The Chapel, San Francisco, California

“I love that you know me so well that you wrote my vows for me.” – from Katie’s wedding vows to Jason (which apparently Jason wrote).

Katie and Jason weren’t too keen on having a traditional wedding. In fact they think a lot of wedding things are kind of silly (in the middle of their cake cutting, they leaned over to us and said “we don’t really care about this part.”) So they got married in a music venue in their neighborhood, called The Chapel, as it was converted from a former chapel. The Jewish ceremony was right there on stage where indie bands usually play. Guests watched the ceremony with glasses of wine in their hands. Afterward, everyone noshed on a taco bar for cocktail hour while The Chapel floor was flipped for the reception.

In lieu of a traditional guest sign-in book, family and friends wrote their wishes to the couple on vintage records. And instead of a formal sit-down dinner, guests grazed casually among food stations set up around the dance floor. Guiding the mood of the whole evening was Bobby Yang and His Unrivaled Players, a band we worked with at Melody and Michael’s Atlanta wedding a few years ago. Their music brought an amazing energy to the party that kept the dance floor packed all night.

We left this wedding feeling so high on life, for having witnessed a bride and groom doing things their own way, with a lot of love, laughter and spirit. And I gotta give Katie some big props – she was sick with bronchitis on her wedding day yet never missed a beat. Despite her persistent cough, she laughed, danced and partied with everyone like nothing was slowing her down.

We were fortunate, or I should say Katie and Jason were fortunate, to have Chrisman Studios videographer Vlad Chaloupka along with us for this fun, quirky San Francisco wedding. You can see Vlad’s highlight film here.

Authored by: Photographed by: Ben & ErinCategory:  WeddingsDestination:  San Francisco, CaliforniaSetting:  Low-Light WeddingType:  Jewish WeddingVenue:  The Chapel