Natasha & Cristian // Sweet elopement in Santa Barbara

FROM THE BRIDE // It was raining the days leading up to our wedding and we drove up to Santa Barbara in the wee hours on a Sunday night before the day we got married. Our wedding was the Monday before Thanksgiving, November 21st. We decided only shortly before that Monday that we wanted to have a nice and intimate moment and include our immediate family for our ceremony. Our family was curious the reason we chose Santa Barbara over other closer locations to our home and as soon as they arrived that morning from the three-hour drive, they instantly became aware. The courthouse was open and majestic in its own way. The day was nice and crisp with wet grounds from the fresh rain the night before.

Our experience started as soon as we arrived that morning to file our marriage license and we were awestruck at its beauty and enchanting details. We were a little nervous to recite vows but excited for our wedding day. Our wedding itself was very intimate and I was overwhelmed with emotion as our wedding officiant proceeded with marriage vows and my soon-to-be husband consoled me with squeezing my hands just a tad tighter. We could hear my 5-month-year-old niece in the background at her very first wedding giggling with excitement and our family as our witnesses trying to quiet her with “shh’s”. It was our perfect little ceremony.

As we started to take photos to commemorate this occasion, my niece yanked on our flowers in delight. That’s a part of the charm you may see in the photos (the flowers slightly pulled out) but to us it’s a sign of love and whimsy that our family was able to join us for this special day. It was also a very windy day and my hair was blowing like crazy.

Our favorite part of the day was the wedding itself. We also really enjoyed exploring the courthouse. With this was our first time here, we took our first steps of marriage together in checking out the many charming details that make this place up and made it all the way up to the top of the clock tower to see the 360 degree view and have our cheeks kissed with the wind. We chose this location based on my love for design and architecture, and with this being on the registrar as a national historic landmark – it was too good to pass up.

Afterwards, we felt very happy, although a both hungry and tired since it had been a long night the night before. We were very content and relaxed afterwards and felt more “grown-up” as we were now officially husband and wife, for better or for worse. It was a calming and humbling experience.

We don’t have advice so much, as we to say, have the wedding you want and be authentic to yourselves ☺


Venue: Santa Barbara County Courthouse 

Photographer: Sun & Sparrow 

Florals: Victor the Florist

Wedding Gown:  BCBG Max Azria @bcbgmaxazria

Bride Details: Earrings – Heirloom (Passed on from my Grandma)

Groom Blazer:  Nordstrom Rack @nordstromrack

His Wedding Band and Her Bridal Set:  Zales @zalesjewelers