D + R didn’t have an exact theme in mind while planning their wedding, just a simple mission: to show their guests everything they love most about San Francisco—both its natural beauty and city life too. They found a charming spot for the ceremony (more on that later), then searched for a beautiful ballroom that didn’t feel too expansive for 70. Sir Francis Drake did the trick.
Darah says, The ballroom is absolutely stunning with floor to ceiling windows along one wall and an ornate gilded ceiling. It had that old school San Francisco feel we were looking for. Rob and I were blown away when we walked into our reception and saw the room transformed with lighting and flowers and linens (and of course, filled with all of our closest friends and family).
Thanks to photog Silvana Di Franco for showing off all those details in the photos below:
Darah’s gown has an organza skirt by Watters and a taffeta sweetheart top that she designed with Carol of Novella Bridal. So inventive!
From the bride…
Our ceremony was right across the golden gate bridge in a quaint historic landmark church atop a hill in the middle of a wildflower preserve overlooking the water. The views from the church are stunning and the location made us feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. The church has this magical, peaceful quality about it and lent itself to a very intimate, emotional ceremony.
Aside from how beautiful the church is and the stunning views, what made it especially perfect is that it felt like neutral territory from a religious standpoint because it is a desecrated church that is now a historic landmark, not used for religious services anymore. Rob is Catholic and I am Jewish and it felt comfortable for both of our families and us.
Aisle song: A Thousand Years
1st dance: Georgia On My Mind, after their meeting in Atlanta
Love these cookie escort cards. Not to mention the cake topper below… Quirky penguin motifs were scattered throughout, a little nod to Rob’s proposal in a penguin suit. (We’re guessing that one’s an epic story, too.)
Photographer: Silvana Di Franco / Ceremony Venue: Old St. Hilary’s / Reception Venue & Catering: The Sir Francis Drake / Event Planner: Elise Johnson of Shannon Leahy Events / Florist: A. Hana Designs / Hair & Makeup: Katie Nash Beauty / Invitations: The Aerialist Press / Cake: Cake Coquette / Cookie Escort Cards: Bicyclette / Linens: La Tavola / Chargers & Long Tables: Classic Party Rentals / Lighting Elevate Event Production / Bride’s Dress: Bottom, Watters & Top, Carol of Novella Bridal / Veil: Watters/ Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair Piece: BHLDN / Earrings: Nadri from Nordstrom / Engagement Ring: A. Jaffe / Wedding Band: Jamie of Jewelry Artisans in Atlanta / Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Selix Formalwear / Wedding Band: David Clay Jewelers / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew