• 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

  • Vendor Spotlight

    Vendor Spotlight: Perfect on Paper

    Oasis, Ed Sheeran, The Cranberries, Chris Isaak, The Neighborhood, The Cure….. We could go on and on… but if any of these bands have caught your attention, then Perfect on Paper might be perfect for you. This dynamic quartet has an eclectic mix of genres in their repertoire that is sure to make your wedding or special event a hit with all of your guests whether it be just for cocktail hour or the whole evening! We caught up with the guys to gain a little bit more insight on the method behind the music. 

    Let’s meet the band!

    James Cordova- vocals/guitar

    Robert Trujillo- guitar/vocals

    Michael Trujillo- percussion/vocals

    Ruben Del Valle- bass/vocals

    How long have you been in business?

    The band Perfect on Paper was formed in late 2007. A few members have changed since, but we are going on 3 plus years with our current band members.

    Are you willing to learn special songs for clients?

    Yes!

    What got you started in the industry?

    Music runs in all of our family. Sometimes when it is in your blood, you have no choice but to make it happen.

    What is the most rewarding part of what you do?

    The ladies…. just kidding, that doesn’t happen. Music is a feel good kind of thing. Sometimes it’s good to know that you bring emotion into somebodies day.

    To what do you attribute your success?

    Teamwork. A group is only as good as the ones around them. James has the talent, Robert has the charisma, Mike has the good looks, and Ruben, well we keep him around because we have to.

    What sets you apart from others in your area of business?

    Versatility is a forte with us. We will play anything from a small room in a winery all the way to a park stage.

    As you can see, they also have a sense of humor which is always a plus when entertaining guests. Not only do they play different types of venues around town, but they travel too.

    Want to get a feel for their style? They’ll be playing at the Pecan Grill for New Year’s Eve from 9-Midnight.

    For booking information and to follow their whereabouts, check them out on Facebook

  • 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

     

     

  • 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.