Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Wedding: Anastasia + Matt, Part 2

       This elegant wedding at the historic Intercontinental Mark Hopkins was the beautiful outcome of a simple meeting, brought together through a mutual friend.  Major props go out to the best man, Jared, for inspiring this romance!  

       Anastasia and Matt are about the most down-to-earth, warmhearted people around.  They also share many of the same interests - one of them being a love of the outdoors.  Anastasia has an expert knowledge of all sorts of wild creatures, and every time we see her we learn something new about the world.  For example, in the winter, she taught us about "king tides," showing us photos of herself dressed up as oceanic royalty.  Not too long ago, we ran into Matt in our neighborhood.  He was just returning from Point Reyes National Park -- on his bike!  These two are the loveliest people, and are perfect for each other.  We have the privilege, not only of being their wedding photographers, but also their friends.

       Earlier, we posted a sneak peek from Anastasia + Matt's beautiful wedding, featuring beautiful details of the couple preparing at the Mark Hopkins.  Now for the excitement: we want to share more wedding photos with you of their ceremony and reception.  

       Anastasia and Matt had a beautiful inter-faith ceremony with a rabbi and priest, under a birch tree chuppah and nestled in the gorgeous Room of the Dons.  This large hall is crowned by a gorgeous, gold margin of murals painted in the art deco style, by famous artists, Maynard Dixon and Frank Van Sloun.  Among other details, one got special notice.  Anastasia and Matt's dog, Raffi, is an important part of their family, and he graciously carried their wedding bands down the aisle, attached to his collar, and then, fulfilling his duty, settled down and took a little nap.  Of course, the highlight of the procession was seeing Anastasia in her classic, vintage wedding dress.  Matt's joyful expression, and the guest's excited turn to watch the bride walk down the aisle with her dad, can't be beat.

       Everybody loves Anastasia and Matt.  And they couldn't wait to join their party, opting to skip traditional couple's photos so they could catch up with old friends; however, after all the dancing ended, and the couple said goodbye to their guests, they invited us to come up to their bridal suite where their best friends and family gathered.  After dancing for hours, they were eager to kick off their shoes, and we got the sweetest photograph of a celebratory kiss, moments after Matt looked lovingly into Anastasia's eyes and realized, that they did it!  They're married!

       Congratulations, love birds!

Matt and his groomsmen. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Matt and his groomsmen. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

All the ladies :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

All the ladies :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Anastasia's cousins help pass out programs. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Anastasia's cousins help pass out programs. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Matt, beaming down the aisle, with his proud parents. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Matt, beaming down the aisle, with his proud parents. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Matt's expression as he watches his bride walk down the aisle for the first time, is priceless! San Francisco Mark Hopkins Wedding Photo.JPG

Matt's expression as he watches his bride walk down the aisle for the first time, is priceless! San Francisco Mark Hopkins Wedding Photo.JPG

Dad escorts his daughter down the aisle in a lovely, and touching moment.

Dad escorts his daughter down the aisle in a lovely, and touching moment.

The wedding ceremony. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

The wedding ceremony. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

The bride looking so happy :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

The bride looking so happy :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Puppy Raffi during the ceremony. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Puppy Raffi during the ceremony. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

So happy! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

So happy! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Smashing the glass. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Smashing the glass. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

And seal it with a kiss! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

And seal it with a kiss! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

They are married :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

They are married :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

The couple wanted a classic photograph of the two of them, reminiscent of how their grandparents looked on their wedding day.

The couple wanted a classic photograph of the two of them, reminiscent of how their grandparents looked on their wedding day.

The bride greets her guests. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

The bride greets her guests. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

The father - daughter dance.  So happy!

The father - daughter dance.  So happy!

Matt shows his mom his dance moves.

Matt shows his mom his dance moves.

Anastasia + Matt share a first dance. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Anastasia + Matt share a first dance. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

KISS! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

KISS! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

The bride and groom, after the wedding, up in their bridal suite. Time to kick off the shoes! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

The bride and groom, after the wedding, up in their bridal suite. Time to kick off the shoes! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

The bride and groom jumping on their bed after the wedding :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

The bride and groom jumping on their bed after the wedding :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Night night love birds! The bride and groom share a kiss after their wedding. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

Night night love birds! The bride and groom share a kiss after their wedding. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Mark Hopkins Hotel Wedding, San Francisco.

       There was sooo much love and celebration at this wedding, and was a joy to document.  Just look at these two --- so sweet!

xoxo,

Sam + Ariel

Photography: Bowerbird Photography

Venue: Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel

Wedding Day Coordinator: Chrissy Wolfman

Flowers: Soulflower Floral Design

Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel