A Luxe, Romantic Wedding at San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, California

Together since college, Bay Area native Beth Fatusi (31 and an account executive) and Eric Reidel (31 and a law associate) threw a glamorous fete in S

Together since college, Bay Area native Beth Fatusi (31 and an account executive) and Eric Reidel (31 and a law associate) threw a glamorous fete in San Francisco City Hall's rotunda, complete with two jaw-dropping gowns, odes to Beth's Nigerian heritage and classic San Francisco details that showed their 150 guests everything they love about each other. After taking cable cars to the venue, Beth made a dramatic first-look entrance in a custom, art deco-inspired Galia Lahav dress with a four-foot train, which had arrived from Israel the night before. She then changed into a Chantilly lace and organza gown with floral appliques just before the ceremony. "I really wanted Eric to see me for the first time walking down the aisle," Beth says of the extravagant costume change. "It was a surprise for everyone, including Eric." —Stephanie Cain

Going for a classic look, Eric donned a bespoke black tuxedo with a velvet bow tie, monogrammed pocket square, patent leather oxford shoes and deep purple socks to match the groomsmen and bridesmaids.
Beth's romantic bouquet of blooms, including David Austin roses, ranunculus, gardenias, orchids and tulips, softened her Galia Lahav gown's structural details.
Beth looked to Old Hollywood for her wedding day looks, including glamorous long curls she kept throughout her outfit changes and a romantic bouquet of blooms.
San Francisco City Hall's marble staircase and rotunda sold the couple immediately and influenced the invitations' gold crest. "It is indeed the crown jewel of the city, a place where we can return year after year to relive our amazing wedding memories," Beth says.
Beth's five bridesmaids and one junior bridesmaid wore long purple dresses, a hue that Beth knew would "complement each skin tone." As a bridesmaid gift, she presented each lady with crystal earrings before the ceremony.
Beth and Eric exchanged vows on the rotunda's staircase, which was lined with white flowers and gold candelabras.
Beth and Eric opted for classic white and gold invitations, which included a custom gold crest inspired by the grand staircase of San Francisco City Hall.
Mirror-topped tables offered a "glam glow," thanks to centerpieces of hydrangeas and roses, candles and gold burst chargers with ivory linen napkins.
To fit to the space's grand architectural details, Beth and Eric played with light to transform the room into a romantic dinner party. The couple even projected their custom monogram on the staircase during the reception.
Beth's first-look wedding dress inspired the four-tier cake, with the bottom layer echoing her Galia Lahav gown and the top layer shimmering like her Zuhair Murad veil.
Beth removed the tulle train of her Galia Lahav dress for the reception, turning the eye-catching gown into a sleek dress for dinner and dancing. To add a hint of sparkle, she donned Swarovski crystal shoulder jewelry.
After a traditional Nigerian engagement ceremony the day before, Beth and Eric incorporated more African elements into the reception, including a grand entrance to their favorite Nigerian song as well as fish pepper soup. "The first time he tried it, he wasn't ready for the spiciness but touched it out," Beth says. "We had a good laugh, and we knew it had to be on the menu."
Guests dined on a meal that included Nigerian favorites like fish-pepper soup and California-inspired cuisine such as chili-crusted salmon. As a dance floor snack, the couple served zobo sorbet, a refreshing Nigerian drink they made into a frozen treat to keep guests cool.
"During the planning process, surround yourself with those who truly want to help and celebrate with you," Beth says. "Their support means so much, and you'll enjoy every moment. The wedding day goes by so fast, so try to take a step back and just take it all in."