jo ann manolis photography

Welcome to the blog of Jo Ann Manolis Photography! I’m a wedding, portrait, and fine art photographer based in Santa Cruz, CA. I’ve created this blog as a means of sharing my work and life with my clients, family, and friends. I’ll be updating it regularly with my latest work, thoughts and ideas regarding photography and art, and links to many fabulous artists and vendors. So, take a look around, enjoy, and leave me a message here if you’re inspired. I can also be reached directly by e-mail via my website:, or by phone at: (831)359-7948. Thanks for stopping by!

Monthly Archives: June 2014

Carmel Valley Engagement Photography {Hillary & Mike’s engagement}

A month prior to their beautiful wedding, Pat and I met Hillary and Mike in Carmel Valley for their engagement session. We had so much fun wandering around the beautiful grounds of Bernardus Lodge. Of course we were delighted to get some of that soft and golden Carmel Valley light, my absolute favorite! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Hillary & Michael’s Carmel Valley Wedding


After almost a year of negligence (time flies when you’re busy, I guess), I’ve decided to resurrect my little blog this year. I thought that I’d start with a beautiful Carmel Valley Wedding from last moth. Hillary and Michael planned such a thoughtful and heartfelt wedding. They elected to have an intimate ceremony with close family members at Bernardus Lodge and a fun-filled celebration with extended family and friends at Georis Winery the following evening. Originally from Santa Fe, Hillary incorporated some inspiration from her hometown into the decor on both days. Thank you, Coastside Couture, both for the referral and for planning such a fantastic two days. You ladies are amazing! And once again, Amanda Seely of Laughin’ Gal Floral went all out with the florals. She blows me away every time. Be sure to check out the end of the post for a complete list of amazing vendors. Hillary and Michael, thank you for having us. Both Pat and I felt honored to be there to document such a meaningful and beautiful time in your lives. We wish you both the very, very best.

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Wedding coordination and planning:  Coastside Couture (Thanks Karissa, Heidi, & Kayla!)

Ceremony Venue: Bernardus Lodge

Florals: Laughin’ Gal Floral

Hair & Makeup: Spa Terre at Bernardus Lodge

Ceremony Hair & makeup: Katrina Christensen

Reception Hair & Makeup: Melissa Adams

Bride’s Dress: Anna Maier Ulla Maija Couture

Bride’s Shoes: Cole Haan

Reception Venue and catering: Georis Winery

Cupcakes: Freedom Bakery & Confections

Videography & DJ: the Fabulous Nick of Santa Cruz Live Music & D.J.