The Chapel SF Wedding Photos – Wallis & David
Here is a photographer curated collection of photos from Wallis and David’s wedding at The Chapel SF. It was such an awesome day and we were so happy we were able to be there for this rad couple’s big day!
” If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Photography: Apollo Fotografie
Venue: The Chapel SF
Hair & Make up: Taylor Cercone – Tay C Styles
Officiant: Tim McCarthy
Event Rentals & Decor: The Chapel SF
Florals: Busy Bee’s Florals
Dress: Amy Kuschel
Tux: Wilkes Bashford
Videography: Apollo Fotografie
Band: Lucky Devil’s Band
Dessert:The Chapel SF
Catering: The Chapel SF
From the couple:
David and I met the old fashioned way — online. We went on three dates 2 years before we became a couple and the timing wasn’t right for either of us and we parted ways. 2 years later, I got a random Facebook message from David (who was on holiday in Spain) seeing how I was. Turns out my new office was down the street from his house…. so we met for a beer and the rest is history. I moved in 6 months later, then a year after that we were engaged.
We got engaged in Spain (which has now become “our place”) at the end of 2017. I knew David had the ring, and I anticipated the proposal happening on our vacation, but he still surprised the hell out of me. We were in San Sebastian and were spending the night at this gorgeous boutique hotel along the coast where we had reservations for a lovely dinner.
We arrived in time for lunch and we went to grab a glass of wine on the balcony before our reservation. David had told the staff what was happening so when he asked our waitress to take a picture, she knew to actually record the video. It was perfect – just the two of us and the waitress, sun shining, crispy fall air, and the ocean. After the proposal, we had an amazing lunch, then the next day returned to Barcelona and stopped at all the places David went on the trip where he messaged me to reconnect.
We got married at a music venue, so the theme was just “cool.” which you can see in The Chapel SF wedding photos. We wanted to throw a killer party, with great music and food. There wasn’t really a design motif since the venue was already beautiful. But we created a night that was a mixture of classic romance with a mixture of rocker edge with a dash of gothic darkness.
For my look, I wanted a classic dress that was simple and comfortable because I knew I wanted a bright hair color. I wasn’t one of those little girls who dreamed about her wedding from an early age, but I always wanted to be a rocker chick. So having purple hair at my wedding was a nod to my teenage self and to the rocker vibe of the venue. My bridesmaids were all on various styles of long black dresses, which fit the vibe perfectly.
David wanted to look like John Cusack, haha! We both love the movie High Fidelity and its notions on love. So that combined with getting married at a music venue. David and his groomsmen opted to wear black suits, white shirts, and skinny ties. It was perfect. David’s groomsmen were also in black suits, white shirts, black ties. The ring bearers and flower girl were a little more dressy wearing tuxedos and a gorgeous black dress with a huge tulle skirt. Her outfit is best described as punk ballerina.
We went to the flower market with our florist and were drawn to purples and neutral colors. I wanted the bridesmaids to have all white bouquets and for my bouquet to have pops of color, but we didn’t want anything to clash with the venue walls, which were red. Then we trusted the florist to put them together based on our vision and it was perfection.
One of our friends married us. He is the husband of one of my bridesmaids and we admire his view of love, friendship, and family. We had a conversation with him about the ceremony and gave him the above themes to work with and he wow-ed us with his ceremony. It focused on friendship, respect, and balance in love. The ceremony itself was quick – 15 minutes. We wrote our own vows in addition to Tim’s ceremony. It was sentimental, funny, and people really seemed to respond in an emotional was, which warmed out hearts.
The aisle was simple – it had soft candle light that led to the stairs to get up on stage where my future husband was waiting. The stage itself had monitors, etc. for music, so we placed flowers and candles to mask it. The reception was in the same place as the ceremony and we had a cocktail/appetizer hour, then a sit down family-style dinner, then a live band with dancing. The food was AMAZING, the wine was flowing, and then the dancing began.
Reception & Dinner:
Dinner – long tables without assigned seating, we wanted people to mingle. There were floral centerpieces on each table, and candle light lining the perimeter of the room. We had a sweetheart table, which allowed people to come to us to say hello. Dancing: We had a live band (DUH – music venue!) who just rocked it. They had people dancing the entire night and David even joined them on stage to sing Sweet Caroline. He and I also got on stage and sang Don’t Stop Believing with the band while our friends all held up candles – we felt like Rockstar’s.
There was a photo booth that everyone enjoyed immensely and the vibe of the wedding was just fun and chill and music-filled. Do what you want for your wedding. This is your day, not your families, not your friends, not that random insanely huge wedding you saw on Instagram. You do not need to please anyone but yourselves. Also, in wedding planning and in life, don’t sweat the small stuff. Little things will go wrong, but they will not derail your entire night. Lastly, take moments for yourself. The whole wedding day is a whirlwind and to quote Ferris Beuller ” If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So be sure to take moments for you and your partner to really soak in the day.
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From the photographer:
At Apollo Fotografie it’s safe to say we love love. Like a lot. Our skilled professional photographers are passionate about their work. Our photographers are trained in a light and airy cinematic storytelling style. This is what makes us some of the best photographers in the Bay Area. We specialize in surprise engagements, engagement photography, San Francisco City Hall ceremonies, elopements, and weddings. Let us help you document your love! Whether you’re in San Francisco, the Bay Area, or beyond. Contact us Apollo Fotografie today for pricing and availability.