Wedding Inspiration: The City, Wine + All That Jazz

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A gorgeous ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, photo opps at the Golden Gate Bridge, an evening of jazz, and a weekend of wine...

These newlyweds did it right.


Love usually sparks from a physical attraction—in this case, the bride and groom connected through college sports. Before jocks Jocelyn Fisher (Duke University) and Dennis Gates (Florida State) were introduced, their mutual friend asked Fisher if she was ready to meet her future husband. She thought nothing of it...until she saw him. "Really handsome," she recalls.

A casual conversation was followed by a phone call later that evening, which led to a date the next week—and every week after that. After five years of dates, Gates popped the question. Fisher says she knew, even before she said yes, that they would be wed inside the stunning Beaux Arts walls of SF City Hall.

The couple kept their ceremony intimate, with just a small group friends who flew in from all over the United States. After breakfast, the bride and her closest friends rode the cable car to City Hall; a reception at 1300 Fillmore, in the historic Jazz District, followed the nuptials.

The party didn't stop there. The couple and their 70 guests ran off to Napa Valley for a weekend of sipping vino at Domaine Chandon, Flora Springs, and Artesa.

Pre-ceremony location: Parc 55 Hotel

Venue: San Francisco City Hall

Reception: 1300 on Fillmore

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Makeup: Ninahwee Beauty Maker

Floral designer: Soulflower Floral Design

Event planner: Tamara J Events

Invitations: Kristy Elizabeth Design

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental and Napa Valley Linens

Photography: Sasha Photography

Video: Sasha Kino

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