Like so many couples getting married in a year of such devastation of California’s fires, civil unrest and a pandemic, Irene and David had other plans that involved a big wedding with all of their friends and family. Unfortunately with the lockdown and limits on event size the couple wondered if having a wedding in the year 2020 was even a good idea. Luckily after a few conversations and a lot of replanning Irene and David decided to go through with a smaller elopement involving 8 of their closest friends and family members.

Instead of planning a big celebration Irene and David started to like the idea of eloping and spending their day taking photos in their favorite iconic locations in San Francisco. Every couple’s dream is to have amazing photos to look back on from their special day. Sometimes with a lot packed in on a wedding timeline it can take away from being able to make it to awesome locations. With a small micro wedding David & Irene spent the day expressing their love for one another while we documented their precious moments. It was pure magic for these two.

We started the day at Irene’s grandmother’s home in Belmont where she and David got ready. We photographed all their details in beautiful flat lays from the bouquet to the bride’s dress and shoes. Then the couple had an intimate first look in the garden taking a quiet moment to themselves.

Shortly after the first look, we drove the couple to the Palace of Fine Arts where the two had a very small and socially distanced ceremony with 8 of their closest friends and family. With the rotunda resting in the lagoon as their magical back drop, Irene and David were married by a close friend who officiated their ceremony. After the ceremony, we walked around the Palace of Fine Arts admiring the monumental structure on such a gorgeous day. The newlyweds enjoyed the quiet moments together as we photographed them and enjoyed the day. 

Next we headed out to the Marin Headlands for a walk through the breathtaking cliffs of Rodeo Beach. With the rock formations and incredibly audacious colors from the succulents it was hard to believe we were only a few miles away from San Francisco. We spent some time taking bride and groom portraits then headed out to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach where we caught the most epic Fall colored sunset we had seen all year. 

The ruins of the Sutro Baths are a historic site on the western waterfront of San Francisco. Many couples love to be photographed there and we felt so lucky to have caught an amazing sunset with Irene and David at just the right time. 

It was a romantic day and a union never to be forgotten.
Florals by Green Petal Designs