Lavish San Francisco Destination Wedding | Janneth and John

November 26, 2016

This Lavish San Francisco Destination Wedding of Janneth and John was eye catching. This couple made it through college and medical school and still have a passionate desire and love for one another. Here is a little inside scoop about them!

How Janneth and John met

We met in the summer of 2003. Janneth was in medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. John was a doctoral student in the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program at UCLA. The couple met when Janneth was doing a summer rotation in the laboratory of neurologist and neuroscientist, Dr. S. Thomas Carmichael, John’s dissertation advisor.

Cute Proposal

John proposed on the rooftop of the Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, along with their Maltese named Charlie (the future ring bearer) and a chocolate Labrador named Samson.

Couples Fondest Moment

Fondest wedding moment is sharing out personal vows in front of all our loved ones.

Fun Facts!

We have two dogs, a Maltese named Charlie and a chocolate Labrador named Samson.

Where and What they do

We live in Alexandria, Virginia, a beautiful historic district on the Potomac River, just south of Washington DC.


Janneth has an M.D. and is a vascular surgeon with Kaiser Permanente.


John has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and is the Chief of Communications at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Some of the Couples favorite vendors

DJ Quan (Quan Zou) with Blue Edge Productions
Jon Casey’s Cartoon.Guru
Clane Gessel Photography

A little Advice

Don’t get overwhelmed by Pinterest! Stay focused on your own vision of the day. Try to infuse your personality into the wedding experience, and don’t worry about making your wedding look like your favorite wedding planner’s Pinterest page. If you’re crafty, incorporate a few of those touches into the wedding, but don’t take on too many projects or you’ll risk getting overwhelmed.

Take your wedding party and family pictures before your ceremony. We spent several hours taking photos around San Francisco before our ceremony, which meant we could spend more time with friends and family during the cocktail hour and reception without feeling rushed. This was one of our best decisions.

Make sure your wedding party is prepared to take care of last minute details and resolve wedding day problems on your behalf. You won’t have time anyway, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the experience more if you know that you have people taking care of things behind the scenes. Remember, an event with so many moving parts is bound to have a few hiccups, so improvise and move on. No one will notice the little details except you!



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Beautiful October day in San Francisco


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Talented artists from Fresh Face Makeup did an outstanding job on hair and make up


Atelier Isabey Invitations

Delicately crafted invitations by Atelier Isabey


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Philip Press designed these amazing ring for John and Janneth


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Charlotte Olympia designing amazing shoes


Berta wedding gown

Getting help into her stunning Berta gown


Bridesmaid dresses

These glittery Badgley Mischka dresses were perfect

Bride and Groom first look

The amazing FIRST LOOK


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Architecture of the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental, the classic car, and the gorgeous couple make this a breathtaking photo


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Janneth’s Berta Dress has the most amazing details


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John and the Groomsmen looking dashing in their Vera Wang


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Pretty pink flowers arranged by Asiel Design


Name Cards, Julia Morgan Ballroom

Hand-crafed name cards, love the details!

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Flawless programs


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Something old, new, borrowed and blue


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This ceremony is breathtaking


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The very talented Jon Casey did some lovely caricatures all evening

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Some of their favorite drinks


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Touches of Gold everywhere makes for a great table setting


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Exquisite centerpieces


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Ceremony piece brought up for centerpieces


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Mr. & Mrs.


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Marinera, a traditional dance of Peru


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Cheers to the new couple!


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Enjoying their first dance together as husband and wife


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A flawless Jasmine Rae wedding cake


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Congrats to this happy couple!


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