Napa Valley Engagement Photos at Artesa Winery

Napa Valley Engagement Photos at Artesa Winery

 

These Napa Valley engagement photos at Artesa Winery were a lot of fun to shoot. Artesa sits on some really beautiful grounds and was designed by some clearly talented folks but it was my super cool couple who made it extra awesome. We started shooting near Artesa’s super unique, bunker like main building. We explored the grounds further, utilizing the different art installations and pools for some one-of-a-kind photos. After finishing up near the main wine tasting area we got permission to explore the grape vineyards up close. Fall provided us with some great colors amongst the rows of grapes. The laid-back nature and love between my couple shined even more vibrantly. We finished up our engagement session exploring deeper into Napa Valley. As a result we found winding roads, rows of olive trees, longs grasses, and rolling hills with beautiful vistas.

 

Engaged couple kissing in the long wispy grasses with a sun flare perfectly placed between their lips at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged woman kisses her fiancé on the cheek at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

An engaged couple share a moment overlooking the art installation and water feature at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Wider shot showing the Napa Valley landscape with an engaged couple sharing a moment overlooking the art installation and water feature at Artesa Winery

An engaged couple walking together near the entrance of the bunker-like building at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

An engaged couple dancing near the entrance of the bunker-like building at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

An engaged couple holding each other close with their reflection rippling over the water at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple walking up the long stairs at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple kisses at the top of the long stairs at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Silhouette of engaged couple dancing at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple walks the backgrounds of Napa Valley amongst old fences and colorful rows of grapes

Wide shot of an engaged couple sharing a kiss on a small road running through Napa Valley

Engagement ring focus photo of an engaged couple sharing a sweet moment along a fence running through Napa Valley

Engagement ring focused photo of an engaged couple sharing a sweet moment amongst olive trees in Napa Valley

Close up of a woman's engagement ring amongst olive trees in Napa Valley near Artesa Winery

An engaged couple shares a passionate kiss in between colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

An engaged couple walking and laughing together in between colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Wide shot of an engaged couple walking together in colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

An engaged couple embraces amongst colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Close up of engaged couple smiling and walking amongst colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Engaged couple holding each other close and smiling at each other at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Engaged couple embraces on a hill with long grasses near Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple sitting close together on a hill near Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple sitting together on a hill looking out over Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple sitting together and kissing on a grassy hill near Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

 

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Hungry Jack Lodge Wedding Photos

Hungry Jack Lodge Wedding Photos

 

Bride and Groom driving boat on Hungry Jack Lake

 

Fall weddings in northern Minnesota are so very nice. These Hungry Jack Lodge wedding photos are full of love & laughter, and bathed in absolutely beautiful scenery. Jean & Sam are some of the coolest people I’ve had the honor to share the day with. Their love for each other, the scenery, the way they wore their hearts on their sleeves, and their awesome souls, made this a perfect Northwoods wedding day.

Sam is a true jack-of-all-trades designing and hand making some rock solid wedding decor, an awesome topographical nature & wildlife figure seating chart, hatchets, arrows, the wedding band, and even his own suit. Jean also contributed many touches and has the most awesomely genuine smile and energy. They honored their ancestors and the sacred lands with native touches and a sweet Anishinaabe marriage blessing. Along with their friends & families, Jean & Sam made the most of their Gunflint Trail wedding on HungryJack Lake, and I was truly honored to be a part of it.

The first section below showcases my personal favorite images from the day, followed by some great venue information, and then the full set of images for those who want to see more.

Highlights

 

Hungry Jack Lake landscape image

Close up of bride and grooms wedding attire

Bride and Groom hiking near Hungry Jack Lodge

Hungry Jack Lodge building and sign with antlers

Hungry Jack Lodge Lakeside Wedding Ceremony area

Wide angle view of wedding ceremony on Hungry Jack Lake

Bride and Groom dancing at their Hungry Jack Lodge wedding reception

 

Hungry Jack Lodge Information:

If you want a Northwoods wedding, Hungry Jake Lodge, 32 miles north of Grand Marais is such a perfect spot. Not only do they have epic views over Hungry Jack Lake but they have more facilities and accommodations than almost anywhere else along the Gunflint Trail. A big bonus is that the staff was super cool to my couple, and also really great to work with.

