Chris + Emma, a Hacienda Doña Andrea Wedding

In their sweet little modern love story, Chris and Emma met on a dating app while both were living in upstate New York. Even though Emma was supposed to go on a different date, one of her best friends had gone to high school with Chris and convinced her to meet up with him instead. They spent their first date in a state park and the rest is history!

Chris proposed to Emma in their home with a custom ring from Etsy that Emma had been looking at for awhile. Both being pretty reserved people, Emma described the proposal as “simple, sweet….very us”. And we adored every second of their sweet, intimate, incredible day!

Chris and Emma threw the best little celebration at Hacienda Doña Andrea in Santa Fe with lots of personal touches and DIY details. From Emma’s whimsical bridal style complete with white boots and a fur jacket to their amazingly bright floral arch by our gals at Viva Flora to ringing a historic bell moments after becoming husband and wife, these two set the bar for small weddings soooo high! These babes definitely have us convinced that real, amazing love is out there in the modern age and we’re forever reliving this day!

Vendors
Venue - Hacienda Doña Andrea
Florals - Viva Flora
Catering - Casa Nova Catering
Cake - Maggie’s Wedding Cakes
Bride’s Ring - Etsy
Bridal Gown - Rue de Seine Bridal
Fur Jacket - Forever 21
DJ - Ana Martinez

Photos by Ashley + Bre of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Jordan + KC, a La Fonda Engagement

Both New Mexico natives, Jordan and KC met after they individually moved back to Santa Fe after college. These cuties hit it off at a local gym and now they live in The City Different with their two fur babies! KC also went to high school with our girl Alicia! Needless to say, we are so excited to capture their wedding this fall at Cristo Rey Church and La Fonda on Plaza!

MUA - Marisa Lux Makeup

Photos by Alicia of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Fave Weddings: Alicia's Picks

In addition to introducing our little team, we wanted to reflect back on some of our personal favorite moments from last year’s incredible lineup of weddings. Our girl Alicia told us what her fave moments were and why on the blog this week!!

Alicia:
”It's so hard to narrow down "favorites" because I love all of our brides and grooms and they all bring something so completely different and memorable to each wedding day, but here are some stand out weddings/wedding moments: 

Brigitte + Derek: B+D's day was absolutely glorious in every way possible. Jaclyn and I have this joke about how they are the "gift that keeps on giving". Beyond the fact they are a stunning family and all around so laid back and chill, they also were so completely trusting and open to every suggestion and every idea. First look? Sure! Change our ceremony time to a bit earlier so we can sneak off at dusk and take photos? Absolutely! Shoot in a wide open space in the dead of winter with heels and a dress on? Why not?! They were a freaking dream all around. Love you all so much!

Alysia + Matt and Scott + Leanne: Hands down, BEST FIRST DANCE SONGS EVERRRR!! I still hear their song choices and immediately it takes me back to their wedding and their dance and instantly get chills!

Alexa + Chris: Their details were too.die.for and they had such a fun post ceremony mariachi parade! It was a fun way to kick off our summer wedding lineup!

Dustin + Ashley: They had the most heartfelt vows to each other! Still gives me goosies. And their reception was.a.BLAST!

Kaya + Matthew: VIEWS for days!! Loved how in love they are each other, and it made their bride + groom portraits a breeeeze. 

Taylor + Kirk: their lavender toss and the sweet candid post lavender toss shots are forever a favorite.. so freaking beautiful!

Lauren + David: Sweetest groom ever, will never ever forget how intentional he was in soaking up the whole day, absolutely mesmerized by his beautiful bride and thoroughly enjoying and taking in the whole reception! His brother's speech is still one of my all time favorites and makes me tear up! So dang sweet! Also they had the best dance party!! 

Elizabeth + Randy: Basically everything about their day from the sweet hacienda Elizabeth got ready too, to their epic/eclectic/true to them venue choice but the most touching moment of all was Elizabeth's dad's sweet words to his daughter and the way he honored her late mom. It really touched my heart and everyone elses! 

Cassie + Tyler: Loved their fun twist on southwestern decor and how they made the most of their day even though it poured rain all day! 

Ryan and Christina: Most definitely the most fun and down to earth wedding party ever!

Shaun + Jessie: Not even sure where to start with these two. I know every wedding is a new favorite, but they sure have a special place in my heart forever and ever and ever. These two are destined for forever!!

Shelby + Mack: The best way to wrap up 2018! They truly put their all into every detail of the day down to their song choices at the reception! So light hearted, so fun, and the adoration these two have for each other was truly moving to get to witness and photograph!!”

Photos by Alicia + Ashley + Bre of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Winter Wedding Gowns

Even though summer and fall are our busiest seasons, we adore winter weddings and everything that makes them magical and unique. Winter brides bring a little something extra to wedding days, showcasing everything from fur coats to leather jackets to gorgeous lace and long sleeve details. There’s just something a little mysterious and super romantic about winter weddings and these gowns have us daydreaming year after year. Get ready to fall head over heels for these beauties and all of their glamorous details.

