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An Elegant Rooftop Ceremony That Will Knock Your Socks off

You know how we feel about handwritten vows, and this generously gilded celebration? It’s kind of everything (and then some). With the incredibly talented Sylvie Gil Photography documenting every bit of magic Kate Siegel Fine Events dreamed up (like those majorly elegant Bella Figura invites!), we promise you’re in for a world of pretty. Fall madly in love with every classic detail via The Vault!

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From The Groom…We did a lot to personalize our wedding, starting with the ceremony. We did our own vows, and my stepfather officiated the wedding. And we had it just a few blocks away from our house in the courtyard of the Fairmont Hotel. During the ceremony, we could hear the cable car bells ringing. I grew up in the city so that sound makes me feel at home.

We chose the Fairmont hotel because we’re San Franciscans, and the Fairmont is a classic piece of San Francisco history. The original building actually burned during the 1906 Earthquake. The view from the reception was unbelievable, and it overlooked the neighborhood I grew up in. We wanted to get married in a place that felt like home, and we couldn’t beat the Fairmont.

We did a lot of other things to personalize the wedding as well. My wife calls me “B,” so a lot of the design elements, such as napkins, invitations, and menus, had a golden bumblebee design on them. It was very pretty. Even the cake had little frosted bees on it.

Writing our own vows was the best decision we made. Meg’s were especially good. A lot of couples from the audience came up to us and said it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they’d ever been to. They said our vows reminded them of how special marriage is. I think if there is one element of a wedding that ought to be personalized, it’s the vows. The ceremony is the union of two people, and I think having a personal ceremony strengthened that.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Event Planning: Kate Siegel Fine Events | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Cake: Inticing Creations | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: Fairmont San Francisco | Makeup: Chloe Ray | Hair: David Yepremian | Calligraphy: Barbara Callow Calligraphyh | Lighting: Impact Lighting & Production | DJ: Boutique DJs | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Ceremony Music: An Elegant Touch Of Strings | Venue: Fairmont San Francisco | Bride's Ring: David Clay Jewelers | Flower Girl Dresses: Little Dreamers Tutus | Groom's Attire + Shoes: Jos. A. Bank | Groom's Ring: Tiffany | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Place Card Holders: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals/Designer 8 | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Barker Decor Service | Ring Bearer Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Signage: Paper Tangent

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A City Hall Wedding That’s All About Style

Whoever said eloping meant you had to forgo style clearly hasn’t met Angela & Zach. Because their City Hall celebration? Unbelievably chic. Thanks to the massively talented Meiwen Wang behind the lens, we’ve got their sweet ceremony to share and you can witness it all in The Vault!

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From Meiwen WangAngela & Zach met in Southern California while he was a student at Cal Tech. Malibu was a place they went to frequently to hike and hang out. We climbed up the side of this mountain that had a beautiful viewpoint of the city. After they had dated for a few years they moved up to SF and so they wanted a civil ceremony done at the beautiful SF city hall. I loved the quiet moments while we were waiting in anticipation for them to meet with the officiant. My favorite frames from that morning were the little details that tell the story of the whole day– 9:55am on the office clock before their 10a appt., them holding hands under the table while going over the license, and Angela straightening Zach’s suit coat for the photos. Afterwards we of course had to stop by Crissy Park to get some photos by the bridge. They are the sweetest!

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Photography: Meiwen Wang | Wedding Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Hair + Makeup (engagement): Grace Lin | Hair + Makeup (wedding): Dreamcatcher Artistry | Photo Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints

All the Reason to Get Married at City Hall

Esmeralda Franco said it best, Saida and Andrew’s intimate wedding was utter perfection. Complete with the most incredible Grace Loves Lace gown and just about the sweetest couple ever, it’s a City Hall ceremony that proves that you definitely don’t have to sacrifice style when it comes to eloping. See for yourself in The Vault!

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From Esmeralda FrancoSaida and Andrew’s intimate wedding was utter perfection—and something that really epitomized all of their hopes and dreams for the start to their new life together. The couple wanted a cozy, intimate wedding and desired to share their first few moments as husband and wife with just 15 of their nearest and dearest friends and families. Natives to San Francisco, the majestic San Francisco City Hall was the perfect fit for their ceremony location! The SF City Hall is more like a palace, with gorgeous stairwells, ceiling details, and architecture everywhere you look. It has such regal vibes to it and is an elegant location for any elopement or intimate wedding, and it matched Saida and Andrew’s style completely! I love having the chance to photograph elopements and weddings in this incredible venue, and it actually was some of my photographs that I had posted on social media from the City Hall that connected me with the bride and groom!

A somewhat serendipitous meeting, Saida found me on Instagram by searching the hashtag #sfcityhallwedding. In fact, she found most of her vendors via Instagram (the beauty of social media, right?!) When we first spoke over the phone to discuss the details of their wedding day, Saida expressed that photography was really important to her and her fiance Andrew—a sentence every professional photographer dreams of hearing! Since they were having a small wedding but had many important people in their lives that wouldn’t attend, she knew she wanted to find the perfect photographer for their special day to not only be able to relive the memories but to also to be able to share their memories with those who wouldn’t be present on their wedding day. I feel grateful that they picked me to be able to capture these memories! 


Siada wore a stunning, backless lace dress by Grace Loves Lace, and Andrew wore a classic, tailored navy suit from J. Crew. Their apparel was complimented by the gorgeous bouquet by Church Street Flowers, with the clusters of anemones tying their outfits together effortlessly. They looked so sophisticated and elegant, surrounded by the beauty of City Hall. My heart fluttered when I saw them for the first time on their wedding day!

One thing that was re-confirmed to me by photographing this wedding was the idea that just because you’re having a small, City Hall wedding or elopement doesn’t mean that you cannot have gorgeous photos of your wedding day. Saida and Andrew will have these images for generations to come, but I learned the opposite lesson the hard way. My husband and I chose to have a small, City Hall wedding, and we did not hire a professional photographer. While our families took photos with their cell phones, as the years passed, cell phones were upgraded, and the images were lost.



Brides, I urge you—if you’re just planning an intimate wedding, please take advantage of not having all of the other expenses of hosting a traditional wedding and splurge on a photographer you love! Focus on some of the smaller details, like your bouquet and dress, and your photographer will be able to capture incredible images for you to cherish.

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Photography: Esmeralda Franco | Floral Design: Church Street Flowers | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Makeup: Linh-Esque | Hair: Shelly Cross | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: City Hall | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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