sarah & gloria | seymour marine center | santa cruz wedding

It was such an honor to document this wedding! Sarah and Gloria are two people so in love, and experiencing their wedding day only affirmed my belief that we should all have the right to marry whomever we choose to. Sarah and Gloria are both incredibly kind, creative and conscious people, and everything about their wedding seemed to reflect those qualities. They chose to have their wedding at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz because they share a love of the California coast and they liked the fact that part of the proceeds from their booking went towards marine habitat preservation. They had planned on holding their ceremony outside overlooking the ocean, but just as the ceremony was scheduled to begin, it started to rain and was moved inside next to the aquarium at the last minute. I love that Sarah and Gloria gracefully rolled with the change of plans, and everyone stayed nice and warm throughout their emotional ceremony. One of my favorite moments of the day was seeing Sarah’s Dad embrace the two of them right after the ceremony, and feeling the love and support that Sarah’s parents showed Gloria and her relationship with their daughter. Sarah owns a scrapbooking supply store called Our Paper Place and she used her amazing crafting skills to create the most awesome hand-swen wedding programs I’ve ever seen, as well as many other details that made the event feel so personal. There was a wall of photos telling the story of their lives that was shaped into a giant heart, a curtain made of origami whales, table signs named after different ocean dwelling species and custom stickers used to close the boxes full of hand-made cookies that each guest got to go home with. Just to show what kind of people Sarah and Gloria are; they thanked absolutely everyone in their speech, including their photographer and insisted that we sit with their guests for dinner and take home a box of those delicious cookies. Every time I take my kids to visit the Seymour Discovery Center now I’ll think of this day with the fondest memories!

vendor credits:

florist: Frederick James luxuries
caterer: Andrea from lifestyle culinary arts
cake: Stephanie from the Cake Shoppe
rentals:  Alexis party rentals










  1. Sarah says:

    Thank you so very much, Carlie! You did such an amazing job with those photos. When I look at them, it truly brings back all of the beautiful memories that I experienced that day. Im not gonna lie — I think I just shed a tear looking at them for the 1000th time.

    Thank you! Thank you!

  2. Stephanie says:

    What beautiful pictures! You captured every great moment. Glad you enjoyed the cookies!

  3. Natalie says:

    Amazingly gorgeous! You captured the emotions of the day perfectly. Thank you!

  4. Trisha says:

    Beautiful photos, Carlie. Looks like such a classic and elegant wedding, and regardless of the law, so glad they could celebrate it. They look so happy.

  5. Jeanne Vidal-Smith says:

    These are some of the most beautiful wedding photos that I have ever seen… so natural, so beautiful, every special moment captured.

  6. Lauren Means says:

    Just beautiful!

  7. Love this wedding and pictures (saw you on Pinterest)

  8. leanne says:

    Beautiful photos!! I love their programs.. might I ask who or where they had them made?

  9. leanne says:

    Haha I just read your post! Nevermind. 🙂

  10. rachel says:

    Those programs are amazing i just wanted to ask what company you ordered them from?

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