Wedding At Santa Barbara Historical Museum In Santa Barbara, CA | Rachel & Francis

Wedding At Santa Barbara Historical Museum

RACHEL & FRANCIS

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Wedding photos at Santa Barbara Historical Museum:

I first met Rachel and Francis back in August of last year to capture their e-session in Malibu, which included some of their favorite nature spots and a sunset beach shoot. They had such an amazing chemistry and had treated me like an old friend from the moment we met, so I was looking forward to seeing them again to capture their wedding at Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

From the getting ready to the reception, everything was going to be happening in the one place, with a rustic and slightly whimsical ambiance to the day. Rather than a really formal event, the couple had opted for a more casual feel as they brought together around 150 of their closest family and friends to celebrate their love.

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Capturing a tender moment between Rachel and Francis during their wedding portrait session at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

 

Getting ready photos at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum:

My second photographer, assistant and I made the 1.5-hour drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara on the morning of the wedding to document the couple as they were getting ready in separate rooms at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. While my second photographer was with Francis and his groomsmen, I was with Rachel and the girls in her beautifully-lit bridal suite.

I captured candid shots as she had the final touches applied to her makeup and a loving portrait surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids, as well as a creative photo looking through a doorway as she shared in a special moment with her mom. We also grabbed some photos as Rachel’s bridesmaids assisted her into her wedding shoes and helped secure her earrings before she was joined by Francis’ mom (her future mother-in-law) for a loving portrait.

After grabbing a couple of portraits of Rachel looking stunning in her bridal gown, her dad arrived for what turned out to be an emotional father-daughter first look. I captured the reaction of Rachel’s mom as she wiped away tears, then captured a special moment as the bride’s brother arrived to be with the family.

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Rachel is embraced by her bridesmaids in front of their soft pink dresses while getting ready at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel has the final touches applied to her makeup as she prepared for her wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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A creative shot looking through the doorway of Rachel’s bridal suite as she shared in a special moment with her mom.

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Rachel’s bridesmaids assist as she steps into her wedding shoes in a naturally-lit bridal suite in Santa Barbara.

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Rachel’s mom helps to secure her daughter’s bracelet as they were getting ready for the Santa Barbara wedding.

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A portrait of Rachel securing her wedding shoes as she was getting ready in a bridal suite in Santa Barbara.

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Capturing a special moment between Rachel and her two maids of honor as they prepared for the Santa Barbara wedding.

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A tender moment between Rachel and her soon-to-be mother-in-law at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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A casual portrait of Rachel and her bridesmaids in the rustic bridal suite of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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A portrait of Rachel fixing her earrings during her rustic wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel’s dad waits to see his daughter on her wedding day at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Capturing the father-daughter first look between Rachel and her dad at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel’s mom wipes away tears during the emotional first look between Rachel and her dad.

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Rachel embraces her dad during the father-daughter first look at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel and her parents are joined by her brother for a special family moment at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Capturing the stunning back of Rachel’s dress and her beautiful bouquet in a doorway at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum:

It was then time for the “first moment” between Rachel and Francis, with the couple initially just holding hands behind a rustic doorway. Francis snuck in a kiss on his bride’s hand (without peeking at her) before a more classic first look as Rachel walked towards him.

I loved Francis’ reaction at seeing Rachel for the first time on their wedding day and captured him circling her and really checking her out! We used the time available for some portraits of the couple in this loved-up moment, utilizing the gorgeous doorway and vintage-inspired surrounds of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

I photographed Francis again kissing his bride’s hand and the couple embracing against an old pillar before grabbing some fun bridal party portraits before the ceremony began.

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Rachel and Francis hold hands in a rustic doorway during their “first moment” at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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A close-up of Rachel and Francis holding hands during their “first moment” at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Francis tenderly kisses Rachel’s hand during the couple’s “first moment” in Santa Barbara.

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Rachel peaks around a doorway during her first look with Francis at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel walks towards Francis during their romantic first look session at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Capturing Francis’ animated reaction at seeing his beautiful bride on their wedding day in Santa Barbara.

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Francis checking out his beautiful bride during their first look at the rustic Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Francis tenderly kisses Rachel’s hand during their intimate first look session in Santa Barbara.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Rachel and Francis during their wedding portrait session at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel and Francis share a laugh as they lean up against an old pillar at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel and Francis look lovingly at one another during their whimsical portrait session in Santa Barbara.

