dreaming of? We know what you mean, which is why we created some incredible Wedding Packages for unbelievably low prices. Normally a wedding in Albuquerque can cost you over $15k. Right now at ABQPartySpace you can have an awesome event for as much as 80% less than that. Yes, you heard us right, just $399 to $999! That’s over 80% less than you might have spent! No gimmicks… no surprises... just a great deal! ABQPartySpace where Albuquerque celebrates. 505-250-5807 300 Menaul Blvd NW #200 • Albuquerque abqpartyspace.com avery@abqpartyspace.com 161


ALBUQUERQUE COUNTRY CLUB

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Located in Historic Old Town, the Albuquerque Country Club offers a unique venue for indoor or outdoor weddings & receptions. With two event rooms, we can host an intimate wedding or a larger event for 200. Our ACF Certified Chef is here to prepare your perfect dinner for your special day. We offer a bride’s room for early relaxing and preparing for your day with your bridal party. There is plenty of free parking.

505-247-4111 x 3752 601 Laguna Blvd SW • Albuquerque albuquerquecountryclub.org jerrielynne@albcc.org 162


ALBUQUERQUE MARRIOTT

Ideally located in the uptown area, we offer a spectacular venue and Marriott CertiďŹ ed Wedding Planner to create your dream day. Wedding packages include: cake cutting, custom menus, champagne toast, ballroom setup, and bridal suite for your wedding night. Offering discounted rates for Friday and Sunday events. 20% Discount for wedding related events when you mention this page (rehearsal, luncheon, brunch, etc.). 505-837-6687 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE • Albuquerque www.marriott.com/abqnm shaunna.akin@marriottsales.com 163


BARCELONA SUITES

No other location in Albuquerque offers the Mediterranean ambiance of our Atrium. With mini-lights in the lush greenway, Saltillo tiles, and the gently tumbling water of our courtyard fountain, this is the perfect site for your special event. With four meeting rooms to suit your needs, we assure you that your event will be hassle free. We are sure you will enjoy your stay at the Barcelona Suites Hotel.

505-255-5566 900 Louisiana Blvd. NE • Albuquerque www.barcelonasuitesabq.com info@barcelonasuitesabq.com 164


CANYON CLUB AT FOUR HILLS

The journey of your lifetime starts the day you walk down the aisle. From that rst step to the nal send off, Canyon Club at Four Hills and our expert staff are here to help you create that memory and make it last a lifetime. Membership is NOT required, so come tour our beautiful club and create romantic memories to last a lifetime.

505-299-9555 • ext:131 911 Four Hills Rd. SE • Albuquerque canyonclubgolf.com ccrist@canyonclubgolf.com 165


CASA RONDEÑA WINERY

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Blue Rose Photography

Casa Rondeña is one of the most beautiful and elegant venue’s in New Mexico. Our three venue spaces offer a combination of indoor and outdoor space, which can accommodate large and small events alike. We also offer packages for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, and wedding photo sessions. Casa Rondeña is proud to offer full service one of a kind wedding packages. Call us to schedule your initial consultation. 505-278-0506 Exactly half a mile West of Osuna & 4th St. www.casarondena.com events@casarondena.com 166


DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL ALBUQUERQUE

We are committed to making your dreams come true — with seemingly limitless venue options and an impeccable staff that sees to you and your guests’ every need. Express your individuality. Honor your cultural heritage. Observe the rituals of your faith. Our wedding services provide for the trendy to the traditional, the extravagant to the tastefully modest. We will be there to ensure everything goes well along the way. To make your “Sweet Dreams” come true contact our Special Events Coordinator. 505-247-7000 201 Marquette Ave. NW • Albuquerque www.doubletreeabq.com 167


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EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON HOTEL & SPA

The professional, dedicated and friendly staff at the Embassy Suites Hotel are here to help you plan the perfect wedding! With 30,000 square feet of event space, we offer flexible accommodations for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. We offer several customizable wedding packages to meet your needs, all while helping you achieve the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us today, and let’s start planning! 505-353-5363 1000 Woodward Pl. NE • Albuquerque albuquerque.embassysuites.com amalinda.arguello@jqh.com 168


HACIENDA VARGAS

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Hacienda Vargas is an unforgettable destination for your wedding, whether it’s just the couple, an intimate gathering or celebration with your friends and families up to 150. We can joyfully take care of everything for you, so all you have to do is relax and have a wonderful time, or we can help you as you personally take charge of all the details. Experience the romance and history of New Mexico at Hacienda Vargas.

505-867-9115 1431 Highway 313 • Algodones www.haciendavargas.com stay@haciendavargas.com 169


HOTEL ANDALUZ

Celebrate your wedding at the historic Hotel Andaluz. Offering an idyllic blend of historic charm and modern elegance, Hotel Andaluz is the perfect backdrop for every aspect of your special day. Our attentive staff and event specialists will ensure each detail is executed flawlessly while you revel in your first moments as a married couple. Indulge in our menu with culinary influences from our award winning chef or consult with our team to create a menu that is uniquely “you”. 505-242-9090 125 Second Street NW • Albuquerque hotelandaluz.com cmaestas@hotelandaluz.com 170


HYATT REGENCY ALBUQUERQUE

At Hyatt Regency Albuquerque you’re the center of our attention. Versatile spaces, impressive staff, creative cuisine, exceptional accommodations, all designed to impress and indulge you every step of the way. For more information, contact our wedding professionals by calling us directly or visiting us online. We can’t wait to speak with you!

