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Elope in the beautiful sunken gardens of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse! Enjoy the ethereal 360 views while you exchange vows in front of your whole village, or enjoy a more intimate setting with just you and your fiancé!

For a full wedding ceremony, setting up guests by the fiesta stage ensures a full view of the tower and arch, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous architecture.

If you choose to elope, there are several spaces you can choose outdoors, and on really cool spot in the courthouse itself! Its just a little nook on the second floor in the office where you get your license, but it has some cool curtains, cielings and other elements to enjoy that many who visit this courthouse never get to see!

If you’re eloping in Santa Barbara, its easy to add a few elements that will make the simple but special day even more so. Here are some suggestions that will help make your photos pop!

 

  1. Sweets 

Grabbing some sweets and sharing that ‘first piece of cake’ moment not only makes the photos exciting, it adds an element of joy to the day. Some couples like adding a litte more of the grandiose in the form of a simple cake cupcake or donut! For cakes I recommend Anna’s Bakery! For about $30 they’ll give you a delicious whipped cream frosting cake already on the shelf. For donuts, Hook and Press just can’t be beat! And for cupcakes, Crushcakes is a local hit!

2. Florals

If you’ve though ahead you may have contacted a local florist to get a flower crown, boquet and boutonniere. There are many florists I know of that work on short notice, so you can email or call me for a current list of who I’m working with. Short of that, you can buy some poses from any of the 4 local Trader Joe’s and bind them together in an easy peasy bouquet.

3. Dress

If you haven’t thought about a wedding dress, I have some you can borrow! Putting on a white dress just makes the occasion grand and the photos pop!

The one thing I wouldn’t skimp on is the photography! No matter how simple or fancy your details are, I will render you and your partners special love in images you can treasure forever! Like diamonds, these images will become more precious over time! Call me, I’d love to chat about your upcoming elopement and anything I can do to help!

Jenn and Travis’ magical sunset elopement on the Ellwood bluffs near Santa Barbara Ca. It was my honor and pleasure to capture the love and union that was solidified on this wonderful day! Thank you Jenn and Travis for choosing me, I hope you enjoy these photo memories for a lifetime.

 

Thank you Father Jerry for the beautiful ceremony and Hook and Press for the gorgeous donuts.

There are many beautiful places to Elope in Santa Barbara, Ca. and the surrounding areas. The iconic Santa Barbara Courthouse is a favorite for destination weddings, but for those who prefer nature to architecture for your vows, consider eloping in Ellwood! The Ellwood bluffs are for the couple who wants variety in their elopement photographs, from green forest to blue ocean to orange sunset skies, this area delivers for pretty backdrops!

For your elopement photos, we start on a walk into the canopy of eucalyptus groves and use the lush green backdrop to pose. Then we can walk on up to the bluffs overlooking the stunning Santa Barbara Coastline. Sunset is a great time to elope here, and take advantage of the stunning view!

Jenn and Travis made a smart stop at Hook and Press to grab some gourmet donuts that sure do make for a pretty picture! Officiating the ceremony was Father Jerry, a local favorite minister who performs beautiful ceremonies with just the right amount of reverence and levity for your special day.

 

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Jason and Jenny got married at Alice Keck Park Santa Barbara in an intimate ceremony with family and friends! Congratulations Jason and Jenny!

Congratulations Rey and Bryan on your wedding day! You are an amazing couple full of joy and love and surrounded by those who love you dearly! It was a beautiful day to join two beautiful souls.

Rey and Bryan enjoyed their wedding surrounded by family and friends! One of the best ways to enjoy your wedding day photography is a photobooth! We offer photobooth services so you and your friends can enjoy your Santa Barbara wedding for days to come!

Rey and Bryan’s Wedding

November 10, 2018

Santa Barbara, California

Thank you to the wonderful vendor team including

Fine Heart Photography

Amazing Days Events

Blush & Bangs

Chooket Bakery

Mariachi Jalisco Entertainment

Leana Rae and the Baes

Alpha Floral

The Hyatt

Eloping in Santa Barbara is easy! Make sure you have a witness, or you’ll pay them $51 to witness you! Of course, as your photographer I’m  happy to fill in!

To elope in Santa Barara, you simply need to fill out a license online, then set up a time to take an oath, sign papers, pay the fees, and then you can get hitched right then and there, with the gorgeous Santa Barbara Courthouse as a backdrop! Of course you will want to book me, Barbara, an amazing photographer who makes the process fun and delivers gorgeous images! Below is the link to the online marriage license form. Scroll down to find some useful links for eloping! Enjoy my courthouse wedding photography along the way. – Barbara

Some things you might not know:

You need a witness or else you pay a $51 witness fee. Your lovely photographer can be your witness.

You can have a friend appointed BY the courthouse to perform your ceremony (no need to go online to a church).

Helpful Links

Santa Barbara Marriage License Application

Make an Appt for Marriage Ceremony  (costs $23 and takes 48 hours)

Get more information on elopement photography from FineHeartPhotography!

Here’s a slideshow of images from Tanya and Billy’s courthouse elopement.

Get more information on marriage in Santa Barbara County

Best of luck to you and many happy returns!

 

 

 

 

Tanya and Bill’s Elopement was an intimate and romantic moment, I’m honored to have captured their moment at the Santa Barbara Courthouse!

Thank you Tanya and Bill for having me, it was a wonderful day!

For information on eloping in Santa Barbara see my Elopements page.


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