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Desert Foothills Boho Shoot in Albuquerque, New Mexico

I can’t even put into words how much I love this shoot from Loren Billington. It’s boho meets elegance with the gorgeous desert setting the scene, and the result is more beautiful than anything I could have ever imagined. See what I mean here

From Loren Billington …We live in the beautiful state of New Mexico, and the brides here don’t embrace its natural desert beauty. We aimed to inspire brides to do just that with this shoot. The view from our foothills can be breathtaking with our expansive look over the city. We thought this would be a perfect place to photograph our bride. The dress is a vintage keepsake with a long sleeve floral lace overlay. It’s adorned with a golden flor de lis brooch and chiffon, adding that extra drama every bride wants. We added a light curl to her hair to add volume and texture. Fresh greenery from the bouquet was also added simple natural look. We kept the jewelry and makeup to a minimum to draw more focus to her natural beauty. The bouquet is a very simple arrangement of peonies and greenery. We wanted it to look like she picked the flowers herself. The results were more than we could have hoped for. Simple but still surreal.

Photography: Loren Billington | Photography: Chris Dunn

Romantic Beloved Photo Shoot

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

Elegant Wedding at Los Poblanos Inn And Cultural Center

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!


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 | Wedding Venue: Los Poblanos Inn And Cultural Center | Classic Car Rental: Imperial Classic Limousine | Makeup Stylist: Becca Lusko, MAC

Albuquerque Wedding by Jasmine Nicole Photography

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…

Click here for the FULL wedding!

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

Vibrant New Mexico Wedding From Twin Lens

We gave you a quick peek at Adrianne & Stephen’s colorful New Mexico wedding from Twin Lens on Sunday, but that was a mere morsel of the complete picture! Self-proclaimed “foodies,” they planned their wedding around delicious cuisine and the beautiful New Mexico scenery!

From Kitty and CraigAdrianne & Stephen’s New Mexico wedding was the best of all worlds… rustic, fun, simple, elegant. They were married in an art-deco Catholic church in Downtown Albuquerque and then traveled north to the Hacienda Vargas for an outdoor gourmet luncheon and afternoon fiesta. Going through their photos, it’s hard to find a photo without everyone smiling!! We were honored to have documented their beautiful, flawless day.

You can see more of this delightful day on Twin Lens’ Facebook page and in our gallery!

My fiancé Stephen and I always knew we wanted to get married in New Mexico. Though we both have lived in California for most of our lives, he was raised in New Mexico. We wanted to give our wedding guests a chance to get away for a weekend and explore the beautiful NM scenery.

Stephen’s number one priority was to have delicious New Mexican/Mexican food. We both enjoy eating… our shared meals with family, friends, and one another have been a definitive part of our relationship and love for one another. It was only fitting that our wedding would be a chance to share a delicious meal with our close community. After some internet research, I came upon Marja Catering in Santa Fe. We visited her kitchen and instantly knew that she was our woman! She offered us tastings of carnitas and fresh tortillas as we all talked about our favorite places to eat in San Francisco where we had all lived for a few years. We were sold.

Once we settled on Marja as our caterer, our focus was on finding a venue. We looked at a few locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque but nothing was quite right. Our vision for our wedding day was to have an outdoor reception that was relaxed, and where our guests could enjoy hanging out and grazing on Marja’s delicious food. We also wanted a venue that reflected the natural beauty of New Mexico. We finally found exactly what we were looking for at the Hacienda Vargas. It’s a quaint bed and breakfast right outside of Albuquerque. It has a beautiful outdoor courtyard with huge trees providing cool shade, and spots of bright turquoise fencing. Once the goat on the property noisily welcomed us when we first visited, we knew we’d found our venue! Hacienda Vargas embodied the perfect rustic charm for our wedding. The owners (Cynthia and Spence) were helpful, sweet, and did a fantastic job assisting us with our preparations.

I did some research on photographers but once we met Kitty and Craig of Twin Lens, we knew they were the ones for us. We first met them at their home (just 5 minutes away from Hacienda Vargas) and we were instantly impressed with their photography; not to mention how lovely and warm they are. Their photojournalistic style was exactly what we wanted for the day, especially since we did not plan to have a videographer. After seeing their photographs and trusting that they understood our vision for the day, we could rest easy knowing they would produce fantastic photographs.

My older brother Christian prepared our beautiful invitations. He’s a graphic designer that’s never done wedding invitations but he created our invitations as our wedding present. We gave him a few ideas of what we wanted, what we hoped our wedding day would be, and a copy of our menu. He exceeded all our expectations. He designed an invitation that gave guests an idea of the mood we wanted to set for the day and a sneak peek of the menu and our wedding attire!

The wedding day could not have gone better. Our ceremony was at the Immaculate Conception Catholic church. Its art-deco style and its location in downtown Albuquerque were in wonderful contrast to our rustic, verdant reception location. My cousin is the priest who married us. This was a beautiful, personal touch to our wedding. He’s also really funny which fit the celebratory mood of our wedding day.

While our guests were whisked away to our reception in a tour bus that we provided, we were off with Kitty and Craig for a few portraits in downtown Albuquerque. We stumbled upon a small farmers’ market and decided to pick up a few things. I love Farmers’ Markets so it was only fitting that we stop by on our wedding day. Locals greeted us with some fresh fruit and hearty congratulations. As it turned out, much of down time during the wedding day was spent with Kitty and Craig. We loved talking and hanging out with this beautiful couple. They stealthily captured many lovely moments during our wedding day and we had the utmost trust in them. Many of our guests complimented us, not only on the wedding photos, but also on how unobtrusive and sweet our photographers were. Because of Kitty and Craig’s style and talent, we consider our photos from the day works of art. I still get teary watching the slideshow they prepared for us and many of the photos are hung up in our home to remind us of our wedding day.

Marja’s food did not disappoint. We had a simple buffet of carnitas, beans, tortillas, fresh salsas, and some roasted shisito peppers that Marja happened to find at the farmers’ market that morning. The food was local, fresh, tasty, and almost all our guests – as well as my fiancé and I – went back for seconds. Everyone feasted. Instead of a cake, we opted to serve sundaes and popsicles. These were both a hit. The sundaes were decadent and the popsicles were a nice way for our guests to cool down since the weather was warmer than we expected. Marja’s staff was friendly and so helpful. We only wish Marja had a restaurant so we could enjoy her food again!

Since we really wanted Marja’s food to shine, we kept our tables pretty simple. We named each table after our favorite restaurants, with the bride and groom’s table named after the restaurant where Stephen proposed to me. We wanted to recreate the feel of an outdoor bistro so we opted for butcher paper and crayons on each table. The crayons were a hit with the kids and the adults. Our guests created some beautiful art work and wrote some fun poems on these simple canvasses!

To add a splash of color and in keeping with our overall food theme, our centerpieces were small silver tins filled with delicious tangerines provided by our florist. We gave our guests small burlap bags so they could take some tangerines home. My aunt did a fabulous job putting these centerpieces together! For our wedding favors, Marja prepared tasty New Mexican biscochitos and I printed and laminated the recipe for the cookies so our guests could make them at home.

Thanks to our vendors, our wedding day was a complete success. We were relaxed and because we trusted our vendors so much, we were able to enjoy our wedding day to its fullest!

Photography: Twin Lens / Caterer: Marja Catering / Flowers: Jessie Abrams / Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church / Reception Location: Hacienda Vargas / Invitations: Bride’s brother, Christian /  Dress: Deborah’s Bridal