Glittery San Francisco Palace Hotel Wedding of Dan and Jessica was a wedding we had the privilege of shooting last fall! These two are so in love and was expressed through their photos we got to capture. Enjoy their story and wedding!

 Getting to know the Couple

The First meeting

Dan and Jessica met through an online dating website. They went on their first date November 2011 to a little wine bar in Pacifica. Not long after, they would drive 2.5 hours every weekend to be with each other

The Amazing Proposal

One of Jessica’s favorite things to do is play tourist in San Francisco, and Dan and Jess have made it a tradition every year around Jess’ birthday to explore the sites. It was the perfect opportunity to disguise the proposal 🙂

At their first stop of the day, Dan and Jess climbed up The Mosaic Stairs, to find a beautiful view of The City. There, Dan pulled out a note that read,

“I have secrets:
I had a Moscow mule without you. It had a jalapeño in it, and it was awesome. =) (Mexican mule)
I had it with your parents one night for dinner.
Your parents said yes =)
Your ring is finished … finally, and I can’t wait any longer to give it to you, or to ask.
The stairs we climbed paved the way to a beautiful view. We’ll start today, as the rest of our lives. I hold your hand with each step, and I’ll always know you’ll hold mine right back. Each step is a little work, as we expect it. It’s worth it, because at the top is a beautiful view. I love you, and will love you more every day, as I have every day since the day we met. I would love to hold your hand through each day and each step of our lives.”

Dan dropped to one knee and asked the big question, “Will you marry me?”

Of course, through tears of happiness, Jessica said yes!
(Dan had been planning the proposal even before Jessica was in the hospital in 2014. While she was there and down he slipped and said “I have secrets”, which was later the beginning of his proposal.)

By that time a small crowd had gathered and applauded their engagement.

Most Cherished Moment

There are so many special memories from the wedding it is hard to say. The ceremony and exchanging our personal vows was a very special moment for both of us.

Lovely Facts about the Couple

I think what is really interesting looking back on our relationship is how we ended up together. Both Dan and I were going through similar situations before we met each other. I wish that 5 years ago, when we were both going through a hard time, we would have known that those experiences were going to be what ultimately brought us together.

A little Work

Dan and I live in Millbrae now with our two dogs and our cat. Dan is a veteran and is now using the GI bill to go back to school. Jessica works at an outpatient hospital, and works with Special Needs children.

Favorite Wedding Vendors

Everyone was so amazing it is hard to pick. Can I say my mom? Haha. She wasn’t a vendor, but none of those really special little details would have happened without her. I’m may be a little too carefree for my own good, so without my mom and her Type A personality (said in the best of ways of course), none of it would have gotten done!

Dave Martin’s House Party was so, so AWESOME though. Dave is just so nice and really got to know us as a couple beforehand. They played non-stop, all night long… and people literally danced non-stop right along with them.

If you are unsure of what to expect for you wedding

Jessica’s guidance to future brides!

There is an episode of The Office that goes a little something like this…..

“Pam Beesly: Hey my aunt told me something neat. She said everything with the wedding goes by so fast, we should try to take mental pictures of the high points.
Jim Halpert: Oh wow, that’s cool. [turns to Pam] Click! Oh you blinked! Dammit now that’s in my brain forever.
Pam Beesly: Oh.
Jim Halpert: What a lousy picture.
Pam Beesly: We should’ve hired a professional to take the mental pictures.”

You hire a professional photographer to take pictures of all the details of the wedding, which is amazing, but throughout the night, stop and take a “mental picture” through your own eyes. Take a moment to sit and talk to your partner and soak it all in.

 

 

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Palace Hotel, intimate place to have a wedding

 

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Little glimpse inside of where the magic happened

 

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4 amazing stylists from Triple Twist created the fabulous hair and makeup

 

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Glitter from ring to toes

 

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All about watches, thoughtful gift from groom

 

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The embossing and glitter on this Allure gown is stunning

 

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Hand painted invitations by the Talented Kristy of Momental Designs in Pennsylvania

 

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Jessica having a little fun with her girls while getting ready

 

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Something old, Something new, Something borrow, Something blue

 

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Getting help into her caplet designed by Maggie Soterro

 

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Edmond designing the perfect bouquet for Jessica

 

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Always waiting to see this look

 

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Touches of gold

 

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Beautiful Ceremony set up

 

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Amazing flowers and drapes, along with Glamorous gold chairs

 

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Taking a stroll through San Francisco

 

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Tadashi Shoji creating these gorgeous bridesmaids gowns

 

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Dan looking sharp in classic Calvin Klein

 

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A special little moment in a BIG city

 

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A little touch of glamour on each table

 

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Down to every last detail

 

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Bala from The Cakemaker delicately created this stunning wedding cake

 

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Glamorous Golden room

 

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Golden Gate Bridge Ice Sculpture was a focal point with fresh seafood around it

 

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Sweetheart table withe gorgeous linen and flowers!

 

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All smiles during this first dance

 

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Picture perfect sweetheart table

 

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Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan

 

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Something a little sweet

 

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Traditional Norwegian Wedding cake

 

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DIY favors, just a little thank you!

 

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