On Thursday, November 16th SBEP will host their Monthly Venue Tour at the MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and I am super excited to share that I will be presenting a photography workshop, How to Take Better Event Photos for your Social Media.
I am so honored to share that Nikki and Kyle's wedding got published today in Borrowed & Blue. I loved photographing this fun loving couple at Belmond, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA.
Here is the link to Borrowed & Blue.
This weekend I participated and photographed a wedding showcase at La Arboleda, an orchard and a venue in Santa Margarita Hills, CA. The venue is located just in-between Lompoc and Buellton on HWY 246. With it's 360 degree gorgeous back drop this venue has many amenities including a bridal suite, groom suite, ceremony site, large barn, stage, rustic bar, bbq pit, and a wood burning oven.
This wedding venue was built by the owner's father from the ground up, who also built a lot of the local wineries around Santa Barbara Wine Country. There are so many beautiful details about this wedding venue that I absolutely love! The rich history and story of this venue steeps deeply in beauty & artistry all the way from each wooden post in the barn, barn glass doors, to the wooden water wheel right outside of the bridal suite. The wooden posts were made from trees from across the street that were dug from the drought and milled down to create all the posts in the barn. The wooden water wheel was handmade from a reclaimed fence. There are many little pieces of interesting history like this woven throughout entire venue.
It was especially wonderful to be part of this particular wedding show case because of all the friends and new friends that I met. It was wonderful to experience our tight knit community. Some of the wedding professionals that showcased included, Pure Joy Catering, Scott Topper Productions, Bella Bridal, Solvang Bakery, Sweet Repeats, Scratch Kitchen, Fiddlehead, and many more!
Here are some of my favorite images of the day. To see all of the images I photographed, you can view them here on my online gallery.
I love these wedding portraits of Nicki and Kyle that I photographed at the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara in August of 2016.
Tyler and Yoon Young's wedding was so beautiful. There was so much love in the air that you could feel the love that they had for each other. The wedding was so classy and beautiful and their gentle spirits spoke great volumes of love and happiness that surrounded their special day.
I attended another fantastic SBEP event on Thursday, September 15th at the Montecito Event Center. This special showcase featured the talented members of SBEP. There were at least 100 event professionals that attended. Some of my favorite highlights included, music by Scott Topper Productions, the delicious hors d'oeuvres by Chef Michael Hutchings with Michael's Catering, desserts by Christine Dahl Pastries, and seafood paella by SB Paella Catering. The end of the night finale featured a dance performance by La Boheme, a Burlesque Fusion Performance Group. Thank you SBEP for hosting a spectacular event.
On July 21st I joined Santa Barbara Event Professionals (SBEP) on a breathtaking grand tour through the beautiful sprawling grounds of Bacara Resort and Spa, the Mediterranean-style luxury resort in Santa Barbara, CA. Bacara Resort and Spa has a gym, spa, gorgeous rental cabanas, two ocean-front saltwater pools, and some amazing restaurants.
We also received a sneak peak of a beautiful guest room and it was stunning! It was super plush with a soaking tub, a private balcony, and a complimentary bottle of wine.
The last stop of the tour was at the newly renovated restaurant, Angel Oak, which was formerly Miro Restaurant. SBEP members were greeted with a glass of sparkling champagne, the tastiest shrimp cocktails, delicious oysters in a half shell with lime sauce, and a special gift from Bacara. Angel Oak also houses a beautiful wine cellar with an extensive wine collection and private dining rooms which would be great for wedding rehearsals.
Here are some images I photographed during our amazing tour. A big thank you to our generous and super gracious hosts from Bacara Resort & Spa, Debbie Holmes, Becca Peng, and Monica Finley at Bacara Resort and Spa. It was a beautifully hosted event!