505-843-2646 330 Tijeras NW • Albuquerque www.albuquerque.hyatt.com 171


ISLETA RESORT & CASINO

From the very beginning stages, all the way up to the “I do’s,” our team of wedding professionals will take care of all the details and ensure that your special day is just as you’ve imagined. Whether you’ve dreamt of a small intimate gathering or an overthe-top extravaganza, we have exible space to accommodate a group of any size. Our award-winning chefs offer custom menus and will prepare everything from the hors d’oeuvres for your cocktail hour, to the entrée and wedding cake. 505-244-8200 11000 Broadway SE • Albuquerque www.isleta.com sales@isleta.com 172


LOS POBLANOS HISTORIC INN & ORGANIC FARM

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Experience Los Poblanos, an ideal setting for the perfect New Mexico wedding, hosted amongst 25 acres of lavender fields, beautiful architecture, and an organic farm. The elegant historic cultural center, designed by famed architect John Gaw Meem, and formal Spanish-style gardens create a captivating atmosphere of romanticism. Our award-winning field-to-fork dining is seasonally driven, influenced by fresh ingredients right off the farm, which we call Rio Grande Valley Cuisine. 4803 Rio Grande Blvd NW Los Ranchos De Albuquerque www.lospoblanos.com www.facebook.com/LosPoblanosInn 173


MCM ELEGANTÉ HOTEL

Let the creative Catering Professionals at the MCM Eleganté plan the wedding of your dreams. Our experienced and friendly service team will pamper you and your guests, while our Executive Chef designs a custom menu that will make yours an event to remember. From the events that accent your wedding to the Ceremony & Reception, we are the affordable choice that doesn’t sacrifice quality and service on this most important of days! 505-884-2511 ext. 607 2020 Menaul NE • Albuquerque mcmelegante.com karastjohn@mcmelegante.com 174


NATURE POINTE

The perfect wedding starts with the perfect venue. Nature Pointe is an unmatched, gated community just 13 minutes from Albuquerque in the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Our 18,000 square foot clubhouse captures the beauty of the Southwest and includes exquisite resort amenities. Our wedding package includes 10 hours at our gorgeous facility, wedding planning services, tables, chairs, linens, and our ever popular S’mores bar! At Nature Pointe, we provide a seamless and stress free wedding experience so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the most romantic day of your life. 505-286-4971 30 Nature Pointe Dr • Tijeras naturepointe.com naturepointeweddings@gmail.com 175


NOAH’S EVENT VENUE

NOAH’S is a classically beautiful event venue that was built with you in mind. NOAH’S includes all of your essentials—tables, chairs, tablecloths, setup, take down—as well as many other included options that you can customize to t your style. Choose from multiple colors of tablecloths and uplights for no extra cost, or utilize our patented movable ceiling technology that allows for decorations to be suspended.

505-358-0299 4591 Vista Fuente Rd. NW • Albuquerque www.noahseventvenue.com albuquerque@noahseventvenue.com 176


PRAIRIE STAR

Creating a Moment in Time... Nestled in the quiet serenity of the Santa Ana Pueblo and surrounded by the rolling green hills of the Santa Ana Golf Course lies one of the most popular locations for couples to exchange their marriage vows and celebrate new beginnings under the stars at the Prairie Star. Hosting ceremonies and receptions from 20 to 400. Let us awaken your senses and show you the magic that is Prairie Star. 505-867-3327 288 Prairie Star Road • Santa Ana Pueblo www.prairiestarrestaurant.com rebecca@santaanagolf.com 177


ROMANZA FALLS EVENT CENTER

Romanza Falls is one of New Mexico’s newest and premiere wedding venues, offering an array of services from basic venue rental to all-inclusive planning, catering, flowers and decorations. We can host your ceremony in an outdoor courtyard with the magnificent views of the Sandia Mountains and it has two monumental and elegant indoor and outdoor waterfalls. It is conveniently located near the Cottonwood Mall.

505-261-1470 3771 NM Highway 528 • Albuquerque romanzafallsnm.com sales@romanzafallsnm.com 178


ROUTE 66 CASINO HOTEL

Why gamble with your wedding? With over 8,000 square feet of space and a private outdoor patio, Route 66 Casino Hotel will create your ultimate wedding experience. We offer VIP treatment for all our guests with the best planners and the cleanest, classiest venues. Contact us today to book your dream wedding.

505-352-7934 Interstate 40 Exit 140 rt66casino.com jchavez@poldc.com 179


SANDIA RESORT & CASINO

Your guests will enjoy an unforgettable, beautiful event. Lavish banquet rooms will help create storybook memories that last a lifetime. The catering staff can handle all the planning details, from an intimate reception to a lavish gala event. Discover an unforgettable setting for your wedding that you will want to revisit again and again. Sandia Resort and Casino – Close to home . . .Far from Ordinary.

505-798-3970 I-25 & Tramway • Albuquerque sandiacasino.com meetings@sandiacasino.com 180


SHERATON UPTOWN

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Celebrate your special day in true uptown fashion when you book your ceremony and reception at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel. With its timeless elegance and modern chic look; your event is sure to be the talk of the town. Our elegant ballroom which boasts eight stunning chandeliers can host up to 450 guests in style. If you’re looking for the perfect intimate setting we also offer two charming, junior ballrooms. Celebrations of a lifetime at the Sheraton Uptown. 505-830-5782 2600 Louisiana Blvd • Albuquerque ABQweddinghotel.com sarah.wilson@sheratonuptown.com 181


TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB

Nestled in the NE Heights, our private Country Club is ideal for your wedding day. Our Ballroom and outdoor ceremony patios feature panoramic views of our golf course, the Sandia Mountains and sparkling city lights. Packages include a complimentary custom wedding cake, champagne toast and an array of linen colors. Schedule your tour and experience Country Club elegance at an affordable price.

