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Erica & Nicholas chose the natural setting of Highlands Park in Santa Cruz for their beautiful wedding… some gorgeous secluded trails that start there offered a great woodsy sneak-away portrait session.  It really is a beautiful and special privilege to spend a little time with the bride and groom right after their ceremony, away from everyone else, creating portraits while they get to relax & enjoy the first moments of this new stage in their lives…

And I confess that I’m a sucker for photographing cute flower girls, which this wedding definitely had, from the moment she arrived with her outrageously cute sunglasses!  So be warned, she appears a lot! 😉

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Here’s her brother, walking Erica down the path to the aisle – I love how much alike they look, and how expressive she is…

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Here’s the best-dressed guest at the reception:

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Besides being pretty funny, I think, this next photo goes out with a big thanks to Karissa Paxton, of Coastside Concierge, (in the middle, laughing her head off) for her awesome, super-reliable and sweet wedding coordination!

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And as a parting shot, all I’ll say is that the cake cutting got nasty, in the best way! 😉  Congratulations, Erica & Nicholas, and I can’t wait to show you the rest of your photos!

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