I’ve always held a special place in my heart for historical places and the Bay Area is full of some of my very favorites. So many parts of the city feel like you are in the middle of a Hitchcock film. There’s a class to these streets, a timeless California feel to every corner. In the Marin Headlands you can find the Center for the Arts, in the Presidio you can find the Golden Gate Club and deep in the heart of downtown you will find this beauty, The Mint.
The Mint, nicknamed ‘The Granite Lady’, is one of the few San Francisco buildings that survived the 1906 earthquake. It once held a third of the nations wealth before closing in 1937 and has been registered as a national historic landmark since 1961.
The Mint is dripping with charm from its grand facade, classic columns, and antique gas street lamps. This imposing structure is by far one of the most unique and luxurious places to have a wedding in the Bay Area. The entire property encompasses an impressive 92,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. There’s a wonderful mix of 19th-century architectural details and modern conveniences. Stately ballrooms contrast with fun, quirky rooms where officials once weighed coins and stacked ingots for safekeeping.
Nico and Frank reached out to capture their day at this stunning venue and I’m so glad I got to document it. Getting ready took place at the Hotel Zeppelin where the guys enjoyed some skeeball. We did a first look and bridal party photos at the Mint before heading over to the Ceremony at Saint Mary’s College Chapel in Moraga. The church was a perfect contrast to the day. We came back to the Mint for dinner and the rest of the activities of the evening in the courtyard and a few of the upstairs rooms. The Mint has some of the coolest spots for portraits. I particularly love the staircases.
Nico + Frank have got moves, man. Loved spending this day with them and all their wonderful family + friends! Hope you enjoy some of my favorites below: