Bridget and Brennan’s San Francisco, California - Game Of Thrones Wedding at Deer Park Villa
Just outside San Francisco, Bridget and Brennan found a perfect little venue called Deer Park Villa for their wedding. It's close vicinity to the city make it a perfect location for anyone in the Bay Area who wants to get married near by. On April 26, 2019, the weather was perfect as all the people that mean tons to them started showing up. The guests came from Northern California, but also drove from all over California and flew in from as far away as Ohio and New York.
The start of the weekend was super casual and laid back with a wedding rehearsal at St. Rita’s Church followed by dinner and drinks at lighthouse bar and grill after. All the amazing details were beautifully planned (their planner, Hailey, did a fantastic job!) around amazing locations to shoot and a fun Game of Thrones Theme. At the same time, these two were so genuine and laid back as they welcomed their friends and family. I love when couples do this - show what it’s like to have their dream wedding and still live in the moment of it.
Bridget and Brennan greeted each guest with so much love and gratitude for them making it, but could also barely kept their eyes off each other. Before dinner, everyone was so excited, little baby Ben was the life of the party as he made his rounds through the crowd, and everyone was so filled with excitement. The night ended with everyone heading over to the State Room Brewery for a nightcap before heading home to rest up for the big day!
The next morning started with the bride and her girls getting ready in pink robes. They had three big rooms filled with champaign in metal chalices which fit into the Game of Thrones atmosphere alongside the furry shawls and of course, the sword! Bridget had gotten a full-on metal sword which was so much fun to take pictures with! The girls were so much fun, and once everyone was ready, we headed out for some bridal party pictures.
The girls were hilarious! They did a shoot dancing to the Spice Girls “Wanna Be” which set a fun tone for the rest of our time. Then, Brennan got in place for the first look. He stood next to a giant redwood as Bridget came up from behind and tapped him on the shoulder. He immediately wrapped her up in a huge hug and then they danced to “Feathered Indians” by Tyler Childers. It was a great little moment between then before everything picked up into the full swing of the day.
From there, everyone was ready. We headed over to St. Rita’s where the rest of the gang had already been showing up. The architecture of St. Rita’s is beautiful and made the whole energy that much more special. They had a beautiful traditional ceremony and after took some photos under a giant archway at the front of the church. I listened in as the priest talked on covenant, sacrifice, and love. I love these moments thinking about the future and all the things these two are going to take on, all the memories they’ll make that start today! When it came time; after the blessing of the rings, they finally said their “I do’s,” and we headed off to Deer Park Villas to party!
The details at the reception were beautiful from amazing plating and flowers all the way to the dancefloor. The venue is one of the best locations near San Francisco to have a wedding. The tables were set up long at the feet of giant California redwoods with string lights above. There were so many flowers everywhere (shout out to Poppy’s Petalworks), and the little outdoor firepits put out such a relaxed vibe. The food (the wedding was catered by Ray’s Catering, which is 100% amazing) was so good! Friends posed with the Game of Thrones sword, which was a ton of fun. The wedding party was introduced, and I swear as soon as Bridget walked into the reception she never stopped smiling for the rest of the night.
Everyone got to relax a little bit and enjoy the feel of the night before the speeches (and some happy tears) started. Bridget’s best friend from college spoke towards how great of a friend Bridget is to everyone who enters her life. She talked about the saying, “There are good ships, and there are wood ships, The ships that sail the sea. But the best ships, are friendships, And may they always be.” and how easily Bridget makes strangers into friends.
For first dances, Bridget and her dad twirled around to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor. Her father’s love and adoration were so clear as he beamed, spinning his daughter around, and never taking his eyes off her. Brennan and his mom danced to “Simple Man” by Led Zeppling. Then Brennan and Bridget had their big moment, choosing “Shake the Frost” by Tyler Childers to have their first dance as husband and wife.
The rest of the night was one for the books - a great way to start off their story as husband and wife. Their friends and family danced the night away and strolled out around the redwoods under the stars. The next day there was a brunch at the hotel everyone was staying at before the newlyweds said their goodbyes.
At the end of wedding weekends like this, I’m so filled with gratitude and good energy. Bridget’s college roommate was right, she makes friends out of everyone, and it was so easy to become that with her. It was also obvious how loved this couple was, how the home they’re making is going to be so filled with love and consumed with fun. So happy and so much love for your two, Bridget and Brennan.
Coordination: Hitched by Haley
Venue: Deer Park Villa
Floral: Poppy's Petalworks
Beauty: Emma Rose
Dj: Runaway DJ
Catering: Ray's Catering
Cake: Susie Cakes
Photobooth: Mir Mir
Rehearsal Location: Lighthouse Bar & Grill