Once we completed the formal bride and groom photo shoot in the Marina District, we headed back to North Beach to begin the reception. The party was at the Italian Athletic Club which is a well known place for Italian wedding parties. In fact, my own parents had their wedding party there over 50 years ago. They always makes sure that there is a Pasta served and lots of other good Italian food. The dancing was mostly contemporary music with a few old Italian standards mixed in.
They did all the normal traditional dances including the first dance and the father daughter dance. Then they went into normal dancing and the party got fun and wild. Lots of fun dancing and partying. This group seemed to be very close and really enjoyed each other. There was also a very strong family sense that I often see at Italian weddings.
After the wedding, we stayed in touch with Jayne and Bobby and have seen them a number of times since. One of our favorite couples!
I will admit to having a soft spot for big Italian weddings in San Francisco. As an Italian myself who grew up attending large Italian parties, I have experienced the amazing food and fun traditions. Through the years we have photographed quite a few Italian weddings in San Francisco and have enjoyed every one of them. They most often occur in North Beach with a Catholic Ceremony at Saints Peter and Paul Church followed by a reception at the Italian Athletic club. Other notable spots for Italian weddings include any of the fantastic restaurants in the North Beach Area that can accommodate large groups.
A more recent wedding that we really enjoyed being a part of was Jayne and Bobby Carini’s wedding. One of the most fun couples we have photographed and we are still in touch with them today. This entire wedding and ceremony took place in North Beach, but then we took them to the Marina for some photos. Here are a few sample shots from this great wedding in San Francisco.
San Francisco Marina District
Once they completed their ceremony at San Francisco’s famed Church, we headed off to the Marina district to capture some nice photos. We also brought the entire wedding party with us so we could include them in the photos. It was a hazy day, but we were still able to catch faint glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge in some of the backgrounds. After photographing the wedding party and best man and maid of honor, we focused on the bride and groom only. Here are a few shots from this section of the wedding.
Part 2 coming soon…… The Reception and Italian Party!