Zach + Coli, an Old Town Albuquerque Wedding

This August, we were lucky enough to witness an incredibly genuine, intentional wedding between two souls that were definitely made for one another, Zach and Coli.

These lovers came all the way from San Francisco to share the next chapter of their story here in Albuquerque with their closest friends and family. Everything about this day was done with love and sincerity, from the intimate ceremony at Hotel Albuquerque’s San Isidro de Capilla to the very last moments of the most gorgeous garden reception at Casa de Sueños. Zach and Coli’s simple details let their love take center stage and we were so honored to capture this once in a lifetime kind of love. There was something so pure and out of the ordinary when both Zach and Coli cried during their first dance to “Bloom” by Paper Kites surrounded by the most important people in their lives in the most heavenly golden hour light. These two were a gentle reminder of how powerful love can be, we know that they are destined for forever!

Zach + Coli, thank you for sharing your day and your amazing love with us, we’re beyond grateful.

Prep + Ceremony Venue - San Isidro de Capilla at Hotel Albuquerque
Reception Venue - Casa de Sueños
Invitations + Paper Goods - Basic Invite
Florals - Florecita Flowers
Hair + Makeup - by Bride
Bridal Gown - Jenny Yoo Collection + BHLDN
Bride’s Earrings - Forme and Sens
Bride’s Shoes - ASOS
Groom’s Suit - Bonobos
Groom’s Tie - Mango
Groom’s Shoes - Clark’s Shoes
Catering - Blue Plate Catering
Cakes - Bizzy B Cakes
Napkins - World Market
Lead Photographer - Alicia
Second Photographer - Bre
Assistant - Cameron

Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Wedding Inspiration - Wedding Sweets

At almost every single wedding out there, you’ll find a gorgeous wedding cake and maybe a few other sweet treats, but a few of our couples have gone the extra mile and made other delicious sweets the centerpieces of their big days. We’ve seen sooo many yummy treats, from classic donut walls to mini pies to personalized macaroons to mochi ice cream to s’mores pits! And trust us, its impossible to pick a favorite alternative dessert because they’re all really THAT amazing! We’re stoked to see what incredible creations our future couples surprise us with on wedding days!

A Few of Our Favorite Bakers/Treat Creators
Emerald Pie Bakery
Maggie’s Wedding Cakes
Chocolate Maven
Kakawa Chocolate House
Flying Star Cafe
Planty Sweet
Rebel Donut
Bubbie Homemade Ice Cream
Dolce Bakery
Bizzy B Cakes
American Pie Bakery
Cake Fetish
The S’more Pit
Whoos Donuts

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

Wedding Inspiration - Wedding Favors

A favorite little wedding day details that our team adores is wedding guest favors. Whether they’re small and thoughtful or more involved, this tiny little ‘thank you’ isn’t quickly overlooked by guests. And while they’re not a mandatory wedding day item, they certainly go the extra mile in making guests feel extra love and appreciation on your special day. Our friends over at Forever Wedding Favors sent us some of their amazing, favorite thank you gifts and we found our personal faves from the last few years!

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

Valentine's Day Special - Our Fave First Dance Songs

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a whole lot of amazing first dances, but there’s are a few that have stuck with us and that made us feel all the feels. Whether it was the gorgeous natural lighting of an outdoor wedding, some rad dance moves, or a super unique song choice (e.g. LOVE by Kendrick Lamar or a Childish Gambino cover of So Into You), some of our favorite first dances have absolutely swept us off our feet.

We’ve each included some of our favorite first dance/love song selections so you can have the BEST dance party this weekend (or at your own wedding).

Alicia’s Picks
Dive - Ed Sheeran
How Would You Feel? - Ed Sheeran
Stay With You - John Legend
In My Veins - Andrew Belle
Your Song (cover) - Ellie Goulding
Thinkin’ Bout You (cover) - Daniela Andrade
LOVE - Kendrick Lamar
Harvest Moon - Neil Young (and the cover of it by Poolside)
To Build a Home - Cinematic Orchestra
Anything by Sleeping At Last, because let's be real, it just doesn't get dreamier.

Jaclyn’s Picks
Everything - Ella Mai ft. John Legend
Woman - Honne
Coming Home - Leon Bridges
Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
Best Part - H.E.R. ft. Daniel Caesar
I Would Do Anything for You - Foster the People
If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole ft. Natalie Cole
Baby I’m Yours (cover) - Arctic Monkeys
Lights Down Low - MAX ft. gnash

Ashley’s Picks
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Marry Me - Train
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
You and Me - Lifehouse
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Bre’s Picks
You are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Everything - Michael Buble
All of Me - John Legend
Work Song - Hozier
Let It Go - James Bay

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

Valentine's Day Special - Our Fave First Kiss Moments

With V-Day right around the corner, our little team wanted to do something extra special in honor of the sweet season of love. Right now we’re crushing major on wedding first kisses, you know, those crazy, oh-so-sweet, I can’t believe we finally did it first moments of becoming newlyweds. Something about seeing couples loving on each other just moments after saying “I do” makes our hearts skip a beat. Here’s to those babes who express their love and adoration for each other in the boldest, most romantic ways!

Check out the rest of our blog to see these featured love stories and so much more!!!

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

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