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Anna and Gene’s Wedding at Mark Hopkins Hotel


The winter months are usually a quiet time for weddings, but that didn’t stop Anna and Gene from having a spectacular wedding this January at the legendary Mark Hopkins“>Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco. As luxurious now as when it opened in 1926, InterContinental Mark Hopkins is one of San Francisco’s finest hotel wedding venues – located at the crossing of three cable car lines, Mark Hopkins has plenty of event facilities for different sizes of celebrations.

There was no shortage of gorgeous details, special lighting, and emotions for us to photograph on this big day. We loved shooting at Mark Hopkins hotel and this wedding was beautiful in every way:

Mark Hopkins Wedding Reception

Decorated with chandeliers and dark carpets, Mark Hopkins’ moody lobbies provided great background for classy portraits.

Bride and groom portrait at Mark Hopkins Hotel

We love working with inside and outside lighting to create a full spectrum of photographs, so prior to the hotel reception, we accompanied the happy couple to several San Francisco hot spots for memorable daylight portraits. We had a great time taking photos on the Embarcadero, inside the Sir Frances Drake Hotel, and of course, around Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill.

Portrait of Bride

Bridal portrait

Groom holding bouquet

Wedding Photo at Mark Hopkins Hotel

Bridal Party on The Embarcadero

Edgy bride and groom portrait

Photo of Bride at Mark Hopkins Hotel

I’ve known Gene since we went to college together, so it was a true honor to take part in his wedding day.

Groom at Mark Hopkins Hotel

Creative groomsmen photo by Mark Hopkins Hotel

The bride looked magnificent thanks to make-up by Annette Avilla at Lavish Salon in San Francisco.

Reflection of bride on her wedding day

Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding Photo

How spectacular is the city view from the top of Mark Hopkins Hotel??

View from Mark Hopkins Hotel

There was no shortage of gorgeous details, special lighting, and emotions for us to photograph on this big day. The Jewish wedding ceremony sparkled thanks to this beautiful Chuppah provided by “Miracle Chuppahs”:

Chuppah wedding ceremony at Mark Hopkins Hotel

The reception room at Mark Hopkins was beautifully lit and decorated with dramatic white orchid bouquets by Amazing Flowers and Events.

Ballroom Wedding reception at Mark Hopkins

Music by Sunlight Orchestra really got the crowd going!

First Dance at reception at Mark Hopkins

The toasts went on all night:

Bride and Groom toast at Mark Hopkins

Wedding details inside the ballroom at Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins Hotel fun wedding reception

Reception dinner decor at Mark Hopkins

We love working with talented videographers, so it was a true pleasure to work with Bob of Video Madness:

Talented videographer of Video Madness

Ballroom centerpieces at Mark Hopkins

Beautifully lit reception in Ballroom at Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco

Of course, no wedding would be complete without the food. I think it’s fair to say that catering by Beli Deli never disappoints :)

Wedding desert buffet Mark Hopkins

Desert at a wedding reception San Francisco

We loved shooting Anna & Gene’s wedding because of our personal connection to the couple and the beautifully dramatic setting of the Mark Hopkins Hotel.

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  1. Thank you, guys!

    Megan: not sure who did the lighting for this one, but we’ve worked with before and LOVED the results.

  2. Katia Bocarius says:

    Nelya, great job, as usual!! The room looks awesome!!

    Natasha, pictures r amazing!

  3. Lana Leykin says:

    Great Job!! As always.

    The love, the emotions. We can see it all in those pictures.

  4. Irene Reykhel says:

    Pictures are awesome!
    I wish your whole life will be as beautiful as this wedding day!

  5. Stefan Nesterov says:

    stunning – as usual

  6. Your work is incredible…
    You are the best, my favorite vendors!!!!
    Always pleasure to work with you. Wish you all the best.

  7. Victoria Malinowskya says:


  8. Maya Shteyn says:

    Photos are phenomenal – you guys are so talented!

    What an awesome job, so glad to see your business flourish. You are the best!!!!

  9. Diana Leventhal says:


  10. Megan Nguyen says:

    breathtaking…this is a great inspiration for our own wedding. do you guys know who was their lighting specialist?

  11. Angie Colantuono Soysa says:

    Beautiful pix once again guys !

  12. Madeleine says:

    As always, y’alls pictures are gorgeous! I love them all :)

  13. Eunice Johnson says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  14. Joe says:

    I love these pictures. The color of the pictures are very rich, and the lighting is controlled very professional. It is not easy to take especially in dark area. The exposure are controlled very professional!!..

  15. Celia Nudelman says:

    Pictures are awesome!
    The most beautiful wedding day!!!!

  16. Brandon says:

    Great set of shots. I really like your group shots and your processing is great.

  17. Mitch Miller says:

    Love the depth of color in the detail shots. Very nice. I also like the image with the bridesmaids (and bride) walking toward you; their expressions look like they’re having so much fun.

  18. I just love the detail and colour in your photography. The bride and groom photos are just gorgeous. The detail photos are second to none. Great work.