Wedding Inspo - First Look Moments

One of the biggest decisions to be made for your wedding is whether or not to do a first look, and if you know one thing about our gang its that we ADORE first looks!

The biggest bonus, besides being able to shake off some of the pre-ceremony jitters, is that with a first look you and your hunny get even more time alone together on your wedding day (something that is surprisingly hard to get on the biggest day of your lives!). In addition to extra time, you get a few special, quiet moments together to take in how gorgeous/handsome your future spouse looks without anyone else around (except for us of course!). Although some might argue that seeing each other before walking down the aisle takes away from emotional reactions, we couldn’t disagree more. In fact, first looks just add to that magic because you get to experience seeing your lover in front of all of your friends and family too!

There’s also the major plus of getting extra photos together during and after a first look! And who doesn’t want even more gorgeous wedding photos without having to stress about squeezing in all of the romantics into the day after the ceremony? And with a first look you can also get wedding party and family photos done which means that everyone gets to enjoy alllll of cocktail hour!

We could seriously list off five million reasons why first looks are amazing, but we’ll let all of our couples in this special post do the talking for us!

Our Real Life Love Stories
Chris + Ari at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Jason + Natalie at La Fonda on the Plaza (coming soon to the blog)
Colton + Lindsey at Hyatt Tamaya
John + Anna at La Fonda on the Plaza
Morgan + Mattie at Las Campanas
Geoff + Jocelyn at Hacienda Doña Andrea de Santa Fe
Ryan + Jennifer at Sarabande Bed and Breakfast
Carter + Carrie at La Fonda on the Plaza
James + Lauren at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Randy + Elizabeth at the Santa Fe Opera
Shaun + Jessie at Sarabande Bed and Breakfast
David + Lauren at La Fonda on the Plaza
Drew + Lauren at La Mesita Ranch Estate (coming soon to the blog)
Mack + Shelby at Four Seasons Santa Fe
Jake + Angela at Sandia Event Center
Jon + Paige at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

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

Colton + Lindsey, a Hyatt Tamaya Wedding

We’re total suckers for a childhood crush turned full blown romance years down the road, so its no surprise that we are incredibly smitten with Colton and Lindsey’s love story! Their beautiful fall wedding at Hyatt Rengency Tamaya was the cherry on top of an already amazing little tale of love.

These cuties met at church camp 14 years ago and instantly became friends before they started dating in 2013. And being huge lovers of Disney (something that we share too!) it was only natural for Colton to propose at Disney World. After two previous trips to Disney Parks, Colton made it happen on their third trip together! While stopping in the France Pavillion to take a picture, Coton got down on one knee and proposed to Lindsey in front of her family (he had even been in contact with one of the on-site Disney photographers to capture this moment, swoon!).

Flash foward to this fall and these two pulled off the sweetest darn day ever! Everything was not only gorgeous, but all of the personal touches and details Colton and Lindsey put into their day were beyond words. From creating their own glass signs (which were absolute STUNNERS btw) to the precious little Funko cake toppers to performing a dance they learned in their living room, Colton and Lindsey are seriously the definition of amazing, down-the-earth lovers! This day was such a freaking fairytale, we’ll never stop obsessing over every aspect of it!

Cheers to the Woodruffs, we adore you guys forever and ever!

Venue - Hyatt Regency Tamaya
Florals - Florecita Flowers
Glass Signs - Colton + Lindsey Woodruff (the groom + bride)
Paper Goods - Dandylion Paper
Hair - Chic Salon LLC
Makeup - Lia Feliz
Bridal Jewelry - Pandora
Engagement Ring - Brilliant Earth
Bride’s Wedding Band - Milegem on Esty
Bridal Gown - David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes - Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses - David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire - Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s Wedding Band - Blazer Arts
Calligraphy on Escort Cards - Lindsey (the bride)
Cake - Simply Sweet by Darci
Cake Toppers - Funko Pop
Music - Dream Factory Productions
Lead Photographer - Ashley
Second Photographer - Melanie

Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Jason + Natalie, a Southwestern Rehearsal Dinner at The Pink Adobe

It’s not a secret that we became absolutely obsessed with Chicago lovers Jason and Natalie after their lovely White Sands engagement session and we just knew their wedding weekend in Santa Fe was going to be one for the books!

These two kicked off their celebration with a festive rehearsal dinner at the ever-so-quaint Santa Fe gem, The Pink Adobe. Complete with a New Mexico inspired cake by our girl Zara at Maggie’s Wedding Cakes, to custom gift bags designed by Funky Olive Designs (who used this same amazing design for Jason and Natalie’s wedding day details), to a surprise appearance by a tequila donkey, this night was just the tip of the iceberg for a truly incredible wedding weekend

We can’t wait to share Jason and Natalie’s out-of-this-world day here on the blog, but until then, feast your eyes on this perfect Santa Fe night!

