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Zaneta and Brian’s W Hotel Wedding Photography

August 5, 2015

Zaneta & Brian

W Hotel Wedding Photography

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One morning in early January, we were brainstorming over brunch about our wedding day.

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Should it be in SF, Oakland, or wine country? Outdoor or indoor? Church or civil ceremony? All the options started to feel overwhelmingly obnoxious.

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Then we threw it out there – wouldn’t it be great if we just invited our family and friends to a party, and surprised them with our wedding ceremony?

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Brian thought about it for a few seconds, smiled, then nodded his head.

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How exciting it would be to have a surprise wedding!

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A couple weeks later, we started looking at possible venues in Oakland and San Francisco.  When we saw the Terrace Room at the W San Francisco, we knew that was where we wanted to be married.

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The room was the perfect size; the light that came in through the floor to ceiling windows made the room glow; and the light fixture above would provide the perfect hue of purple – Brian’s favorite color.

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We spent the next few months planning our perfect wedding day.

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We sent invitations to our family and friends to join us to celebrate our engagement.

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We had to be careful to only speak of the event as the “Engagement Party” so we didn’t slip up and spoil the surprise.

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Whenever anyone else would ask if there was more to the Engagement Party, we quickly skirted around their suspicions.

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We revealed to our parents, our boys, and our wedding party of our clandestine plan to wed at our Engagement Party only a few days before the event.

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We had them promise to keep it a secret (though we knew the likelihood for our family to hold the news to be unlikely).

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The Engagement Party started with cocktail hour at the W’s Upstairs Bar. We welcomed our guests with hugs, kisses, and many drinks.

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Then we snuck away with our wedding party to “take pictures”. Meanwhile, our guests were ushered to the Terrace Room for dinner.

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Brian’s father welcomed everyone to our Engagement Party, and revealed that they were shortly to witness our nuptials!

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We incorporated traditions from our respective cultures into our wedding ceremony.

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The Veil, Cord, and Coin ceremonies symbolize our faithful love, our infinite bond, and our promise to support each other.

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Brian presented Zaneta with three rings: one to symbolize our engagement, one to symbolize our marriage, and one to symbolize motherhood.

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Our cake topper was a Lego bride and groom that was used as our “Facebook announcement” of our engagement. While not a cultural tradition, Legos are a part of our daily lives as our boys can’t get enough of them!

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Our Engagement Party a.k.a. Wedding was as we had imagined – filled with surprise, joy, and lots of love!

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Download 2015 Prices PDF

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Venue & Catering: W San Francisco

Wedding Planner: Sanli Yang

Cakes & Desserts: The Cakemaker

Photography: Apollo Fotografie

DJ & Entertainment: Verducci Event Productions

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Read the letter from the bride and groom
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One morning in early January, we were brainstorming over brunch about our wedding day.  Should it be in SF, Oakland, or wine country? Outdoor or indoor? Church or civil ceremony?  All the options started to feel overwhelmingly obnoxious.  Then we threw it out there – wouldn’t it be great if we just invited our family and friends to a party, and surprised them with our wedding ceremony? Brian thought about it for a few seconds, smiled, then nodded his head.  How exciting it would be to have a surprise wedding!
A couple weeks later, we started looking at possible venues in Oakland and San Francisco.  When we saw the Terrace Room at the W San Francisco, we knew that was where we wanted to be married.  The room was the perfect size; the light that came in through the floor to ceiling windows made the room glow; and the light fixture above would provide the perfect hue of purple – Brian’s favorite color.
We spent the next few months planning our perfect wedding day. We sent invitations to our family and friends to join us to celebrate our engagement. We had to be careful to only speak of the event as the “Engagement Party” so we didn’t slip up and spoil the surprise. Whenever anyone else would ask if there was more to the Engagement Party, we quickly skirted around their suspicions. We revealed to our parents, our boys, and our wedding party of our clandestine plan to wed at our Engagement Party only a few days before the event. We had them promise to keep it a secret (though we knew the likelihood for our family to hold the news to be unlikely).
The Engagement Party started with cocktail hour at the W’s Upstairs Bar. We welcomed our guests with hugs, kisses, and many drinks. Then we snuck away with our wedding party to “take pictures”. Meanwhile, our guests were ushered to the Terrace Room for dinner.  Brian’s father welcomed everyone to our Engagement Party, and revealed that they were shortly to witness our nuptials!
We incorporated traditions from our respective cultures into our wedding ceremony. The Veil, Cord, and Coin ceremonies symbolize our faithful love, our infinite bond, and our promise to support each other. Brian presented Zaneta with three rings: one to symbolize our engagement, one to symbolize our marriage, and one to symbolize motherhood.  Our cake topper was a Lego bride and groom that was used as our “Facebook announcement” of our engagement. While not a cultural tradition, Legos are a part of our daily lives as our boys can’t get enough of them!
Our Engagement Party a.k.a. Wedding was as we had imagined – filled with surprise, joy, and lots of love!

Zaneta and Brian’s W Hotel wedding photography by Apollo Fotografie

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