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!

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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

Sapodilla Bay in Turks & Caicos is such an amazing location for a wedding. Emily & Matt and I’s adventures started with an awesome summer engagement session in Minneapolis, which we both call home. The following spring we all made the trek down to the absolutely gorgeous island of Turks & Caicos for one of my favorite weddings of all time. As these wedding photos below will show, they did it right with their nearest and dearest of family and friends.

If you’re planning a Turks & Caicos destination wedding yourself, and would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me here.

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Land’s End / Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Land’s End / Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

If you are going to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico I recommend staying at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort as their exclusive stretch of beach and the rock formation there is one-of-a-kind. You’re also really close to Lover’s Beach and El Arco and away from most of the hustle and bustle of the more mainstream part of town.

I caught these images while location scouting for a wedding I was in town to shoot. Such a gorgeous evening to stroll the beach and watch these waves crash right in front of you. Don’t get too close though. Shore break is fun stuff and I caught some skim boarders taking full advantage of it and catching some serious air on those big waves.

Mandi & Rudy / Oregon Destination Wedding

Mandi & Rudy / Oregon Destination Wedding

I cannot even begin to tell you how great it was working with these two and all their awesome friends and family! I love destination weddings and Mandi & Rudy’s 4th of July weekend wedding in Joseph, Oregon was one for the ages. Everything took place around the absolutely gorgeous Wallowa Lake which sits somewhat isolated from the rest of the world in northeast Oregon. From the firework show, to the beautiful log cabin resort, to the breathtaking ceremony high up on the moraine overlooking the lake, everything was just absolutely amazing. Following all that goodness there was an epic dance party that went into the wee hours until we ran around in the foothills under the starry and stunningly brilliant midnight sky. I don’t use this term lightly (or ever) but this destination wedding was truly amazeballs. 😉

Mandi found me searching the interwebs for all things ‘eco-friendly wedding’ and incorporated a lot of green into her big day which was very cool. I don’t know what can top this wedding but I’m sure looking forward to finding out!

Jameelah & Chris | Mexico Destination Wedding

Jameelah & Chris | Mexico Destination Wedding

I love my job regardless of where I get to shoot, but that love gets amplified for destination weddings! There is just something so awesome about exploring new places. I had the honor to make the trek down to the beautiful Riviera Maya with Jameelah and Chris for their big day. They are an awesome and fun-loving couple.  They also have a 4yr old son Trystan, who is beyond cute.  He gets an album all of his own on my Facebook Photog page: http://on.fb.me/M3nj1f