Dean and Jody. Villa Verano Estate Wedding. Santa Barbara.

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Dean and Jody’s love story brought them from our friendly neighbor country of Canada to beautiful Santa Barbara for a small but luxurious wedding at the Villa Verano Estate.  I’ve photographed weddings at Villa Verano a number of times now and it is one of my favorite wedding venues in Santa Barbara for small intimate estate styled weddings. The grounds of the Villa Verano Estate are absolutely amazing with lush colorful plants and trees and finely manicured lawns. Terraced hills and lots of great amenities from a pool, to billiards room, movie theatre room, giant kitchen, elaborate bedrooms and everything else you could want…comprise the Villa Verano Estate. Regardless, it’s not so much the venue that makes the wedding, but the wedding couple. Dean and Jody’s love story is wonderful. You can see their love for each other in the way they interact, look at each other, even the way they hold one another.  It was fun to be part of such an intimate wedding made mostly of Canadians. They all seemed to kind, relaxed, respectful and pleasant to be around.  Just like the stereotype I’ve always held in regard to Canadians!

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I arrived early to take photographs of the rings, dress, grounds and other details.  I have to admit I wanted to take a swim in the pool, as it was a wonderfully warm day. I resisted the urge and kept on task! Beautiful grounds at the Villa Verano Santa Barbara wedding venue!

 

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Beautiful Jody gets ready with the help of her mother.

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If those eyes don’t scream “I love you and I love being loved by you”, then I don’t know what would!

 

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After the wedding ceremony at Villa Verano we took some family photographs and then headed to the Santa Barbara Courthouse for some additional couple shots around the beautiful grounds there.  As we were walking from one place to the next a number of passing motorists honked and yelled their congratulations to the newlywed couple.  Their reaction is pictured below. I love it. Such a kind, happy couple Dean and Jody are!

 

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After the Santa Barbara Courthouse we headed to the beach to enjoy the blue ocean, cool ocean breeze and Santa Barbara sand!

 

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Dean and Jody wanted a picture that would be iconically equated with Santa Barbara. Immediately blue sky and palm trees came to mind.  I knew just the spot and so the below wedding photograph is one result that I felt fit well with what they were looking for.  I think they would agree that you’re not going to find too many scenes in Canada with blue sky, green grass and palm trees!

 

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The beautiful evening wrapped up with a wonderfully intimate dinner on the patio terrace at Villa Verano with one of the best dinners I have ever had made by the caterer and personal Chef Edie! She is really sweet and let me tell you this lady knows how to create delectable creations, beyond words.  Chef Edie is personal chef to many stars and it was obvious why!  Regardless, after a warm Santa Barbara day, the couple and guest enjoyed the beautiful cool breeze, amazing view and cozy feel of the Villa Verano patio/terrace.

 

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Dean and Jody, being around you two on your wonderful wedding day made me feel like a friend. Seeing you two together was fun, heart warming and inspiring! You have an amazing love for each other and you guys are wonderful people! I hope you guys come back to visit California again! You always have a friend here in this neck of the woods!

Thanks again!

Kindly,

Trent

Christopher and Andrea. Cellar 360 Wedding. Paso Robles.

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Christopher and Andrea’s wedding was held at the gorgeous Cellar 360 in Paso Robles.  Christopher and Andrea met online and thus their true life love story began with a “click”.  Obviously upon meeting they “clicked” as well and as they say “the rest is history”. It’s always exciting for me to see how different couples find each other and the wonderful love that ensues. So undeniable and strong is the love that Christopher and Andrea have found for each other, that everyone at the wedding was touched by it.

 

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As you can see Cellar 360 is a beautiful wedding venue and has one of the biggest on most beautiful barrel rooms on the Central Coast. This venue is a great one for any couple looking for a great wedding venue and just as great for any wedding photographer!

 

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The wedding day went quite smoothly. It was great to have Azurae Shults of Ciel Bleu Event Design coordinating for the wedding celebration. Beautiful wedding flowers were done by Laurel White of Adornments Flowers and Finery. I was accompanied for the day by my Associate Photographer Andrea, who is very talented and lots of fun to photograph with. All of the wedding photographs you see here in this wedding blog post were taken by me.

 

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I love it when every one is spontaneously having fun!

 

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Christopher and Andrea’s wedding was in late June. As you can see, this is the perfect time of year for vineyards. They are so vibrant and lush…as was the case here at Cellar 360.

 

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Here comes the new Mr. and Mrs. Valadez!

 

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What an amazing reception area at Cellar 360 in Paso Robles!

 

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The bridal party made their grande entrance on the ground floor level. The lovely couple surprised their guests by entering from upstairs to make their entrance especially grand!

 

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Music, DJ and uplighting were provided by Kramer Entertainment.

 

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Surely we had a future star among us leading the dancing! One thing is for sure, this little guy is not shy!

 

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Towards the end of the evening the couple and I dashed out side for a beautifully colored sunset.

 

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Christopher and Andrea, I’m so happy for you and feel so honored that you chose me to photograph your wedding celebration at Cellar 360. I know this is the start of something great and am so glad you guys “clicked”! Many blessings to you both.

