Jen and Brian wanted one thing from their wedding…well two things actually. They wanted to host it in their backyard, and they wanted to keep it intimate, inviting the most important people in their lives to attend. This couple worked day and night at their new house re-doing the landscaping and creating details for weeks leading up to the wedding (and I’m talking up until the morning of the wedding!). Their decision to do this made their wedding so special. They truly did what they wanted, not what they felt was expected of them by anyone else. The result was a super laid back wedding where the groom wore jeans, the bride wore a beautifully traditional gown, and everyone ate some of the best BBQ I’ve ever tasted! From the flowers, to the signs, to the bride’s necklace, this wedding was full of handmade beauty. The groom’s wedding band was even handmade by the couple out of a silver dollar. And just to be certain that everyone was there, Jen pinned a photo collage to her dress, in memory of her brother who passed away recently. It was so wonderful getting to know these two and having the privilege of photographing their wedding. Just some of my favorites from this beautiful and unique celebration…
As much as we photographers love a traditional wedding at an incredible venue with painstakingly prepared design elements, intimate nuptials at City Hall will always hold a special place in our hearts. I can’t make this statement enough; we have a beautiful City Hall in San Francisco. When you consider the cost of getting married in such a beautiful space, well, let’s face it…it’s a deal.
Chloe and Andrei wanted to have a traditional wedding with their friends and family but with intense work schedules, they knew they wouldn’t be able to do so for another year or two. Not wanting to wait two years though, they decided on an intimate elopement at City Hall until they could have a big party with their loved ones. I love photographing these weddings. It’s like getting back to basics. Just two people, committing to spend the rest of their lives together. I also love how getting married at City Hall allows a couple to embrace their style. Chloe and Andrei just have this confidently classic style. For her something old, Chloe wore a beautifully delicate brocade that belonged to her Grandmother. Andrei was also passionate about having film photography…so a million bonus points to him!
Whenever I think of winter weddings I think of snow. I’m from Buffalo, so, it’s natural. But we would NEVER get snow in San Francisco, EVER. Don’t worry, I’m not complaining. Claire and Geoff’s winter wedding was on a beautiful sunny day at the end of December and was special for many reasons (aside from the no snow in December!). Claire is from Ireland, so most of her family and friends traveled so many miles to be here for their celebration. They live in North Beach and were married at their local church, Saint Peter and Paul. I don’t get to photograph ceremonies in churches too often, and it was amazing to shoot in such a beautiful space that was a part of their everyday life. We walked around their neighborhood afterwards, and took photos in front of some of their favorite places (like Goorin Brothers!) and with their adorable pup Harvey. We were then invited to the top of the church for photos at sunset. Then it was off to Claire’s family’s bar, Danny Coyles, for their reception! Can I just say, having your wedding at a bar…not a bad idea, whether it’s family owned or not. Congratulations again Claire and Geoff, I’m so glad I got to work with you guys!