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Lucy and Mik came to me by way of Puna, one of my favorite people in Sayulita and San Pancho whom I’ve known for close to ten years now. We got to share a room in Santa Barbara for this wedding which was like having an extended sleepover for work. Add to that being able to work with designer/planner Lauren from Nicoella who also happens to a good friend based in Sayulita and northern California and this wedding was one for the books. The Biltmore Four Seasons Santa Barbara Wedding 

It started off quiet and gray when I met up with Mik for what was supposed to be a morning surf session, but turned into a swim/run when the waves didn’t cooperate. The sun blazed through as the ceremony grew closer and took place on the terrace of the Four Seasons Biltmore overlooking the ocean where they knew from the beginning they would give each other their vows. I love how Lucy described their reasons for wanting to get married close to the sea, “On a spiritual level, the ocean connects us, literally and figuratively, with our loved ones, many of whom still live by the sea. Exchanging our vows in front of its unrelenting beauty added a level of soul to our marriage that could only be granted by nature.” The Biltmore Four Seasons Santa Barbara Wedding 

Check this one out till the end to see the epic dance party ending with the bride and groom do an insane duet and then stage diving. You can also see more of the details and read the rest of their story in the feature on Grey Likes Weddings hereThe Biltmore Four Seasons Santa Barbara Wedding

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Photographer: JILLIAN MITCHELL // Wedding Designer: NICOELLA EVENTS // Flowers: TWIG AND TWINE // Venue: FOUR SEASONS SANTA BARBARA (Biltmore) // Band: GEN8 // Hair & Makeup: 10.11. MAKEUP  // Wedding Dress: ANNA MEIER // Bridesmaids’ Dresses & Men’s Suits: J.Crew

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Some of my favorite portraits from Jess and Dave’s San Pancho bash. You can read more about their wedding and see the full post here and find out even more from their feature on Snippet & Ink here. For this wedding I pulled out all the stops. There’s some Holga in here, Fuji 100c shot on the modified Polaroid 110B from Randy at Holgamods, the Contax 645, and some good ole’ 35mm black and white tri-x.

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I think I can safely say this was my absolute most favorite Mexico wedding ever. I have known Jess and Dave since I was a teenager working in restaurants on the south coast of Massachusetts. They’ve been together for what seems like forever (eleven years) and they are ‘that couple’. The one you look at and know they share something that most people only dream to find at some point in their lives. The love, respect, and support they have for each other is enviable and to be able to document something that, let alone that it be of two close friends, well I knew it would be special.

The first plan was an elopement in Tuscany with her parents and me along to document, which of course I was a huge fan of, but things soon got complicated and they realized they were going to have to actually put an event together. Cut to San Pancho, my home and haven, which after a quick scouting visit a Mexico beach wedding easily became the new choice. Where else could all of their foodie friends enjoy beach time mixed with street tacos and a dash of gourmet here and there?

They combined the best of all we have for their day and had the ceremony and reception at Casa Tranquila, a set of three casitas on the north end of the beach. Yazmin planned and designed the event and Mar Plata catered. There were fresh coconuts, starched white and blue Mariachi, and a handmade palm arch. I took Dave for my favorite tacos and to get his hair cut in town in the morning and had friends running errands for us in the afternoon. All in all it was a family affair that I was so lucky to be a part of.

I’ve saved their portraits the next post (here) since I was getting a little carried away with images for this one. You can also see more of the details from Yazmin and Sea of Dreams Weddings in the post here on Snippet & Ink. If you can make it all the way to the end there’s also a killer shot of me.

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Photography: JILLIAN MITCHELL / Venue: LAS CASITAS BONITAS, San Pancho / Event Planning & Design: Yazmin Gizeh at SEA OF DREAMS WEDDINGS / Dress: J.CREW / Shoes: Tory Burch / Jewelry: J.CREW / Suit: JOS. A. BANK / Tie: Thomas Pink / Shirt: Thomas Pink / Shoes: Vans / Accessories: Ray Bans / Hair: JUNGLE HAIR DESIGN / Makeup: JENN CHIVERS / Reception Music: set curated by DJ Stella / Catering: Mar Plata / Mariachi: MARIACHI REAL DE AMERICA

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