California Bride

Santa Barbara Wedding at Belmond El Encanto

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This weekend I had the pleasure and honor of photographing Aly and Max’s gorgeous Santa Barbara wedding. Their wedding was at the Belmond El Encanto, a Craftsman and Spanish style venue, and this stunner was the perfect back drop for their Christmas inspired wedding. It was a breezy beautiful day but mostly clear this Saturday, and Aly made a stunning bride. Max looked so amazing in his tails, and I loved when all the bridesmaids brought out a top hat (as a little joke) to finish off his formal look.

The details of this gorgeous couples day, are innumerable, and that’s probably why I had such a hard time narrowing down pictures for a sneak peak. Every corner, ever nook of this venue was stunning. And on top of that the bride added such personal and lovely details. I especially loved their sunset ceremony, complete with candles, a koi pond, and soft chiffon curtains. It may have been cold outside but this couple kept it red hot!

Family and friends came to support this sweet couple, from over 28 different countries. I especially loved all the Norwegian traditions from the Groom and his family. From climbing on top of their chairs or under the table to kiss, when requested with clinking glasses or stomping feet, these traditions added a whole new dimension to the day! They even had Norwegian candy bars at each place setting for their guests, and honestly I’m a sucker for candy, no matter what country it’s from :)

I loved every minute of their day, and I know their future together will be as beautiful as their wedding day was! Congratulations you two and I hope you LOVE this sneak peak!




Photographer: Taryn Nagy Holland - Great Woodland Photography

Coordinator: Wedding Kate

Venue, Catering, Cake, linens : Belmond El Encanto

Hair and Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry

Lighting: Bella Vista Designs

Bridal Shop: Bella Bridal Couture

Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Brides Dress Designer: Eve of Milady Bridal

DJ: DJ Dominic with Bouquet Sounds

Invitations: Etsy

Florals and Rentals: Casi Cielo

Suits: Friar tux

Ring Design: James Allen

Kirsten and James's Casual Cardiff by the Sea Wedding

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When Kirsten described her wedding to me when we first met, she said “Simple and casual romantic beach wedding”. And that is exactly what yesterday was. Stunningly beautiful in it’s simplicity, right on the beach in my little town. These two made their day all about what really mattered to them, their friends and family. And being able to spend an intimate day with them.

Their non traditional wedding, was performed right on the beach with a circle of friends and family surrounding them. We even were able to cruise over to Swami’s to take their first look and family pictures. And an amazing surfer lended them their board for the couple to pose with. (Kirsten surfs and was so stoked!). I love my little town and how friendly and kind strangers can be. Everywhere we went people gave them their space but also gave big smiles and congratulations.

A big congratulations to Kirsten and James! Your day was amazing but your friendship and love really outshined everything else. And it shows in all these sweet pictures. I’m so lucky I got to be there for your day and I hope you love these pictures! The best is yet to come. :)




Photography: Great Woodland Photography

First Look Venue: Swami’s

Wedding Venue and Dinner: Pacific Coast Grill

Table Flowers: Franco’s Flowers

Bouquet: Leucadia Floral and Plant

Rings: Brilliant Earth and Ken and Dana Design

Makeup: Kimm DiCato

Hair: Jullian Rae

Dress: Grace Loves Lace

Shoes: Vince Camuto


Groom’s Suit:

Emily and Justin's Liberty Station Engagement Session

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Yesterday's engagement session with Emily and Justin was full of laughs (and a few tasty drinks from Soda and Swine)! We wandered around the beautiful grounds of Liberty Station and made our session into a little mini date before these two went to dinner for a real date. We walked, we talked, we danced and just generally had a great time. You don't always find couples who are willing to try new and sort of goofy things for pictures but these two willingly (sort of) went along with all my ideas. 

I think something I really enjoy about engagement sessions is that this is an opportunity for my couple and I to become friends. We trade stories, learn a lot about each other, and our families, and I get to learn how a couple naturally moves together.  I love Emily and Justin story, it's full of travel and real adventure. They met on a birthright trip to Israel in 2010 and didn't really connect with each other until right at the end of the trip. But that connection was strong enough to keep them talking and then eventually dating long distance.

It was strong enough that when Justin decided to move to Costa Rica to open a restaurant, Emily decided to move from New York to come along and help build something together. And they've travelled all over ever since, together, because when home is a person you can move any where and belong. 

I am so excited for your wedding, and I hope you love these sneak peaks! 





Venue: Liberty Station

Restaurant/Bar: Soda and Swine

Bride's Shoes: Wild Diva Lounge

Bride's Dress: Mismatch Boutique

Bride's Hair: Jesse Estella at Dye

Ring: Tourbillion Jewelers