San Francisco couple Pegah Faed and Amir Rashidifar knew they wanted to get married in the town they call home. They scoured the city looking for the perfect place before falling in love with The Ritz-Carlton. “I’d actually been to a wedding there when I was 12 or 13, and I thought it was beautiful,” says Pegah. “After meeting with Marianne, the hotel’s wedding coordinator, we knew that out of all the venues in San Francisco, it was the best.”
“This shot was taken in the hotel lobby,” Pegah explains. The backdrop matched the look and feel she wanted for her wedding — modern and romantic. While the ceremony was held around a traditional Persian sofreh, or altar, the couple wanted to mix the customary elements with a clean, contemporary style.
Pegah and Amir take turns getting ready in the hotel’s Presidential Suite, which is offered to any couple on their wedding night. The generous space includes a piano and a 1,200-square-foot balcony, where staff provided refreshments and hors d’oeuvres for the bridal party. The best part, says Pegah? “That’s where we saw each other for the first time, just the two of us. And we can always go back.”
Pegah had always wanted a tented outdoor wedding, a relative rarity in San Francisco but a beautiful option in the hotel’s graceful Terrace Courtyard. Here, the couple honors their heritage with a Persian wedding tradition. “The women from the family hold a cloth over our heads and grind sugar cane on top to symbolize bringing the sweetness from their lives into our marriage.”
Though grand enough to accommodate a much larger event, the ballroom was set up to provide a comfortable, intimate atmosphere for the reception. The addition of accent lightning gives the whole room a romantic tone.
“The property handled all the food and the meal got rave reviews,” Pegah says. “And the cake was gorgeous and delicious, though I only got one bite!” The sweetest part, though, was her peace of mind. “The staff thought of everything. We brought our dog and she stayed in the suite during the reception — Marianne even went and checked on her. We hadn’t asked her to do that.”
That first dance marked the start of a big party. “I didn’t sit down once,” says Pegah. She danced the night away knowing that everything would go just as planned — and sometimes even better. “At the end of the evening, we got back to the suite and Marianne had left us champagne, chocolate strawberries and, best of all, a photo of us cutting our cake. It was just amazing.”
The perfect day

Set atop Nob Hill, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco creates highly personalized, enchanting wedding experiences in an unparalleled urban setting. Enjoy impeccable service and the finest food and beverage selections while choosing from a host of singular event venues, each one waiting to be remembered forever.

Outdoor events

Offering ample space and abundant natural light, the 1,900-square foot Terrace Room offers direct access to a beautiful outdoor terrace and a lush courtyard featuring brick walkways, sculpted hedges, a fountain and a heated tent. The space is adjoined by an 1,100-square-foot Terrace Bar and can accommodate events and weddings for up to 150 guests.

Grand receptions

Take your event to the next level with a reception in our stately ballroom, which accommodates events of 150 or more guests. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres take place in the adjacent galleries, which are elegantly appointed with vaulted ceilings, oil paintings, silk-covered walls and ornate woodwork.

Culinary bliss

Heighten your celebration with legendary catering from The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. Our culinary teams specialize in creating masterful presentations that captivate guests' palates and imaginations.

Wedding packages

From intimate celebrations to lavish affairs on a grand scale, we would be pleased to create the wedding of your dreams. Our assortment of wedding packages let you envision your ultimate fantasy while you leave all the little details to us.