Arthur and I got married this weekend! We are totally elated and so full of love. The ceremony was everything we could have asked for. In fact, the entire day was perfect from start to finish. I am so happy to be Arthur’s wife. He is my soulmate.
I’ll have more photos of the actual ceremony as time progresses. I have to go through and all the great photos our family members took. And soon I’ll show you all the ones our friend/professional photographer took! But for now, I can show you the photos from our weekend honeymoon.
We got married at San Francisco city hall on Friday morning. Our guests were my parents, Arthur’s mother and grandmother, and our photographer. Since our engagement, some people have asked us why we decided not to have a big wedding with lots of guests. Although we love attending those weddings, it wasn’t what we wanted for our big day. We wanted a small ceremony in city hall with only a few guests. And we were dead set on going to San Francisco city hall because it is incredibly beautiful (as you will see when I start posting lots of our wedding photos).
After the wedding, we had lunch at the Buckeye in Tam Junction, then we headed across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to a tiny yacht harbor on Point San Pablo. There, a little boat picked us up and took us to a tiny island in the bay called East Brother Island, home of the beautiful East Brother Light Station, the gorgeous 1870′s light you see in the above photo. The lighthouse is now an inn, and we stayed there for the night.
The inn is currently kept by Dina and Peter, an adorable couple whose hospitality, kindness, and mind-blowingly delicious food made our stay truly magical. We chose to sleep in the room on the South side of the fog signal building. It was cozy and wonderful. Those big diaphone horns coming out of the roof are gorgeously loud. After breakfast the next morning, Peter fired up the old 1920′s mechanism and blasted the old fog signal for us. It seemed even louder than the modern fog signals I’ve heard. I loved it.
In my experience talking to people about lighthouses, whenever the subject of East Brother is brought up, people ask me, “is there a West Brother too?” And I tell them, “there is a West Brother Island, but no lighthouse.” The island was pretty close to East Brother, and it was populated by lots of birds and harbor seals. Arthur took a great liking to West Brother because it was covered in cormorants.
We couldn’t have asked for a more enchanting wedding day. Our entire wedding/honeymoon weekend was absolutely perfect in every way, and we were so happy to start it off with a stay at the gorgeous East Brother Light. I highly recommend you book a night or two there if you’re looking for a little bit of time away. You can visit their website here. Oh yeah, and Dina sells her homemade preserves there. We got some apple butter before we left. It was necessary.
See you on Wednesday! I’ll have more honeymoon photos then!
Amber von Nagel