Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding – Chris and Elizabeth

Christopher and Elizabeth’s story was touching and compelling when they contacted us to see if we would be a part of their wedding day. They didn’t think we would be able to capture their wedding for them, but after hearing about just how excited she was about our photography and our style, there was no way we could say no.

The first time I was asked to photograph a wedding at the Santa Barbara Courthouse I was a little concerned. Courthouse weddings I’d witnessed as a small child growing up in rural Tehachapi meant that a couple walked up to a window with bulletproof glass (or maybe it was just cheap plexi?) They passed a piece of paper through the slot, they answered a few questions, the paper was passed back and that was it, they were married.

Well, the Santa Barbara Courthouse is not THAT courthouse. Santa Barbara’s Courthouse is historical, beautiful, and a huge attraction for tourists from out of town to see in person. The room most people get married in is the Mural Room, and true to it’s name, all of the walls of amazing murals telling the story of Santa Barbara covering them. In reality, the Santa Barbara Courthouse Mural Room is a beautiful place for a smaller wedding. A bit dark, but fun to shoot in so long as the drapes are open (there’s a sign that says not to touch the drapes, but for some reason half the time they’re open, half the time they’re closed)

Chris and Elizabeth are one of those couples that are soooo into each other, they truly don’t care what is going on around them, they’re having a good time together. They know how to push each other’s buttons, and they also know how to make the other smile at the drop of a hat.

Mural Room Wedding Santa Barbara Courthouse

Mural Room Wedding Santa Barbara Courthouse

Mural Room Wedding Santa Barbara Courthouse

Mural Room Wedding Santa Barbara Courthouse

Mural Room Wedding Santa Barbara Courthouse

  • What a beautiful wedding! Yes, the Santa Barbara courthouse is definitely not the usual courthouse setting.