Guest Blog Feature - Advice for Brides

This week we’re featuring a guest blog from writer Hannah Stevens on mistakes for brides to avoid on their wedding day! We’ve included photos from our brides who went above and beyond to not only avoid these mistakes, but to make their weddings seamless and wonderful. Whether its allocating extra time with their sweethearts, to adding super personal wedding details, to having perfect timelines & being more intentional, these are just a few of the stellar brides that our team constantly thinks of when it comes to helping their weddings flow, while still being what they envisioned for their big day!

Our Brides (and their Grooms) Who Went Above + Beyond
Leanne + Scott at SITE Santa Fe
Taylor + Kirk at Loretto and La Fonda on the Plaza
Niki + Patrick at Enchanted Vine Barn
Coli + Zach in Old Town Albuquerque
Car + Qwist at Los Poblanos
Brigitte + Derek at La Fonda on the Plaza

7 Mistakes a Bride Makes During Her Wedding Week
A Guide for Brides by Hannah Stevens

Wedding days are meant to be special. It is the time where you celebrate your love with your partner – a day to remember for the rest of your life. If everything doesn’t turn out the way you expect, however, you might remember the stress instead of happiness. Although you cannot control everything, there are some common pitfalls you can avoid to make sure that your wedding goes as planned.

Procrastination

Perhaps the biggest mistake brides make is waiting until the last second to finalize the details of their weddings. Always remember that doing so gives you a small window for beauty treatments, spa days, and wedding rehearsals. Make sure to finalize everything as soon as possible to keep everything on track for a smooth wedding day. Consider making a list of tasks to accomplish before the wedding.

Not Having Hair and Makeup Trial Runs

Waiting until the wedding day to try out your makeup and hairstyle might catch you off-guard. Bear in mind that part of a successful wedding day is feeling as confident and beautiful as you can be, after all, which includes having your hairstyle and mascara in sync. In order to avoid disappointment, always do a trial run of your makeup and hairstyle to ensure that you are satisfied with the way you look.

Hiring the Wrong Photographer

Oftentimes, couples fall into the trap of hiring the wrong photographer. When looking for the right fit, it is crucial to look for someone whose work matches your vision for your wedding day. This is not only to ensure that you will be proud of the images when you post them online but also helps make sure that the images stand up for decades to come when you show them to your children or even your grandchildren.

Scheduling Bachelorette Parties during Wedding Week

Bachelorette parties are exciting. After all, it is the last time to go out with your girls as a single lady. It is a good idea to try and schedule bachelorette parties for at least a few weeks before the wedding. Alternatively, you can schedule a bachelorette party during the wedding week – but make sure that it does not involve heavy partying or drinking as both activities can leave you feeling less than your best while walking down the aisle.

Failing To Tie Up Legal Ends

Failure to tie-up legal ends is an expensive problem. So, make a checklist of all the legal paperwork needed before your wedding day. Also, don’t forget to check the local laws and obtain a marriage license within a set timeframe. Keep in mind that laws differ from state to state, too, so you’ll want to either work with a professional or make sure you’re reading regulations for your specific state.

Doing It All

Every bride wants to be in control of their wedding. Unfortunately, not letting others step in and help can prove detrimental to the success of the event. During the wedding week, make sure to step back and delegate tasks like finalizing seating charts. Better yet, you can hire a professional to take care of the little details of the wedding.

Not Getting Enough Rest

In the week of the wedding, it is quite normal for a bride to be anxious, but don’t let it keep you up all night. Lack of sleep often results in exhaustion, a weak immune system, skin problems, and difficulty concentrating. Always stay well-rested and follow a sleep guide to avoid compromising your big day.

Guest Blog by Hannah Stevens
Weddings by Alicia, Ashley, and Bre of Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Wedding Inspo - Bridal Hair

With our official wedding season kicking off in only a few short weeks, our team wanted to share our favorite bridal hair styles from last season. We are still super in love with all of these dainty updos, long braided styles, and floral adorned beauties.

We can’t wait to see how this seasons brides absolutely kill the bridal glam game!

