• Photoshoots,  Vendors

    Styled Shoot: Valentine Turned Goth

    With lovers day right around the corner we knew we wanted to do something in the spirit of the holiday. If you know any of us at Renee’s, traditional is not what we do, so when we were thinking of the perfect collaboration, we knew it had to be “dark.” We imagined black candles, dark makeup, pops of deep red, all tied together by the simplicity of an elegant gown.

    We quickly knew who to turn to for design and styling, Drunk on Decor. Lilli Hayner knew exactly what we were looking for and who better to capture our vision than the very own Jazmine Rubio. The rest just fell into place. Indulgence blessed us with the most beautiful (and absolutely delicious) masterpiece of a cake. Adriana, owner of Letters and Such ,provided her gorgeous calligraphy, and Desert Modern Florals worked their flower magic and put together the perfect bouquet!

    For this shoot we styled Whitley in a simple, yet elegant gown. This Allure features a gorgeous, halter tie back, a crepe skirt and a attractive, extra low back. Whitley did her own makeup (stunning, I know). Ashley Apodaca handled her gorgeous, red mane.

    Derek wore our Grey Portofino rental from Jim’s Formal Wear. We love the the contrasting black, satin lapels that give this tuxedo a super clean, tailored look.

    Jazmine Rubio Photography always fabulous, always killing it!

    The back on this dress is our favorite! We love the delicate straps and the super low back.

    Desert Modern Florals had the perfect concept for this bouquet down to the black ribbon.

    Her boots AND hair matching the bouquet was totally unplanned. We weren’t even planning on showing the shoes but as soon as she put them on, we knew they had to be a focus.

    I wish you guys could see the “behind the scenes action” that went into lighting these candles in New Mexico wind. It took a village.

    Golden hour!

    How CUTE is this clear sign? The concept, the quote, the color. All of it.

    These hexagon, marble place cards. Not only are they super unique and modern but they also double up as coaster favors for guests! Also made by Letters and Such.

    Letters and Such also does custom envelope calligraphy for invitations! This definitely adds personal, elegant touch.

    This gorgeous invitation was made by our event planning sister company, Elegant Events.

    Yes, this whole shoot took place at an abandoned gas station off the side of the highway.

    Get this look here: Drunk on Decor

    This setup was absolute perfection.

    We wish everyone could taste this cake. This is definitely a chocolate lovers dream come true. The richness of the chocolate was paired perfectly with a raspberry filling. Meagan (co-owner of Indulgence) outdid herself!

    This collaboration couldn’t have gone any better. As always, we are super thankful for all the vendors/models that participated. We absolutely love our vendor community in Las Cruces. We are all here to help each other succeed and it really shows when we can come together and make magic like this happen!

    Vendor Information

    Photographer: Jazmine Rubio Photography

    Design and Styling: Drunk on Decor

    Cake: Indulgence Bakery and Cafe

    Dress: Allure (available at Renee’s Bridal Boutique)

    Sign and Calligraphy: Letters and Such

    Invitation: Elegant Events

    Female Model: Whitley Newberry

    Male Model: Derek DaSilva

    Tux: Jim’s Formal Wear (available at Renee’s Bridal Boutique)

    MUA: Whitley Newberry

    Hair: Ashley Apodaca

  • Inspiration,  Photoshoots

    Bridal Color Inspiration: Romantic Mountain Styled Shoot

    Mountains, snow, whiskey, and fire. Add 11 local vendors and you have the perfect styled shoot. We are obsessed with this collaboration and even more obsessed with how beautifully Brittany Miller Photography and Palamora Events were able to capture simple, cozy love.

    Allure Bridal:
    A-line tulle gown, lace bodice, with beaded belt.

    For this shoot we took a traditional a-line tulle gown and toned it down with a neutral, cozy sweater. Of course, it wouldn’t be New Mexican without a Squash Blossom necklace. (sweater and necklace available at Turquoise Teepee)

    We love the color pallet that was chosen for this set up. Slate, peach, fern, reds, and metallics! It couldn’t of come together any better.

    When it comes to a wedding, it is okay to think outside the box and use several colors. The pink accent chairs are bold, yet subtle enough to allow the mixture of other colors and textures. Red was the perfect pop of color seen throughout. All brought together beautifully with sheer, slate drapery. You can rent these pieces through Knox Auctions.

