Morgan + Clayton’s Bacara Resort Wedding at the Ritz Carlton was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever photographed. The location, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara was a dream. Moreover, the bride and groom were the most relaxed, fun-loving and stunning couples ever!
Morgan wore a gorgeous modern wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier and killer metallic wedding shoes by Badgley Mischka. And Clayton looked dapper in his classic black tux. There are so many reasons why I love this wedding, however the first look is one of my absolute favorite moments from the day. First looks are something I get a lot of questions about and Morgan + Clayton’s was one of my favorites to date. I scouted a beautiful location on a set of stairs in one of the venue’s courtyards. Further, I helped prep them with some light direction for timing and how to work out the reveal. Then I let the natural moment come to life.
I usually recommend first looks for weddings where it fits with the flow of the wedding day timeline and to allow for additional bride and groom portraits. Some couples are set on not seeing each other before the ceremony and I can certainly understand that! Capturing a groom seeing his soon-to-be-wife as she walks down the aisle is also and unforgettable moment. Either way you can’t go wrong and it’s something to give some thought to and talk with your photographer about!


Planning a Bacara Resort Wedding? A major benefit to this venue is being able to stay right on the property and get ready in one of the beautiful suites!


Such a romantic and sweet first look!


Bridesmaids in blush dresses always look good on camera! Especially on film, captured with Fuji!


This is one of my favorite portraits I’ve ever taken and it’s also one of my most pinned on Pinterest and liked on Instagram. I guess it’s easy to see why! These two are a dream!


If you are planning a Santa Barbara wedding, and you’re looking for a venue, I highly recommend checking out the Bacara. I think you’ll love it, especially if you’re looking for a wedding venue with an ocean view!


Kind words from Morgan + Clayton: “We were absolutely thrilled with Greg from beginning to end. He was a true professional, but more importantly, an artist who truly captured the special moments that most photographers would have missed…emotions of love, joy and excitement.. He was extremely courteous, organized and responsive to all requests. It was a pleasure working with Greg as he calmly guided us through an engagement photo session and wedding, accommodating our request to travel and capture photos of what we envisioned and more! The photos were better than we ever expected! He was easy to work with and made everyone very relaxed so our joy and happiness were reflected in his photos – black and white, color, and a surprise slideshow! All of us were exceptionally pleased with the wedding photos – composition, lighting, unique moments and settings. We’ve found a true artist to capture future photos of our family! Book early! His assistant was great too! Thank you Greg!”

Photography: Greg Ross // Venue: Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, CA // Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Wedding Planner: DonnaRomaniEvents  // Floral Design: Houge and Co. // Film Stock: Fuji Film // Film Lab: The Find Lab

Bacara Resort Wedding | Santa Barbara, CA