505-822-0422 x 228 10801 Academy Rd NE • Albuquerque tanoancountryclub.com sgolder@tanoancountryclub.com 182


THE VILLAGES AT EXPO

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Two truly unique venues have just become available for Weddings. The Villages at Expo NM oer everything a discerning bride could want. Imagine your perfect wedding in this Spanish-styled courtyard setting where shaded tree-lined walkways, lush grass and traditional colonnades all coalesce into a partially covered open-air venue that can accommodate enchantingly intimate weddings or larger celebrations up to 1,200 guests. 505-222-9718 300 San Pedro Drive NE • Albuquerque www.exponm.com/venues candace.sena@state.nm.us 183


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THE VILLAGES AT EXPO

Two truly unique venues have just become available for weddings. The Villages at Expo NM offer everything a discerning bride could want. Choose a shimmering cultural gem that can be personalized to meet your specic needs, intimate weddings or large celebrations. Enhancements such as a traditional hogan and orno along with dozens of cottonwood trees and shady portals create an unforgettable ambience. Call for more information. 505-222-9718 300 San Pedro Drive NE • Albuquerque www.exponm.com/venues candace.sena@state.nm.us 184


YANNI’S & LEMONI LOUNGE Yanni’s restaurant offers a sense of intimacy and airiness with its multiple room floor plan, separate full-service banquet and private dining. All of these aspects come together to set the tone for the true highlight at Yanni’s: the food. Yanni’s offers extensive lunch, dinner, brunch and catering options featuring exquisite gourmet entrées with a specialty in fine seafood, steaks, chops, and Mediterranean cuisine. 505-268-9250 3109 Central NE • Albuquerque www.yannisandlemoni.com info@yannisandlemoni.com

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Your wedding matters most of all. As a Concierge Pastor, Dr. Paul Martinez will provide you with unparalleled care and professionalism as your wedding officiant, crafting a ceremony that reects your unique relationship. Paul is a Certied SYMBIS Facilitator. His 25 years of experience will make your wedding memorable AND give you the tools to build a strong, secure marriage for a lifetime. 505-400-1619 Serving Albuquerque and Surrounding Areas denovopastoral.com paul@denovopastoral.com 187


UNM ALUMNI MEMORIAL CHAPEL

Elegant in its southwestern simplicity, The University of New Mexico’s Alumni Memorial Chapel is a placeholder of significant events in the lives of Alumni. The Chapel is non-denominational and available to students, faculty, staff and alumni as a place to celebrate, remember and commemorate. Its simple elegance complements any occasion, public or personal. We would be truly honored to have you as part of the Chapel’s timeless history. 505-277-6040 1889 Central Ave NE • Albuquerque unmalumni.com/chapel vbeserra@unm.edu 188


CEREMONIES BY RAB Choosing the right minister to officiate your wedding is important. At Ceremonies by Rab, my goal is to design a ceremony that fits your relationship and spirituality. It’s your wedding, and the ceremony is the most important part of your day. I have the expertise to help you with vows that are authentic, heart-felt, and personal as well as to make your day joyful and stress free. Dry Heat Photography

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Albuquerque Florist provides superior quality, award-winning, fresh floral artistry and the very best floral decor for weddings. No matter what the size of your wedding or budget is, our creative and experienced floral designers will work with you to select the flowers you have always dreamed of. At Albuquerque Florist only the freshest, highest-quality flowers are used to help make your day picture perfect.

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BLACK SWAN EVENTS

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Black Swan Events offers complete event design services including planning/ management, exquisite floral and décor, and beautiful custom paper goods. As a full service event firm, we work together with the two of you to create a day that reflects your personal vision and style. At Black Swan Events we believe in “The Art of the Occasion.” Come visit us and experience the luxury. By appointment only.

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TABLE OCCASIONS

With the goal of inspiring customers’ frame of mind and transforming their vision into a reality, Table Occasions has come to offer Santa Fe’s community the opportunity to create unforgettable and genuine moments through their professionally designed events. Their exclusive design team focuses on executing only one-of-a-kind events with their attention to detail. Their showroom is the ideal venue to explore diverse options of looks for their events by mixing and matching different types of linens, tabletops, decor and furniture. 505-204-9344 • By appointment only 1807 Second Street, Ste. 30 • Santa Fe tableoccasions.com info@tableoccasions.com 193


CHARLOTTE’S FLOWERS Full wedding package only $198! Go green and save! Exquisite silk flowers for weddings and other special occasions. Look real and are worry-free! Created ahead of time and custom-dyed for a perfect color match. Rentals also available. High quality. Reasonable prices. Personal service. Call Charlotte for an appointment. 505-256-9471 424 Carlisle SE • Albuquerque www.mycharlottesflowers.com wreath@nmia.com

CLASSIC EVENT + TENT RENTALS At Classic Event + Tent Rentals, our growing network of 2,000 event professionals can turn any occasion, large or small, into a great occasion. It’s no wonder we’re ranked number one by the esteemed Zagat Survey. No matter your event needs, we’ll make sure it’s perfect every time.

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GENESIS DECORATIONS AND CAKES Let us help you have a beautiful and stress free event, we are professional decorators and can assist you on the most important day of your life. Our services include complete ceremony and reception table and chair decor, backdrop and ceiling treatments, as well as unique rentals.

