Santa Barbara is such a perfectly beautiful city. The architecture mixed with lush greenery, the weather, and the details within it all. It's no wonder so many people flock to the city to elope, get married and host events. On this particular spring morning I had the pleasure to photograph F+J's Santa Barbara Courthouse Elopement and it was so special.

We started the morning with a few photos of some details including the rings and bouquet. F+J then read their written vows to each other, just the two of them. It was intimate, sweet and just how they wanted it to be. Afterwards, we took their photos all around the courthouse until it was time for them to sign their paperwork and have their mini ceremony. They truly loved how simple the process was and how perfectly it fit their needs.


As I wrote earlier, Santa Barbara is gorgeous. The Santa Barbara Courthouse in particular is very special in that it has all the elements of the city in one space. It's well-kept, has greenery and nature everywhere, beautiful stone on the grounds and Spanish architecture all around. We absolutely took advantage of the space and all the nook and crannies that it has to offer. From the white buildings to the staircases to the iconic bell tower and the beautiful palm trees and all types of greenery, we used the entire Santa Barbara Courthouse as our backdrop for this special time in their lives. Because we started the session early on a Thursday, we avoided the crowds too. It felt like we had the location to ourselves. It was such a special way to elope.

Towards the end of our time together we spent some time in the records room to make their wedding official on paper. The ceremony was a few minutes long and was held outdoors. I was their witness. It was truly perfect. This Santa Barbara Courthouse Elopement could not have come together better. I am so incredibly excited to share these photos in hopes that you find inspiration within them too. If you love them and would love me to photograph your beautiful Santa Barbara Elopement -- or Wedding, please reach out, I would be so honored!

a few frames of film---

The End

This absolutely beautiful day ended up being picture perfect. We started the day with details and bride and groom first THEN they did their sweet ceremony. We didn't realize that we'd have the option to have the ceremony outdoors so that was a special surprise at the very end.

If you're interested in having me be your Santa Barbara Courthouse Elopement photographer please reach out. It would be so absolutely wonderful to photograph your special day.