Over a busy Thanksgiving weekend in 2016, Karen and Cordova’s love story began when Cordova initiated contact on a dating app. Karen, having been occupied with Black Friday shopping, responded after 3 days.
After a month of calling and texting, Cordova set up their first date at the Stem Kitchen and Bar in San Francisco. Cordova recounts the moment when they met face to face for the first time and the bear hug that Karen gave him. Although they were nervous about their first meet up, they easily felt accustomed to each other through the dinner as they chatted and learned more about each other. They said the most memorable thing was how easy it was to strike a meaningful conversation with each other, and how comfortable they made each other feel. After the dinner, Cordova busted out a cooler in his car that contained a home made version of Karen’s favorite ice cream. That won her heart!
Fast forward two years, Karen and Cordova had a mini golf date followed by a family picnic at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley. Although Cordova hinted several times about his imminent proposal (large empty backpack, ring box protruding in his pant pocket, wearing a long sleeve sweatshirt in 70 degree weather, and opting to initiate pictures with the family), Karen apparently had zero clue! Toward the end of the BBQ, Cordova asked his Uncle Allen to snap a photo for them, and there he dropped to one knee and proposed to Karen!
For their wedding, they had a San Francisco City Hall ceremony, and a Chinese style tea ceremony and reception two weeks later. During the City Hall ceremony, their cousin Anna was able to help them watch over their fur baby, Bailey, outside while we took photos inside. After capturing some beautiful photos of them with the City Hall architecture, we moved outside where we met Bailey in his sharp puppy tuxedo. You can see the happiness on Bailey’s face!
Browse on to see this beautiful couple’s first look, ceremony, and portraits in the San Francisco City Hall!