Grace Cathedral Wedding and Julia Morgan Ballroom Reception // Mo + Ryan

       Mo and Ryan have traveled the world together, exploring the waters and reefs of Australia and hiking Japan's Mt. Fuji for an epic proposal. They're a perfect team of adventurers. On their wedding day, the world came to them. Their friends and family traveled to San Francisco, gathering together for a joyous weekend to celebrate their love. 

       On a sunny September day, the couple got ready in their respective rooms at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins. Ryan was poised, on point, ready to go: with a tweak of his bowtie, he was dressed way before any of his six groomsmen. Mo relaxed in her silk bride's robe, lounging with the gals on the bed, swapping jokes and sipping champagne, before stepping into her gorgeous wedding gown.

 Groom prep. Wedding photos at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, SF. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Groom prep. Wedding photos at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, SF. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Groom prep featuring crisp monogrammed cuffs. Wedding photos at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, SF. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Groom prep featuring crisp monogrammed cuffs. Wedding photos at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, SF. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Mark Hopkins Hotel groom wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Mark Hopkins Hotel groom wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 That dress! Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

That dress! Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep bridal party photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep bridal party photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Mom helps the bride put on her stunning wedding dress. Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Mom helps the bride put on her stunning wedding dress. Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. All the pretty details. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. All the pretty details. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Mark Hopkins Hotel wedding prep photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The groom's team at Huntington Park. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The groom's team at Huntington Park. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 It's all about to start! Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

It's all about to start! Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Ready. Set. Go! Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Ready. Set. Go! Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The bride and her entourage embark from the Mark to Grace. © Bowerbird Photography 2016.

The bride and her entourage embark from the Mark to Grace. © Bowerbird Photography 2016.

       Entering the vaulted ceiling of Grace Cathedral, one can't help but feel lifted by the grand space. The light was subdued, and the stain glass windows softly glowed from above. The bride entered with her dad, walking directly across the cathedral's Chartres labyrinth, her aim straight and true for her groom down the aisle. 

 Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. . © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. . © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Usher meets guests at Grace Cathedral.  © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Usher meets guests at Grace Cathedral.  © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Ushering with style. Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Ushering with style. Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Vestments. Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Vestments. Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The flower girls are adorable! Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The flower girls are adorable! Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. The bride's entrance. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. The bride's entrance. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. The bride's entrance. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Wedding photos at Grace Cathedral. The bride's entrance. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Grace Cathedral, SF. The groom sees his bride for the first time down the aisle. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Grace Cathedral, SF. The groom sees his bride for the first time down the aisle. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Grace Cathedral, SF, for a majestic wedding. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Grace Cathedral, SF, for a majestic wedding. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The bride and groom at Grace Cathedral , SF. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The bride and groom at Grace Cathedral , SF. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 

       After a beautiful ceremony, and a small detour to pick up more champagne for the thirsty bridal party, the limo parked at the SF Botanical Garden for couple's photos.  With its diverse plant collection and varied foliage, from maple leaves to palm fronds, the bride and groom looked as if they traveled the world in a few short steps. Beautiful backgrounds for a stunning couple!

 

 The couple kiss in front of San Francisco's iconic cable cars. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The couple kiss in front of San Francisco's iconic cable cars. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Champagne in the limo © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Champagne in the limo © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Champagne in the limo © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Champagne in the limo © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 A portrait of the bride. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

A portrait of the bride. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The bridesmaids at the SF Botanical Garden © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The bridesmaids at the SF Botanical Garden © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The groomsmen at the SF Botanical Garden © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The groomsmen at the SF Botanical Garden © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The crowd goes cray-zy with that kiss, SF Botanical Garden. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The crowd goes cray-zy with that kiss, SF Botanical Garden. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The SF Botanical Gardens serve as a beautiful backdrop for the couples photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The SF Botanical Gardens serve as a beautiful backdrop for the couples photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 She got her guy! Wedding photos at the SF Botanical Garden. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

She got her guy! Wedding photos at the SF Botanical Garden. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 SF Botanical Garden wedding couple's photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

SF Botanical Garden wedding couple's photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 SF Botanical Garden wedding couple's photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

SF Botanical Garden wedding couple's photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. Here the bride and groom in a tropical paradise! © Bowerbird Photography 2016

SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. Here the bride and groom in a tropical paradise! © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Perfection! SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Perfection! SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Romance under the trees. SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Romance under the trees. SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 An ideal couple in an idyllic spot. SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

An ideal couple in an idyllic spot. SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Genuine, unabashed joy! SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Genuine, unabashed joy! SF Botanical Garden wedding photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

       The Julia Morgan Ballroom is a sumptuously elegant space for a wedding reception with its stone fireplaces, contoured ceilings, and hardwood paneled walls. After the cocktail hour, the bride and groom made a grand entrance transitioning to a beautiful first dance. Toasts and dinner followed. The mood was jubilant: the bride and groom's joy was contagious. Dancing was unrestrained and celebratory. Even Mo's grandmother was coaxed onto the dance floor to show off her moves. The guests were game for anything: the conga line, the Italian chicken dance, the electric slide.... bring it on! It was such a pleasure to see families and friends coming together and dancing. Everyone was moving with such enthusiasm and love in their hearts for the couple. Mo + Ryan, danced together, in the whirling center, pausing only to kiss.

