A couple weeks ago I photographed my friend’s, Amanda and Jason’s wedding in Santa Barbara at Garden Street Academy. This is such a gorgeous and unique hidden gem! Near the Santa Barbara Mission and the Museum of Natural History, this school also offers the space for private events. It has the traditional Spanish architecture often found throughout Santa Barbara, with several small gardens, a large lawn, and it even has a private chapel. Amanda has an amazing eye for detail and she made the space look even more beautiful!
Amanda and Jason both got ready at a cute little Air BnB about 5 minutes from the venue. We got their first look photos on the property before heading over to Garden Street Academy for the ceremony and reception. The ceremony was held at the venue’s chapel and was officiated by our friend, Tim from In the Mix Events. The reception was so much fun, since Amanda and Jason are good friends of mine, I was also one of the guests and could enjoy the party with all of our friends. I still kept my camera nearby and made sure to capture the most important moments for them.
Pittsburgh Destination Styled Wedding Shoot I photographed late last year while I was still living in the city. I wanted to visit as many areas as possible that capture the essence of this unique and vibrant, steel city. Pittsburgh, PA has a great, edgy charm, yet there’s so much elegance and class. There are so many cool backdrops for wedding photography.
The beautiful bride wore a gorgeous gown from Blanc de Blanc Bridal. It had an old world, vintage feel. We paired it with bright, royal blue platform heels, that popped against the pewter gown. The bouquet from Sapphire & Lace added to the look with an earthy, vibrant feel. The bride wore a handmade headband and later replaced it with an equally chic handmade hair clip from Eva Elderkin Creative. The groom’s final touches were compliments of Jack’s Tuxedo.
I loved how this styled shoot turned out and really think it gives a good idea of the amazing architecture and scenery you can get having your destination wedding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!
Unico 2087 Hotel Riviera Maya Destination Wedding. Tiana and Nick’s wedding was just last weekend at a gorgeous, luxury, All Inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. They had about 40 of their closest family and friends there to join them. I couldn’t have been happier to be included! My boyfriend was busy with work so he couldn’t join me. Fortunately for me (and Nick and Tiana) my BFF and fellow awesome photographer, Stephanie was able to come along to keep me company and second shoot. This was probably one of the funnest weddings I have ever photographed! I’m sure the amazing location helped, but everyone was so nice! They really made us feel like we were apart of their tight knit group.
Almost all of Tiana and Nick’s couples portraits were taken before the ceremony around the resort. There are lots of little hidden gems on the property. Since we were staying at the resort, we had plenty of time to explore and get some cool and unique shots. It was a little stormy the day of their wedding but luckily no rain actually came. We were able to enjoy a dusk ceremony overlooking the Caribbean blue ocean. After the ceremony, we took some of the family photos and then went to the reception. They had this really cool giant LOVE sign by the dance floor. I love how it looks in the background of so many shots!
Tiana surprised Nick with fireworks at the end of the night, it was the perfect ending to their perfect beginning. <3
Santa Barbara Elopement Photography. Debbie & Casey had a small, intimate elopement a couple weeks ago at the gorgeous Santa Barbara Courthouse. With just 20 or so of their closest family and friends there to witness their marriage. They said their vows to each other, exchanged rings, and became husband ans wife. Debbie’s uncle is a judge and officiated the ceremony for them.
We had a little time before to capture some photos of just the two of them together. After the ceremony we took group portraits and then some more photos of just the two of them. They ended their evening having a dinner reception at a nearby restaurant.
The Santa Barbara Courthouse is such a popular place for weddings. There are so many places for a ceremony. A lot of people choose to have their ceremony on the grounds in the Sunken Gardens. The Mural Room, inside the courthouse is also quite popular, and it is such a beautiful room for a wedding. Debbie and Casey found a nice and private corner on the side of the courthouse to have their ceremony. Considering it was a Saturday, and one of the busier times, that was a perfect spot for them to be alone.
Here are some of my favorites from their Santa Barbara elopement wedding.
Tamy and Ryan’s wedding at The Lodge at Malibuo Lake was just a couple weeks ago. They were blessed with blue skies and a light breeze, these two tied the knot in front of family and friends, overlooking Malibuo Lake. The wedding was a relaxed party from the beginning till the end, couples are rarely more relaxed than these two.
They decided to have a first look before the ceremony where they could see each other in private. After they had a little alone time, we were able to get some photos of Tamy and Ryan with their bridal party. This was such a fun group of people! I got to see one of my couples from a few years ago as well, Liz and Travis! Ryan and Travis are brothers and Travis was Ryan’s bestman, and Liz was one of Tamy’s bridesmaids. Liz is also a makeup artist and made Tamy look even more beautiful on her wedding day.
After the ceremony we had the opportunity to walk over to the lake for some of the bridal portraits. The Lodge has a swingset near the lake which they wanted to play on for a minute. I love so many of the photos I was able to capture for them. Here are my favorites.
Ventura Beach Engagement Session. Last week I met up with my friend Amanda and her fiancé Jason to capture their engagement session. We went to Ventura Beach, which is over by downtown Ventura. Amanda wore a beautiful, long, flowy dress which worked perfectly for the windy beach day. We started at the pier and worked our way down to Surfers Point, ending their session in downtown Ventura. It was really fun seeing them all cute and cuddly, and they hardly needed my help at all telling them what to do. Being with each other and intimate in front of the camera came a lot easier to them than any of us expected so it was nice being able to get a glimpse into their little world.
