Wedding At Westin Saint Francis Hotel In San Francisco, CA | Diana & Daniel
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Wedding At Westin Saint Francis Hotel

DIANA & DANIEL

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Wedding photos at Westin Saint Francis Hotel:

It was only a few days before Diana and Daniel’s wedding at Westin Saint Francis Hotel that I’d flown up to San Francisco to capture their e-session. Both the couple and their family had been so warm and welcoming that I was really looking forward to drive up to the Bay Area again with my second photographer to shoot their special day.

They were getting ready at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel before a Christian ceremony at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church and a portrait session at Lafayette Park, returning to the hotel for a ballroom reception. Diana and Daniel both lead incredibly busy professional lives, so it was wonderful to capture them relaxing with their family and friends while they soaked up this special moment.

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A portrait of the newly married couple on a staircase at Lafayette Park in San Francisco.

 

Getting ready photos at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel:

While my second photographer was with Daniel in one suite of the Westin Saint Francis Hotel while he made his final preparations, I was with Diana and the girls in their spacious suite. I photographed Diana admiring her gorgeous bridal gown with her mom and having the final touches done to her makeup, as well as some shots with her bridesmaids as they “fluffed” her dress and playfully blew her kisses.

We then captured what was quite a special first look with Diana’s dad who I already met on the day of the e-session as he graciously drove us around San Francisco. I photographed up-close candid reactions of Diana and her parents in this moment, as well as her sister (who was the maid-of-honor) watching on.

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Diana and her mom admire her gorgeous wedding gown in front of a suite window at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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A candid shot of Diana having her makeup done in the lead up to her wedding ceremony in San Francisco.

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A playful photo of Diana and her bridesmaids getting ready in a suite at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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A creative silhouette of Diana reaching for her wedding dress in a suite window at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Diana’s bridesmaids “fluff” her wedding dress in an elegant suite at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Capturing a special moment between Diana and her mom while getting ready for her San Francisco wedding.

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A black and white shot of Diana with her parents as they prepared for her wedding at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Diana’s sister watches on during the first look with her dad at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Diana wipes away her dad’s tears after their emotional first look at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Capturing a playful shot of Diana’s bridesmaids blowing her kisses in their luxurious San Francisco hotel suite.

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Diana’s father helps to secure her earrings as they made their final preparations at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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A portrait of Diana in her stunning wedding dress in front of a suite window of the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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A creative portrait of Diana in her gorgeous bridal gown in the lead up to her San Francisco wedding ceremony.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel:

Although Diana and Daniel had done an official first look on the day of their e-session, they decided to have another in the elegant lobby of the Westin Saint Francis Hotel. I photographed Diana as she walked towards her soon-to-be husband, as well as his reaction at seeing her for the first time on their wedding day.

We then had a short portrait session outside the entrance to the Westin Saint Francis Hotel and within its lobby before all jumping in the limo to head over to Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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Diana walks towards Daniel during their first look session in the lobby of the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Daniel turns around to capture the first glimpse of his bride during their Westin Saint Francis Hotel first look session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Diana and Daniel during their wedding portrait session at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Diana and Daniel kiss outside the entrance to the Westin Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

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Daniel embraces Diana warmly in the lobby of the Westin Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church:

The ceremony began with Diana’s father escorting her down the aisle of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, with Daniel beaming as he watched his bride walk towards him. I got creative with some low-angle shots looking down the aisle as they exchanged vows, as well as some bird’s eye views from up above.

After being officially pronounced “husband and wife”, Diana and Daniel made their recessional walk down the aisle and I captured a spontaneous moment as they went in for a kiss upon exiting the building. We took a few portraits in front of the altar and on the staircase outside Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, before driving over to Lafayette Park for a few shots within its leafy green setting.

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Diana and Daniel share a quiet, intimate moment inside the limo as they make their way to the church.

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Diana’ father escorts her down the aisle of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church at the start of her Christian wedding ceremony.

