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!

Vendors
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!

Vendors
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
Etsy
Lindsey Woodruff

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

Vendor Feature - Chocolate Maven

If there’s a way to anyone’s heart (especially any of ours) it’s through cake! And the team over at Chocolate Maven in Santa Fe always whips up simple, delicate, yet stunning wedding day beauties.

Known for their effortless buttercream cakes, Chocolate Maven always creates unique treats for their couples while incorporating dainty wedding day flowers into these decadent desserts. And although minimalist floral cakes are this bakers forte, we’ve seen them pull off some epic baked delicacies including an adobe building- inspired creation and an absolutely divine naked cake (topped off with the tiniest succulents ever!).

Chocolate Maven has became a staple in the Santa Fe wedding community and we love getting to capture their goodies (and our sweet couples taking bites out of those cakes). Scroll through to see some of our favorite cake moments and why its always love at first bite with Chocolate Maven’s sweet confections.

Cake Vendor - Chocolate Maven (Santa Fe, NM)

Real Life Love Stories
Drew + Lauren at La Mesita Ranch (coming to the blog soon!)
Kirk + Taylor at La Fonda on the Plaza
Chris + Alexa at La Fonda on the Plaza
Oriol + Sarah at Gerald Peters Gallery/Peters Projects
Carter + Carrie at La Fonda on the Plaza
Patrick + Sydnie at La Fonda on the Plaza

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

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

Engagement Inspo - New Mexico Desert Engagements

If there is one thing that is both unique and extremely versatile about engagements in the Southwest, it’s being able to have them in the middle of the desert, at any time of the year. From rich orange and yellow hues, to bright green fields of grass, to neutral toned sandy spots, to gorgeous white hills and mountains, there’s a plethora of reasons we adore living in New Mexico and capturing engagements so close to home. Check out all the beauty below!

Real Life Love Stories
Paul + Carolyn
John + Anna
Randy + Danielle
Drew + Lauren
Michael + Caitlin
Gustav + Jackie
Chris + Alexa
Shaun + Jessie
Mack + Shelby
Jake + Angela

Engagements by Alicia and Bre of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography