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Bacara Resort, Santa Barbara Wedding Photography | Serene & Mike

I am so blessed! I have the best job ever! Last Friday I got to photograph a gorgeous wedding held at The Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara. The Bacara is one of my dream venues, and shooting there lived up to my expectations! It’s so lovely. The views of the ocean. The lush gardens. The Spanish-style architecture. The sound of the waves. Heaven! I LOVE shooting at the Bacara– it’s literally a photographer’s dream! And I love Mike & Serene even more for trusting me to capture all their precious wedding day memories!

Serene. I think the name fits her perfectly. Serene is so beautiful, laid back, and just a calming person to be around. She compliments Mike’s high-energy perfectly. They are yin and yang for each other. During the ceremony both Serene & Mike wrote in their vows how they felt fate had brought them together. In fact, they knew they were destined to be together when they realized they share the same birth date! I love that! I agree, it must be a sign!

Serene & Mike’s Jewish ceremony was so beautiful. The ceremony was held on Bacara’s Miro Lawn which is on a cliff overlooking the ocean! The billowy white Chuppah framed the view and it was just picture perfect! Amazing! But the ceremony was so much more than just a pretty view. It was incredibly personal, and therefore incredibly meaningful. I loved that it was full of old traditions, like how Mike’s great-grandfather’s tallit decorated the top of the Chuppah.  And I loved the fun personal touches, like how a picture of Serene’s beloved kitty, Pono, sat on a chair on the first row, it was as close as they could get to having Pono there! The Rabbi offered wonderful bits of wisdom mixed with a good dose of humor! It was the type of ceremony that makes you laugh and cry, and I think that’s always a good thing!

I could not be happier for Serene & Mike. I really must agree that these two were made for each other. They fit each other perfectly. Where Serene is weaker, Mike is strong. And where Mike is weaker, Serene is strong. They are a harmony. And I love it.

So without further ado, let’s check out photos from this gorgeous wedding held at the Bacara Resort and Spa. Oh, and thanks to my hubby, AJ, for second shooting with me! He did an awesome job and I LOVED working with him! 😉

Butterfly Floral Event & Design created Serene’s beautiful bouquet along with all the other pretty florals of the day!
Serene, are you kidding me?!?? You are gorgeous!!!!!
While I was grabbing this cute shot…
…AJ grabbed this detail shot!! Love the team work!
Prettiest. Ceremony. Ever. I LOVE everything about it!!!
The reception was elegant in Bacara’s Rotunda Room! Thanks to Paula Gild of Gilded Events for pulling all the details together and making the day go smoothly!
And After Dark Entertainment helped make everything gorgeous with their lighting! And they also got the party going with their DJ skillz! They are the best!
To see more photos from Mike & Serene’s gorgeous wedding please watch the SLIDESHOW below!

Serene & Mike, thank you so much for sharing your big day with AJ & I! We loved every minute of your wedding and were honored to document it for you! I hope you love the pics and are having an awesome time in Hawaii!

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  • Christina - These are smokin’ hot! You totally rocked it Ash! I love all the details.

  • s h e r r y - Gorgeous images, Ashleigh! 🙂 Love the first ring shot!

  • Melissa - What a Beautiful bride! You captured them to Lovely Ash!! Love the color combo & the details <3

  • Lora Ayers - Awesome ring shot!!! love it! And I love the back lit bridals that lit up her veil. Great job!

  • Deanna ~ Chic Ambiance Events - Stunning wedding! You did a fab job capturing the day Ashleigh! 🙂

  • Katie Neal Photo - GORGEOUS! My friend you have nutso talent!

  • Laurie Bracewell - Great job, Ashley! You have such a great eye! I especially love the light in the shoes and bouquet photos.

  • Brianna Phelan - The detail shots are stunning. Beautiful capture of their wedding.

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