• 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

  • 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)

  • Vendor Spotlight

    Vendor Spotlight: Southwest Creative Co.

    We are thrilled to share with you some of our favorite vendors composed of wedding photographers, venues, hair and makeup, videographers and many more!

    This month we are featuring one of favorites in wedding photography: Southwest Creative Company. Bianca Padilla and Anthony Quiterio make up this perfect little duo behind the lense. They have been telling stories with their beautiful natural light photography {officially} for 2 years now, but have been capturing special moments for over 5 years. Sure, they are known for their lovely couple photography but their services go beyond that. Some of the other services they offer include: Photography, Videography, Graphic Design, Web Design & Social Media Management.

    We decided to ask Bianca and Anthony a few questions to get a deeper insight on how these adventurous storytellers have become successful in doing what they love and having others love what they do.

    • What got you started in the industry?  Our love for capturing love! We love shooting family sessions and commercial work but there is something super special about photographing love.
    • What do you guys do on your free time when you are not working on your business? Traveling is our biggest hobby! Whenever we have a free weekend we rarely stay in town.
    • What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Being able to supply our couples with memories them & their family will have forever!
    • Can you recall a time when you had a chaotic event? If so, how did you get through it? Most wedding days are sprinkled with chaos, but for us we just try to concentrate on what needs to be done and work though it instead of getting caught up in the stress of the moment.
    • To what do you attribute your success? A positive mindset and surrounding yourself with people who support you & your business!
    • What sets you apart from others in your area of business? We are HUGE on candid and do very little posing with our couples. Most of our couples aren’t models and we don’t want you to pretend to be. We want your reactions, laughs and smiles all to be real and genuine. We want the, to be authentic to who you are and your love together. We love having fun with our couples and “games” we play during our sessions to take your mind off getting your photo taken and make you laugh and smile without feeling awkward or like you’re trying to model for us.
    • If someone were wanting to book your business for their special day, how far in advance would they have to do it? We recommend booking us at least a year in advance.
    • Are you flexible with traveling for a wedding? We LOVE traveling for weddings! We will go anywhere & everywhere with our clients. The more adventurous the better!
    • What trends have you seen in weddings lately? Lately we’ve been seeing lots of geometric shapes, cute little plants given away as guest favors, and custom wedding hashtags!
    • Any tips or advice you would give to a bride and groom when in search of a photographer/videographer? Be sure to ask the right questions. Make sure you know how many hours they will be there, how many images to expect, when you’ll receive them, if they include prints, or how long the video will be. Also be sure you dig their style! Every photographer & videographer has their own way of capturing & coloring your day. Be sure your style syncs with theirs!

    Below are a few of their favorite shots

    Their work is unlike anything else! Therefore, it is easy to spot a SWCC photo. From their lighting to their overall technique, Southwest Creative Co. creates remarkable pictures that will live with friends and families forever.

    If you haven’t yet, make sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and give their site a visit!

     

  • Photoshoots

    Desert Romance Styled Shoot

    If you haven’t noticed already, we embrace our desert living here in Las Cruces, NM. The unique beauty of our dry landscape is not a traditional wedding style, but this styled photoshoot will show you why those rules should be broken. We collaborated with local vendors to captivate the delicate charm of New Mexico.
    Any This Is Us fans? Look closely for some details inspired by the heart-throbbing TV show we all adore.

    Four photographers located here in Las Cruces put together a photography workshop for this shoot. New photographers were invited to join us and learn the ins and outs of wedding photography from these amazing girls! We love the support our community provides each other and we were honored to be a part of this day.

    Dusty tones add a rustic look to your springtime palette.

     

     

    Don’t shy away from fun floral! We love that this bouquet features all sorts of light flowers and greenery to create a gorgeous assortment that can be easily tied into any decor.

     

     

    Model is wearing Allure Bridal, available in store.

     

    Don’t break the bank with an extravagant cake! This simple dessert is adorned with the natural greenery that is used throughout the entire wedding scene. These types of cakes create a clean yet elegant look.

    Oh how we love Jack and Rebecca!

    Eucalyptus leaves are a perfect fit for almost any flower arrangement. They have a pastel tone to them that creates a rustic addition to the decor. So easy and so beautiful. Love!

     

    These light tones bring out the beauty of Spring.

    Model is wearing Jim’s Formal Wear, which is available for rental or purchase in our store and online.
    Their newest color, Indigo, provides the perfect contrast to the pastel tones within the decor.

     

    One of our favorite shots of this Allure Bridal dress.

    Multiple photographers participated in this styled shoot. You may have noticed the different elements each of them present in their work. We had so much fun connecting with our local vendors!

     

    VENDOR DETAILS:

    Dress: Renee’s Bridal Boutique
    Tuxedo: Renee’s Bridal Boutique
    Hostesses: Jazmine Rubio, Brittany Miller, Laura’s Photography, & Diana Alvarado
    Floral: Flowers by Ashlee
    Stationary: Letters and Such
    Makeup & Hair: Makeup by Brenda
    Decor: A Catered Affair