From Shawnee, Meg & Blair’s photographer: It was such an honor that Meg & Blair asked me to photograph their wedding day. These two had their first date at my birthday party a few years back and have been smitten every since. In the meantime they have moved to the other side of the country and although I was able to visit them once before, this trip was extra special. Not only was I able to photograph two dear friends tying the knot, but I got to spend my birthday with some seriously rad people in my favorite place.
Blair and Meg got hitched at City Hall in San Francisco, and it couldn’t have turned out more perfectly. They both looked incredible: Meg in her vintage outfit and Blair in a handmade pink wrap dress. Every little detail was flawless, including the shawl that Meg handmade for Blair.
Congratulations Meg and Blair! I can’t think of a more perfect pair of people, and am so very happy you chose to me capture such a beautiful day. I love you both, and am so very excited about the journeys that await you!
From the couple: We met on January 4, 2010, and from day one we were captivated and inseparable. We met in Richmond, VA as Meg was finishing up college. That summer we traveled, backpacking between cities and farms and womyns lands – that summer solidified us. Afterward we decided we would move to San Francisco. We packed our car full of clothes, books, guitars and excitement and hit the road with nothing in SF to greet us, no home or jobs or people. That was three years ago and since then we have built a life here, a full life. We have made a home, flourished at our jobs, found our people. We finally got engaged last holiday season and were married four years after we met.
For our wedding we knew we wanted to marry privately/ “elope.” We thought about traditional weddings or larger ceremonies but that just isn’t us. We are very quiet, very private people and to not honor that would feel contrived to us and diminish what our marriage was all about. We did however want the most important women in our life to be witness to our union. So we had our mothers and Meg’s sister come share our occasion. And we asked our dear friend Shawnee to come be our photographer. Shawnee is incredibly talented and we wanted to have photographs of this day to share with others and to cherish forever. Also Shawnee attending the ceremony felt especially evocative, since the day that Meg and I had met 4 years prior we had spent the evening at Shawnee’s birthday party.
We wanted a quintessential SF wedding and so we wed at San Francisco City Hall which is a magnificent location: the architecture, history, and grandeur of it all is just breathtaking. We managed to have all details of our wedding be either vintage, handmade, and/or local. Our rings (engagement and wedding) are all vintage circa 1930s. Blair’s dress was handmade by a local woman. The lace shawl was hand knit and crocheted by Meg, a piece that will be a keepsake forever. Meg’s outfit was all vintage, from her shoes to her shirt. Meg’s sister made her earrings. We did our own hair, makeup, and nails. We bought our flowers and our cake from a local florist and bakery the afternoon before the wedding. Blair’s mother wrapped the bouquets in lace. We made our own doily cake topper and doily “just married” banner. We had vintage floral handkerchiefs and we wrapped our guests kerchiefs around handwritten love letters from us. Afterward we walked to lunch at Absinthe Brassier and Bar and then we went our separate way to spend an evening eating wedding cake, drinking champagne, and exchanging our personalized vows. The next morning we met up with everyone again to have a tea party at SF’s Love Joys Tea Room. All in all it was exactly what we dreamed of – romantic, beautiful, memorable, and heartfelt.
Now that we are married nothing really feels any different, in all honesty. We are still the same couple we have always been except now we share a last name and are legally recognized, and of course the magnitude of that can not be overstated. We are now about to move back to the East Coast for the next chapter in our lives. Oh, and we are expecting our first baby!