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Capturing a tender moment between the soon-to-be married couple at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel with her bridesmaids holding their beautiful bouquets in the courtyard outside her bridal suite.

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Francis kisses Rachel’s cheek while their bridal party celebrates at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

 

Ceremony photos at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum:

Rachel and Francis’ wedding ceremony at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum was being held in the leafy courtyard outside the bridal suite, with a stunning floral arbor and chairs set up. Francis walked down the aisle on the arm of his mom before beaming as he watched Rachel being escorted in by her parents.

I captured candid reactions of both the bride and groom throughout the ceremony, as well as the reactions of their parents as they watched them exchange really sweet vows. It was actually quite windy during the ceremony, but I took advantage of this by capturing Rachel’s veil sweeping in front of the couple.

Rachel and Francis honored the bride’s Jewish heritage with a “breaking of the glass” ceremony before their recessional walk as “husband and wife” to the sounds of Ghanaian music.

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Rachel looking absolutely stunning with her gorgeous floral bouquet inside her bridal suite.

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Looking through a doorway at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum while Rachel prepares for the ceremony with her parents.

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Francis walks down the courtyard aisle with his mom at the start of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum wedding ceremony.

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Francis embraces his mom in an emotional moment during the Santa Barbara Historical Museum wedding ceremony.

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Rachel’s parents escort her down the aisle during her courtyard wedding ceremony in Santa Barbara.

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Francis was all smiles as he watched his bride walk down the aisle of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel hugs her mom as she’s given away at the altar during the Santa Barbara courtyard wedding.

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Rachel’s parents give their daughter away to Francis during the Santa Barbara Historical Museum wedding.

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Capturing Francis’ reaction as he wed Rachel in the leafy courtyard of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel was all smiles as she exchanged vows with Francis at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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A gust of wind picks up Rachel’s veil during her intimate courtyard wedding ceremony in Santa Barbara.

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Rachel and Francis look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their Santa Barbara Historical Museum ceremony.

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Francis and Rachel’s family and friends watch on during the wedding ceremony in the lush courtyard of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Francis reads his vows to Rachel during their mid-afternoon courtyard wedding ceremony in Santa Barbara.

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Francis’ parents watch on as their son wed Rachel at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Capturing Rachel’s reaction as Francis read his vows during their intimate courtyard wedding.

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Rachel takes the mic to read her vows to Francis in front of family and friends in Santa Barbara.

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Rachel’s parents watch on as their daughter marries Francis at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel and Francis exchange rings in the leafy gardens of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Capturing a candid shot of the couple during their whimsical wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Francis performs the “breaking of the glass”, a Jewish wedding ritual, during the Santa Barbara Historical Museum ceremony.

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Rachel and Francis make their joyous recessional walk as husband and wife at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Capturing a kiss between the newly weds following their nature-inspired wedding in Santa Barbara.

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The newly weds kiss between their whimsical bridal arbor at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

 

Reception photos at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum:

The outdoor reception was held in another area of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and centered around an ornate fountain, with Rachel and Francis making their grand entrance with an impromptu lift from the groom. They kicked the reception off with a “thank you” speech to their guests before going around to welcome them individually.

With the sunset light absolutely perfect, I snuck away with the couple for a short portrait session around the Santa Barbara Historical Museum to capture some warm embraces and intimate moments. We then returned to the reception for speeches and toasts from the Rachel’s parents, her two maids of honor and brother, and Francis’ best man.

After documenting the couple’s reactions from their sweetheart table, they took to the dance floor to perform their choreographed first dance beneath the romantic string lights. This was followed by the parental dances before everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate. I tried to document the dance floor energy from multiple angles, including low vantage shots as the bride and groom were lifted into the air for the traditional Jewish Horah chair dance.

There was a pause in the party for the cake cutting ceremony, which incorporated a couple of long-established family traditions on Rachel’s side. The couple took on the challenge to drink from both sides of a goblet (without spilling a drop), then cut their cake with a knife that’s been in the family for generations.

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Rachel and Francis make their grand entrance into the outdoor wedding reception at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Francis lifts his bride into the air during the grand reception entrance at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel wipes makeup off Francis’ face as they arrived at their Santa Barbara Historical Museum wedding reception.

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Francis and Rachel thank their guests during the outdoor wedding reception at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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The couple pay their respects to their fathers-in-law as they welcomed their wedding guests to the reception.

