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It’s dark and rainy outside which pretty much means that the wedding season is mostly over. We had an amazing summer and fall full of fabulous weddings, each of them was different but all were beautiful and full of emotion. As promised, we are starting to catch up on blogging all of the gorgeous weddings we had a chance to photograph in San Francisco and around it.

We want to start off this series of posts with Yelena and Andrey’s wedding at the beautiful Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. Natasha and I felt a connection to this fun couple from the first time we met and we knew that their wedding will be full of emotion and wonderful candids.

This day started off with preparations and the “first look” at Hotel Nikko. It seems that the majority of Choco Studio couples this year have chosen to see each other before the ceremony and we couldn’t be more happy about it! Yelena and Andrey had the biggest limo we’ve ever seen: there were 14 people in it and it seemed to only be half full. We spent a couple of hours touring the city and hitting all of the great photo locations including The Embarcadero and Legion of Honor. We returned back to Hotel Nikko right in time for the ceremony and reception.

We’ve shot at Hotel Nikko before and were super excited to be there again. Their decor and lighting of the ballrooms is spectacular. The reception ballroom in particular is absolutely stunning with giant yellow lights that line the ceiling and great textures throughout. We could shoot there all day!

Here are some of our favorites from the day:

A quick portrait of Yelena just before she saw Andrey for the first time. I have to say that I absolutely adore veils. Nothing screams “wedding” to me more than a beautiful veil. This is one of my absolute favorites from the day and I love how calm and absolutely stunning Yelena is here:

Bridal portrait at Hotel Nikko

This moment makes me happy every time I look at it :) Mike caught it from the back of the limo where we were sitting:

Hotel Nikko wedding - Candid Moment in the Limo

Yet one more reason to love Hotel Nikko – there’s a stunning view from each and every one of their rooms:
View from Hotel Nikko on Wedding Day

A favorite moment of ours from their ceremony:
Emotional Moment during the Wedding Ceremony at Hotel Nikko

Bride and Groom Portrait

The bridal party was a ton of fun! :)
Bridal Party photo at Legion of Honor

Portrait at The Embarcadero in San Francisco

Photo at The Embarcadero in San Francisco

Bridal Portrait

There was an abundance of super colorful hors d’Å“uvres and I couldn’t stop taking pictures of these pretty things:
Details at a Hotel Nikko Wedding

The spectacular ballroom was meticulously decorated by Amazing Flowers and Events:
Reception Room details at Hotel Nikko

One more of my very favorites: Yelena and Andrey’s amazingly touching and emotional first dance:
Emotional Moment during the First Dance at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco

Congratulations to this wonderful couple! We were happy to capture each moment of your wedding day.

Here are the vendors that helped make this day special:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hotel Nikko
Wedding Coordinator: Amazing Flowers & Events
DJ/Band: Regina’s All Star’s Band
Florals: Amazing Flowers & Events


To view another gorgeous Hotel Nikko wedding photographed by Choco Studio visit Hotel Nikko Wedding Photos

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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.