Wedding At Bacara Resort And Spa In Goleta, CA | Leah & Kyle

Wedding At Bacara Resort And Spa

LEAH & KYLE

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Wedding photos at Bacara Resort And Spa:

It was my good friend Trini Leon of Nozza Studio who referred newly engaged couple Leah and Kyle to me. She was going to be their wedding planner for the luxurious day they had planned at Bacara Resort And Spa and it was a pleasure to be a part of it.

I had the opportunity to get to know Leah and Kyle over the last year, capturing their engagement session in Orange County back in the Fall and a final meeting a few weeks before their wedding to discuss all the final details.

When the 4th July weekend came around for their wedding day, it was nothing short of spectacular, and an honor for me to be the photographer for their wedding at Bacara Resort And Spa. While this amazing venue is actually located in Goleta, it is more renowned as being in the upmarket area of Santa Barbara, with a stunning view over the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean.

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Leah and Kyle walk hand-in-hand along the Santa Barbara cliffs following their Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

 

Getting ready photos at Bacara Resort And Spa:

While I was with the girls capturing their final moments getting ready, Charlene was with Kyle and the boys as they made their last minute preparations. There were lots of memorable moments to capture, with Leah giving her bridesmaids thank you cards that evoked a lot of tears and emotions, as well as the couple exchanging cards. Once Leah was in her bridal gown, we used the opportunity to capture some portraits of her within the beautifully-lit suite at Bacara Resort And Spa, together with hers and Kyle’s mom.

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A black and white shot of Leah having her makeup done before the wedding ceremony at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Kyle prepares for his wedding ceremony in one of the suites at Bacara Resort And Spa in Goleta.

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Capturing a tender moment between Kyle and his mom before the wedding ceremony at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Kyle adds a few finishing touches to his bridal attire in one of the suites at Bacara Resort And Spa in Goleta.

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Leah’s mom helps to secure her bridal gown as they prepared for Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

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Leah’s bridesmaids react upon seeing their friend her bridal gown in one of the suites at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Kyle’s dad helps him prepare for his wedding day at Bacara Resort And Spa in Goleta.

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Kyle puts on his suit jacket, accompanied by his dad, in one of the suites at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Kyle checking himself out in the bathroom mirror before his wedding ceremony at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Leah’s bridesmaids and moms help her step into her bridal shoes at Bacara Resort And Spa in Goleta.

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A black and white candid shot of Leah with Kyle’s mom as they prepared for the wedding day at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Tears all round as Leah’s bridesmaids read cards written to them by the bride before Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Kyle’s reaction as he reads a card written by his future bride in a suite at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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The bride reads a card written by her soon-to-be husband at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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An emotional moment for Leah, her bridesmaids and moms in a suite at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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A portrait of Leah in her gorgeous wedding gown before Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

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A close up portrait of the bride as she prepared for her special day at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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A portrait of Leah with her bouquet in one of the naturally-lit suite windows at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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A close-up portrait of Leah before her luxurious wedding ceremony at Goleta’s Bacara Resort And Spa.

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A casual first look session between Leah and her step-dad Rocky at Bacara Resort And Spa in Santa Barbara.

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Leah wipes away tears with her mom at her side before Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Bacara Resort And Spa:

After an impromptu first look between Leah and her step-dad Rocky, it was time for the more official first look session with her husband-to-be. It was a pleasure to capture the couple’s reactions as they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day, followed by a Bacara Resort And Spa wedding photo session in the lush landscaped gardens.

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Leah walks towards Kyle during their first look session within the lush landscaped gardens of Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Capturing Leah and Kyle’s reactions on seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day.

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The couple embrace during their first look session at Bacara Resort And Spa in Santa Barbara.

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Kyle kisses Leah’s hand tenderly during their Bacara Resort And Spa first look session.

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Kyle kisses Leah affectionately on her forehead during their first look session at the luxurious Bacara Resort And Spa.

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A portrait of the couple looking through the lush greenery of Bacara Resort And Spa in Goleta.

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The couple embrace during their Bacara Resort And Spa wedding photo session.

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Leah, Kyle, and their bridal party pose for a portrait before Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

 

Ceremony photos at Bacara Resort And Spa:

It was then time for the wedding ceremony itself, which was a really grand event with more than 200 guests on the ceremonial lawns of the resort, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Kyle’s grandfather was one of the most important guests, so for a fun photo, I had him holding the vow cards.

The wedding ceremony was a gorgeous event to capture, with the blue of the ocean juxtaposed against the lush green of the lawns and everybody looking stunning in the late afternoon light. I captured the reactions of both Leah and Kyle as they exchanged vows, together with the “breaking of the glass” Jewish wedding ritual that honored Kyle’s family roots.

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Kyle’s grandpa proudly holding the vows at the start of Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

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Kyle being embraced by his mom at the start of Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

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Leah being walked down the aisle at Bacara Resort And Spa by her dad and step dad.

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Capturing Kyle’s reaction as he and his best man watch Leah walk down the aisle at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Leah being given away at the aisle during her marriage to Kyle at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Looking across Leah and Kyle’s wedding ceremony at the luxury Bacara Resort And Spa in Goleta.

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Leah and Kyle being united by their officiant at the aisle during Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Kyle’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Leah at Bacara Resort And Spa in Goleta.

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Leah’s joyful reaction during her wedding ceremony at the glamorous Bacara Resort And Spa in Santa Barbara.

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A wide angle shot looking across the wedding ceremony of Leah and Kyle at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Leah wipes away tears as Kyle reads his wedding day vows at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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The ring exchange between Kyle and Leah during their Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

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A black and white candid shot of Kyle’s parents and sisters reacting as he is wed to Leah at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Kyle performs a traditional Jewish “breaking of the glass” ritual during his Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

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The newly married couple make their recessional walk down the aisle at Bacara Resort And Spa in Goleta.