505-450-3845 4322 4th Street NW Ste C • Albuquerque genesisdecorations.com lupearmendarizabq@yahoo.com

NJR EVENT PLANNING NJR Event Planning is a locally owned and operated full service event rental specialist. Naomi J. has been recognized locally for her one of a kind events. To provide our clients the ďŹ nest in one stop shopping we offer a vast selection of special event and party equipment. Tenting, Custom Decor, Tables, Chairs, Linens, China, Silverware, Stemware, Flatware, Lighting and Event Solutions. Tent Rentals are our specialty. 505-263-7505 or 505-948-0311 Serving the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas rentals@njreventplanning.com

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Hold the romantic wedding of your dreams in the heart of Santa Fe at the Drury Plaza Hotel, just steps from the Plaza. The Drury Family of friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient staff will assist you as you plan your special day. Numerous beautiful spaces around the property can be transformed with your choice of bridal décor to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you choose the Rooftop Patio for an outdoor spring or summer ceremony, the formal garden with its lush greenscape, or the Palace Ballroom for an elegant traditional setting, the Drury can meet your needs. 505-424-2175 828 Paseo de Peralta • Santa Fe druryplazasantafe.com anna.espinoza@druryhotels.com 197


HERITAGE HOTELS & RESORTS WEDDINGS

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Offering the most unique and enchanting locations in New Mexico to say “I Do”, Heritage Hotels & Resorts Inc. has an array of stunning wedding venues to choose from. Each of our properties reflect the culture, heritage and beauty of New Mexico. A perfect event needs the perfect location, pair that with the knowledge and expertise of our Special Event Managers and you’ve got a wedding that dreams are made of! Our newest luxury property, Hotel Chaco, complete with rooftop terrace and panoramic views, opens in the Spring of 2017. 505-836-6700 10 New Mexico Wedding Locations hhandr.com/weddings contactus@hhandr.com 198


AWAKENING JOY MINISTRIES A Multi Denominational Minister officiating ceremonies for all faiths and traditions, Rev. Andrea creates intimately personalized Wedding and Vow Renewal Ceremonies. Designing traditional and non-conventional ceremonies - even horseback riding and trail trekking with adventurous couples - Rev. Andrea includes children, custom vows, and symbolic rituals fulfilling your every desire. 505-699-5066 Serving Destination and Local Weddings awakeningjoyministries.com andrea@awakeningjoyministries.com

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COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SANTA FE There will be nothing more breathtaking than the sight of your partner on your wedding day. Accentuate your gathering with full-service catering, as well as expert on-site planning services. Our largest La Sala Ballroom is 4,180 sq. ft., which can accommodate up to 400 guests. Special group rates are also available for events needing 10 or more sleeping rooms. 505-473-2800 3347 Cerrillos Rd., • Santa Fe courtyardsantafenm.com janelle@finehospitality.com 199


LA FONDA ON THE PLAZA Begin a lifetime of beautiful memories with a romantic wedding at La Fonda on the Plaza. The rooftop La Terraza room has glass doors that look out onto a private garden terrace with exquisite views of the Cathedral and the mountains. Our experienced staff is passionate about weddings and we will help you transform your wedding dreams into a memorable reality. Contact our wedding specialist, Samie Doerfler. 505-995-2322 100 E. San Francisco St. • Santa Fe www.lafondasantafe.com sdoerfler@lafondasantafe.com

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BRIDAL ELEGANCE BY DARLENE

Bridal Elegance has become a showcase for top selling bridal designers offering elegant style, sophistication, and exceptional service. We have captivating and exquisite wedding and special occasion gowns to dress your wedding party. Friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you ďŹ nd your perfect gown. Making an appointment is highly recommended to begin everything you need for the most important day of your life! 505-830-2110 4100 Menaul Blvd. Suite 1 B • Albuquerque www.bridalelegancenm.com bridalelegancebydarlene@hotmail.com 202


MR. TUX FORMALWEAR

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Locally owned and operated since 1964, Mr.Tux Formalwear proudly serves local families with two locations. We own more tuxedos than any other formalwear specialist in NM, dressing the “best-dressed” in NM. Mr.Tux offers various types of wedding packages. With our huge inventory, we can have a groom try on several coats in a snap. Your wedding memories should last a lifetime. It’s our job to make it happen!

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SUITS UNLIMITED

Suits Unlimited is a local, family owned and operated, full service menswear store to the New Mexico area. We are experts in all areas of men’s fashion and customer service. It is our goal to offer you the best selection in everything from tuxedos to business wear. If you allow us to be your formal wear choice, we guarantee that aspect of your wedding will be problem free. Leave the groom to us today!

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KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - JACOB POINTER Welcome home! I’m here to help take the mystery out of the home buying experience by helping you understand why, what, and how to make the most of your home ownership opportunity. Homes that meet your preferences can be sent directly to your email or cell phone for your perusal through your wedding planning process. When you’re ready to buy, I’ll be here to help you find the perfect home to start your next chapter.

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CON MUCHO GUSTO TRAVEL We are vacation planner advisors who offer personalized travel services, and we LOVE what we do. Let us help you find and plan the ultimate romantic indulgence for your wedding destination and/or honeymoon. From an all-inclusive luxury resort in the Caribbean to an exotic luxury escape in the South Pacific, or anywhere else in the world. 505-670-1265 Serving ABQ, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe conmuchogustotravel.com barb@conmuchogustotravel.com

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DIFFERENTLY DESIGNED

We do things DIFFERENTLY! Here at Differently Designed, we create and design unforgettable, personalized event stationery for that couple desiring to have their wedding standout from the rest. We are your themed event specialists, who are always ready to keep pushing the envelope.

