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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger of Alicia Lucia Photography

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Styled Sunday - A Springtime Pantone Inspired Shoot

Back at the end of 2015, we put together a shoot showcasing the 2016 Pantone Color of The Year. We were so excited when Pantone, for the first time ever, announced not one, but two colors for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. When it comes to the more feminine tones, we're big lovers of the more muted and matte variations so I knew INSTANTLY that highlighting Rose Quartz and Serenity in a styled wedding shoot had to happen. This spring, we hope you fall in love with this dazzling display of styled simplicity. 

Vendors:
Planning + Design - Orange September
Venue - El Zocalo Event Center
Florals - Renegade Florals
MUA - Genica Lee
Stationary - Darling and Pearl
Dress - Chrissie Miller + Madeleine Von Froomer for CXM, a line exclusive to Urban Outfitters
Mens Wear - ASOS
Jewlery - JCrew
Veil - Veiled Beauty
Our Gorgeous Models -Devyn Kennedy and Edgar Cruz

Rehearsal Dinner Planning | Alex + Marcela

Its all in the details!

One of our FAVORITE parts about weddings are the rehearsal dinners! Last December Alex and Marcela with the help of the INCOMPARABLE  Jessie Baca (designer/planner) set a whole new standard for dinner goals. Bold colors were mixed with soft, whimsical details to give guests the prefect prelude to this couple's amazing wedding that took place a few days later at Four Seasons Santa Fe. Here are some of our favorite tips.

I. Setting the Mood (and the table)
One of our favorite aspects of rehearsal dinners is how couples use colors to really accent the night. Using bold colors like deep reds and bright blues for placeholders and menus not only stand out, but they also compliment simple white tablecloths and classic tablewares.

II. Those Magic Details
Rehearsal dinners are also the perfect time to show off special little details about you and your future spouse. Alex and Marcela incorporated gorgeous little paper butterflies to show off the softer, more romantic aspect of their relationship. They also added strings of fairy lights and tea lights to set the mood just right.

III. Wrapping It All Up
A detail that never goes unnoticed and can go a long way in thanking guests for being part of your special dinner are gifts. They can range in anything from something sweet and sentimental to something local that ties into where your wedding will take place. Be sure to check out the amazing little gift bags Alex and Marcela gave their loved ones.

Photos by Alicia Padilla of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog concept and photo curation by Jaclyn Younger of Alicia Lucia Photography

Engagement Style Lookbook

After an overwhelming response to our engagement session advice post, we decided to bring something brand new to our blog! By special request, we are so excited to share our engagement session style lookbook. Below are photos from every season, winter to spring to summer to fall with fashion ranging from bohemian to carefree to southwestern to classic. Scroll through to see all of our extremely stylish and amazing couples.

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

Wedding and Engagement Rings

Wedding rings, much like couples, are each unique and beautiful in their own ways. Whether they contain diamonds, sapphires, or gemstones, these rings are not only a accessories for life, but symbols of lifetimes of love and happiness.  Below are some of our favorite rings, take a glance and be inspired by these beautiful promises of unending love.

Photos by Alicia of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog Post and Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger

Los Poblanos, A Venue Feature

In the heart of Albuquerque's north valley, nestled inside expansive acres of seemingly enchanted forestry, lies Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Farm. This well hidden gem of a venue has quickly become a favorite of couples and photographers alike seeking out the perfect fairytale backdrop for any wedding or elopement. Adventure through Los Poblanos' farm, manor home, and woods to experience a place beyond your dreams. 

Featuring photos from Sean and Ayla's fall wedding
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Photos by Alicia of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog Post and Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger

Bride + Groom Gifts

During the prep hours for most weddings, gifts are exchanged between the bride and groom while the bridesmaids and groomsmen are also given gifts as tokens of gratitude from the future Mr. and Mrs. We've come up with a few simple, yet thoughtful ideas for these gifts.

For the Bride from the Groom
Flower: simple yet oh so romantic
Jewelry: earrings or a bracelet for the bride to wear during the ceremony and reception

For the Groom from the Bride
A Watch: one that matches your future husband's style, whether its classic, rugged, or vintage
Custom Grooms Box/Wallet Combo: We love this one from Groovy Guy Gifts!

