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Erica & Gideon | Santa Barbara Courthouse Engagement

The sun was still high in the cloudless sky above the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Tourists walked along the sidewalks and property slowly, with phones in hand taking photos of the American Riviera architecture. Under the large archway, well-dressed guests engage in excited chatter eagerly waiting for the start of a wedding ceremony. The same archway that invites all into the beautifully landscaped Sunken Gardens of this historic building. It was under that same archway that we waited. Not for today’s bride and groom, but for another bride and groom’s Santa Barbara engagement session.


We wish you two the very best and all the adventures that life has to offer!


This would be our first time meeting these two fiancés. And they saw us before we saw them. Impeccably dressed, Erica & Gideon blended in so well with the guests of the wedding our eyes passed over them not wanting to be caught staring. We never try to be the type of people that put a lot of weight behind looks, but when these two walked towards us we hope our jaws were only dropping in our minds and not on our faces. Erica was dressed in a beautifully patterned and multi-layered dress with some of the most gorgeous black heels we’ve ever seen. Gideon’s outfit complemented his fiancé’s like no other outfit could. A deep blue three-piece suit perfectly tailored and complete with black leather shoes. Like we said before, and we’ll say it again, just impeccable.

Erica & Gideon, you two are so well matched. We can imagine the way you both carefully care and provide for each other and it makes our hearts full. Erica, the love you have for Gideon is shared so clearly in your eyes when you’re looking at your man. And Gideon, we can tell you’ll never lose the ability to bring joy to your almost-wife. We’re sure her laugh is louder and more vibrant when you’re the one making it happen. We wish you two the very best and all the adventures that life has to offer!

Erica & Gideon holding each other closely in the Mural Room during their Santa Barbara Courthouse Engagement session in Santa Barbara, California. Light coming in through the window and landing on the couple as they embrace. The couple embracing in the light from the window in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara Courthouse in Santa Barbara, California. The couple smiling into each others eyes while standing in the light coming in from the window through the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. The couple holding hands as they walk away from the camera down a hallway with chandeliers above them. A second image pulled back of the couple walking down the hallway. The couple sharing a kiss in the middle of the hallway during their Santa Barbara Courthouse Engagement session The couple walking down the hallway while giggling and looking at each other during their Santa Barbara Courthouse Engagement session Erica & Gideon sharing a light kiss in the middle of the hallway. A second image Gideon leaning in close to Erica's head while she smiles at the camera. Gideon twirling his bride in the middle of the Santa Barbara Courthouse hallway under the chandlers. A second image of the couple giggling at each there while Erica is twirling. The couple standing on the seal dedicated to the Courthouse surrounded by a spiral staircase. The couple sharing a kiss in the middle of the spiral staircase at the Santa Barbara Courthouse in Santa Barbara, California. A photo from above the couple as they share a kiss in the middle of the spiral staircase during their Santa Barbara Courthouse Engagement session. Gideon using his fingers to lift Erica's chin so he can kiss her. A second image of the couple standing in front of a blue tiled wall as they share a kiss during their Santa Barbara Courthouse Engagement session. Erica & Gideon sharing a quiet minute together at the Santa Barbra Courthouse in Santa Barbara, California. The couple sitting on the stairs outside the Courthouse with their faces cheek to cheek as they smile at the camera. A second image of the couple looking at each other and smiling while sitting on the steps. Erica & Gideon sitting on the steps of the Santa Barbara Courthouse while sharing a kiss. A second image of the couple's backs to the camera as they stand next to each other with arms around each other. The couple sharing a moment with their eyes closed while holding hands with bodies pressed against each other. Gideon dipping Erica over backwards and sharing a kiss. The couple holding hands while looking at each other Erica's engagement ring and a second image of Erica pulling Gideon in close for a kiss during their Santa Barbara Courthouse Engagement session Erica is wearing a black and blue dress with a black top and Gideon is wearing a blue full three piece suit with a blue tie. Erica & Gideon smiling at each other while holding each other close. The couple sharing a kiss during their Santa Barbara Courthouse Engagement session Erica placing her hands on Gideon's cheek and leaning in for a kiss while he pulls her with his hands around her waist. A second image of the couple with their cheeks touching and smiling at the camera. Erica & Gideon holding each other closely as they share a kiss during their Santa Barbara Courthouse Engagement session

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