San Francisco Wedding Vendors: Accomplished + Awesome

My first wedding scared the begeezus out of me. Seriously. I had no idea what I was doing, but for the couple the photographs weren’t important, and they didn’t care that I had no experience. I thought well, OK, I can try. I hated it and walked away saying never again. UNTIL I met with the couple and gave them their photos. I arrived with my stomach in knots, my hands shaking and my voice was pretty squeaky.

We sat on the sofa and I handed over the images. They started smiling and sharing and saying things like “look at this one” and “oh, I love this one.” My voice came back and I realized I had actually loved it. It was stressful and I really was a nervous wreck but until this moment I hadn’t known that I really, really enjoyed it.

The final kicker was the story they told me about the best man. After we walked out of the church, I saw him with his head up to the sky and just the most honest and beautiful smile you could imagine. 

I got the moment and I knew it. 

It was the days of film by the way! They explained to me at this meeting that he had been diagnosed with a form of cancer. It was a long time ago, so the story has faded but the impact has not. He told the couple that at that moment he just felt lighter, free and purely happy and he had heard me push the shutter button.

He said he knew at that moment something was different. That he was different. (I’m getting chills again as I write this and it happens any time I tell the story.) He was later diagnosed to be free of the disease and knew it in this moment. In this moment, that I had captured forever. That was it and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve gotten a lot better and still get nervous but now photography is all I do. This is not a part time money-maker. It’s my life.

You Must Trust

I’ve been in this business a really long time now, so I’ve put together this list of San Francisco wedding vendors to try and help you. Even for this couple that said photography wasn’t important, I was shown that it and everything actually is. This is a huge endeavor and most don’t know it till they are in the throes of it. I know these people, trust these people and respect them.

Let them help you and keep the integrity and passion of this business growing with people who are in it for more than the money. We all do start somewhere but I’ve heard so many stories of disappointment by couples who, for lack of better words, got screwed. These vendors rock. Pure and simple. (This list is not comprehensive and information may have changed so feel free to ask for others!)

See some of their wares HERE.

Florists:

  

Mandy Scott

 

www.mandyscott.com

Nancy Liu Chin

 

www.nancyliuchin.com

Laurel Winzler

 

www.flaurel.com

Plan Decor

 

www.plandecor.com

Pat Gibbons

 

www.patgibbonsfloral.com

Dragonfly Floral

 

www.dragonflyfloral.com

Pat Friday

 

www.fridayflowers.net

Make-up + Hair:

  

Sherrie Long

 

www.sherrielongmakeup.com

Kathleena Gorga

 

www.consciousbeauty.com

Eliza Desch

 

www.elizadesch.com

Designers + Rentals:

  

Abbey Party Rentals

 

www.abbeyrentssf.com

Belle Notte Events

 

www.bellanotte-events.com

Bright Event Rentals

 

www.bright.com 

Classic Party Rentals

 

www.classicpartyrentals.com

Dreams on a Dime

 

www.dreamsonadime.com

Enhanced Lighting Sound

 

www.enhancedlighting.com

Impact Lighting

 

www.impactsf.com

Inspirations by Gina

 

www.inspirationsbygina.com

Jiliane Patriarca

 

www.theorganizationorg.com

La Tavola

 

www.latavolalinen.com

MTR Event Design

 

www.mtreventdesign.com

Napa Valley Linens

 

www.nvlinens.com

Rue 29 Napa Valley

 

www.Rue29napa.com

Caterers:

  

Fork & Spoon   

 

www.forkandspoonproductions.com

Ladies Who Lunch

 

www.lwlcatering.com

49 Square

 

www.49sqcatering.com

Paula LeDuc

 

www.paulaleduc.com

Park Avenue

 

www.parkavecater.com

Elaine Bell

 

www.elainebellcatering.com

Richard Visconte

 

www.chefvisconte.com

Musicians + DJs:

  

Entire Productions

 

www.entireproductions.com

Denon + Doyle 

 

www.djay.com

Jerry Schultz

 

www.portablepartydj.com

Magnolia Jazz Band

 

www.MagnoliaJazz.com

Equally Important:

  

Officiant – Peadar Dalton

 

www.yourceremonymatters.com

Kevin Chin Cinematography

 

www.kevinchin.com

Cinematt – Matthieu Meynier

 

www.cinematt.com