2020 Recap

Wow, what can we say about 2020?  It wasn’t the year any of us imagined at this time last year, was it?

Well, I’m still going to do a quick recap of my year & overall it was quite good.

I did a few in-person races in the first few months of the year.

Coldwater Rumble 20 miler, the First Watch Sarasota Half in early February, where my boss ran his first half marathon!!, Mermaid Half in San Diego, the Black Canyon 60k, where I finally conquered that course and got a finish!! and the 35th edition of the Los Angeles Marathon.

Some tidbits from these races.  I started the year after a 2 month break/burnout last year.  Coldwater was just a fun run, where I did only one loop to get in a long run for Black Canyon.  Sarasota, not my favorite race, mostly due to race organization, was beautiful & a great race to share with some co-workers.  Mermaid Half was a gorgeous day out at Mission Bay, Sean & I ran together and had a great time.  I remember that I ran the first 8 miles without stopping which was pretty cool especially considering where I was fitness wise at that point of the year.  Black  Canyon was super chill, my only goal was to finish the race,  I had a DNF & DNS and really just wanted a finish.  I finished right at sunset which was incredible.  LA Marathon was our last race before everything locked down. I was super close to a course PR and ran the first 16 miles without stopping, which was huge for me, I ran 15 miles straight at Chicago last year but at a slower speed & no hills so this was a big confidence booster.

After LA, I did a bunch of virtual races, including the Limitless Challenge with Aravaipa Running where I managed to secure the fastest treadmill female to climb the equivalent of Mt Everest.

My coach, TJ from Run Doyen, helped me train for mile time trial in August & I ran a 5:56 mile!! That was pretty exciting.  If you are looking for a coach, I can definitely recommend RunDoyen – they have a bunch of different coaches and I’ve been working with TJ all year and we’ve had a great time!

I took a little break from running again after this and barely ran in Sept – Nov.  This month, I kicked it up a notch and ran an unofficial PR of 1:42 in the half marathon for my virtual Holiday Half.

I partnered with NordicTrack this year & we got a new X32i treadmill which is incredible.  I have already run over 500 miles on it & am loving the huge screen that makes you feel like you are on the trail/path with the trainer.  Want to learn more about the NordicTrack Incline Treadmills head here.  Over the whole year, I’ve run more than 900 miles (up to 34 miles in one go) on the treadmill, which is crazy to me, but it’s been helping me so much to build up endurance, control my breathing & stay consistent.

We got a Peloton bike in late May & while I love the treadmill, the bike has changed my life.  I love having another lower impact cardio option, riding with friends & just being on the bike.  It’s definitely changed my way of training.  After only 6 months, I’m almost at 250 rides and just love hopping on the bike almost every day. I’m super excited to be doing my first Power  Zone challenge in January with a few friends.  Thinking about getting a Peloton for yourself? Use my code Y87NQW to save $100 on accessories (mat, shoes, weights) and after 10 rides you’ll get your own code to share with others!

Food:  One of my favorite places that we ate this year was Laduree x MK in Beverly Hills.  It was incredible & all 100% plant based.  Probably one of our most expensive meals, outside of Harry’s Bar in Venice LOL but so worth it, especially since it would be one of our last dine-in meals of the year.

I started cooking a lot.  I’ve come up with some fun new meals, one pot pasta, all the wraps & sandwiches. I’m loving creating lots of fun new meals every day.

We have been getting boxes from a company called Hungryroot since March & I absolutely love them.  We also get fresh veggies from Imperfect foods.  We’ve tried meals from Green Chef, Territory Foods & Factor Foods as well.

After being home most of the year, we have decided to update our kitchen and have been spending a good portion of November & December coming up with a plan on what to do.  We got a new pantry cabinet, a new stove & range hood on the way.  We’re going to paint the walls, update the counters & backsplash tile.  It’s pretty exciting and I’ll be updating our progress on here as we go along.  We may update the flooring too but that will be a decision for after everything else is done ;).

