When Pat and Tony originally reached out to inquire about my services for their Metropolitan Club of San Francisco wedding, they immediately disclosed that they were a referral from former wedding clients. Lo and behold, I was incredibly ecstatic to find out that they were reaching out because I had photographed the wedding of Tony’s son. Ana and Andrew remain incredibly special to me and I have kept track of Ana since 2017 thanks to the wonders of the internet. Honestly, the best compliment I can ever be given is to be hired by the same family again and again and I really try to never take it for granted.
Pat and Tony had an unusual story and one that I find enthusiastically filled with adventure, love, and above all, friendship. They began as coworkers for close to thirty years, but when a few years after Tony was widowed, he and Pat molded their longstanding friendship into a romantic one. Today, they are both retired and love to travel endlessly, with Australia and Fiji already checked off their lists and trips to Buenos Aires and Antarctica coming up.
I chided Pat when she originally reached out that there was “romantic hope for me yet” as it was her first marriage, which led to a conversation about how difficult it is to give up a lifetime of independence for shared compromise. Though, I can imagine, that if I found someone with the means, ability, and desire to travel as much as I do, that compromise would be absolutely worth it and wonderfully fulfilling. In my time with Pat and Tony, they left an indelible impression on me of a couple that is respectful of each other, committed to a life of curiosity and wonder, and share identical values of focusing on quality time with their loved ones above all else. Their wedding was the perfect representation of their shared goals.
Pat and Tony held an intimate, but elegant sophisticated soiree with an understated Alice in Wonderland theme (y’all, the cake was to DIE for fun) and the Metropolitan Club of San Francisco was the perfect indoor wedding venue choice for this Bay area-based couple. I, for one, didn’t even realize the Metropolitan Club of San Francisco existed and I found their history to be fascinating. Located just off the edge of Union Square, the club was founded in 1915 as the Women’s Athletic Club of San Francisco. It grew into the first women’s athletic and social club on the West Coast and when it opened in 1917, it offered a wealth of sports for its members: gymnastics, swimming, dancing, basketball, fencing, and tennis in the city’s first indoor tennis court. It had a spa with Turkish
baths, massage, and hair styling. By 1966, it had grown into a part-time social club, including dining, a bar, events, and lectures. Today, it’s stunningly beautiful building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Venue: Metropolitan Club of San Francisco | Planning and Coordination: Maria Cunningham | Florist: Absolute Elegance | Bakery: Copenhagen Bakery | Catering: Metropolitan Club | DJ: Spintronix | Wedding Attire: Janene’s Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse | Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Jasmine
Timeless and elegant indoor San Francisco Wedding Venues
The Metropolitan Club of San Francisco is not the only premier wedding venue that offers sophistication and elegance for couples looking to get married in San Francisco. Although, it’s a wonderful choice of venue and one that lent itself well to an indoor ceremony. With its prime location just on the edge of Union Square, a Metropolitan Club of San Francisco wedding will allow your guests to pick from any number of hotels in the area, fitting an expansive range of budgets. I found the venue to be the perfect fit for Pat and Tony, who wanted a subdued, but elegant affair, that was highlighted by the grand and glamorous ambiance of the ballroom, dance floor, and bar area. To be short – this place has a timeless charm.
Other fantastic and elegant San Francisco wedding venues include The Fairmont San Francisco, a historic hotel located in the heart of Nob Hill. With breathtaking views of the city skyline and the Bay, the Fairmont offers elegant ballrooms and banquet halls that require minimal decor for your big day. Add in those luxurious accommodations, the charm of Nob Hill, and The Fairmont San Francisco is a historic hotel located in the heart of San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood. It features breathtaking views of the city skyline and Bay, as well as elegant ballrooms and banquet halls perfect for a glamorous wedding reception. The hotel’s luxurious accommodations and exceptional service make it an ideal choice for a sophisticated wedding celebration.
The Palace Hotel is an icon of San Francisco. Exuding luxury and elegance, the grand ballroom is adorned with crystal chandeliers and marble columns, providing the perfect indoor San Francisco wedding venue. With 44,000 feet to offer up for a wedding reception, you can have a party as grand or as intimate as you like. The Sunset Court is a stand out with a bit of a surprise built-in: set below a glass-domed ceiling the space is nothing if not the ultimate in romance.
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