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Capturing a special moment between Rachel and her sister-in-law during the Santa Barbara wedding reception.

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The newly weds play a game during their outdoor wedding reception at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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A portrait of the newly weds during their sunset wedding photo session at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Capturing a playful moment between Rachel and Francis during their Santa Barbara Historical Museum wedding portrait session.

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Rachel and Francis kiss in front of an ornate fountain during their courtyard reception in Santa Barbara.

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Francis embraces Rachel warmly during their sunset portrait session at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly weds at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel’s parents make a speech while the newly weds watch on from their sweetheart table.

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Capturing the reactions of Rachel and Francis during the speeches and toasts at their Santa Barbara Historical Museum reception.

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Rachel’s parents sporting the colors of Ghana during their wedding reception speech.

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Rachel wipes away tears during an emotional moment as her mother spoke at the wedding reception.

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Rachel’s brother makes a speech while the newly weds watch on from their sweetheart table.

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Capturing the reactions of Rachel’s parents as their son made a funny reception speech.

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Francis’ parents enjoy a laugh during the groomsman’s speech at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum reception.

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Rachel embraces her brother after his speech during the Santa Barbara Historical Museum wedding reception.

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One of Rachel’s maids-of-honor makes a speech during the Santa Barbara Historical Museum reception.

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Capturing the couples’ reactions as speeches and toasts were made during their courtyard reception.

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An intimate moment during Rachel and Francis’ first dance at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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The newly weds perform a fun, choreographed first dance during the Santa Barbara Historical Museum reception.

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Rachel and her dad perform their father-daughter dance in the courtyard of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Francis and his parents watch on during the father-daughter dance at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Capturing a fun moment between Rachel and her dad during the father-daughter dance.

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Francis and his mom hit the dance floor for their Ghanaian-inspired mother-son dance.

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Rachel between her mom and father-in-law while enjoying the reception festivities in Santa Barbara.

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Capturing all the action of Francis’ mother-son dance at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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An elevated shot of Rachel surrounded by her family and friends on the dance floor of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Wedding guests enjoying the dance floor at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum during Rachel and Francis’ wedding reception.

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Rachel’s aunt inviting the couple to take part in a long-established family wedding ritual.

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Both Rachel and Francis drink from both ends of a goblet in what is a traditional family ritual.

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The newly weds high-five one another after successfully drinking from the family goblet.

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Rachel’s uncle explains the significance of the knife he’s holding in the cake-cutting rituals of previous generations.

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Rachel and Francis perform their cake-cutting ceremony during the Santa Barbara Historical Museum reception.

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Rachel’s parents enjoying the dance floor under the stars at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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An action shot of Francis’ parents on the dance floor during the Santa Barbara Historical Museum celebrations.

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Two wedding guests getting down on the dance floor during Rachel and Francis’ reception.

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Multiple generations enjoying the dance floor and reception party at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel being lifted into the air during the traditional Horah chair dance to acknowledge her Jewish ancestry.

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The groom being lifted above the dance floor during the traditional Jewish Horah chair dance.

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An action shot of Rachel and Francis during the Horah chair dance to honor the bride’s Jewish roots.

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An elevated view of wedding guests getting down on the dance floor at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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A playful shot of Rachel’s grandma enjoying the dance floor at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel and Francis enjoying the dance floor with their family and friends during the Santa Barbara reception.

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A wedding guest literally getting down on the dance floor at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel and one of her friends letting loose during the Santa Barbara Historical Museum reception.

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Capturing a fun moment between Rachel and her dad on the open-air dance floor at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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A fun moment between two wedding guests on the dance floor during Rachel and Francis’ reception.

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The newly weds lead their guests in a choreographed dance during the Santa Barbara Historical Museum reception.

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Capturing a playful moment between the newly weds on the dance floor at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

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Rachel and Francis’ celebrate with their parents on the dance floor during their Santa Barbara Historical Museum reception.

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Capturing a spontaneous kiss between the newly weds during their Santa Barbara Historical Museum wedding reception.

 

Wedding photos at Santa Barbara Historical Museum:

Rachel and Francis’ wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum really was an incredible day and I know they’re off to Indonesia for their honeymoon so I wish them an amazing time. Just looking back at the images, I’ve enjoyed reliving all of the moments from their special day and I hope they feel the same way.

May 7, 2018

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