Real Weddings - Fall Reception Inspiration

As temperatures cool down, wedding color palettes warm up in anticipation for one our favorite seasons, fall!! Autumn weddings have a special place in our hearts, from romantic candle arrangements to moody florals to the coziest of details to touches of crimson just about everywhere, its not hard to see why this season is a fan favorite for couples and photographers alike. We’re so excited for the most wonderful season of the year that we’ve found our favorite fall wedding reception touches right here on the blog!

Venues
Los Pobalnos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
La Fonda on the Plaza

Florals
Floriography
Vivia Flora
Renegade Floral
Stephanie Yardman Floral Design
People’s Flowers

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

Michael + Caitlin, an Old Town Wedding

This May, we were reminded just how lucky we are to capture such downright remarkable couples! Michael and Caitlin’s late spring wedding brought major fairytale vibes and we’re low-key obsessed with them. From an absolute dream of a wedding gown (complete with the most gorgeous, yet simple lace up back) paired with lovely floral accessories to a little troupe of the cutest flower girls to amazing florals, the details on this day had us in absolute awe. This day started with Caitlin and her girls getting ready at Hotel Albuquerque followed by a touching ceremony at the historic San Felipe de Neri Church right in the center of Old Town Albuquerque to the sweetest summertime reception at the ever quaint El Zocalo in Bernallio. These lovers took the prettiest romantics outside the historic adobe church right after saying “I do” and in the golden light at their reception venue. We adored capturing their first dance in natural evening light (something that rarely happens and is such a treat for us!) and the fact that their ring bearer and all of their flower girls rushed up to join them on the dance floor. To top it all off, these babes had pizza AND donuts at their wedding reception. Cheers to the Hawkes, we loved being a part of your new beginning!!!

Vendors
Venues - Hotel Albuquerque, San Felipe de Neri Church, El Zocalo
Planning + Coordination - Just Lovely Weddings
Florals - Shannon Loves Flowers
Hair + Makeup - Genica Lee
Bridal Gown - David’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes - Jessica Simpson
Bride’s Earrings + Clutch - BHLDN
Engagement Ring - Ritani
Bride’s Wedding Band - Tacori
Bridesmaid Dresses - Banana Republic
Groom’s Suit - Mr. James
Groom’s Wedding Band - custom ring by Shelton Jewelers
Catering - Firenze Pizza
Cake + Mini Desserts - Bizzy B Cakes
Biscochitos - Homemade
Donuts - Rebel Donuts
Cloth Napkins - Handmade
Chair Rentals - AA Tents and Events
Linin Rentals - Eventful NM

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

Styled Sunday - a Fall Bridal Session

For this Styled Sunday, we decided to take it back to 2016 for a glam, yet edgy styled bridal session in Santa Fe with the gorgeous Mara Anderson and an incredible team of vendors. This session had sooo many staple details for fall weddings, from a long sleeve gown, to deep/bold florals, to a chic leather jacket. Mixed in with standout pieces were a few whimsical details as well, including macaroons and simple, neutral wedding stationary. Get inspired this fall with a few wedding trends that truly never go out of style!
This incredible day was also featured by Junebug Weddings as an Edgy Romantic Santa Fe Bridal Inspiration

Vendors
Venue - Scottish Rite Temple, Santa Fe ,New Mexico
Florals - Renegade Floral
Wedding Stationary - Funky Olive Design
Wedding Ring Box - The Mrs. Box
Hair + Makeup - Genica Lee
Macaroons - Andrea Schulte
Model - Mara Anderson

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

Real Weddings - First Look Advice

Even though its a newer wedding trend, we definitely have a soft spot for bride and groom first looks! Not only are first looks incredibly exciting, it also provides the soon to be newly weds with a few moments to soak in how amazing their futures spouses look before walking down the aisle. We talked to one of our recent brides, Taylor, to get the scoop on why she and her new husband Kirk decided to do a first look and her advice for future couples!

Her inspiration for doing a first look:
"Kirk and I had discussed this 2 or 3 times leading up to the wedding and it just made the most sense for us, for a few reasons. 1) Kirk thought he would be too overwhelmed and wouldn't have been able to pay as much attention to the ceremony if he was seeing me for the first time while I was walking down the aisle with my Dad. 2) We had 100 people that we weren't able to be included in our ceremony due to the size of the Loretto Chapel, they were hanging out and waiting for us up at a cocktail hour at La Fonda (our reception venue), so doing the first look and being able to take photos prior to the ceremony was important to us. We wanted to be able to spend as much time with our guests as possible, because every single one of them was traveling to be with us - it was the least we could do to be as present as possible!"

Her fave part of their first look:
"I had such butterflies when I was walking out of the Bridal Suite at La Fonda to the staircase where I knew Kirk would be. By far the most amazing part of the day was seeing his face the first time he laid eyes on me in my full wedding day get-up. We share everything together so having to keep my dress and veil a secret for so long was a serious challenge, but 100% worth the wait. The look of love and absolute certainty in his eyes calmed me down and we were able to have a few quiet moments just the two of us before meeting up with our rowdy bridal party."

