Being born and raised in the Santa Barbara area, I know just how special this area is for so many people. I feel a personal connection to Santa Barbara not only because I'm from there, but because it provides some of the most dynamic scenery available in Southern California for a wedding photographer to capture. There are very few places in the world, let alone California, that you can take romantic, sun-washed engagement photos on a pristine beach, then drive twenty minutes to the astounding mountains that provided the backdrop to your beach session. For your wedding photography, you can expect the "Santa Barbara style," Old Spanish architecture and tile roofs to wow your guests and provide the perfect balance between simplicity and elegance.
Whatever your style is, Santa Barbara delivers. The Santa Barbara Courthouse is one of Santa Barbara's gems for a simple venue with a historic background. This picturesque courthouse, both inside and out, boasts Spanish architecture, floor-to-ceiling murals, and dynamic greenery in the surrounding Sunken Gardens that provide a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding photographer (hopefully me!).
For those who enjoy outdoor weddings, you can't go wrong with one of my favorite venues, Godric Grove in Elings Park. This venue boasts amphitheater seating for your guests, shady oaks, a large lawn area perfect for your reception/dancing area (or just dancing if that's your thing), and a deck overlooking the picturesque Santa Ynez Mountain range for your guests to awe at. Between the oak trees, views, and proximity to Hendry's Beach, you'll have plenty of choices for your wedding photography to stand out beautifully. Any Santa Barbara wedding photographer's dream is to photograph a wedding at any of the area's garden estates, like incredibly unique Lotusland, to the acres of diverse landscaping at the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens; these venues provide some of the most unique and magical botanical masterpieces from all over the world.
There are plenty more stand out wedding venues in Santa Barbara and the surrounding area that will make your wedding photography stand out from the crowd. The panoramic views of the mountains and city from the Canary Hotel provide a stunning backdrop and a warm ambiance for your guests to enjoy. If you're more into the classical elements of the historic landmarks of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum has a warm, romantic, Spanish ambiance between the walls of the historic adobe structures and unique desert landscaping. If you'd rather have romantic, beachy vibes for your ceremony, look no further than Chase Palm Park, the Rainbow Arch / Chromatic Gate of Cabrillo Park, or The Hilton Beachfront Resort to name just a few.
One of my dreams is to photography a wedding at the absolutely astounding Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm. A perfect greenhouse wedding venue overlooking the Santa Barbara coastline, this venue provides the beauty and magic of the beach from the comfort of the surrounding bluffs.
I could go on-and-on about the best venues in terms of wedding photography, but in the end, you really can't go wrong choosing any venue in Santa Barbara. Whichever venue you choose, I keep my commitment to beautiful, sharp, and timeless wedding photography, capturing the memories that you and your partner will cherish forever. Contact me to book your Santa Barbara wedding photographer today! I would love to meet you and capture your beautiful Santa Barbara wedding!