Cocoanut Grove wedding photographer

        There are several reasons why one of my favorite wedding venues on Monterey Bay is the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz.

        the bride and groom on the beach at Cocoanut Grove

        Reason No. 1 is that really laid-back and playful couples seem to get married here. Matt and Erica definitely fit that description! I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that these two have been together since high school. They are such an easygoing and fun couple to be around. It’s so cool to grow up with your spouse when you have that kind of relationship!

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         Another thing I like about Cocoanut Grove is that there are so many fun places to take couples during the portrait walk—which is perfectly fitting for a historic amusement park! Here the newlyweds sit in a pedicab across the street from a rustic hotel. Check out this past wedding for more portrait spots.

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        I also like the personalized marquee at the Cocoanut Grove. All couples get to see their names on display on this lovely bright sign with the elegant lettering. It just adds to the special excitement of having a wedding at such a beloved historical venue.

        If you are thinking of getting married at Cocoanut Grove, give me a call at 831-325-4183! I have photographed many weddings and portraits at the Boardwalk and have many more samples to share.

        Click here to see a slideshow from this wedding.

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        A sweet family wedding at Shadowbrook in Capitola.

        I have a lot of catching up to do! The summer has been flying by and I’ve been busier than ever. I took a few days off for a little r&r with my family and now I’m ready to catch up on my blog. I photographed this lovely family wedding at Shadowbrook last month.  The couple’s children were in the wedding party and we decided to meet early to take family portraits.


        Before the wedding ceremony we met at their hotel at  the Inn at Depot Hill. What a lovely bed & breakfast! The light and decor are amazing. The perfect place for a honeymoon, destination wedding or a stay-cation.

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        The newlyweds each have 3 children and now they are one big happy family. Check out these smiles!

        family portrait

        The ceremony was at Shadowbrook over looking the Soquel Creek. A lot of people like Shadowbrook because it’s a pretty place and it has a sideways elevator. I like it for the food and wine selection!

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        kilt wedding

         Congratulations Stacey & Gavin!

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        Radonich Ranch wedding venue makes my all time favorite photos

        The other night as I drove home from a beautiful wedding, I realized I was on a roll. It seems like every wedding I’ve photographed in the last few months has put me in contact with so many nice, kind hearted people who know how to celebrate! Not only the couples and their families but also the other vendors they have hired.

        wedding at Radonich Ranch

        I think these images from Chris & Lora’s wedding at Radonich Ranch express that. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I’m so fond of some of these new favorite photos.

        MOB and MOG
        New favorite photograph; The Mothers. Sometimes referred to as the MOB and MOG. I think they had a great time:)

        Barn decor by Eventscapes, Ltd.
        New favorite venue photograph; The Lounge. Eventscapes did a marvelous job decorating the barn!

        dj matt riley
        New favorite DJ photo; The Party Meister, DJ Matt Riley. No words needed, I have pictures! See slideshow below.

        If you are planning a wedding at Radonich Ranch or anywhere in Northern California, give me a call. 831-325-4183 I still have a few dates open in 2012 and am booking for 2013.

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        • Holly - August 5, 2012 - 5:44 AM

          Beautiful alnd Fun! Wow. I love this series. What a beautiful family.

        Hot pink and navy wedding at the Monterey Plaza Hotel

        Summer beach weddings are very popular on the Monterey Bay and one of my favorite venues is the Monterey Plaza Hotel.


        You never know if it will be cold and foggy so when it’s warm and sunny the celebration is even more special.

         A gorgeous view to say “I do”.


        Hot pink and navy details. I love Terry’s navy pinstripe suit!

        Congratulations, Terry & Jennifer!

        If you are planning a wedding on the Monterey Bay, give us a call! 831-325-4183

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        Weddings big & small, I photograph them all!

        I remember when my husband asked me to marry him 20 years ago. Our first plan was to elope. We planned on jumping in the car and driving to California and getting married on the beach somewhere with a beautiful view. Like many couples, we changed our plans so our family and friends could could help us celebrate. There is a lot to be said for a small wedding. Less stress and fewer details make for a more relaxed ceremony!

        at Lone Cypress

         Lately I’ve been photographing a lot of smaller weddings with couples from all over the world who come to the Monterey Bay to elope. Sometimes they choose this area based on a photograph or one of my blog posts. A couple of weeks ago I photographed this sweet elopement at Lone Cypress on 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Ashley and Roberto travelled here from Pennsylvania.

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         Congratulations Roberto & Ashley!!

        If you are planning to elope, call me 831-325-4183! I have an elopement package that makes it very easy to say “I do”. Some of the other vendors who made this wedding special are Reverend Donna with Honey in the Heart Ceremonies, Lezlie with Grand Design Floral, Lorene Stewart makeup & hair artist and the Monterey Plaza Hotel.


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        • Maureen @ Lyssabeth's Wedding Officiants - June 13, 2012 - 12:13 PM


          Your elopement photos are fabulous and it’s always such fun to officiate a wedding where you’re taking the photos. LOVE the purple flowers, too!

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