Hungry Jack Lodge Resort & Campground is found at the halfway point of the Gunflint Trail, right next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). It’s the only resort on Hungry Jack Lake and surrounded by the six million acre Superior National Forest. The resort lies just 2 miles south of the Canadian Border. It’s the perfect balance of convenience & amenities along with the peaceful calm of the Northwoods lakeside. You can actually access the BWCA right from Hungry Jack Lake. With only one small portage, it makes it a perfect place for fun day trips into the BWCA. I can’t recommend this place enough for not only your wedding but for a vacation visit as well. See below for a list of offerings and amenities.

What Hungry Jack Lodge Provides:

Large Historic Log Cabin
Lakeside Wedding Ceremonies
Lakeside Reception & Banquet Area
Indoor Banquet/Dining Area (up to 100 people)
Up-to-Date, Modern Kitchen
Full Liquor & Bar Services
Apps/Hors D’oeuvres/Deserts
Special Meals/Buffets
Optional Tent Spaces
Fireside Dining

Other Cool Amenities:

Cabins  w/ Private Docks
Cottages & Campground
RV Hook ups & Electricity (30 amp)
Excellent Hiking Trails
Scenic Airplane Rides
Snowmobile Rental
Super Fresh Air
Guide Services
Boat Launch
Boat Charters
Small Beach
Fishing Pier
Pontoons
Canoes
Sauna
Stars

Other Nearby Attractions:

Canada
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Superior National Golf Course
Downtown Grand Marais
Train Center Lodge
Lutsen Mountians

For all the finer details hop over to Hungry Jack Lodge‘s site or use the contact information below:

372 Hungry Jack Road
Grand Marais, MN 55604
www.hungryjacklodge.com

info@hungryjacklodge.com
(218) 388-2265

 

*If you’d like to learn more about my photography, or to see more wedding images, hop on over to my Weddings page.

 

Full Set of Hungry Jack Lodge Wedding Photos

 

Enjoy this full collection of touching and inspiring Hungry Jack Lodge wedding photos below.

 

                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

Best Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Honor from Expertise.com

Best Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Honor from Expertise.com

 

Best Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Award Graphic

 

Jackson and A Frame Forward Photography are honored to be named as a Best Minneapolis Wedding Photographer from Expertise.com

Expertise, and their proprietary research process, narrowed down their Top 21 list from a pool of 135 respected Minneapolis wedding photographers.

A Frame Forward was chosen as a Best Minneapolis Wedding Photographer due to their excellence in the following criteria:

  1. Reputation  – Hundreds of glowing 5-Star reviews from happy clients.
  2. CredibilityThe Knot “Hall of Fame” inductee winning the “Best of Weddings” award year after year. Recipient of numerous “Couples’ Choice” awards from WeddingWire, as well as being featured in top industry magazines like PDN (Photo District News).
  3. Experience – Consistently delivering high quality images and excellent customer service since 2010.
  4. Engagement – Fast client responsiveness across all platforms including email, phone, text, live chat, as well as on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  5. Professionalism – Also showcased in the numerous glowing 5-Star client reviews.

See for yourself why A Frame Forward was named a Top Minneapolis Wedding Photographer over on the Weddings Page.

 

Camrose Hill Flower Farm Wedding Photos – Stillwater, MN

Camrose Hill Flower Farm Wedding Photos – Stillwater, MN

 

Bride & Groom holding hands in front of Camrose Hill's water fountain with sun flare shooting through the water

 

These Camrose Hill Flower Farm Wedding Photos feature Laura & Ryan as they celebrated an absolutely gorgeous May wedding day with their nearest and dearest. This is one of my favorite wedding venues in Minnesota. Camrose Hill also doubles as a flower farm and the grounds are just magical. If you’re wanting an outdoor wedding in a beautiful natural setting, this place is for you. Laura & Ryan did it right and what a special day they had.

