Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco Wedding Photographer | Sean & Steve

It’s not often that a couple chooses to get ready together in the same room, but I can’t imagine Sean & Steve doing it any other way.  When I joined them at the Galleria Park Hotel in San Francisco, they were relaxed and laughing together.  As I watched them get into their tuxedos, sit side-by-side to put on their shoes, then help each other with their ties, the care and attention they bring each other was obvious.

Later, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, when Sean surprised Steve with a song he had written, both mothers’ eyes glistened with happy tears, and even the dads struggled to keep it together.

Sean & Steve, thank you so much for making me a part of an incredible day.  I hope you enjoy these memories as much as I enjoyed documenting them.

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In case you missed it, be sure to check out Sean & Steve’s engagement photographs around the Castro and Corona Heights Park.

If you’re planning your own wedding, and wondering what goes into an elegant, expertly themed event, Sean, himself a designer, is starting a series of posts on the process.  He gives excellent, professional-level advice on typefaces, patterns, the benefits of having a specific theme, and much, much more.  While he touches on issues unique to same-sex couples, a great deal of the advice is applicable to any well-designed event.

If you’re interested in other gay weddings, don’t miss Meri & Mollie’s beautiful wedding at Carmel Valley’s Holly Farms.

Getting-ready venue: Galleria Park Hotel
Ceremony & reception venue: Julia Morgan Ballroom
Wedding planner: Alyssa Griffith, Rose Gold Events
Florist: Melanie, Hawthorn Flower Studio
DJ: DJ Babbidge
Jazz trio: Eric Vogler & Co from SF Conservatory of Music’s Music To Go

  • Teresa K said:

    Oh...they are too cute!!! I LOVE this wedding Gavin. And your reception lighting is spot on. Well done friend.

  • Briana said:

    Aww I love that they helped each other get ready. What a beautiful wedding!

  • Jaakko said:

    What a last picture!! Love it !
    Really solid set.

  • Elissa said:

    This is beautiful! I love all of the reactions of friends and family wiping away tears during the ceremony. The ballroom is set up so elegantly too... and their portraits! They are so sweet. I love this wedding!

  • This wedding is absolutely beautiful. Such an opulent venue, and a beautiful couple. Beautifully done!

  • Great work Gavin - this looks like a belter of a wedding! They look so happy.

  • I love this! It is clear there is so much love in that room - wonderfully captured!

  • benj said:

    love this one. I probably stared at it for a good 30 seconds. http://gavinfarrington.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/021-san-francisco-gay-same-sex-julia-morgan-ballroom-wedding-photography.jpg