Chris + Alexa, a New Mexico Engagement

Chris and Alexa, aka two of the coolest Texas babes we know, chose Santa Fe as the place to start their forever together and lets just say we were soooo hyped to be a part of their La Fonda on the Plaza wedding this June. We can't wait to share their incredible, Southwestern destination wedding here on the blog, but until then, here's their sweet engagement!!

Dress - Cleobella

Summer Wedding Florals

If there's one thing we know about weddings, it’s that no celebration is complete without some absolutely stunning florals! In the summer wedding season, our favorite color pallettes range from the bold and bright to  earthy and wild to the clean and elegant variety! Here in New Mexico we are beyond lucky to work alongside some of the absolute BEST florists in the Southwest! These are just a few of our fave summer picks, scroll through to get your ultimate floral fix.

Florists
Viva Flora
Renegade Floral
Bagel's Florals 
Stephanie Yardman Floral Design
Shannon Love Flowers
Floriography

Photos by Alicia Padilla + Ashley Shaw of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog  + Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger of Alicia Lucia Photography

Summer Wedding Gowns

If there's one thing we love almost as much as capturing our stunning, wildly-in-love couples, its seeing the dreamiest wedding gowns ever! We have an endless number of favorite dresses so we've decided to share the best of each season. These summertime beauties caught our eyes and still have us daydreaming about them. Can it be summer all year long?!

Dress Vendors:
Made With Love Bridal
Monique Lhuillier
David's Bridal
Grace Loves Lace
Stella York
Flora Bridal
Kelly Faetanini
BHLDN
Hayley Paige
Casa Blanca Bridal
Reem Acra
Lea-Ann Belter Bridal
Allure Bridal

Photos by Alicia Padilla and Ashley Shaw of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger of Alicia Lucia Photography

Paul + Carolyn, Wedding Day Tips from a recently married couple!

We spent a glorious summer evening with the lovely Paul and Carolyn a few weeks ago. Besides having impeccable style and being all around #couplegoals, this sweet duo has also been together for 10 years and married since 2016! They met in college and when Carolyn went to see Paul and his band play a gig, he shouted her out in front of everyone! They've been by each other's sides ever since and have a sweet fur baby named Tucker. Even though they were married a few years ago in Houston, TX they were kind enough to offer us some major wedding day tips for all our future brides! 

According to Carolyn the best ways to make the most of your wedding day are to:

  • Create an environment for everyone to enjoy so think of it as more of a big party and celebration of your love! 
  • Dance with your guests instead of a formal greeting! 
  • Make a traditional wedding unique and fun with your own twists.
  • Confetti. Lots of confetti! 


Bonus: Have your husband's band play at your wedding! 

Dress - Cleobella at Revolve Clothing
 

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

Alicia Lucia Photography Squad

Meet our girl squad! Each one of these amazing ladies play a vital role in our small business and ALP would not be nearly as fun without each of them! We're just four gals that love being a part of documenting and sharing love and know that there's nothing better than helping couples' wedding day dreams come to life! Get to know our small, yet incredible power team and see just why we're in it for the magic!

Owner and lead photographer, Alicia has been documenting weddings since the fall of 2012! Since then she has photographed hundreds of weddings and portrait sessions. Her style can be described as moment driven, editorial, and light-hearted! Married with two children, away from the camera + computer, you can find her living the simple life with her tribe. When not out shooting weddings, her weekends consist of allllll the home and garden projects, lots of snuggles on the couch or exploring our beautiful southwest state!

Alicia's forever right hand gal, Ashley, has been a part of ALP since 2013 and photographs some of our weddings and engagements! She has a sharp eye for detail shots yet captures our couples with a soft, whimsical touch! Not only does she have a wealth of knowledge and experience as a creative in our wedding industry, but is also a super mama of four, wife to her college sweet-heart, and our best photog sista!

