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San Francisco City Hall Elopement: Samantha & Milagro

IQphoto Studio

March 14, 2016

Sam and Millie were introduced by a mutual friend in 2007, then attended a summer concert in 2008 with a group of friends. In 2009, they were reunited at a nightclub where they danced together for the first time. They became official that fall and have been together ever since.

Sam proposed to Millie who had no idea it was coming. At the time, they were spending the summer apart while Sam was finishing up an internship in Kansas and Millie stayed in Oklahoma. They tried visiting each other every weekend. One weekend, Sam walked in with a cookie cake, celebrating the fact that she and Millie are known for their love of all things “cookie.” Sam asked Millie to open the cake, but she was so involved with her case study that she remembers saying “give me a second.”

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Sam asked again, and Millie opened the cake, which read, “Will you marry me?” When Millie looked at Sam again, she was on one knee with a ring in hand. Her voice was shaking and she could barely speak. Millie immediately said yes. She considered it the Best Day Ever!

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Originally, Sam and Millie were simply planning a vacation in San Francisco. They discussed taking the plunge, and Sam suggested they look at San Francisco City Hall. They both decided almost immediately that the strikingly beautiful building was the perfect place to get married.

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When they first became engaged, Millie wanted a full-scale wedding with family and friends. They discussed the event with their loved ones and realized how much planning would be involved. They attended a bridal show and felt overwhelmed by the experience. As a result, they agreed to an elopement. Sam researched City Hall, a hair and makeup artist and their wonderful photographer.

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IQphoto Studio

The morning of their wedding, they bought their bouquets at a flower cart on the side of the street. Sam’s mother gave her a ribbon with a photo of her late father on it before she left Orlando, and they wrapped the ribbon around Sam’s bouquet. Millie added a yellow flower to her bouquet to represent her mother’s favorite color, as she couldn’t be there to celebrate with them. Millie and Sam spent the rest of their morning being pampered by their hair and makeup artist.

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Sam and Millie shared their advice for other engaged couples, writing, “To to all couples: Follow your heart. Do what is going to make you happy as a couple. Having other opinions is nice, but remember that it is your day. To same-sex couples: Do your research. For us, it was important to get married somewhere that was accepting and utilizing companies that promoted gay marriage.” 

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Photographer:  IQphoto Studio // Event Venue: San Francisco City Hall

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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