Beautiful Bacara Resort Wedding with Justin and Michelle

by Andrea Schmitt

Some couples have it all.  

Enter: Michelle and Justin. They are so in love, so fun, and absolutely beautiful on the inside and out!  Their love and happiness was infectious on their wedding day.   

First let me say, I love a man that can cry.  Sorry Justin-I’m kinda throwing you under the bus on this one.  But seriously, Justin and Michele’s ‘first look’, was so beautiful and emotional you could feel their hearts bursting with joy.  Chris Schmitt (photographer),  Brian Starkman (videographer), and of course me and the bride and groom were all in tears.  The moment Justin and Michelle saw each other the love and the happiness resonated throughout.  That private moment when he turned and saw his bride- her dress, her smile, he covered his mouth and just shook his head in amazement and then the hug and the kiss.  Look at this picture! It captures it… Are you tearing up yet?

Plus, to make it even more incredible, the location for this wedding was at THE dream location, Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara CA.  

Look at this wedding ceremony view!  It is perfection.  She wanted to enter through big doors and leave with inflatable beach balls while the Beatles song “All You Need is Love” played.  So cute!

Also worth mentioning is the chuppah.  It has been passed on for generations with each couples names embroidered, so it had very special significance to the family. The ladies at Rock Rose Floral dod an amazing job with florals at this wedding!

But the most popular photo op was probably the “Love” sign below overlooking the beautiful Pacific coast. Thank you to the wedding party for putting up with me and making them all pose on the sign when the rain looked like it may mess up their hair!  

Light rain came and went throughout the afternoon, but that didn’t ruin a thing for their day.  The heartfelt toasts and dances, cigars, s’mores, and then the dance party that ensued (all accompanied by mini Fireballs provided by the father) made this day a fantastic memory for all involved.  

It has been said that “rain on your wedding day is good luck”.  Not that these two need it.  

All you need is Love.

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Wedding Venue: Bacara Resort and Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA 93117
Catering: Bacara Resort and Spa
Event Coordinator: Wedding Kate Events | 805.963.6064 |
Make-Up and Hair: Elizabeth Sokol | Contact: 818.480.2446
Wedding Cake: Lele Patisserie | 805.252.7392 |
Florals: Rock Rose Floral Design | 805.966.9626 |
Lighting: Bella Vista Lighting | 805.966.9626 |
Rentals: Tent Merchant | 805.963.6064 |
Videography: Brian Starkman| 818.703.6993 |
Music: West Coast Music | 310.278.6848 |

To inquire about our services, please contact our studio directly at or call us at 805.222.5064.

Bacara Resort Santa Barbara Wedding| Sacha and David

We had the pleasure of photographing Sacha and David’s beautiful wedding at one of our favorites wedding venues, The Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara CA. Bacara resort is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Southern California. It’s spanish style charm offers more scenic and picturesque vantage points than almost anywhere else.

What a beautiful couple and Sacha looked gorgeous on her wedding day! What better way to show off her baby bump than in couture wedding gown, floral crown by Butterfly floral and Louboutins!  Big thanks to Maryam from Delicate Details for her expertise in wedding coordination and making sure the day went off smooth as could be.

#gettinggleibed2016, #bacara

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Wedding Venue: Bacara Resort and Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA 93117
Event Coordinator: Delicate Details |
Wedding Florist: Butterfly Floral |

We’d love to hear from you! To inquire about our services, please contact our studio directly at or call us at 805.222.5064.

One and Only Ocean Club Destination Wedding

We had the pleasure of flying down to Nassau Bahamas this month to photograph the wedding of Lauren and Dickie at the incredible One and Only Ocean Club Destination Wedding. We love photographing destination weddings and this one was amazing. The most important factor on a wedding day for us is having enough time to create the types of images we are known for. But in tropical locations, weather can often be challenging with rain and wind, as it was on this particular wedding day. But hopefully if we did our job right, you would never know it from looking at these photos.

The rain stopped just a couple minutes before the ceremony started. We loved the stormy look especially with the dramatic Cloisters as the backdrop. The Cloisters are the 14th century remains of a French Monastery. It was originally purchased and imported to the US by newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst and later bought by Huntington Hartford and brought to the grounds of the One and Only Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

After a beautiful sunset ceremony, I set up to take a few stellar portraits that showcased the location and beautiful couple. Later, Lauren the bride, was surprised by Dickie with a live performance by country singer Ray Scott who wrote their first dance song. He flew down the band to perform their hit song Never Wanna Be Without You and play a mini concert for the guests. Now that’s romantic!

The guests feasted on a delicious menu catered by the One and Only Resort and enjoyed Ray’s live performance well into the night. At the end of the evening, we convinced the wedding party to end the night right with everyone jumping into the pool. That ended with me joining them as you can see in the last photo!

Boy do we love our Destination Weddings!


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