Vintage San Francisco Wedding: The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin

This year, for the first time ever, the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco opened its doors to couples outside of the congregation, offering a new place for your vintage San Francisco wedding. It’s also great news if you’re someone who’s searching for ways to make your wedding memorable and/or different from everyone else’s. Choosing a new wedding venue is a great start! 

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The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin is tucked away on Union Street, in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s a stylish vintage church for your stylish vintage San Francisco wedding. Pass through a sweet courtyard with colorful murals of saints and angels to the interior of the church. Built in 1891 (with additional areas added in the 1940s and 1960s), the church itself is intimately sized. Rich wood furnishings and carved wood details offer vintage appeal, as do the stained glass windows. The church is uniquely suited to accommodate both your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception since the pews are movable. 

Our team of vendors was the first group to create a vintage styled wedding shoot here, planned and coordinated by Voulez Events. (Fun fact: the shoot was recently featured on Borrowed & Blue). Many of us are bibliophiles, so we went with a writing theme, accented with hues of hunter green and ivory, beginning with invitations from Hyegraph. Don’t forget to seal your invites with a kiss when you send them out!

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Evelyn Woo of Love Me Do created an intricate updo and soft make up palette for the bride. Our bride model, Lily Fontas, is also a body builder and fitness coach-check her out on Instagram! Our groom, Matthew Sundquist, is a long time yoga enthusiast and secret computer genius.

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The bride’s gown was designed by local wedding gown designer Trish Lee. We fell in love with the beautiful neckline and lace detail of this simple, yet elegant gown. The Kathe vintage wedding ring from Brilliant Earth was another group favorite (isn’t it easy to see why?).

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Every vintage San Francisco wedding needs certain elements for an authentic feel. A number of fun vintage details from Katy Birds Shop brought this story to life: Antique cameras, books, elegant silver candelabras, suitcases… even a vintage typewriter! She also put together the sweetheart table with plates, glasses and cutlery from her shop. Anyone planning a vintage San Francisco wedding–in city limits or the surrounding area–should check out her shop; she has an ever rotating inventory of vintage wedding furniture, tablewear and other cool things!

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Vibrant florals from Bells n’ Bloom added a splash of color to the altar. Check out the brides bouquet – The cascade effect was a beautiful touch. The florals lining the aisle of the church where another lovely detail.

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Of course no vintage San Francisco wedding would be complete without a cake! This wedding cake came from Ma Petite Maison Cakes. Although she made an ivory cake for us, they are available in a pretty amazing array of colors. There’s a burgundy cake with gold accents that caught my eye…

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If you are looking for a unique and intimate location for your vintage San Francisco wedding, be sure to take a look at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Elegant, beautiful, and historic, it’s a winning spot for your intimate San Francisco wedding.

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