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The General’s Residence at Fort Mason: A Vintage Wedding Venue in San Francisco

During a stroll through the gardens of the General’s Residence at Fort Mason it quickly became apparent why it’s become a popular San Francisco vintage wedding venue: a gorgeous, historical building, lush green hills, sweeping views of Aquatic Park, Alcatraz, and the far reaches of San Francisco Bay. I’d found half a dozen stunning locations for wedding photographs all within a few steps of the front door.

General's Residence Fort Mason, San Francisco

Gardens at General's Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Recently renovated, the residence is a romantic and private location, part of the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture but set apart from the rest of the complex (as you would imagine a general’s home would be). The grounds are quite lovely and immaculately maintained, with a circular driveway and a grand topiary fashioned into a celtic design with military precision. The building features a ballroom, dining room, lounge, and a beautiful foyer, well-appointed with Mission style furnishings and crystal chandeliers. 

Foyer of General's Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

I photographed the fashion show for the Bliss Wedding Showcase, featuring a collection of wedding gowns from Atelier Des Modistes. I loved her fabric choices and the gorgeous, feminine silhouettes of her designs.

Model twirling at Atelier des Modistes fashion show at the General's Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Photo of Atelier des Modistes fashion show at the General's Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Photo of Atelier des Modistes fashion show at the General's Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Atelier des Modistes fashion show at the Generals' Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Atelier des Modistes fashion show at the Generals' Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Check out the back detail on this gown! Definitely one of my favorites from the day.

Atelier des Modistes fashion show at the Generals' Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

The best thing about this location is the incredible light coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows in every room that overlook the lawn and the historical ships docked at Aquatic Park. The garden serves as an ideal ceremony location if you opt to rent the full location.

Bay windows at the Generals' Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Outside, there were a number of outdoor areas that are perfect for couples’ portraits. I always make it a point to find natural backdrops, even in the middle of otherwise urban locations. Some were forested, others more classic, and the yellow daisies underfoot were simply cheerful and sweet.

Gardens at the Generals' Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Gardens at the Generals' Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Gardens at the Generals' Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

The General’s Residence at Fort Mason accommodates up to 130 people. If you are planning a small to medium-sized San Francisco wedding and have your heart set on a Bay Area vintage wedding venue, this could be your dream come true.

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Feb 22, 2018

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