Michelle and Steven's Santa Barbara Courthouse Elopement

Posted By Holly Castillo Photography on Thursday 27th August 2020

Michelle and Steven seriously knew how to roll with the punches. They went through a few different options for their wedding day, and then good ol' coronavirus came and really messed up everything. But as I always say (I really do by the way, I say this at every wedding) "The most important thing about a wedding is that at the end of the day, you're married." Everything other than that is really just fluff. Good fluff, magical dream fluff even, but it's not why we have a wedding (at least I hope that's not why my couples are having their wedding). That's been increasingly the case as couples are choosing to have micro weddings with just a handful of family and friends.

Michelle and Steven settled on their ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. I've been to a few weddings there in the past, but I've only ever photographed inside the mural room. It was so fun to watch this lovely couple get married on the literal steps of this historic building. You can't go wrong with Santa Barbara in general, and the architecture of the Santa Barbara Courthouse is just icing on the cake. We started the day at the Hilton Beachfront Resort in Santa Barbara where Michelle got ready, zoom called some loved ones who weren't able to attend, and then surprised her parents with some very thoughtful gifts. Her Father walked her down the sidewalk and aisle of her socially distanced guests, and then marriage ensued. It was a really lovely day, and I am increasingly fond of these small and intimate gatherings.

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