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 Palladino is an award-winning editor and writer, as well as the author of the wedding planning book for LGBTQ couples, EQUALLY WED (Seal Press/Hachette Book Group, May 2017). She’s the co-founder and editorial director of equallywed.com, the world’s leading digital LGBTQ wedding magazine. She blogs about trauma recovery at foragedwellness.com. Palladino has been profiled on CNN and in The New York Times. Her work has appeared in 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. Palladino has an open door communications policy on Twitter at @kirstenop and Facebook at fb.com/kirstenpalladino.