We did go on two trips this fall, once to Arizona so Sean could run the Mogollan Monster 100k in Pine AZ.  We camped out and stayed as far away from others as we could.  I couldn’t even crew Sean because their permit only allowed for 50 people total including volunteers/runners.  I basically hung out near the camp ground and read/played computer games & did a little hiking.

Then in October we went on a road trip to Moab so Sean could run Moab240.  This one was a bit more nervewracking for me and honestly it was a game time decision to even go.  I am super glad I did but I was really uncomfortable being around other people.

We decided to make this a vacation and hit up a bunch of our National Parks.  We started at Canyonlands, which was incredible.  Then we hit up Arches, which is nice, much smaller & waaaay more crowded. Then made our way to Bryce Canyon which was so much nicer than I was expecting and finally on to Zion where we got to go to Observation Point & stay in a Conestoga Wagon, which was pretty cool.

We’ve spent a lot of time exploring our local trails, hitting up various sections of the PCT & Mount Laguna areas.  We hung out with the cows & climbed Cuyamaca Peak a half dozen times.

Honestly, after all the travel that we did last year, it was kind of nice to be home & have quality time with Sean.

All in all while being stuck at home for the majority of the year was a lot different for us & I got super frustrated at times not being able to just do what we want, it wasn’t a horrible year and I’m super grateful for a work from home job, a backyard, nice weather and for my health & ability to be able to stay home.

Here’s to a new year, new goals, new adventures & a new kitchen!





Win It Wednesday! LA Marathon

I’m partnering with the Los Angeles Marathon to share my story with the race.  I have received complementary entry in exchange for this & other posts.  As always, my opinions are  my own.

The 2019 race will be my 5th time running LA.  Sean will be running his 8th LA Marathon.  It’s the one race (outside of Tahoe 200) that we run every year.

My first time running LA was back in 2015 for the 30th Anniversary.  It was also the last time that Asics was the main sponsor & it was incredibly hot!  I remember that the race seemed to go really fast because they had these huge pop-ups at each aid station that you could see in the distance.  Recap here.

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2016 was the year of the Olympic Trails which was so fun!  It was so hot that day, unfortunately for the elites. The marathon was on Valentine’s Day this year which was kind of cool.  We thought it was going to be super hot like the day before, but it was actually pretty nice that day. Olympic Trails RecapRace Recap.

2017 was a rough year, my hamstring tendonitis was coming to a head and I struggled big time this year.  It was a little cooler this year too & the finish was kind of foggy.  Recap here.

2018 I went in not really knowing how things were going to go.  I was back from my injury and I wanted to run strong.  It wasn’t a perfect race, but it was my best time yet on this course & finally ran under 4:30!  Recap here.

2019… My original goal was to try to go sub 4 this year.  But with all the issues I’ve been having this month, I’m not sure that is realistic at this point so I will see where I am in March and if running for time isn’t in the cards, I’ll run for fun.  And this race is a lot of fun!

So who wants to run the LA Marathon in March?

Giveaway is for one entry to the LA Marathon in Los Angeles on March 24, 2019.  Travel is not included.

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#IAMLIMITLESS Movement & Thoughts on what’s to come in 2018

I’m partnering up with FitApproach & Gixofit to kick off the #IAMLIMITLESS movement for 2018.  This is a sponsored post.

After a rough 2017, I was totally looking forward to a clean slate and starting 2018 on a very positive note.  When FitApproach asked me to be a part of the #IAMLIMITLESS campaign, it was at the perfect time.  I had been floundering at the end of 2017, stuck in a rut where, like I mentioned in my Resolution Run recap, I was sitting on the couch being sucked into iPhone games when I wasn’t working.

I had gone from being incredibly motivated to being lazy, not able to motivate myself to do anything but eat & sleep when I wasn’t working or traveling.  But as Sean & I were hiking up the boulders on New Year’s Eve, I realized that I was giving into my fears.  Somewhere along the way last year, I got sucked into all the drama I was seeing on Facebook and scared myself out of leaving my house.  How did that happen?

As I was climbing up those boulders, some of which were significantly bigger than I was, I knew that I had to push past my fears if I wanted to reach my goals.  One of my biggest fears, the one that most likely let all the Facebook drama win, failure. But fail at what? Running.