Kindly,

Trent

Cellar 360 is located at 7000 Highway 46 East Paso Robles, CA 93446

  • August 12, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    bianca849 - These pictures truly capture the beautiful essence of this beautiful couple! CONGRATULATIONS to them on finding eachother and on the beginning of their life together as Mr and Mrs. Valadez!!!

Jose and Jackie. Ca’Del Grevino Estate Vineyards Wedding. Santa Maria.

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The wedding season has been booming! Lots of wonderful couples, beautiful sun kissed California/Central Coast days, fun joyous times filled with romance and celebration! Jose and Jackie fit that description wonderfully! Their beautiful ceremony was held at the St. Louis De Montfort Church in Santa Maria with an epic reception to follow at the stunningly vast and beautiful Ca’Del Grevino Estate Winery in Santa Maria. This is a newer wedding venue to the Central Coast. I couldn’t believe how grand it was when I arrived! Absolutely stunning and sprawling rolling hills of lush green vineyards surround the beautiful and glassy estate grounds.  Just look at the amazing stair case above!  So many great wedding photography opportunities! Regardless, it was exciting to be with Jose and Jackie on their fantastic wedding day celebration and to see how in love they are with each other!

 

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Don’t worry, it’s just apple sider…I hope!

 

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I think the look on Jose and Jackie’s faces say it all!

 

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I always get nervous when people get blindfolded. But fortunately in this case, everything turned out just fine!

 

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Wonderful couple, wonderful wedding day. Thank you Jose and Jackie. I will always be thankful that I got to be your wedding photographer!

Kindly,

Trent

 

Jared and Shannon. Sanford Winery Wedding. Lompoc.

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What can I say?  Jared and Shannon are an ultra wonderful wedding couple! It was so fun to photograph their wedding at The Sanford Winery and Vineyards in Lompoc.  Along with Jared and Shannon being so full of humor, life and love, they had a great sense of authentic style for their wedding. From the beautiful differently colored bridesmaids dresses to the luscious collection of flowers that made up their bouquets and everything in between…it was all amazingly perfect.

 

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The wedding day started with the gals at the gorgeous Allure Salon in Santa Ynez.  I was accompanied for the day by one of my associate photographers Andrea. She’s quite gifted and very helpful. All of the photographs you see on this wedding blog were taken by me, so there is no misunderstanding as to what is my own work. Regardless, she got a lot of great photographs as well,  that I’m sure the couple will enjoy. We photographed the ladies getting ready and took some photographs of the wedding rings as well.

 

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Shannon is just so fully of life and fun. It was really fun to photograph her. Doesn’t hurt either that she is super photogenic and that her and Jared wear their love for each other openly!

 

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On location at the Sanford Winery and Vineyards wedding venue, Shannon takes a peek outside to see what all is going on!

 

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Shannon’s mother helps her get ready. What a kind and wonderful mother Shannon has. Thank you for being such a blessing to me through out the wedding day Elizabeth!

 

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Dad gets to see his “little girl” all dolled up and ready to be given away to the man of her dreams. It was really touching through out the wedding day to see the genuine affection, love and special relationship Shannon and her father share. You could just tell that there is nothing this man wouldn’t love to do for his precious daughter. Made me think of how God that Father loves His children to the utmost and has sacrificed the most precious imaginable thing possible – His Son Jesus….all for us, to make forgiveness available to all who will receive!!! Wow, amazing grace!

 

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The Sanford Winery and Vineyards in Lompoc is a great wedding venue, large enough to accommodate big weddings at the same time giving a great feel of rustic and elegant beauty all rolled into one.

 

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Jared got all his groomsmen what may be the coolest groomsmen gifts I’ve ever seen. That’s right, each got their own taylor designed machetes. So authentic and sharp were these puppies that I could see some of the guys bodies tensing up as they unsheathed them. However, this did not stop them from getting them way to close to Jared’s…uhmmm…belt buckle and such. Yikes, I get nervous just looking at this photograph.

 

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Jared made it away from the machetes un harmed!  Wheeehww!

 

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We headed up to a separate barn area on the property that was about a mile away. We drove of course. Once we entered the barn I immediately knew I had to get Shannon in all her bridal beauty in front of this window.

 

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Ater photographing the girls, the guys came up and we arranged for Jared and Shannon’s “first look”!  We figured inside the barn would give them some good shade as well as give them the privacy that such a moment deserves! The bridal party waited outside.

 

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Time for what everyone had been waiting for! Just glorious to see Shannon being walked down by her proud and loving father to be handed off to the man of her dreams! I just felt so excited for the culmination of this moment for both Jared and Shannon and all their family and friends. It just felt Epic!

 

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Shannon’s maid of honor was pregnant and so they wanted to get some photographs with Shannon kissing her maid of honors tummy. Beautiful and hilarious all the same time!

 

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Jared and Shannon’s message to family and friends!

 

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Wow! What a wonderful wedding to have been at. Just editing the photographs and putting together this blog has been like living it all over again! I hope viewing this wedding blog post will help Shannon, Jared and family and friends relive some of their wedding moments also.  I wish we could all do it again and again! Jared and Shannon thank you so much for entrusting me with the privilege and responsibility of capturing your wedding photography. It’s couples like you that make me feel so honored and blessed to be a wedding photographer. May God bless your marriage and all that you do as you seek to love and honor him and each other!

Kindly,

Trent

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