Below is an in-depth look at all the little details that went into making our wedding day everything we could have hoped…
My dress was purchased from the lovely salon, She Said Yes in Rogers, AR. The style is “Quincy” by Sarah Seven in the color blush. It was paired with a Sarah Seven belt and topped off with the most gorgeous handmade headpiece and veil ordered online from Mignonne Handmade. Such a kind company with very a personal communication team. The creator let me know that she would be putting the finishing touches on my order while on holiday in France. Swoon. My jewelry was a mix of Madewell and Anthropologie. Similar items are linked here.
My husband and I are from Oklahoma. We wanted to have a destination wedding without going too far so we settled on Albuquerque, New Mexico. The mountains were a perfect landscape for our winter wedding. Our ceremony and reception took place at Casa Esencia, a venue that is a part of Hotel Albuquerque. It is a Spanish-style home that has been renovated to serve as an event venue. It was laid out with multiple meandering rooms, both big and small, that allowed for quiet conversations or a big dance party.
Our photographer, Tish (of Matt and Tish), to whom I give credit for all of these glorious photos, was lovely, professional, and provided us with such stunning captures of all points throughout our day.
Our florist/ wedding coordinator, Amy Gallegos of For the Love Events, took on so many roles during the planning and execution of the wedding. Lots of the decor was handmade by or purchased by myself. Amy and her team were miraculous at taking my mishmash of items, ideas, and visions and turning them into a cohesive array of beautiful vignettes and stunning accents. She was worth her weight in gold in her planning and execution of the events in the day-of itself. If any issues arose, it was handled right away or (even better) without my knowledge that anything at all was amiss. The weight of the day-of timeline and behind the scenes work that need to be done was completely lifted off my shoulders and I was free to enjoy our perfect day. She created the most beautiful bouquets, boutonnieres, and floral arrangements.
It’s amazing how once you find one vendor, then the rest start falling in to place. All of my unique choices seemed to lead me from one to another. Amy led me to Genica Lee, my beloved hair and makeup artist. This woman can work wonders in no time flat. She was hired to do wedding hair and makeup for my mom, my bridal party, and me. During both the trial run and the wedding day, she made the experience so wonderful and effortless. She was kind, responsive, time efficient, professional, and did such amazing hair and makeup for all of us. She used really quality products and gave us styles that were modern and soft, yet lasted the whole day and night.
The bridesmaids were all given a set amount with which to purchase their dresses. The only stipulations were that they were black and long. Groomsmen were instructed to do the same with their grey suit, white shirt, and brown shoes. Ties were provided from JCrew outlet. The mixing and matching of it all coordinated the group while still giving an eclectic feel to the wedding party.
This wedding day logo was painted onto canvases, stamped on the invitations and luminarios (stamp courtesy of The Paper Gold Company), and printed on wedding day t-shirts!
Our most meaningful Avett Brothers lyric from their song “Murder in the City” was displayed on the huge mirror above the bar. The Etsy shop, Stephen Edward Graphic did amazing work creating it.
Matchbooks printed with our monogram were fun to put in bowls on the bar for guest to take him. The Etsy shop, Gracious Bridal, was great.
Our confetti toss was hand made of rose petals and lavender buds in plastic tubes with a printed “Just Married” label. Rather than have this at the end of the night when guests were few and far between, we opted to use this moment as our announcement into the reception as husband and wife. This instance provided for a fun run through our assembly of family and friends, gorgeous pictures, and an everlasting reminder of our wedding day from the scent of lavender.
Invitations and Save the Dates were created by my ever-so-talented cousin/graphic designer extraordinaire using the company, Moo, to print her gorgeous designs. The paper they use is so thick and high quality.
I hope all this info can give someone a few ideas when planning your wedding. More to come on creating all of the concrete pieces and watercolor canvases…