Brad + Kenna, a New Mexico Elopement

We never get to shoot a ton of elopements so when Brad and Kenna asked us to photograph them in the New Mexico desert after legally becoming husband and wife we were over the moon!

These two met while Kenna was working as a nurse in the Emergency Department and Brad was working as a paramedic. They first noticed each other on the job, but nearly a month went by before either of them made a move! Brad asked Kenna out for their first date and they ended having their second date on the evening of their first. The rest between these two is history and now four years later they have a furry baby Oso and can’t wait to spend forever together!

Brad and Kenna also invited us to capture their fun rustic reception at Old Town Farm this November and honestly we can’t wait for more of these cuties! Congrats babes!

Dress - Lulus
Hair + MUA - Britney Rae Sanchez

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

Styled Sunday - Rocker Romance Elopement

If there’s one thing we love more than elopements, its elopements with a cool, carefree, rocker vibe! We spent the best little winter day at Los Poblanos with some of our fave vendors to make one a super edgy, wild in love styled elopement. From a handprinted leather jacket to llama wedding cake toppers to endless smolders from our couple, this day was beyond a dream! Here’s to hoping for even more wickedly cool days like this one!

Venue - Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Planning + Coordination - For the Love Events and Jessie Baca
Rentals - Rust Vintage
Florals - Floral Fetish
Ribbons + Silks - Honey Silks and Co.
Jewelry - Patina Gallery
Hair - DRS Color Studio
Leather Jacket - The Wild Rose Creative
Skirt - Sweet Caroline Styles
Cake - Sassy Bakes (Heather Guay)
Models - Bobby + Simone

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

Elopement + Intimate Wedding Advice

As much as we love the big weddings and the fun energy and big amazing wedding parties they bring, elopements and intimate weddings have an incredibly special place in our hearts. There is something so special about capturing couples as they profess their love and promise their lives to each other with just a few of their closest friends and family. We’re forever living for these organic moments and the couples who ask us to be a part of such incredibly sweet days.

We asked one of our past brides, Mallory, who had a very intimate elopement/wedding, for any advice she may have for couples who are considering a more non-traditional ceremony route.

  • On why they chose to have an intimate ceremony (only surrounded by super close friends/family)
    Mallory: “Neither of us are fond of being the center of attention, and it made more sense for us to be with our families for an intimate ceremony. Cost (or lack of) was also a plus to this decision. Since graduating college was still half a year away, I didn’t want to stress anyone out with a big wedding cost. I was only interested in spending money on great photographs (which I definitely received) since these would be the thing we would be looking back on for years to come.”

  • The best part of having a small wedding
    Mallory: “No stress!  Being 26, I was one of the last of my friends to be the bride instead of the bridesmaid. I have seen some throw up the day of, and almost all of them cried from all the worrying over every little detail. I wanted zero part of that, haha.”

  • Advice for couples considering an elopement or intimate wedding
    Mallory: “Just decide what is most important to you and go for it. It’s a day to celebrate y’all, and if having EVERYONE there is something you need, more power to you! I think it comes down to what most brides have pictured their whole lives as being their ‘perfect wedding’. For me, my perfect wedding was the lace dress and my groom.”

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

Boot + Mallory, Elopement in New Mexico

We found ourselves beyond lucky to have wrapped up our 2017 season last year with a beautifully intimate elopement in Eagle Nest, New Mexico! Nestled within the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico,  Boot and Mallory's sweet little mountain church, the Moreno Valley Church of Christ, was cozy, rustic and all around perfect for their boho inspired celebration. Boot and Mallory, East Texan Natives decided that they wanted a very small ceremony at the church that Boot's family visits every year with only family and super close friends in attendance. We adored their simple, yet perfectly moody winter florals, and their all around approach to their wedding day, prioritizing family, friends and timeless wedding portraits. We had the best time capturing these crazy-in-love lovers against that beautiful, mountainous backdrop! Congrats to one of the most sincerest, sweetest couples around, we SO loved being a part of your celebration.

Venue - Moreno Valley Church of Christ
Florals -  The Enchanted Florist
Bridal Gown - Lillian West by Justin Alexander
Groom's Suit - Perry Ellis

Photography by Alicia Padilla of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + 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

Colin + Sarah, a Hacienda Vargas Elopement

On a calm spring evening, Colin and Sarah were wed in an intimate, candlelit ceremony at Hacidena Vargas. They exchanged vows, shared an absolutely divine cake, and enjoyed their first moments of forever together. 

Venue: Hacienda Vargas
Makeup: Genica Lee
Florals: Stephanie Yardman

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

Charlotte + Jacob, a Hacienda Vargas Elopement

Over the summer we had the honor of photographing this darling elopement. Over a candlelit, intimate ceremony done at the historic Hacienda Vargas adobe chapel, Charlotte and Jacob traveled all the way from the east coast to join together in holy matrimony. Together with their precious daughter, we had a blast adventuring and taking their beautiful portraits!

Venue: Hacienda Vargas

Hair/Makeup: Genica Lee

Floral: Stephanie Yardman

Cake: Desire and Consequence