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When we first learned that Diana and Daniel’s wedding will be taking place at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco we knew right away to expect an elegant and stylish day. Their engagement session at Embarcadero was just awesome and we learned that they’re up for pretty much any crazy & creative idea we have :)

On the wedding day we went to the Legion of Honor for portraits and had a ton of fun there! One of the benefits of having a slightly off-season wedding is that you can pick a very popular, usually crowded, location for your photos and still be the only wedding party there. We still had a bit of time left before the ceremony started and we decided to also roam the Palace Hotel for portrait locations.

Wedding gown detail and red wedding shoes

Bridal portrait with red wedding shoes

Bridal preparations with bridesmaids

Putting on the shoes

Medium-sized black feline

Groomsmen shot with shadows at the Legion of Honor

Playing with the veil at Legion of Honor

Diana and Daniel Bride and Groom Portrait

Photo of Bride at Legion of Honor

Bridal party walking

We love shooting in older San Francisco hotels with their antique benches and sofas, big lobbies, lush greenery, awesome mirrors, columns and curtains. We could literally spend hours and hours with the variety of scenes and backgrounds available.

Bridal Portrait at the Palace Hotel San Francisco

Dancing at the Palace Hotel

This Palace Hotel wedding had a Chuppah ceremony held in the Sunset Court where we absolutely loved the beautifully tall domed-glass ceilings.

Ceremony at the Palace Hotel Wedding

Chuppah ceremony in the Sunset Court

This hotel simply exudes luxury in every way and the reception at the charming Grand Ballroom was prepped with gorgeous details, a great band, and some colorful lighting which added great colors to the backgrounds of all the reception shots.

Palace Hotel Wedding San Francisco

Reception Dancing at the Grand Ballroom

Bride and Groom Dancing in San Francisco

Black and White Photo of Bride and Groom

Sharing a kiss inside the Grand Ballroom of the Palace

As a special performance, a belly dancer was invited to entertain and dazzle the audience with her abilities:

Belly Dancer at wedding reception

Belly Dancer Performance at Wedding

This was the last wedding of the year for Choco Studio and we are happy to have shot such a spectacular event for our season finale. We are very much looking forward to some down time, spending more time with friends, snowboarding in Tahoe, planning our own wedding, and even going to a couple of very tropical destinations :) The break in between the weddings is not for long, however, and next year’s events are starting right up again in January!

To view one more gorgeous Palace Hotel wedding photographed by Choco Studio visit San Francisco Palace Hotel 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.