It was a beautiful November day that Cara and Eddie chose for their wedding. They were surrounded by the love of family and friends, and the day was one to remember. Congratulations Cara and Eddie, and we wish you happiness forever after!!
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).
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!
15 Aug 2018
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.
The Santa Barbara Courthouse is an iconic place to get married whether you are eloping, or having a larger celebration. The local wedding community is excited to announce the Santa Barbara Courthouse is now offering receptions! Whether you are a local admirer of this amazing architecture or a visitor looking for the perfect destination elopement spot, the Santa Barbara Courthouse is IT!
They have a handy tool to check your date online!
I know this courthouse so well, and its a favorite backdrop to make memorable imags. I adore photographing weddings and elopements at the Santa Barbara Courthouse! Call Fine Heart Photography today and I’ll be happy to go over details regarding eloping, getting married, and family portraits and celebrations at the Santa Barbara Courthouse!
18 May 2017
Jessica and Dan are getting married in wine country in Paso Robles in June. We had the distinct pleasure of touring around their reception location, Niner Wine Estates, with Andrew our concierge for the wine, the views and everything in between.
After a few shots with the iconic Heart Hill, Andrew took us over to the newly aquired property where we found some amazing little spaces to take photo with beautiful light, barns, old cars and wildflowers.
Monique and Natalie are two of the most wonderful ladies I’ve had the pleasure of photographing, and I’m so excited for our upcoming publication in Rock and Roll Bride! From the moment I met them I knew I wanted to be the one to document their wedding day and their special bond! We just clicked right away! They originally wanted a spring wedding, but as proud gay women they recall all too well times when they didn’t have a right to marry. Considering the tumultuous times, they decided to move up the date and elope on January 1st, a very special date for both of them. Of course I suggested the Santa Barbara courthouse because it is one of the most beautiful places to get married in the world!
They had some really cute details at their elopement style wedding including the cutest dinosaurs dressed to wed! The rainbow Converse were stunning for sure, but my favorite part was the rainbow died roses by Bella Vista Florist in Lompoc Ca! WOW!
I was so lucky to meet these amazing ladies and document their day. They were surrounded by their close family and friends in a really amazing day that celebrated their happily ever after!
This wedding was featured in Rock n Roll Bride issue 13 in April of 2017 in print, yes IN PRINT! We were not only offered a feature, but a feautre in the actual print magazine which is huge!
Congratulations again to Monique (Monica) and Natalie, two of the most charming and fun women I’ve had the pleasure of working with! And that is saying a lot because I have the best clients ever! I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with these phenomenal women.
29 Nov 2016
There are so many good reasons to get dolled up and do a wedding photoshoot outside of your actual wedding day! Maybe you need a redo because didn’t hire a pro, or perhpas it was raining, and you were really hoping for outdoor images with soft golden light, or you got married on a boat, and poses and backgrounds were limited. Maybe you secretly disliked your hair or makeup but didn’t say anything at the time, or it could be you purposely arranged to do longer portraits after the big day so you could spend more time with friends! Or maybe you just want to show off how you still fit in that dress in an anniversary shoot every year! There are so many reasons why you might want to do a portrait session in your wedding attire after your wedding day. And that’s what Cherish and James wanted to do for their Anniversary. Cherish is a pinup girl, and just loves getting dolled up in that classic old hollywood style! And her new husband Jimmy was also more than willing to don his wedding clothes and stand by her side for some lovely portraits!
Cherish and James originally got married on a boat! They liked their photos, and thanked their photographer for his work, but they also recognized that a boat has limited options in terms of posing and lighting. They didn’t have time set aside on their timeline for extensive photos, nor did they want to leave their guests for an hour or more. What Cherish did want was amazing high quality images she could hang on her wall, so we set her up with this amazing anniversary shoot in beautiful Santa Barbara Ca.
It was a lovely day! Most of the time, weddings are on a strict timeline! And you better believe as your photographer I’m going to honor that timeline that you so carefully crafted! On this day we didn’t have that limitation. We just had a couple hours to make pretty, and boy did we!
Since Cherish and James love that pinup style, we also managed to score a mid century Ford Truck! The cream color with red accents was just perfect for a pinup themed bridal shoot! We also used one of my classic vintage brooch boquets to set off this scene!
I finished off the session with some Halloween themed ring shots for these cats, who love fantasy and are just ‘Halloween all year long’ kinda people!
The below image is my aboslute fav from this session! It combines my two loves, wedding and pinup photography! Since I know Cherish from the pinup community, I knew she’d love this edgy sassy pinup pose! Doesn’t she look dashing?
Thank you so much Cherish and James for allowing me to make these gorgeous images with you! I know you will treasure them for life! Click here to see Cherish and James’ full gallery of wedding anniversary photos.
01 Nov 2016
Santa Barbara is a wonderful place for a destination elopement! You can do everything you need to do at the stunning Santa Barbara Courthouse. The courthouse is one of the most stunning I’ve ever seen, and hundreds of people get married here each week!
Eloping in Santa Barbara is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
- Get a Marriage License in Santa Barbara. Click here to get to the application. All you need is your IDs and $100! Once you complete the application its ready in about 40 mintues! You can get married the same day it’s good for 90 days in California! To get married at the courthouse, you can either pay to reserve a spot, or you can wing it and choose any open space!
- Hire someone to marry you! You can either choose a justice of the peace from the courthouse or you can choose your own officiant! Father Jerry is a popular local officiant!
- Hire an amazing photographer! Elopements are just $495 for up to 2 hours with a gallery of images included. I know every nook and crannie of this courthouse and will create gorgeous images that honor your special bond! I make it a fun experience, some couples say portraits with me is the most fun part of their intimate ceremony! Contact me to discuss your Santa Barbara Elopement!
If you care to venture away from the courthouse we can head out to the beach, the Mission, or some of my favorite parks for photos! I will be your Santa Barbara tour guide! If there’s something special you would like on your day like florals, champagne, or restaurant recomendations, I will help with any and all of that! My focus is on your and your fiancé, and making your day the most fabulous it can be!
The central coast is an amazing place to elope! The courthouse is a great place to start, and from there we can go to groves of butterflies, bluffs overlooking the ocean, an antique carosel, and of course the iconic Santa Barbara Mission! And we can do all this in just a few hours!
Derek and Catrina’s Santa Barbara wedding set at the Fess Parker Doubletree was a perfect day!
These two were surrounded by so much love! With more than a dozen family and friends on each side, they had the biggest bridal party I’ve ever photographed! This was an amazing group of people, and I was so lucky to second shoot for Karl Ko Photography and create these beautiful images.
The Bride’s suite at Fess Parker was amazing, and as she put on her dress and got ready, the details of the day began to unfold!
Her Badgley Mischka shoes sparkled almost as much as her gorgeous diamond ring!
The Groomsmen were prone to laughter! I’d be yuckin’ it up too if I recieved the amazing personalized groomsman gifts they were gifted!
Their first look was spectuacular. Inside the aisle of the lovely Fess Parker Double Tree Rotounda, they met and saw each other’s wedding look for the first time! I love their expressions! There’s nothing like looking on the one you love looking on your with love!