Now why would I say I’m afraid to fail at running.  I’ve done 42 half marathons, 17 marathons, 7 50ks, 2 50 milers & a 100k.  I’ve DNF’d at 4 races so obviously I’m not afraid of not finishing.  But what if I actually worked really hard & I failed?  I was putting all this pressure on myself before I even started.

It was time to put all that and all the baggage from 2017 behind me and push past these limits I put on myself.  Let’s see what happens then.  I’ve already seen that at the end of a long week of running I can almost beat my half marathon PR, with little training, so what could I do if I actually trained.

After seeing Billy Yang’s newest film, The Why, it was important to share my Why (re: Running) with you, my friends and followers.  It was something I’ve been pondering for months, since I got injured.  Why do I want to do this?

My biggest goals for 2018? Explore, adventure, try new things and enjoy every minute.

Now that I’ve seen that I can almost beat my half PR, I definitely want to crush that.  I’d love to go under 4 hours in the marathon, get a Western States qualifier & do my first 100 miler.  I want to find a group of people to run & to train with (when we are in town).

I have a bunch of races on the schedule for the first half of the year.  I’m looking forward to doing a mix of shorter distances along with ultras as well.  We are working on our summer/fall schedule now that the lotteries are pretty much finished, with hopefully a few new races on the schedule.

I’m also looking forward to visiting some new places while revisiting places we’ve been before.  We have been traveling a lot & we have a tendency to revisit places quite often so we decided to kick off the year with a trip to a new to us destination, Borrego Springs on the edge of San Diego County & home to one of the largest state park in California, Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  If the wives tale saying what you do on New Year’s is what you do all year is true, if we visit somewhere new hopefully we’ll visit a lot of new places ;).

And on that note, we’ve already booked our first trip to visit Yosemite in May.  I’m so excited to finally get to visit!

I’ve been dealing with a lot of digestive distress, so I’m transitioning to a vegan diet and completely eliminated dairy & eggs.  I’m looking forward to fixing my gut & getting back to feeling better in that area.

Some of this years goals are more broad than I’ve done in the past but as the year goes on, I’ll flesh them out as I push past my limits.

Have you ever imposed limits on yourself?  How did you push past them?

prAna & the #WeirdWorkout

I’m super excited to be partnering with prAna and Fitapproach as they debut their new fall line.

To kick off fall, prAna has teamed up with Organic Valley for a super awesome contest surrounding #WeirdWorkout.  You’ve probably seen a few of my photos on Instagram and some other on Instagram & Twitter.IMG_5429

So you say you want a chance to win $300 worth of prAna gear & a 2 month supply of Organic Fuel?


Head over here to enter.

There are six ways to play and 10 people will win.  The contest runs from August 15 – 31, 2016.  Ten winners will swing away with some awesome Organic Fuel swag, a two month supply of Organic Fuel and $300 in credit to use on prAna.com.

Don’t forget to post your #WeirdWorkout photos on Instagram – we want to see too!  Use the hashtags #WeirdWorkout, #SweatprAna, #sweatpink AND #prAnaFallStyle.

In September, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on 2 new fall pieces, both of which are made with organic cotton, the super cute Yarrah dress that I’m excited to wear it for work & London Jean (shown on the far left model in the second photo) if they are anything like the Meme Pants I already own, I’m going to be super happy.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you might remember that I’ve had the opportunity to review the Meme Pant & the Prism Capri, both of which I really like.

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Want to get some pieces from the new fall line?  Use code PFS16LEGS to save 15%.

Don’t forget to enter the contest and tell me what’s your favorite #WeirdWorkout?

January Recap & February Yoga Challenge

It’s hard to believe we are already one month into 2016.  So here’s a quick recap of what happened in January & what’s coming up in February for me.

January was a relatively quite month for us, we kicked off 2016 here in San Diego and only had one road-trip runcation to Phoenix for the Coldwater Rumble.

