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We met Michelle and Roman a few years ago when Michelle was a bridesmaid at another wedding we photographed. We were happy to see them again when they came to meet with us and tell us all about their wedding plans. It turns out that Michelle has been envisioning her dream day for quite some time now, and we knew that this vision will truly be brought to life. Michelle has also been studying in Florida these past couple of years and we can only imagine how much more difficult it was to plan the event from so far away.

We had a great time documenting Michelle and Roman’s Ritz Carlton wedding in San Francisco. But prior to their ceremony and dinner we also had a chance to visit some of San Francisco’s best sights for bridal photography.

Here are some of the favorites from their day:

Ritz Carlton San Francisco wedding photography

Nat loves to photograph wedding shoes in general and these inspired a sweet photo:

Ritz Carlton San Francisco brides shoes

Michelle was practically ready when we arrived but there was still a chance for some prep shots:

Brie getting ready for Ritz Carlton San Francisco wedding


Getting ready photos at Ritz Carlton San Francisco

This adorable little guy was all dressed up for the special occasion:

Dog in a wedding at Ritz Carlton San Francisco


Cute dog ring bearer at a wedding


Bridal preparations for Ritz Carlton San Francisco wedding

Michelle looked s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g in the veil:

Portrait of a bride through the veil

We both LOVED the unique Yael Design jewelry that graced our bride:

Photograph of a bridal jewerly

The Legion of Honor always makes for amazing classical portraits:

Bridal portrait at Legion of Honor in San Francisco

As well some a few more edgy possibilities:

Bride and groom photographed at Legion of Honor


Bride and groom at Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco

One of my favorites from the day:

Portrait of a sitting bride


Swirling bride at Legion of Honor

The ceremony was full of quiet moments as well as lighter ones:

Wedding ceremony at Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

The Ritz Carlton has a gorgeous ballroom for wedding receptions and we loved the tasteful decorations:

Wedding reception room at Ritz Carlton San Francisco

Wedding cake at a wedding reception in Ritz Carlton Hotel San Francisco

Color was just flooding the details and adding to the ambiance and mood:

Ritz Carlton San Francisco wedding photographer

Michelle and Roman had a carefully choreographed dance prepared to wow the guests:

The first dance at a wedding reception in Ritz Carlton San Francisco


Toasts at Ritz Carlton

We always try to do something different with the rings at every wedding. We loved playing with these even more because they were designed by our favorite San Francisco jewerly company – Yael Designs, the same company who designed Nat’s engagement ring and wedding day jewerly.

Photograph of Yael Designs wedding rings


Wedding reception at Ritz Carlton San Francisco


Dancing at the Ritz

Portraits for this Ritz Carlton wedding were taken just about… everywhere! The lobby is full of character and has almost infinite possibilities:

Bride and Groom portrait at Ritz Carlton San Francisco


Wedding photography at Ritz Carlton San Francisco

All of the wonderful vendors with whom we had the pleasure of working:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Wedding Planning: Inna Po of Any Occasion
Rings: Yael Designs
Jewelry: Yael Designs
Hair & Makeup: Blow Salon
Video: A&E Video
DJ/Band: Sunlight Orchestra
Florals: Bouquet Design
Catering: Fandorin Restaurant
Wedding Cake: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Chuppah: http://www.miraclechuppahs.com/

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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.