Fairytale Westin Wedding | Joe and Ashley

September 8, 2016

Joe and Ashley had the perfect fairy tale wedding and love story. The type that brings tears to your eyes because you are so in love with their love story! We are so glad we were a part of their big day and were able to capture all of their love in our photos!

Couple Questionnaire

How the Couple Met

Joseph and Ashley met in 2011, through friends, at a pumpkin patch in Half Moon Bay. However, our families have been connected to Noe Valley in San Francisco for generations. Joseph was born and raised in Noe Valley just a few blocks from Ashley’s great grandfather’s pharmacy on 24th street.

Perfect Proposal

Every Christmas a local Noe Valley resident decorates the tree on the sidewalk in front of her house with lights. She places a mason jar with tags below it and asks all the people who pass by to write a wish and place it in the jar. She then laminates it and hangs it on the tree with glitter string. ​She fondly refers to it as the Wishing Tree. The first Christmas together we made a wish. The second year as we walked to the tree Ashley asked Joe what he wished for. He could not remember and Ashley laughed. How could you not remember your wish! This year Joe made sure he wouldn’t forget. So he wrote down “I hope she says yes.” He then went back two times to the tree in the few days after they made their wishes and searched for his wish through hundreds of tags. He found it and cut it down. The next December he proposed by the tree with his old wish, saying his only hope was that his old wish would come true. ABC 7 aired the wishing tree and our story on the local news. The wishing tree was also featured on ABC 7 national news.

Wedding Moments

The first reveal. There was so much wonderful emotion and love. Tears of joy and excitement! Even though we had the wonderfully talented Clane Gessel and our videographer Matthieu filing we felt alone in a world of just us.


Fun Facts about the Couple

Joe and Ashley live in lower Pacific Heights in San Francisco. Ashley is a chef at a fine dining Mediterranean restaurant in Marin called Insalatas. Joseph is a project manager for Rosendin Electric. He is currently building the new CPMC hospital.

Wedding Vendors

We were incredibly blessed with the ability to have a very talented team behind our wedding. We so enjoyed Stanlee Gatti. He and his staff are incredible human beings and the nicest individuals we have met. So much love and passion behind their craft. The wedding design was stunning. Clane Gessel, our photographer, was an absolute joy and we are so lucky to call him a friend as well. He is beyond talented. His team that he has built around him were incredible as well. Last, but certainly not least we loved working with Jason Mitchell, from Gatsby Entertainment. Their music was a hit at the wedding! The Green Light Band had everyone dancing all night long.

Advice for other Brides to be

It may sound cliche but relax. Something is bound to happen that is out of your control but as long as you center yourself and realize that there is so much love around you everything will work out. It also goes by so quick so try to take in every moment you can. This will probably be one of the few events in your life when you have everyone you love in one room. Also work with a team of people who you admire their craft and let them be artists. If you hire them because you love their work they won’t disappoint.



Westin St. Francis, Wedding gown

Ashley’s stunning Zuhair Mura gown


Westin St. Francis, Cheers

A toast while getting ready


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Getting help into her gown


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All the Bridesmaids getting a look at Ashley for the first time


Westin St. Francis, Jewelry and shoes

Custom Diamond, Aquamarine, and Pearl earrings along with SJP shoes


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Joe fixing is bow tie before the reveal


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All of the men looking dashing in their Vera Wang


Westin St. Francis, Stanlee R. Gatti Design

What an amazing job Stanlee R. Gatti did on the design on the flowers and whole wedding


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Precious touch to Ashley’s bouquet


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Peek-a-boo invitations


Westin St. Francis, First Look

A cherish first look


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What a brilliant looking couple


Westin St. Francis, Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids looking stunning in their dresses alongside Ashley


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The men looking dapper in their Vera Wang



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Look at all of those gorgeous flowers


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” You may now seal your vows with a kiss”


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Simple but elegant place settings


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This whimsical cake crafted by Cake Coquette


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Stanlee Gatti coming through with the amazing floral arrangements


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Stunning wedding party table


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What elegant table settings


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Savoring this day together


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The party has arrived


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First dance moments


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A toast from Ashley’s father had everyone laughing



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Ashley and Joe enjoying their stunning cake from Cake Coquette


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Small treats for everyone


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Capturing an amazing moment through the window


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They fell in love in a gorgeous city


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