Julia Morgan Ballroom | San Francisco | Wedding | Jenny + Jamien

We had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous (x100) couple at the Merchants Exchange Building and Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.  Jenny and Jamien are the most kind and ebullient couple we've met- they were surrounded by friends and family who clearly loved them to pieces.  

It's always fun to hear more about the wedding from the bride and groom's perspective, so here is their story:

"Since neither of us are from the Bay Area we decided that rather than pick one of each other's hometowns, we would have our wedding in the place that has become our home: downtown San Francisco. We loved the venue for the architect's historic ties to SF, and the iconic interior felt like the perfect combination of classic grandeur and contemporary style in which to celebrate our day. 

Since the elaborate interior is a beautiful backdrop in itself, our goal was to keep the décor and color scheme neutral, elegant and timeless.  The bridesmaids picked out their own champagne shaded dresses, and J had the groomsmen forego boutonnieres for their black tuxes, in exchange for white pocket squares he gifted them, monogrammed with their initials.

Natasha Lisitsa of Waterlily Pond designed the dramatic, tall, tree branch centerpieces, illuminated with hanging votive, LED candles to bring in natural elements of the outdoors into the urban chic space.  

Our first dance as husband and wife was to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" to get the party started. The dance floor was packed even before dinner (catered by celebrated SF restaurant Presidio Social Club) was served, and pretty much stayed that way 'til the end of the night. We couldn't have asked for better people, a better party, or a better place to celebrate the start of our lives together."


Photographs by Ingrid and Jerry.

Jamien used to play wide receiver for Standford University, and had a lot of football buddies in his wedding party.  We convinced them to show off some of their skills against the bridesmaids.  

More about Jenny and Jamien:

How we met: 

Both friends of the bride at an East Coast wedding two years ago, we first met getting bussed to the wedding ceremony. Though I knew the bride, I actually didn't really know anyone else at the wedding.  As the guests were headed to the ceremony, I kept hearing people calling out to their friend "Jamo." This felt disorienting to me as, growing up, the nickname my twin brother always had for me was also "Jamo". I didn't see how anyone could possibly know how to call me that since I literally knew none of the other guests. I turned to see who they were talking to, and it was the man who would become my husband. Turns out, his nickname from playing football at Stanford was also "Jamo." We started chatting about our shared moniker, and it was obvious we had way more in common besides the name.

How he proposed:

Jamien and I began dating long distance with me living in New York and he being based in the Bay Area. After half a year of Skype dates and different time zones, I moved to San Francisco. Six months later, Jamien woke me up on the morning of the one year anniversary of our first date, just before sunrise. He got up, went into the kitchen, and rushed back into our bedroom a few minutes later revealing that the skylights in our apt had flooded. I got out of bed and, sure enough, there was water all over our kitchen counter. Handing me some towels, he asked me to mop up the water and to meet him on the roof of our apt building (where he would presumably inspect the skylight for more water damage). Not really connecting the dot that there had been zero rainfall for months, I cleaned up the "flood" and met him on the roof. As the sun was coming up over the city, there was Jamien on one knee at the ready with two glasses, a bottle of champagne, and a single question to which I answered, "Yes".

 

Sainte Claire Hotel | Paper Plane Bar | Wedding | San Jose | Yanna + Tom

Yanna and Tom got married at the gorgeous Sainte Claire Hotel down in San Jose.  Their wedding coincided with San Jose's Cosplay Convention.  We ran into Mario and Luigi, large green bodies, a pack of highschoolers painted gray, and so much spandex!  We had fun with Yanna and Tom running through the crowds of body paint, then taking refuge in a really cool bar called Paper Plane where we shot some portraits.  We feel lucky to have spent the day with such warm and vibrant people.  Congrats!

Clift Hotel | Foreign Cinema | San Francisco | Wedding | Alisha + Kai

We're excited to share this wedding of Alisha and Kai, two down-to-earth, fun, and glamorous ladies who tied the knot in our favorite spot, Foreign Cinema.  They were surrounded by babies, loved ones, and doting father-of-the-brides.  We particularly loved that they got ready at Clift Hotel because that place is full of dark little nook and crannies.  No matter how much we shoot at Foreign Cinema, we are still in love with that venue.  Congrats Alisha and Kai!   

Photography by Ingrid and Jerry

 

 

Dresses: BHLDN
Paper goods: Minted
Wedding planner: Jubliee Events 
Lighting: Enhanced Lighting

 

 

Tilden Park | Redwood Grove | Wedding | Be + Myke

We are excited to share Be and Myke's ethereal redwood grove wedding at Tilden Park.  Their short and sweet wedding ceremony included a cozy 30 guests.  Then they went clomping into the woods for some gorgeous shots.   

Photography by Aubrey.

 

Lake Merritt | Children's Fairyland | Oakland | Wedding Teaser | Karen + Jon

Karen and Jon had their wedding at Children's Fairyland in Oakland, which is basically 10 acres full of things we love the most in the world- animals, cardboard slides down grassy hills, off kilter buildings, COLOR, and slightly unsettling story book scenes. We can't wait to show you more!  

Photography by Jerry and Austin. 

Jacuzzi Vinyard | Sonoma | Wedding Teasers | Ashley + Basile

Some teasers from friends of ours, Ashley and Basile, who got married this past weekend. You may recognize them if they had spagetti all over their faces, since they were the ones who did the fun food-fight engagement shoot!  More to come!

Photography by Ingrid and Blake.

 

Bix Alleyway | Cigar Bar | Wedding Teaser | Amy + Michael

Some teasers from this past weekend's wedding at the BIX alleyway and Cigar Bar.