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The mothers of Diana and Daniel light the unity candle in Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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Capturing Daniel’s reaction as he watches Diana walk down the aisle of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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Diana’s father embraces her as he gives her away to Daniel at the altar of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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A creative shot looking down the aisle of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church during Diana and Daniel’s Christian wedding ceremony.

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A bird’s eye view of Diana and Daniel during their Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church wedding ceremony.

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Diana and Daniel exchange rings during their Christian wedding ceremony at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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Diana and Daniel turn to face their wedding guests after being pronounced “husband and wife”.

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The newly married couple make their recessional walk down the aisle of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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Capturing a candid moment between Diana and Daniel outside Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church following their wedding ceremony.

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Diana and Daniel embrace in front of the altar of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church during their wedding portrait session.

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Diana and Daniel leave Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church as “husband and wife” following their Christian wedding ceremony.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Lafayette Park:

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Capturing a playful moment between Diana and Daniel during their wedding portrait session in San Francisco’s Lafayette Park.

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The newly married couple walk hand-in-hand through Lafayette Park in San Francisco.

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A close-up shot of Diana and Daniel embracing during their Lafayette Park wedding portrait session.

 

Reception photos at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel:

After capturing bridal party portraits and family formals, it was time to celebrate, so we returned to the Westin Saint Francis Hotel for Diana and Daniel’s reception. Just before all the guests arrived, we managed to sneak in for a shot of the newly weds in the middle of the ballroom dance floor which boasted spectacular views across the San Francisco city skyline.

The reception began with a choreographed dance from Diana and Daniel, followed by speeches and toasts from those closest to them. I then captured the parental dances and an action shot of Diana’s bouquet toss, as well as the cake cutting ceremony and an emotional candid moment between Daniel and his parents.

Then everyone hit the dance floor to party in this glamorous ballroom venue, celebrating this new union in style. Diana and Daniel were willing to sneak away for a few minutes for some nighttime couple portraits, incorporating the elegant decor of the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Diana and Daniel kiss in the middle of the ballroom dance floor at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Diana and Daniel perform their choreographed first dance during the Westin Saint Francis Hotel wedding reception.

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Daniel dips Diana during their first dance at the glamorous Westin Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

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Diana’s sister makes a toast to the newly married couple during their San Francisco wedding reception,

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Capturing Diana and Daniel’s reactions during the maid-of-honor’s speech at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Diana and Daniel’s parents make a toast together during the ballroom reception at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Capturing an intimate, candid moment between the newly married couple at their sweetheart table.

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A black and white candid shot of Daniel embracing his brother during the Westin Saint Francis Hotel wedding reception.

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Diana and Daniel cut their stunning wedding cake, overlooking the San Francisco city skyline.

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Diana’s father makes a toast to the newly married couple during their San Francisco wedding reception.

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Daniel makes a “thank you” toast to his wedding guests at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Diana and her dad perform their father-daughter dance at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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A black and white shot of Daniel’s mother-son dance during his San Francisco wedding reception.

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An action shot of Diana’s bouquet toss during her glamorous San Francisco wedding reception.

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A playful shot of all the dance floor action during Diana and Daniel’s Westin Saint Francis Hotel wedding reception.

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A creative shot of the newly married couple on the dance floor, surrounded by their family and friends.

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Capturing a special moment between Daniel and his parents during the Westin Saint Francis Hotel wedding reception.

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Diana watches as wedding guests skull beer on the dance floor during her San Francisco reception.

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Diana and Daniel’s ring bearer getting airborne on the dance floor at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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Diana and Daniel kiss during their nighttime portrait session at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel.

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A creative, off-camera flash nighttime portrait of Diana and Daniel during their ballroom reception.

 

Wedding photos at Westin Saint Francis Hotel:

Diana and Daniel were such a joy to work with over the last week and did everything possible to help us capture all the moments of their wedding at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel. I want to wish them all the happiness in their married life together and their professional pursuits. I also want to give a big shout out to Diana’s friend, Tiffany, who referred me as their wedding photographer after I captured her special day back in the summer of 2013.

June 7, 2017

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