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PENNYSMITHS PAPER

Celebrating life on paper for over 30 years, Pennysmiths Paper offers a variety of established invitation brands as well as many boutique designer lines. We also love working with you to create completely custom designs. Our invitation consultants are available to discuss the full range of design possibilities to best express your style and the spirit of your wedding day. Open 7 days a week. Consultations by appointment. 505-345-2353 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW • Albuquerque www.pennysmiths.com paper@pennysmiths.com 211


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COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS

Complete is all about action. It’s creating a complete plan for your special day. It’s coordinating to make sure you’re getting a unique event. It’s shooting great photos, capturing compelling video and providing the perfect soundtrack. “We Do” is Complete’s vow to its clients. Photography, DJ, photo booth, videography and uplighting are available together or seperately. “Don’t worry about the details. Leave them to us. We’re your all-encompassing, event services provider.” O: 505-275-7800 • F: 505-341-3200 4600 Lincoln Ave NE, Suite 6 • Albuquerque www.completealbuquerque.com info@completealbuquerque.com 213


CUTMASTER MUSIC

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Cutmaster Music is the event company you call when you want something amazingly different! Your guest experience matters and every wedding deserves its own unique vibe and flair. We have redefined weddings in Albuquerque with our DJs, lighting, atmospheric effects, unique photobooths and more. You only get one chance to throw the party of your life. Let’s create awesomeness with Cutmaster Music on your wedding team. 505-508-3489 2430 Midtown Place NE, Ste. C • Albuquerque cutmastermusic.com awesomeweddings@cutmastermusic.com 214


KING MOBILE MUSIC

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Creating memories to last a lifetime isn’t just a slogan; it’s exactly what the right Entertainer/DJ can do for your wedding. Over 80% of brides say they regretted not making the Entertainment their most pressing priority. Simply put, your DJ is just that important! Our goal is to create the most memorable day through music, interaction and fun. If it the biggest day of your life… why not choose the best?

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ABSOLUTE ENTERTAINMENT Absolute Entertainment is a boutique music company providing exciting wedding music of all kinds in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos since 1996. Featuring Soulstice, Absolute DJs, Ceremony, and Rehearsal musicians. With an unrivalled reputation for outstanding talent, meticulous planning, professionalism and expertise, let Vicky and Chris realize your vision and exceed your expectations.

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BRYAN’S PHOTOGRAPHY LLC

With our reputable name, veteran staff, and diverse clientele, Bryan’s Photography has become one of the leading professional photography studios in New Mexico. We strive to capture and preserve the best images possible while doing so with your personality and needs in mind. After thirty years in photography, the value of what we offer is unbeatable because each wedding is as unique as your own personality.

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CREATIVE PORTRAITS BY DOLORES

Dolores McDuffie, founder of Creative Portraits by Dolores, has been behind the camera for more than 30 years and has the experience and fortitude to preserve your special day with beautiful portraits. She makes the photography element of your wedding day smooth and confident. Our studio knows you have many choices available to you for your engagement and wedding photography but here, we offer personal quality photography. 505-922-8813 • 505-363-4510 4131 Rancho Encanto Rd. NW • Albuquerque www.creativeportraitsbydolores.com portraitsbydolores@gmail.com 219


MATT BLASING PHOTOGRAPHY

As a husband and wife team who meticulously planned our own wedding, we completely understand how important your wedding day is to you. Every couple has a love story. We’d love to help you tell yours. Join our conversation at facebook.com/mattblasingphoto or @mattblasingphoto “The quality of their service is incomparable.” - Shelby P., August, 2016 Bride Matt & Amy Blasing 505-489-4682 Serving Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Beyond mattblasing.com matt@mattblasing.com 220


PHOTOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES

We specialize in environmental portraiture which suits itself perfectly to wedding photography. Your wedding location and details you have selected are part of what makes your day unique to you! Your wedding is guaranteed to be photographed by Sandra and John, which ensures a consistent quality. We strive to create artistic portraits which will become your family treasures.

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BRIANA NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY As a hopeless romantic I’m in LOVE with love. I live for the romantic and fun couples who want their day to be captured in a way that gives them butterflies every time they look at their photos. “We can’t thank her enough for all she captured for us during that memorable time in our lives.” 505-252-1322 Serving Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Beyond briananicolephoto.com hello@briananicolephoto.com

MAURA JANE PHOTOGRAPHY Maura Jane Photography is a destination wedding and portrait photography business located in Albuquerque, New Mexico servicing the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas and beyond. With a whimsical and romantic style, Maura Jane Photography adores documenting all things love and is here to help capture your most cherished moments. 505-310-5385 maurajanephotography.com info@maurajanephotography.com 222


NICOLE BRADSHAW PHOTOGRAPHY Photographs tell stories of families and special moments in time. The walls in my grandmother’s home are covered with photos that tell our stories. They’re reminders of who we are. Photos live long past us. Cover your walls with photos so that your grandchildren and great-grandchildren can see their stories.

505-414-4973 nicolebradshawphotography.com nicolebradshawphotography@gmail.com

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MARYME, LGBT WEDDINGS OF NEW MEXICO LOVE IS LOVE When you’re ready to pop the question or have already begun to plan your wedding then we sincerely hope that you’ll consider MaryMe for an experience like no other. Marriage respects the commitment and a wedding honors the couple making it. Call now for your free 2 hour consultation. 505-600-1LUV (1588) marymeweddings.com marymelgbtweddings@gmail.com

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ABQ Trolley Co

AT&SF makes your wedding even more memorable. Transport 34 guests aboard the Trolley in uniquely-ABQ style. For smaller celebrations, the Trolley X seats 11 in climatecontrolled comfort. Mother Road Bike Taxi provides the perfect seat for snuggling as you or your guests travel between event sites. Prepare for the big day with a bachelor or bachelorette party on board the Duke City Pedaler or ABQ Trolley.

