I’m all for new wedding trends, especially ones that require you to take time out of your hectic life and sit and reflect on your one true love. That, loves, is what a beloved shoot is all about. And this post-marriage re-connect? It’s breathtaking… with a talented photographer like LisaAnne Photography on hand to capture every beautiful (+ heartwarming) moment. Click here for more.
From LisaAnne Photography… After the honeymoon, amazing wedding highs, and unbelievable wedding details there will come a moment when you are married and you are in the moments of real life, which sometimes isn’t all glamorous. There’s only so far that gazing upon your wedding photos will fill your heart with the love and joy of being together, and remembering why you are meant to be together! This is why I ADORE the idea of the beloved shoot. I recently discovered it and absolutely adore it. I took this amazing couple, married young, had two beautiful boys, and are in the thick of marriage, raising a family, and constantly in fast forward motion. They needed a beloved moment.
I, as the photographer, had to take them through a shoot of asking them questions and taking them through a journey of basically questions we forget to ask our spouse. We went down by the Rio Grande River, in New Mexico and I would set them up in a mini pose, and then let the natural moments of the question and answers do the rest. Questions like: What did you first notice about your partner? Why did you fall in love with your partner? I am there to document real, natural moments between them. And WARNING… there is so much laughter and so much fun between them, but also times of being completely and utterly amazed at how love can be so much bigger than you can imagine.
They said: “If we did this every year we would have a marriage that will last forever.”
Sometimes we need to take moments to fall in love even after the wedding! I think in a world of weddings, the world of marriage needs to grow even stronger.
Photography: LisaAnne Photography
For a bride who originally didn’t want wedding, her big day turned out pretty darn fabulous. Starting with a stunning, two-toned Vera and ending with a flawlessly styled reception, you’d never guess a full-out affair wasn’t plan A all along. Liz Anne snapped up every moment, and you can find it all right here!
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From the Bride… Originally, I didn’t want a wedding. I wanted to just get married on a weekend, so I went to try on a dress to have on hand – a short, fun, little dress I found online. My mom came with me to the wedding dress store and the dress was awful. While I was there with my mom (with no ‘vision’), I figured I should try on real wedding dresses. I came out in the second dress, a two-toned Vera Wang, and it was THE dress! Who knew?! My mom and I consulted with my dad and fiancé, Chris, and everyone was in for a wedding!
To start I asked my photographer (big wedding or not, I knew I needed a photographer) to recommend a venue. Los Poblanos, a place I had never heard of, was it. My fiancé and I made an appointment with the event coordinator. The venue reflected the dress- romantic and elegant in any era. The coordinator was professional, calm and easy to get along with and Los Poblanos wasn’t booked for our desired date, which was a mere six months away. If this all sounds too good to be true, it almost is, but it really happened and everything fell into place perfectly.
For planning, I allowed the coordinator to guide me with “needs” and “you may want” items. The needs were invitations and menu decisions and the ‘may wants’ were luminarias and table overlays. Every time I had to make a choice on a vendor or design, I just kept in mind my dress and the venue and the romantic elegance that I wanted to flow throughout our entire wedding. I didn’t have a lot of time to search for vendors, so once I saw something I liked, I said “yes!” and moved on. After all the planning, we were simply blessed with an incredible fall day that was full of color, warmth and calm. Everything was so incredibly magical from beginning to end.
Photography: Liz Anne Photography | Floral Design: Shannon Loves Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Los Poblanos' Pastry Chef, Sara | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Rings: Shelton Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Joanna Smith, Desert Design | DJ: Complete | Grooms Attire: Brooks Brothers | Classic Car Rental: Imperial Classic Limousine | Makeup Stylist: Becca Lusko, MAC | Wedding Venue: Los Poblanos Inn And Cultural Center
Now this is a Bride after my own heart. A fabulous shrug, a daring leopard coat, a beautiful wedding with nods to vintage glamour whipped up by Fiori Fresco Special Events. It’s Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm kicked up a few elegant notches. And after spending some time getting cozy with this post and poring over all the beautiful images captured by Jasmine Nicole Photography, I can honestly say this Bride and Groom are so crazy in love and it radiates from each and every image. Their first look says it all. See the full day right here.
And now the film, a.k.a the anatomy of a wedding day. It’s the sweet first look, the heart-warming vows, the happy moments with family and guests and the joyous send off all wrapped up into one perfect film by Drew C. Schrimsher. Take a look…
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From the bride… I was mostly inspired by two things: the history of the venue and the fabulous vintage wedding trend going around. The venue was built in the ’30s, which solidified the idea of vintage glam. Also, being a Californian who worked in the special events business for years, I have been privileged to see a lot of great venues. However, nothing comes close to the charm, mystery and romance of Los Poblanos. I fell in love with it many years ago shortly after moving to New Mexico. The venue really inspired everything and influenced every decision we made. This leads me to the best advice I have for brides: find a venue you love that reflects you and your man and work ALL your details around that. Don’t try to force a place into an idea you have. Let the venue decide what colors work, what linens, what kind of dress, music, etc., even if its not exactly what you originally pictured. Also, ALWAYS think first about your guests and their experience from the time they arrive to when they leave. Where will they sit, what and how will they eat, what are they listening to, think lighting, how will they be greeted, etc. Yes it’s “our” day but be flexible, gracious, let others help when needed, and hire professionals!! You will enjoy yourself more and so will your friends and family. Happy planning!
Wedding Photography: Jasmine Nicole Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico / Event Planning, Floral + Event Design: Christopher Aldama of Fiori Fresco Special Events / Wedding Cinematography: Drew C. Schrimsher / Wedding Invitations: Target / Cake Pops: Tyche Pierce (A Friend of the Bride) / Musicians: Soulstice / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo / Bride’s Shoes: In Style via Macy’s / Hair: Waves Salon / Makeup: MAC Cosmetics / Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole via Macy’s