Elopement At Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara In Santa Barbara, CA | Christina & Evon

Elopement At Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara

CHRISTINA & EVON

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Elopement photos at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara:

Evon first contacted me online and it was a real honor to receive the praise he had for my work and a request to be his wedding photographer. He and his fiance, Christina were planning something a little different, which is something I always embrace, and it was an absolute pleasure to be behind the camera to capture this elopement at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

Rather than a traditional wedding celebration, Evon and Christina were planning an elopement with just the two of them at the luxurious Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara. Backed by the Pacific Ocean, this private residence is nothing short of spectacular, and they had rented the entire estate for their elopement weekend.

My wife Charlene and I were already excited at the prospect of this mini-destination wedding (as Santa Barbara is about two hours drive from where we are based), but really swept away by Evon’s hospitality to have us stay the night at Luneta Plaza and join the couple for their wedding dinner.

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Evon and Christina kiss on spacious hammock after their elopement dinner at La Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

 

Getting ready photos at Luneta Plaza:

Before arriving at the Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara on the morning of the elopement, our only communication had been through email, so it was nice to finally put a face to Evon and Christina. We started by capturing candid portraits of both the bride and groom as they were getting ready in separate suites, as well as some details shots of the stunning ring, Jimmy Choo shoes and elegant bridal gown that Christina would be wearing.

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A details shot of Christina’s elegant bridal gown, backed by the Pacific Ocean at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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A close-up details shot of Christina’s stunning diamond ring, taken within a rose at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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The bride getting ready with hair and makeup before her wedding ceremony at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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A details shot of Christina’s beautiful Jimmy Choo wedding shoes at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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A close-up details shot of Christina’s jewelry before her wedding ceremony at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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A black and white candid shot of Evon getting ready for his wedding ceremony at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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A candid shot of the officiant preparing Christina for her intimate wedding ceremony at Santa Barbara’s Luneta Plaza.

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Christina’s hair and makeup artist helps fix her veil as she was getting ready at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara:

The couple had decided to have a first look session on the grassy lawns of the Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara, and the setting was absolutely beautiful with the waters of the Pacific Ocean in the background. We then captured a few couple portraits of the two of them, accompanied by their very cute dog.

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Christina walking towards Evon for their first look session at the luxurious Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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The bride and groom looking into each other’s eyes during their first look session at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara, backed by the Pacific Ocean.

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The bride and groom both kiss their adorable dog before their intimate Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara wedding ceremony.

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A details shot of Christina’s glamorous ring and bridal heels before her wedding elopement ceremony at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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Capturing a close-up shot of the bride’s stunning bouquet before her intimate wedding ceremony at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

 

Ceremony photos at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara:

The ceremony was a very intimate but beautiful occasion, with the couple both looking radiant as they exchanged vows. I particularly loved how gorgeous their dog was, watching on as Christina and Evon said “I do”.

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Christina’s beaming smile as she exchanged vows with Evon during their Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara wedding ceremony.

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The couple’s cute dog (complete with a tuxedo) watches on proudly during their Luneta Plaza wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Evon’s expression as he exchanges vows with Christina at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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The newly married couple kiss on the grassy ceremonial lawns of Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara after being pronounced husband and wife.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara:

After exchanging vows, we took a few final couple portraits as the sun sank below the horizon, and used the hammock to get some whimsical, beach-side shots as the sky slowly transformed and silhouetted the palms. I felt like these Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara elopement photos really encapsulated the escapism of this wedding and the idea of being on a romantic vacation with just your loved one.

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A dramatically-lit portrait of the newly married couple beneath an elegant chandelier at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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Evon kisses Christina on an ornate stairwell within the private estate residence of Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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A close-up shot of the bridal couple’s wedding cake during their Luneta Plaza elopement dinner.

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The newly married couple and their cute dog within the luxurious private residence of Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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Evon and Christina kiss on spacious hammock after their elopement dinner at La Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara.

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The newly married couple, backed by a sweeping vista of the Pacific Ocean, after their Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara wedding elopement.

 

Reception photos at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara:

Darkness set in quite fast, and I used this opportunity to take some creative portraits using Luneta Plaza’s elegant chandelier and an ornate, dimly-lit stairwell. We were then treated to a wonderful dinner, served by Evon and Christina’s personal chef, and felt quite honored to spend this first dinner with them as husband and wife.

 

Elopement photos at Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara:

Evon’s kind words regarding my wedding photography offered great encouragement and inspiration for me, and I hope that these Luneta Plaza Santa Barbara elopement photos lived up to their expectations.

March 17, 2015

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