• 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

  • Inspiration,  Renee's Bridal

    Traveling Trunk Show

    As a lot of you  may know, we are starting off the new year by packing our store up and heading up to Albuquerque. This will be our second annual show and we could not be any more excited! So what can you expect at our show? We’ll give you a few details of the day.

    When and where? Isleta Resort and Casino 
    11000 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105

    Saturday, January 12th from 10AM-5:00PM

    Sunday, January 13th from 10AM-3PM

    Yes, we are literally packing up our store and taking it with us. We want to give our future bride-to-be’s the same experience they would get when coming to our shop. That means all the variety we can possibly offer at a traveling show. 

    There will be privacy. When you think of a trunk show you might think of it being out in the open. We will have a whole ballroom to ourselves equipped with dressing rooms. 

    We will have sales. Our sale gowns start at 35% off and go up to 80% off depending on the style. All stock pieces AND reorders will also be on sale.

    Great Prices. Overall, we can guarantee you will find the gown of your dreams at an unbeatable price. Uh, yeah. We are that confident.

    Personal experience:  We ask our brides to book appointments in advance to create the best personal shopping experience. You are more than welcome to bring friends and family as you would at our store. We are taking appointments through January 10th, but don’t wait too long. Spots are filling up quickly.

    Size variety is no problem. We pride ourselves on being the only boutique in our area specializing in plus size weddings gowns. So yes, we have a wide range leading up to sizes in the 30’s. You can shop comfortably knowing there WILL be something for you.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Call to book your appointment. (575)521-0872

  • Inspiration,  Photoshoots,  Renee's Bridal

    Styled Shoot: White Sands Wonderland

    We started off with just two main ideas in mind: White Sands and a cape. The rest was magic. We immediately knew the perfect photographer for this shoot. The lovable, Sarah Lotus. Learn more about her and her photography here. This girl is so cool and so full of energy all the time, that you wouldn’t imagine she is a full time nurse (uh, yeah how crazy is that?) Next, was reaching out to our model, Skye Weatherly. We have been wanting to collaborate with her for a long time and plans never seemed to align. The universe was obviously waiting for this moment! Ms. Tiffany Martinez came on board to work her makeup magic. Her too; super sweet, down to earth, and definitely knows her stuff. 

    Dive right in…

    We decided to use this beautiful Allure gown. 
    This gown features elegant beaded embroidery with a sheer illusion bodice leading to an A-line skirt. 
    We wanted to keep it super simple. With the only pop of color being her lip color and the bouquet.  You already have a beautiful backdrop, why add anything else?
    This is where everything really started coming to vision. Sarah and Skye worked so great together!
    Where did we find such a cool cape you might ask? In the middle of 100 alterations, Roxanne (owner of Renee’s Bridal)  literally whipped it up in less than and hour. AND just like that, we are now in the cape-making business. If that’s not a boss move, I don’t know what is. 
    Can we talk about this fierce smokey eye/dark lip combo? LOVE
    The bouquet pictured was also made in-house. White Sands has strong regulations against bringing live plants on to the grounds and of course, we very much wanted to respect that.
    Lashes for days!
    Skye says she normally doesn’t like smiling in pictures, but doesn’t she have a gorgeous smile!
    The rest of the shoot was all fun and games
    This shot was ALL Skye’s idea and she KILLED it. All she needed was a cigarette and a cool leather jacket.
    Okay. So Skye was such a champ. By this time, the sun was gone and it was freezing. You could never tell by looking at these pictures, right?

    Thank you so much ladies for bringing our vision life. It was an honor working with such a strong-spirited group of women. Even better, everyone collaborated so well. We look forward to many projects to come!

    Photographer: Sarah Lotus Photography 

    Makeup: Tiffany Martinez 

    Model: Skye Weatherly

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

  • Photoshoots

    Moody Styled Shoot

    Last month we had the pleasure of working with some very talented ladies that came up with this ethereal styled shoot. Nyesha is the owner of PNW Photography and momma to the most precious baby boy. She is based out of El Paso, Texas and is passionate about documenting life’s greatest moments at all stages. Her vision for this shoot consisted of a noir, moody theme, perfect for the Fall.

    Dive into these dreamy photos that flawlessly depict New Mexico’s beauty.

    They couldn’t have found a better background than The Organs!

    We love the mixture of natural rustic combined with the dreamy bride.

    This picture looks straight out of a bridal magazine!

    This gorgeous Stella York gown features an A-Line skirt and plunging neckline brought together by a jeweled grosgrain ribbon belt.

    Makeup was done by the {very} talented Brenda Tarango.

