Mat and Yannis // Wedding // Santa Barbara, CA

Sometimes you just have that spark with a client. Something between you clicks and you see eye to eye and feel like you've been friends for a long time, when really, you just met. That's what happened with Mat, Yannis and I. I can say this about a lot of my clients. They are for real, the coolest and I don't know how I got so lucky. How are there so many genuinely nice/funny/smart/interesting people in the world and how are they finding their way to me? I don't know, but there is something about Mat and Yannis that I just can't seem to shake. Maybe it's that when I gave them the option to meet over coffee or wine it was a hard "WINE". Or maybe it was our similar taste in music and style or maybe it was just that the conversation flowed so easily. Whatever it was by the end of the wedding we had all agreed that we should hang out at a later date. I'm so happy we met and so honored to have captured their beautiful wedding day.

Getting ready & first look: Four Seasons Biltmore // Ceremony: The Mural Room at the Santa Barbara Courthouse // Reception: El Paseo // Event Planning: Wink! Weddings // Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries // DJ: DJ Zeke // Live Band: The Caverns // Floral: S.R. Hogue & Company // Hair: Ann Keheller 19Blue Salon

Jon and Jessi // Wedding // Canary Hotel // Santa Barbara, CA

Jon and Jessi's wedding may not have been exactly what they planned or envisioned... i.e. a small destination wedding in Mexico... BUT it had SO much charm and attention to detail for coming together in a relatively short amount of time! When a hurricane damaged the resort where they originally planned to get married, they had to come up with a plan B and Santa Barbara seemed like a good fit, given that they met at UCSB. They chose the Canary Hotel as their venue and hired Shauna at Alegria by Design to pull together the details as quickly as she could. She knocked it out of the park as did all of the vendors who helped Jon and Jessi forget there ever was plan A.

Stephanie and George // Yew Dell Botanical Gardens // Louisville, KY

As you may have noticed, I haven't blogged any images in a long time. Sadly, it is the one thing that gets bumped from my to-do list when I'm pressed for time. My clients will always come before blogging and updating social media. That being said, I'm feeling very good about being caught up on edits and emails and I am so excited to share what I've been working on over the past 6 months! 

This is Stephanie and George's wedding from May of 2014. It was one for the record books. It was an all day marathon of gorgeous details and excited energy. Thanks to an old southern wedding tradition, we had beautiful weather. It is believed that to ensure a rain-free wedding day, a full bourbon bottle must be buried, upside down, at the site of your wedding for exactly one month. That bottle should be dug up and consumed on the day of your wedding. Praise the bourbon gods once again! Stephanie and George also had a not-so-traditional wig party at the end of the night that can only be described in images. I cannot say enough kind words about these two and I hope you enjoy their wedding day images as much as I do.

Darin and Niko // Anniversary Session // Santa Ynez, CA

When Darin and Niko came to me with their request for a styled anniversary photo shoot commemorating 10 years together, through thick and thin, I was so excited to help give them photographs and an experience to remember. I immediately could relate to their story of finding one another in high school, growing apart, then reconnecting as partners for life. I have a similar story with a certain someone :)

Niko, being a photographer herself, had a pretty clear vision of what she wanted. She wanted to capture the romance of a bygone era, which would prove to be quite easy given their extensive collection of love notes and poems written to each other over the years. They also had an affinity for antique cameras and typewriters that I was pretty excited to incorporate into the shoot. We worked with hair and makeup artist Tawni Jones of 19 Blue Salon to create a classic 1950s look and pulled clothes from local Santa Barbara stores and our own personal collections. Honea Vineyards in Santa Ynez was kind enough to let us romp around their property for a few hours and it was an absolute dream! From atop a hill on their property we watched the sun set on one side and the full moon rise on the other. All-in-all, despite running up and down the hill about a thousand times, it was a pretty magical shoot.

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Adam and Katelyn // Wedding // Santa Barbara, CA

Adam and Katelyn are SO fun and adorable and I want to be best friends with them and I loved every single detail of their event.

They planned a beautiful wedding on East Beach, here in Santa Barbara, with a reception at the Cabrillo Pavillion Arts Center. A color palette of pale pink, grey and white looked stunning against the coastline backdrop. Florals and decorative elements by Shannon Neels made the day feel so personal and lavish.

At the reception, Katelyn and Adam's 15-person wedding party and Rembrandt, an energetic live band from LA kept the dance floor packed all night, playing everything from Michael Jackson to Beyonce to Journey. I'll let you guess which of those three I captured in the last few dance floor images of this post.

I actually cannot stop myself from dancing when good music is playing. My body involuntarily moves to a beat, so I was doing a lot of dance photographing at this wedding. It's the latest in photographic techniques :)

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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