Emily and Julia’s wedding took place under the rotunda in San Francisco’s City Hall. The marriers, who’ve been together since 2014, dressed to the nines in three-piece suits and beautiful handcrafted oxfords by a local shoe designer, Sutro Footwear.
From the couple:
We chose to have a private ceremony (our only witness was our photographer), and we were happy with how intimate the experience felt, even though we were in a public space. We chose not to have a lot of the trappings of a traditional wedding—bridesmaids, flowers, cake, band, and so on—because we wanted to focus on each other, family, and friends. Immediately after the wedding, we celebrated over lunch with close family. That weekend, we had a cocktail reception (about 60 guests) at Laszlo, a bar near our home.
Kirsten Ott Palladino (she/her) is an award-winning editor, writer, speaker and educator, as well as the author of the first gender-neutral wedding planning book for LGBTQ+ couples, EQUALLY WED: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR LGBTQ+ WEDDING (Seal Press). She’s the co-founder and editorial director of Equally Wed, the world’s leading digital LGBTQ+ wedding magazine, as well as Equally Wed Pro, the LGBTQ+ inclusive certification course and educational platform. Palladino has been profiled on CNN, NPR and Forbes and in The New York Times. Her work has appeared in Washington Post, Entrepreneur magazine, ARTNews magazine, Art & Antiques magazine, The Knot, Executive Traveler magazine, the Huffington Post, and more. She was recognized as one of Glamour magazine's Hometown Heroes for 2015.
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