Crescynthia (Cressy, Cressy-Roo) is our go-to, day-of-wedding assistant. Don’t let her fun-size fool you, this wonder-woman can juggle carrying a 20lb camera bag(s), light stands, bouquets, water bottles all while somehow keeping us on schedule and marking off items from a timeline. She’s not only our god-sent-day-of assistant but she's also a recently graduated social worker for the State of New Mexico, an amazing wife, Alicia's sister in law and SO much more.

Our girl Jaclyn is our newest face and missing puzzle of our gal squad. She runs our social media, blog, and is an all around content curator for all things online! She is a professional ballerina, a University of New Mexico graduate, and she completes our ALP gal squad!! We are so LUCKY and thankful to have her on board! 

Photos by Elizabeth Wells Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger of Alicia Lucia Photography

Ethan + Sarah, a Hacienda Doña Andrea Wedding

Originally from two different midwest states, current New Yorkers Ethan and Sarah decided that after 9 years of love and happiness it was time to make it official with a destination wedding at the ever quaint, wildly Southwestern Hacienda Doña Andrea in Santa Fe. Ethan popped the question on a picturesque morning in Sterling, Utah where the couple had been staying while road tripping through a few Rocky Mountain states over Memorial Day weekend in 2017. These Brooklyn babes met through mutual friends and started out as roommates nearly a decade ago! Their wedding included friends and family from Ohio, Michigan, California, Colorado, and New York and was a super amazing, laid-back celebration! The ceremony featured a few really rad details including Ethan's cousin Maggie as the officiant and the newlyweds' recessional music as "Africa" by Toto. We are beyond stoked for these East Coast lovers, thank you for letting us be a part of your Southwestern love story!!

Vendors:
Venue - Hacienda Doña Andrea de Santa Fe
Florals - Bagels' Florals
MUA - The Honeycomb Beauty Studio
Bridal Gown - Stella York
Bridal Boutique - Wendy's Bridal
Bridal Shoes - Hitherto
Groom's Suit - JCrew
Groom's Tie - Comme des Garcons
Catering - Whole Hog Cafe
Sweets - Planty Sweets
 

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

Dreamy Wedding Cakes

No fairytale day is complete without something sweet and some of our couples have included magically beautiful cakes into their weddings and elopements. From floral accents to foil detail to marble designs to watercolor flowers these cakes are far from ordinary and to this day we're still daydreaming about all of them! Satisfy your sweet tooth with these gorgeously designed treats.

Cake Vendors:
The Chocolate Maven
The Cake Boutique
Simply Sweet by Darci
Maggie's Wedding Cakes
B&B Bakery

Photos by Alicia Padilla and Ashley Shaw of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger of Alicia Lucia Photography

Styled Sunday - an Enchanted Session at Rockefeller Chapel Chicago, IL

Follow us into a fairytale as we explore the gothic, yet gorgeous Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago, IL. Let us lead you through a bridal shoot that is nothing short of a fantasy come to life. Amid a backdrop of high arches and climbing vines, a bouquet of moody florals, a whimsical invitation suite, and a wedding gown straight from a dream awaken the imagination. Make believe that any magical musing can be brought to reality. This incredible day is featured in Adorn Magazine, Perfect Wedding Guide, and The Celebration Society.

Vendors:
Venue - Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Bridal Gown - Alyssa Kristin
Florals - Cornell Florist  
Model - Anna DeBlecourt
Invitations - Elven and West
Beauty - Pins and Lashes

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

Gary + April, a La Mesita Ranch Wedding

This spring we were so honored to be a part of Gary and April's gorgeous wedding at La Mesita Ranch Estate -- just outside of Santa Fe, NM. These two traveled from afar and only invited their close friends and family to celebrate their union in a unique, yet romantic ceremony and reception. Gary and April mixed classic wedding style including a  full ballgown wedding dress and  pink/red/white florals with an incredibly lush flower arch, a glittering bridal headpiece, and laid back, ranch influenced groom and groomsmen outfits! April also made sure to honor her late father with a front row seat to her incredible, heartstring-pulling ceremony by including his American flag and hat in the reserved section, right next to her momma. We are still so touched by this couple and their love-filled day, congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Moreau!!

