Historic Downtown Fresno Weddings | Elisa + Matt


Downtown Fresno Wedding Venue

When I first spoke with Elisa + Matt about their wedding dreams, she mentioned that she wanted a variety of locations in Downtown Fresno to highlight the history and architecture of  Fresno. After scouting several locations leading up to their wedding we found the perfect locations at a variety of Downtown Fresno Weddings Venues. 

We started off the day at Fresno City College for their first look and wedding portraits. Unfortunately, the original areas we had planned to do the family formals and first look were locked on the weekend! (Note to all photographers, make sure to double-check on the same day of the week as you will be shooting in the future). However, I think the location we used was absolutely stunning. It was right in front of the library and gave such a classic and elegant look to their portraits. Look at these beautiful first look portraits! (Now I know what you’re going to say, Michelle… these are not Downtown Fresno Weddings. Yes, I know.. but it’s so close to downtown, I had to include them. If you didn’t know, Fresno City College was the first community college in California). 

Bride in Front of Brick Building

Bride with bouquet in front of brick building

First look time! My favorite new wedding tradition

Bride and groom in front of brick building


Bride and groom greeting eachother for the first time

Wedding portraits with bride and groom in front of brick building.

Bride laughing at groom

Groom portraits in front of brick building

Wedding party in front of brick wall


After their first look, they wanted a cleaner and more simple look as their background so we headed to this little hidden treasure that is a Downtown Fresno Weddings Venue. I loved the classic white columns of the building. It was an excellent contrast to the red brick from our first location. You wouldn’t think it, but there are some of the cutest Fresno Wedding Chapels here. 

White looks good on you both

Wedding couple in front of white church

Wedding party in front of white church

Wedding Party in front of white church

Wedding couple in front of white church



Our last stop was downtown Fresno at The Grand 1401. When you say historic Fresno, The Grand 1401 is one of the first places that comes to mind. We decided to make this a special spot for just Elisa + Matt to enjoy some portraits together. We also only spent about 3 minutes at this location. Although we were running around all over the place, we ended up with so many beautiful portraits. Some of my favorites from the day! 


Which was your favorite downtown Fresno wedding location?

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Meet Michelle


I specialize in inclusive wedding photography for all. I went from being engayged to being a Fresno Wedding Photographer when I couldn't find any photographers locally who held my same values.  

Fueled by equal parts coffee and passion,  I believe your story, your love, is beautiful and I can't wait to capture it in images you will treasure for years to come. I believe in real moments and genuine connection. In the kinds of images that remind you of the joy that can be found in the simplest of moments together. 

And I can't wait to get to know you!

I’m Michelle Gunn

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