    Can we talk about the gorgeous bouquet/flower crown combo? These were brought to life by Desert Modern Florals. This magical floral boutique operates out of El Paso, Texas.

    We asked them what all went in to creating this flower magic: Coffee beans, berries, daisies, gerbera daisies, safari sunset, calla lilies, plumosa, silver dollar, and eucalyptus.

    Thank you ladies for letting us be a part of such a quintessential photo shoot! We look forward to working with you all in the near future.

    Vendor Details:

    Photography: PNW Photography (pnwphotography2@gmail.com)

    Makeup: Brenda Tarango (makeupandhair@gmail.com)

    Floral: Desert Mountain Florals

    Dress: Stella York (Available at Renee’s Bridal)

     

     

  • Renee's Bridal

    Wedding Dress Shopping: Why Buying Local Matters

    So he popped the question, you have a million thoughts going through your mind and are wondering where to start? Best case scenario you live in a city that has a local bridal boutique to go for help, or live near one. Depending on the services they offer, most bridal boutiques will provide you with a wedding planning checklist so you have a clear idea of where to start. You can can start looking for a wedding gown as soon as you prefer, but the general rule of thumb is to start researching about a 12 months before the big day and then making the final purchase 8-10 months ahead of time. This gives you enough time to get a dress made if it needs to be re-ordered, alterations, and any other details that need to be made. With that being said, how important is knowing where you choose to buy your dress?  Considering your wedding day will be one of the greatest days of your life, we think it is {VERY} important. Your nail tech is local, your hairdresser is local, so when it comes to one of the most emotionally invested decisions of your life, why not choose a dependable source? We’ve gathered some advantages of shopping local from word of mouth experiences.

    1. The process of buying a wedding gown takes multiple visits. Wedding dress shopping is rarely a one time stop. Sometimes it takes more than one visit and several try-ons to make the final decision. It is nice to have the flexibility of popping in and out as you please. A lot of times we get brides that go out-of-town to shop for their dress and by the time they make their purchase, they have exceeded their budget from all the back and forth traveling they do.
    2. It is easier to build relationships with the bridal boutique consultants and their seamstress. When you choose to be one of our brides, you become part of our family. We know you by name, we know exactly where your gown is, and we are informed of all the details. If you’re looking for a more personal and comfortable experience, local is where it’s at.
    3. The experience of trying on dresses. One of the more special components of trying on gowns is having your loved ones with you. Most places have no specific limit to how big your entourage can be but we like to advice to pick those whose opinion you truly respect in order to make your experience that much more enjoyable. Some bridal parties want the movie “champagne experience.” Although most places cannot provide it because of liquor license regulations, some places are open to you bringing your own. Of course you should call ahead to find out and respect the rules the shop has regarding bringing celebratory drinks around their gowns. Nevertheless, there is something special about being able to see and feel the gowns when searching for “the one.”
    4. Local boutiques are more open to bundle discounts. We can’t speak for all places, but when you become a Renee’s Bride, your bridal party gets a discount on bridesmaid dresses (exclusion may apply).
    5. You can count on professional measurements. We cannot stress enough how important it is to be measured correctly. If you are spending $1,500 on a wedding gown, correct measurements are of the essence to ensure minimal alterations. Minimal alterations equal less money being spent. Too many times we’ve seen brides get measured incorrectly and will come to us with a dress that is a couple to sizes too big or too small and end up spending hundreds of dollars on a simple mistake that could have been avoided if they had been measured correctly.
    6. In-house seamstress. Local shops usually have their own personal seamstress. Let me tell you, that is IMPORTANT. Wedding alterations are completely different from anything else. It can range from only needing a shorter hem, taking in the sides, to completely rectifying previous alterations done elsewhere. In-house seamstresses are familiar with the designers that the boutique carries and know how to work with them.
    7. You’re helping strengthen local economy. When you support local shops, you are supporting family owned businesses that have been running for generations or you are helping an independent entrepreneur live out their dream. When you choose to shop local, you are referred to all of our trusted, local wedding vendors which include: photographers, venues, makeup/hair stylists, bakeries, calligraphers, floral… The list goes on.

    When it comes to choosing the wedding dress of your dreams, the last thing you might think of is where you’re buying your dress. If you have options around you, we encourage brides to check them all out. A lot of times brides assumes small boutiques are more pricey and later realize we can get a dress they liked elsewhere at a lower price. Local shops offer a personal experience and will treat you like family because your business truly matters to us. Most importantly they will be with you every step of the way to ensure you look fabulous on your special day.

     

    Photography: Brittany Miller Photography