Let me just start out by saying that I love everything about this San Francisco wedding: the locations, the details, and (especially) the people involved. And let me also say that I was honored to be the person to photograph this wedding: the groom is an accomplished professional photographer, and many talented photographers were part of this wedding. It was an amazing day with an incredible group of people.
With help from my superhero associate Conner Jay, we started with preparations at the beautiful Mark Hopkins Hotel, then headed to the ceremony site, Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park. This little gem of an area is an ideal spot for a wedding, with green lawns and a canopy of trees over the entrance walkway, all tucked into a grove of larger trees.
The location magic didn’t end there. On our way to the reception, we dropped by the Lyon Street steps, where Rosie & Matt had their first kiss and got engaged. Between dodging joggers running up and down the stairs, we shot some nice portraits of the couple in a beautiful spot that’s infused with meaning for their relationship.
But my favorite spot of the day was the Log Cabin — a 76-year old rustic venue with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. It would’ve been gorgeous on its own, but Rosie and Matt outdid themselves with details: the table settings, the cookie tables, the seating charts, flowers and paper lanterns. It all looked so amazing, and provided a perfect backdrop to their great party, with emotional speeches, touching first dances and funny garter and bouquet tosses. All the good stuff.
Plus, guests were able to wander out onto the lawn for great views and fresh (if chilly) air. We took Rosie and Matt out to a stand of trees overlooking the Golden Gate for a post-sunset photo that’s featured at the top of this blog post.
For the rest of my favorite shots from the day, check out the gallery below.