Deanna + Mike's Marin County Civic Center Wedding - Grier Cooper Photography

Deanna + Mike’s Marin County Civic Center Wedding

Deanna and Mike’s Marin County Civic Center wedding was simple and sweet, everything they wanted. “We really just wanted to be married,“ Deanna said. “We decided to have an effortless, no-frills ceremony with our families and to throw a party to celebrate later in the year.” The couple met online, but after a first date at Pizza Orgasmica (isn’t this the best name for a first-date meetup location? Like something out of a romance novel. Sadly, it’s since closed), they knew they had something special. Oh my my gosh, these two couldn’t be more lovely together.

As we had planned beforehand, we met outside room 234 (the Assessor/Recorder’s office) at Marin County Civic Center, which, if you are familiar with the ins and outs of a Marin County civil ceremony, is the place to do final paperwork before the ceremony begins. Deanna had joked, “We’ll be the ones in the black suit and white dress,“ and I had responded, “I’ll be the one with the cameras.“ As you can imagine, we spotted each other right away.

After the couple completed the paperwork for their civl ceremony, Mike and his brother joked around out in the hall. The final guests arrived and it was time for the ceremony.

The weather had been a little temperamental in the preceding days before Deanna and Mike’s wedding day, but luckily someone upstairs put out a memo to cooperate with us and the couple was able to hold their Marin Civic Center wedding outdoors by the fountain. It’s an intimate setting with beautiful views of the surrounding hills, particularly in spring, when everything is green.

Notice the slick way Mike’s brother passed off the rings midway through their ceremony… while exchanging rings and vows, the couple also started to exchange a kiss. “Not yet,” officiant Olga Lobato laughingly reminded them. “Wait till the end of the ceremony when you get my go ahead.”

After the ceremony was over, it was time for group formal photos by the fountain, followed by couples’ portraits. The Marin County Civic Center, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, has many wonderful architectural details that lend themselves naturally to wedding photography. One of my favorite parts about being a Marin Civic Center wedding photographer is the abundance of beautiful choices for couples’ wedding photos. We also took a walk down by the lake, revisiting the spot where Mike spent many happy hours as a child feeding the ducks with his family. It was the perfect end to Deanna and Mike’s Marin County Civic Center Wedding; how sweet that he’s now able to retrace those same steps with his wife!

Deanna and Mike, you are a beautiful couple, inside and out. Wishing you every happiness together through this next chapter and beyond!

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Apr 26, 2018

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