After the idea of getting married in Mexico in the new year, was less than convenient for family, plan B kicked into action, and our quiet, in-out San Francisco wedding got bumped up to plan A. This wasn’t a problem, as any wedding of ours was always going to be a small affair (short notice, tiny budget, minimal people & fuss).
We popped into San Francisco City Hall on the Tuesday, to sign the bit of paper that allowed us to get married. Whilst there, we did some planning around potential photo spots, and watched a couple of weddings wedding - proper conveyor belt stuff. We timed the whole ceremony to last 3 minutes! City Hall looked stunning, so we were very pleased with our choice – although, it appeared there was going to be a lot of Chinese tourists to potentially contend with on the actual day.
Our families starting arriving on the Wednesday & Thursday, and we’d hired a house for the week, so took full advantage of washing clothes, having a bed, and drinking champagne at every opportunity.
On the wedding morning (having slept the night before together in Milton. We thought stuff in, we were getting married on a Friday 13th, so there couldn’t be any more taboo/bad luck items worth worrying about), we all donned our respective dresses & suits, had a few quick photos, and bundled ourselves into taxis (Meg naturally looked gorgeous). We arrived at City Hall with plenty of time to spare (neither myself, nor Meg, wanted to leave anything to chance on this of all days), so @thenomadicpeople managed to get a lot of the wedding photos out the way early.
The ceremony itself was a little bit of a blur for both of us in all honesty. We had the sweetest old lady officiating (Clarice – she must have been in her 80’s) and she made it feel extremely personal & special, even if it did last all of about 2 minutes. We then took a cable car/tram to the Hardwater bar on the waterfront for some drinks & nibbles, before allowing others to retire. We headed off to Chinatown to take some more photos, as we wanted something Chinese – after all, that is where it all began for us both. We thought we’d try and wing it at the social security office whilst there, and get Meg’s name changed. But, they were having none of it. However, the sight of someone in their wedding dress, certainly gave a few smiles to the people waiting their turn in line.
The evening was spent at the delicious State Bird Provisions restaurant. Plus, we had the bonus appearance of Hans, an old friend from Shanghai, who happened to be in San Francisco that week for work. All in all, it capped off a lovely day very nicely.
I am not one for getting emotional (British stiff upper lip & all that), but everything worked out perfectly. It was great just having a small family gathering, with no airs & graces to worry about, or random long-lost family members to contend with. So a huge thanks for everyone making the effort, and their extreme warmth, generosity and love - who’d have thought it #hairventuresgetshitched