San Francisco Wedding Photographer: Karrie & Anthony at the Swedenborgian Church and the Inn at the Presidio

I’ll never forget my first conversation with Anthony.  A very talented landscape photographer himself, he was charged with the task of finding a wedding photographer.  I think we geeked out about camera gear for a solid half an hour before finally moving on to discuss the wedding, but when we finally did, he couldn’t stop telling me how sweet and amazing his new bride-to-be was.  You could hear how excited he was to have found Karrie, and when I met them on a surprisingly warm and sunny November morning at Samovar in the Castro, I could see why.

They couldn’t be a more perfect couple.  Laid back, intelligent, and incredibly warm, it’s impossible not to be totally charmed by them both.  They’re as kind to each other as they are to everyone around them, and it’s so easy to tell how happy their life will be together no matter what happens – and I know it for a fact.  When it turned out that my trusted usual second, Gavin, was booked on their wedding date, I decided to fly in my mother and mentor, Josephine Havlak, to shoot with me.  After 30 years of photographing weddings, she’s developed an uncannily ability to predict the success of a marriage and has never been wrong.  When it came to Karrie and Anthony, she could not stop gushing about how happy she knew they would be, and now asks about them every time she calls to chat.  And the fact that the two of them stand out that much in a career that long says so, so much about them.

The wedding was as lovely and sweet as the two of them.  Karrie looked stunning in the same Pronovias gown that graced the cover of the June/July issue of Bride’s Magazine, and a custom lace shrug made to go with it.  Flowers were provided by the always lovely Chestnut and Vine in Berkeley, and Ceanna of Jane Hammond Events planned the wedding flawlessly.  They got dressed at the historic Inn at the Presidio on a perfect morning in May, and had their ceremony at one of my favorite churches in San Francisco, the Swedenborgian Church which always reminds me of something from an old woodland fairy tale.  Karrie flew her childhood pastor in from Ohio to officiate the ceremony, and the San Francisco Boy’s Choir provided the perfect soundtrack.   It really could not have been a more charming wedding.

All my love and congratulations, you two!  I know you’ll have a wonderful life together (and so does my mom!)

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