Secluded Elopement in the Redwoods

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Together for 10 years, John and Stephanie decided they weren't interested all the planning that comes with planning a full-on wedding and decided instead on an intimate elopement. The artistic duo created a day that was bursting with thoughtful, symbolic details: many of which were handmade and completely unique to their relationship.

After a quiet morning getting ready at home (where Stephanie made their floral pieces from clippings from their own garden!) they set off to a favorite spot in the redwoods, where a mobile tintype studio was waiting for them! Their ceremony included touching personal vows and a weaving they plan to hang in their home. 

After making it official on their own, John and Steph joined their family for dinner, followed by a 1920s-themed reception with their friends at a favorite music-school-turned-bar, Tupper and Reed.

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Hair & Makeup: Marisa Perel    |    Florals + Invitations: Bowerbird Atelier  |   Rings: Metal Works SF   |   Tintype: The Shop Shop     |   Dress: Decades of Fashion    |    Suit: Asos   |   Officiant: Avi Singh


San Francisco City Hall Elopement (and Mini-Moon!)

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Erin and Rick plan to celebrate with their families back home in Philadelphia, but wanted to avoid the awkward obligations of a traditional wedding and share a special, stress-free time together. In a unique move, they decided to combine their wedding with a mini-moon in California, a place they both love. Between days spent exploring San Francisco, wine country, and Santa Cruz, the pair worked in a ceremony at City Hall. The backdrop of San Francisco's beautiful City Hall was the perfect setting for their intimate ceremony, and we even squeezed in a little time to wander in the California redwoods!

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San Francisco City Hall    |   Hair + Makeup: Fox & Doll     |     Flowers:   Farmgirl Flowers


Romantic Marin Headlands Engagement

Cooper and Sophie live in Florida and are planning a wedding in England later this year (in a castle, of course, as you do) and decided to truly make the most of their San Francisco vacation by planning a sunlight-drenched, epically dreamy and romantic coastal California engagement shoot. The 75 degree spring weather was lucky enough, but on top of it, we spotted several deer and a mama coyote! It felt a little like Clafornia showing off, but no one's complaining.

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Marin Headlands    |   Hair + Makeup:  Imagi by Fiona


Intimate City Hall Wedding and Dinner Party

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David and Madeline wanted to include and honor their family, friends, and community as part of their wedding, and bring a sense of closeness to the ceremony. They decided on a three-part wedding celebration, spread over several months: an intimate City Hall ceremony, a weekend away with close friends, and a traditional Chinese banquet.   

They were very clear on part one: Today would be an close-knit ceremony for family—the people who helped shape them individually and would always support their partnership. 

After spending a quiet morning together getting ready, and overlooking a foggy cityscape, they met their 13 loved ones in the North Gallery at City Hall to share their personal vows and bless the rings (which they made themselves!).

For dinner, the couple arranged the private tasting kitchen upstairs at flour+water. Food and wine and Wednesday night date nights are significant features of their relationship, and a private pasta-filled Wednesday night with their dearest seemed a fitting kick off to their marriage!

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Venue: San Francisco City Hall and  flour + water   |   Hair + Makeup: Leslie Song    |   Flowers: Farm Girl Flowers   |   Gown: BHLDN   |  Suit: Armani   |   Pies: Three Babes Bakeshop    | Officiant: Cynthia Gregory   |   Rings: handmade by the couple   |  Videography: Matter Video