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

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

Tom + Justine, a New York City Engagement in Central Park

Admist all the beauty and craziness of wedding season, New York lovers Tom and Justine invited us out to the Big Apple for their engagement session and we just couldn’t resist sharing all the magic of this special evening! Our girl Bre captured these two out and about in Central Park on a dreamy October evening and it was nothing short of amazing. From Bethesda Terrace and Fountain to the Central Park Lake to all the adorable bridges and walkways of this historic location, we couldn’t get enough of these two in one of the most special places on earth!

Tom and Justine are both attorneys in New York and met a little over two years ago. They instantly fell for each other and they’ll be making in official in Santa Fe at La Fonda on the Plaza next August! We can’t wait to see all the beauty and fun that they’re going to bring to the City Different! Cheers cuties, can’t wait for 2020!

Engagement Vendors
Engagement Location - Central Park (New York City, NY)
Bride’s Hair - Marie Robinson Salon
MUA - Natalie from Glam Squad
Bride’s Engagement Ring - Marisa Perry Atelier
Bride’s Dress - ZIMMERMANN
Bride’s Shoes - Valentino + Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Jacket - John Varvatos
Groom’s Pants - Bonobos
Groom’s Shoes - Salvatore Ferragamo
Photographer - Bre

Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Guest Blog Feature - Advice for Brides

This week we’re featuring a guest blog from writer Hannah Stevens on mistakes for brides to avoid on their wedding day! We’ve included photos from our brides who went above and beyond to not only avoid these mistakes, but to make their weddings seamless and wonderful. Whether its allocating extra time with their sweethearts, to adding super personal wedding details, to having perfect timelines & being more intentional, these are just a few of the stellar brides that our team constantly thinks of when it comes to helping their weddings flow, while still being what they envisioned for their big day!

Our Brides (and their Grooms) Who Went Above + Beyond
Leanne + Scott at SITE Santa Fe
Taylor + Kirk at Loretto and La Fonda on the Plaza
Niki + Patrick at Enchanted Vine Barn
Coli + Zach in Old Town Albuquerque
Car + Qwist at Los Poblanos
Brigitte + Derek at La Fonda on the Plaza

7 Mistakes a Bride Makes During Her Wedding Week
A Guide for Brides by Hannah Stevens

Wedding days are meant to be special. It is the time where you celebrate your love with your partner – a day to remember for the rest of your life. If everything doesn’t turn out the way you expect, however, you might remember the stress instead of happiness. Although you cannot control everything, there are some common pitfalls you can avoid to make sure that your wedding goes as planned.

Procrastination

Perhaps the biggest mistake brides make is waiting until the last second to finalize the details of their weddings. Always remember that doing so gives you a small window for beauty treatments, spa days, and wedding rehearsals. Make sure to finalize everything as soon as possible to keep everything on track for a smooth wedding day. Consider making a list of tasks to accomplish before the wedding.

Not Having Hair and Makeup Trial Runs

Waiting until the wedding day to try out your makeup and hairstyle might catch you off-guard. Bear in mind that part of a successful wedding day is feeling as confident and beautiful as you can be, after all, which includes having your hairstyle and mascara in sync. In order to avoid disappointment, always do a trial run of your makeup and hairstyle to ensure that you are satisfied with the way you look.

Hiring the Wrong Photographer

Oftentimes, couples fall into the trap of hiring the wrong photographer. When looking for the right fit, it is crucial to look for someone whose work matches your vision for your wedding day. This is not only to ensure that you will be proud of the images when you post them online but also helps make sure that the images stand up for decades to come when you show them to your children or even your grandchildren.

Scheduling Bachelorette Parties during Wedding Week

Bachelorette parties are exciting. After all, it is the last time to go out with your girls as a single lady. It is a good idea to try and schedule bachelorette parties for at least a few weeks before the wedding. Alternatively, you can schedule a bachelorette party during the wedding week – but make sure that it does not involve heavy partying or drinking as both activities can leave you feeling less than your best while walking down the aisle.

Failing To Tie Up Legal Ends

Failure to tie-up legal ends is an expensive problem. So, make a checklist of all the legal paperwork needed before your wedding day. Also, don’t forget to check the local laws and obtain a marriage license within a set timeframe. Keep in mind that laws differ from state to state, too, so you’ll want to either work with a professional or make sure you’re reading regulations for your specific state.

Doing It All

Every bride wants to be in control of their wedding. Unfortunately, not letting others step in and help can prove detrimental to the success of the event. During the wedding week, make sure to step back and delegate tasks like finalizing seating charts. Better yet, you can hire a professional to take care of the little details of the wedding.

Not Getting Enough Rest

In the week of the wedding, it is quite normal for a bride to be anxious, but don’t let it keep you up all night. Lack of sleep often results in exhaustion, a weak immune system, skin problems, and difficulty concentrating. Always stay well-rested and follow a sleep guide to avoid compromising your big day.

Guest Blog by Hannah Stevens
Weddings by Alicia, Ashley, and Bre of Alicia Lucia Photography
Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography

Jason + Ryan, a Ghost Ranch Wedding

Love comes when you’re least expecting it and Ryan + Jason are such a wonderful reminder of that truth. This fall, these lovers invited us to Ghost Ranch to celebrate their love and their life together, something that we were so honored to witness.

Jason and Ryan met at a Conversations About Buddhism group at a meditation center they both attended and Ryan was instantly attracted to Jason’s thoughtful, intelligent insight and contribution to the group. Soon after several chance encounters at a local grocery store (which has its own kind of cinematic, romantic vibe) Ryan realized just how special Jason is to her. Several years down the road, Jason proposed to Ryan on Christmas Day while on a trip in Lubbock, Texas with a photo album filled of their memories together and the words “will you marry me Ryan?” nestled onto one of the images. Needless to say, Ryan said yes to Jason who she described to us as someone who is, “capable of stretching a greeting into a thousand moments while the busy world whirled around in a fury.” (We’re not sure we’re ever heard a more romantic way to describe something as simple as a greeting before!)

Their quaint Ghost Ranch wedding was absolute perfection. From simple, intentional details, to letting the location of Ghost Ranch shine— which, in Ryan’s words, “meant so much to us, as nature is a cathedral for us both.” We were so moved by these two and the pure, spiritual love that they share on such a deep level for one another. If there’s such a thing as soulmates, Jason and Ryan are proof of that once-in-a-lifetime love that you just know the universe conspired into existence.

Cheers to these gentle souls and their love, Ryan and Jason are truly an inspiration!

Vendors
Venue - Ghost Ranch
Catering - Walter Burke Catering
Photographer - Brittany Miller

Blog + Photo Curation by Jaclyn of Alicia Lucia Photography