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.
Full Vendor List
Planning & Design // Naseem Events
Photography // Yasmin Roohi
Second Shooter // Quianna Marie
Floral Artistry // Petal Atelier
Calligraphy + Signage // Penny Lane Paperie
Dress // Nicole Miller at The Bridal Party
Ice Cream Tacos // Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos
Ring Designer // Brilliant Earth
Rentals // Abbey Rentals
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