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A Casual San Francisco City Hall Wedding


Where dapper meets donuts (and booze)

Liz, Attorney & Emily, Attorney

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Our wedding had a casual California vibe, with love of family, friends, joy, donuts, and damn-fine cocktails mixed in.

Soundtrack for reading: “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver

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Favorite Thing About The Wedding:

Emily’s favorite thing about the wedding was, after the nuptials, toasting with champagne and donut holes (like us, classy and trashy at the same time). My favorite thing about the wedding was being head-butted by my one-year-old niece while holding her and dancing at the reception.

Other Cool Stuff We Should Know About:

The idea for our wedding started off as an elopement, but organically grew into this quirky, very “us” small wedding at city hall. It was very laid-back, heartwarming, and no frills (which I think allowed us to better enjoy the small moments). We had a lot of help from our friends, too, which made the wedding all that much smoother: we had my good friend and high school English teacher officiate the wedding, a group of friends help set up the table at city hall, a local friend pick up the donut holes freshly made that morning, our boozy friends help pop the bottles and pour the champagne, and a whole lot more.

The reception venue had a shuffleboard table and it was amazing.

One bonus of getting married at city hall in December is you get a lovely Christmas tree in the background of your photos.


The Info:

Photographer: Allison Andres APW Sponsor | Location: San Francisco, CA | Venue: San Francisco City Hall, Mayor’s Balcony | Shoes: The Frye Company | Clothing: For the most part from J.Crew | Flowers: Sam’s Club Bulk Floral | Food: Delivered from Nopalito | Cakes: Whole Foods at Franklin | Donut holes: From the couple’s favorite donut shop in San Francisco, Bob’s Donut & Pastry Shop | Champagne: BevMo

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  • Caitlin_DD

    Loving the suits, and that faux-hawk! Amazing!

  • Erin

    Beautiful! Congratulations!!

  • vegankitchendiaries

    Girls, if you keep SMILING THAT HARD your faces will stay that way! (No bad thing.)

    Lovely, lovely, lovely – congratulations, brides! <3 <3

    • Lawyerette510

      Vegankitchendiaries, how are you doing? I know everything is going to be awesome for you, but wanted to check as I think you’re about 2 weeks out?

      • vegankitchendiaries

        Aren’t you the freakin’ sweetest!? (Just saw your offer to help total strangers paint their hexagons… maybe you actually ARE the sweetest!)

        We’re two weeks before my in-laws arrive from Ontario with my soon to be step-daughter! So, technically 3 weeks out but I’m hoping that last week before the wedding can be more “Let’s spend the day at the amusement park!” rather than “Let’s spend the day doing fancy calligraphy on 84 placecards!”

        I’ve had a few moments of bonafide, genuine crazy but there’s been a few glimmers of ‘holy shit, this might actually be really fun!’ too. Looking at the APW ‘real weddings’ (especially ‘super budget’ and ‘backyard’ and ‘person of color’) AND hearing the recently-wed check in during happy hour every week is pretty much the next best thing to Ativan… I used to think it was weird that people hung around here even after they got married but I’m pretty much ready to sign up for my life membership. :-)

        • Lawyerette510

          It sounds like it is going as well as can be expected in the final push, so sending you lots of happiness, energy and fun. And when in doubt, choose the amusement park!

          • vegankitchendiaries

            <3 <3 <3 !!

  • Allison Andres

    Ah! Seeing this brought back so many warm and fuzzy memories! <3 <3 <3

    • http://www.smittenchickens.com/ Sarah Hoppes

      These photos are SO PRETTY!

  • Sabrina

    I just squeed my face off! RIGHT! OFF!

  • Sarah E

    Two stylish females in suits!! Yesss!! I was just thinking to myself yesterday about all the great examples we’ve seen through APW of double dress or one dress/one suit and how I’d love to see more double-suited couples. So rad! Next up: Double suits on a hetero couple (which, if I didnt already have a fab dress, I’d be tempted to do myself)

    • Lawyerette510

      I really wanted a jumpsuit to wear next to his suit, but I couldn’t find one that was the right combo of budget/ my size/ color I liked.

    • vegankitchendiaries

      double dresses on a hetero couple? offbeat bride will run it EVENTUALLY.

      • Sarah E

        RIght? Baby steps ;-)

  • Alison O

    your haiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrr so perty

  • knoxfille

    That hairdo is KILLER!!!

    • Sparkles

      I know right? Talk about pulling off the faux-hawk updo with the perfect mix of class and edge. I can’t get over it.

  • Rose

    Looks lovely! I love the suits, I love the hair, I love the building. . . There was one picture in the style shoot that made me think about how much I like two brides in suits, and this definitely confirms that it’s a really nice look (not, sadly, for us, since I really do love white dresses and lace and beading and all, but it is a really, really nice look).

  • Liz S.

    Y’all are the best! We are so honored to share our wedding moments with such a great community. And we absolutely loved working with Allison, Julianne (makeup) and Justina (hair, for all those fans of the fauxhawk). :)

  • Juli

    Where is this reception venue?

    • Liz S.

      It’s a venue called The Office and it’s located above Churchill in Duboce Triangle. Really wonderful location (just make sure the nail down details with the event planners, they were a bit shady). All of our friends loved the space and the drinks!

  • Valerie Day

    I saw your photos somewhere just a few weeks before our wedding and you all killed me with your style. I suddenly wanted to wear pants SO BAD. Beautiful!

  • Steph – Ivy Ellen

    Beautiful! Big Congratulations – loving the suits!

  • EF

    love this! and am so glad i was right in recognising those j.crew trousers. these two make suits look damn fine!

  • Lucie

    I don’t always listen to the soundtrack while I read the post, but when I do, I cry. What a beautiful wedding, I got the shivers.