CHRISTAL + SHANE // HILTON SANTA BARBARA BEACHFRONT RESORT // SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
When Shane first reached out to me about shooting his and Christal's wedding day I was so incredibly excited! Shane and I have grew up together since we were 8 years old and have been friends ever since. It's such an honor when anyone you know wants to give you such an important role for such a special day! I had met Chrissy before because I shot Shane's sisters wedding a few years ago, but didn't get to know her more intimately until we all started working together.
Chrissy is such a genuine, caring, and compassionate person, so it was very easy for me to see what Shane saw in her because he is very much the same. Not to mention, she is absolutely gorgeous! Ummm these photos, she was major bride goals! Actually, the whole day was major goals as you will see below. Working with both of them at their engagement session was such a piece of cake and unbelievably natural that I knew come the day of the wedding, the day would just fly by! And boy, did it! It went by so fast and that much to how seamless the day truly went.
What I loved so much about their wedding (and I mean SO MUCH) was the whole process leading up to the big day itself. Shane and Chrissy were completely trusting of their vendors and never questioned my professional expertise. I love working with couples that put the utmost trust into their vendors because they KNOW we only want the best for their big day and to run smoothly. I really feel like because they had this approach, it translated into how their whole day played out and why it played out so effortlessly.
The details of their wedding day were absolutely gorgeous. I saw so much of myself in the aesthetic, that it made it so much fun to document throughout the whole day. The venue alone was one of the most beautiful I've ever photographed in my 7.5 years of shooting! I mean, that ocean view from the windows? I can't even handle it! Their planners from M & M Events were nothing short of a knockout. They were collaborative throughout the whole day and really made the most perfect touches on every detail. I mean, look at those tablescapes?! BUH-NANAS. So, so good!
I feel like I always mention one of my favorite parts of the night and to be honest, my favorite part was being with their families. Their families have a specific energy about them that make you feel welcomed, trusted, and they too want you to enjoy yourself throughout the day. Both Shane and Chrissy have incredible families and it makes me so excited to see them meshed together now.
It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful day and I can't wait to see whats in store for their marriage! Enjoy some of my favorite highlights below...