Patrick + Sydnie, A Summertime Bosque Engagment

After four years, Patrick and Sydnie decided to make it official and be together forever! We had so much fun capturing their engagement session and are honestly so stoked for their La Fonda on the Plaza wedding this September!

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

Loren + Julia, a Floral Infused Engagement

We absolutely adored our time with Loren + Julia this fall. Not only did they incorporate some gorgeous florals into their engagement session, but we managed to capture some amazing shots of these lovers with the Sandia mountains. We are so excited for their wedding at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe wedding next September! 

Florals by Stephanie Yardman

Photos by Alicia Padilla of Alicia Lucia Photography
Blog and Photo Curation by Jaclyn Younger of Alicia Lucia Photography

 

A downtown Albuquerque Engagement

kyle + katie

what a fun time we had with these two, exploring downtown Albuquerque. We loved all the belly laughs and the real wedding plan talk we had together! a sweet little e-sesh.

Ryan + Rachel, a Hyatt Tamaya Engagement Session

Engagement session season is in full swing and it makes a hearts so happy! Here is a blog preview from our time with Rachel and Ryan at the gorgeous Hyatt Tamaya resort and spa. Ashley and I had a great time getting to know them and we can't wait for their Ruidoso wedding later this summer!

Photos: Ashley + Alicia

Kayla + Austin, a woodlands Engagement session

I sincerely love engagement sessions. Especially with couples who are head over heels in love, down for any adventure and not afraid to get a little dirty! Kayla and Austin were no exception and were such a dream to work with. They didn't hesitate when asked to walk through the tall grass, weeds + cactus, they hiked up hills, and braved all the different desert elements. Not only did they travel from out of the state and set aside the time to get their engagement photos done, but they put all their trust in me and gave me the creative freedom to do my thing.

Ask any creative entrepreneur out there, that has got to be the. best. feeling. ever.  

We explored one of my favorite, most coveted trails just outside of Albuquerque and got to know each other better. I love hearing all about my couples love for each other, and their wedding plans so far. I can't wait for their La Fonda/Coyote Cafe wedding in Santa Fe in a couple months.. Until then, here are just a few of the many favorite images from our time together!

hair and makeup by Monica Stark

Adam + Nicole | Bernalillo Bosque Engagement | Albuquerque, NM | Wedding Photographer

Adam & Nicole are getting married this year. They are having a beautiful November Wedding at Tanoan Country Club and I. can't. wait! We had a blast doing their engagement portraits..

Zach & Meg // Bosque School Wedding // Albuquerque wedding photographer

The most perfect day, from start to finish. Both Zach & Megan were cool, calm and collected -- you could hardly tell they were about to embark on the biggest day of their lives.

When I met them early this year, they both shared how important it was to them to have the different elements of mother nature surrounding them, and getting married at the Bosque School couldn't have encapsulated the beauty of mother nature better. Between the cottonwood trees, the changing leaves, and incorporating so much natural beauty into the wedding (lavender bouquet, pumpkin center pieces, etc.), it was simply lovely! 

On top of Zach and Megan's sweet first look reveal and exchanging heartfelt vows, they also honored passed loved ones by having a moment of silence and lifting off balloons with the names of loved ones who couldn't be at the wedding. It was extremely touching and thoughtful, and it was hard holding back tears.

Zach and Megan, it's been delightful getting to know you guys this past year and i'm so honored to have been a part of the biggest day of your lives!! 

Gown/Bridesmaids Dresses: Coralie Beatrix

Veil: Veiled Beauty

Gold Headpiece: Avigail Adam

Lavender bouquet: Los Poblanos

Grooms wardrobe: Late father's suit

Donut tower: Rebel Donut

Cake Topper: Etsy

Food Truck: Switch It Up

Venue: The Bosque School

 

Jacquelyn + Peter | An Elena Gallegos Engagement | Albuquerque, NM Wedding Photographer

Meet Jacquelyn & Peter, both New Jersey transplants living in the beautiful Land Of Enchantment. We traveled up to the foothills for their engagement session where I learned more about their love! I'm obsessing over all the fun touches about this session. Firstly, Jacquelyn made, yes handmade her gorgeous tulle skirt while her mother crafted the beautiful oversized red rose! All so fun and complimenting to the different elements of the foot hills. I'm excited to get to know this sweet couple this next year and of course ecstatic to photograph their beautiful 2015 wedding! 

