A beach/bluff e-session is one of my favorite combinations. I was thrilled when Sami contacted me after having seen some of my work and wanted to shoot their engagement photos at Douglas Family Preserve and Hendry's Beach. It's like my second home! When the light is too strong you have some tree coverage up on the bluffs and when the sun starts to set you get to go play on the beach. If I ever complain about anything - someone please remind me I live in paradise and have my dream job. Now let's all enjoy Sami and Trevor's engagement collection. And take note of the fedora when you see it. It was the hat Sami was wearing when Trevor proposed. *collective AWWWW*
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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I had the pleasure of meeting Sara and Matt face-to-face for the first time at Hendry's Beach, here in Santa Barbara. They live in Colorado but love to be near the ocean. While drinking celebratory champagne in honor of their newly engaged status, Sara and Matt shared with me the story of how they began their courtship. It was a long game of Cat and Mouse in College before Sara finally agreed to go out with Matt. Soon after, they discovered they share an insatiable love for traveling and exploring. So, it seems perfectly fitting that while on vacation in Hawaii, after an unexpectedly strenuous hike up a crater, Matt proposed and Sara said yes. Now, here they are, living proof that the right one is truly worth waiting for.
Simon and Alyssa, an ever-so-hip L.A. music-scene duo, know how to work hard and how to play hard... And what better time to play hard than at your own wedding on the shores of Playa del Carmen, Mexico!
Sometimes I am astounded that it is MY JOB to observe and capture the glow of happiness surrounding two people who are madly in love. It is an infectious feeling. I find myself involuntarily smiling, laughing and crying right there with my couples, behind my camera. Simon and Alyssa's wedding was no exception and possibly the most fun I've had on the job, ever. A close friend of the Bride and Groom performed the Ceremony with heartfelt sentiment and hilarious anecdotes. The guests then enjoyed a steak dinner while sipping Tequila Partida, flown in for the occasion by the maker, also a friend of Alyssa and Simon's. Yeah, they have a lot of friends. Then, everyone took their shoes off to dance the night away in the sandy cabanas to music carefully curated by Simon and Alyssa (as can only be expected from two music enthusiasts). It was one hell of a party and I was honored to be a part of it. Congratulations Simon and Alyssa! Arriba! Abajo! Al Centro! Y Pa'dentro!