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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 InterContinental 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 Francis 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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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.