An Exquisite Wedding at San Francisco City Hall | Ramona & Edwin

By, December 12, 2013

It’s hard to put into words all of the beauty contained within this timeless San Francisco wedding. The event included amazing architecture and intricate gold scroll work at San Francisco City Hall, a stunning princess ball gown, and a naturally beautiful couple! It was certainly a fitting occasion for this former Miss Canada, with so many interesting and gorgeous moments to capture through the lens.

Read on, check out this truly royal soiree, and try not to drool over all of the exquisite details! :)


Getting Ready:

Ramona and Edwin began their special day with their bridal parties, getting ready at separate homes in San Jose.  After the final touches were complete, the couple followed Assyrian wedding custom and invited family members to join them at each location. Once the crowds were gathered separately, Edwin and his family danced and sang their way to Ramona’s family, which led to an hour and a half celebration.

As everyone was leaving the house to head to the church ceremony, Ramona and Edwin partook in another interesting Assyrian ritual. The maid of honor stood at the door, and did not allow the groom to leave with the bride until the best man rewarded her with monetary compensation!


The Ceremony

Veiled and glowing with happiness, Ramona was escorted down the aisle by her father at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco.  Because this was a traditional Western wedding ceremony, Ramona carried a classic pastel rose bouquet adorned with a pearl rosary, which complemented her gorgeous dress perfectly.  After Ramona and Edwin shared their first kiss as husband and wife, they released a dove into the air and were off to celebrate!


The Reception

Dinner and dancing was held at San Francisco’s elaborate city hall. With tall ceilings, intricate scroll work, and a grand staircase, this space was absolutely exquisite! Tall, lush centerpieces embellished the tables, and crystal votives added a touch of sparkle. The entire look was tied together with beautiful sateen linens and gold chiavari chairs.  After guests had filtered into the dining area, Ramona and Edwin made a grand entrance like no other. With all eyes on them, and celebratory cheer ringing through the air, the couple walked down the oversized stairs like royalty. After sharing a first dance as husband and wife, and a playful cake cutting ceremony, the couple and their guests happily danced the night away!!


Check out more photos from Ramona and Edwin’s wedding!


Fancy This Wedding | English Garden Inspiration Board

By, October 07, 2013

When we envision an English garden wedding, three words come to mind: classic, simple and refined.

To plan your own English garden soiree, we suggest starting with a venue that has manicured lawns, shrubs, flowerbeds and, of course, roses! These defining features will provide the perfect setting for your elegant affair. To create a romantic atmosphere, try a soft palette of pinks, dusty blues, creams and whites throughout your décor and attire. And for old-world charm, you can embellish your tablescapes with beautifully structured rose arrangements, vintage china tea-sets, and other knick-knacks!

If you fancy a royal princess makeover, we recommend a simple feminine gown incorporating bits of lace, and topped off with a single strand of pearls. Your Prince Charming will look dapper in a crisp, clean tux with a simple boutonniere. Timeless and elegant!

Check out our these examples of English garden charm at recent weddings we’ve photographed, and find your inspiration :)