A Downtown San Francisco Wedding: Maryana & Alex’s Jewish Celebration

If you have never been to a Jewish wedding, then you are missing the best time of your life. I was privileged to capture Maryana and Alex’s intimate downtown San Francisco wedding last month, and it was incredible.

Alex and Maryana are an easygoing, fun-loving couple who wholeheartedly enjoy being together. Their wedding was as passionate and full of love as they are.

The couple chose not to have a bridal party, but you would never have missed it. Everyone there seemed like a part of the bridal party! Maryana’s mom helped her get ready, and it was easy to see how close they are.

We strolled around Union Square before the ceremony for some portraits of the bride and groom, and even popped into the Sir Francis Drake hotel for a few. I loved that Maryana was up for walking around. They both looked fabulous all dolled up against the bustling city backdrop.

First there was an intimate ceremony where they signed the Ketubah. The wedding ceremony itself was held at sundown for Jewish tradition, and the sunset that day was beautiful.

Even the ceremony was lively for this wedding; as Maryana was coming down the aisle, guests were all gathering around at the front and in the aisles to catch a glimpse.

The Marriott Union Square ballroom at the Marriott was fully transformed. It made the perfect backdrop for the constant food, fun and dancing, with drapes and lights all around the room.

Finally, the reception was non-stop fun! Constant food, fun and dancing the whole time; guests entered the reception first, to tables already full of food. Then the bride and groom were announced and immediately began dancing, as everyone joined in. The night went on with blessing the Challah, the Hora, Mitzvah dances, more courses, speeches, and much more dancing.

Mazel Tov, Alex and Maryana!

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What a beautiful party! Their Downtown San Francisco portraits are stunning, and I love the little details in their wedding. The chuppah is one of my favorite Jewish traditions.

Cathie berrey-green

What a gorgeous wedidng in San Francisco. Their wedding photos in downtown San Fran are fabulous! I love their chuppah and all their details, Looks like they had a wonderful wedidng day.

Amy Thompson Photography makes me miss San Francisco in the worst way! I love their photos in downtown San Francisco. Such a lovely fresh and modern look to this wedding, while still being absolutely timeless. Love it!

Sonia Freeman

Beautiful downtown San Francisco Wedding! And I LOVE the food photography incorporated into this wedding at Marriott Union Square Ballroom! Very colorful and bright!

Beautiful and elegant Downtown San Francisco wedding. Marriott Union Square Ballroom looks like a great wedding venue. I love all your portraits in the city of the bride and groom.

You’re making me miss San Francisco with this beautifully photographed wedding! I love how the couple choose to incorporate the urban-ness of the city in their wedding day, and you really did a wonderful job photographing the emotions of their wedding day!


Love this San Fransisco wedding and your use of natural light for the getting ready photos at the hotel and outside pics. The Marriott Union Square ballroom at the Marriott makes for such a classy reception spot. Beautiful!

Striking. Everything about this Downtown San Francisco wedding photography is simply striking. The skyline, the food, the details. Great work!

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