Mount Woodson Fun

Running – 122 miles (just shy of my 125 monthly goal to get to 1,500)
31 days of strength training
2 races – SD Trail Marathon & Coldwater Rumble – recap coming
2 trips to Phoenix (one for work, one to run :))
2 weeks of being sick
1 trip to Mount Laguna to find snow


Last month Sean & I started incorporating a strength training routine into our daily schedule.  This routine is pretty simple and we modify it based on what we have going on (races, being sick, etc) it’s really been helping us both with our running.

The nice thing about this routine is that you can make it as hard or easy as you would like.

Pushups – 5 sets (I’m up to 50 total which is huge for me since I could barely do 5 when we started)
Bicycles – 200 or more
Scissor Legs &/or Flutter kicks – 100 each
Squats – 5 sets (again I do about 50 they make my knee hurt)
Lunges – 5 sets (again I do 50ish these too make my knee hurt)
Plank – 3 minutes minimum including 30/60 sec of side plank (each side)

I plan to keep it going past the challenge end date of Feb 14.  And this month I will be adding in yoga to my daily schedule.


To kick off my February Yoga Challenge (this is my own personal challenge to do at least a short yoga routine every day in February) I’m joining Fit Approach and Prana for the #pranaSpringStyle #PoseofTheDay Challenge from Feb 1 – 5.

Want to join in?  Here’s what we’ll be working on this week.

Feb 1: Let’s get a little WILD for Monday! Drop a Wild Thing for today’s #poseoftheday and the first day of #prAnastyle!

Feb 2: It’s #transformationtuesday! For today’s #sweatpink and #prAnastyle #poseoftheday, show us what you’re working on in your practice! Bust out some blocks and straps, grab a spotter or a wall. It’s about the journey, not the destination, right? 😉 Full pigeon or dancer tip: use a strap to make the overhead bind!

AND / OR: There’s always a way to modify a posture! Working on #handstand? Grab a wall for L-pose! It’s a great way to build core and shoulder strength, and to get used to the feeling of having your hips up over your shoulders.

Feb 3: Rock out your favorite standing balance pose today! It can be anything that challenges your balance on one leg, so don’t hesitate to get creative and, as always, have fun!

Feb 4: Today we’re working on expanding through the spine even as we’re strength-building and staying grounded in a lunge. Option 1: Crescent Lunge with a backbend.

AND/OR: Option 2: Reverse Warrior. Keep sinking down into your lunge even as you are arching through your side body behind you! Ground down to lift up!

Feb 5: For the LAST day of the #sweatpink #poseoftheday challenge, show us what your favorite #restorative posture is! Child’s Pose, Savasana, Legs Up the Wall… Enjoy and relax!

Use the following hashtags each day: #sweatpink #poseoftheday #flexandflow #stopdropandyoga #yogaeverydamnday #prAnastyle #prAnaspringstyle and tag @fitapproach @prAna

February is going to be a busy month for us with a lot of travel, the LA Marathon, Marathon Olympic Trials, Gasparilla Half Marathon and of course lots and lots of running.


Lots of running, traveling, yoga & strength training coming up in February!  Have a great month!

2015 Goal Review & 2016 Goals

This year has been a whirlwind and it’s hard to believe it’s at a close.  Sean & I have had so many adventures it’s hard to keep them all straight.  We’ve got lots planned for 2016 already but we’ll get to that.


So how did I do on those goals I set 12 months ago? Let’s see…

1) Run Nutrition – I’m actually getting a little better at this, but it is definitely a work in progress.  Funny enough I’m really enjoying Natures Valley Oats and Honey Crunchy Granola Bars right now although you do need some water with them but if it gets me to eat then it’s all good.  I’m also eating orange slices, we have an orange tree in our yard and the oranges are amazing!
2) Running straight – Again this is still a work in progress, but I did run the Thanksgiving Classic 10 miler with no walking and I completed my first half marathon (SD Holiday Half) with no walking!! which is huge progress.  I’m not opposed to some walking though, I started with Galloway so it’s always going to be something I think I fall back on.
3) Mental Toughness – Again still a work in progress, but I do have a new mantra I Can & I Will and it seems to be helping me a lot.
4) Trail/Hill Running – I’m definitely getting stronger, I still don’t enjoy hills but I am definitely getting stronger.
5) Cross Training – So/So
6) Core work – I’ve started doing more strength training and am doing a daily challenge that is definitely helping.
7) Eating healthy & drinking more water – This is always going to be a work in progress I think :).

