August 30, 2017

San Francisco Wedding: Conservatory of Flowers

One of my most – seriously, most favorite things when I get an inquiry for a wedding, specifically a San Francisco wedding is to immediately check if the bride or groom have included their venue in the ask. And if they have I usually do two things, even if I know what and where it’s located and yes, even if I’ve already photographed another wedding there. I quickly google the venue, get lost in google images and then I search for blogs that have featured the same venue. I do this for research but mainly, I do it to start my own vision of their day. I get excited about the photos that will come out of the day, I begin to envision the couple’s day and well if they’ve included any additional info such as their colors, love story, special happenings – then my imagination starts to wander even further, and next thing you know, I have literally just documented their entire day from start to finish in less than 20 minutes – it’s done. I do this without fail, every  single  time.

 

From the moment Kathy and I chatted on the phone and she told me about the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, I became instantly giddy and started dreaming the photos away; Kathy if you’re reading this, you probably thought I wasn’t paying attention to what you were saying but I mean, it’s your fault for choosing such a beautiful venue ;] I mean how exciting is it to know that I would be documenting their day right in the middle of an oasis of gorgeous and exotic flowers? To top it off, I was in the midst of an awesome vendor team. One of my dearest friends, Naseem Events was handling all the decor, styling and of course bringing another lovely vendor on board, Petal Atelier. So you can imagine my excitement – a stellar vendor lineup and an amazing venue..um yeah! Oh, and did I forget to mention tacos?? Yah, they had ice cream tacos in lieu of a traditional wedding cake. This all should give you a little bit of insight about this fun couple, who I kid you not, put on a spectacular dance party. I am not even kidding when I say that these guys, along with their guests danced the entire night away. What’s even better is that the groom himself broke out in some good ole’ fashioned 1980s breakdancing. I mean, come on – San Francisco stand up!

 

To quote my awesome bride herself, “Our friends and family love to dance, so the dance floor was rockin’!” Kathy really wanted a fun and bright wedding day along with a casual ceremony. Naseem’s touch of adding Petal Atelier was really just a perfect addition to bring Kathy and Phil’s wedding day together. I am certainly not a florist but you have to be one talented lady to have your florals stand out amidst a jungle of already gorgeous flora. Keegan did just that; and anytime I have worked with her, she has always brought a touch of class and detail to the shoot. Phil’s favorite food truck, Curry Up Now, which happens to be one of mine and Naseem’s faves as well, was also one of the main dinner items. Naseem also made sure to add a touch of bright elegance with the beautiful menus, and signage from Penny Lane Papery. Every detail was so in tune with Kathy and Phil and really displayed their fun and laid-back personalities.

 

One of my favorite moments of the night, besides the Conservatory building lit up with a psychedelic light show, was the way all they guests mingled and hung out. If Kathy hadn’t told me later on that many of them were just meeting at their actual wedding I really wouldn’t have known, by the way they were laughing and genuinely enjoying the party.  Cheers to these two lovebirds and a continued life of love, success and joy! So honored and glad I was chosen to document their day – seriously people, I don’t take it for granted one bit.

 

Exotic Floral Groom Boutonnière

Bride and Groom's first look moment
moment of anticipation during bride and groom's first look


excited bride and groom see each other during First Look


Bride and Groom embracing at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Pentax 645n Film Portrait of a happy bride and groom


Bride and Groom pose for Bridal Portraits at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
Black and white film portrait of Bride flirting with groom

Bride and Groom pose for Bridal Portraits at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

close up wedding day portraits at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Exotic flowers at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco for Wedding day


romantic black and white film portrait of bride and groom at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco
Bride and Groom bridal portraits at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

bride and groom smiling and laughing on their wedding day in San Francisco

panoramic view of wedding ceremony site at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Wedding guests await the arrival of bride and groom at the San Francisco Conservatory of flowers

Panoramic view of wedding at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Petal Atelier's bright floral arrangement for San Francisco Wedding

Bride and Groom share a first Kiss on their wedding day at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

mother of the bride's parents at the San Francisco conservatory during ceremony

bride and groom walk down the aisle on their San Francisco wedding day

bride and groom walking out post wedding ceremony

guests mingling at wedding cocktail, San Francisco Bay Area wedding

macro film image of exotic flower

family formal photograph on wedding day in San Francisco

Message in a Bottle wedding notes during cocktail hour, San Francisco

message in a bottle wedding advice for guests to fill out during cocktail hour

Bride and Groom kissing during family formal portraits

Brilliant Earth engagement ring and wedding band

Bride wearing nicole miller dress at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Bride and Groom after wedding ceremony, San Francisco

bride and groom embrace after wedding ceremony, San Francisco

bride snuggling groom on their san francisco wedding day

bride and groom dancing on the grass on wedding day

bride and groom laughing on wedding day in san francisco

groom kissing bride's shoulder on wedding day

groom wearing bonobo tuxedo on wedding day

detail shot of petal atelier bridal bouquet

strappy white nicole miller sheath wedding dress

Morgan Nicole Miller Bridal Gown

bride and groom holding hands on wedding day

black and white medium format film image taken of bride and groom in San Francisco

profile closeup of bride and groom on wedding day

nicole miller bridal gown with bonobo tuxedo suit on wedding day

Photo Booth action during wedding cocktail hour

curry up now food truck on wedding day in San Francisco

the boneyard food truck on wedding day at the san francisco conservatory of flowers


bride and groom sharing a cocktail in front of flower wall in San Francisco

black and white image of father daughter wedding dance in san francisco

mother of the bride looks on at the father daughter dance

rock and roll mother son wedding dance

mother and son dancing to rock and roll on wedding day

bride and groom dancing tango for first dance on wedding day

mother of the bride dancing the night away on wedding day


groom breakdancing on wedding day at the san francisco conservatory of flowers


bride and groom in front of exotic tree in san francisco

bride and groom posing for bridal portraits amidst the jungle flowers

medium format film image in black and white on pentax 645n

romantic photo of bride embracing groom amidst exotic plants in san francisco

fall 2017 nicole miller bridal gown collection

groom kicking heel on wedding day in san francisco
Full Vendor List

Planning & Design // Naseem Events

Photography // Yasmin Roohi

Second Shooter // Quianna Marie

Floral Artistry // Petal Atelier

Calligraphy + Signage // Penny Lane Paperie

Venue // San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Dress // Nicole Miller at The Bridal Party

Ice Cream Tacos // Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos

Caterer(s) // The Boneyard + Curry Up Now

Ring Designer // Brilliant Earth 

Rentals // Abbey Rentals