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What This Bride Wore to Her Engagement Session Will Give You Happy Tears

This isn’t just a pretty engagement session. Yes, with its panoramic San Francisco views and gorgeous duo, it is absolutely beautiful. But, it’s also so special. Why? Because the Bride-to-be wore the same dress her grandmother wore to marry her grandfather more than 60 years earlier. Read the sweet story below, and then head to The Vault for photos from Lori Paladino Photography that will give you all the feels.


From The Bride…Ever since I was a little girl, I have admired the photo of my grandmother in her wedding dress. She had selected the light tulle fabric and simple design of the dress so that she could pack it in her bag as she flew to Germany to marry my grandfather at the end of World War II. When I tried the dress on 60 years later it was still light and airy, yet slightly faded, but just as special. I knew right away I wanted to wear it for our engagement shoot.

Sean and I briefly met over five years ago at our university alumni event, then serendipitously ran into each other the following weekend at a bar in San Francisco, where we both live. He asked me on our first date that night, and four years later proposed in wine country. As we started planning our wedding in the Sonoma Valley, we knew wanted our engagement photos to capture a different side of San Francisco and highlight my grandmother’s amazing dress. We chose not-so-typical scenes of the city, that locals may easily recognize, and that have special meaning to us. We twirled on the roof of our apartment building, overlooking our hometowns in the East Bay, and walked the steps of our favorite street, before wrapping up among the beautiful trees of the Presidio. It was such a fun day for us, and the photos made for the best surprise for my grandparents on the eve of their 60th anniversary!

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Photography: Lori Paladino Photography | Venue: San Francisco CA

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They Eloped Without Sacrificing Style

Don’t you dare think that opting to elope means sacrificing elegance and style. Especially when we’re talking about a couple as cute as this. Jin and Xiaxue headed to San Francisco City Hall with a handful of family and friends and Kurt Boomer was on hand to photograph. More fun this way in The Vault!

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From Kurt BoomerI really loved this simple and sweet elopement in San Francisco. For Jin and Xiaxue as well as their family, this became a destination event. They chose San Francisco for that amazing winter weather and it didn’t disappoint.

The ceremony took place at one of, if not the most gorgeous city hall. The architecture is absolutely exquisite. We then drove around the city. First spot was the Palace of Fine Arts. Again, a display of some of the most amazing architecture that just doesn’t exist in many places in California. We finished the evening at the Presidio. It was a beautiful scene with the sun fading behind the Golden Gate Bridge.

Photography: Kurt Boomer | Floral Design: The Floral Loft | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Bride's Shoes: Badley Mischka | Hair + Makeup: Triple Twist | Venue: San Francisco City Hall

P.S. How to Elope Without Offending

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This Couple Met at a Wedding and Then This Happened

Joanna and Stephen met at a wedding, so it’s only fitting that their day dreamed up by JNS Events sets the standard high. For starters, their cake matches the linens. If that doesn’t steal your design loving heart right from the get-go then I don’t know what will. Oh, perhaps these adorbs desserts from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering will do the trick. See it all from Lori Paladino Photography in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Steve and I had an international courtship, meeting in London at a mutual friends’ wedding. He was living in Hong Kong and I was based in the UK so after the sparks initially flew we did long distance for almost a year before Steve convinced me to move to Asia. After a whirlwind few months, he proposed on our veranda on New Years Eve. Giddy with excitement, we started planning our wedding and decided on San Francisco as the perfect destination because it was half way between Europe and Asia. We travelled to San Francisco a few times to pick the venues, do tastings and finalize details and we had the most amazing wedding planner, Jenny Schneider of JNS Events, guide us along the way. With a sixteen hour time change from Hong Kong to San Francisco, we put all of our faith in Jenny, and she did not disappoint.

I knew I wanted something traditional in terms of a church service and formal black tie sit down dinner. We ended up getting married at St Patrick’s Catholic Church and had our reception at the Asian Art Museum. The church was dreamy, with a boys choir singing throughout the service and I still remember the smell of the flowers walking down the aisle, thanks to Kathleen Deery. The Asian Art Museum was the perfect venue for us, and every detail was taken care of.

We mainly went with creams and golds, starting with our save the dates and continuing through to the wedding cake. We wanted something traditional and elegant.

On our invitations we had a gold seal of the Golden Gate Bridge which sealed it closed…..we got a lot of attention from that. I also cherish my wedding photo album. Lori Paladino captured every moment of the day to absolute perfection.

I have so many. I loved getting dressed and doing the hair and makeup surrounded by friends and family. I remember being a little shaky with nerves getting out of the car but then seeing Steve at the altar and just enjoying every moment, forgetting about being nervous. I adored Steve’s speech and our first dance was amazing.

Our flowers were mainly shades of cream. Kathleen Deery did an outstanding job with our center pieces which were mainly orchids. My dress was designed by Jin Wang. I wanted something ‘old school’ and Jin created a magical dress with a full skirt and lace bodice with long sleeves. The veil was lace trimmed.

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Photography: Lori Paladino Photography | Cinematography: Thomas Hughes Films | Event Planning: JNS Events | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Wedding Dress: Jin Wang | Cake: Perfect Endings | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Cathedral | Reception Venue: Asian Art Museum | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jasmine Chan | Band: Notorious

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