 The Julia Morgan Ballroom has a grand entrance, but the bride and groom definitely make it swoon-worthy! © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The Julia Morgan Ballroom has a grand entrance, but the bride and groom definitely make it swoon-worthy! © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Julia Morgan Ballroom, detail of wedding cake. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Julia Morgan Ballroom, detail of wedding cake. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Everything perfectly laid out at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Purple, Blue, and Red. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Everything perfectly laid out at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Purple, Blue, and Red. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The table layout at the Julia Morgan Ballroom is beautiful! © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The table layout at the Julia Morgan Ballroom is beautiful! © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Julia Morgan Ballroom cocktail hour. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Julia Morgan Ballroom cocktail hour. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Julia Morgan Ballroom cocktail hour. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Julia Morgan Ballroom cocktail hour. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Julia Morgan Ballroom cocktail hour. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Julia Morgan Ballroom cocktail hour. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Julia Morgan Ballroom cocktail hour. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Julia Morgan Ballroom cocktail hour. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 First dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

First dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 First dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

First dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 First dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

First dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 First dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

First dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 First dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

First dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Mom's wedding toast!  Julia Morgan Ballroom, wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Mom's wedding toast!  Julia Morgan Ballroom, wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Dad's wedding toast!  Julia Morgan Ballroom, wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Dad's wedding toast!  Julia Morgan Ballroom, wedding reception photos. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 This is what a reception at the Julia Morgan Ballroom looks like. Dining to the nines! © Bowerbird Photography 2016

This is what a reception at the Julia Morgan Ballroom looks like. Dining to the nines! © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Photo with Grandma. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Photo with Grandma. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 These little girls were ready to dance. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

These little girls were ready to dance. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Sister's toast. Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Sister's toast. Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The bride and groom enjoy their meal at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The bride and groom enjoy their meal at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Groomsman's toast at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Groomsman's toast at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 At the Julia Morgan Ballroom, the bride and groom cut their wedding cake. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

At the Julia Morgan Ballroom, the bride and groom cut their wedding cake. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 At the Julia Morgan Ballroom, the bride and groom cut their wedding cake. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

At the Julia Morgan Ballroom, the bride and groom cut their wedding cake. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 These kids can't wait for their turn to try some wedding cake, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

These kids can't wait for their turn to try some wedding cake, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The bride and her dad dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The bride and her dad dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The groom and his mom dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The groom and his mom dance at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Everybody's excited that Grandma wants to dance with the bride! Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Everybody's excited that Grandma wants to dance with the bride! Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Everybody's shaking it on the dance floor. Julia Morgan Ballroom in SF. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Everybody's shaking it on the dance floor. Julia Morgan Ballroom in SF. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The bride and groom shake their groove thang at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The bride and groom shake their groove thang at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Everyone wants to get a chance to drink to the couple!  © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Everyone wants to get a chance to drink to the couple!  © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Late night dancing at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Late night dancing at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

  Late night dancing at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Late night dancing at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Late night dancing at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Late night dancing at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The dancing don't stop!  © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The dancing don't stop!  © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Bouquet toss at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Bouquet toss at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Bouquet toss at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Bouquet toss at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Garter toss at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Garter toss at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Garter toss at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Garter toss at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 The bride and groom fuel up on the dance floor with some Veuve Clicquot at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

The bride and groom fuel up on the dance floor with some Veuve Clicquot at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Hi-jinks ensue with the bride and groom on the dance floor at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Hi-jinks ensue with the bride and groom on the dance floor at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Dancing like there ain't no tomorrow, and letting it all shine out! At the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Dancing like there ain't no tomorrow, and letting it all shine out! At the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 When you love dancing and are dancing for love! At the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

When you love dancing and are dancing for love! At the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 Gotta kiss it to believe it! They are married!!!! Late night dancing at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

Gotta kiss it to believe it! They are married!!!! Late night dancing at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. © Bowerbird Photography 2016

 

       Congratulations Mo + Ryan!!! You are both extraordinary: talented, hard-working, hard-playing, and clearly meant for one another. May your happiness and love continue to shine bright and inspire us all.

xoxo,

Sam + Ariel (Bowerbird Photography)

Wedding Vendors

Wedding Planner: Chelsea Events & Floral Design, Chelsea Bowman Wonnell

Reception Venue & Catering: Julia Morgan Ballroom

Ceremony Location: Grace Cathedral

Wedding Prep Location: Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel

Florist: Floramor

Videography: Thomas Hughes Films, with Foster Chen

DJ/Sound: Verducci Event Productions

Cake/Dessert: Jasmine Rae Cakes

Photo Booth: Verducci Event Productions

Transportation: Best Way Limosines

Makeup + Hair: Belle By Marine, Taylor Monroe

Suit:  Spoon Tailor

Wedding Dress: Bridal Galleria