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Nat and I have recently had the pleasure of shooting Natalya and Rob’s amazing wedding. The art we create is always a collaboration – an equal effort by us as well as the couples we photograph. Natalya and Rob seemed to always get our style and it was a thrill to be with them on their wedding day.

Both the ceremony and reception took place at Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Union Square. We love photographing weddings there – for couples who want that quintessential San Francisco wedding experience, this historic 1928 hotel is a true stunner. From the Italian Renaissance lobby decorated with antique crystal chandeliers, gilded ceilings and a sweeping staircase to the famed Harry Denton’s Starlight Room offering the best sunset views in town, Sir Francis Drake Hotel is 1920s glamour at its best! We really love the stylish, romantic feel of this boutique hotel and the weddings we shoot there always turn out amazing.

The day started at Blow, a fun and lively salon in downtown San Francisco that offers great wedding hair and makeup services. Doesn’t the bride look simply stunning?

Union Square Wedding

The walls at Natalya’s house were beyond belief, we could have stayed and photographed there forever!

Union Square Hotel Wedding Photography

Sir Francis Drake Hotel Wedding Photographer

The bridal party was a blast! The energy level was there all day:

Sir Francis Drake Wedding Bridal Party

For couple portraits, we visited the brick Hills Bros. building on the beautiful Embarcadero and then headed to Nob Hill where historic sunlit mansions provided a cinematic backdrop:

Bride and groom portrait at Bay Bridge San Francisco

So many wonderful settings on Nob Hill:

Bride portrait on Nob Hill

Bridal portrait Sir Francis Drake Hotel

The couple exchanged vows in the extravagant Franciscan Room, which with its velvet drapes, hand-painted murals and gold-embossed ceiling, needed little additional decoration.

Sir Francis Drake Hotel Wedding ceremony

Sir Francis Drake Wedding Ceremony

We love how this magnificent wall sconce illuminates Natalya’s show-stopping gown:

Bride portrait at Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Sir Francis Drake lobby bride and groom portrait

With its lush, bright-colored wedding palette, the details of the day were simply exquisite: The Empire Ballroom’s ornate chandeliers, preserved since the erection of the historic hotel, illuminate the lavish reception. Feathers and monochromatic floral arrangements in pillars highlight the 1920s glamour feel of the room. All the details of the day were simply exquisite:

Sir Francis Drake Hotel wedding reception details

Sir Francis Drake Hotel Wedding reception room


Sir Francis Drake Hotel ballroom

HUGE congratulations to this wonderful couple :) We were so happy to be a part of your big day!

Natalya and Rob’s wedding has been featured on Project Wedding’s Wedding of the Week!


3 Comments September 18, 2008
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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.