MIT's in Historic SF Mint

Lanthe and Brad's wedding day began at Hotel Zetta on 5th Street in downtown San Francisco.  When I entered the bridal suite I was greeted by Lanthe who was relaxed and at the same time excited for the day to unfold.

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What set this particular wedding apart from most weddings is the large contingency of the wedding guests who were alumnus of MIT.  Many guests wore their class ring which showcases the school mascot, a beaver (more on this later).

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Lanthe added the final touch to her wedding day look, a heart band aid which covered an incision from a recent medical procedure she had.  On their way to the venue we had a quick opportunity to set up portrait lighting equipment in the hotel lobby, we created a tunnel light effect in the (below) British phone booth.

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We simply walked down to the corner and across the street to reach the wedding venue, The SF Mint.  What made this special for me is walking past the SF Chronicle which I visited as a child with my father who worked at the paper for 27 years.

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We had about an hour before the guest arrived so we used the time to photograph formal portraits.

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Between the instructed poses Brad laid a kiss on Lanthe's forehead and my team and I caught this couple's personalities in a single picture.

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The SF Mint has many different visual themes where we simply could make captivating pictures, here we opted to light the couple in the hallway for a saturated colorful portrait.

The arriving guests walked up the grand entrance.

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..and were greeted by live music by Trio Paz during cocktail hour.

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A relative of Lanthe (I believe here aunt) presented her with a handmade quilt, I was glad to see and capture this moment as it was obviously a meaningful gift.

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The wedding day's pace was very relaxed and on time which allowed me to have the couple meet in the basement vault for one last portrait before the ceremony.  This space would be filled with guest after the wedding so I wanted to create a special picture while the opportunity presented itself. 

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The decor and furniture design looked amazing thanks to Amazae Events, Blueprint and Enhanced Lighting.

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All of the guests created a flag upon arrival instead of signing a guest book and waved it during the ceremony.

Brad and Lanthe conducted their own ceremony and asked those in attendance to show off their MIT class rings which made this moment special.

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The couples wedding bands showed an off center line that wrapped around the ring and once they were turned over it signified the very moment these two became one.

The team at Jack Arent Photography captured the kiss from several angles, my favorite being from the third camera positioned on the roof.

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The entrance to the Mint dawns a historical landmark sign on 5th Street which is in front of the SF Chronicle. 

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After the ceremony and before dinner the guests had a couple hours to enjoy various small plates by Betty Zlatchin Catering.

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The basement of the SF Mint in the mid 1800's is where gold collected from miners was stored.  Having various types of food and activities in each storage room made for a scavenger hunt type of atmosphere.

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Compeditive games of dice were played...

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and oversized Jenga blocks shook the room when they fell...

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The couple had small bites of various deserts and their take on a wedding cake (that was to be formally cut) was in the shape of a huge cupcake.

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The save of the night award goes to this gentleman who noticed the couples cake falling off of the table after it was cut, with cat like reflexes he simply had the entire room erupt in amazement with this grab! 

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He enjoyed the moment just a little more than everybody else! 

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All in all this was a great wedding which my team and I enjoyed working very much.