Wedding Inspo - A Wedding Band or A Wedding DJ?

There are soooo many incredible wedding day choices to make before you walk down the aisle and say “I do”, but perhaps one of the easier & more exciting decisions is whether to hire a band or a DJ for your big day. Here’s a few different things to consider when choosing between the two.

Things to Consider

- Wedding Style: What type of wedding are you planning? Is it going to be an elegant destination affair? A big band or a string quartet might be your best bet. Are you throwing an all night dance party after your vows? An experienced DJ that knows all of your favorite tunes & can bring in some fun light features might be a good choice.

- Cost: While both can be a costly investment (rightfully so), bands tend to be on the more expensive side due to the nature of live music. DJs tend to be the less costly option, but it’s important to find one that is truly experienced and will listen to all your requests.

- Type of Music: Bands can be great when you want musicians that can amp up an entire room and bring their own unique personalities to their music and performance. Plus, there’s just something magical about having live, in-your-face music. Meanwhile, DJs are able to play a large variety of songs/take requests from guests, & create an awesome ambiance all while working as stellar MCs for the entire reception.. Something that even the most amazing live bands sometimes lack in (taking the lead role of mc).

Featured Bands - Diamond Empire Band, Bounce Band, Caldwell Entertainment

Featured DJs - Cutmaster Music, Dream Factory Productions

Real Life Love Stories
Kirk + Taylor at Loretto Chapel + La Fonda on the Plaza
Ryan + Cristina at Prairie Star
Chris + Alexa at La Fonda on the Plaza
Loren + Julia at Four Seasons Santa Fe
Keith + Clare at La Posada de Santa Fe
David + Lauren at La Fonda on the Plaza
Randy + Elizabeth at The Santa Fe Opera
Tyler + Cassie at La Posada de Santa Fe
Josh + Roushan at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

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

La Fonda on the Plaza - A Venue Feature

One of the best things about our sweet little job is how much time we get to spend in Santa Fe every year. Our capital city lies just to the north of our home base of Albuquerque and there is seriously magic around every corner of The City Different. From quaint adobe buildings to the historic plaza to some of the best New Mexican cuisine in the state, Santa Fe is seriously a gold mine for locals and visitors alike. It comes as no surprise that soooo many of our out of state couples select good old SF as the prime place to tie the knot and their number one destination is our home away from home, iconic La Fonda on the Plaza.

Not only is La Fonda memorable, but it is also incredibly significant to Santa Fe’s history. Initially founded in 1607 as Santa Fe’s first inn, La Fonda’s site is also the oldest hotel corner in the United States of America. However, the building that still stands today and has continually been loved and adored by New Mexicans and travelers alike wasn’t built until 1922. It features architectural influences by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter and John Gaw Meem including hand carved beams, ethereal stained glass window skylight, and a 25 foot cathedral ceiling. More info on this beautiful space can be found on La Fonda’s website.

We’ve spent a whole lot of time at this very special place over the past few years and we can’t wait to return later on in 2019 for even more beauty.

Our Real Love Stories
David + Lauren
Tyler + Jordan
Kirk + Taylor
Chris + Alexa
Derek + Brigiette

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

Tyler + Cassie, a La Posada Wedding

This October, we went back to one of our all time favorite venues, La Posada de Santa Fe, for an unforgettable Sunday wedding with Texas lovers Tyler and Cassie. It may have been an unusually chilly and rainy day, but these babes brought the heat on their special day.

Tyler and Cassie’s darling little love story began when Cassie’s sister, Lexi, set them up on a group date (just knowing that they would be perfect for each other)! In early 2018, Tyler proposed in the town square of Mesilla, NM on a random Monday so that Cassie would be completely surprised. Afterwards, their families celebrated with them at La Posta (aka Cassie’s fave restaurant).

For choosing a wedding location, Cassie and Tyler settled on the ever enchanting Santa Fe since Cassie had been coming on weekend getaways to the capital city since she was a little girl. And La Posada turned out to have the perfect aesthetic for their glam, yet cozy wedding.

Flash forward to mid-October when these lovers said “I do” surrounded by their friends and families. Besides an incredible ceremony, we can’t get over the details from this day. Tyler and Cassie incorporated touches of the Southwest into their day including an epic succulent cake (by the queens at Maggie’s Wedding Cakes) to hand painted tiles (that the Just Lovely Weddings team created) to dreamy star lanterns (that seriously reminded us of New Mexico’s gorgeous star filled nights). And even though it was a little bit cold outside, these babes were totally up for romantics both outside in La Posada’s amazing courtyards and inside the infamous Staab house.

Congrats Tyler and Cassie, you raised the bar for amazing little Sunday weddings. We adore you both so much!

Vendor
Venue - La Posada de Santa Fe
Planning + Coordination + Lettering - Just Lovely Weddings
Florals - Placed by Polito
Cake - Maggie’s Wedding Cakes
Rentals + Star Lanterns - AA Tents and Events
Hair - Santiago Romero
MUA - Betty Rose by Alanna + Betty Rose by Ashley
Stationary - Karli Strohchein Art
Bridal Gown - Randy Fenoli
Bridal Boutique - White Lace Bridal
Bride’s Shoes - Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Earrings + Boutique - Molly Phillips Jewelry from Dos Femmes
Groom’s Attire - Men’s Wearhouse
DJ - Dream Factory Productions
Second Photographer - Bre Bloomquist

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

David + Lauren, a fall wedding at La Fonda in Santa fe

This September we kicked off the first official day of fall with David and Lauren’s incredibly gorgeous (and honestly perfect) wedding at La Fonda on the Plaza. From wine colored bridesmaid dresses to dark floral arrangements to the loveliest long-sleeve, lace Pronovias gown, this day was a dream and a half!

These Dallas babes met while playing co-ed kickball (Lauren wanted a drink and David just happened to be chilling right by the cooler) and have had the coolest adventures ever since. From countless trips to Disney (vacations that inspired their song choices for Lauren’s bridal entrance and the couple’s grand entrance) to getting engaged in their fave Texas wine county (and eating bomb German food after) where they had their first anniversary years ago.

Being the ultimate husband goals that he is, David helped out with a ton of the wedding planning (with zero complaints) and suggested the delicate tambourines for their post ceremony parade and their chili favors! Together, David and Lauren decided on La Fonda due to its incredible history and all of its insanely beautiful views (honestly we’ve never caught a bad angle of this dreamy venue).

We’re soooo beyond thankful for gracious, wonderful, and downright fun couples like these lovers! Cheers babes, we’ll never forget your incredible day!!!!

Vendors
Venue - La Fonda on the Plaza
Planning + Coordination - Just Lovely Weddings
Rentals - Darling Details Rentals
Florals - Renegade Floral
Ribbon + Silks - Honey Silk & Co.
MUA - Madeline McCue Makeup
Bridal Gown - Pronovias
Bridal Boutique - Bridal Boutique Lewisville
Bride’s Shoes - Madewell
Bride’s Ring Box - Your Heart’s Content
Invitations - Minted
Glass Signage - Etsy
Officiant - Paul Martinez
Cake - Maggie’s Cakes
Biscochito Favors - Chocolate Maven
DJ - Dream Factory Productions

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