• Photoshoots,  Renee's Bridal,  Uncategorized

    Mystical Styled Shoot

    Last month with partnered up with some of our favorite Las Cruces creatives to bring you this magical styled shoot. Bianca dn Anthony at Southwest Creative Co. did an amazing job capturing every detail. We envisioned a delicate vintage bride surrounded with greenery and lavender tones centered in the middle of a pecan tree farm. That is exactly what we got. Below you can find all the details on this wonderful collaboration.

    This clear framed welcome sign was made by Letter and Such.

    This beautiful Rebecca Ingram gown features an elbow length sleeve and bateau neckline. Around the waist is a bead and Swarovski belt that separates the lace bodice from the tulle skirt overlay, completing this vintage inspired gown.

    We styled our groom in a navy blue pant from Jim’s Formal Wear (Michael Kors Ultra Slim Suit). We paired it with a classic white button up, suspenders, brown shoes, and a fun polkadot bow tie.

    To top off his look, we added a perfectly, hand-crafted boutineer made by Calhoun Flower Farms.

    Las Cruces is known for its endless acres of pecan farms. We had the pleasure to shoot on a locally owned pecan farm. Many thank yous to the Salopek family. The pecan trees provided a mystical look like no other.

         

    We wanted to keep the decor super simple. Our goal was to add to the natural beauty surrounding us. We loved the combination of our clear orbs with the geometric shapes. The wooden arch was provided by our sister company Elegant Events and Invitations and it is available for rental.

    We LOVE edible party favors. In fact, we encourage our brides to opt for them. We believe they are more cost efficient, they provide less waste, and I mean, who doesn’t love edible goodies? Check out these beautiful sugar cookies made by Cara at Cara’s Creations.

     

    Can we talk about these perfectly packaged Cinnamon Praline Pecans? These cuties are brought to you by Legacy Pecans. If you want New Mexico true party favors, this is definitely the way to go. Make sure to check out their new location: 2355 Calle de Guadalupe on the Mesilla Plaza, right next to Double Eagle.

    Pictures do not do this gorgeous bouquet justice. Hand-crafted and grown by the amazing ladies at Calhoun Flower Farm

     You’re probably wondering what kind of florals and greens go in to making this flower magic. This one specifically contains the following: {Greens} Sage, salt cedar, pecan leaves, smoketree bush. {Floral} Artichoke and Kale (Yes, veggies can be beautiful too) dahlia, lisianthus, zinnia, and chocolate sunflowers. Thank you to the ladies at Calhoun Flower Farms for the flower knowledge.

    Invitations were custom made by our sister company Elegant Events & Invitations. Every order is custom and made to our client’s liking.

    Custom, handwritten calligraphy was done by Adriana at Letters and Such. This is a beautiful, personal touch on any invitation.

    This shoot was so much fun to prepare for. It came together so effortlessly and we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by beautiful individuals that are not afraid to portray their talents in a collaborative matter. Thank you to everyone that contributed their time and efforts into bringing together this mystical shoot.

     

    Collaboration Details: 

    Photography: Southwest Creative Co. For inquiries- southwestcreativecompany@gmail.com

    Location: Salopek Pecan Farms

    Calligraphy: Letters and Such. For inquiries- lettersandsuch@hotmail.com

    Floral: Calhoun Flower Farm. For inquiries- calhounflowerfarms@gmail.com

    Sugar Cookies: Cara’s Creations. For inquiries- @carascreationss

    Party Favors: Legacy Pecans. For Inquiries- heather@leagacypecans.com

    Invitations: Elegant Events & Invitations. For inquiries- eleganteventslc@hotmail.com

    Models: Sarah Kidd and Jordan Kopreski

     

     

  • 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

     

  • 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!

     

  • Inspiration

    Wedding Checklist

    Wedding planning can be stressful, we know. But don’t let the pressures of making your day perfect scare you! Creating a timeline to follow allows your planning to be broken up into sections, making this process feel much less overwhelming. We’ve created the ultimate wedding checklist for everything you need to prepare for during your year of planning.

     

     

    1 year 

    Just engaged? Congratulations! Now is the time to celebrate with your new fiance and get excited for your future. If you have a year or more time to plan your wedding, let yourself relax a little and soak in the idea of marriage before you start planning. Once you’ve settled into your new role as a fiance, you’ll need to get the basics down.

    • Create your budget
      • Establish your spending priorities
    • Hire a wedding planner
      • Renee’s Bridal Boutique is your one stop shop for everything wedding related, let us help you plan the wedding you’ve always dreamt about.
    • Book a venue
    • Set a date
    • Choose your wedding party
      

     

    9 months

    One of the best (and potentially most stressful) time in wedding planning is finding the dress of your dreams. Allow us to relieve that stress by helping you search in our store! Call to schedule an appointment with us for a personal consultation with one of our bridal experts. Now that you have a date set and booked, you can begin creating your save-the-dates. Some couples will include pictures from their engagement shoot on these.