Stellar list of vendors who contributed to such an awesome wedding day:

Venue: Camrose Hill Flower Farm
Catering: The Deco Catering
Bar Service: With A Twist
Photo Booth: Mafi Photobooths
Rentals: Ultimate Events
DJ: Adagio Djay Entertainment – Faith
Hair:  Pixie Salon – Jess Pratt
Makeup: Salon Stella – Nikol Jorgensen
Nails: Friendly Nails

What They Wore:

Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic
Earrings: Sara Gabriel
Hairpieces & Bracelet: Claire’s
Veil: Homemade by Bride and mother-in-law

Cheers, and enjoy these Camrose Hill Flower Farm Wedding Photos from this stunning spring wedding below.

 

Camrose Hill Flower Farm wedding grounds

Bride's wedding dress hanging on the cottage house at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Camrose Hill Flower Farm cottage house and bridal suite with reflection in bird bath

Intimate peek into Camrose Hill Flower Farm bridal cottage as the bride gets her makeup done

Shallow depth of field flower photo on the Camrose Hill Flower Farm wedding grounds

Bride and Bridesmaids in their robes laughing in front of the Camrose Hill Flower Farm bridal cottage house

Bridesmaids candid group photo laughing and drinking inside the Camrose Hill bridal cottage house

Bride's sister zips up her wedding dress at Camrose Hill Flower Farm wedding

Mirror reflection image of bride and sister sharing a beautiful moment at Camrose Hill

Cool mirror photo of groom getting ready in the groomsmen quarters at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Groomsmen laughing it up while getting ready at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Bride & Groom are about to see each other for the first time in Camrose Hill Flower Farm's Fairy Glen outdoor area

Moments after Bride & Groom's first look in the Fairy Glen at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Bride & Groom deeply embrace in Camrose Hill Flower Farm's Fairy Glen

Giant Trees creating a canopy over Camrose Hill Flower Farm's Fairy Glen outdoor space

Wide shot of bride and groom inside the Fairy Glen outdoor space at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Photo of bride and groom shot through the thick ferns inside Camrose Hill Flower Farm's Fairy Glen outdoor space

Wedding Photos at Camrose Hill Flower Farm of the Bride and Groom walking out of the Fairy Glen space

Wide shot of entire wedding party at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Creative Bride and Groom symmetrical reflection image in rain water puddle at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Bride and Groom hold each other closely inside the barn at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Bride and Groom underneath the veil in the main flower garden at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Beautiful Allium flower with bride and groom out of focus in the background at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Wide angle of wedding ceremony at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Camrose Hill Flower Farm flower alter with Bride and Groom smiling at each other

The first kiss at a Camrose Hill Flower Farm wedding

Bride and Groom walking back up the isle as husband and wife at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Wedding cake and floral arrangements shot thru a chandelier at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Wedding cake at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Beautiful floral arrangements on the wedding reception tables at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Beautiful floral centerpieces, toy animals, and disposable cameras sitting on the wedding reception tables at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Maid of honor speech at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Raising their glasses after a touching speech at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Bride and groom share first dance during the wedding reception at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Close up of Bride and groom sharing first dance at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Group photo with funny caption props on the dance floor at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Rear-sync flash photograph of bride twirling on the dance floor at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Rear-sync flash photograph of groom raising his hands up high on the dance floor at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Bride and groom with a backdrop of gorgeous wedding reception lights at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Bride and groom sparkler send off at the end of the wedding day at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

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Aster Cafe Minneapolis | Star Wars Wedding

Aster Cafe Minneapolis | Star Wars Wedding

These Aster Cafe wedding photos are among my favorite that I’ve had the honor to capture here in Minneapolis over the last 8 years. Jade & Adam’s Star Wars themed wedding (on May the 4th be with you) was fun, classy, and also very touching. Their beloved Yorkie, Ted, was battling cancer and was able to just barely hang on until the morning after the wedding day. He was in good spirits on the wedding day and sure looked sharp in his bowtie. These wedding images where an extra honor for me to capture knowing the weight of the situation.

