For a Tuscan wedding photographer, shooting a wedding in Santa Barbara is the most natural and comfortable thing. The hills of California reminds me to Tuscany, and even if no cypress trees are dotting the landscape, California provides lush forests and a truly impressive visual purity. That’s why when I was asked to photograph this wedding in Santa Barbara, I accepted without reservation. I like the United States; I love California and shooting abroad is always motivating. Moreover, these lovebirds are fantastic, and I’m not afraid to say that I have a special feeling with them. So, after their engagement photos at the Knapp’s castle, I also shot their wedding on a September day.
The bride and groom got ready in a villa in Montecito together with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. Once prepared, I took their first photos at the Botanic Garden. They later exchanged vows and rings on the lawn of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, among their excited friends and families. After the ceremony and a few family photos, we went to Butterfly Beach, where I took some portraits before sunset. There was the perfect climate! The warm light embraced the newlyweds during the photo shoot on the beach. There couldn’t be a better background for photos, among kisses and laughter with their friends close.
Allice had been a traditional and chic bride at the same time: she chose a dress that perfectly enhanced her shape. A sweetheart neckline for the bodice and soft light silk for the skirt, with a deep side rip noticeable during romantic strolls with her Ronald, very elegant in his black tuxedo. A true evergreen without excesses, for a timeless class. As for the reception, Allice wore a soft long dress, perfect for celebrating and enjoying the night with a more glamorous touch.
The reception took place at Villa & Vine, in the main street of Santa Barbara, right in front of the legendary Arlington Teather. The talented wedding planner Vivian of CMG Events had set up the tables al fresco with an unforgettable setting. An aperitif followed by a delicious dinner took place here, interrupted only by the traditional speeches. Any better end than dancing with friends until late at night?
Thanks to all the vendors involved, with special mentions to Robert Michael Films, the flower designers Rooted & Wild, and Laura Rocha the makeup artist. California always holds me surprises, and it’s not a coincidence that it is one of the most beautiful places to get married in the world.