An autumn theme creates a cheery city-meets-country wedding

Saturday mornings, San Francisco's historic Ferry Building teems with locals and tourists perusing the farmers market, but on the evening of September 16, the entire place belonged to just one couple (and 130 of their nearest and dearest). Stacy Rosecan, 34, and Mark Hagan, 37, moved to San Francisco in 1999, not long after meeting in Colorado. “We'd always liked the city's aura. It's outdoorsy and full of life and activity,” says the bride. A few years later, Mark proposed as they toured the region by prop plane. On a mountaintop, he had raked the words “Stacy, marry me.”

After the cocktail hour, which featured vodka lemonade and a high school jazz band, they did their first dance, to Al Green's “Let's Stay Together.” The only problem with the song, according to Mark, was its timing. “The band played the extended version, and since we'd only learned to dance the four-minute one, we ran out of moves.” The Ferry Building continues to have a special place in their hearts. “It seems so incredible that we got married there,” says Stacy. On a recent trip back, there was no dancing or vodka, but it was perfect nonetheless. “We bought our favorite bakery goodies and sat by the bay,” says Stacy, “and watched the ferries go by.” —Anna Jane Grossman

Our Favorite Things

Walking on Air: An avid shoe collector, Mark surprised his best man and his father with patent-leather Adidas. “We were the most comfortable guys there,” says Mark.

Sugar High: In a nod to the couple's weakness for sweets, chocolate-dipped cheesecake sticks and warm beignets were served after the wedding cake.

To the Letter: A friend designed a monogrammed logo that was used on place cards, the cake, you name it. Stacy's dad riffed on it during his toast: “I'm B.R. Welcome to S.F. for the wedding of S.R. and M.H.”

He's with the Band: Mark designed his own wedding ring: titanium bands held by gold screws placed where a clock's hands would be if it were 9:16, their wedding date.

Following a Catholic ceremony at the Main Post Chapel in the Presidio park, guests were taken by trolleys to the Ferry Building, where they got a taste of the couple's passion for the area's outdoor offerings—the place was decked with centerpieces made of local fruits, branches, flowers and herbs in autumn colors. Velvet draperies and cozy sofas “made the space feel intimate,” says Stacy.

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