Relaxed Santa Barbara Elopement by jaclyn szabo

Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding

When I was asked to photograph TJ and Lucy’s elopement at The Santa Barbara County Courthouse I could not refuse! This is my 8th time photographing a wedding here and every time I come back I find another epic new place to take photos in. Santa Barbara is the perfect place to get married, especially when eloping or having an intimate wedding.

My reasoning for this statement is the location is dreamy! It is a vacation destination also known as the California Riviera, filled with great places to eat and beautiful Spanish architecture. Everywhere you turn you see mountains and the ocean.The courthouse is a popular wedding destination because it is located right in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara and has plenty of ceremony options from the famous “Mural Room” to the outdoor sunken gardens. You can keep things simple with your significant other by having a sweet intimate ceremony at the courthouse and then head to the beach and have a picnic or celebrate with a glass of wine or two at the local wineries.

Have a look at how beautiful yet relaxed this wedding was. Who says eloping or having a intimate wedding means you are giving something up? These are some of my favorite weddings to be apart of because the day is truly about the couple and not about the fuss. Check out some of my favorite photos below….. Also can we talk about how excited I was to finally photograph a bride in a white jumpsuit?! So classic and relaxed. The couple had just their parents come and witness their love and it was so perfect!

Springtime engagement session along the coast of Palos Verde by jaclyn szabo

It is always so exciting when I get to photograph couples that have a vision for their engagement photos and share apart of who they are with me! Venezia and Anthony are an adventurous couple who wanted to have their engagement shoot at one of their favorite hiking spots in Palos Verde… we toured the outskirts of the lush Portuguese bend reserve and ended with the ocean views of the nearby Del Cerro Park. After all the rain we have had in Southern California I was so excited to play in these green rolling hills covered in mustard flowers and with the ocean in the distance it made for such a romantic and striking backdrop for these two lovebirds. I can not wait to photograph their mountain top wedding in July! Here are some of my favorites from the day.

B and B’s Bohemian Harvest Moon Wedding by jaclyn szabo

Check out B and B’s boho harvest moon wedding below

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