• Renee's Bridal,  Vendor Spotlight

    Vendor Spotlight: Chris Baker Band

    Some of the best memories are made on the dance floor. Music sets the mood, it makes people connect, laugh, cry, and dance the night away. This month we are featuring singer/songwriter and recording artist, Chris Baker. Your very own, Las Cruces “local celebrity” has been performing for a decade as a solo artist, but also can be found playing with his four man band at a variety of shows and special events. You can listen to his latest album “How Lucky I Am” here.

    Below Chris answered a few questions giving us all a little more insight!
    How long have you been in business?
    I’ve been playing weddings and special events for about 10 years now and each one has been different than the last. I believe each particular wedding should and can be special and specific to the needs of the bride and groom.
    Are you willing to learn special songs for clients?
    Yes most definitely, I’m always happy to learn and play songs for the ceremony or special moments/dances. This can give a different and more intimate feel rather than simply playing the original track.
    What services do you offer?
    I can provide music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and reception. This includes live music as well as DJ services. I provide my own sound system as well as microphones for the ceremony and/or speeches. I also can be the Emcee for the evening moving each important event throughout the evening.
    What got you started in the industry?
    I’ve been performing around the Southwest for over a decade. During college I would play as a hobby and came to realize how much passion I had for music and decided to pursue it as a full time career. As far as weddings, I began playing for friend’s weddings and realized that I have a knack for those and other similar types of events.
    What do you do in your free time when you are not working on your business?
    Honestly much of my free time is spent on other aspects of my business such as recording, booking, and that sort of thing. But I do love the outdoors and doing things like hiking, camping and traveling.
    What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
    The people most definitely. I love the amazing people that I get to meet on a weekly basis.
    To what do you attribute your success?
    I tell others in the industry all the time that having good people skills can matter more than talent. I try to make relationships with people everywhere that I go and I believe that is a huge contributor to where I’ve gotten in my career. Plus being reliable, prompt and professional no matter the setting.
    What sets you apart from others in your area of business?
    My ability to be somewhat of a chameleon. I can adapt to the needs of a multitude of types of events, venues, and settings. I’ve had so many experiences so I can adapt to the specific needs of just about any situation.
    Do you only work locally?
    No in fact this year alone I have played weddings in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. I have played as far West as San Francisco and as far east as Nashville. I’d be happy to travel just about anywhere that is needed.
    Any tips or advice you would give to a bride and groom when in search of live musicians?
    Find someone that is willing and able to provide exactly what you need. You don’t want to have to worry about a single detail on your big day and it’s important to know as the musician/DJ that your job is to keep things upbeat and moving. I like to have multiple conversations beforehand so that all of the music that will be played is pre-approved by the bride and groom. Some weddings want mostly country and some want none, for example. Make sure that the musician knows and is willing to make the playlist and the evening perfect for your specific desires.

    Aside from being an amazing musician, Chris is versatile, positive, charming, and genuinely cares about his clients. His years of experience in the industry can assure you that he will prioritize your special day and relieve the stress of entertainment, leaving you with priceless memories to share with your loved ones.

    Make sure to follow him on Instagram and for booking and inquiries you can contact him here:

    chrisbakerbooking@gmail.com

     

  • Renee's Bridal,  Vendor Spotlight

    Vendor Spotlight: Letters and Such

    This month’s spotlight shines on the very amazing Adriana! She is the owner and creator of Letters and Such; a custom calligraphy and hand lettering business based out of Las Cruces, New Mexico. We had the pleasure of interviewing this busy mompreneur in hopes of giving everyone a little more insight into this amazing business that is quickly growing and becoming the town’s fascination.

    Tell us about yourself!

    Hi! I’m Adriana! I’m a wife, mom, calligrapher, and entrepreneur. I spend most of my time hanging out with my husband and three kids, running my business, Letters and Such, trying to figure out what to make for dinner and wondering if it’s too late for coffee or too early for wine.

    How long have you been in business?

     I started my business about one year ago.

    What services do you offer?

    I offer custom calligraphy and hand lettering services. Common requests include custom signs, envelope addressing, home decor items, personalized gifts and favors etc. I can work with almost any medium, paper, chalkboard, wood, glass, acrylic, canvas etc. I work with my clients to create custom pieces that meets their needs. I’m always open to new ideas. I really want for my clients to get what they want, how they want it!

    What got you started in the industry?

    I stumbled upon a calligraphy video on Instagram. It grabbed my attention so I started teaching myself calligraphy with my kids’ Crayola markers. I practiced every day just as a fun hobby. I fell in love and I knew this is what I wanted to do! Eventually I worked up the courage to put myself out there and do calligraphy professionally.

    What is the most rewarding part of what you do?

    I absolutely love what I do. I could do calligraphy every day just for myself and be happy. But the really rewarding part is sharing it with people. Getting to work with my clients to put something beautiful together that I couldn’t have thought of on my own is really special to me. Calligraphy makes me happy and when I can make someone else happy by sharing my calligraphy with them it feels like magic.

