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These Wedding Photos Are Really Must-Haves

Wedding photography is simply magical. While your day might only last for a few hours and while your memory might be able to “record” all the tiny (and beautiful!) details of this special events, photography is there to help you keep those memories fresh for the rest of your lives.


Wedding photos are more than just captures of an event, though. They tell a visual story the same way artistic paintings and sculptures talk about philosophy, politics, and society.

What are some of the wedding photos you should definitely include in your album, though?

We have some tips for you to make sure all your bases are covered.

The Getting Ready - This is a candid capture of the emotion and nervousness before the Big Day. A lot of couples only include pictures of the bride getting ready, but it’s really nice when the groom’s nervousness is captured too – it looks very nice in the wedding album when both pictures are put side by side.


The Portraits - Before you shoot a romantic portrait together, ask your photographer to shoot portraits of both of you separately. Again, it will complement the entire visual story told by your wedding album and it will make everything more genuine and candid.


The Wedding Party - These guys and gals have been there for you since you said “yas” to that pretty ring on your finger. They surely deserve a couple of photos just for them. These pictures are usually fun and youthful, so let them go wild (literally) if you want to achieve the best photos!


The Walk - The moment you walk down the aisle is amazing. There will be a lot of nervousness involved, there will be tears (yours and your guests), and there will be pure magic floating in the air. Ask your photographer to capture all this – and don’t forget to ask him to capture your groom’s face when he sees you for the first time as a bride too.


The Firsts - The First Kiss, the First Dance, the First Look, the Cutting of the Cake – these are parts of your wedding story. They add to the candid feeling of the album and they make it feel complete. They are the kind of pictures that will make you smile one day, thirty years from now when you will be looking back at your Big Day.


No matter what kind of pictures you decide to take, allow your personality to shine through – it’s the best way to make sure your pictures are 100% unique!

Moody, Bold and Romantic Wedding Inspiration at Saddle Peak Lodge


We're thrilled to share our moody, bold and romantic wedding inspiration styled shoot at Saddle Peak Lodge. Designed and planned by Karen Marie Events. we provided the absolute most gorgeous floral arrangements alongside  with smoke bombs and oversized balloons. With so many details captured by Michelle Ramirez, we can't wait to share them with you all. 


Ventura Rental Party Center provided beautiful furnishing including a settee and romantic tabletop chargers, glassware and more for the reception design. Karen's team added a dreamy, flowy chiffon runner from Dreams America Linens that helped our dark and moody blooms pop against the wooden table. Lastly, details such as handwritten menus from Shelby Creative Design that made us completely swoon were placed on each place setting for a personalized touch.

With more than just a reception design, Karen's team designed a full dessert display too. Donut walls are super trendy and always a favorite among guest so one was dreamed up and the team made sure to include a cake by Sugar Lab Bake Shop for the display!

A special thank you to Karen Marie Events for having us come together to work hard on this styled shoot with her! Along with Cheek to Cheek Artistry for makeup, Camarillo Bridal Boutique for attire, Wings Jewelry and Gifts for jewelry and Scarlet Walker and Stephan for modeling! 


Modern Meets Traditional Santa Barbara Wedding

We love traditional weddings! This styled shoot focused we designed below focuses on that timeless look that is guaranteed to deliver a wedding and photos that will be envied until the end of time.

Our bride is the essence of a modern princess in a stunning ball gown, curls and gorgeous jewelry. The groom keeps it simple in a modern black suit.

Traditional weddings are a great base for any wedding, you can use the textures of fabrics and decor to play with more modern elements. Thank you Rockwood Women’s Club for letting us style this ceremony and reception.

Venue: Santa Barbara Women’s Club, Rockwood
Event Planning, Design + Floristry: Burlap & Bordeaux
Photography: Teresa Marie Photography
Groom’s Attire: Friar Tux
Bridal Gown: Cerise Charline
Hair + Makeup:  Makeup by Leah 
Bread Basket Cafe
Elegant Event Rental
Invitations + Stationery: 
Kristina Virtue Designs
Lighting, Drapery + Structure: 
Spark Creative Events
Specialty Table Linens