Firehouse 8, Russian Hill

A unique wedding venue is relatively easy to find in San Francisco, but I stumbled upon this one quite by accident. A friend of a friend introduced me to Miriam and Shannon, and I’m so pleased they did.

We first met for brunch and a small engagement shoot on what was probably the rainiest day in San Francisco. They were just so adorable together, friendly and full of  love for each other I knew we’d have a blast at their wedding a few months later.

When I arrived at the Fairmont, it was all champagne and excitement for Miriam and her family. So much excitement! Miriam was absolutely glowing, and her dress was so unusual but the perfect choice for her. Rose gold and embroidered, the most popular detail of the dress was the fact that it had pockets!! Yes! I dare you to try to find a girl who doesn’t love pockets on a dress.

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The ceremony and reception took place at Firehouse 8, a historic San Francisco firehouse. A unique wedding venue for the quirkiest of couples, it suited them perfectly.  Miriam was walked down the aisle by her mother, and her father officiated the ceremony. With three daughters, and Miriam the youngest, this was his third and last time to marry one of his girls. He did a fantastic job, and as the couple read their vows there was not a dry eye between them. And me, to be honest. I didn’t know it at the time, but Miriam would become my best friend in San Francisco. 

I just want to say a quick word about Miriam and Shannon – they are slightly oddball, they complement each other perfectly, celebrate their differences and really are relationship goals. Shannon is a sarcastic vet, Miriam embodies Ilana from Broad City and they have recently added to their family a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback named Una. It goes without saying the reception was a blast!

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Ceremony and reception: Firehouse 8

Wedding planning: Volare Events

Photographer: Me!

Honeymoon suite: Fairmont, San Francisco