This love between you two? This love that led you to feel not just ready — but excited — to share vows in front of friends of family? This love that made everything click? 

It tops the list. This is it, and it couldn’t be better.

kaitie brainerd

Kaitie Brainerd is a film and digital Santa Barbara wedding photographer creating true to life imagery that endures.

Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding | Santa Barbara, CA

bride and groom with lions

This September 2018 wedding is still one of my favorites to date and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to post it!

Christie and Justin wanted their fall Santa Barbara Zoo wedding to be “fun, relaxed, unique, and memorable.” Between the animal encounters with the giraffes and flamingos, and the thoughtfully designed animal decor, this Santa Barbara wedding was certainly unforgettable.

The bride and groom travelled from Los Angeles to get married at the Santa Barbara Zoo near downtown Santa Barbara. They chose the zoo because of the unique and gorgeous atmosphere and the fact that their guests could interact with the animals: the “Flamingle” with the flamingos was very popular.

I shot a lot of film at this wedding at the request of the couple, and you can really tell the difference in the dreaminess of the shots and the way the film captures the light and details.

Rincon Events always does such a great job planning and catering their weddings at the Santa Barbara Zoo and Rincon Beach Club, it was a pleasure to work with them again.

Check out these Santa Barbara Zoo wedding photos below for some great inspiration on how to host a unique and memorable wedding with great attention to detail, while still maintaining a relaxed and fun atmosphere!

Venue | Santa Barbara Zoo || Planning and Catering | Rincon Events || Florist | Terra Malia Designs || Dress | Alexandra Grecco || Men’s Attire | Hugo Boss || Rings | Sophie Hughes || Invitations | LightheartPaperCo || Hair and Makeup | Style Me Kristi || Cake | Enjoy Cupcakes ||