Italian Weddings in San Francisco part 2

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.

Bride and Groom laughing
Bride and Groom laughing

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.

The bride and groom cutting the cake
The bride and groom cutting the cake

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!

Italian Weddings in San Francisco – Part 1

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.

Jayne Bridal Prep
Jayne Bridal Prep
Dad helping the bride into the limo
Dad helping the bride into the limo
Catholic Wedding Ceremony in San Francisco
Catholic Wedding Ceremony in San Francisco fun moment

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.

Bride and groom toasting in the Limo on the way to the Marina District in San Francisco
Bride and groom toasting in the Limo
Wedding Kiss at the San Francisco Marina with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
Wedding Kiss at the San Francisco Marina
Bride and Groom hanging out enjoying the Marina
Bride and Groom hanging out enjoying the Marina

Part 2 coming soon…… The Reception and Italian Party!