A Few of Our Fave Hairstylists
Genica Lee
Santiago Romero
The Vanity
Chrome Salon and Blowout Bar (Santa Fe)
Jewel Hair Design
The Beauty Bar (Santa Fe)
The Honeycomb Beauty Studio
DRS Colorstudio
Madeline McCue

Photos by the Alicia Lucia Photography Team
Blog + Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Fave Weddings - Bre's Picks

Our third photog sister in our little squad is the amazingly talented Bre who, in addition to owning her own newborn/maternity photography company, also second shoots and sometimes lead shoots for our team! She’s helped us capture some of the most fun weddings the last few years and she’s shouted out her fave moments here on the blog!

Shaun + Jessie (coming soon to our blog) at Sarabande Bed and Breakfast- I love how laid back this couple was. They had a small intimate wedding in a gorgeous venue, a bed and breakfast. Their guests were really sweet and fun as well! My favorite guests at a wedding.

Randy + Elizabeth at the Santa Fe Opera- This wedding was very classy, and I loved it! It had the most gorgeous view, and the navy/rose gold combo was to die for!

Scott + Leanne at SITE Santa Fe- This wedding was the most fun of the year. With Scott being in the creative industry as well, he had a lot of image ideas and they were fun! Plus, the fun black and white wall at their venue was so awesome.

Sarah + Oriol at Gerald Peters Gallery - These out of town lovers just had the most beautiful, intimate unique wedding because their ceremony and reception were both at an art museum. I loved it, and his accent!

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

Vendor Feature - Hair + Makeup Artists

Wedding days are filled with millions of pretty details, but we personally think our brides always steal the spotlight and it’s thanks to a little help from the incredible, local hair stylists and makeup artists that make these beauties absolutely glow! From full service to single service, these incredible boss babes (and guys too) work extremely hard to make sure brides look like nothing short of goddess from the second they walk down the aisle to the final dance. We adore these vendors and are soooo grateful to have pros that make our jobs on wedding days that much more fun, glamorous, and downright incredible! We love y’all so much!!

Hair + Makeup Artists
Betty Rose by Alanna + Betty Rose by Ashley
Santiago Romero Hair Stylist
Jewel Hair Design
Genica Lee Hair and Makeup
Diana Rose Hair and Makeup (drs color studio)
Monica Stark Makeup
Jacqueline Chavez Makeup Artist (make it jacque)
Chrome Salon and Blowout Bar
Beauty Bar Santa Fe
The Vanity Makeup
Madeline McCue Makeup
Kata Baron Makeup
The Honeycomb Beauty Studio

Wedding Venues
La Posada de Santa Fe
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club
La Fonda on the Plaza
SITE Santa Fe
Santa Fe Opera
Inn of the Five Graces
Hacienda Corta Caro
Four Seasons Santa Fe
Gerald Peters Gallery
Sandia Golf Club at Sandra Resort and Casino

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

Scott + Leanne, a SITE Santa Fe Wedding

Scott and Leanne, aka Hush and LeeLee, aka the coolest/most down to earth couple out there, made it official this past June in Santa Fe, NM. These babes met while playing soccer and the connection was pretty much instant. With a little magic from the one and only Jessie Baca, Scott and Leanne pulled off a killer wedding at the newly opened (but really tho, there were still parts of the gallery that were being constructed— see below) SITE Santa Fe, a contemporary art space, with some of the coolest details around. From personalized coozies, to French fry filled centerpieces, soccer ball cake toppers and dancing to LOVE by rap genius Kendrick Lamar, these two pretty much had something for everyone. LeeLee included a few super sweet, personal details on her wedding day: her mother’s own (insanely gorgeous) wedding veil and her parents’ toasting glasses. And just when we thought that this couple couldn’t be any cooler, Scott’s only request, a fun “dice bet” photo op complete with Mickey’s and some cold hard cash. These lovers set the bar sky high for prioritizing a family centered day while still incorporating their unique and fun style into every detail. We were sooo thrilled to be a part of their day, congrats again to Scott and Leanne! #leeleehush

Vendors
Venue - SITE Santa Fe
Planning + Coordination - Jessie Baca
Florals - Viva Flora
Cake - Chocolate Maven
Cake Toppers - Jess West
Hair - Chrome Salon Santa Fe
MUA - Jacqueline Chavez
Bridal Gown - St. Patrick
Bridal Veil - Bride’s Mother
Bridal Shoes - Klub Nico
Personalized Coozies + Napkins - Etsy
LeeLee Hush Logo - Kenny Barela
Cocktail Music - Cali Shaw

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