Wedding Inspo - Bridal Shoes Second Edition

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, we’re pretty sure that gorgeous bridal shoes come in a close second place! We’re forever envying these pretty styles: dainty nude heels, sparkly couture pumps, vintage boots, subtlety beautiful flats, and of course those bright, bold colorful stilettos! We don’t blame you if you feel the need to make a little extra room in your closet after this blog, our brides brought some of the most amazing shoe style out there to their wedding days!

Shoe Designers
Christian Louboutin
Kelly and Katie
Enzo Angiolini
Brian Atwood
The Gap (vintage boots)
Badgley Mischka
Steve Madden
Stuart Weitzman
Jimmy Choo
Lucky Brand
Pelle Moda
Tieks
INC by Macy’s
Kate Spade x Keds
Blue by Betsey Johnson
Aldo
Madewell

Weddings by Alicia, Ashley, and Bre of Alicia Lucia Photography
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 - Bridal Hair

With our official wedding season kicking off in only a few short weeks, our team wanted to share our favorite bridal hair styles from last season. We are still super in love with all of these dainty updos, long braided styles, and floral adorned beauties.

We can’t wait to see how this seasons brides absolutely kill the bridal glam game!

A Few of Our Fave Hairstylists
Genica Lee
Santiago Romero
The Vanity
Chrome Salon and Blowout Bar (Santa Fe)
Jewel Hair Design
The Beauty Bar (Santa Fe)
The Honeycomb Beauty Studio
DRS Colorstudio
Madeline McCue

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

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

Fave Weddings: Alicia's Picks

In addition to introducing our little team, we wanted to reflect back on some of our personal favorite moments from last year’s incredible lineup of weddings. Our girl Alicia told us what her fave moments were and why on the blog this week!!

Alicia:
”It's so hard to narrow down "favorites" because I love all of our brides and grooms and they all bring something so completely different and memorable to each wedding day, but here are some stand out weddings/wedding moments: 

Brigitte + Derek: B+D's day was absolutely glorious in every way possible. Jaclyn and I have this joke about how they are the "gift that keeps on giving". Beyond the fact they are a stunning family and all around so laid back and chill, they also were so completely trusting and open to every suggestion and every idea. First look? Sure! Change our ceremony time to a bit earlier so we can sneak off at dusk and take photos? Absolutely! Shoot in a wide open space in the dead of winter with heels and a dress on? Why not?! They were a freaking dream all around. Love you all so much!

Alysia + Matt and Scott + Leanne: Hands down, BEST FIRST DANCE SONGS EVERRRR!! I still hear their song choices and immediately it takes me back to their wedding and their dance and instantly get chills!

Alexa + Chris: Their details were too.die.for and they had such a fun post ceremony mariachi parade! It was a fun way to kick off our summer wedding lineup!

Dustin + Ashley: They had the most heartfelt vows to each other! Still gives me goosies. And their reception was.a.BLAST!

Kaya + Matthew: VIEWS for days!! Loved how in love they are each other, and it made their bride + groom portraits a breeeeze. 

Taylor + Kirk: their lavender toss and the sweet candid post lavender toss shots are forever a favorite.. so freaking beautiful!

Lauren + David: Sweetest groom ever, will never ever forget how intentional he was in soaking up the whole day, absolutely mesmerized by his beautiful bride and thoroughly enjoying and taking in the whole reception! His brother's speech is still one of my all time favorites and makes me tear up! So dang sweet! Also they had the best dance party!! 

Elizabeth + Randy: Basically everything about their day from the sweet hacienda Elizabeth got ready too, to their epic/eclectic/true to them venue choice but the most touching moment of all was Elizabeth's dad's sweet words to his daughter and the way he honored her late mom. It really touched my heart and everyone elses! 

Cassie + Tyler: Loved their fun twist on southwestern decor and how they made the most of their day even though it poured rain all day! 

Ryan and Christina: Most definitely the most fun and down to earth wedding party ever!

Shaun + Jessie: Not even sure where to start with these two. I know every wedding is a new favorite, but they sure have a special place in my heart forever and ever and ever. These two are destined for forever!!

Shelby + Mack: The best way to wrap up 2018! They truly put their all into every detail of the day down to their song choices at the reception! So light hearted, so fun, and the adoration these two have for each other was truly moving to get to witness and photograph!!”

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

Ryan + Cristina, a Prairie Star Wedding

Ryan and Cristina, the most genuine/laid-back lovers on the planet, had the sweetest fall wedding this past October right outside of Albuquerque, NM.

They met in high school (their first moments together involved Ryan copying off of Cristina in Spanish class 😂), but sparks didn’t fly until senior year when Ryan asked Cristina to the homecoming dance.  Even though Cristina completely curved Ryan (by rejecting a kiss), he never gave up on chasing her and, after realizing what a total catch this Ryan was, the rest was history! Years later, Ryan proposed to Cristina in their home only a few days after Ryan spent countless hours picking out the perfect ring.

Ryan and Cristina’s wedding at Prairie Star was full of gorgeous views of the majestic Sandia mountains, amazingly personal details (Ryan’s aunt put together all of the stunning florals for this day!), and the best entertainment around from our friends at Cutmaster Music.  Cristina made the most beautiful bride with her simple, down to earth style and kind aura. These two had everyone (including all of us) absolutely in tears when they read their own vows and shared personal stories of each other. We loved their totally down-to-party, yet sweet bridal party and had so much fun capturing each of them partying it up the entire night. This wedding was extra special as we got the most amazing and ultra gorgeous, golden-hour romantic shots.

Ryan and Cristina, we’re beyond grateful for you two and this day! Cheers to married life cuties!

Vendors
Venue - Praire Star Restaurant and Wine Bar, Santa Ana Star Casino
Planning + Coordination - Orange September
Florals - Groom’s Aunt
Cake - Planty Sweet
Hair + Makeup - Genica Lee
Bridal Gown - David’s Bridal
Bride’s Accessories - Charming Charlie
Bride’s Shoes - Tieks
Bridesmaids Dresses - David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire - Mr. Tux
DJ - Cutamster Music
Second Photographer - Bre Bloomquist

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