So basically, most of my goals for 2015 were things that are probably always be a work in progress or maybe ebb and flow throughout the year.

Now for all the other fun stuff.

This year I moved to San Diego in March, and then in July married my soul mate in a fabulous ceremony at the People’s Palace in San Francisco, in October we went on an amazing 2 week honeymoon in Italy. I’ve taken 46 flights this year all over the country & world.

Running wise, I’ve done 6 half marathons, 3 marathons, my first 50k and attempted my 2nd as well as a few other races.  I’ve run in Italy, Hawaii, Arizona, Utah, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada and of course California.

And now for my 2016 goals!!!


  1. PR the marathon – I have steadily been going backwards as far as time with 2 very slow marathons this year so I really am looking forward to breaking this streak and running a great marathon!
  2. Really train, in 2015 I just coasted along and didn’t really train for anything, I just ran for fun, hence the slow marathon times, this year I want to still run for fun, but train for at least a few races.
  3. Run in at least one new place, I think I might already have this covered since we’ll be heading to Tampa in February for the Gasparilla half marathon (I ran in Orlando, but I don’t recall ever running in Tampa).
  4. Run at least one new distance this year…hum…what distance should that be???
  5. Keep up with the Winter Strength Challenge I started on Dec 15 and make this a daily habit for the whole year not just the 2 months of the challenge
  6. Be more timely with writing my race recaps on the blog
  7. Write at least 2 blog posts a week
  8. Drink more WATER!!!  Always a good goal

I’m sure I’ll think of more or change thing up as the year progresses but these are the big ones.

Good luck to everyone and here’s to a Happy & Healthy 2016!!

What are your goals for 2016?

My favorite things of 2015

This has been a fabulous year and I can only hope that 2016 is just as fabulous.  I thought I would share some of my favorite moments of 2015.

January – Visiting Sean’s family in Hawaii and getting to see a bunch of the places he’s visited over the years. And of course crewing for him at H.U.R.T. 100.

hurt 100, hawaii, trail running, ultra running, oahu

February – Starting the month off running the Xterra McDowell Mountain 15 mile Trail race and ending the month at the Phoenix Marathon (1/2) both with Sean!

Phoenix Marathon, 2015, marathon, half marathon, race bling

March – Running the 30th Anniversary of the LA Marathon and meeting Deena Kastor!  And of course moving to San Diego.

Deena Kastor, LA Marathon, 2015, LA Marathon expo, Los Angeles, asics, marthon

April – A couple of firsts, my first juice cleanse and my first 50k.  Finishing hand in hand with Sean was a huge highlight.

Stephanie Plomarity Photography, Leona Divide, 50k, 50 mile finish line, ultramarathon, lululemon, altra running

May – Making friends at the M2B marathon. And a great time at my first local race, the San Diego Rock n’ Roll half.

m2b, marathon, mountains to beach, 2015, race bling

June – Crewing for Sean at the SD 100.  Running my first 6 hour run – running around a 1 mile loop for 6 hours is not easy ;).

SD100, Finish Line, Ultra Race, 100 miles, San Diego

July – A pre-wedding race at the SF Marathon and then the most fabulous day marrying my love.

San Francisco City Hall, People's Palace, Carmen Alvarez Photography, San Francisco, SF Wedding

August – Starting off married life crewing the AC 100.


September – Crewing & Pacing Sean at the Tahoe 200.  This was such an amazing experience, I am so glad I was able to be there for him.


October – 2 weeks in Italy and specifically our time in the Dolomiti.  This was one of the most relaxing and amazing adventures I’ve taken.  And running the Venice Marathon was pretty fun too.


November – Hands down one of my favorite races Revel Canyon City was a blast.

Run Revel, Revel Canyon City, Los Angeles, California, half marathon, Azusa, Finish Line, Race Medal

December – Last minute entries into The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship race and getting to run with a new friend.


I’m truly blessed and thank you all for following along on my adventures.  Best wishes to you all for a healthy and happy 2016!

Happy Running!

The Runny Legs Christmas Wishlist

I shared the Bibrave stocking stuffer guide on Monday, and now I’m sharing my personal Christmas wishlist.

I have had a fabulous year, including marrying my soul mate and traveling all over the world and while I don’t need anything, there are always things that I would like to have.

First and foremost on my list?

The new Altra Olympus 2.0 in this super pretty pink/purple color.  I am really excited about these trail shoes.  Altra has made a lot of changes to this model, most importantly a significant drop in the weight of the shoes.  From 10.7 oz for the Olympus 1.5 to 9 oz for the 2.0.  They updated the upper so its softer & more flexible. With the addition of the Vibram outsole, more traction and less weight the Olympus is something I’m super excited to try.

Altra Running, Olympus 2.0, trail shoes, road shoes, running, hiking

Next up, I know I just got a Garmin Forerunner 225 but if budget was no issue or I won the lottery, I would love love love to have a Fenix 3.  I think it’s so pretty and can be worn not only as a running watch but also an everyday watch.

I love this fenix 3 sapphire in white.  It’s got a 1.2 inch sunlight readable color Chroma display with a high strength domed sapphire lens.  It has outdoor navigation features like a 3 axis compass, an altimeter and baromoter and TracBack feature. (I’m not sure what all that means but it sounds cool).

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Really cool is that it has a GPS track log which allows you to create a “bread crumb trail” and mark different locations so your friends and family can follow you on line.  It has built in sensors to show you your heading, your current elevation and weather changes.

While I don’t need any of these cool features I just think this is such a cool watch.  But at $599 it’s a little more than my budget.

Next up…If you follow me on Instagram you know I love Lululemon and my favorite items are Speed Shorts and the whole Run Swiftly line (specifically the tanks and long sleeves).

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I’m loving these purple & blue flowered shorts, this heathered berry long sleeve swiftly and this heathered slate swiftly tank is super cool looking.  But I love pretty much anything Lulu.  #luluaddict 😉

And now this is totally off the wall but I would love for Sean to get an entry into UTMB so we can go back to Europe and run the mountains again.  For the record, he has a ton of points so I’m sure if he wanted to he has enough points to register but it’s definitely not a on a whim trip.

I know we were talking about it and if only I had been able to finish the North Face Endurance Challenge in Utah, I would have had a qualifier for OCC race (55k) so we could both have had an chance to run.

After our trip to Avelengo in October, we are both itching to get back to the European mountains.  And one day we will :).

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And last on my wishlist…a GoPro so we can video our adventures.  Which one? Ideally the Hero Black or Silver so we had the most features.  And both of those have a 12mp camera.  The higher the better, right?

GoPro, Hero4, black, video, camera GoPro, Hero4, silver, video, camera

Outside of the new Olympus, most of these items are a bit of a stretch but a girl can dream, right?

What’s on your Holiday Wishlist?


Photos: Olympus 2.0 from www.altrarunning.com, Fenix 3 from www.garmin.com, Lululemon from www.lululemon.com and GoPros from www.gopro.com.

Travel & Writers Block

In the past 6 weeks, I’ve spent 2 weeks in Italy, traveled to Phoenix three times and driven up to Pasadena.  We’ve run/walked/hiked 270 miles and run 2 races.  And so many times, I’ve sat down to write race recaps and thank goodness I didn’t have any reviews due because I’ve been exhausted and just haven’t been able to write or had the desire to do so.

November 2015 miles

Fortunately this is my personal blog and it’s not my job so it’s OK if I take a break.  I have so much to share, I haven’t even finished my wedding recaps yet, but I needed a break.

As we enter December, I have a lot to accomplish. And so I’m putting out a few goals for the month.

  1. Publish at least 2 blog posts a week – I don’t think I posted anything in November (oops) so Thank You to everyone who reads this :).
  2. Start a plank a day streak
  3. Log 1,250 miles for the year.  I’m already at 1,149 so that should be relatively easy to do.