505-200-2642 219 Central Ave NW Ste. 102 • Albuquerque atsfworks.com weddings@atsfworks.com 227


SELFIE SENSATIONS PHOTO STATION

Sele Sensations is a family owned and fun loving company who would love to share in your special day. Let us come with you and capture all the fun and silly moments that you will cherish for years to come. We would like to thank all those that serve our country and community by extending a 10% discount to rst responders and those who serve in our military. Pick a prop strike a pose and let the fun begin.

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WEDDING CRASHERS PHOTO BOOTHS We know that adding a photo booth to your event should be an easy and painless process. That’s why our goal is to provide an experience second to none. We do this by having great communication, flexibility, and consistency with our services. Having a photo booth for your guests provides a fun and memorable addition that they can remember for years to come! 505-573-1727 Albuquerque and Surrounding Areas www.weddingcrasherspb.com dominic@weddingcrasherspb.com

SUSAN SOUTHERLAND’S SIGNATURE COCKTAILS Signature cocktails are a fun way to inject a bit of your personality into your wedding reception. Now, finding the right cocktail is easier than ever. In this e-book, Perfect Wedding Guide national wedding expert, Susan Southerland reveals some of the hottest cocktails served by the country’s leading hotel bars, sommeliers and mixologists. Download now to find the right drink for your wedding reception or your next cocktail party! pwg.com/susanebooks 229


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ALTERATIONS Alterations 227 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe 505.690.9609 alterationsbydebra.com BACHELOR/ BACHELORETTE PARTIES Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory 219 Central Ave NW Ste. 102, Albuquerque 505.200.2642 atsfworks.com see ad on page 227 Pure Romance by Emily 505.274.0881 pureromance.com/emilygallo BRIDAL ATTIRE Bridal Elegance by Darlene 4100 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque 505.830.2110 bridalelegancenm.com see ad on page 34, 202 Empire Boutique 4616 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque 505.399.9992 empirebridalboutique.com

BRIDAL BEAUTY Beauty for Lashes & Specialized Makeup 100 Sun Ave. NE Ste 647, Albuquerque 505.264.3294 beautyforlashes.com see ad on page 154 Bliss Salon & Spa 3741 NM Hwy 528 Ste B, Albuquerque 505.898.9707 blisssalonabq.com see ad on page 152 Mary Kay Cosmetics, Erin Oleson 505.205.0238 marykay.com/eoleson Ric Kent Hair & Makeup Artist 505.890.0206 rickent.com see ad on page 153 Studio N 10700 Corrales Rd. NW, Suite A, Albuquerque 505.890.0700 abqsalons.com

Studio NS 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque 505.345.4000 abqsalons.com SunCare Spray Tan & Skin Care Salon 3 locations in Albuquerque and surrounding areas 505.883.8090 suncareabq.com The Back Porch Day Spa 8525 Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque 505.822.9700 thebackporchdayspa.com The Hair Care Center 1207 Golf Course Rd. SE, Suite D, Albuquerque 505.896.4247 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy 2122 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque 505.842.8767 toniguy.com

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BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS Thirty-One Gifts, Independent Senior Director Jennifer Rodgers 505.514.5356 mythirtyone.com/jenniferrodgers BRIDAL SHOWS Bride’s Night Out June 1, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Hotel Andaluz 505.797.2749 perfectweddingguide.com see ad on page 62, 63 The Wedding Gallery August 6, 2017, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Sandia Resort & Casino 505.797.2749 nm.pwg.com see ad on page 56, 57 CAKES Cake Fetish 2665 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque 505.883.0670 cakefetish.com 232

Cakes by Nicole 505.903.2003 cakesbyabqnicole.com see ad on page 158 Chocolate Maven 821 W. San Mateo Rd., Suite C, Santa Fe 505.984.1980 ext 3 chocolatemaven.com see ad on page 158 Genesis Decorations & Cakes 4322 4th Street Ste C, Albuquerque 505.450.3845 genesisdecorations.com see ad on page 159, 195 Smallcakes A Cupcakery 8101 San Pedro NE Ste G & H, Albuquerque 505.404.1800 smallcakesnm.com The Cake Boutique 505.833.1170 thecakeboutiqueabq.com see ad on page 156

CATERING Atrios Catering 417 Tramway Blvd. NE, Ste 12, Albuquerque 505.298.4800 atrioscatering.com The Sassy Apron and Delish 3705 Ellison Road NW, Ste B, Albuquerque 505.225.9293 mysassyapron.com see ad on page 157 CEREMONY LOCATIONS A Celebration of Love Wedding Chapel 106 Wellesley SE, Albuquerque 505.243.LOVE (5683) acelebrationofloveweddings.com Hacienda Vargas 1431 Highway 313, Algodones 505.867.9115 haciendavargas.com see ad on page 38, 169


Nature Pointe 30 Nature Pointe Drive, Tijeras 505.286.4971 naturepointe.com see ad on page 43, 175, Back Cover

COSMETIC/DENTISTRY Riverside Dental 6330 Riverside Lane NW #150, Albuquerque 505.922.6000 riversidedentalnm.com see ad on page 154

UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel 1889 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque 505.277.6040 unm.alumni.com/alumnichapel see ad on page 188

