Marie & Brett | San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Kindest words from Marie - “I had known I would want Annie to photograph my wedding before an engagement was even in the horizon - and somehow, she managed to exceed all expectations. We had a 20 person wedding in San Francisco City Hall and the pictures capture so beautiful the day and the emotions we all shared. Her quiet attitude makes her unobtrusive to the process, and she was thoughtful when giving guidance to help us be in the best light. The pictures feel honest, elegant and flattering and now the biggest question is picking out which to frame out of many. Our guests were equally pleased, and we received so many private messages of how well the pictures turned out. If you are looking for a photographer who clearly respects the meaning of this important bond and will create images true to you and your relationship - Annie is an all-star.”

Flowers by Ampersand

Inge & John | Pearson Ranch Wedding in Woodside, CA

Venue: Pearson Ranch
Wedding Planner: Sabrina & Co.
Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals
Catering: A Catered Affair
DJ: DJ Curtis
Hair & Makeup: Melissa Hoffman
Florist: Kate Lalaluna

This beautiful wedding up at privately owned Pearson Ranch was overflowing with gorgeous light, rustic details, and an unforgettable barn space filled with dozens of pillar candles and limitless yards of string lights (truly the best way to light up an otherwise darker barn setting).

Inge and John’s wedding was simple and stayed true to everything meaningful to them - a ceremony, dinner in a beautiful setting, toasts, and dancing.

Laura & Gabe | A Unique San Francisco Wedding - Alamo Square Park, Absinthe, Cafe du Nord

Heck. Yes.

Dear couples, a wedding can be whatever you want it to be. As long as the two of you get married, all the other details are just the icing on top of the cake.

When Laura first approached me about photographing her wedding, she described it as nontraditional, with no/few flowers, no aisle, and a dark blue sweetheart lace fit & flare dress. “I feel like this is coming across as negative,” she said, “but we are just focusing on the things that are most important to us :)”

Hear hear! Laura and Gabe got married with their closest group of friends and family surrounding them at Alamo Square Park with the cityscape behind them, had an intimate dinner at Absinthe, then joined the larger group for donuts and dancing at Cafe du Nord.

Ceremony: Alamo Square Park, San Francisco
Dress: Self-Portrait
Suit: Billy Reid
Restaurant: Absinthe
After Party: Cafe du Nord
Donuts: Dynamo Donut
Custom Poster: Matthew J. Fleming

{ From Laura )

  1. What was the most memorable part of the day?
    Though our ceremony was short, that time in the park was the most memorable part of the day for me. It felt incredibly vulnerable, sharing what we normally just say to one another, in front of our friends and family. Looking around to everyone, I could feel the love and joy surround us. It was so powerful, and I felt so present in the moment.

  2. What unique detail was the most important for you to include and why?
    This is the hardest question to answer! The unique detail that I love the most is the custom poster by Matthew J. Fleming, that I commissioned as a wedding gift. The design includes so many details about our relationship and the day, from our favorite records, to the ceremony and reception venues. Music is so important to us, and we have posters from dozens of shows we've seen ourselves and together. Using the back of it as our guest book means that everyone who was there is a part of our commitment to one another. It's hanging in a prime location in our new home.

  3. What came most as a surprise to you about the day?
    How time flew by! I would have loved to have hours more with friends and loved ones, and more time to connect one on one with everyone there.

Mandy & Ted | Union Square Cable Cars & Foreign Cinema Wedding in San Francisco, CA

When Mandy and Ted were discussing their wedding plans with me in the initial stages of contacting me, they told me that they really wanted to do a first look at the cable cars on Powell Street. 

We don't mind if there are strangers and tourists in the background, they said. So we went for it, and it really couldn't have gone more smoothly.

There were so many amazing moments, from Mandy's brother officiating and accidentally uttering his girlfriend's name instead causing the everyone to erupt in laughter, to the quieter moments when Mandy and Ted admired their wedding rings upstairs after the ceremony. You can see the joy of the day from these images.

Thank you for having me be a part of your day!