Gown Designers + Bridal Boutiques
Clarie Pettibone
Sweet Caroline Styles (ombre skirts)
Wild Rose Creative (leather jacket)
Lillian West by Justin Alexander
Alyssa Kristin
Maggie Sottero Designs
Mockingbird Bridal Boutique (Dallas, TX)
David’s Bridal
Unmentionables Lingerie
Martina Liana Bridal Designs
Patsy’s Bridal Boutique (Dallas, TX)
Lovely Bridal (Charleston, SC)
Bridal Elegance by Darlene (Albuquerque, NM)
Rue De Seine Bridal
Mia Solano
Luv Bridal Shop (Phoenix, AZ)

Photos by Alicia + Ashley + Bre of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Billy + Faith, a Snowy Santa Fe Anniversary

We usually don’t get to capture sweet anniversaries with couples so when Faith, owner and boss babe of Faith Woods Events, told us that she and her hubby were celebrating 5 years and wanted to shoot with us, we were over the moon! Not only is Faith adorable (especially with her incredible boo Billy), but she is also an amazing event coordinator based out of Northern Alabama. We were so thrilled to be a highlight of their little getaway to Santa Fe this winter, come back soon lovers!!!

Photos by Alicia of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

ALP: Meet Our 2019 Girl Squad

At the beginning of another beautiful year, all of us at Alicia Lucia Photography wanted to reintroduce ourselves and let you know just how incredibly excited we are for 2019! Even though our cutie team has changed a little bit in the past 12 months our goal is still (and always will be the same), to capture authentic, wildly romantic love right in the moment. We’re so honored to work with all of the incredible couples and their families who put their complete trust in us for their wedding days and we are beyond excited for all the amazing love stories we’ll be capturing in the new year. Each one of our little girl squad brings something unique and amazingly authentic to the table, making stellar wedding day moments more real than ever. Cheers to all of the crazy, gorgeous, sweep you-off-your-feet moments to come!

Alicia Padilla
Our sweet little founder and lead photographer Alicia is the mastermind behind our magical dream team. She’s been capturing organic, breathtaking moments of true love at weddings, engagements, and family sessions. Alicia also adores shooting styled sessions with some of our fave girl bosses her in the New Mexico wedding community. When she’s not behind the camera or at her computer dazzling us with her gorgeous editing, you can find her snuggling with her husband and two kids, being crafty with some of the most swoon worthy home projects, or adventuring out into our amazing Southwestern state!

Ashley Shaw
As Alicia’s right hand photog girl since 2013, Ashley knows how to capture love stories with a whimsical, carefree, and genuine air! She has an eye for detail and posing that absolutely stuns our couples with her awe-inspiring work. Ashley’s sweet smile and incredible work ethic make her such a gem to collaborate with on those long wedding days! Outside of weddings and engagements, Ashley spends her days busy raising four kiddos with her amazing college sweetheart!

Breanna Bloomquist
Alicia’s longtime friend and studiomate Bre officially joined our squad in 2018, proving that she not only can do incredible job as a second shooter, but knows how to step up as a total boss lady in the role of lead photographer on wedding days! With 8 years of photography experience, Bre not only knows how to capture the authentic moments we so adore, but she knows how to make wedding days incredibly fun! From endless laughs on long days to capturing details perfectly to keeping groomsmen in check (the hardest task of all tbh) this girl knows how to make long shooting days a breeze! When she’s not shooting with the ALP squad, Bre’s passion is capturing newborns and maternity sessions with her own photography company Blooming Images. Bre also loves hanging with her sweet hubby and two girls!

Jaclyn Younger
One of the latest additions to the ALP squad, Jaclyn joined our team in January 2018 as social media manager! In addition to running our Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest alongside Alicia, Jaclyn also creates and curates for our blog, everything from our wedding and engagement blogs to more editorial and trend driven blogs (from groom style features to our favorite wedding cakes). Last summer, this girl also started assisting on weddings with our team and is another fun little aspect of our wedding days and shoots. From capturing behind the scenes moments for ig to handling equipment to running errands around venues to (occasionally) valeting a car or two she’s a real life “Jac” of all trades. Jaclyn also dances professionally in the Albuquerque area. She is so excited to stay with ALP for 2019 and can’t wait for more magic!

A big thank you to our girl Brittney of Brittney Mundy Photography for these lovely photos!! I love them so much!

Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

2018; A Recap of Our Year

Dear 2018 couples and friends,
This year was a breathtaking, wildly amazing year for the Alicia Lucia Photography Team. From spending extra time at some of our favorite venues, to getting the opportunity of exploring new locations with incredible couples. Besides the glorious details of every single wedding we shot, we couldn’t help but reflect on each and every couple we got to spend time with this year. We rounded up a stand-out shot from every last wedding, engagement, and styled shoot we captured this year. We so loved looking back on all of the genuine love and wonderful little love stories we got to be part of this year.

Cheers to all our our couples and vendors, thank you for choosing us to help you begin the next chapter — we love each and every one of you!!

Love,
The ALP Team

Photos by Alicia + Ashley + Bre + Jen of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Behind the Scenes with the Alicia Lucia Team

With shooting 30+ weddings, engagements, and editorials this year, 2018 took our little team to some of the prettiest places in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and the surrounding areas. Here’s a teeny look at the behind the scenes of our girl squad doing what we do best, celebrating and capturing love over and over again!!!

Photos by Alicia, Ashley, Bre, Jen of Alicia Lucia Photography as well as other local photographer friends
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography