There is a reason so many couples flock to the Santa Barbara Courthouse for elopements each year. As Yvette and Ian discussed wedding plans, their focus quickly turned to Santa Barbara. Considered by many to be the most beautiful government building in the country, the Santa Barbara courthouse is a true icon. Yvette gushed over the incredible architecture, so it was important to highlight that in their photos just as much as the newlyweds themselves.
Yvette’s first sight of Ian was watching him skateboard along the road she had been driving with friends. When she made an off-the-cuff comment about him being cute, her friend at the wheel immediately pulled a U-turn so Yvette could tell him for herself! Ian quickly got her number and they later went out to dinner.
The two planned a small ceremony that was intimate but not lacking in sentimental value. Yvette always imagined walking arm-in-arm with her father down the aisle. They had a great deal of runway to work with as they made their way around the perimeter and down the steps of the garden. The guest list was limited to just the most important people in their lives: their parents, her best friend and his brother, and their darling young daughter. And on that beautiful late summer afternoon, the two exchanged vows on the steps of the courthouse’s Sunken Garden. Finally, they were officially husband and wife.
Yvette and Ian, what a treat it was to be part of your beautifully intimate celebration. We talked about creating heirloom images for your family to remember this special day. It’s was an honor to capture those for you.
Photographer: Leslie Joy Photography
Officiant: Pastor Matt Agnew
Hair stylist: Comb Studio Salon
Florals: done by the bride
Dress: Emsilkdesign on Etsy