Even without a heartwarming ceremony at San Francisco’s quirky Odd Fellows Building, a marriage license that was signed on a desk that belonged to James Brown (yes, that Godfather of Soul), and an action-packed reception that also featured the country’s largest two-headed calf museum, Lou Lou and David’s wedding was a wonderful, one-of-a-kind affair. Their involvement in the Bay Area’s underground music scene brought them together (check out their adorable engagement session/band shoot here), and it’s also how we came to know them. It was an honor capturing not only their family but their creative community rallying around them on their special day.
Lou Lou was an absolute knockout in a lacy ’70s dress and red roses in her tousled updo. David cut a dashing figure in his Western-inspired garb: a jacket that he picked up at alt-country singer Jill Olsen’s yardsale, cowboy boots, and a bolo tie that…
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Every wedding could use a dash of magic. Happily for Mandy and Ethan, the Secret Gardens in Bodega Bay have plenty to go around! From the outside, you’d never guess that an enchanted forest awaits within, with lush greenery, majestic redwoods, a bubbling brook, twinkling lights, and, of course, fairies galore. It couldn’t have been more perfect for two fun-loving gamers with a passion for all things Disney!
Their day started off separately, yet both made sure to squeeze in quality game time with their best buds before getting ready for their special day. Mandy wowwed in an ivory steampunk fairytale gown with a purple ombre hem that matched her long waterfall braid; her teal petticoat and ribbon added fantastic contrast. She had two pairs of shoes to carry her through the day: beige skull-and-crossbone heels and custom purple-and-teal Converse. Her Prince Charming turned as many heads in his gray suit, which was complemented by a purple Disney Haunted Mansion tie (purchased right after he proposed to Mandy on the ride!)…
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Sydni and Phil wanted something a little different from “sunny” engagement photos and asked us if we’d be down for a noir-inspired session. Of course we would!
To make the session even better, Phil let us take over the Alchemist Bar & Lounge, a second-floor watering hole that he co-owns and styled. Despite its proximity to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, we were transported into a steampunk, speakeasy world of light and shadows. With its distressed brick, caged Edison bulbs, well-stocked bar, and steep staircase, how could we go wrong? Here are some of our favorite moments, including some shot with a Pentax 672i medium-format film camera.
When it comes to civil ceremonies, San Francisco boasts one of the most striking municipal buildings in the U.S. in which to proclaim, “I do.” Built in 1915, City Hall is a Beaux-Arts beauty with a grand staircase and ornate architecture, and was featured in classic films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Even Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio tied the knot here in 1954!
One bustling Friday afternoon, we met up with Jayla and Tyler, who had driven down from Davis to elope. Our bride dazzled in a cream-colored, 1940s-inspired dress, navy T-strap heels, and sparkly nails, while our groom rocked a gray suit with a paisley tie.
Jayla and Tyler had booked the last marriage appointment of the day so we had plenty of time to explore the nooks and crannies of the building. By the time it was…
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