I’ve had the pleasure of shooting weddings at the Fairmont San Francisco and let me tell you, if you want the ultimate elegant wedding while being truly unique to San Francisco, this is the place you need to get married. It is full of details, beautiful architecture, and each room is versatile. The staff is also wonderful to work with.
Here’s why you should be getting married at the Fairmont San Francisco:
Situated next to the historic Grace Cathedral, sitting atop Nob Hill with views of Downtown, you’ll feel like you have a true San Francisco experience to share on your wedding day. There isn’t a bad view of the bustling city from any of their rooms. Photographing these views is always something I look forward to! They also have a ballroom, a historical penthouse suite, and a rooftop garden, which is a lovely spot for wedding day photos.
There are so many different locations within the historic building that you can find the perfect location for your wedding.
Ornate, gold leaf bas-reliefs decorate this ballroom’s walls. As your eyes look upward you see indoor balconies, a gilded ceiling, and crystal chandeliers that add to the turn-of-the-century French provincial theme.
This ballroom has hosted a number of performances, including Tony Bennet’s first time singing “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”. 22-foot tall ceilings create an ambiance of airy elegance. It makes for wonderful dancing photos of your wedding guests if you have a live band at your reception.
Spanning the entire eighth floor (roughly 6,000 ft) of the historic Main Building, this jaw-dropping suite features three large bedrooms, a living room with a grand piano, a formal dining room, and a terrace with views of the city and the bay. Oh, and a billiard room.
The “WOW” factor is the circular two-story library, crowned by a rotunda with golden constellations. Leather-bound books line the walls as a stairwell and balcony allow you access to the second story. I had the pleasure of being the photographer for two Historians in this room!
This room was designed with weddings in mind. You can really see the whole city and get a wonderful 270-degree view with its windows wrapping around the room. Looking through the windows, you see both bridges, downtown, Coit Tower, and Alcatraz. These views make for spectacular memories to be shared with you and your soon-to-be husband/wife, and all your guests.
I absolutely love this venue and love to capture all of the details that weave through your wedding story. When I photograph a wedding here, I focus on capturing not only your guests and bridal party, but also the charm of the venue and how your wedding relates to the space. Hopefully, this guide has helped answer why you should be getting married at the Fairmont San Francisco.
Now the question is: Which room will you host your wedding?