• 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

  • 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