DANCE INSTRUCTION The Arthur Murray Dance Studio 2801 Eubank Blvd. NE, Ste K, Albuquerque 505.296.6112 arthurmurray-abq.com

CEREMONY MUSIC Ya Gotta Have Harp 505.350.9660 gottahaveharp.com

The Arthur Murray Dance Studio 3301 Southern Blvd. SE, Ste 605, Rio Rancho 505.892.4100 arthurmurray-rr.com

CHOCOLATE/ CANDY BUFFET C.G. Higgins Confections 847 Ninita Street, Santa Fe 505.820.1315 cghiggins.com

DESTINATION WEDDINGS Hotel Parq Central 806 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque 505.242.0040 hotelparqcentral.com

DISC JOCKEYS Complete Weddings + Events 4600 Lincoln Ave., Ste 6, Albuquerque 505.275.7800 completealbuquerque.com see ad on page 10, 11, 213 Cutmaster Music 2430 Midtown Place Ste C, Albuquerque 505.508.3489 cutmastermusic.com see ad on page 214 King Mobile Music 505.550.4183 kingmobilemusic.com see ad on page 41, 215 EVENT DÉCOR Black Swan Events 10300 Menaul Blvd. NE Ste 16, Albuquerque 505.263.6519 yourblackswanevent.com see ad on page Inside Front Cover, 192

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Genesis Decorations & Cakes 4322 4th Street Ste C, Albuquerque 505.450.3845 genesisdecorations.com see ad on page 159, 195 Vintage Market & Design 5901 Lomas BLVD NE, Albuquerque 505.266.7777 vintagemarketanddesign.com FAVORS Edible Arrangements 6001 Winterhaven Rd. NW, Albuquerque 505.899.3333 ediblearrangements.com Edible Arrangements 825 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe 505.989.9770 ediblearrangements.com

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FLORAL DESIGN & DECORATIONS Albuquerque Florist 3121 San Mateo NE and, 1416 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque 505.881.3336 albuquerqueflorist.com see ad on page 191 Charlotte’s Flowers 424 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque 505.256.9471 mycharlottesflowers.com see ad on page 194

GIFT REGISTRY Celebrity China & Crystal 800.729.6346 celebritychina.com see ad on page 36 HONEYMOON & TRAVEL Con Mucho Gusto Travel 6300 Riverside Plaza Lane NW Ste 100, Albuquerque 505.670.1265 conmuchogustotravel.com see ad on page 208

FORMALWEAR Mr. Tux Formalwear 2 Locations in, Albuquerque 505.255.7463 mrtuxnm.com see ad on page 42, 203

INVITATIONS & ACCESSORIES Differently Designed 10701 Lomas Blvd. NE Ste 211, Albuquerque 505.453.9821 differentlydesigned.com see ad on page 210

Suits Unlimited 5406 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque 505.883.1060 suitsunlimitednm.com see ad on page 204

Pennysmiths Paper 4022 Rio Grande Blvd, Albuquerque 505.345.2353 pennysmiths.com see ad on page 211


JEWELRY Shelton Jewelers 7001 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque 505.881.1013 sheltonjewelers.com see ad on page 46 LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Absolute Entertainment 8 Tano Vida, Santa Fe 505.986.5882 musicsantafe.com see ad on page 216 LUNCHEONS The St. James Tearoom 320 Osuna NE, Albuquerque 505.242.3752 stjamestearoom.com Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill and Lemoni Lounge 3109 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque 505.268.9250 yannisandlemoni.com see ad on page 185

OFFICIANTS Amor Ceremonies 505.453.8602 amorceremonies.com Awakening JOY Ministries 926 Baca St. Ste 5, Santa Fe 505.699.5066 awakeningjoyministries.com see ad on page 199 Ceremonies by Rab 505.341.4474 ceremoniesbyrab.com see ad on page 189 De Novo Pastoral Services 505.400.1619 denovopastoralservices.com see ad on page 187 PHOTOBOOTH Complete Weddings + Events 4600 Lincoln Ave., Ste 6, Albuquerque 505.275.7800 completealbuquerque.com see ad on page 10, 11, 213

Cutmaster Music 2430 Midtown Place Ste C, Albuquerque 505.508.3489 cutmastermusic.com see ad on page 214 Selfie Sensations Photobooth by Wimberly Productions 505.306.4274 selfiesensationspb.com see ad on page 45, 228 Wedding Crashers Photobooths 505.573.1727 weddingcrasherspb.com see ad on page 229 PHOTOGRAPHY Briana Nicole Photography 505.252.1322 briananicolephoto.com see ad on page 222 Bryan’s Photography 1515 Golf Course Rd. SE Suite 102, Rio Rancho 505.890.0179 bryansphotography.com see ad on page 35, 218 235


Complete Weddings + Events 4600 Lincoln Ave., Ste 6, Albuquerque 505.275.7800 completealbuquerque.com see ad on page 10, 11, 213 Creative Portraits by Dolores 505.922.8813 creativeportraitsbydolores.com see ad on page 37, 219 Matt Blasing Photography 505.489.4682 mattblasing.com see ad on page 40, 220 Maura Jane Photography 505.310.5385 maurajanephotography.com see ad on page 222 Nicole Bradshaw Photography 505.414.4973 nicolebradshawphotography.com see ad on page 223 Photographic Perspectives 276 Trosello Rd., Corrales 505.363.4284 photographicperspectives.com see ad on page 20, 21, 221 236

