The historic Westin St. Francis Hotel has a classic, San Francisco style, and up on the Imperial floor, the atmosphere turns gold, with Eastern Slavik details and design where the couple's wedding ceremony and reception took place. It was a venue perfectly styled to Eugene's Ukranian heritage and Lisa's beautiful style. The couple was breathtaking to behold amid the gilded chandeliers and 14 feet tall window panes, appearing like royalty: Lisa, in a silk, white, ruffled dress, and Eugene, in a crisp dark suit adorned with a pheasant feather boutonniere.
As perfect counterpoint to the elegance and gold, Lisa + Eugene were absolutely joyful and ebullient the whole day. "This is the best wedding ever!" the bride shouted time and time again, as if she could hardly believe it wasn't a dream. It was a gorgeous dream become real.
As Eugene got dressed with his groomsmen, they all took shots of vodka, with an enthusiastic nod to the Ukraine. Then up and up he went, 32 flights, to the Imperial floor of the St. Francis, for the "first look." The bride came soon after riding the glass elevator to find him! With giddy expectation, they turned toward each other, checked each other out with huge smiles, and celebrated with a warm embrace.
The wedding ceremony took place in Victor's room, awash in light from floor-to-ceiling windows, and all watched happily as the bride came down the aisle escorted by her dad, to take her groom's hand and enjoy that wonderful moment when they were pronounced married, and kiss they did!
Congratulations Lisa + Eugene! Below, are some selected photographs that capture the amazing love and joy of your day, from getting dressed through the wedding ceremony. Check back for Part II soon, for photos of your amazing party!