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What else is happening this month?  We will be running in the NorthFace Endurance Challenge Championship in San Francisco this weekend and we are running the San Diego Holiday Half at the end of the month, it’s at over 85% full so if you are looking for a race to finish up the year in San Diego, now would be the time to sign up.

I’ve got 2 races on the calendar for January, SD 50 Trail Marathon and Coldwater Rumble 52k the following week so lots of long trail runs are in my future.

Have you ever had a time when you had writers block?  What did you do to get out of it?


Becoming #TeamNakamura: Picking a Ceremony Venue

I realize I’m kinda jumping around with my recaps here, but I guess that’s what happens when you are excited :).

If you are new to reading our recaps, here you go…

Reception Location

I think I’ve mentioned before that after Sean & I got engaged, we immediately knew that we wanted to get married in San Francisco.  It was an important place in our relationship since we had our first date there and we got engaged there.

Somewhere, after we decided that Paris was out of the question, I saw a photo of SF City Hall on the Facebook page of one of my favorite, but way out of our price range wedding photographers, Jasmin Star, and I knew at that instant that I had found the place where we were going to be married.

San Francisco City Hall, People's Palace, Carmen Alvarez Photography, San Francisco

Now, I know that sometimes, getting married at City Hall kind of gives the vibe that you are going to elope or it’s super casual, but this is by far one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve seen.  It’s like a European museum and even though I booked it sight unseen, I knew this was a very special place.  And then later I found out that Marilyn Monroe married Joe Dimaggio there which is pretty exciting.

There’s 2 ways to get married at City Hall, you can either make an appointment to get married in the rotunda, which is beautiful, but you are technically only supposed to have 6 guests and the public can be around you while you are getting married.  And you can only make the appointment I believe 90 days out from the ceremony.

Or the other way is to reserve either the North or South side of the 4th floor or the Mayor’s Balcony for $1,002 and then you can have your own private ceremony for 1 hour.  We picked a Monday so we didn’t really have to worry too much about having other weddings wanting our time.  The only disappointing thing was that we did want more of an afternoon event, and they couldn’t guarantee that because a mayoral event was scheduled later that day.  So we decided to do a late morning ceremony & then have a luncheon for the reception.

San Francisco City Hall, People's Palace, Carmen Alvarez Photography, San Francisco

The City Hall Events website has a lot of information and answered a lot of my questions.  We choose to get married during the week, but there is an option that is quite a bit more expensive to allow you to have a private ceremony on Saturday.  There is a package that includes up to 200 attendees, but it is $5,000 vs. the $1,002 for the weekday ceremony.  Needless to say, we were fine with a weekday :).

You could also make an appointment to get your marriage license there as well before the ceremony, but we didn’t think we would have time and didn’t want to wait until the last minute, so we got ours in San Diego instead.   It’s still best to make an appointment so you don’t have to wait in what might be a really long line.  We went to the downtown location, because it was where we went on the night we met, but there are a few other locations around the county.

SF Wedding, Marriage License, San Diego County

The nice thing about picking a venue like the San Francisco City Hall is that there was no need for any added decor, and due to the fact that we only had the space for an hour, there wasn’t time to have much of anything added on.  We did add on chairs for our guests.  You could either have a basic folded chair for $3.50 each or gold Chivari chairs for $7.00 each.  I liked the look of the Chivari chair so we went with them.

San Francisco City Hall, People's Palace, Carmen Alvarez Photography, San Francisco

Sean & I arrived a little late to the ceremony, but we were able to get a bunch of photos there with our photographer Carmen Alvarez Photography.  She did an awesome job of getting some great shots around City Hall.

San Francisco City Hall, People's Palace, Carmen Alvarez Photography, San Francisco, 3rd Floor, Fancy Windows, SF Wedding

All in all we were thrilled with the venue and are were so excited.  It was the perfect ceremony location for us.

San Francisco City Hall, People's Palace, Carmen Alvarez Photography, San Francisco, SF Wedding