There was a moment during Kathleen & Kyle’s Treasure Island Winery SF wedding, right before they were supposed to walk down the stairs for the grand entrance into their reception, when everyone was seated and the newlyweds had a moment to themselves, and I heard Kate say to Kyle, “This is really fun!”
I don’t know if they knew I was listening. But I agree: It was really fun.
When we met for the consultation before their wedding, they told me what they wanted from their wedding day was a really fun party. They were so successful.
The day started with the wedding party getting ready at the Hyatt Regency near the Embarcadero in San Francisco, where the best man had to use a swift kick to evict a pigeon that had flown into the window of the guys’ room. (My trusted second shooter Conner Jay was able to get a photo of the incident.)
The Hyatt Regency boasts the Guinness Book of World Records’ largest atrium lobby, which is where we did Kate and Kyle’s first look and portraits. I love to think up new ideas for first look scenarios, and I have to say I was pleased with the idea of Kate riding down to the lobby in the glass elevator while Kyle watched from below (though I have to apologize for Kyle’s sore neck, since the elevator stopped several times).
The ceremony and reception were at The Winery SF on Treasure Island, where we arrived early for wedding party photos. We were nearly knocked over by the wind when we tried to shoot a photo with the San Francisco skyline in the background, and the situation soon morphed into a boy band-style groomsmen shot on the rocks. Kyle later informed me that many of the friends met through their involvement in theater, which makes total sense.
The ceremony, officiated by a friend, was both funny and touching. And the reception was the kind of fun that makes me a very happy wedding photographer. I’ve rarely witnessed such an enthusiastic group of dancers. See their moves, and many other photos from Kathleen & Kyle’s Treasure Island Winery SF wedding, in the gallery below.