a city hall elopement.

 Happy Monday, everyone! I'm writing from quiet and cozy Cambria, a coastal town on beautiful US Highway 1. {cv} and I are enjoying weeklong roadtrip of California--and while I'm gone, I have four fabulous guest posts lined up. The first comes from La Petit Coquin, one of the first wedding bloggers I stumbled upon after I started this blog. Lena was kind enough to step in today--and I'm so glad she did! Her eye for beauty is spot-on and the wedding she chose to share is no exception.
Thank you Lena! Enjoy :) xoxo {av}
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{av} emailed me a few weeks ago for my favorite California spots, and I immediately sent her back a list of about a million places to see and eat in the Bay Area. While {av} + {cv} are enjoying a well-deserved vacation--and all my recommendations, I'm sharing one of my very favorite places with you, San Francisco City Hall, and the very best thing to do there: elope!

Michelle and Mikhail were married at San Francisco's magnificent Beaux-Arts City Hall with just a single witness, the groom's brother, in attendance. Michelle wore a custom-made Erin Fetherston dress after seeing images from a recent runway show; she paired the perfectly sweet French silk tulle frock with Valentino peep toe pumps, a posy of red roses and a classic trench coat, perfect for foggy San Francisco.




After the ceremony, the newlyweds headed to the beach for photos. The shot of the bride up on the sea wall, the wind whipping at her full skirt, the slate gray sky behind her, might just be the most perfect shot of our little City by the Bay I've ever seen. 




I couldn't be more delighted to share this little gem with you, or thrilled that {av} asked me to guest post while she's away. I hope {av} + {cv} are having a divine time, and enjoying whatever weather our fair state throws at them!

{all photos by Anna Kuperberg - please do not reuse without permission}

25 comments:

  1. that is so incredibly sweet! i love weddings that eliminate the fuss and excessiveness!
    beautiful guest post!

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  2. the simplicity in this wedding makes it so beautiful. Great post :)

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  3. these pictures, the dress, the bride, everything is just fabulous!!!

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  4. I adore that wedding! Just my style! The dress, the shoes, the red roses.... lovely!

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  5. Beautiful photos...love her dress! And her wedding bands are beautiful!

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  6. Wow. Oh how I love the dress and the PHOTOS, those are amazing. Who was the photographer? Good thing you listed the disclaimer too- someone would copy those in a second.

    Thank you Michelle for sharing your special and romantic day. It is refreshing to see a wedding to elegant and simple.

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  7. Some friends recently got married in San Francisco's City Hall as well and I agree completely, it is a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding!

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  8. Oh, that is so sweet! My senior prom was at City Hall. It is incredibly beautiful there.

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  9. Beautiful... I love the one on the sea wall with her dress blowing! Beautiful!

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  10. I LOVE LOVE this! That's where I got married! SF City Hall is just gorgeous!!! And I love her dress, so cute!!!

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  11. You are too sweet-I hope you guys are having an AMAZING time!

    xox, Lena

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  12. oh my goodness.... cuteness!!! and precious !!

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  13. beautiful beautiful! Her dress is absolutely gorg...

    and {av}, have fun - I love Cambria!

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  14. aw, such beautiful photos!! great picks. <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

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  15. I LOVE these photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. {av} you know how to pick 'em! Loved this post by Lena about that sweet couple...what an amazing way celebrate your love!! That is a gorgeous couple :) Lena caught some fantastic moments!

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  17. PS - hope you're having fun on vacation!

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  18. oh my goodness I love her dress! This makes me want to elope haha

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  19. Beautiful. And so, so simple. I'm smitten.

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  20. i love this post! after getting married at sf city hall i have sweet spot for all weddings i see there :) thank you lena!

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  21. I LOVE and ADORE San Francisco City Hall Weddings. They are intimate and fun. City Hall is one of the best places to get married so not to consider it for the intimate wedding would be a miss. Unless planning a wine country wedding or a big event, this venue should be on everyone's list. San Francisco City Hall is indeed a one of the kind place.

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