San Francisco Wedding at Swedenborgian Church

Jan 27, 2018

Penny + David

Introduction

Our first meeting with Penny and David could not have gone any better.  From the start, we could tell that they were an amazing fun, loving couple and they were excited to tell us all about their stories of how they met while each dropping off mutual friend’s dachshunds at the same time after babysitting them and their epic proposal at sunset on top of Mt Haleakala in Maui.  When they told us that for the wedding there were going to be bagpipes and kilts involved, we knew we absolutely could not wait for their San Francisco wedding at Swedenborgian Church.

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Epic portrait of Penny + David as the wind blows with the Golden Gate bridge in the background just prior to their San Francisco wedding at Swedenborgian church.

Getting Ready at Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco

Penny + David opted to get ready bright and early at the Fairmont Hotel in the heart of San Francisco.  We loved capturing all the details from David’s full blown kilt with all the accessories to Penny’s unique wedding shoes.  We loved the fact that David and Best Man/brother John took some time to call grandma back in the East coast who was unable to travel for the big day.

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David’s traditional Scottish outfit with kilt and shoulder plaid.

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The Scottish quaich is a two-handled silver bowl which the bride and groom drink from once the legal proceedings have been concluded.

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David giving his beard a quick trim.

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Reflection of David as he tries to tie his bow tie from memory.

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After David gets fully ready, he does some final adjustments to his bow tie.

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David fully dressed in full Scottish attire and looking out the window.

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With brother/Best Man John behind him, David recreates the famous Beatles Abbey Road photo with the San Francisco backdrop.

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Penny’s beautiful wedding dress hanging along the long corridor.

The back of Penny’s unique wedding shoes definitely shows off her fun personality.

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Macro shot of the wedding bands.

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In the bridal room, Penny gets her hair done.

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The wedding dress hangs by the window while Penny gets ready.

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Final touches with hair while Penny puts on her earring.

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A moment of silence for our bride sitting by the window sill prior to the First Look.

Pre-Ceremony Portraits at the Golden Gate Bridge

For the First Look, we took Penny + David to the rooftop garden at the Fairmont Hotel.  David was so excited to see Penny for the first time in her wedding dress that he kept his eyes closed for as long as he could even after Penny tapped him on the shoulder to turn around.  David loved to kiss Penny on the hand and Penny loved to feel the beard.

We then proceeded to a great location to get some photos in front of one of San Francisco’s well known landmarks, the iconic Golden Gate bridge.  The weather was absolutely amazing that day!  Penny also wanted to take some photos at the Palace of Fine Arts, but unfortunately we did not have the time, but we will hit on that soon.

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We could not have asked for a better setting for the First Look between Penny + David.

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Even after Penny tapped him on the shoulder, David kept his eyes closed for as long as possible.

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When David finally opened his eyes, he had to take a step back to take it all in.

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Penny + David embrace during their First Look at Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

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You can feel all the emotions David was feeling at this moment.

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The two reoccurring things that happened throughout the day, the first being David loving to kiss Penny’s hand…

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… and the second being Penny loving to feel David’s beard.

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A wide view from atop the rooftop garden as David goes down on one knee at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

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Portrait of Penny + David in front of the Golden Gate bridge as a seagull flies by.

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Wide shot of the whole scene of the Golden Gate bridge.

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Close of the back of Penny’s wedding shoes and the intricate tying of David’s ghillie brogues.

Penny taking a sneak peak to see if David is wearing the kilt traditionally.

Penny taking a sneak peak to see if David is wearing the kilt traditionally.

Ceremony photos at Swedenborgian Church

Family and friends traveled from near and far for Penny + David’s San Francisco wedding at Swedenborgian Church.  They all got a special treat with the beautiful church filled with sounds of the bagpiper piping during the wedding processional.  There was even the unique Scottish traditions of Penny + David drinking from the quaich together and David draping the shoulder plaid and brooch over Penny towards the end of the ceremony.

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The colorful bridal bouquet that Penny carried around most of the day.

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Wide shot of Penny + David’s San Francisco wedding at Swedenborgian Church.

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Penny gives David a loving smile as he reads his vows.

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Penny’s father gets a little emotional during the wedding ceremony.

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Closeup of our lovely bride and groom’s attire during their wedding ceremony at Swedenborgian Church.

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Penny + David pick up the quaich together to take a drink.

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David is more than excited to announce his new wife Penny.

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The newly married couple kiss at the end of the recessional.

Reception photos at Swedenborgian Church

Just prior to the reception starting, we took Penny + David just up the street to the Lyon Street steps for a couple of photos.  We got back just in time for Penny + David to make their way and be introduced for the reception.  It was a small and intimate reception which had plenty of activities for the kids and touching mother/son and father/daughter dances.

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Penny + David kiss in front of the Lyon Street stairs.

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Standard portrait of Penny + David with a view of the bay.

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The reception layout at the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco.

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The elegant centerpiece decoration found at each table.

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Penny + David met after babysitting anddropping off their mutual friend’s dachshunds which makes for this unique cake topper.

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David’s parents react during one of the wedding toasts.

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Penny + David’s first dance as husband and wife.

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Penny + David share a kiss at the sweetheart table during the reception on their San Francisco wedding at Swedenborgian Church.

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A very touching moment between Penny and her father during the father/daughter dance.

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David and his mother have a good laugh during their dance together.

 

 

Conclusion

We had such a great time driving up to spend the day with some amazing people for this destination wedding in San Francisco.  Getting back to the topic of the Palace of Fine Arts, I noticed the picture frame in Penny’s getting ready room was of the Palace of Fine Arts, so I took a photo of it with full intent of using it as a double exposure later and this result happened all in camera.

Penny + David, we hope that you guys enjoy the sneak peak thus far and are enjoying your honeymoon in Canada shredding out there on the mountains of Whistler.  We will talk to you very soon!

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Creative in-camera multi-exposure of picture frame of The Fine Arts building from Penny’s hotel room and later portrait of Penny + David inside the church.

Vendors

Venue – Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco, CA

Coordinator/Catering – Alanna of Culinary Excellence

Hair/Makeup – Lara of Vine St Salon

Cake – Alise Inzerillo

Florals – Suki of Poppie Fields Florals

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