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Real Weddings: This Couple Got Married In Dreamy San Francisco City Hall

They show us just how no-fuss, intimate weddings should be done!

In April 2014, Jofer Farol and I went on a blind date set up by common friend Nicole Whisenhunt while he was visiting Manila from San Francisco. Though he left the next day for Phuket, he cut his trip short after the wedding to visit me again.

We then got to know each other better and embarked on a long distance relationship. In March 2018, under a canopy of cherry blossom trees in Kyoto, Jofer proposed and I said yes!


We wanted to have a simple, thoughtful civil ceremony surrounded by our immediate family in San Francisco City Hall, a monument to the Beaux-Arts movement, which inspired my fuss-free vintage bridal look.


Present were his children Lana, Lex, and Luke, my son Enzo, and our immediate family members. Our wedding day was heartfelt and intimate, we remembered every moment, and the weather was incredible! We hosted dinner at ATWater Tavern overlooking the Bay Bridge, Oracle Park, and the Port of San Francisco. Our San Francisco friends hosted an after-party for us at 620 Jones. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect San Francisco day.—Vicki Abary-Farol




Ceremony venue: San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, CA

Reception venue: The Crow’s Nest, ATWater Tavern
After-party venue: 620 Jones
Date of wedding: May 31, 2019
Photographer: Jay Dabatos ( and Shannon Yen Photography (
Invitations: DIY
Designer bridal gown: La Tecera Designer birdcage veil: Yuri C Wedding Shoppe
Designer groom: Suit Supply
Florist: Linda Garcia
Jewelry designer: Bracelet + engagement ring – Nicole Whisenhunt Jewelry | Wedding ring – Orogem | Necklace – Customized Chic | Earrings - vintage
Deputy Marriage Commissioner: Nancy Denny Carlson
Witnesses: Michael Abary and Leilani Farol-Leo
Giveaways: San Francisco candles by Bath and Bodyworks and customized fortune cookies by the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
Cake maker: Tres Leches cake by Noe Valley Bakery
Wedding toppers: Bunnies by Melabo Wed
Music: Spotify playlist compiled by Ryan Abary
Hair and makeup artist: Ellyse Magsino
Bridal shoe designer: Burberry
Wedding hashtag: #theonlyjofervicki