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Panther Beach - Santa Cruz Engagement Session

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Panther Beach - Santa Cruz Engagement Session

Panther Beach is one of the more popular engagement photography destinations in the Santa Cruz area, mostly because it offers stunning natural features and is fairly private, as it’s challenging to access. But with great beauty, comes another natural risk – big waves! This is the only beach I or my couples have fairly routinely gotten wet at – usually by accident :) Luckily I was able to get a bunch of great photos before the risky shot at the end. A sneaker wave pummeled the rock these two were standing on and utterly drenched them. I got the shot (of course), because that would be a real bummer way to end a session if I didn’t! Luckily they were in good spirits and it wasn’t too cold (even though it’s March). Enjoy a few of my faves below:

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Panther Beach, Santa Cruz Engagement Session - Kate + Ryan

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Panther Beach, Santa Cruz Engagement Session - Kate + Ryan

These guys live in Oregon, but love the beach down here and wanted their save-the-dates and engagement photos in general to capture the natural coastal beauty we have here. Thing was, this was a friday night and some kinf of epic party was happening on the beach when we arrived. Can you tell from the photos? No? Well I guess I did my job right then... enjoy my faves below!

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La Selva Beach Wedding - Karen + Todd

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La Selva Beach Wedding - Karen + Todd

I love it when a couple decides to have a low key wedding that's more like a fun party that happens to include a wedding ceremony, skipping a lot of the typical formal parts. It's a nice break from the norm, and allows me to focus on all the candid moments, capturing the intimacy of a smaller wedding with lots of interaction between the couple and their loved ones. After getting ready at Seascape Resort in Aptos, Karen and Todd held their wedding ceremony on the bluffs above La Selva Beach.

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Holy Cross Santa Cruz Wedding Photography

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Holy Cross Santa Cruz Wedding Photography

Diana and Zoltan are Santa Cruz locals through and through – so it's fitting they decided to get married at historic Holy Cross Church – pretty much the first Santa Cruz landmark you see as you drive off 17 into town; its bright white tower announces its presence for all, day and night. THis romantic couple decided to get ready at the new(ish) Hotel Paradox, a great location close to downtown. However there's not a whole lot of open space on the hotel property, so we walked to San Lorenzo Park for the First Look, bridal party and bride and groom photos before the ceremony. Yes, the park has some interesting denizens, but everyone was respectful and we were able to get some great shots of this fun crew. 

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