Congratulations Eileen and Neil on your beautiful intimate beach ceremony! Here is a sneek peek of the images to come.




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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!

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.

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!!

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!

(805) 637-0752