Her advice for future bride and grooms:
"I highly recommend doing a first look - we're usually sticklers for tradition but this is one I'm very glad we broke. Being able to see your fiance for a few minutes (just the two of you) before becoming husband and wife was so special and something I will treasure forever, plus it really does cut down on the amount of time you spend away from your guests for pictures after the ceremony - which they were very appreciative of!"

(Taylor and Kirk's first look at La Fonda on the Plaza is pictured first in this post)

Venues
La Fonda on the Plaza
Four Seasons Santa Fe
SITE Santa Fe
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Gerald Peters Gallery
Hyatt Tamaya Resort
Inn of the Five Graces
La Posada de Santa Fe
Casa de Sueños
The Inn and Spa at Loretto

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

Real Wedding Inspo - Dogs in Weddings

Even though there are so many wedding day details and little touches we love, we're pretty sure that nothing will ever top dogs in weddings! We've added all of the best pups we've been lucky enough to photograph (and pet) in one little blog post. Cheers to these fur babies and the amazing couples that adore them beyond words!!!

Venues
Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club
La Posada de Santa Fe
Four Seasons Santa Fe
La Fonda on the Plaza
Inn of the Five Graces
Hacienda Corta Caro
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

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

Wedding Inspo: Bridesmaid Gifts

Summer may be winding down, but wedding season is really starting to heat up for the girl squad at Alicia Lucia Photography. We wanted to give future brides a little inspiration in gifting for their bride tribes. Inspired by Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique's amazing monogrammed bags, we rounded up a few of our all time favorite gifts to thank your gals with for standing by your side on the biggest day of your life. Classic matching robes and jewelry are near and dear to our hearts, but some of our brides have gotten creative with floral rompers, unique t-shirts, and personalized drink glasses! Some brides will even pay for hair and makeup for their girls, a gesture that bridesmaids love! If you're ballin' on a budget, you can always opt for extra bubbly and sweet thank you card, no gift is too small! For even more inspiration, check out bridesmaidgiftboutique.com

Monogramed Black Bag - Jet Set Weekender from Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique

Wedding Venues
La Fonda on the Plaza
Four Seasons Santa Fe
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
La Posada de Santa Fe
SITE Santa Fe
Casa de Sueños
High Country Lodge (Pagosa Springs, CO)
Noah's Event Venue
Embassy Suites (Downtown Albuquerque)

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

Sachi - A Desert Bridal Session

As summer rolls on, we can't help but reminisce on one of our most beloved bridal sessions. Set against the gorgeous New Mexico desert, our bride/model Sachi was nothing short of an absolute Southwestern goddess. Bright florals and succulents sourced from a local backyard paired with an intricate wedding gown and a cake topped with a cactus heart made this golden hour vision something straight out of a dream. New Mexico is pure magic and this extremely special bridal session is the perfect tribute to our stunning home state.

Vendors
Venue - New Mexico
Planning + Coordination and Florals - Jessica Wonders Events
Cake - Maggie's Cakes
MUA - Betty Rose by Alanna Garcia
Bridal Boutique - The White Room
Bridal Gown - Lihi Hod
Invitations - Funky Olive Weddings
Model - Sachi

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

Michael + Lucia, a Los Poblanos Wedding

If there's one thing everyone knows about our team, it’s that weddings are always incredibly special to us, so getting to shoot the wedding of a close friend or family member reminds us of just how lucky we are to have this job!  Early this August, our girl Ashley captured the genuine love and incredible bond between Alicia's momma Lucia and her new husband Michael at the ever serene Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm. Close friends and family gathered to watch these lovers not only become Mr and Mrs, but to witness just how incredible the power of love is at bringing true soulmates together. How amazing it is to see two people who belong so perfectly together find one another and, as Ashley mentioned, two people who "ooze love for each other". 

Our wedding vendor soul sister Lauren Mestas of Just Lovely Weddings coordinated this beautiful day and we couldn't help but share her sweet thoughts on Lucia and Michael:  

"Working with Lucia & Michael for wedding planning + design was so fun, because it gave me the chance to branch out and do something creatively that I haven’t really done before.  When I began by discussing colors and themes with Lucia, something that stood out to me was a photo of a wedding cake with a tree painted on it. Lucia described how she loves trees and nature, and from there I came up with a vision board to help us plan all of the wedding day details. We both loved the sage green combined with ivory, and lots of wood elements. The wood chargers were a small detail that went so far! Our amazing florist, Stephanie Yardman, really ran with the vision, and I loved the branches that she included in all of the arrangements. Los Poblanos was the perfect venue for Lucia & Michael to say "I Do!", and I am forever grateful that I got to work with such an amazing couple!"

Vendors
Venue -  Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Planning + Coordination - Just Lovely Weddings
Rentals - Darling Details Rentals
Florals - Stephanie Yardman Floral Design
MUA - Betty Rose by Alanna
Hair - Fridas Salon
Bridal Gown - David's Bridal

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