Andrea and Sean wanted a small, intimate elopement and although they reside in New York City, the options were open for the location. Andrea’s grandparents had held at Notre Dame des Victoires wedding in San Francisco, CA and so when they started looking at wedding venues, the gesture and reference to their family seemed monumental and unique. The Notre Dame des Victoires church is a small Roman church in San Francisco, CA, modeled after the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon, France. Located at the entrance to China Town, the church was founded in 1856, it was designated a historical landmark in 1984. Today, it remains an important center of San Francisco’s French community and it was the absolute perfect location for Sean and Andrea’s intimate family centric elopement.
Following the Notre Dame des Victoires wedding, we traveled slightly south of San Francisco to Half Moon Bay, CA where Andrea and Sean through a beautiful and deliciously catered dinner on the patio of the Mill Rose Inn.
Andrea and Sean had an exceptionally beautiful group of people around them that I REALLY enjoyed spending time with. They were gregarious, welcoming, and so bright. Before I left that day, one of the wedding party members followed me out to share with me her gratitude, telling me that I “made the bride’s day a little bit lighter, a little bit brighter, and a lot more fun.” The compliment brought tears to my eyes. As a photographer, my goal is not only to capture photos and images from the day, but it’s ALWAYS to make the day less stressful, to make sure everyone is comfortable, and ultimately, to make sure that everyone has fun regardless of what hiccups occur. It is incredibly rewarding to know that I often do, in fact, succeed at that.
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Notre Dame de Victoires | Reception Venue: Mill Rose Inn