Ian and Misa’s Santa Barbara wedding on Saturday was a blast and an awesome change of pace for us.
Most of our weddings are in the mountains, between Mammoth, Tahoe and Reno, so a beach destination wedding was a challenge we were excited to take on.
We rolled into town Friday evening to scope out the location, Alice Keck Park and the adjacent Unitarian Church. The park, with its striking banyan trees and koi ponds full of turtles, were unlike anywhere we had shot portraits before. The courtyard in front of the Unitarian church was incredible as well. It had all the Santa Barbara, Spanish-mission charm, but was far enough away from the craziness of the annual Fiesta on State Street to keep the ceremony and reception quiet and intimate.
We met the ladies Saturday morning at the salon in Montecito, and got a few images of the girls’ preparation. From there, we headed to the park for some shots of the guys as they set up the croquet and game site for the post-ceremony celebration. Josh and I both had time to sneak the bridal parties away for some group shots at this point, including the traditional Coors Cap shot, as you’ll see below. I think Ian said that was a pose that had been passed down through the generations of his Scottish ancestry, but I’m not sure I heard him clearly when he said that.
Josh spent this time with the ladies, and he’ll be posting some of those images Thursday.
When everybody was ready, Ian and Misa met in the park for the first look, and had a moment of quiet time before the festivities began.
The ceremony was fantastic. Their vows, including Ian’s comment that if Misa followed him to Stockton, she must really love him, were hilarious. poignant, and sentimental. After the kiss, Ian’s Scottish grandfather led them back out the aisle with a bagpipe tune that made everyone in the park stop and take notice.
From there Josh and I led the bridal party to what might have been the biggest banyan tree in the park for some cool group formals, and then on to the reception. Josh will have much more on this, but the courtyard setting, taco truck and their incredible attention to the details made this a wedding photographer’s Disneyland.
The night finished up in the church, with dancing and the photo booth (which we’ll post shots from next week), and Josh and I left once again completely satisfied with the day’s events.
Again, Josh will be back Thursday for more of the day from the ladies’ perspective, as well as some of his big group shots from high in a tree and much more. Check back then.
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