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!

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


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