Wedding Inspo - Ballgown Bridal Gowns

As any wedding lover knows, classic and chic bridal looks are always in style. So this week we honed in on one of the original and most beloved bridal gown styles to date, ballgown wedding gowns.

While this wedding dress silhouette has seen dozens of changes over the last century, we know one thing is certain about ballgown dresses, they never fail to make our brides look like absolute queens all day long. The last few seasons we’ve captured a few absolute stunners including an unreal Pnina Tornai beauty that pulled major inspiration from Duchess Kate Middleton’s iconic gown to an enchanting Reem Acra number that gave just the right amount of couture to an epic summer wedding to a charming Randy Fenoli creation that brought all the delicate jewel details imaginable.

If you’re looking for the perfect addition to a modern yet classic wedding day, ballgown wedding gowns can add the right amount of elegance. Not only do they look flattering on every single bride out there, but these ballgown beauties add the right touch of bridal style magic to every soon-to-be wifey.

Bridal Gown Designers
Reem Acra
Lazaro Bridal
Pnina Tornai
Jenny Yoo Collection
David’s Bridal
Alfred Angelo
Randy Fenoli

Bridal Boutiques
Warren Barron Bridal (Dallas, TX)
Schaffer’s Bridal (Scottsdale, AZ)
Kleinfeld Bridal (New York City, NY)
Lovely Bride (New York City, NY)
David’s Bridal
Uptown Bride (Albuquerque, NM)
White Lace Bridal (El Paso, TX)

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

Ashwin + Lauren, a Hindu-Catholic Wedding in Santa Fe

When sweet Lauren and Ashwin first reached out to us last summer about capturing their two day Catholic-Hindu wedding, we knew it would be like nothing we’ve ever been a part of before. This past Labor Day weekend, these kind souls tied the knot and celebrated the melding of two very different, but very beautiful cultures.

Lauren and Ashwin met, and eventually fell in love, while on call in a hospital while both working on their medical residency at Harvard in Boston, MA. Even though Ashwin, who was two years ahead of Lauren, went to Philadelphia, PA for his cardiology fellowship, these two not only made a long distance relationship work for three years (!), but their relationship became that much stronger. Ashwin surprised Lauren by proposing in his apartment right before dinner and the rest is history. In Lauren’s words, “We are truly best friends and love that we constantly make each other laugh and inspire each other to be the best versions of ourselves” We adore how much these two love and care for each other, something that was so tangible and beautiful throughout their weekend in Santa Fe.

Day one of Ashwin and Lauren’s wedding consisted of a traditional Catholic wedding at the historic Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, right in the heart of Santa Fe. Lauren blended super classic and gorgeous bridal details like her pastel bouquet and dreamy Pnina Tornai gown with stunning Henna on both her hands and feet. After their beautiful church wedding, Lauren + Ashwin and their guests were led to The Inn and Spa at Loretto by Mariachis (because what Santa Fe is complete without them?!). We got to spend an entire hour (!) with these lovers just strolling around the plaza and taking more gorgeous romantics than we ever could have asked for. With a whole lot of wedding day beauty, from Floriography’s stunning floral elephant (named Gus btw) and Maggie’s Wedding Cake’s bright and colorful Indian themed cake, along with the always stunning planning of Just Lovely Weddings, their reception was out of this world. They kicked it off with traditional speeches, cake cutting (Lauren cut the cake with a sword!), and a first dance, before changing into beautiful, traditional Hindu attire to party the rest of the night away! Lauren surprised Ashwin with a speech in his native Indian language and performed an Indian dance with her friends. Their reception included the best mix of Indian, American, and Latino music we’ve ever heard.

The first day of this incredible weekend was one that our team will never forget, we were so honored to capture such a tender, compassionate, and thoroughly genuine love story. Ashwin + Lauren, we love you and how much your love inspires us!!! Stay tuned for day two coming soon!!!

Vendors
Getting Ready Venue - La Posada de Santa Fe
Catholic Ceremony Venue - Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi
Reception Venue - Inn and Spa at Loretto
Planning - Just Lovely Weddings
Florals - Floriography
Hair - Jewel Hair Design
MUA - Betty Rose by Alanna
Bridal Gown - Pnina Tornai
Bridal Boutique - Kleinfeld Bridal
Bride’s Shoes - Mango
Jewelry - Vintage
Bridesmaids Gowns - Jenny Yoo Collection
Traditional Sarees - Groom’s Family
Cake - Maggie’s Wedding Cakes
Linens - BBJ Linen
Reception Music - Absolute Entertainment
Lead Photographer - Ashley
Second Photographer - Bre
Assisitant - Jaclyn

Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Real Weddings - Borrowed and Blue

Love stories are by far one of our favorite things on the planet, but what we adore a little extra is the history and love behind the couples we get to capture. Every single wedding brings a new story and lots of exciting touches, especially when it comes to the “somethings” of wedding days. From dainty vintage rings passed down through generations that brides have as their “something old” to stellar veils from a loved one as “something borrowed” to discrete turquoise and navy shoes as “something blue”, our brides never fail to wow us with their extremely personal, unique, and downright beautiful details. We loved the stories behind these amazing little touches as much as we loved seeing them in person!!

Real Love Stories
Chris + Emma at Hacienda Dona Andrea
Scott + Leanne at SITE Santa Fe
Shane + Megan, Private Residence in Albuquerque, NM
Trey + Clara, Private Residence in San Patricio, NM (coming to the blog very soon)
Chris + Alexa at La Fonda on the Plaza
Matthew + Kaya at Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club
Kirk + Taylor at Loretto Chapel and La Fonda on the Plaza
Trenton + Aston at Loretto Inn and Spa
Blake + Jennie at Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs, CO)
Randy + Elizabeth at the Santa Fe Opera
Oriol + Sarah at Gerald Peters Gallery
Ryan + Cristina at Praire Star
Dustin + Ashley at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Tyler + Cassie at La Posada de Santa Fe
Tyler + Meredith at Four Seasons Santa Fe

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

Wedding Inspo - Invitation Suites

If you’re a future bride or groom looking to make a good first impression on your guests, gorgeous stationary is the perfect way to catch attention and show off your wedding’s vibe. Whether you’re going for a colorful Spanish infused fiesta, a classic and minimalist bash, or a soft floral inspired day, invitation suites are truly one of the most personalized part of any wedding and the best way to set the tone for your big day. Couples can choose from a simple single page invite or an entire suite (confetti or petals optional). We’ve photographed some of the prettiest invites around so we just know that there’s something out there for all the lovers!


Featured Invitation Designers
Funky Olive
Letterpress Made
Minted
Hello Jori
Viklund Made
Eleven and West
Vistaprint
Zazzle
Karli Strohchein Art
Pigment and Parchment
Pennysmith’s
Hello Pinello

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