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Leah and Kyle kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” on the ocean-facing lawns at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Leah admires her new wedding ring after being wed to Kyle at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Leah and Kyle’s officiant signs their wedding license on the ceremonial lawns of Bacara Resort And Spa.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Bacara Resort And Spa:

After the wedding ceremony, I grabbed tour newlyweds for a portrait session overlooking the gorgeous ocean, capitalizing on the spectacular sunset lighting. We then headed indoors to the glamorous ballroom at Bacara Resort And Spa where Leah and Kyle’s reception was to be held.

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The newly married couple embrace on the ceremonial lawns overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Leah and Kyle kiss on one of the garden benches within the grounds of the luxury Bacara Resort And Spa in Santa Barbara.

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The newly married couple walk hand-in-hand down a set of stairs at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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The couple kiss overlooking the Pacific Ocean following their Bacara Resort And Spa wedding ceremony.

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Leah and Kyle illuminated in the rich sunset light on the cliffs of Santa Barbara.

 

Reception photos at Bacara Resort And Spa:

The couple did an impressive choreographed first dance, backed by a live band, before everyone took to the dance floor to celebrate. Kyle’s dad and both Leah’s dad and step-dad all made toasts to the couple, followed by some humorous speeches from the best man, another groomsman, and Leah’s sister/maid of honor.

It was then time for the parental dances and I captured Leah dance with first her dad, then step-dad, followed by Kyle’s mother-son dance. It was clear to see how close the couple were to their parents and just how important family were to them. They then decided to include a little more Jewish wedding tradition, with the couple and parents being elevated above the dance floor in the fun-filled Horah chair dance.

After the cake cutting ceremony and lots more dancing, our unforgettable wedding reception came to an end, with Leah and Kyle’s wedding guests making them an archway of sparklers to exit by. Just before everybody called it a night, I grabbed some final nighttime couple portraits of Leah and Kyle, backed by the elegant architecture of Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Leah and Kyle perform their first dance, backed by a live band, during their Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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Leah and Kyle perform their first dance on the ballroom dance floor of Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Leah’s dad and step-mom enjoying the dance floor during Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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Capturing all the dance floor action during Kyle and Leah’s Bacara Resort And Spa wedding celebrations.

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Leah and Kyle kiss on the dance floor during their wedding reception at the glamorous Bacara Resort And Spa.

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The lead singer of Kyle and Leah’s wedding reception band in Bacara Resort And Spa ballroom.

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Looking down across the dance floor during Leah and Kyle’s fun-filled Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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The bride enjoying the dance floor with her friends during Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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Kyle’s dad toasts the newly married couple during their Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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Capturing the emotional reactions of the couple as speeches and toasts are made during their wedding reception.

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Looking through the crowd as Leah’s dad makes a speech during Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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Leah’s step-dad makes a toast during the ballroom wedding reception at the luxurious Bacara Resort And Spa in Goleta.

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Leah wipes away tears as she and Kyle listen to the speeches and toasts being made at their wedding reception.

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Leah’s mom and step-dad on the dance floor during the ballroom wedding reception at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Kyle’s grandad takes to the dance floor with a female friend during Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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Wedding guests enjoying all the festivity and celebration of Leah and Kyle’s Bacara Resort And Spa reception.

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The couple enjoying a special moment during their Bacara Resort And Spa wedding celebrations.

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Capturing the couple’s reactions as the best man makes a speech during Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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Leah’s sister and maid-of-honor makes a speech for the couple in Bacara Resort And Spa ballroom.

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A close-up black and white shot of the couple’s reactions as a speech is made during their luxurious wedding reception at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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One of Kyle’s groomsmen makes a funny speech during the lively wedding celebrations at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Kyle and Leah share a laugh as speeches and toasts are made during their Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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Capturing the father-daughter dance between Leah and her dad at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Leah dances with her step-dad Rocky during Bacara Resort And Spa ballroom wedding reception.

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Leah’s step-dad embraces her at the end of their father-daughter dance within the ballroom at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Capturing the mother-son dance between Kyle and his mom in the glamorous ballroom of Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Capturing a tender moment between Kyle and his mom during the mother-son dance at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Kyle’s dad and sister take to the dance floor within the ballroom of Bacara Resort And Spa.

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Looking out across the dance floor of Bacara Resort And Spa’s luxurious ballroom.

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The couple are lifted into the air during the traditional Jewish Horah chair dance.

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Kyle’s parents are elevated above the dance floor during the traditional Jewish Horah chair dance.

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Leah’s mom is lifted up onto a chair above the dance floor in what is a traditional Jewish wedding ritual.

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The couple enjoying the ballroom dance floor at Bacara Resort And Spa, surrounded by family and friends.

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Kyle’s parents embrace their daughter-in-law during the Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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Kyle and Leah perform the cake cutting ceremony during their Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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Kyle tastes his wedding cake in the elegant ballroom at Bacara Resort And Spa in Goleta.

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The couple make a toast to thank their wedding guests at the end of their Bacara Resort And Spa wedding reception.

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The couple leave their wedding reception beneath an archway of sparklers at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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A nighttime portrait of the newly married couple kissing with sparklers at Bacara Resort And Spa.

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A nighttime portrait of the newly married couple embracing, backed by the elegant architecture of Bacara Resort And Spa.

 

Wedding photos at Bacara Resort And Spa:

I want to thank Leah and Kyle for trusting me as their Santa Barbara wedding photographer for what was an amazing wedding celebration, together with the talented Trini Leon and her team at Nozza Studio.

July 8, 2016

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