Vendor Feature - Just Lovely Weddings + Darling Details Rentals

If you’re looking for a local New Mexico wedding planner and rental vendor that pulls together dreamy big day details, you’ll probably fall in love with Just Lovely Weddings and Darling Details Rentals, both run by our sweet friend Lauren Mestas. Based out of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, these two incredible little businesses help streamline wedding day planning and help make bridal daydreams a reality. From Southwestern chic to classically elegant to uniquely personal, Just Lovely Weddings and Darling Details know how to pull off just about any type of wedding you can think up! We can’t wait to see what Lauren and her team have up their sleeves for us this wedding season!

Wedding Vendors
Just Lovely Weddings
Darling Details Rentals

Featured Love Stories
Tyler + Cassie at La Posada de Santa Fe
Tyler + Jordan at La Fonda on the Plaza
Gary + April at La Mesita Ranch
Michael + Lucia at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Michael + Caitlin at Old Town and El Zocalo
David + Lauren at La Fonda on the Plaza
Shane + Megan at a Private Estate in Albuquerque, NM
Gil + Joanna at La Posada de Santa Fe
Trenton + Aston at Loretto

Weddings by the Alicia Lucia Photography Team
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

Vendor Feature - Maggie's Cakes

If you’re for cakes that aren’t just amazingly tasty, but are actual pieces of art, look no further than our friends at Maggie’s Cakes. This incredible little shop can whip up just about everything and anything you can imagine. From simple white cakes adorned with florals to mesmerizing marble cakes to intricate, insanely detailed southwestern cakes (complete with succulents cacti, and watercolor details), we’re always in complete awe over what Zara Southhard, lead baker at Maggie’s Cakes, dreams up. Honestly, Maggie’s Cakes’ creations aren’t just amazingly delicious, they’re a feast for the eyes as well.

Cake Vendor
Maggie’s Cakes

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

Wedding Inspiration - Wedding Sweets

At almost every single wedding out there, you’ll find a gorgeous wedding cake and maybe a few other sweet treats, but a few of our couples have gone the extra mile and made other delicious sweets the centerpieces of their big days. We’ve seen sooo many yummy treats, from classic donut walls to mini pies to personalized macaroons to mochi ice cream to s’mores pits! And trust us, its impossible to pick a favorite alternative dessert because they’re all really THAT amazing! We’re stoked to see what incredible creations our future couples surprise us with on wedding days!

A Few of Our Favorite Bakers/Treat Creators
Emerald Pie Bakery
Maggie’s Wedding Cakes
Chocolate Maven
Kakawa Chocolate House
Flying Star Cafe
Planty Sweet
Rebel Donut
Bubbie Homemade Ice Cream
Dolce Bakery
Bizzy B Cakes
American Pie Bakery
Cake Fetish
The S’more Pit
Whoos Donuts

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

Ashwin + Lauren, a Snowy New Mexico Engagement

Earlier this year, we took full advantage of the wild snow storms New Mexico threw at us to capture the ever so sweet and serene Ashwin and Lauren. In something straight out of a movie, these lovebirds, who are also both physicians, met while working night shifts at a hospital in Boston. They slowly fell in love over late night snacks and even did a long distance relationship when Ashwin moved to Philadelphia for a cardiology residency. Lauren mentioned that her and Ashwin not only love laughing and bringing out the best in each other, but they’re also best friends. And after three years of loving each other, they’re soooo ready to make this a forever thing.

These babes will also be setting the bar for Santa Fe weddings sky high this Labor Day weekend with a two day celebration! They’ll kick of their forever with a New Mexico inspired, classic, elegant wedding at the iconic Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi off of the Santa Fe Plaza followed by a vibrant, colorful Hindu celebration (including a groom entrance on a white horse…real life fairytale much?!) in honor of Ashwin’s culture. We can’t even begin to describe just how excited we are for this giant, beautiful weekend!!

MUA - Bettyrose by Alanna

Engagement by Ashley of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Big Wedding Advice

Our little photog team absolutely adores the smaller more intimate weddings, but we’ll never say no to the big, downright fun wedding parties! There’s something so exciting about hanging out with a crew of bridesmaids and groomsmen as they help cheer on their closest friends in the next chapter of their lives. From the more chill, laid back bridal parties to the wildly energizing, down-to-party all night crews, we love getting to hang with some of the most memorable wedding day gangs around!

One of our amazing brides, Lauren, answered a few questions on the advantages of hosting a big(ger) wedding as the start to your happily ever after. Check out her answers and scroll through the blog to see a few of our fave wedding day peeps!

  • On why Lauren and her boo for life, David, chose to have a large wedding:
    ”We decided we had to have a bigger wedding than we initially wanted because there are so many important people in our lives that we wanted to witness us becoming husband and wife, and we wanted to have a big party!”

  • Their favorite part(s) of having a big wedding
    ”The best part of having a big wedding was having people from different parts of our lives come together for one event to celebrate us! It was so interesting and sometimes funny to watch our family and friends intermingle with each other. (Ex: My dad actually becoming  good friends/ dance partners with some of Dave’s friends to the point he now keeps in touch with them! Or at least makes sure to send messages via me or Dave!)”

  • Lauren’s advice for brides + grooms planning a big wedding
    ” My advice when planning a larger wedding is to go for it, even if you are apprehensive like I was. I thought I just wanted to have our parents/ couple of best friends there, but after realizing it was one of our only chances to get so many people from all over the country- and even the world together- it clicked!   It’s so special to see a large group of your favorite people come together for one night (or a weekend like our case) in a magical city they might not have ever thought to visit! I still have people telling me how much they loved Santa Fe and can’t wait to go back!”

Wedding Venues
La Fonda on the Plaza
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
La Posada de Santa Fe
Four Seasons Santa Fe
Loretto Chapel + The Inn and Spa at Loretto

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