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