    Can we talk about floral! As always, Calhoun Flower Farms did it again! A mixture of garden roses, blush stock, carnations, kale (yes, kale) eucalyptus, creosote and statice adorned this shoot. Floral is where you can really get creative with color. Opposed to fabric, flowers are light and add the perfect texture to any setting. 

    How cute is Susanna? Your local New Mexican flower farmer!

    This cute little basket included a bath bomb by Of the Oak and soap from New Mexico Soap. If you know good soap, you’ll love New Mexico Soap.

    Of the Oak makes all the goodness for your body. From lip balms, to deodorant, beard oil, bath soaks, to all the things apothecary.

    How good do these chocolate covered biscochos look?! Kudos to Amber Alvillar, 5th generation and owner of “Mi Abuelita’s Biscochos.” (You can get your hands on these here)

    Other small deets included these super cute greeting cards from Priq Candle Co. All hand-painted, all local. If you love these, you’ll also love her vegan candles! You can purchase here.

    Whiskey courtesy of Dry Point Distillers.

    We love how metals were used to add the perfect touch to this setup. Mixing metals is always okay as long as they’re combined with softer textures to balance them out. Velvet, wool, and mohair are just a few examples of textures that let metallics contrast and stand out on their own.

    You can’t even tell the snow is there from all the cozy feels this gives you.

    Beanie was custom made by Rae Handmade.

    Makeup was done beautifully by Emily Lynn

    Hair was elegantly styled by Brittany Evans.

    What a good looking bunch!

    When great people come together, they make magic. Again, thank you or letting us be a part of this wonderful collaboration. We look forward to many more!

    Vendor info:

    Photographer: Brittany Miller Photography

    Videographer: Palamora Events

    Florist: Calhoun Flower Farms

    MUA: Makeup By Emily Lynn

    Hair Stylist: Brittany Evans

    Biscochos: Mi Abuelita’s Biscochos

    Clothing/Accessories: Turquoise Teepee

    Rentals/Styling: Knox Auctions

    Greeting Cards: Priq Candle Co.

    Soap: New Mexico Soap

    Whiskey: Dry Point Distillers

    Knitted Hat: Rae Handmade

    Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals

  • Vendor Spotlight

    Vendor Spotlight: Perfect on Paper

    Oasis, Ed Sheeran, The Cranberries, Chris Isaak, The Neighborhood, The Cure….. We could go on and on… but if any of these bands have caught your attention, then Perfect on Paper might be perfect for you. This dynamic quartet has an eclectic mix of genres in their repertoire that is sure to make your wedding or special event a hit with all of your guests whether it be just for cocktail hour or the whole evening! We caught up with the guys to gain a little bit more insight on the method behind the music. 

    Let’s meet the band!

    James Cordova- vocals/guitar

    Robert Trujillo- guitar/vocals

    Michael Trujillo- percussion/vocals

    Ruben Del Valle- bass/vocals

    How long have you been in business?

    The band Perfect on Paper was formed in late 2007. A few members have changed since, but we are going on 3 plus years with our current band members.

    Are you willing to learn special songs for clients?

    Yes!

    What got you started in the industry?

    Music runs in all of our family. Sometimes when it is in your blood, you have no choice but to make it happen.

    What is the most rewarding part of what you do?

    The ladies…. just kidding, that doesn’t happen. Music is a feel good kind of thing. Sometimes it’s good to know that you bring emotion into somebodies day.

    To what do you attribute your success?

    Teamwork. A group is only as good as the ones around them. James has the talent, Robert has the charisma, Mike has the good looks, and Ruben, well we keep him around because we have to.

    What sets you apart from others in your area of business?

    Versatility is a forte with us. We will play anything from a small room in a winery all the way to a park stage.

    As you can see, they also have a sense of humor which is always a plus when entertaining guests. Not only do they play different types of venues around town, but they travel too.

    Want to get a feel for their style? They’ll be playing at the Pecan Grill for New Year’s Eve from 9-Midnight.

    For booking information and to follow their whereabouts, check them out on Facebook

  • 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