• 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.