For Groomsmen from the Groom
Tie and Accessories: help your groomsmen out by paying for their tie, supplying a nice tie bar, giving them special cuff links, and/or giving them amazing socks
Other items: a flask with their favorite type of alcohol or food

For Bridesmaids from the Bride
Jewelry: a small bracelet or earrings so that all of your girls can match on your special day
Robes: silky robes to get ready in
Other Accessories: think monogrammed makeup bags, their favorite lipstick or gloss

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

Groom Style

When it comes to wedding planning there is always so much focus on the bride's dress, so we decided it was high time to give some of our very fashionable grooms the limelight. From classic black tie tuxes to casual open neck suits to deep crimson suits paired with fox bowties, there is something for every lucky husband to be!

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

Marble Dreams - a Styled Winter Shoot

On an overcast January day, a grey toned marble dream comes to life. Proving that the usually gloomy color grey can take center stage, this shoot showcases how to tie in an usually overlooked color with muted tones of pinks and teals alongside shimmery gold and black to make a truly unique look. Inspired by the multifaceted nature of gemstones and marble, this daydream will make you wonder if grey truly is the new black.

Vendors
Makeup:  Genica Lee
Florals: Renegade Floral
Stationary: Eleven + West
Dress: Sweet Caroline
Cake: Maggie's Cakes
Ribbon: Honey Silks & Co
Styling & Design: For the Love Events, Rust Vintage

Photos by Alicia of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog Post and Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger

Kirk + Taylor, a Colorful New Mexico Engagement

We spent a gorgeous fall evening with Kirk and Taylor and let's just say it was nothing short of absolutely amazing! This wonderfully stylish couple brought all of the love and all of the laughs to their super colorful engagement sesh. We can't wait for even more swoon-worthy moments with these two lovers!

MUA - Monica Stark Makeup

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

Josh + Roushan, A Los Poblanos Engagement Session

Here's a few from our time with the lovely, Josh and Roushan at the always beautiful Los Poblanos. Can't wait for their fall wedding later this year! 

Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee

Ryan + Cristina, a New Mexico Engagement

We had the best time getting to know Cristina and Ryan and their love for each other during their engagement session! As high-school sweethearts, they are all they have known for almost a decade! They have been through it all. We are so honored and excited to be a part of their Prairie Star wedding later this year with Orange September, an Event Company!

Makeup: Genica Lee

Gil + Joanna, a New Mexico Engagement

We had a truly incredible time capturing Gil and Joanna's love amid the golden hour light this summer! We are super excited for their late August wedding at La Posada in Santa Fe! 

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

Dustin + Ashley, a Los Poblanos Engagement

We adored spending a cool summer evening at Los Poblanos  with this absolutely glowing couple! Dustin and Ashley have been together for almost 9 years and have been engaged for 7 of those years! These high school sweethearts met in 2007 while both attending Manzano High School and started dating in 2009 after Dustin sweetly asked Ashley to be his girlfriend at the top of the Sandia Peak. Flash forward two years to 2011 when Dustin proposed in the exact same spot! We can't wait to photograph their gorgeous Los Poblanos wedding later this year!

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

Patrick + Sydnie, A Summertime Bosque Engagment

After four years, Patrick and Sydnie decided to make it official and be together forever! We had so much fun capturing their engagement session and are honestly so stoked for their La Fonda on the Plaza wedding this September!

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

Kendall + Matthew, a La Posada wedding

Kendall and Matthew were married this past weekend at the beautiful La Posada in Santa Fe, New Mexcico! It was truly a day to remember. For a short moment during their ceremony, we got the most magical drizzle of rain all while being serenaded by Matthew's opera singing sister! It. was. the. dreamiest.

Florist : Margaret Bost Floral Design
Bridal Gown: BHLDN
Grooms Atire: Indochino
DJ: DJ John Edwards
Make Up: Betty Rose by Alanna Garcia
Hair: Diva Hair Design
PhotoBooth: Snapshot Selfies
Desserts: Dolce Bakery and Flying Star
Venue: La Posada De Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa
Video: Luminance Wedding Films
Mariachi: Sonidos del Monte