Andie and John’s Julia Morgan Ballroom wedding was a quintessential example of classy and modern. It had a contemporary palette black, gold and red. With exquisite floral design work by Mandy Scott somehow balancing luxury and subtlety. Andie and John were so lovely to work with. Both had a relaxed energy and palpable affection for the other.
The day began at the Fairmont San Francisco where both the Andie and John got ready alongside their attendants.
After Andie finished with hair and makeup, she shared a heartfelt thank you and a gift with her mom before receiving her gift from John. John was hanging out with the guys where he opened his gift from Andie. The guys shared a toast and quick drink before heading off for Andie & John’s first look down stairs.
After the first look and some portraits, the wedding party boarded a fully Christmas-fied trolley to head to the St. Peter and Paul Church in North Beach. On board the enjoyed some champagne on the quick drive over. One of the interactions I try to catch are between the bride and her father moments before the ceremony. At the Julia Morgan Ballroom, the finishing touches were put on the decor including an amazing champagne tower.
We stole a moment for a quick portrait in front of the beautiful elevators in the lobby before heading up. The reception kicked off with the sounds of the Mariachi Band–a nice touch of Mexican culture in honor of Andie’s side of the family. The newlyweds went straight into their first dance and parent dances after they entered the room. Toasts are a common part of any wedding, but John’s brother gave a particularly memorable… you could say, presentation… Fully illustrated with slides and photographic reference. It was both hilarious and incredibly touching. Following the toasts, Andie & John cut the delicious cake and said thank you to their guests before hitting the dance floor for the remainder of the night.