When Danielle and Andy said “I do” at the alter in Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach, they became the 5th generation of Danielle’s family to get married at the church. Though they planned the wedding from LA and Baltimore, Danielle and Andy managed to put together a quintessential San Francisco wedding. Even the weather presented us with both extremes we tend to see from the sunny afternoon leading into a rolling, misty fog by “sunset.” Keeping a classic and timeless aesthetic, their Olympic Club Lakeside wedding was a black tie event. The guys wore tuxes. Danielle wore an elegant dress from Monique Lhuillier, while the bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo.
Everyone got ready at the iconic Intercontinental Mark Hopkins in Nob Hill. They all enjoyed a little sparkling wine as they eased into the day. Danielle’s sisters steamed the her wedding gown and played hide-and-seek with the flower girls before getting into their own dresses and helping Danielle into hers. The guys exchanged gifts and suited up a few floors down before heading to the church via trolley.
After dropping off the guys, the trolley returned to pick up Danielle and the ladies. On their way to the church, they belted out “Going to the Chapel of Love” as people on the streets congratulated from the sidewalks as the trolley passed.
One of my personal favorite photos from the wedding was the look of pride on Danielle’s father’s face as he watched her moments before stepping into the church.
Danielle’s college A Cappella group reunited to perform during the ceremony which added a really nice personal touch.
We had a few moments to do some portraits outside of the church after the family formals and before needing to jump on the trolley and head to the Olympic Club Lakeside.
As we rode across town (avoiding the crowds of Outside Lands), the skies shifted from sunny in the city to completely fogged over on the coast.
One of the most unique touches was the way in which they kicked off the reception was getting everyone to stand up and sing along to That’s Amore. It was really amazing to see and I am a huge advocate of this becoming a thing!
We had a little time before dinner started to get some portraits outside so Danielle and Andy snuck out for a little bit to take advantage.
The reception dinner was peppered with toasts and also another performance from Danielle’s A Cappella group to close out the dinner.
Before the dancing kicked off at Danielle and Andy’s Olympic Club Lakeside wedding, we had another little mini-session out on the bluffs. The fog was thick but there was a beautiful quality to the way the scene looked out there. And of course, it’s about as San Francisco as you can get.
When we came back in, Danielle and Andy lead the charge onto the dance floor. And you can see that their friends and family didn’t hesitate to join in when the dance floor opened up.
I remember talking with Danielle and Andy before their wedding and discussing an ending time that was about an hour or so before the official last song of the day. When my coverage time was nearing its end, the energy of the guests wasn’t close to slowing down so Danielle and Andy requested that I keep the coverage going until the end. This last photo is from their last dance, and I’m so glad I was there to capture the joy and energy up until the final moments of their Olympic Club Lakeside wedding!