Cristina and Frank both grew up in San Francisco and are proud of their city. The two met through her godfather when he retired as one of Frank’s sergeants at work. The couple decided on the landmark Fairmont Hotel to celebrate their love for each other and for The City. The Fairmont has stood tall and strong for over a century, even through The Great Quake. An icon and a symbol for a marriage as long as this building’s history is.
The bride and her bridesmaids got ready in her parents’ San Francisco home. She brought along confetti party poppers she’d received for her bridal shower. They made for great photos and a lot of laughs.
Cristina found these bags for her bridesmaids on Etsy. She filled them with goodies, including handmade organic soaps from Lianna Soap and a heartfelt letter.
Elements of the traditional rhyme “Something Old, Something New” we incorporated into her wedding, right down to her adorable blue Mary Janes.
Even the name of the dress shop where Cristina got her beautiful tiered ball gown was called And Something Blue.
The bride’s hair and make-up was expertly done by the professionals at Makeover Galore.
Before heading down the staircase, Cristina and her flower girl showed off their princess dresses.
Cristina’s father watched lovingly as his daughter headed to the Cathedral in her ride by Black Tie Transportation.
Some of the best parts of being a mother are the small, meaningful moments, without a doubt. Frank’s mom (or “Daya,” as they call her) helped put Frank’s boutonniere on and shared one of these special moments.
Dee and Kris headed with the bridal party to The Palace of Fine Arts for their portrait session. Cristina and her ladies laughed and rejoiced with the exquisite Greco-Roman rotunda standing on the water behind them.
Frank and his crew got ready and headed down to Gino and Carlo. This lively Italian pub has been family-owned since 1942. The vibrantly painted wall alongside the alleyway next to the building was a unique setting for portraits of the groom and his wedding party.
Saints Peter and Paul Parrish was built in San Francisco in 1884. This towering Cathedral has been a wedding tradition in their families for as long as they could remember. Because of this, Cristina and Frank knew they were getting married here too.
Following Catholic tradition, the ceremony was accompanied by a full mass. The couple entrusted all of their invitations and programs to Hyegraph Invitations and Calligraphy.
Ever since she was a little girl, Cristina dreamed of running down the stairs of the church like Cinderella.
As they walked together to The Fairmont, Cristina and Frank stopped traffic with this romantic kiss.
As one of San Francisco’s finest luxury hotels, the Fairmont rolled out the red carpet for our couple. With monogram lighting on the dance floor and chandeliers floating above, the feeling of opulence surrounded them.
Tosca Productions worked closely with The Fairmont to ensure that all the details were perfect. The tables were elegantly decorated in golds and plums that shimmered in the soft light. A wall of ivy and wine greeted the guests as the couple enjoyed their signature cocktail, gin and tonic with an orange slice, and a kiss.
The team at Floramor put their more than 25 years of experience and heart to work with gorgeous displays of roses in different hues of purple intermingled with an array of orchids. The tables featured a variety of traditional tall centerpieces and more modern glass vase and orchid centerpieces.
The romantic and royal purples of uplighting along the walls played against the soft yellow glow of the twinkle lights and chandeliers. The lights glinted off the gold chargers and through the glasses like stars.
As the sweet sounds of the couple’s First Dance played, they glided along the dance floor, and the rest of the world seemed to disappear.
Once the couple came back to reality, the DJ with Denon & Doyle did what he’s an expert at and
GOT THE PARTY STARTED!!!
From the bouquet toss to the rousing circle dance that saw the couple hoisted into the air on chairs, the DJ kept the party going strong throughout the night. The video experts at Video Madness captured all the action.
The couple and the guests capped the evening off with laughter, kissing, a beautiful cake by Cake Coquette, and a little photobooth fun courtesy of Wicked Photobooth, adding up to memories that will last forever.