Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding Photographer

April 1st, 2016 was a beautiful day for Juliana and Mohamed to get married at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. They are such a fun, awesome, and thoughtful couple, with the best sense of humor and the sweetest family.  I was so honored that they entrusted me to photograph their special day in beautiful California. Their love and the love they share of family is inspiring, both families were extremely welcoming and we all had so much fun! 

Their thoughtfulness can be summed up in this one of many examples… The morning of the wedding I was pleasantly surprised with a plate full of chocolate covered strawberries and a note written on the plate with chocolate syrup that read "Happy Birthday Paola".  To be honest, I had completely forgotten it was my birthday until that moment. I started crying and laughing a little bit, well because, that's what I do. Simply put, I was just so incredibly touched. My couples are always the best.  I don't know how to stress this enough, I LOVE MY JOB! Here are some of my favorite images from that day.

Accommodations: Belmond El Encanto

Ceremony Location:  Santa Barbara Courthouse Mural Room

Reception: San Ysidro Ranch

Hair and Makeup: Gloss Makeup and Beauty Studio

Flowers: Hogue & Co


UNCA Botanical Gardens Engagement Session by Paola Nazati Photography

While Lydia and Mark were in town doing some wedding planning, we decided to meet up over at the UNCA Botanical Gardens and do an engagement session. We got lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful day! Here are some of my favorites from our hangout.

Inle Lake Travel Photography, Part 3

After Bagan, Stephen and I flew to Inle Lake in Shan State. While staying on the lake we were able to see more ancient temples, along with floating villages, gardens, and beautiful sunsets. By the way, the food is amazing! I loved the flavors so much that I decided to take a cooking class to learn how to create some of the local dishes. It was a wonderful ending to an unforgettable trip!