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Johnell & Calen Fay Park in San Francisco Wedding Photos

Fay Park in San Francisco Wedding Photography

Johnell & Calen’s Fall San Francisco Wedding

Calen and I met when we were 9 years old at a summer camp. We became friends and crushes were made … we reconnected in college but were never single at the same time.

Finally, at 30, it happened – we had a first date! We went to a rave and literally moved in together 3 months later2 years later we were married.

 Johnell’s engagement ring and wedding band is surround by diamonds from Calen’s late aunt and was designed by the Davidson family jeweler in their hometown of Sonora.

 We had an unplugged ceremony so that we could feel everyone present with us.

Our officiant, has become a wonderful friend of ours over the past year and has a fun, lighthearted and genuine ambiance about him. He was fantastic.

 Our first dance was to Coldplay “Something Just Like This” and we entered the park wearing our headphones to kick off the silent disco.

 The reception had lawn games like cornhole and giant jenga and had a photo booth tucked away into one of the gazebos.

 The 2nd gazebo was used as the dj station for the silent disco. The park was split into 3 levels so people could dance anywhere they wanted with their headphones or take them off to mingle with others.

“Once the day arrives, let someone else takes the reins: turkey sit back and enjoy every moment.”

 Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.


Calen and I met when we were 9 years old at a summer camp. We became friends and crushes were made … we reconnected in college but were never single at the same time. Finally, at 30, it happened – we had a first date! We went to a rave and literally moved in together 3 months later2 years later we were married. Johnell’s engagement ring and wedding band is surround by diamonds from Calen’s late aunt and was designed by the Davidson family jeweler in their hometown of Sonora.

We wanted something laid back and casual and something very different. We loved the idea of something very small so we could spend time with everyone. We removed the hassle of the sitdown diner so we could save time on not needing seating charts and putting together table decorations but were able to be creative with some of the “extras” like our photo booth and welcome table. We had beautiful heavy apps served throughout the reception so people could eat as they pleased. We love going to silent discos so we knew we wanted to do that for our wedding day to introduce everyone we love to that experience. The park was so beautiful on its own, being a rose garden, we truely did nothing to it besides bring in the bar and some tall tables. It was low key, romantic and people are still praising it as one of the best parties they have been to!

We did not have a bridal party besides our niece and nephews as the ring bearer and flower girl. They were a bohemian chic style. Calen went with a local tailor and had his suit custom made in a beautiful navy/grey. To keep the casual style he dressed it up with gorgeous brown shoes and a belt but did not wear a tie or vest. The brides mother gifted him a stearling silver butineer he wore proudly. Johnell’s dress was a clean and elegant, classic dress. She wanted something that was unique so the dress was a low dipping back with beautiful slits down each side to accent her sides. To keep with the casualness of the day she wore Badgley Mischka sandals. She also wore a bracelet from Calen’s grandmother and her earrings were her something borrowed from Calen’s best girl friend.

It was so difficult to find flowers that would not die quickly in the 100 degree heat. The bouquet was actually put together by the mother of the bride and one of the brides closest girlfriends. It was actually sourced from a local grocery store and added in the “blushing bride” flowers and eucalyptus leaves to tie into the garden setting.

We had an unplugged ceremony so that we could feel everyone present with us. Our officiant, has become a wonderful friend of ours over the past year and has a fun, lighthearted and genuine ambiance about him. He was fantastic. Calen and the kids walked down the isle to “Out Loud” acoustic by Dispatch and Johnell and her father, John, walked down the isle to an original classical compilation they (Calen and Johnell) discovered together.

 Our first dance was to Coldplay “Something Just Like This” and we entered the park wearing our headphones to kick off the silent disco. THe reception had lawn games like cornhole and giant jenga and had a photo booth tucked away into one of the gazebos. The 2nd gazebo was used as the dj station for the silent disco. The park was split into 3 levels so people could dance anywhere they wanted with their headphones or take them off to mingle with others. The centerpieces were done by the mother of the bride and the brides friend again and were gorgeous pots filled with succulents and white orchids. There were tall tables scattered around he venue and the bar served several different wines supplied by the officiants company that distributes Italian and French wines. The guests were served a choice of beer (coots light or Sierra Nevada) or a glass of rose before the ceremony.

Our Advice – Once the day arrives, let someone else take the reins: turkey sit back and enjoy every moment. Not doing the sit down dinner made us feel like we had hours more time with everyone to dance, laugh and take photos. We truely didn’t sweat the little things in decor and let the park do the heavy lifting. Oh, and don’t honeymoon in the Florida Keys during hurricane season 😉

 Photography: Apollo Fotografie