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I often get asked about my favorite wedding flowers, venues and vendors. Near the top of my list is Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley and pink peonies.

pink peony bouquet

I love this portrait of Traci at Holman Ranch. Her peony bouquet was created by Gavita Flora, a Santa Cruz based florist.

pretty pink peony arrangement at altar

Gavita also created the altar floral arrangements

pink peony center pieces

and center pieces.  Black accents with pink flowers made for a lovely combo at the reception. Here’s a link to another favorite wedding at Holman Ranch.

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So far, 2013 is going down as the most mild winter weather I can remember! With gorgeous days like this, it’s hard to believe it’s February. Sunshine and blue skies, two of my favorite ingredients for beach weddings! And of course the third ingredient…

seabright beach


seabright beach lighthouse

Congratulations, Ellen & Troy! You picked the perfect day to elope!

walton lighthouse in Santa Cruz

If you’re planning to elope in Santa Cruz or the Monterey Bay area, give me a call 831-325-4183. I’ve photographed 100s of weddings and elopements and know the area well! Thank you to Lyssabeth’s Wedding Officiants for referring another awesome couple!

  • Trudy - February 26, 2013 - 9:26 AM

    What great photos! Makes me want to grab my fiance, jump in my car and go to Santa Cruz and elope!

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Every year on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, I host a portrait fundraiser for local non-profits. This year I chose the Safe Schools Project which trains area youth to help promote tolerance and understanding at their  junior high and high schools.

a love theme portrait fundraiser

Walk-ins are welcome! Check out our Facebook page and last year’s event.

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Last summer was one of the busiest and warmest summers I think I’ve had in Santa Cruz. Now that it’s colder and I’m not shooting as much, I’m finally getting the chance to review and reflect on so many special weddings I captured. That’s a great thing about photography, you get to relive your memories through photos.

Dream Inn Santa Cruz wedding

Stephanie & Ian chose Santa Cruz for their destination beach wedding for the awesome views, tropical subtleties and fun activities. They started their day at the Dream Inn and then took their custom vintage ride down Beach Street.

santa cruz boardwalk

Next stop, a sweet family ceremony under the light house at Seabright Beach with the brother of the bride as the officiant.

lighthouse wedding photos

 It was a little windy, but the skies were clear, and love was everywhere.

love is everywhere in Santa Cruz

Cake from the Buttery

Keeping with their retro tropical theme, the couple chose Hulas as the perfect place for their wedding reception. Check out that adorable 60’s inspired frosting, courtesy of The Buttery.

tattoo wedding rings

Matching tattoos instead of rings, so cool!

Hulas wedding reception

 Cheers to Stephanie & Ian! I wish you a lifetime of cool breezes, warm hearts and lots of love.

If you are planning a wedding in Santa Cruz or anywhere on the Monterey Bay, give me a call 831-325-4183 or email me for more information.

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In the past year a couple of A-list celebrities tied the knot here in Big Sur. I think they were attracted to the seclusion and beauty of this remote location. I can’t think of a more romantic place to elope than Big Sur, California. It’s equal parts gorgeous, private and magical.

elope kiss

Big Sur has something for everyone. There are wonderful restaurants, high end hotels, camping areas and many unique places to stay. Check out this recent elopement at the historic Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. David and Renee travelled here from Wisconsin to get married in the ancient Redwood grove and to stay in one of the adorable cabins (above).

wedding couple on beach

The beaches in Big Sur are nothing short of amazing!!  I hear there is even a beach with pink sand! Another reason I must go back soon.

a kiss on the beach

The end to a beautiful day. Congratulations, David & Renee! Other vendors who made this elopement spectacular include Lezlie with Grand Design Floral and Zee with Lyssabeth’s Weddings.

Check out this link to an engagement session I photographed at the Henry Miller Library a couple of years ago.

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