Laura & Elliot | Santa Clara Wedding | California Wedding Photography

 

I get to shoot in some pretty fabulous locations as a destination wedding photographer, and love every minute of it. Northern California is a magical place, so it's no surprise that cuties Laura and Elliot came to college, fell in love, and got married here! The combination of ancient trees and Mission-style architecture (not to mention wine country proximity) made for a dreamy natural setting to celebrate their new life together.

Having met as freshmen at Santa Clara, they went on their first date as seniors and have been inseparable ever since. In a nod to their history, the traditional ceremony was held at Mission Santa Clara, with a reception at nearby Saratoga Springs. One of the couple's favorite pastimes is camping together, and it showed in the unique woodland vibe at the reception. Their sweet 10 year old pup Sadie stole the show with her festive leaf lei, and we even got a visit from a turtle! There were some adorable details; the paper heart garland, and a rustic cake (with an American flag inside of course). Everyone had a blast dancing under the twinkling lights and evergreen canopy late into the evening - this happy bunch was a joy to capture, and the scenery has me already planning my next trip to California!