It was a lovely afternoon to get married at the gorgeous Santa Barbara courthouse! April and Keith were surrounded by family and friends and got married on the lawn inside the courtyard area. Thank you to all who attended to wish them well, and thank you April and Keith for having me on your special day.

 

Santa Barbara California is the ideal location to elope! Year round amendable weather, gorgeous ocean & moutain views, our own airport, and plenty of local amenities make our small city perfect backdrop for a wedding of any size.

I’m Barbara of Fine Heart Photography, I photograph weddings and elopements in Santa Barbara. As a local I know the best kept secrets, and I won’t be sharing them all here, but without further ado here are my top 5 reasons to elope in Santa Barbara

5.  The Food

 

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Santa Barbara California is the ideal location to elope! Year round amendable weather, gorgeous ocean & moutain views, our own airport, and plenty of local amenities make our small city perfect backdrop for a wedding of any size.

I’m Barbara of Fine Heart Photography, I photograph weddings and elopements in Santa Barbara. As a local I know the best kept secrets, and I won’t be sharing them all here, but without further ado here are my top 5 reasons to elope in Santa Barbara

5.  The Food

SB is home to some world class restaurants, from taqueria style mexican to 5 star Italian, whatever you’re craving, and whatever your budget you can find it in Santa Barbara! When you book me, I can advise you on the best local restaurants, and the tourist traps to avoid!

4. The Weather

You won’t have to worry too much about your decision to elope on a whim, Santa Barbara weather is temperate year round. It hovers around 60-80 most days of the year. I hardly ever get to photograph a wedding in the rain, darn it!

3. The Easy

Located on the Central coast of California, Santa Barbara is 2 hours north of LA, 5 hours south of SF, and we even have our own airport! No matter where you are hailing from, travel into SB is easy, and once you get here local traffic is a dream! If you elope at the courthouse the parking lot is across the street, downtown a street over, and the beach down a few blocks. Getting your license is also fairly easy!

2. The Scenic Backdrop

The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a photographer’s dream as a backrop for any occasion, but especially elopements! I get to take the happy couple around the arches and murals and fixtures of this amazing building and photograph you on your wedding day! And that is just the start!

Some of the most beautiful beaches and parks are just blocks away from the courthouse. We have butterflies that migrate through, and mountain views looking down upon the harbor!

#1 No Stress

You can be the chillest bridechilla in the land, but a wedding is only as calm as its calmest link. I personally adore the pomp and circumstance of a big wedding day, there is so much ceremony to enjoy and loads and loads of family and friends to enjoy and accommodate! Not everyone enjoys a big hurrah, and frankly the expense can be overwhelming. An elopement can be just you and your sweetie and some precious meaningful vows. If you add a bouquet, a fancy dress or suit and book a deluxe photographer like myself, that will enhance and commemorate a day that is very simply about love and connection.

 

 

Meet the beautiful Elizabeth! Marketing sessions are so much more than a headshot. Bring a change of shirt, or layer on a jacket and you’ll have marketing images to use for days! In this visual world, we all need to use images to connect with our clients friends and family on social media, and beyond. Elizabeth had some recent body changes she was celebrating, so we were sure to include some full body shots! Go girl!!

I bring my creativity, my eye for beauty and my amazing photography talent to bring you quality portraits, and lots of them! Book this power packed marketing session and you won’t have to sweat what to post on insta for at least a month!

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Each photoshoot with you is hand created to reflect your beauty, and tell your story. Life is at times sunny and joy filled, and capturing those moments is amazing! But there is another side to life, and I believe we can savour the poignant moments in our lives as well, and celebrate journies and transitions. This photoshoot is dedicated to the bittersweetness of life, the darkness without which there is no light. Big hugs Emily, and thank you for sharing in this journey with me.

 

Santa Barbara is a popular destination for weddings and elopements alike. Whether you prefer the iconic architecture of the courthouse, or the picturesque beaches, or the local gardens and parks, Santa Barbara offers a wealth breathtaking beauty as a backdrop to your love. Best thing is,  the temperate costal climate means you can plan your wedding or elopement any month of the year! The weather is temperate, and every month offers different trees and flowers in bloom. My personal choice of month would be September. It is still warm, but not too hot, no June gloom and the days are still long enough to have a flexible timeline with cocktail hours and such.  That being said, here are some points to consider before you even set your wedding or elopement date in Santa Barbara California.

 

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Summer is the most popular and in Santa Barbara  it sure is gorgeous! That coastal climate means the temperature never gets too hot or cold. The long days mean you can have a late night timeline, and include lots of activities. If you are banking on sunny skies, Santa Barbara is a great choice with our few days of precipitation per year. That said, that heat is kept at bay by what we locals refer to as ‘June gloom’ which has lasted the entire month of June, but does burn off by 12-1 most days.   Summer is host to a few iconic events that ensure local hotels are booked, crowds are maxed, and venue prices might be high. These events include UCSB graduation (around 1st week of June), Old Spanish Days (aka Fiesta in August), and the Summer Solstice parade. Looking ahead and avoiding those weekends may be a good idea for a large event, where if you are eloping you may want to enjoy the festivities!

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Fall is Santa Barbara is the ideal combo of good weather and good length of days. It is extremely popular, and I love September weddings. One thing to note is that Santa Barbara is somewhat low on that Fall color/ seasons changing that many love in a fall wedding. Of course, we can get gorgeous trees but you have to hire a local photographer who knows where to take you to find that Fall color palate.

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Spring turns Santa Barbara into a magical garden. Although your chance of rain goes up in Spring and Winter, so does your chance of gorgeous green grass and foliage around your venue. Santa Barbara foliage can get scrubby brown in a chapparal style into a dry late summer, which has its own appeal for sure! But if you want that green green backdrop then a spring wedding is for you!

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Whatever month you choose, be sure to contact me, Barbara,  to be your photographer! As a Santa Barbara local, I know all the local beaches parks and venues and can help guide you to the right vendors and spaces and places for your ideal day.

Katy and Jim got married at a gorgeous ceremony in Pasadena Ca surrounded by family and friends. Thank you to Noor venue and coordinators at Wife of the Party for your hard work making it so pretty and making the day go so smoothly!

Helen and Mark’s wedding was a lovely celebration to remember forever! They were married by dear friends at Mark’s work, the Salvation Army church. The reception was at the historic El Paseo restaurant. It was a beautiful fall wedding and I’m so lucky I got to photograph these two love birds and friends! Thank you Helen and Mark, and Congratulations on being married!

I had the honor of photographing Tracy and Joey’s wedding ceremony surrounded by family and love at the Santa Barbara courthouse. It was an imtimate affair, and of course the Santa Barbara Courthouse is the perfect drop for an elopement! 

Check out this link if you would like more information on eloping or getting married at the Santa Barbara courthouse.

I was so lucky to photograph this special time in Maggie and David’s life! I had a blast photographing their wedding, and getting to see thier family grow is truly my honor. We had a great time out in the lovely light just the happy couple with baby Emma in the belly! Thank you all for having me to document such a lovely moment in your life!

We had a smashing time watching little Marcus enjoy his very first cake! This little guy is the sweetest ever, he smiles when you say ‘CHEESE!’ and his Mom and Dad are pretty awesome too! Thank you Isabel and Brandon for having me capture this precious moment!

 

 


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