Laura and Nick's Elopement at the Marin Civic Center / by Sonya Yruel

Laura told me that her love story with Nick crossed an ocean. The spark between them began with a mutual love of music and grew when the two met for the first time in London. Laura had flown there to attend the Tattoo Convention. Over time the two have become each others best friends. She says that their love is that kind of fulfilling love that makes each other the best version of themselves.

It was such a joy to spend the afternoon with these two for their elopement! We headed off to the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, for their civil ceremony on the terrace. The building is a stunning work of mid-century architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. As you glide up the escalator, the building seemingly expands before you. The scalloped repeating balconies were beautiful lines to frame the happy couple!

After their wedding, we headed off the beautiful Marin Headlands, for amazing views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Then we headed into San Francisco to Fort Point, for views under the bridge. Then the classic Palace of Fine Arts, and last but certainly not least, a favorite neighborhood, North Beach!

The escalator ride up to the Marin County Clerk’s office, and filling out the marriage license!
The engaged couple walks the hallways, meets with the Marin county clerk, and a twirl in front of the circular pool.
The civil ceremony on the lawn at the Marin County Courthouse.
Just married! Enjoying the fun Frank Lloyd Wright architecture of the Marin Civic Center.
The super 60’s style of the Marin Civic Center looks like something from the Jetsons!
We fell into an episode of Mad Men!

We fell into an episode of Mad Men!

The skylights and greenery around the Marin Civic Center are such a beautiful backdrop for the newly married couple!
Absolutely stunning Frank Lloyd Wright architecture! Laura and Nick enjoy a kiss on the balcony.
The rounded arch was the perfect frame for Laura and Nick as they were exiting the Marin Civic Center.
The bride’s tattoo from an artist in London, where she met Nick.

The bride’s tattoo from an artist in London, where she met Nick.

A quick stop in the Marin Headlands for jaw-dropping views of the Bay, the Golden Gate, and San Francisco’s skyline!

A quick stop in the Marin Headlands for jaw-dropping views of the Bay, the Golden Gate, and San Francisco’s skyline!

The historic Fort Point has beautiful old brick and a fun view of the underbelly of the Golden Gate Bridge. I love how Nick makes Laura laugh!

The historic Fort Point has beautiful old brick and a fun view of the underbelly of the Golden Gate Bridge. I love how Nick makes Laura laugh!

A stop at one of San Francisco’s historic architectural gems, the Palace of Fine Arts!

A stop at one of San Francisco’s historic architectural gems, the Palace of Fine Arts!

North Beach has a special place in my heart and in Laura’s too, so this was our last, but not least, scenic stop!

North Beach has a special place in my heart and in Laura’s too, so this was our last, but not least, scenic stop!

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