John + Anna, an avant-garde La Fonda wedding

Over the last few wedding seasons we’ve spent a lot of time at the ever gorgeous historic La Fonda on the Plaza and we’ve captured so much love at this beautiful venue. So when John and Anna came all the way from Brooklyn, NY to celebrate their big day at La Fonda, we couldn’t wait to see how they’d make their day so perfectly unique. Lets just say, they did not disappoint. These lovers not only brought big East Coast glam to the heart of the Southwest, but they did it in a way that was outrageously fun, remarkable, and truly a celebration like no other!

John and Anna met through mutual friends at a holiday party and although John tried to get Anna’s number from their friend James, he was unsuccessful (but still managed to get in contact with her!). After several years together, John (discreetly) proposed to Anna with her grandmother’s wedding diamond (swoon) at Grand Central Station before surprising her with dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in upstate New York.

Even though their wedding day had a surprise rainstorm, Anna and John didn’t let anything stop them from celebrating their love! During a slight drizzle (which truly made their ceremony all the more romantic), these two said “I do”surrounded by all of their loved ones on La Fonda’s famous La Terraza balcony. And if their ceremony wasn’t enough to make us super heart-eyed over them, John and Anna’s absolutely killer vendor team including Renegade Floral (bringing those stunning arches and bouquets), Maggie’s Wedding Cakes (with the craziest rainbow creation, shag rug inspired greatness), makeup artist Kata Baron (who’s the queen b of that natural bridal glow), Vera Wang (with a classic yet so dang modern bridal gown) and Diamond Empire Band (a crew that always brings down the house with reception jams) made this day one for the books! They also brought in paper goods and signage from their incredibly talented friend Natalie Soud (please come design our entire lives!) and bluegrass ceremony music courtesy of Santa Fe based Kitty Jo Creek Band.

To top it all off, these two surprised everyone with a choreographed first dance that included just the right amount of both ballroom dancing and disco! John and Anna didn’t just have a super glam wedding, they had a wedding that was completely theirs, true to them and we adore them so much for it! Thank you for letting us be a part of your epic Santa Fe party, congrats Mr and Mrs Redmond!!!

Vendors
Venue - La Fonda on the Plaza
Invitations + Paper Goods + Signage - Natalie Soud
Florals - Renegade Floral
Hair - Beauty Bar Santa Fe
MUA - Kata Baron
Bridal Gown + Boutique - Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes - Ralph Lauren + Stuart Weitzman
Bride’s Earrings + Rings - Zwikker and Zacher
Reception Gown - The Law Bridal from The One Bridal Boutique
Ring Box - The Mrs Box
Bride’s PJs - Oliva Von Halle
Bride’s Purse - Loeffler Randall
Bridesmaids’ Robes - Ten Thousand Waves Resort
Groom’s Suit - Ralph Lauren
Groom’s Bolo Tie - Moonlight Gemstones
Groom’s Boots - Lucchese
Ceremony Music - Kitty Jo Creek Band
Reception Music - Diamond Empire Band
Cake - Maggie’s Wedding Cakes
Lead Photographer - Bre
Second Photographer - Melanie
Assistant - Jaclyn

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

John + Anna, a Desert Engagement

A few months ago we adventured into the desert with Brooklyn babes John and Anna. Besides living in one of the coolest places around, these cuties love concerts, brewing their own beer, and visiting our sister city, Santa Fe, as much as possible.

John proposed to Anna in Grand Central Station and celebrated with friends and family after at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in upstate New York. This September, these lovers are going to make it official with a big, amazingly fun wedding at one of our favorite Santa Fe venues, La Fonda on the Plaza. We can’t wait to see what East Coast touches John and Anna bring to the Southwest!

MUA - Ashley at Betty Rose by Alanna
Wedding Venue - La Fonda on the Plaza

Engagement Session by Bre of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Ethan + Sarah, a Hacienda Doña Andrea Wedding

Originally from two different midwest states, current New Yorkers Ethan and Sarah decided that after 9 years of love and happiness it was time to make it official with a destination wedding at the ever quaint, wildly Southwestern Hacienda Doña Andrea in Santa Fe. Ethan popped the question on a picturesque morning in Sterling, Utah where the couple had been staying while road tripping through a few Rocky Mountain states over Memorial Day weekend in 2017. These Brooklyn babes met through mutual friends and started out as roommates nearly a decade ago! Their wedding included friends and family from Ohio, Michigan, California, Colorado, and New York and was a super amazing, laid-back celebration! The ceremony featured a few really rad details including Ethan's cousin Maggie as the officiant and the newlyweds' recessional music as "Africa" by Toto. We are beyond stoked for these East Coast lovers, thank you for letting us be a part of your Southwestern love story!!

Vendors:
Venue - Hacienda Doña Andrea de Santa Fe
Florals - Bagels' Florals
MUA - The Honeycomb Beauty Studio
Bridal Gown - Stella York
Bridal Boutique - Wendy's Bridal
Bridal Shoes - Hitherto
Groom's Suit - JCrew
Groom's Tie - Comme des Garcons
Catering - Whole Hog Cafe
Sweets - Planty Sweets
 

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