    Any unusual/unique requests you’ve gotten?

    Lettering on cactus! I’ve lettered place cards and even food and drink menus on cactus paddles. Super fun, a little dangerous and totally worth it!

    Being a mompreneur, how do you achieve work-life balance?

    Work-life balance is just a constant work in progress for me, like most things in life. It really helps that my family are my number one fans and supporters. I feel really thankful and fortunate that I get to be a stay home mom and have a job I love with a flexible schedule. A flexible work schedule also means an unsteady work schedule. Sometimes it means staying up really late, or asking for a little extra help with the kids to make sure a project is complete on time. Sometimes it means putting social media and emails on hold to make sure I’m conversing with my family during dinner, and reading the kids their bedtime stories. I just take it a day at a time and try my best. It’s not always perfect but at the end of the day, every day my family is my priority.

    To what do you attribute your success?

    Practice, passion and extremely kind and supportive people! I’m forever thankful for the help and encouragement I’ve received from my family, friends, and other local entrepreneurs I’ve met. I’ve been truly amazed by the people I have met through my calligraphy and business adventures. The support and encouragement I’ve received has meant so much to me. Kindness goes such a long way!

    If someone were wanting to book your business for their special day, how far in advance would they have to do it?

    I definitely encourage clients to contact me and book as soon as possible. Every project is different so some simpler ones can be completed in a few weeks while others can take several months.

    What are few things you like to do for yourself on your free time?

    Even in my free time I would still do calligraphy for fun or any kind of arts and crafts. I’d love to take a painting or watercolor class. I really enjoy anything that involves spending quality time with friends and family. Usually free time for me is at night after the kids are in bed. I spend that bit of time doing things like, catching up on work, hanging out with my husband, watching the bachelor and drinking wine or micheladas for sure!

    Any words of advice for other women wanting to start their own business?

    Just go for it! Yes, do your research and have a plan. But the timing or the situation will never be perfect. Let your love and passion for what you do show. Find people who share common interests. Talk about it. Tell people about your dreams, say them out loud. You can do it! I believe in you already!

    Below you can admire her work:

    This must be the crazy cactus request!

    We get to watch Adriana first hand as she’s working her mompreneur magic. She’ll walk in the store with her three beautiful babies ready for consultations. Her children are extremely polite as if they know they are here to support their momma as she does her thing. Having your own business is one thing but doing so while raising a family requires a {strong} support system, self motivation, confidence, multitasking par excellence, and the undying spirit to nurture despite all the curveballs life throws at you. For this, we commend Adriana for all she does and only wish her the absolute best on her growing business!

    Contact Info: 

    Instagram: @letters_and_such

    For business inquiries: lettersandsuch@hotmail.com

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    The Business of Love

    It’s only fitting that we post this on Valentines day, after all it’s a day of love and romance that knows no bounds. But love is not just about one day a year, and love isn’t always roses and chocolates and teddy bears.  At Renee’s Bridal, love is celebrated on the daily where we get to witness moments of joy when the bride-to-be is surrounded by their entourage and says “YES” to the dress, but what is it really like to be in the business of love?

    We have the privilege to meet hundreds of brides every year. We get to know them like a friend and we get to learn about how they’ve found the one who makes their heart beat faster and slower all at the same time- truthfully one of my favorite things about my job- and what an amazing story each couple has!  Love is different for everyone and ranges from long distance relationships, courtships that seem to last an eternity, break-ups, make-ups, and a whole long list of hardships that I sometimes can’t even imagine couples face. These conversations 1) make me realize how crazy the power of love can be 2) how lucky we are when we find “the one”…..and I’m not talking about the dress….

    So what’s the point to all of this? If we’re lucky enough, we can find an equal that even when we’re at our worst, they can still bring out the best in you.  After the sounds of wedding bells have faded and the allure of the honeymoon is gone, you’re together till death do you part and it’s about the other 364 days of the year to keep your love alive, not just February 14.  You don’t always have to like each other, and in fact, I say it’s 100% ok to have some time to yourself to recharge from life itself, BUT in the end it comes down to this- it’s the two of you against the world and it’s up to you to make it work.  In closing, someone has already said it better and it couldn’t be more true…. Thanks Dr. Seuss

    “We’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is comparable to our, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it Love.” Dr. Seuss

    Happy Valentines Day lovelies, keep the love alive ♥

    xoxo- Rox

  • Renee's Bridal

    Stella York Trunk Show

     

    Join us February 23-25 for an exclusive Stella York Trunk show where we’ll be featuring some of the hottest styles for 2018! We will be booking try on appointments Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 at Renee’s Bridal and will be showcasing the trunk show at the New Mexico Wedding Expo Sunday, February 25 at Hotel Encanto. Are you going to be a #sostella bride?!  Call to set up an appointment to find the most important gown you’ll ever wear ♥

    {Register here for the NM Wedding Expo- you’ll be taken to an external site!}