It was over the river and through the woods for this Santa Cruz wedding!Monica + Dennis

A San Francisco love story brought Monica and Dennis down the aisle this summer for their modern Santa Cruz wedding. Both working in The City, our Bay Area lovebirds traveled a little farther down the coast to say “I Do”.

This charming Santa Cruz private estate served as an elegant backdrop to their sweet and modern nuptials.

Stunning modern SF boutique white wedding gown - Carmen Salazar

Modern alternative wedding shoes - Carmen Salazar

Monica and Dennis’ style is far from traditional – their wedding was full of modern and sophisticated flair, from shoes to to tattoos.

Unique modern white and orange wedding bouquet - Carmen Salazar

farm to form San Francisco wedding caterer by Nopa - Carmen Salazar

The smell of freshly baked bread and roasted vegetables filled the house where Monica was getting ready.

Dennis didn’t simply book an in-house caterer, he literally drove the entire kitchen of Nopa two hours south to prepare their wedding feast.

Farm to fork wedding cuisine details - Carmen Salazar

Dennis is the GM at the popular San Francisco restaurant — I learned more about wine and locally sourced food than I ever have !

Bride writing vows in front of gown - Carmen Salazar

The quiet moments – like a bride finishing her vows – are the pieces of a wedding day that I hunt for and find pure joy in capturing. These are the moments that slip by unnoticed and it’s such a gift to deliver a gallery to a couple and have a gem like this to share.

Modern and minimalist wedding rings - Carmen Salazar

Monica and I were connected by her friends Ben and Joelle – who recommended me after capturing their equally intimate and modern art club wedding last summer.

I heart all my SF lovebirds!

Bride getting ready at intimate Santa Cruz estate - Carmen Salazar

Tying the bride's bow before the ceremony - Carmen Salazar

Chic polkadotted groom's tie - Carmen Salazar

Stylish San Francisco groom getting ready - Carmen Salazar

Monica and Dennis’ fur baby was busy helping our groom accessorize and clean the floor of any organic foods that might spill.

Sweet dog of the bride and groom at wedding - Carmen Salazar

Chic and modern groom wedding style - Carmen Salazar

Modern beauty bride at Santa Cruz estate - Carmen Salazar

Dapper groom waiting for the first look - Carmen Salazar

Tattooed bride walking to first look with groom - Carmen Salazar

Dennis knew he was going to get choked up at his love in her gown, and Monica was equally swooning at the sight of her hubby in his sharp suit!

First sight at summer outdoor Santa Cruz wedding - Carmen Salazar

Modern SF wedding style - Carmen Salazar

Elegant modern San Francisco bridal style - Carmen Salazar

Beautiful modern bridesmaid style - Carmen Salazar

Happy bride leaving for outdoor ceremony - Carmen Salazar

Unique natural foliage wedding arbor - Carmen Salazar

Adorable baby wedding fashion - Carmen Salazar

This little guy was the most dapper baby I’ve ever seen. Monica and Dennis’ wedding was full of their friends’ and families’ sweet kids – and all of them were so fashionable!

Adorable simple beauty flower girl style - Carmen Salazar

Our little fashionista flower girls brought a strong braid game!

Bride crossing rustic bridge to the ceremony - Carmen Salazar

We literally climbed over the river and through the woods to the most gorgeous and magical forest ceremony.

Father walking bride down floral aisle - Carmen Salazar

Intimate outdoor Santa Cruz estate wedding - Carmen Salazar

Cute baby stealing the show from bride and groom - Carmen Salazar

After beautiful teary-eyed vows from Dennis and Monica, their closest friends pronounced them husband and wife!

Romantic outdoor first kiss in Santa Cruz - Carmen Salazar

Newlyweds at gorgeous Santa Cruz summer ceremony - Carmen Salazar

Keep an eye out for our couple’s modern SF style reception, coming soon!

(Spoiler alert: they get to eat all of that yummy food that was cooking all afternoon, and show off a few sweet dance moves.)


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