Laura + Kalen (Seabright Beach Wedding Photography) Santa Cruz

With a wedding in the morning at Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz, and the reception at Quail Hollow Ranch in Aptos, Laura and Kalen had two beautiful locations to celebrate their union with all their friends and family. The ceremony was held inside a ring of flowers and bubble making favors with all the guests encircling the couple. It was my first wedding of this kind, and I loved the idea. Of course it only works for smaller weddings, but the result was a truly intimate, powerful ceremony that had the tears flowing for many.

After some fun formals on the beach, we all headed up to Quail Hollow Ranch in Felton, California. Again, this was another first for me, and I was delighted by the old house, grounds and photographic opportunities this wedding venue has going for it. The highlight of the evening was the swing dancing lessons by some local teachers who were GREAT – very patient, but fun and instructive for everyone. And Laura and Kalen had more than cake baked up for the occasion – try about 15 homemade fruit pies of all varieties! The sugar was coursing through the veins along with all that wine and champagne (for the guests, not yours truly!).

Here’s my usual “Photographer’s Top 150” – my favorite photos that tell the story of the day. Click the slideshow below to see these, or mosey on over to to check out all 900 or so photos that made the editing cut.

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