    • Begin looking for your wedding gown
    • Create your save-the-dates
    • Book your vendors – photographer, florist, DJ, etc.
      • Need recommendations? Give us a call! We have lists of vendors throughout NM and El Paso area
    • Purchase wedding bands

     

    6 months

    You are halfway there! Time flies right? Now is the time to announce to your guests when your special day will be! Get them excited with some romantic save-the-dates, or go the eco-friendly route and send them an e-vite. Get your girls in style and on time! This is the perfect time to order bridesmaids dresses, this will allow for any wiggle room needed for alterations.

    • Create your wedding registry
      • Create a wedding website for guests to refer to for more information
    • Send out save-the-dates
    • Order bridesmaids dresses, flower girl dresses
    • Begin researching honeymoon locations & obtain any documents needed
    • Arrange hotel room blocks for wedding party and out-of-town guests

     

      

    3 months

    With only a few months left until the big day, it’s time to sort out details! This is the perfect time to send out your formal invitations to your guests. Ensure an efficient way to record those RSVPs- this is crucial for your budget. Feeling stressed? Allow your mind to wander a bit from wedding planning and focus on your bachelorette party! Your bridal party should be in charge of this so get excited for a fun filled weekend spent with your best friends.

    • Order wedding cake and any other treats you may want
    • Mail out formal invitations
      • Create a plan for RSVPs and meals (if necessary)
    • Order tuxedo rentals/purchases
    • Plan bachelorette & bachelor party
    • Book make up artist & hair stylist
    • Arrange any form of transportation needed
    • Finalize menu

     

    6-8 weeks

    Let your bridal party spoil you with a bridal shower! This is a great way to get excited about your wedding and to see some of your guests beforehand. By now, you should have been receiving your RSVPs. Creating a seating chart is a great way to stay organized and know where your guests are during your reception. This is also a fantastic time to begin alterations on your dress. Feel free to call us at (575) 521-0872 to set up an appointment with our experienced seamstress, she rocks!

    • Bridal shower
    • Create your seating chart
    • Begin your gown fittings
      • Ensure to have any undergarments and shoes for each fitting
    • Hair & make up trials
    • Take care of any deposits needed for vendors

     

    3-6 weeks

    With just a little over a month left, this is where you can have a little fun. Have your last hoorah with your best friends at your bachelor and bachelorette parties, after all, you won’t be single again! Start writing your vows, this is the perfect opportunity to write them without stressing about not having enough time to perfect them. Most importantly, don’t forget to get your marriage license, you can’t wed without it!

    • Marriage license & name change paperwork
    • Bachelor &  bachelorette party
    • Write vows

     

    1 week

    With just a week to go, all of your nitty-gritty planning will be complete. This is a great time to reflect back on why you dedicated so much time into this one day, it’ll be worth every challenge you have faced so far! Pamper yourself, enjoy time with your wedding party, and get ready for the big day!

    • Ceremony rehearsal
    • Rehearsal dinner
    • Pick up your gown (yay!)
    • Last minute beauty regimens
      • Facials, massages, nails, tan, etc.
    • Confirm arrival times with wedding party

     

    Day-of

    All of the hard work is done! Enjoy your special day with the love of your life.

     

     

    Need help planning? Call our sister company, Elegant Events & Invitations to see all of the services we offer to make your day absolutely perfect.

     

  • Photoshoots

    New Mexico Elopement Styled Shoot

    In honor of Cinco de Mayo approaching tomorrow, we wanted to share this gorgeous styled photo shoot that embraces the Mexican culture we love so much in Las Cruces. Often times we overlook the beauty of elopements. This styled shoot reminded us that sometimes less is more. We love the unique southwest decor that was incorporated in this styled shoot. Not to mention the adorable donkey featured! Dive into these colorful photos that highlight fun prints and floral in a simplistic way.

    We love these pops of color throughout these images. Perfect color scheme for summer! If you’re looking for more color inspiration, check out one of our previous blog posts that gives some insight on color schemes for your wedding season.

    Dogs are common in wedding shoots, but how cool is this donkey?! We are obsessed with how cute he is!

     

    Cookies are a great option for desserts if you want to create a clean, detailed look.

     

    Model is wearing one of our favorite Michael Kors styles, available for rental and purchase.

    Flower crowns are the new veils. What do you think about this new trend? Comment your thoughts below!

     

    We love the unique elements that was incorporated with decor such as the black fabric included in the arc. Most people would assume to use light colors, but black was the perfect match! By using tulle, there is transparency within the fabric, allowing it to create a light feel.

     

    VENDOR DETAILS:
    Tuxedo: Renee’s Bridal Boutique
    Dress: Hello Molly
    Photography: Jazmine Rubio Photography
    Decor: Three Sisters El Paso
    Floral: Kern Place Florist
    Makeup: Ashley Apodaca
    Jewelry: Cheeky Boutique
    Calligraphy: Letters and Such
    Cake: Chantilly Cakes
    Cookies: Cara’s Creations