What was the most memorable part of the day?
(Mandy): It's so hard to pick the most memorable part of the day! The entire day leading up to the wedding, the ceremony, and reception were all so wonderful in their own way. The part of the day that stands out the most to me is the ceremony. It really hit me when we started to line up to walk down the aisle. I stood next to my dad and the processional music started playing. There was so much build-up for this one moment, and it was finally here! My eyes started tearing up, and I looked up at my dad and I could tell how much this moment meant to him. I am so grateful that my dad was able to walk me down the aisle. I remember looking up at him just before we started to walk, seeing my mom, and then looking at Ted as I walked towards him.The entire ceremony was so touching, and it was also filled with so much laughter. My younger brother officiated the wedding, and his message resonated so much with me and everyone else. My older brothers and Ted's sister and brother-in-law were chuppah holders. My younger brother Joe did an amazing job weaving in the meaning of the chuppah, how it represented home, the support of family, and the centrality of the 2 of us in our marriage. Ted and I wrote our own vows but didn't exchange them until the ceremony. It was so funny to see how much our vows complimented each other's. I'll never forget the look of pure love on Ted's face as I read my vows. And I can't even count the number of times I laughed and had tears of joy in my eye. Ted almost ran down the aisle he was so excited to hug after we were officially made husband and wife. The entire ceremony was so incredible, that's the part that is most memorable to me.

What unique detail was the most important for you to include and why?
The food was the most important detail of the wedding. Foreign Cinema is our favorite restaurant and is in our neighborhood. We chose the venue because we know how much they care about the food they serve: from the ingredients to the creativity in how it is served. We were so amazed and happy by the food that was served from the appetizers to the main course, the deserts and the late night snacks. And so many people have commented to us about how much they appreciated and enjoyed the food. 

What came most as a surprise to you about the day?
I was most surprised by how much emotion I felt the entire weekend from seeing so many friends and family on both sides together and celebrating. I had family that I hadn't seen in years there, and I had even more family that hadn't been in the same place all together in over a decade. I don't think anyone could have prepared me - or described in words to me - how that would feel. I was so grateful for all of the love and support we felt on both sides. And I'm so happy to have all of the wonderful photos to look through. An hour felt like a second, so it's been so amazing to look through all of the photos and relive the most wonderful weekend. 

Venue: Foreign Cinema
Wedding Planner: Dreams on a Dime
Florals: The Floral Loft
DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions
Makeup: Julie Dy
Hair: Camilla Betteridge

Alex & Taylor | A Spanish Themed Villa Montalvo Wedding in Saratoga, CA

(Words from Taylor herself)

What was the most memorable part of the day?
Seeing each other for the first time during our “first look,” and getting a few minutes to be alone together before the crazy rush of the day. We’ve known each other for almost nine years, but it felt like we were seeing each other—really seeing each other—for the very first time. We were both so overcome with emotion.

Those few minutes together were the most intimate and meaningful of our entire lives.

We also decided to write personal vows, and I'm so happy we did. I will treasure the vows Alex made to me for the rest of my life—perhaps more so because they were his words, from his heart.

What unique detail was the most important for you to include and why?
It's impossible to narrow down to just one. We have three! 

- It was very important to us to display the photos of our family and loved ones who could not be there. They were there in spirit with us throughout the day.
- My grandmother found her parents’ wedding invitation and engagement photo from 1916, as well as the wedding topper from their cake, which we had displayed over my great-grandmother's
 gorgeous lace tablecloth. We loved incorporating these small but special pieces of family history. 
- We tried to incorporate small pieces of our personalities into the details of the day. I'm a big book nerd, and we decided to name our tables after favorite authors. Alex is a huge fan of darts (and somehow even got me into the game on our very first date!), and so our party favors were custom dart sets. Finally, we both love Spain and have visited the country several times as a couple, so we served Jamón Ibérico and other Spanish tapas, and even found an incredible flamenco guitar trio to play during the cocktail reception. It was fabulous. 

What came most as a surprise to you about the day?
I was most surprised by how incredibly fast the day went by! After a year of planning, the day was over before we knew it! I wish we could live it all over again, a hundred times over!

Venue: Villa Montalvo
Wedding Planner: Events by Satra
Caterer: La Bocca Fina
Music: Daniel Fries Music
Band: Lucky Devils Band
Florist: Blossoms
Cake: Studio Cake
Hair & Makeup: Bay Area Beautiful