Jenn and Chris were married in front of the Giant Bird of Paradise in the Sunken Gardens at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

This intimate, bilingual wedding ceremony was officiated by the bride's brother in law and decorated with rustic burlap, baby's breath and pink floral details.

After the ceremony we took some photos at the top of the courthouse tower before heading down to one of the most scenic beaches in Santa Barbara, Hendry's Beach, for a bride and groom portrait session. It was really busy because it was the 4th of July weekend, but we managed to make it look like Jenn and Chris had the beach to themselves. Adventurous brides like Jenn make me so happy, I love that she changed into a second dress so they could get in the water!

Their wedding reception was held at Le Café Stella, where they had such a sweet first dance. Congratulations Jenn and Chris! 

Cake | BYG Sweets || Reception Venue | Le Café Stella ||

The Santa Barbara Courthouse offers such great opportunities for wedding photography! Check out this Mural Room Wedding to see other great wedding photo locations!


Today marks one month until Carlee and Brian's Santa Barbara wedding at Rancho Dos Pueblos in Santa Barbara! They chose to do their engagement session in Mammoth because it was a close second when it came to deciding on wedding locations. They ended up choosing Santa Barbara, because as you'll see in this shoot, the snow in Mammoth doesn't melt until late summer!

Shoots like this are the reason I include a complimentary engagement session with my packages; it gives us the opportunity to travel to places that mean something to each couple, and allows couples to get more comfortable being in front of the camera together. 

We met up at Twin Lakes just outside of the city of Mammoth Lakes, where Carlee and Brian had parked their camper for the day. They also included their two dogs in the shoot! The next day we got up at sunrise to shoot at Hot Creek, a naturally occurring mineral hot springs.  I shot a mix of Canon digital and Fuji 400h on 35mm and 120mm film (the square images you see are 120 film from my Hasselblad 500 ELM).

Stay tuned to see Carlee and Brian's wedding next month, they adore each other and are so laid back, it's going to make for an amazing wedding day!