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

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

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

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

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

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

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 + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Walker + Addie, a New Mexico Engagement

Even though they live in Texas, this adorable little couple has decided that Santa Fe is the absolute perfect place to tie the knot! We are so thrilled to be a part of Walker and Addie's June wedding at the ever gorgeous La Posada de Santa Fe with planning and coordination by Right as Rayne Events!!!

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

Matthew + Kaya, a Winter Engagement

We spent a chilly evening in the mountains with Matthew and Kaya for an amazing little engagement session. We are so excited to journey up to Paako Ridge this summer for their late July wedding!

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

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
 

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

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 Padilla of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + 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 + 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 Styles
Cake: Maggie's Cakes
Ribbon: Honey Silks & Co
Styling & Design: For the Love Events, Rust Vintage

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

Rigo + Maria, a Southwest Engagement

Rigo and Maria tied the knot in March, but we couldn't help posting their sweet engagement from late 2017! Being huge fans of Pixar's film Up, they incorporated a ton of amazing little details into their wedding day. We can't wait to share their soft, elegant wedding soon!

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