Rehearsal Dinner Venue - The Pink Adobe
Cake - Maggie’s Wedding Cakes
Gift Bag Design - Funky Olive Design
Photographer - Bre

Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Wedding Inspo - Glass Wedding Signs

This year we’ve seen some of the most dazzling wedding day details and displays, but the one that has really caught our eyes (& hearts) is glass signage! Tons of our couples have displayed this growing trend on their special days that we couldn’t help but share the beauty of these unique details with all of you!

Each of these signs were not only unique in color and design, but each set truly represented the couple they were created for. From the simple cactus drawings, to the handprinted colored beauties, to the mirror-like signs, all of these wedding day details were beyond dreamy.

Check out all of these incredibly beautiful, yet so modern glass wedding signs, they are certainly a sight to behold.

Sign Designers
Darling Details Rentals
Funky Olive Design
Mulberry Market Designs
Lindsey Woodruff

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

Tom + Justine, a New York City Engagement in Central Park

Admist all the beauty and craziness of wedding season, New York lovers Tom and Justine invited us out to the Big Apple for their engagement session and we just couldn’t resist sharing all the magic of this special evening! Our girl Bre captured these two out and about in Central Park on a dreamy October evening and it was nothing short of amazing. From Bethesda Terrace and Fountain to the Central Park Lake to all the adorable bridges and walkways of this historic location, we couldn’t get enough of these two in one of the most special places on earth!

Tom and Justine are both attorneys in New York and met a little over two years ago. They instantly fell for each other and they’ll be making in official in Santa Fe at La Fonda on the Plaza next August! We can’t wait to see all the beauty and fun that they’re going to bring to the City Different! Cheers cuties, can’t wait for 2020!

Engagement Vendors
Engagement Location - Central Park (New York City, NY)
Bride’s Hair - Marie Robinson Salon
MUA - Natalie from Glam Squad
Bride’s Engagement Ring - Marisa Perry Atelier
Bride’s Dress - ZIMMERMANN
Bride’s Shoes - Valentino + Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Jacket - John Varvatos
Groom’s Pants - Bonobos
Groom’s Shoes - Salvatore Ferragamo
Photographer - Bre

Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Chris + Ari, a Los Poblanos Wedding

Have you ever met people who instantly feel like your long-lost pals? We know that it’s rare, but Chris and Ari definitely gave us those “feels like I’ve known you & loved you my whole life vibes” before, during, and after their wedding celebration. These two lovers aren’t just incredible people to capture, they’re two of the sweetest, most kindest souls we’ve ever had the pleasure of crossing paths with in life!

Chris and Ari’s story begins much sooner than most couples’ stories do, these two met when Ari became friends with Chris’ sister in 5th grade at the Maret School in D.C.. A few years later, he became Ari’s high school crush, but when he brought home a college girlfriend in 2001, Ari decided that he wasn’t for her (even though the universe had a very different idea). Flash forward to 2017, post college and post travel life, these two reconnected serendipitously at a bar over Thanksgiving (and Chris was still just as cute and much sweeter than Ari remembered) . Ari was living in NYC at the time and Chris in San Francisco, but fate intervened when Ari received a job offer in the Bay Area. About six weeks after moving there, Chris and Ari went on their first date and the rest is history.

And if you didn’t think that their love story could get any better, Chris and Ari’s proposal was out of this world too. Chris popped the question under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York right before Thanksgiving (only two years after they had reunited). After, he surprised Ari even more by taking her to a stunning hotel where all of their families were waiting to celebrate with them! And if you need any further proof that Chris is, in fact, major husband goals, unbenownst to Ari, he already booked her dream wedding venue, Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, BEFORE proposing to her. Talk about setting the bar sky freaking high!

This September, we got to see the next chapter of their love story unfold on the most perfect day with some of the most stellar vendors. Everything from Ari’s simple, yet dreamy Lovers Society gown, to their unique, stunning florals by Bagel’s Florals, to a killer playlist by DJ Lady Sinclair of Haute Mobile Disco … it was nothing short of an absolute vision. Chris and Ari’s ceremony was full of tears and laughs, their romantics were downright stunning, and their first dance to “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges made us believe in that one-of-a-kind type of love all over again.

Chris and Ari, can we be best friends forever and ever? You two are nothing short of what love should be and we’re forever in awe over your love and adoration! Cheers to you two and #hersheychris until the end of time.

Venue - Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Coordination - Chelsea Martinez of Los Poblanos
Florals - Bagels Florals
MUA - Becca of Glam Mavens
Hair - Jen Gonzales of Culture Club Salon
Bridal Gown - Lovers Society
Bridal Boutique - Lovely Bride New York City
Bride’s Shoes - Mercedes Castillo
Bridesmaid Dresses - Reformation
Groom’s Attire - Indochino
Groomsmen Attire - The Black Tux
Rentals - Rust Vintage
Signage - Pennysmiths Paper
DJ - DJ Lady Sinclair from Haute Mobile Disco
Officiants - Jessie Goldberg + Josh Gartland
Lead Photographer - Alicia
Second Photographer - Cameron

Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography