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A Beautifully Intimate City Hall Elopement

If there was ever an elopement that would make me wish for a wedding re-do, it would be this lovely little San Francisco City Hall number from The Great Romance Photo. It’s intimate yet totally approachable and we’ve got every single second sitting pretty in The Vault!

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From The Great Romance PhotoWhat happens with a French boy & American girl both get dragged along by their friends to a divey tiki bar in San Francisco? The beginning of their beautiful love story! Emarie & Julien had their first date a few days later on a park bench with a view of the Golden Gate Bride, and most romantically – that is where he ended up proposing almost two years later. Elopements are our absolute favorite thing to photograph, and Julien & Emarie’s city hall nuptials were no different. Surrounded by family and closest friends, the couple said their I do’s in the city where they fell in love. We loved the sweet “little” details: from a handmade bouquet (made by a friend) to Emarie’s pastel blue heels & “borrowed” penny. Not much needs to be done when you’re getting married against such a stunning backdrop!

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Photography: The Great Romance Photo | Wedding Venue: San Francisco City Hall

A Spring Wedding That’s Just Too Cute for Words

Restaurants may just be my new favorite wedding venue – case in point, this modern, minimalist masterpiece. At Aracely Restaurant on San Fran’s Treasure Island, overlooking the bay, we have this too sweet for words wedding captured by onelove photography. From the place settings to the stolen kisses, it’s all picture perfect. Head to our Vault for every beautiful bit!


From the Bride… We wanted a modern wedding set in a natural environment, so that our guests would be able to unwind and enjoy themselves. We stumbled upon Aracely Cafe on Treasure Island by chance, and absolutely loved how eclectic the environment was, especially with the cityscape in the background. Our family and friends are so important to us, so picking the right venue with the right atmosphere for fun and relaxation was crucial. The venue, together with the decor, music and food were things we wanted to be true to us.

It was important for us to bring both sides of the family together (I am born and raised from SoCal, Alex in NorCal) so it was also a great opportunity for the extended family to finally meet and get together. As a nod to both family cultures, we performed a Chinese tea ceremony at the beginning of the wedding, and during the reception, I was able to incorporate a traditional Japanese obi belt into my wedding outfit.

We wanted to incorporate the venue’s natural elements and decor, with the mix of so many plants and succulents. Part of our decor were various geometric air plant holders, which we strung up as a backdrop to where we said our “I do’s”. We made all the holders by hand, and ended up giving out smaller versions to our guests as wedding favors, with mini air plants to go along with them!

My advice: try to follow a month by month checklist of all the things you want accomplished! It’s definitely challenging to plan your own wedding, but it’s so worth it in the end.

We were so happy to have been able to slip away for some photos by the bay during sunset hour. It was nice to share that moment and reflect on what had happened so far in our day.

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Photography: onelove photography | Floral Design: Flowerstory | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Copenhagen Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Catering: Aracely Cafe | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Innovations | DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Aracely Restaurant | Hair Accessories + Veil: BHLDN | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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Breathtaking views. Clifftop Ceremonies. THIS venue is everything.

Saying “YES!” to the one you love? That’s the easy part. Finding the right place to tie the knot? That’s a little more difficult. Enter the Heritage House Resort & Spa, a little slice of Mendocino Coast heaven with breathtaking views of the Pacific and a never-ending list of luxurious amenities.  Starting your new life together has never been easier… or more stunning.

The Heritage House Resort is the sort of place that makes wedding dreams come true. Seriously. From their fabulous outdoor venues to their beautiful indoor spaces to their perfectly manicured grounds and awe-inspiring clifftop views, this is a locale that is totally worthy of your “I do’s.”  Not to mention their fabulous staff that knows all there is to know about planning that movie-like affair that will wow each and every one of your nearest and dearest. Think everything from curating that menu of fresh, sustainable and local cuisine to organizing the perfect floral arrangements to finding you that amazing bakery.  You honestly couldn’t ask for more.

Ready to start that journey to the world’s most beautiful wedding? Contact the Heritage House Resort & Spa and 5200 Restaurant & Lounge TODAY, and be sure to follow them on Twitter, InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.  We can’t wait to see your Big Day.


What: The Heritage House Resort & Spa is giving away a bride pampering package, including a spa certificate with champagne and a local cheese platter upon arrival!

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us why you can’t wait to get married at the Heritage House Resort & Spa! (Ex: Those views, though.)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, October 21, 2016. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Cassandra Young