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Gabriela & Tim’s Swedenborgian Church of SF Wedding photography

Swedenborgian Church of SF Wedding Photography

Gabriela & Tim’s Chic City Wedding with a Rustic Splash

My aunt Haununni created a beautiful bouquet for me. She integrated a Copihue (Lapageria rosea) which is the national flower of Chile, the country of my birth.

The ceremony was at the Swedenborgian Church of SF. I allowed a single alter arrangement but the church is so perfect it needs no additional decorations.

I fell in love with the unique, craftsman style of the church. Though I am not religious, the church’s understated, rustic appeal and reverence for nature won me over.

The processional song was from Conan the Barbarian (we snuck a song from Dune in there when the moms lit the unity candles) and the recessional song was a super peppy song with the words “not too young to get married.”

The reception was located at the Parish House at the Swedenborgian Church. Very convenient and comfortable for everyone where kids could play lawn games (which were for the adults but the kids really liked them).

Advice for future couples: You can know each other very well before getting married and skip a lot of stressful surprises :)

“We are growing (and growing) up together.”

-Gabriela & Tim



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


Venue: Swedenborgian Church of SF

Caterer: Small Potatoes

Coordinator:Bride

Officiating: Rev. Junchol Lee (pastor at Swedenborgian)

Who is doing hair/ Make up:Angela Womack

Floral arrangements: Bride

Dresses & Tuxedos: tux (suit) at Macy’s  dress was purchased on-line

Transportation: Tim’s 1965 Corvair (flat black, a bit rusted)

Unique vendors: cake by Whole Cakes


I fell in love with the unique, craftsman style of the church. Though I am not religious, the church’s understated, rustic appeal and reverence for nature won me over. In addition, most of the guests know me for my strength and pragmatic approach. I wanted to show my more vulnerable, feminine side. This pulled together to a “shabby chick”, burlap and lace sort of thing.

The wedding party was very small with no bridesmaids or grooms men (though my brother did walk down the procession before Tim’s parents). We allowed the wedding party to where whatever they felt comfortable in.

I went with Tim (the groom) to find a suit he liked (he wanted a black one) and i coordinated the flowers in my bouquet with the color of the tie he chose (red).

For the dress, I looked at several on-line options and chose two inexpensive dresses from China which I made a lot of changes to.

My aunt Haununni created a beautiful bouquet for me. She integrated a Copihue (Lapageria rosea) which is the national flower of Chile, the country of my birth. She also included an origami rose made by the groom in the part of the bouquet I would hold closest to my heart.

The ceremony was at the Swedenborgian Church of SF. I allowed a single alter arrangement but the church is so perfect it needs no additional decorations.

The processional song was from Conan the Barbarian (we snuck a song from Dune in there when the mom’s lit the unity candles) and the recessional song was a super peppy song with the words “not to young to get married.”

The reception was located at the Parish House at the Swedenborgian Church. Very convenient and comfortable for every one where kids could play lawn games (which were for the adults but the kids really liked them).

We had no dance floor or dancing. The focus was mostly on the food.

No alcohol was provided.

Tim made his ring out of a coin from our trip to Europe. My ring is an antique from the 1930’s (which coordinated well with the jewelry from my grandmother I wore at the wedding).

We are growing (and growing up) together.

You can know each other very well before getting married and skip a lot of stressful surprises :)