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Emily and Jeffrey were married at Sausalito Presbyterian Church. Talented photographer, Ricky Wong of W Photography captured these gorgeous pictures – on the deck of the Casa Madrona Hotel before the ceremony, inside the stunning century old church, in special locations in the garden areas just outside the church, and a final “end of the evening” reception shot on the deck of Ondine. Everything within walking distance. Sausalito, a place for beauty and a Romantic Wedding.

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After being friends for 28 years, Emily and Jeffrey, with the grace and eloquence of a butterfly, transitioned into marriage at Sausalito Presbyterian Church on April 26th, 2014, and formed a loving home to include daughters Shirley and Julia.

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After a surprise butterfly release, the fourteen bridesmaids and groomsmen and the wedding guests, many from the Phillipines, took the short walk down the hill to the Ondine Reception and sunset Champagne toast.
“Best Wishes!” (photos and story by Shirley Latta)


Shirley Wedding photo from July 2013On a perfect Sausalito evening in July, tall elegant bride, Lexie, married her handsome prince charming, Steve, in a ceremony at SPC that was all about love. Lexie and her best-friend attendants entered the church down the aisle bordered with masses of fragrant rose petals and lovely rose pomanders tied to the pews. Most of the guests flew in from Seattle for a packed Sausalito-and-San Francisco weekend of celebrations.

After the ceremony the couple drove down Princess Street in a dark navy convertible with Steve at the wheel and Lexie’s long veil billowing in the evening breeze. The guests followed to the Spinnaker on the waterfront – honking horns as neighbors and tourists shouted good wishes. But not until after a “bubble shower” and a group memory photo on the front steps of the church. A passing neighbor out for an evening stroll added to the evening’s enjoyment by calling, “Wear your wedding dress on each anniversary.” How many of us could still do that?





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Wedding Aug 2013Bride Yong Bing Wei and groom Ke Guan traveled from Shanghai to be married in our beautiful church. A close friend video taped the early evening ceremony to share with family in China.

After the vows were made, the couple celebrated with a champagne toast around the piano as another friend treated everyone with Debussy’s elegant Arabesque. After a few days honeymoon exploring the Bay Area, Yong Bing and Ke will return to their home in China taking with them memories of Sausalito and our little church on the hill.

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Shirley’s blog, wonderful wedding stories: Down the Aisle

Sausalito Presbyterian Church, located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and nestled in the hills of picturesque Sausalito, has a long history of creating classic, meaningful, and unique wedding experiences. Couples of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to start their lives together in our elegant historic sanctuary. Third-generation families have shared wedding vows in our church, and couples often return to show their children where they took their vows.

The church’s shingle exterior is typical of the Arts and Crafts style of famous architect, Ernest Coxhead. The building’s Gothic-arched porch and series of peaked rooflines draw the eye skywards. Some of the church’s most breathtaking features are the dramatic pyramid-shaped vaulted ceiling, leaded glass windows, and clerestory windows above. The interior is paneled in California redwood and the original floors gleam in the sunlight. The chancel curtain is antique gold, and the pews are covered in designer fabric by Ray Eames.

Our wedding staff includes a professional Wedding Director who is with you every step of the way, a compassionate Minister to guide you in planning a meaningful personal ceremony that reflects the unique story that brought you to our church, and a skilled Music Director who plays a wide variety of music on organ or piano.The fee is $1,575, which includes 2 hours at the church, a rehearsal, minister, music, wedding director, and use of the brides room and candles. A deposit of $600 secures the date and time. For more information and to plan the wedding of your dreams, contact Wedding Director, Shirley Latta
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For wonderful stories about the diversity of couples who choose Sausalito Presbyterian Church, enjoy Shirley’s wedding blog Down the Aisle


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Wedding Receptions
Down the garden steps from the church sanctuary, Thomson Hall and the charming adjoining deck is a lovely spot to celebrate with an informal buffet or an elaborate sit down dinner. The room features beveled windows, Australian hardwood floors, subtle lighting, a baby grand piano, and sound system. The kitchen is just steps away.

The room’s capacity is 95 guests for a sit-down dinner or 110 guests for a stand-up reception. Cost is $900 for a 3-1/2 hour minimum.

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For 13 years and 800 weddings, Shirley has drawn on her life experiences in theatre, music, fashion show production, and floral arts to help couples create and orchestrate an elegant and unique wedding experience. She will be with the bridal party every step of the way, both at the rehearsal and throughout the wedding ceremony. Once your wedding date is booked, Shirley will be available to help customize your wedding to fulfill any unique needs, including flowers, the look of the church, a reception, and comprehensive resources from photographers and wedding singers to caterers.

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Dear Shirley,
We want to let you know how much we enjoyed working with you to plan our wedding at the church. You were beyond accommodating and plain fun to work with. We received many compliments, not only on the church, but also the gorgeous flowers you did for our day. You have a real gift in flower arranging.
Thank you again for making our wedding day perfect!
Courtney and Brad

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SPC05 Ralph at organ rbsMusic Director/Organist, Ralph Hooper
Ralph Hooper, composer and conductor as well as our church’s organist and choir director, has provided music for over a thousand weddings, from small private ceremonies to major, high-profile services. He is a delight to work with.

For your wedding, Ralph can offer a wide variety of classical organ works as well as theatrical and film music. Major processional music includes Jeremiah Clarke’s highly popular The Prince of Denmark’s March, Johann Pachelbel’s elegant Canon in D, as well as Richard Wagner’s traditional Bridal March. Recessional music includes Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, Henry Purcell’s exciting Trumpet Tune, and a dazzling, original arrangement of the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. And these pieces are just the beginning. For those who want to include theatrical or film music, the sky is the limit. Composers like Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber have graced a number of recent weddings.

Ralph meets with each couple in the planning stages of your wedding and then keeps in touch via email.

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