A Santa Cruz wedding reception made of foodie dreams!Monica + Dennis

After exchanging their very chic wedding rings, Monica and Dennis were ready to pop a bottle of Dennis’ curated wine and join the festivities.

Black and white portrait of Bride and groom drinking California wine - Carmen Salazar

Romantic outdoor photo of laughing bride and groom at a California wedding - Carmen Salazar
Dramatic bride and groom outdoor silhouette in black and white - Carmen Salazar

The structured thicket of the lovely property gave our bride and groom some very Princess Bride vibes.

Sweet Bay area bride and groom at reception - Carmen Salazar
California newlyweds at Santa Cruz wedding reception - Carmen Salazar

Monica and Dennis were ready to eat some good food and hug some good friends at their stylish reception!

Kids swinging on wedding playground - Carmen Salazar

With dozens of cute kids running around, this old school playground was a happy bonus to the already beautiful location.

Perfect swings for child wedding guests - Carmen Salazar

Modern and whimsical cocktail hour bar decor - Carmen Salazar
vintage and playful wedding reception decorations - Carmen Salazar

All of Monica and Dennis’ simple and refined accents gave their reception a welcome and lounge type feel. I wanted to steal this canvas tent idea for my backyard – I can just hear the laughter, music and a million memories that must be shared here.

Canvas wedding lounge tent in the woods - Carmen Salazar

Modern and chic head table wedding banner - Carmen Salazar

Catering behind the scenes photo of a chef at a wedding - Carmen Salazar

As you may recall from the previous post – Monica and Dennis were not messing around with their wedding cuisine. Their dinner by Nopa was so amazing, that I recently visited the restaurant for my birthday. It was even more fabulous the second time!

Wedding catering by Nopa San Francisco - Carmen Salazar
Groom wishing brother good luck on speech - Carmen Salazar
laughing best man giving sweet speech at wedding reception - Carmen Salazar
laughing bride during wedding toast and speech by Maid of honor - Carmen Salazar

The wonderful thing about having an intimate bridal party — you have the people that literally know you best there to both congratulate and embarrass you in their speeches.

nervous Groom making silly face while cutting cake - Carmen Salazar

Dennis was genuinely scared of knocking over the elegant floral cake his kitchen had made for them. Luckily he didn’t (and the cake was just as fabulous as their dinner)!

Simple modern wedding cake design detail photo - Carmen Salazar
laughing bride at Sunset first dance at Santa Cruz outdoor wedding - Carmen Salazar
Happy Bay Area bride during first dance - Carmen Salazar
Beautiful private wedding venue in Scott's Valley santa cruz - Carmen Salazar
Fun wedding dance floor candid photography - Carmen Salazar
Santa Cruz Outdoor Summer Wedding - Carmen Salazar-53.jpg

Dennis’ mom knew how to boogie and definitely out-danced both of her boys!

black and white photo of Retro style wedding dance moves - Carmen Salazar

All of Monica and Dennis’ friends and family tore up the dance floor in celebration of their new journey into wedded bliss. Let’s just say there was a lot of Shakira shakin’ on the floor!

creative wedding dance floor night photography - Carmen Salazar

Creative nighttime wedding pictures of bride and groom - Carmen Salazar
Thank you to my beautiful couple for letting me capture your big day, and for introducing me to the best restaurant in San Francisco. It was absolutely electric!

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