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Newsletter - August 2006
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August 2006 newsletter (old archive)
I had three wedding photography jobs at Santa Barbara this month (July 2006). All the weddings took place very close to each other at Cabrillo Beach, Santa Barbara.
July 1st 2006 - Wedding Schedule
We had a record breaking heat-wave on 2006 4th of July weekend. I hope the wedding guests didn't suffer too much from the heat. This weekend, I had two weddings on Cabrillo Beach, Santa Barbara. Today was very hot. The beach wind didn't cool us down much. The Sun was very strong. The hotel staff brought out umbrellas and lemonades. I hope the wedding guests had some relief. All wedding guests seemed to have fun.
I left home for wedding 2 hours before the scheduled arrival (3 hours before the wedding ceremony). The traffic to Santa Barbara was horrible. It was a bumper to bumper traffic all the way. From Camarillo, it took me over 1 hour to get to Santa Barbara county line. Still, I was able to arrive at the wedding site early. It's always better to get to the wedding site 2 hours earlier than 2 minutes late.
Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort Hotel is located near Cabrillo Beach. I think this is the biggest Hotel/resort in Santa Barbara area.
The beach was right across the street from the hotel. We went to the beach and took some pictures on the sand. After a few posed pictures, we took a short break. "Just relax for awhile", I said. That's when the groom talked to the bride and kissed her on her chick (picture above).
The wedding ceremony went smooth and quick.
They had a good reception. The dinner was well planned. Music was provided by All Occasions Entertainment from Santa Barbara.
The DJ knew exactly what kind of music to play, The DJ didn't talk much, as if he was shy. He just kept the party going. When the night was about to end, the DJ sang one song (Karaoke style). He was an amazing singer. Everyone was saying "Wow~~!!. One more~!!" .
This (above) is my new buddy Juan.
Wedding album was mailed to them in about 3 weeks. They loved the pictures. They wrote me a nice Customer's Testimonial on my web site. It was memorable to me, and I was only a photographer. I can only imagine how much fun the bride and groom must have had.
At any given weekend, there are hundreds weddings going on in Santa Barbara area. I hope to come back for more Santa Barbara weddings.
July 15, 2006
One of my wedding clients had a birthday party for their baby. And I was invited. It was fun. I ate a lot.
Chavez was my wedding client 2 years ago. They kept in touch with me with baby news. I had a referral client from them as well. I also did Baptism Photography for their baby last year.
It was really nice to get invited to my past client's family event. It was fun to meet family members wearing shorts and aloha shirts. Because I only remember them in their formal wedding wears. The baby was only 1 yr old, but he had more friends than I do.
A few clients keep in touch with me with baby news. God bless all of them.
I have received 2 wedding customer testimonials in July.
"He was professional, prepared, and had an easy-going nature that made everyone feel comfortable. We and our friends and family were very impressed with how beautifully John captured the special day. I smile every time I see my wedding pictures."
- July 4, 2006 - Ayumi and Robert Kurata
"Thanks so much John you did an awesome job at my wedding. The Photo's were great. Thanks again"
- July 25, 2006 - Aaron and Tracy Yeaton
September 2005 newsletter (old archive).
Wedding at Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara
August 5, 2005: Museum of Natural History in Santa Barbara is available as a wedding site. The wedding party had the whole museum for themselves. Another interesting fact was that the bride had a twin sister. Nobody told me that bride had a twin sister. I was a little confused at the wedding. But I quickly learned that I was not crazy.
** The mother of the bride still keeps in touch (as of 2007). Read my blog entry
August 3, 2005: There was a beach wedding in Santa Barbara. It was a small, intimate wedding. There were total 16 people on the beach including officiant lady. After the ceremony, they went to Cliff House in Mussel Shoals for a dinner.
I like how the pictures came out from this wedding. The timing was perfect for photography also the weather was beautiful. The bride and groom wrote a good review for me. Read their testimonial.
This is officially the biggest wedding cake I have ever photographed. The groom's mother took two whole days to make this. The detail was amazing.
Ironically, on August 3 2005, just three days earlier, I photographed the smallest wedding cake of my career. But it was just as memorable and picture perfect.
I am proud to show you three new testimonials from customers this month.
FABULOUS FOTOS FOR LESS "We were so glad we found him. Our pictures came out beautiful and we didn't have to take a second mortgage out to pay for them."
Super Photographer!! "John was the photographer. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and he played such a big part in making it a very memorable day! He was amazing!!"
My Daughters Wedding " Wow! Everything John said was true! He was so wonderful to work"
Santa Barbara Wedding Locations
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
You can walk around a little and find many different beautiful places to take pictures.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
The Cliff House Inn
Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort
All Occasions Entertainment
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