Alicia & Raj's Wedding
SF City Hall. San Francisco, CA
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SF City Hall. San Francisco, CA
Alicia and Scott’s wedding day was all about family. Having been together for many years, they wanted a small and intimate celebration with their beautiful children (who were already young adults) as well as closest family and friends.
They celebrated in style at the Fairmont Heritage Place in San Francisco’s lively Ghirardelli Square. The groom got ready in no time and was busy setting up the ceremony site, while Alicia and the girls had the hardest time picking out which shoes she would wear (she brought 3 pairs!). In the end, Alicia looked stunning and almost angel-like in her dress and was greeted by her groom, who couldn't help but get teary-eyed when he saw her walking down the aisle.
The tears of joy kept flowing and the look of happiness on everyone's faces was so contagious that we couldn't help but smile while photographing the short, but heartfelt ceremony. Alicia and Scott were finally husband and wife!
After the couple cut the cake and had their first dance, the guests headed down to McCormick & Kuleto's for some amazing food and we snuck away for a few portraits with the newlyweds around the Fairmont Hotel and Ghirardelli Square. They re-joined their guests soon after and were greeted with a warm welcome to their first dinner together as husband and wife.
It was an honor for us to be there to see and capture such an important moment for them. Having already been such a wonderful part of each other's lives for many years, they certainly have a lot to be proud of and so much more to look forward to!
Born in Bogotá, Colombia and having spent her childhood in Miami, Rahysa was always more concerned with serving her community than looking for a boyfriend. During holiday seasons, she would always accompany her father, an entrepreneur, to a homeless shelter in South Florida, where they would distribute toys to children. Her heart was always on activities to help others.
It wasn’t until 2006, that she was introduced to Christopher, a fellow University of Miami undergraduate, by mutual friends at a football game against Florida State. She was not intrigued. His face was painted the Miami school colors of orange and green that got streaked in the rain.
Fast forward a few months, they reconnected at Tavern in the Grove, a local bar where Rahysa, dressed in a silk dress and heels, was waiting for a friend. Christopher asked if she wanted a cocktail. Rahysa declined, but Christopher followed up with a friendly invitation to dinner, to which she couldn’t say no since she loved food and found him much more attractive without paint on his face. The first date went well and they really hit it off. They made fun of each other, laughed, and couldn’t wait to get to know each other better.
A couple of years ago, they bought a house together in Miami and Christopher proposed to Rahysa during a layover in Paris when he escorted her to the top of the Eiffel Tower and dropped to one knee to which she blurted out “Finally!” followed by “Yes!”
It was devastating when their wedding plans were temporarily disrupted last September when Hurricane Irma destroyed their new home, flooding it with seawater and forcing them to move five times in four months while commissioning a complete rebuild.
They leaned on each other constantly. When one was weak, the other was strong. It was so inspiring to know how much they’ve been through together, both good and bad, when they finally tied the knot under the cupola of the magnificent City Hall in San Francisco. The groom serenaded his surprised bride with “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and Rahysa surprised Christopher and the rest of the guests with her performance alongside two Brazilian Samba dancers, which really got the party going!
We loved getting to know Rahysa and Christopher and are incredibly inspired by their story. They are a perfect example of how true love can bring two people together and help them overcome just about anything, even when the odds are against them.
As San Francisco wedding venues go, The Bently Reserve is by far one of the prettiest and most inspiring. It certainly met its match with an equally gorgeous and inspiring couple when Sophia and Aremon selected it for their big celebration.
The morning of the wedding, Sophia and the girls got ready at the Le Méridien Hotel with its sweeping views of downtown San Francisco and the bay only steps away from the wedding venue. In the meantime, Aremon and his groomsmen were exchanging gifts and toasting to the day ahead a couple of floors below.
Sophia put on her gorgeous dress and the couple headed downstairs to be united for their first look. Soon after, we took full advantage of the downtown San Francisco location to get some beautiful wedding portraits of the happy couple before heading inside The Bently Reserve for the ceremony.
The reception began with the couple entering through the grand staircase to the cheerful welcome of family and friends. We already knew we were in for quite a party by the way they were welcomed and the crowd certainly didn’t disappoint.
We loved getting to know Sophia and Aremon and their (seriously amazing) families through this experience together, and are so proud to have been there for their first day as husband and wife.