Jackie & Alex | Unique First Look at Point Bonita Lighthouse

Weddings at the beautiful  Headlands Center for the Arts are always lovely, but Jackie and Alex included an extra special “first look” to their day that kicked off the celebration in a breathtaking fashion. Scroll through these fab photos from John + Louise to see what I mean…

The couple describes their favorite part of the day: “We invited all of our family and friends to join us for our first look which took place on a suspended bridge near Point Bonita Lighthouse. It had been a typically foggy San Francisco morning and just as we set off, the clouds parted. Embracing under the sun on a rickety bridge over the Pacific felt like a touch of the divine.”

After the scenic “first look,” the couple and their guests headed back to the Center for the Arts for their ceremony.

The simple raspberry-studded cake was finished with a vintage cake topper.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Because it felt like us. When we first visited we fell in love with its sense of remoteness, despite being only a few minutes outside of San Francisco. It is also walking distance from the Marin Headlands Hostel which could accommodate most of our guests. We wanted to offer friends and family an affordable weekend getaway in a spectacular and intimate setting that involved no driving once they arrived.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Having a celebration that was as true as possible to who we are as a couple.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We asked all of our friends and family to give their blessing by tying a knot to the tail of a kite which we flew to culminate our wedding ceremony.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  After months of planning, make sure to enjoy the actual day!

What advice do you have for other brides?  Be present in the moment and appreciate that it will be one of the few times in your life you will be lucky enough to have so many of the people you love in one place. And DANCE!


See more from Jackie and Alex’s scenic lighthouse wedding in the gallery.

Vendor Credits

Photographer: John + Louise / Venue: Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California / Dress: Patrick Calais / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Suit: Hugo Boss / Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew / Stationery: Three Eggs Design /


  • Noelle Almond says:

    My brother and sister in law live in SF and this layout brought back wonderful memories. I love the styling of this special day. Beautiful job…. Sincerely, Noelle

  • CJ Isaac (Charlie Juliet Photography) says:

    Such a cool space! And I love the postcards and muslin bags they gave away. Too cute! :)

  • loved seeing this wedding celebration! a little more unique to what s&i usually shares, thank you! LOVELY photography! have never heard of John + Louise and can’t wait to go visit their portfolio. congrats to the couple and thanks again for sharing this!

  • Thanks to Jackie + Alex for planning such a beautiful day! And thank you Snippet & Ink for sharing this wedding! Can’t wait to share it with all our friends…

  • I photographed this wedding along with my partner Anna. I’d actually like to compliment Snippet and Ink on their layout. This is the best I’ve seen our photos handled by an editor. And yes, that first look was something extra special for sure and tested our fear of heights.

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