Getting Ready

Before heading over to Aster Cafe for the ceremony and reception the wedding party got ready at the buzzing Hewing Hotel. The bridesmaids had an epic pillow fight while jumping on the bed and the boys laughed it up while showing off their well paired wedding day socks. Jade wore a Mira Zwillinger gown from L’atelier Couture Bridal Boutique and her ladies donned Adrianna Papell dresses that seamlessly and subtly fit the Star Wars theme. Adam and his guys were sharp in Heimie’s Haberdashery‘s finest. Jade’s great friend Brooke D. Carl beautifully worked the hair and makeup while the rings were from Arthur’s.

 

Hewing Hotel building with bright blue sky and some puffy white clouds

Wedding Shoes and details at the Hewing Hotel

Brides Dog Hewing Hotel

Bridesmaids jumping on the bed at the Hewing Hotel

Bridesmaids pillow fight at the Hewing Hotel

Groomsmen at the Hewing Hotel

Groom and his guys at the Hewing Hotel

Groomsen Star Wars Socks at Hewing Hotel

Groom puts on jacket at Hewing Hotel

Bride getting into her dress at the Hewing Hotel

Bride getting her makeup done at the Hewing Hotel

Bride hugging her friend at the Hewing Hotel

Brides bouquet of flowers by Artemisia Studios

Grooms boutonniere by Artemisia Studios

First Look

After the pillow fights and a whole lot of laughter Jade & Adam shared an intimate First Look in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel. They shared this sweet moment before we began all the wedding party and family photos, prior the heading over to Aster Cafe for all the days festivities.

Bride and Groom First Look at Hewing Hotel

Bride and Groom share an intimate moment in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel

Wedding couple walking in the alley at the Hewing Hotel

Bride and Groom Walking together at the Hewing Hotel

Bride and Groom Portrait at Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis

Bridal bouquet by Artemisia Studios at Hewing Hotel

Bride and Groom Eskimo kisses in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel

Bridesmaids laughing at the Hewing Hotel

Hi-definition Bridesmaids selfie in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel

Groomsmen together in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel

Hi-definition Grroomsen selfie in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel

Aster Cafe Ceremony and Reception in the River Room

Aster Cafe, along Saint Anthony Main, provides such a great space in an equally fantastic location. With it’s old world charm, underneath a canopy of trees along the mighty Mississippi, Aster Cafe sits on arguably the most romantic street in all of Minneapolis with it’s beautiful brick road and gorgeous panoramic downtown skyline views. It’s fitting too that Aster Cafe’s River Room (where both their ceremony and reception took place) was styled after Parisian cafes, with Adam proposing to Jade in Paris. Artemisa added beautiful floral touches to take things to the next level, and Jade, Adam, and their friends and family created a ton of tasteful and unique DIY elements. The River Room glows with bright window light during the day and becomes warm and intimate after sundown. Everything flowed together perfectly, from the heartfelt ceremony to the light saber battles and craft cocktails that followed.

 

Aster Cafe Wedding Photo of Bride and Groom outside

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos of the River Room

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 1

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 2

Aster Cafe Wedding Cake 1

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 3

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 1

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 2

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 3

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 4

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 4

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 5

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 5

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 6

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 7

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 6

Aster Cafe wedding Photo of Groom walking down the aisle 1

Aster Cafe wedding Photo of Groom walking down the aisle 2

Aster Cafe wedding Photo of kids walking down the aisle 1

Aster Cafe wedding Photo of child and dog walking down the aisle 1

Aster Cafe wedding Photo of child and dog walking down the aisle 2

Aster Cafe Wedding Photo with pet dog

Aster Cafe wedding Photo of child and dog walking down the aisle 3

Wedding Ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe 1

Wedding Ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe Wide Angle

Wedding Ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe 2

Bride and Groom exchange vows in the River Room at Aster Cafe 1

Bride and Groom exchange vows in the River Room at Aster Cafe 2

Wedding Ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe 2

Wedding Ring Ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom first kiss in the River Room at Aster Cafe Close Up

