Wedding Inspo - Sheath Bridal Gowns

If there’s one current wedding trend that we can’t get enough of, its how popular sheath gowns have become over the past few years. Chic, modern, and effortlessly elegant, this style of dress can go from a backyard wedding to a Santa Fe Plaza wedding to an art gallery wedding to an elopement in the mountains! We love how this minimalist design can be paired with a simple jeweled belt or a lace overlay to make it even more gorgeous. Shout out to one of the most universally flattering designs out there, we can’t wait for more brides to shine in sheath gowns!

Wedding Gown Designers
Lovers Society
Sarah Seven
St. Patrick
Justin Alexander
Maggie Sottero
Lulus
Enzoani
Katie May Collection
Pronovias
Martina Liana
Jenny Yoo
Made With Love Bridal
Badgley Mischka
Jovea
Terese Rose Designs
David’s Bridal

Wedding Gown Boutiques
Lovely Bride (Dallas, TX)
Sarah Seven (Los Angeles, CA)
Suzanne’s Bridal (Mesa, AZ)
Mockingbird Bridal (Dallas, TX)
Bridal Elegance by Darlene (Albuquerque, NM)
BHLDN (Multiple Locations)
Mia Bridal Couture (Houston, TX)
White on Daniel Island (Charleston, SC)
The Dressing Room West (Santa Fe, NM)
Patsy’s Bridal Boutique (Dallas, TX)
Bridal Boutique ( Lewisville, TX)
Unbridaled (Houston, TX)
Danelle’s Bridal (Pueblo, CO)
Terese Rose Designs (Albuquerque, NM)
David’s Bridal (Albuquerque, NM)

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

Brad + Kenna, a New Mexico Elopement

We never get to shoot a ton of elopements so when Brad and Kenna asked us to photograph them in the New Mexico desert after legally becoming husband and wife we were over the moon!

These two met while Kenna was working as a nurse in the Emergency Department and Brad was working as a paramedic. They first noticed each other on the job, but nearly a month went by before either of them made a move! Brad asked Kenna out for their first date and they ended having their second date on the evening of their first. The rest between these two is history and now four years later they have a furry baby Oso and can’t wait to spend forever together!

Brad and Kenna also invited us to capture their fun rustic reception at Old Town Farm this November and honestly we can’t wait for more of these cuties! Congrats babes!

Vendors
Dress - Lulus
Hair + MUA - Britney Rae Sanchez

Elopement by Alicia of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Wedding Inspo - Desert Florals

For our little team, being located in the gorgeous state of New Mexico means that we get to experience all of the amazing traditions, tastes, and beauty of the Southwest. One of our all time favorite details we get to see in both everyday life and on wedding days are desert florals. Our hearts are so happy that more and more of our brides and grooms are embracing some of our most beloved desert plants and flowers in both live florals and desert inspired details. From cacti to succulents to pampas grass to protea flowers, all of these hot climate beauties are something to behold. Check out some of our favorite desert florals for lots of Southwestern inspo!

Featured Florists
Placed by Polito
Viva Flora
Renegade Floral
Floriography Flowers
Barton’s Flowers

Featured Planners + Coordinators
Just Lovely Weddings
For the Love Events
Jessie Baca
Jessica Wonder Events


Weddings + Styled Shoots by the Alicia Lucia Photography Team
Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Wedding Inspo - Writing Your Own Vows

Besides all of the amazing little details and decisions that weddings involve, many couples find themselves with another wedding day choice, whether or not to write their own vows. And while we love traditional vows in their many forms, there’s a special place in our hearts for those super personal, tearful, joyous, and even downright fun vows our couples have written in the past. Lucky for us, one of our cutie pie couples from last year, Ryan and Cristina, were able to give us insight on this cool little ceremony trend.

What inspired you and your spouse to write your own vows?

Cristina: “Ryan told me I had to write my own vows. Other than that, writing your own vows makes the ceremony more personal and intimate.”
Ryan: “Growing up, I watched a lot of rom-coms and always wanted to write my own vows. Also, I knew how much and why I loved Cristina, but not everyone else did, so it was my opportunity to tell everyone myself.”

How long did it take you to write your own vows?
Cristina: “On and off for a few months.”
Ryan: “When I proposed to Cristina 18 months before our wedding, I had memorized a long speech that I was supposed to say before proposing, but I forgot the entire speech when the time came, so I used parts of that speech to create my vows. Then, on and off until the wedding, I kept a document of sentences or quotes that I wanted to include. I wrote my final vows about a month before the wedding.”

What was your favorite part of writing your own vows?
Cristina
: “Being able to express my love for Ryan.”
Ryan: “Of course, expressing my love for Cristina. But, there was this quote from J.D. Salinger that I had read when I was in high school (Cristina and I started dating at 17) and I always felt that it summarized how I felt about Cristina, but I never shared the quote with her until our wedding day. So, it was pretty exciting to share that after all these years.”

What advice do you have for couples considering writing their own vows?
Ryan: “While writing your vows is a nice way to express your love and say nice things about your significant other, at the end of the day, it's your choice and, while it is a chance to make the ceremony fun and intimate, it's really just about the person standing across from you.”

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

Real Weddings - Southwestern Inspired Wedding Traditions

One of the best parts about living in the Southwest is all of the amazing culture we are surrounded by and get to experience every single day. And trust us when we say that we absolutely adore when couples incorporate some of our favorite Southwestern, and a few uniquely New Mexican, traditions into their wedding celebrations. Over the last few years some of our favorite highlights have been mariachi led parades around the historic Santa Fe Plaza, cactus shaped cookies (and pretty much cactus shaped everything), brightly colored florals, hand painted tiles, turquoise jewelry, bolo ties/southwestern inspired style, and, of course, Conchita the Tequila Donkey! We can’t wait to see how our future lovers will bring the flavor of our amazing state to their special day!

Our Southwestern Love Stories
Chris + Alexa at La Fonda on the Plaza
Matthew + Kendall at La Posada de Santa Fe
Michael + Lucia at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Duncan + Tatianna at La Fonda on the Plaza
Ben + Katy at Inn of the Five Graces
Keith + Clare at La Posada de Santa Fe
Tyler + Jordan at La Fonda on the Plaza
Gil + Joanna at La Posada de Santa Fe
Ghost Ranch Styled Vow Renewal
Tyler + Cassie at La Posada de Santa Fe
Daniel + Rebecca at Eldorado Hotel + Jupiter Studio Gallery and Event Space
Thommy + Kathryn at Hubbell House
Derek + Brigitte at La Fonda on the Plaza
Rocky Mountain Bride Editorial at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

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