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: December 2014

Bahia Resort San Diego Destination Wedding Photography {Meghan & Seth}

This was an incredibly special wedding for us because it involved one of our favorite families ever. We photographed Meghan’s brother’s wedding five years ago and were so honored to return to San Diego and see these beautiful people once again. Meghan and Seth brought their lively, loving, and fun filled community from Arizona to San Diego’s Bahia Resort, where they were married on a beautiful October day. 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 Meghan and Seth, you are both so very kind, genuine, and gracious. You fit together perfectly. Thank you so much for having us and treating us like part of your family. We loved joining your adoring community and celebrating such a sweet and good love story. We wish you the best always and we can’t wait to see you both again…hopefully sometime soon. Please know that there is always room for you here in Santa Cruz! Much Love, Jo & Pat

La Playa Hotel Destination Wedding Photography {Rachel & John}

Carmel has always been special to John as he vacationed here every summer as a child with his family. When he brought Rachel to Carmel for the first time, he packed an engagement ring. They returned this autumn to exchange vows in front of friends and family, most of whom traveled from Texas for the celebration. And indeed, it was certainly a celebration. We loved being there. 01 02 03 04  07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 IMG_0711 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 Thank you, Rachel and John for your warm welcome and kindness. We loved being a part of your day and felt honored to join your families and friends in celebrating two beautiful and loving people. We both wish you the very best always!

Much Love,

Jo & Pat

Thank you to the following vendors who made this day a fantastic one:

Venue and Food: La Playa Hotel (Many thanks to La Playa’s awesome Karen for such a great day and for all of her hard work!)

Wedding Cake: Freedom Bakery and Confections

Wedding Coordination: Amy Stadelman

Florals: Kate Healey Floral

Makeup:  Adrea Simmons

DJ: Belmont Entertainment

Photography: Jo Ann Manolis Photography