Hair/Makeup Artist: C.Johnson Makeup

Gil & Renay | Engagement Session | Bernalillo, NM | Engagement Photographer

These two lovebirds get married this coming weekend! I can't wait to document their passionate and genuine love for each other!!

CJ & Tiffany | Albuquerque Engagement Session | Albuquerque, NM

A blog preview of this sweet couple, Tiffany & CJ. I had a blast documenting their love!

Jeremy & Lacee | Bosque & Sandia Enagement | Albuquerque Wedding Photographer

A preview of Lacee & Jeremy's engagement session. I can not wait for their beautiful wedding next summer! 

Makeup: Christy Johnson of C. Johnson Makeup

Mr. & Mrs. Harvey, a Casas De Suenos Wedding | Albuquerque Wedding Photographer | Alicia Lucia Photography

It was a perfect day with just the right amount of sunlight for the lovely wedding of Charles & Alissa. The beauty and joy poured from every detail of their gorgeous day. From their touching "First Look" reveal, to their amazing vows, the sweet rose ceremony they did to honor both of their mothers, down to the hilarious surprise from the Best Man, during the ring ceremony! It was certainly a joyous day.

Both Alissa & Charles put so much thought and detail to make it absolutely perfect. So enough from me... here I give you Charles & Alissa's perfect day.
 

Venue: Casas De Suenos Bed and Breakfast

Hair & Makeup: The Pretty Committee

Gown: Alfred Angelo

Suit: Suits Unlimited

A huge thank you to my wonderful 2nd shooter, Emma Murphy

Charlene + Steven | Bosque Engagement Session | Albuquerque Photography | Rio Rancho, NM

My sweet friend Char is marrying the love of her life Steven! They have been together close to 10 years and i'm super grateful to have the honor of photographing their beautiful wedding later this summer! I hope you enjoy this adorable engagement session plus the sweet cameo from their precious little love, Miss Katelynn Grace!

Ivana + Jonas | A Casa Rondena Engagement | Albuquerque Wedding Photography | Los Ranchos, NM

From the second I met these two, I knew that their love was true. During my initial consultation with Jonas & Ivana, I couldn't help but MARVEL at their attraction and sincere love they have for each other.  The way Ivana looked to Jonas after every question, their sweet embraces and how they held hands the.entire.time. Seriously, how cute are they? I just knew their engagement session would be so fun to capture but I couldn't dream that it was going to be this stunning! I can't wait for their wedding later this year!

Thank you to Casa Rondena (the most beautiful wedding venue in the state) who graciously let us shoot at their stunning property. 

Oh my gosh!! They came out amazing! You are awesome Alicia! They are perfect. Thank you so much for capturing our special bond!
— Ivana

Rebecca + Bud | Engagement Session | Albuquerque Wedding Photographer | Alicia Lucia Photography

Earlier this month I traveled to Datil, New Mexico, to meet and take Rebecca & Bud's engagement portraits. I was in for a treat with these two. Bud, a proud Datil native, and Rebecca, a small town gal from Las Vegas, NM, met & fell in love in the big city of Las Cruces.

When it came to deciding on a location for their engagement session, they instantly knew that Bud's family property in Datil was the perfect spot!! They brought along their pup Rowdy & we explored the beautiful Cibola National Forrest.

I absolutely adored getting to know these two and capturing their natural, dynamic love for each other was a breeze. I seriously can not wait for their wedding later this year!! 

Jonathon + Kassandra | Albuquerque Engagement Photographer | Alicia Lucia Photography

I was so happy when Kassandra came to me with their idea of incorporating baseball into their engagement session! These two met in college 6 years ago. Jon played baseball and she played softball & next week they will be saying "I Do"!

Congratulations Jon & Kassandra!!