Amanda is from Ventura, and Jason has a business growing coral. Having their engagement session in Ventura beach was a perfect choice. The weather was a little cooler than expected but we got some pretty cloudy skies which can be rare in Ventura. I love walking down the boardwalk at Surfer’s Point. It always has such a lively vibe, so many people biking, and walking their dogs. It was fun going there with them.
Jessica and Jose’s wedding at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach was a couple weeks ago. Their wedding day started off with the two of them getting ready with the help of their family and friends at the Crown Plaza. From there we went to the Santa Clara Church, which is one of the prettiest churches in Oxnard! The architecture both inside and outside truly is stunning. After the ceremony we captured all of the family photos and then had some fun with the bridal party. The steps in front of the church make a perfect backdrop for photographs.
It was a typically perfect Southern California day, sunny with bright blue skies and not too windy. We went to Surfers Point in Ventura for my favorite part of the day, taking pictures of the new husband and wife! Jessica wore a gorgeous, long, lacy veil and it looked so beautiful against the blue water! We had just enough time at the beach to capture some sweet moments of the two of them,
Their reception at the Crowne Plaza was awesome! All of their guests seemed to be having so much fun! DJ Alexis kept the party going all night and the dance floor was never empty. The food was delicious, and the drinks were flowing. I don’t think their day could have gone any better.
Here are my favorite’s from Jessica and Jose’s wedding day.
Tara Country Inn Wedding Photography. Nicole and Ryan celebrated their wedding day at Tara – A Country Inn in Clark, PA. It’s a beautiful venue about an hour outside of Pittsburgh. The ceremony was right on the main lawn with the building creating a perfect backdrop. The property is right next to the Shenango River Reservoir, we were able to take a short walk and get gorgeous sunset photos right on the water.
Nicole planned most of the wedding herself, and it really looked perfect! I loved her gown, it reminded me of frosting on a cupcake and who doesn’t love that?! Did I mention Nicole wore the coolest friggin shoes, and walked with more grace and balance than I managed in my flats! I totally love how she had the old glamour look with a cage veil. She paired it with a beautiful diamond clip with a feathered flower in her hair. She was such a breathtaking bride! One of the most easy going couples, Nicole and Ryan never turned down a photo-op, and were up for anything I’d suggest.
Bridal Session at Nicole’s Family Ranch
The following day I met them at a ranch just outside of Lake Erie for photos with Nicole’s prize show horse, Roger. My allergies were really not too happy during the session, but the ranch was worth it and I am so excited with the pictures! The weather was everything we hoped for! The sky was sunny and we ended the evening in a field of yellow flowers with a colorful sunset.
I feel like they quizzed me on what kind of wedding I like photographing the best, and designed their whole day based on me! I’m just gonna go ahead and assume that’s what they did. 😉
And the moment you’ve all been waiting for… here are my favorites from their wedding weekend!
This was such a fun Pittsburgh engagement session at Point State Park! Vanessa and Micheal were so easy to work with, I love when my clients are super easy going and relaxed… Actually, I think all of my clients are like that! YAY for awesome, chill, and fun people! 🙂
The lovely couple got engaged over the holidays. Micheal’s sister was sweet enough to gift them their engagement session with me. We started the shoot at the tunnel/bridge walkway in Point State Park and from there, worked our way through the area. I had to tell them where I wanted them to stand and what they should do beforehand because they’d be too far for me to give them direction. It actually worked out as a nice warm up for them before the rest of their engagement session.
Like most Yinzers (a term Pittsburgh locals refer to themselves and other locals as, which is new to me and I’m not 100% sure I’m using it correctly, but you get the point) they are huge Pirate’s fans. From Point State Park you get a great view of PNC Park. We went over and they slipped into their fan-gear and posed in front of the stadium. We also got some great shots in front of some of Pittsburgh famous yellow bridges!
The weather originally said it would rain but luckily it turned out to be a perfect day. Luck was on our side and we had partially cloudy skies for their session. I love the photo of them near the pink flowered trees. I love spring time here, so many beautiful flowers everywhere! Another favorite is the photo of them lookin’ all cool in front of the bridge. Lol!
Here’s a few of my favorite photos from their Pittsburgh engagement session.
Pittsburgh Winter Engagement Session. Had a great time photographing Rita and Greg’s engagement session at Frick Park in Pittsburgh last weekend! This was the first session I ever shot while it was snowing outside!! Brrrr, it was cold! But I LOOOVE how the pictures turned out! For some reason I tend to only blog about weddings and I skip over the engagement sessions altogether, but I really wanted to share this one since I love snow and I loved working with Rita and Greg! They brought their 1 year old adorable pup, Wally along for the session and it was great getting some with him too. 🙂
It was the best time of year to get their engagement photos. It was near the end of fall, so we got the gorgeous fall colors, and it was the beginning of winter, and we got one of the first snow falls for the season. Having the bright oranges and yellow from the trees, combined with the light blanket of snow made everything so magical. I love that I was able to capture snow falling around them. It really was such a beautiful – yet very cold day!
Check out their pictures from their engagement session!