• 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

    The Business of Love

    It’s only fitting that we post this on Valentines day, after all it’s a day of love and romance that knows no bounds. But love is not just about one day a year, and love isn’t always roses and chocolates and teddy bears.  At Renee’s Bridal, love is celebrated on the daily where we get to witness moments of joy when the bride-to-be is surrounded by their entourage and says “YES” to the dress, but what is it really like to be in the business of love?

    We have the privilege to meet hundreds of brides every year. We get to know them like a friend and we get to learn about how they’ve found the one who makes their heart beat faster and slower all at the same time- truthfully one of my favorite things about my job- and what an amazing story each couple has!  Love is different for everyone and ranges from long distance relationships, courtships that seem to last an eternity, break-ups, make-ups, and a whole long list of hardships that I sometimes can’t even imagine couples face. These conversations 1) make me realize how crazy the power of love can be 2) how lucky we are when we find “the one”…..and I’m not talking about the dress….

    So what’s the point to all of this? If we’re lucky enough, we can find an equal that even when we’re at our worst, they can still bring out the best in you.  After the sounds of wedding bells have faded and the allure of the honeymoon is gone, you’re together till death do you part and it’s about the other 364 days of the year to keep your love alive, not just February 14.  You don’t always have to like each other, and in fact, I say it’s 100% ok to have some time to yourself to recharge from life itself, BUT in the end it comes down to this- it’s the two of you against the world and it’s up to you to make it work.  In closing, someone has already said it better and it couldn’t be more true…. Thanks Dr. Seuss

    “We’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is comparable to our, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it Love.” Dr. Seuss

    Happy Valentines Day lovelies, keep the love alive ♥

    xoxo- Rox