It’s always so fun to learn about a wedding venue that I didn’t know about before, like the Penthouse at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel. Lilly and John were joined by 90 guests for their wedding at the historic venue. The couple wanted their wedding to feel like a chic cocktail party in a fabulous apartment, with amazing food, an amazing location and amazing views. The ceremony took place on the balcony overlooking San Francisco, after which guests were able to explore the penthouse, playing pool in the billiards room, nibbling on hors d’oeuvres in the living room, and dancing in the dining room.

Says Lilly, “We pretended that we were throwing a party at our apartment which was super helpful with focusing our attention on what we really wanted, instead of the many wedding things that everyone says you must have. We decided there would be no walking down the aisle, no first dance and no sit-down dinner. And that we definitely wanted black tie, amazing food and definitely Russian vodka!”

How amazing is this Persian-inspired billiards room?

Framed photos of Lilly, John and their families were placed around the penthouse to give it a lived-in feel. Pink peonies were arranged in vases throughout.

To honor her Russian heritage, Lilly and her family made flavored vodka which was served from an ice bar, which featured iced shot glasses and a selection of caviar. Pink cocktail napkins which were personalized with celebratory Russian sayings.

Photography: Kate Harrison

Planning: Lauren Geissler at Downey Street Events

Venue: Penthouse at The Fairmont San Francisco

Bride’s dress / shoes: La Sposa / Valentino

Bridesmaid dress / clutch: J.Crew / Eclu

Hair / makeup: Julie Morgan

Flowers: Not Just Flowers

Officiant: Rabbi Gershon from A Sacred Event

Catering: Adriana McKee-Abbe for Barbara Llewellyn

Congratulations Lilly and John! And thanks so much to Lauren Geissler and Kate Harrison who shared details and photos from this gorgeous wedding.

(Photos submitted via Two Bright Lights.)

Eclu is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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  1. Annie @ MarryYouMe

    The Fairmont is fabulous – as were the pink flowers and all the Russian touches in this wedding!

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  2. ever ours

    that venue is pretty amazing.

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  3. April

    HOLY MOLY. Now THAT'S a wedding! WOW. I loved my informal beach wedding but this one has me feeling a teeny bit envious today…

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  4. Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life

    the pops of pinks on the bridesmaid clutches is just too much fun!

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  5. Vou me casar

    That is so beautiful!! Is a great inspiration for my blog.. I'm your follower for a long time :D

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  6. libbyjames

    oh my goodness what a gorgeous wedding! i love the flavored vodka and ice bar…yum! =)xx libby

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  7. kate harrison

    Hooray for Lilly & John! Thanks so much for featuring their beautiful wedding. :)

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    • Julie Morgan

      Kate, you did an amazing job capturing Lilly’s wedding, Loved her!… love you too, Kate.
      Just Beautiful!

  8. Shang

    Such a gorgeous venue! SF is one of my favorite cities =)

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  9. Anne

    Oh my, those shoes! Love!

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  11. Julie Morgan

    p.s. Lauren, you are an amazing event planner. I love working with you.

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