Bride and Groom first kiss in the River Room at Aster Cafe Wide Angle

Bride shedding a tear after the wedding ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom walk together after being announced husband and wife in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride shares special moment with her Yorkie after the ceremony at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom with cellphone all around them at Aster Cafe

Bride with her dog during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe 1

Bride with her dog during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe 2

Bride and her dog sharing a beautiful moment during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom with their dog during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe 1

Bride and Groom with their dog during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe 2

Bride and Groom with their dog during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe Close Up of Dog

Bride and Groom Walking across the street from Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom embrace along Saint Anthony Main 1

Bride and Groom embrace along Saint Anthony Main 2

Wedding Party walking along Saint Anthony Main

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 5

Bride with her Star Wars Light Saber during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 1

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 4

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 2

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 1

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 3

Mother of the bride laughing at Aster Cafe in Minneapolis

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 6

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 7

Star Wars Theme bride and groom seat displays at Aster Cafe

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 8

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 7

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 8

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 9

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 9

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 10

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 11

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos detail shot 12

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 10

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 11

Aster Cafe Wedding Cake 2

Sunset Photos along Saint Anthony Main

Choosing such a great location in Aster Cafe allowed Jade & Adam and I to sneak away quickly during sunset to hit all the Saint Anthony Main highlights including the old time brick of Main Street, the views along the river, and both the Stone Arch Bridge and Hennepin Avenue Bridge.

 

Bride and Groom walking across the Stone Arch Bridge in Saint Anthony Main at Sunset

Bride and Groom walking across the Stone Arch Bridge in Saint Anthony Main with Minneapolis Skyline in the Background at Sunset

Bride and Groom embrace as the watch the sunset from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

Bride and Groom kissing on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge with Airplane in Background

Golden Hour kiss with the Bride and Groom on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis

Bride and Groom Sunset Silhouette from the Hennepin Avenue Bridge with the Grain Belt Premium sign in the background

Wedding Toasts and Dancing the Night Away

After touching wedding speeches Jade & Adam danced and laughed it up with their bridal party, family, and friends during the tail end of their reception. To end the evening Jade & Adam took an Umbrella lit (Jade’s DIY handiwork) stroll down Main Street and took in the beautiful Minneapolis Skyline at night. RIP Ted, and May the 4th be with Jade & Adam always.

 

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Wedding Ring Photo

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos Alter Shot

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos Alter Shot with Bridesmaids

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos Alter Shot with Bride and Groom

Maid of Honor speech in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the Wedding Reception

Best Man speech in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the Wedding Reception

Bride Belly Laughing during the Maid of Honor speech in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom cutting their cake in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom sharing their First Dance in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom sharing their First Dance in the River Room at Aster Cafe 2

Bride and Bridesmaid sharing a fun moment on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Wedding party sharing a fun moment on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception

Wedding party sharing a fun moment on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception 2

Wedding party breakdown on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception

Wedding party breakdown on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception 2

Wedding party breakdown on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception 3

Wedding party breakdown on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception 4

Bride and Groom under a lit up umbrella overlooking the Minneapolis skyline just outside of Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom walking on Main Street under a lit up umbrella just outside of Aster Cafe

Colorful scene with the Bride and Groom sitting on a bench underneath a lit up umbrella just outside of Aster Cafe

Fun Fact: These Aster Cafe wedding photos weren’t my first Star Wars themed wedding. I shot my first one all the way back in 2012. See those fun wedding photos here: http://www.aframeforward.com/jess-joe-stillwater-mn-wedding/

 

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

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