Real Weddings - Southwestern Inspired Wedding Traditions

One of the best parts about living in the Southwest is all of the amazing culture we are surrounded by and get to experience every single day. And trust us when we say that we absolutely adore when couples incorporate some of our favorite Southwestern, and a few uniquely New Mexican, traditions into their wedding celebrations. Over the last few years some of our favorite highlights have been mariachi led parades around the historic Santa Fe Plaza, cactus shaped cookies (and pretty much cactus shaped everything), brightly colored florals, hand painted tiles, turquoise jewelry, bolo ties/southwestern inspired style, and, of course, Conchita the Tequila Donkey! We can’t wait to see how our future lovers will bring the flavor of our amazing state to their special day!

Our Southwestern Love Stories
Chris + Alexa at La Fonda on the Plaza
Matthew + Kendall at La Posada de Santa Fe
Michael + Lucia at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Duncan + Tatianna at La Fonda on the Plaza
Ben + Katy at Inn of the Five Graces
Keith + Clare at La Posada de Santa Fe
Tyler + Jordan at La Fonda on the Plaza
Gil + Joanna at La Posada de Santa Fe
Ghost Ranch Styled Vow Renewal
Tyler + Cassie at La Posada de Santa Fe
Daniel + Rebecca at Eldorado Hotel + Jupiter Studio Gallery and Event Space
Thommy + Kathryn at Hubbell House
Derek + Brigitte at La Fonda on the Plaza
Rocky Mountain Bride Editorial at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

Photos by Alicia, Ashely, Bre, Brittany, and Jen of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Real Weddings - Winter Reception Inspo

During the chilliest months of the year, the weather might be windy, cold, and unpredictable, but we can’t help but gush over the cozy reception arrangements our brides and grooms make for winter weddings! From moody floral arrangements paired with black and gold accents to festive boho details and designs to the more subtle and soft color palettes, we’re overall smitten with weddings during this season! Scroll through to find your latest obsession and follow any of the links below to see our favorite design teams and florists in action on some of our favorite wedding days!

Our Real Life Love Stories + Styled Sessions
Alex + Marcela at Four Seasons Santa Fe
Rocker Romance at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Marble Daydreams Bridal Shoot
Derek + Brigitte at La Fonda on the Plaza
Matthew + Alysia at El Monte Sagrado
Josue + Brandy at Noah’s Event Venue

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

2018; A Recap of Our Year

Dear 2018 couples and friends,
This year was a breathtaking, wildly amazing year for the Alicia Lucia Photography Team. From spending extra time at some of our favorite venues, to getting the opportunity of exploring new locations with incredible couples. Besides the glorious details of every single wedding we shot, we couldn’t help but reflect on each and every couple we got to spend time with this year. We rounded up a stand-out shot from every last wedding, engagement, and styled shoot we captured this year. We so loved looking back on all of the genuine love and wonderful little love stories we got to be part of this year.

Cheers to all our our couples and vendors, thank you for choosing us to help you begin the next chapter — we love each and every one of you!!

Love,
The ALP Team

Photos by Alicia + Ashley + Bre + Jen 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.

Vendors
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