Elegant Black Tie Wedding in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Hotel

Elegant Black Tie Wedding in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Hotel

Liz and Nicco celebrated their big day in style with an elegant black tie wedding in San Francisco, at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, a historic wedding venue. The bride and groom exchanged vows in front of 150 friends and family before moving onto the wedding reception to celebrate their new marriage and dance the night away!

bride and groom after wedding in san francisco

First Date at the Rooftop Bar in the Mark Hopkins Hotel

After hitting it off at Nicco’s annual ugly Christmas sweater party, Liz and Nicco spent their first official date at a romantic rooftop bar overlooking the San Francisco skyline. That rooftop bar, the Top of the Mark, also happens to sit on the 19th floor of the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, where all this wedding goodness would take place three years later!

bride and bridesmaids getting ready

bride and bridesmaids posing

groom getting ready with dad

Getting Ready With the Fun Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

The bride and her bridesmaids spent the morning in a penthouse suite at the Mark Hopkins overlooking downtown San Francisco and the SF Bay. The hair stylists and makeup artists from Bay Area Beautiful helped the ladies prepare for the big day, styling their makeup and hair to accentuate their natural beauty. Liz and her gorgeous bridesmaids looked amazing together with their navy blue bridesmaid dresses against the stunning Maggie Sottero beaded gown. Nicco got ready with his groomsmen and family and enjoyed the excitement of the day with some celebratory drinks. He looked sharp and ready with his group of black tie groomsmen!

groom looking at bride in ceremony

bride and groom wedding ceremony

Elegant Wedding Ceremony in the Grand Mark Hotel Ballroom

A unique and artistic ceremony space, the Room of the Dons ballroom is characterized by the hotels historic architectural details in top notch chandeliers and high ceilings. The Flower House designed tall floral arrangements and lined the aisle with rose petals adding to the luxurious ceremony design. The Mersonacta String Quartet accentuated the elegant atmosphere with heavenly ceremony music.

bride and groom in front of mark hopkins hotel

bride walking down aisle with father

When Liz walked down the aisle with her father, Nicco’s face lit up. Father Charles Regal of the White Robed Monks personalized the ceremony and kept the tone lighthearted and sentimental. The wedding guests were filled with excitement as Liz and Nicco kissed as husband and wife for the first time and happily made their way back down the aisle.

bride and groom dancing san francisco street

bride and groom walking san francisco

Mark Hopkins Hotel: A Luxury Wedding Venue in San Francisco

The Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel wedding venue is known as one of the best luxury venues for a wedding in San Francisco. The hotel hosts classy wedding ceremonies and receptions in lavish ballrooms in a perfect downtown SF location. The hotels wedding coordination team did an awesome job keeping the wedding day moving along smoothly. Dakota of Thomas Hughes Films filmed the day and was a pleasure to work beside. I first fell in love with this city, years ago, when I photographed a San Francisco engagement session on Baker Beach with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background. The more time I spent here, the deeper in love I fell. The downtown SF area near the hotel made stepping outside for portraits of the bride and groom, and their bridal party, so much fun and gave us perfect iconic San Fran backdrops in every direction.

bride and groom in downtown SF

bridal party in front of mark hopkins hotel

mark hotel wedding reception


The wonderful Jutta and her team from A Day Like No Other wedding planners worked with the wedding coordination team at the Mark Hopkins Hotel and did a fantastic job setting up the Peacock Court and Ballroom. The uplighting design by Impact Lighting set the reception’s mood with soft, golden light.

bride and groom cutting cake

After the bridal party entered the reception, Liz and Nicco shared a romantic first dance. Once the guests had enjoyed the delicious wedding meals and cut the cake, the real party started! The newly weds were finally able to celebrate fully with their family and friends as they danced the night away to the awesome upbeat music provided by Hip Service.

bride and groom dancing mark hotel reception

After the wedding, the happy couple enjoyed the beginning of their newlywed life honeymooning in Italy!

Awesome San Fran Wedding Vendors

wedding band at reception in mark hopkins hotel

mark hopkins hotel wedding reception

Emily & Matt / Turks and Caicos Wedding

Emily & Matt / Turks and Caicos Wedding

The location was almost as cool as this couple. Em & Matt and I had an awesome engagement session in Minneapolis where they live and as you can see below they topped that with their destination wedding on Sapodilla Bay in Turks & Caicos. They did it right with their nearest and dearest.

Brittany & Logan / San Diego Engagement Session

Brittany & Logan / San Diego Engagement Session

Brittany & Logan and I explored around La Jolla, CA, hiking around Scripps Coastal Reserve, high up on the coastal cliffs, and then ending our adventures with a relaxing sunset at Windansea Beach.

Every time I come back out to shoot in San Diego I fall more in love with this place. I suppose, with this trip in particular, a lot of has to with how cool Brittany & Logan are too. I’m excited to capture their wedding day this summer back in Minneapolis.

Hall of Fame Honors!!!

Hall of Fame Honors!!!

Humbled to announce that I’ve won both The Knot’s “Best of Weddings Award” and WeddingWire’s “Couples’ Choice Award” for the 4th year in a row. I was also honored with the “Hall of Fame” award from The Knot for the consecutive years of recognition.

And as always my favorite part of these awards is that they are based on the wonderful reviews from all the awesome clients I get to work with each year. I’m so lucky in that regard and I cannot wait for what lies ahead in 2016. Many thanks and cheers!

***In other news I haven’t been able to update my site in quite some time as I’ve been just shooting and traveling all over this past year, and cannot get away from my editing station. Once I’m all caught up though I’ll be launching a brand new website with TONS of new work to show. Very excited to share! In the meantime my Instagram account @aframeforward has the latest tidbits and behind the scenes.

Mollie & Tim / Crater Lake Engagement Session

Mollie & Tim / Crater Lake Engagement Session

It’s been a dream of mine to shoot with a couple at Crater Lake for quite some time. Mollie & Tim were so cool and what had a great time hiking and climbing all around the lake. What a cool spot and even cooler couple.

Deanna & Alex / La Jolla, CA Engagement Session

Deanna & Alex / La Jolla, CA Engagement Session

Exploring around San Diego with these two was a ton of fun. Such cool, laid back people, and gorgeous scenery all around. La Jolla Shores is a fantastic beach to stroll with it’s long sandy beaches, the cool and symmetrical Scripps Pier, and those awesome cliffs. Alex is also an accomplished photographer himself and it’s always great working with other like-minded creatives. Check out his Instagram here with some really cool photos of the San Diego area.