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Sam Title_key Rachael

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gallery Feb 22 2016
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Hellman Hollow Vows

From Paige Nelson Photography...

Sam and Rachael are both dedicated bookworms and die-hard Harry Potter fans. They chose Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park for their ceremony location because of it's namesake to "Godric's Hollow" in the books. They also realized later their wedding date is the birthday of both J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. Accident? I think not...

The theme of the wedding was "Art-deco" with guests encouraged to dress in formal garden party clothes straight out of the 1920's. Rachael's father, Ed Heller, was a florist when he was younger and created dried flower arrangements of oregano and cream rush for the centerpieces, boutonniere and Sam's bouquet.   It was a cold and drizzly morning the day of, not ideal for an outdoor picnic wedding, but it didn't dampen any of our spirits. I spent time with Rachael and Sam in their separate rooms at the quirky Oceanview Motel as they prepared for the day. The anticipation got to them both - it was very sweet to see how nervous, but terribly excited, they were to see each other.

We decided on a crooked Roman-esque monument on the lake above the meadow for their first look. All the nerves and stress of the day immediately disappeared with that small tap on the shoulder. You couldn't wipe the smile off their faces after that if you tried.

Everyone found a seat or a space in the grass to roll out custom "Hellman Hollow" picnic blankets and watch their ceremony unfold. The celebrations commenced with a fist pump into the air as they walked down the aisle together, hand in hand. Bottles were popped and many hugs were exchanged. The reception consisted of picnicking, dancing in the grass and lawn games - classic Sam and Rachael.

The three of us escaped to the Sutro Bath Ruins at Land's End later that day for some beautiful and serene portraits of the two of them.  

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