Vivi Photography 808.729.2651 viviphotography.net REALTOR Keller Williams Realty, Jacob Pointer 6703 Academy Rd. NE, Albuquerque 505.610.1524 jacob.pointer@gmail.com see ad on page 206 RECEPTIONS ABQ Party Space 300 Menaul Blvd. NW #200, Albuquerque 505.250.5807 abqpartyspace.com see ad on page 32, 161 Albuquerque Country Club 601 Laguna Blvd. SW, Albuquerque 505.219.3752 albuquerquecountryclub.org see ad on page 162

Albuquerque Marriott 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque 505.837.6687 marriottsales.com/abqnm see ad on page 163 Barcelona Suites 900 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque 505.255.5566 barcelonasuitesabq.com see ad on page 33, 164 Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn 1015 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque 505.843.9500 riograndeinn.com Canyon Club at Four Hills 911 Four Hills Rd. SE, Albuquerque 505.299.9555 canyonclubgolf.com see ad on page 165


Casa RondeĂąa Winery 733 Chavez Rd. NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque 505.278.0506 casarondena.com see ad on page 166 Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe 3347 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe 505.424.2436 courtyardsantafenm.com see ad on page 199 DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque 201 Marquette Ave. NW, Albuquerque 505.247.3344 doubletreeabq.com see ad on page 167 Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe 828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe 505.424.2175 druryplazasantafe.com see ad on page 197

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel & Spa 1000 Woodward Pl. NE, Albuquerque 505.245.7100 embassysuites.com see ad on page 12, 13, 168 Hacienda Vargas 1431 Highway 313, Algodones 505.867.9115 haciendavargas.com see ad on page 38, 169 Heritage Hotels & Resorts 505.836.6700 hhandr.com see ad on page 14, 15, 198 Hotel Andaluz 125 Second St. NW, Albuquerque 505.242.9090 hotelandaluz.com see ad on page 39, 170 Hyatt Regency Albuquerque 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque 505.842.1234 albuquerque.hyattcatering.com see ad on page 16, 17, 171

Isleta Resort & Casino 11000 Broadway SE, Albuquerque 505.848.1953 isleta.com see ad on page 172 La Fonda on the Plaza 100 E. San Francisco St., Santa Fe 505.995.2325 lafondasantafe.com see ad on page 200 Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm 4803 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque 505.938.2183 lospoblanos.com see ad on page 18, 19, 173 MCM Elegante Hotel and Event Center 2020 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque 505.884.2511 mcmelegante.com see ad on page 174

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Nature Pointe 30 Nature Pointe Drive, Tijeras 505.286.4971 naturepointe.com see ad on page 43, 175, Back Cover NOAH’S Event Venue 4591 Vista Fuente Rd. NW, Albuquerque 505.358.0299 noahseventvenue.com see ad on page 44, 176

Route 66 Casino Hotel I-40 exit 140, Albuquerque 505.352.7866 rt66casino.com see ad on page 24, 25, 179 Sandia Resort & Casino 30 Rainbow Blvd NE, Albuquerque 505.798.3970 sandiacasino.com see ad on page 26, 27, 180, Inside Back Cover

Prairie Star 288 Prairie Star Rd, Santa Ana Pueblo 505.867.3327 prairiestarrestaurant.com see ad on page 22, 23, 177

Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel 2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque 505.881.0000 abqweddinghotel.com see ad on page 28, 29, 181

Romanza Falls Event Center 3771 NM Highway 528, Albuquerque 505.261.1470 romanzafalls.com see ad on page 178

Tanoan Country Club 10801 Academy Rd. NE, Albuquerque 505.822.0422 tanoancountryclub.com see ad on page 30, 31, 182

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The Villages at Expo NM 300 San Pedro Drive NE, Albuquerque 505.222.9700 exponm.com/venues see ad on page 183, 184 Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill and Lemoni Lounge 3109 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque 505.268.9250 yannisandlemoni.com see ad on page 185 REHEARSAL DINNERS The Daily Grind 4360 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque 505.883.8310 dailygrindabq.net The Sassy Apron and Delish 3705 Ellison Road NW, Ste B, Albuquerque 505.225.9293 mysassyapron.com see ad on page 157


Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill and Lemoni Lounge 3109 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque 505.268.9250 yannisandlemoni.com see ad on page 185 RENTALS Albuquerque Tents 2900 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque 505.873.6190 albuquerquetents.com Classic Event + Tent Rentals 8615 Alameda Park Drive NE, Albuquerque 505.344.9907 classicpartyrentals.com see ad on page 194 Eventful of New Mexico 505.550.0162 eventfulnm.com NJR Event Planning 505.263.7505 njreventplanning@gmail.com see ad on page 195

Table Occasions 1807 Second Street, Ste 30, Santa Fe 505.204.9344 tableoccasions.com see ad on page 193 SPAS Planet Beach Contempo Spa 8201 Golf Course Rd. NW, Ste A4-A, Albuquerque 505.890.4070 planetbeach.com SunCare Spray Tan & Skin Care Salon 3 locations in Albuquerque and surrounding areas 505.883.8090 suncareabq.com VIDEOGRAPHY Complete Weddings + Events 4600 Lincoln Ave., Ste 6, Albuquerque 505.275.7800 completealbuquerque.com see ad on page 10, 11, 213

WEDDING CENTERS 12 Months of Giveaways Register now through April 2018 505.797.2749 nm.pwg.com see ad on page 70, 71 WEIGHT LOSS Fitshop/Nutrishop 5010 Cutler Suite D2, Albuquerque 505.872.3348 fitshopnm.com WEDDING PLANNERS MaryMe LGBT Weddings of New Mexico 505.600.1588 marymeweddings.com see ad on page 225

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