Vendors:
Venue - La Mesita Ranch Estate
Planning + Coordination - Just Lovely Weddings
Florals + Flower Arch - Renegade Floral
Bridal Gown - Allure Bridal
Bridal Engagement Ring + Wedding Band - Lauren B Jewelry 

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

Mack + Shelby, a Dreamy New Mexico Engagement

Mack and Shelby’s journey is the ultimate love story!! Even though they went to the same high school, they crossed paths by total chance while both attending Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. After dating for a bit, they parted ways, only to realize how special they were to each other. Once again fate brought them together and this time, for good! Through thick and thin, this sweet couple continuously loved and supported each other and to Mack, not only is Shelby beautiful and caring, she is truly the light of his life. We cannot wait capture more of this darling love story in December when Mack and Shelby tie the knot at Four Seasons Santa Fe.

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

Bridesmaid Style

What's a bride without her amazing girl tribe by her side on her wedding day? We wanted to give the limelight to some of our all time favorite girl squads who not only brought life to some of our favorite days, but who also came with some killer styles! We've gathered up our most loved bridesmaid styles from the past few years from every season!

Dress Brands
Jenny Yoo
Vow to Be Chic
Amsale
ASOS
Stone Fox Bride
David's Bridal
 BHLDN

Venues:
El Monte Sagrado
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Casa Rondena Winery
The Albuquerque Railyards
La Posada de Santa Fe
Noah's Event Venue
La Fonda on the Plaza

Photos by Alicia Padilla and Ashley Shaw of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger of Alicia Lucia Photography

Spring Wedding Style

As warmer weather approaches us and flowers begin to bloom, we can't wait for all of the seriously gorgeous spring weddings to come in the next few months! This year we wanted to take a look back at some of our all time favorite spring weddings and to give all of our future brides out there some really amazing ideas!

Our friends at The Black Tux not only offer some pretty amazing suit and tuxedo rentals for weddings, but they also gave us some major color palette inspiration! Check out the three beautiful weddings below and the tips we have for each idea!

Wedding #1: Shawna + Derek
These lovers had the epitome of pastels for their special day. From gorgeous, flowy bridesmaid dresses to dark navy suits paired with subtle green ties, this wedding combined the best of both modern and traditional wedding ideas. Also, how amazing was that floral bedecked swing?!

Wedding #2:  Keith + Claire
In this wedding, the bride and groom had a totally different take on a traditional spring wedding. Instead of using only light pastels, they combined deep reds and bright pops of fuchia with lush green tones and soft pinks. The groom wore a simple, yet classic black tux while the bride opted for a stunning blush toned gown.

Wedding #3: Joaquin + Alexandra
Our final wedding in this spring style blog focused on subtle neutrals for a clean, elegant vibe. The groomsmen wore  deep navy suits paired with soft grey ties and the bridesmaids wore varying natural shades to put on modern spin on this classic wedding.  The bride chose a lavish white gown and it was truly the cherry on top!

Photos by Alicia Padilla and Ashley Shaw of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger of Alicia Lucia Photography

Josh + Delaney, a New Mexico Mountain Engagement

Even though they aren't tying the knot until late October, we couldn't help but share Josh and Delaney's amazing engagement and sweet love story. These two met in the fall of 2014 while both attending New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM and sparks instantly flew. Josh constantly makes Delaney smile with his caring heart and incredible wit, while Delaney's lighthearted personality and downright gorgeous looks made Josh immediately fall for her. Over the past three and a half years, Josh and Delaney have brought out the best in each other! They're truly a match made in heaven and we are beyond excited for their Paa-ko Ridge wedding this fall!!!

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