Spanish Style Wedding

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

Jenna and Kaj Darlington House Wedding, La Jolla


From Jenna and Kaj's first encounter at a Frat formal, to a proposal in Spain at the Parque del Retiro in Madrid; this couple topped it all off with yesterdays stunning Darlington House wedding. The Darlington House is a great representation of these two and their adventurous spirits, with the inspiration for their weddings' theme coming from their travels in Spain.  With accent colors of Pinks, Corals, Sage Green and Gold , that all perfectly reflected the colors of the Venue.

I love how weddings bring families and friends together and collectively we all are there to witness and help create a new family. From sweet loving speeches, to tender moments with parents, and dancing and celebrating with friends, it's all a whirlwind of over-whelming and happy memories. And I get to be the one to help record and create an heirloom.

This wedding was beyond lovely, and for me it was even more special because I was able to return not only as a photographer but a past Darlington House bride. It was so sweet to live and record this day with Jenna and Kaj, and have it in every moment remind me of my own wedding. 

Jenna and Kaj, I hope you are relaxing today and enjoying your first day as Husband and Wife. And Hopefully these images bring some extra joy to this already joyous weekend. 




Big shout out to all the amazing vendor for putting together this stunning event:

Photographer: Great Woodland Photography

2nd Shooter: Brittanee Taylor Photography

Photography Assistant: Jax Connolly Photography

Day of Coordinator: Jessica Mattly Blue Stocking Events

Venue: Darlington House

Dress Shop: Tour of Elegance

Dress Designer: Stella York

Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew

Groom's Suit: Macy's - Calvin Klein

Bride's Shoes: INC

Caterer: 24 Carrots Catering

Rentals: Raphael's Party Rentals

Florist: Lois Mathews - Lois Mathews Design

Baker: Debbie McLaughlin - Cakes to Celebrate

DJ: DeeJay Swiss

PhotoBooth: Instant Memories Photobooths

Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting

Hair and Makeup: Haydee - Bridal by Haydee