If you can believe it, it’s already that time of year where we get to celebrate our local wedding community + gear up for the Fall wedding season! Normally, we plan one special evening in September to get our party on and spend time with New Mexico wedding vendors from all over the state. Since the Wedding Collective team loves to have a good time, we go the extra step and select a theme for our party. Last year we celebrated while dressed as mermaids, sailors, and pirates!

However, this year looked a bit different. To keep things safe and our lovely wedding community healthy, we opted for a virtual ceremony over Facebook Live! I guess you could say that this year’s theme was simply “2020” — the year spent on our computers, learning TikTok dances, and getting creative with ways to have fun. If you missed the video, you’ll understand exactly what we mean when you watch it!

Even though we didn’t get to hug, shake hands, and dance with each other in person, we still know that all of our vendor’s hard work deserves to be celebrated. We announced winners in 17 different categories, and even though it was a very close call for some of them, the community certainly put the spotlight on some incredible vendors. We were happy to see a beautiful combination of veteran winners + brand new ones, too!

If you weren’t able to make it to our Facebook Live watch party on September 17th, here is the video for you to watch over and over again! (Skip to 5 minutes)

And the winners of the 2020 Elite Awards are…

Best Hair Artist | Vanessa Renteria, Inspire Salon Downtown

Best Makeup Artist | Beauty Therapy by Kim

Best Catering or Restaurant | Europa

Best Favors | K and C Naturals

Best Invitations | Cordially Invited Events

Best Rental Company | Simply Decor Tents & Events

Best Event Decor | Bosque Flower Studio

Best Ceremony Location | Neptune Event Space

Best Wedding Coordinator | Black Bow Events

Best Videographer | Jar and Crys Films

Best Gown Shop | Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Best Floral Designer | Desert Flowers Co.

Best Wedding Cake | Honey & Salt Cake Co.

Best Officiant | De Novo Concierge Pastors

Best Travel Agency | Travel to Amazing Places

Best Reception Location | The View Event Center by Simply Decor Tents & Events

Best Photographer | T. Rayne Photography

If you are a vendor and would like to win best vendor in your category next year, encourage your couples to start voting right now by asking them to write a review on your profile at

Header image by T. Rayne Photography

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